Takeshi Nakano

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Two mechanisms are proposed to account for the inhibition of myosin phosphatase (MP) involved in Ca2+ sensitization of vascular muscle, ie, phosphorylation of either MYPT1, a target subunit of MP or CPI-17, an inhibitory phosphoprotein. In cultured vascular aorta smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), stimulation with angiotensin II activated RhoA, and this was(More)
Previous studies demonstrated that magnetic resonance (MR) imaging consistently underestimated angiographic measurements of left ventricular (LV) volumes. The purpose of this study was to determine whether MR imaging with steady-state free precession acquisition (SSFP) can provide improved accuracy and reproducibility in measuring cardiac function in(More)
PURPOSE Previous studies demonstrated that low-dose dobutamine stress cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and delayed contrast-enhanced MRI can provide assessments of myocardial viability. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the comparative diagnostic values of dobutamine cine MRI and delayed contrast-enhanced MRI for predicting functional recovery(More)
A 45-year-old Japanese woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) manifested hypersomnia in a relapse of MS. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed new bilateral hypothalamic lesions, and the hypocretin-1 level in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was significantly low. Methylprednisolone pulse treatment successfully resolved the hypersomnia and the left hypothalamic(More)
We report two patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) who showed dropped head as an early myasthenic manifestation. They had elevated anti-acetylcholine receptor antibody and showed improvement of the symptoms after intravenous injection of edorophonium chloride. One patient had thymoma and developed myasthenic crisis two weeks after thymectomy. The patient(More)
We report a 5-year-old boy with X-linked myotubular myopathy complicated by peliosis hepatis. At birth, he was affected with marked generalized muscle hypotonia and weakness, which required permanent ventilatory support, and was bedridden for life. He died of acute fatal hepatic hemorrhage after using a mechanical in-exsufflator. Peliosis hepatis, defined(More)
A 31-year-old woman with a 5-year history of recurrent optic neuritis and encephalomyelitis underwent repeated steroid therapy. She developed general malaise and fever in October 2009. Laboratory tests revealed marked reduction in serum Na (106 mEq/L). Because the plasma osmotic pressure was lower than the urinary osmotic pressure and the serum antidiuretic(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to compare the diagnostic performances of Tl-201 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and dobutamine stress cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for predicting functional recovery of regional myocardial contraction in patients after myocardial infarction. METHODS Twenty patients underwent Tl-201(More)