Takayuki Saito

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Release of inflammatory mediators within the ischemic myocardium has long been thought to contribute to myocardial damage and dysfunction. Myocardial infarction (MI) and congestive heart failure (CHF) were induced in rats by ligating the left coronary artery. Animals were treated with the selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)(More)
OBJECTIVE It has been reported that unmatched adult bone marrow stromal cells could be tolerated by immune-competent allotransplant or xenotransplant recipients under various conditions. This study examined whether xenogeneic bone marrow stromal cells implanted immediately after myocardial infarction can survive and differentiate, attenuating deterioration(More)
BACKGROUND Bone marrow stromal cells have been shown to engraft into xenogeneic fetal recipients. In view of the potential clinical utility as an alternative source for cellular and gene therapies, we studied the fate of xenogeneic marrow stromal cells after their systemic transplantation into fully immunocompetent adult recipients without(More)
OBJECTIVES Bone marrow stromal cells are capable of differentiating into cardiomyogenic cells. We tested the hypothesis that transcoronary implantation of bone marrow stromal cells may regenerate infarcted myocardium and reduce cardiac dysfunction. METHODS Isolated bone marrow stromal cells from the isogenic donor rats were transfected with LacZ reporter(More)
Our previous work has shown strong expression of COX-2 in the myocardium of patients with end-stage ischemic heart failure. The purpose of this study was to determine the cellular expression of this enzyme in the setting of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and determine the role of COX-2 in experimental animals using a selective COX-2 inhibitor.(More)
Photosynthetic reaction centers (RCs) and their core light-harvesting complexes (LH1-RCs), purified from a thermophile, Thermochromatium (T.) tepidum, and a mesophile, Allochromatium (A.) vinosum, were reconstituted into liposomes. The RC and the LH1-RC in the reconstituted liposomes were found intact from the absorption spectra at about 4 and 40 degrees C(More)
Strong expression of the inducible form of nitric oxide synthase (NOS II) has been shown in the myocardium of patients with myocardial infarction (MI). We hypothesized that NOS II plays an important role in the development of MI and subsequent heart failure and that inhibition of NOS II may beneficially alter the course of the disease. Long-term(More)
We report the successful surgical treatment of a pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta in a 45-year-old man who underwent surgical closure of a ventricular septal defect at the age of 5. A computed tomography scan ordered for the investigation of a pulmonary mass happened to detect a pseudoaneurysm (20 mm diameter). The pseudoaneurysm protruded anteriorly(More)
BACKGROUND Macrophage infiltration to inflammatory sites promotes wound repair and may be involved in pain hypersensitivity after surgical incision. We recently reported that the development of hyperalgesia during chronic inflammation is regulated by macrophage polarity, often referred to as proinflammatory (M1) or anti-inflammatory (M2) macrophages.(More)