Takeshi Nakatani

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BACKGROUND It remains unknown whether desaturation profiles during daily living are associated with prognosis in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Point measurements of resting oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry (SpO2) and partial pressure of arterial oxygen (PaO2) are not sufficient for assessment of desaturation during(More)
AIM Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) has a variety of causes, and no useful approach to predict left ventricular (LV) remodelling and long-term outcome has yet been established. Myocardial tenascin-C (TNC) is known to appear under pathological conditions, possibly to regulate cardiac remodelling. The aim of this study was to clarify the significance of(More)
Erlotinib and pemetrexed have been approved for the second-line treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). These two agents have different mechanisms of action. Combined treatment with erlotinib and pemetrexed could potentially augment the antitumor activity of either agent alone. In the present study, we investigated the safety profile of combined(More)
Mechanical circulatory support by a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is used to bridge patients with advanced heart failure to transplant or as a definitive treatment. We retrospectively sought predictors of long-term outcome in a cohort of 83 patients who had undergone LVAD treatment. We subjected perioperative clinical data of patients to statistical(More)
A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy is the viable option for patients with advanced heart failure as a bridge to transplantation, bridge to recovery, or destination therapy. Although application of LVAD support has become a standard option, serious complications or adverse events related with LVAD remain a concern. LVAD-related infection(More)
BACKGROUND The effectiveness and safety of switch from oral oxycodone to fentanyl patch is little known. Here, we investigated if early phase opioid switch from low dose of oral oxycodone to transdermal fentanyl matrix patch provided any benefits for patients with thoracic malignancy and stable cancer-related pain. METHODS This open-label two-centered(More)
In recent years, maintenance chemotherapy is increasingly being recognized as a new treatment strategy to improve the outcome of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the optimal maintenance strategy is still controversial. Gemcitabine is a promising candidate for single-agent maintenance therapy because of little toxicity and good(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is a potent angiogenic and antifibrotic factor. Cardioprotective effects of HGF for idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy were examined in hamsters with electroporation of plasmid DNA into skeletal muscle. We used hamster skeletal muscle as a protein producer of HGF gene. A plasmid vector encoding HGF (HGF group, n=12) or empty(More)
OBJECTIVES Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) induces systemic inflammatory response with neutrophil activation and subsequent lung dysfunction. Rolipram, a selective phosphodiesterase type 4 inhibitor, blocks the decrease in levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate associated with neutrophil activation. Here, we tested the protective effect of rolipram on(More)
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