Takashi Saigawa

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BACKGROUND There have been a number of recent reports on the use of autologous bone marrow implantation (BMI) in the treatment of peripheral arterial disease, with a clinical response rate of approximately 70%. However, the factors that influence efficacy have not yet been clarified. We have analyzed the relationship between the number of implanted bone(More)
A 53-year-old Japanese man with fulminant myocarditis was referred. Percutaneous cardiopulmonary support (PCPS) was introduced immediately and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy followed for 2 days. Cardiac function showed signs of recovery on the 4th hospital day and the patient was weaned from PCPS on the 7th hospital day. Creatine kinase-MB peaked(More)
Bone marrow cell implantation (BMI) has been utilized to treat patients with limb and heart ischemia. BMI provides angiogenic precursors and angiogenic cytokine-producing cells, especially erythroid cells. In this study, we induced in vitro angiogenesis cultures and in vivo BMI simulation using a murine limb ischemia model to examine the role of erythroid(More)
Our previous study revealed that the coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor (CAR) is a homophilic cell adhesion molecule and may function as a sensor of cell-cell interactions in the brain and damaged heart. In this study, we investigated if CAR expression is involved in the formation of neointimal hyperplasia using a balloon injury model of rat carotid(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) concentrations are reported to impair endothelium-dependent vasodilatation of the epicardial coronary artery. However, the effects on vasomotor abnormalities in coronary spastic angina (CSA) have not been thoroughly investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS In the present study 80 sites of spasm (spastic sites) without(More)
Although erythropoietin (EPO) is known to express angiogenic and cardioprotective effects, it also induces hypertension, polycythemia, and platelet activation, which may cause serious adverse effects in patients with cardiovascular diseases. We compared the angiogenic effects of EPO and its nonerythropoietic derivative, asialo-EPO (AEPO). Lower limb(More)
Restenosis is a major problem in percutaneous catheter intervention (PCI) for coronary artery stenosis in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Coronary restenosis arises from intimal hyperplasia, i.e., hyperplasia of the vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) caused by endothelial cell (EC) damage due to PCI. Drug eluting stent (DES), a novel stent(More)
Postextrasystolic potentiation is the phenomenon in which ventricular contractile force is strengthened by a preceding premature beat. However, the response of diastolic function after an extrasystole is unknown. We studied 58 patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) and two control subjects to evaluate the response of relaxation following extrasystole. At(More)
BACKGROUND The role of the angiopoietin (Ang)/Tie-2 system in coronary collateral growth is not well understood, so the purpose of this study was to investigate and elucidate the relationship of this system to coronary collateral formation in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS Fifty-nine patients with CAD were recruited.(More)
The authors performed autologous bone marrow mononuclear cells implantation (BMI) in a 79-year-old man with critical limb ischemia. After BMI, the resting pain of the ischemic leg improved gradually. They measured the plasma concentrations of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), and serum hepatocyte growth factor(More)