Takeshi Nakatani

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BACKGROUND The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is recognized as an organelle that participates in folding secretory and membrane proteins. The ER responds to stress by upregulating ER chaperones, but prolonged and/or excess ER stress leads to apoptosis. However, the potential role of ER stress in pathophysiological hearts remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
OBJECTIVE Non-invasive diagnosis of rejection is a major objective in the management of heart transplant recipients. The ability of strain rate (SR) imaging on echocardiograms to detect rejection in heart transplant recipients was investigated. METHODS A total of 396 endomyocardial biopsies, right-heart catheterisation and echocardiograms were performed(More)
A recent study showed that granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) treatment improved the infarcted cardiac function. Although mobilized stem cells may affect it, the mechanism is unclear. In this study, we investigated the origins of stem cells and phenotypic changes of the migrated cells, and evaluated the efficacy of G-CSF. Eighteen C57BL/6 mice(More)
BACKGROUND Reduced left ventricular torsion (LV-tor) has been reported to be associated with acute rejection in heart transplant (HTx) recipients. We investigated the utility of LV-tor analysis derived from 2-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) for detecting allograft rejection. METHODS A total of 301 endomyocardial biopsies (EMBs),(More)
BACKGROUND Management of native aortic insufficiency (AI) during left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support is challenging. We investigated the occurrence of de novo AI during long-term LVAD support to identify its effect on late clinical and echocardiographic outcomes. METHODS Left ventricular assist devices were implanted in 99 patients with dilated(More)
BACKGROUND The short-term clinical benefits of bone marrow mononuclear cell transplantation have been shown in patients with critical limb ischemia. The purpose of this study was to assess the long-term safety and efficacy of bone marrow mononuclear cell transplantation in patients with thromboangiitis obliterans. METHODS AND RESULTS Eleven limbs (3 with(More)
OBJECTIVES Cardiac environmental factors are thought to be powerful inducers in cardiomyogenic differentiation. In this study we simulated the cardiac environment using coculture and evaluated the cardiomyogenic differentiation in bone marrow stromal cells. METHODS In group 1 only bone marrow stromal cells derived from transgenic mice expressing green(More)
The technical developments and expanded indications for testicular sperm extraction (TESE) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) provide great advantages for patients with non-obstructive azoospermia. Such success, however, also means that genetic abnormalities in non-obstructive azoospermia can be transmitted to the next generation, demonstrating(More)
Intracellular thiols like L-cysteine and glutathione play a critical role in the regulation of cellular processes. Escherichia coli has multiple L-cysteine transporters, which export L-cysteine from the cytoplasm into the periplasm. However, the role of L-cysteine in the periplasm remains unknown. Here we show that an L-cysteine transporter, YdeD, is(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to assess the impact of diabetic retinopathy on long-term outcome among patients with diabetes and multivessel coronary artery disease (MVD) following coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). BACKGROUND For diabetics, CABG is the preferred revascularization strategy. Diabetic retinopathy is a major microvascular complication of(More)