Yoshino Matsuo

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ATP-binding cassette transporters (ABC) G1 and ABCA1 are membrane cholesterol transporters and have been implicated to mediate cholesterol efflux from cells in the presence of high density lipoproteins and its major protein constituent apolipoprotein A-I, respectively. We previously demonstrated that unsaturated fatty acids suppress the stimulatory effects(More)
To delineate the molecular mechanism underlying the inverse agonist activity of olmesartan, a potent angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor antagonist, we performed binding affinity studies and an inositol phosphate production assay. Binding affinity of olmesartan and its related compounds to wild-type and mutant AT1 receptors demonstrated that interactions(More)
OBJECTIVE Plasma high density lipoprotein (HDL) levels have been shown to be inversely correlated with coronary artery disease, but the mechanisms of the direct protective effect of HDL on endothelial cells (ECs) are not fully understood. In this study, we investigated the role of the HDL-mediated promotion of angiogenesis in human coronary artery ECs(More)
The development and progression of diabetic nephropathy is dependent on glucose homeostasis and many other contributing factors. In the present study, we examined the effect of nitecapone, an inhibitor of the dopamine-metabolizing enzyme catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT) and a potent antioxidant, on functional and cellular determinants of renal function(More)
The angiotensin II type 1 (AT(1)) receptor blocker (ARB) candesartan strongly reduces blood pressure (BP) in patients with hypertension and has been shown to have cardioprotective effects. A new ARB, azilsartan, was recently approved and has been shown to provide a more potent 24-h sustained antihypertensive effect than candesartan. However, the molecular(More)
Although the sartan family of angiotensin II type 1 (AT(1)) receptor blockers (ARBs), which includes valsartan, olmesartan, and losartan, have a common pharmacophore structure, their effectiveness in therapy differs. Although their efficacy may be related to their binding strength, this notion has changed with a better understanding of the molecular(More)
Angiotensin II (Ang II) type 1 (AT₁) receptor blockers (ARBs) induce multiple pharmacological beneficial effects, but not all ARBs have the same effects and the molecular mechanisms underlying their actions are not certain. In this study, irbesartan and losartan were examined because of their different molecular structures (irbesartan has a cyclopentyl(More)
The excessive proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) participate in the growth and instability of atherosclerotic plaque. We examined the direct role of a newly developed chemical inhibitor of cholesteryl ester transfer protein, JTT-705, on SMC proliferation and angiogenesis in endothelial cells (ECs). JTT-705 inhibited human(More)
Endothelial cells (ECs) are the critical cellular element responsible for postnatal angiogenesis. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) stimulates angiogenesis via the activation of kinase insert domain-containing receptor/fetal liver kinase-1 (KDR/Flk-1) in ECs. In addition, transactivation of KDR/Flk-1 by the bradykinin (BK) B2 receptor induces the(More)
Multiple signaling pathways link the angiotensin II (Ang II) type 1 (AT1) receptor to Gq-dependent inositol phosphate (IP) production and Gq-independent phospho-extracellular signal-activated kinase (p-ERK) 1/2 activation by Ang II in the regulation of cardiovascular vasoconstriction and cell growth, respectively. An Ang II analogue, [Sar1, Ile4, Ile8]Ang(More)