Tetsuya Nakakuki

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OBJECTIVE Rho/Rho-kinase pathway plays pivotal roles in cardiovascular diseases including arteriosclerosis and hypertension. Recently it has become evident that C-reactive protein (CRP), a powerful marker for cardiovascular events, has direct proatherothrombotic effects on vascular cells. However, its molecular mechanism has not been fully investigated. We(More)
Characterization of cardiac MYPT2 (an isoform of the smooth muscle phosphatase [MP] target subunit, MYPT1) is described. Several features of MYPT2 and MYPT1 were similar, including: a specific interaction with the catalytic subunit of type 1 phosphatase, delta isoform (PP1cdelta); interaction of MYPT2 with the small heart-specific MP subunit; interaction of(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether inflammatory responses are more severe in uveitic eyes than nonuveitic eyes when acrylic intraocular lens (IOL) is implanted after cataract surgery. METHODS Clear lens removal (phacoemulsification and aspiration) was conducted and the hydrophobic acrylic IOL (AR40e, AMO) was implanted in adult albino rabbits. Just after the(More)
RhoA is commonly activated in the aorta in various hypertensive models, indicating that RhoA seems to be a molecular switch in hypertension. The molecular mechanisms for RhoA activation in stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSP) were here investigated using cultured aortic smooth muscle cells (VSMC). The level of the active form of RhoA was(More)
Primary cardiac lymphoma is a rare disorder with a poor prognosis. We present here a case of 77-year-old woman who was diagnosed as having cardiac lymphoma antemortem according to a cytologic examination of the pericardial effusion. Determination of the levels of serum-soluble interleukin-2 receptor and serum deoxythymidine kinase was useful for the(More)
During intravenous sedation, the pulse oximeter was applied as a respiratory monitor to 17 patients (Physical status classification of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Class I-II) who were to have oral surgical operations, and the changes in arterial saturation of oxygen (SaO2) was observed consecutively. SaO2 dropped after administration of(More)