Yoshitaka Minami

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The TLR4 (Toll-like receptor 4) signal plays an important role in immunity in CAD (coronary artery disease). miR-146a/b (where miR is microRNA) regulates the TLR4 downstream molecules IRAK1 (interleukin-1-receptor-associated kinase 1) and TRAF6 (tumour-necrosis-factor-receptor-associated factor 6). It has also been reported that statins and RAS(More)
Peripheral monocytosis may affect the development of heart failure (HF) after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Activated toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 in monocytes plays an important role in the synthesis of proinflammatory cytokines. We examined TLR4 expression in monocytes, which may be a possible source of proinflammatory cytokines in AMI. Sixty-five(More)
BACKGROUND Our previous studies have reported that activation of Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 is implicated in the etiology of human dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). A recent report has demonstrated that let-7i, a member of the let-7 family of cellular microRNAs (miRs) miR-21, miR-126, and miR-155, directly regulate TLR4 expression. The aim of this study was to(More)
Telomere erosion of EPCs (endothelial progenitor cells) may be a key factor in endothelial cell senescence and is highly dependent on cellular oxidative damage. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether LLT (lipid-lowering therapy) with statins could attenuate EPC telomere erosion in patients with CAD (coronary artery disease). The study(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have shown that heat shock protein (HSP) 70 may serve as a "damage signal" to the immune system and could be the endogenous ligand for Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 mediating synthesis of inflammatory cytokines. AIMS To explore the relationship between circulating HSP70 levels and activation of monocyte TLR4 and myocardial damage(More)
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. The efficacy and safety of statins (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors) in primary and secondary prevention of CAD are confirmed in several large studies. It is well known that statins have some pleiotropic, anti-atherosclerotic effects. We review the molecular(More)
Inflammatory process plays a fundamental role in ischemic coronary artery disease (CAD) in terms of both the etiology of atherosclerosis and the pathophysiology of CAD. In particular, chronic inflammation plays a key role in coronary artery plaque instability and subsequent occlusive thrombosis. It is therefore important to clarify the mechanism underlying(More)
Recent studies have determined that expression of inflammatory mediators, such as cytokines and chemokines, is an important factor in the development and progression of heart failure (HF). These inflammatory mediators are expressed in response to various myocardial insults, including myocardial ischemia, viral infection, and toxins, and appear to have a(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, microRNA-208 (miR-208) encoded by the alpha-myosin heavy chain (MHC) gene, has been shown to be involved in pathological cardiac growth, fibrosis, and up-regulation of beta-MHC expression. A recent study has also reported 2 additional myosin-expressed miRNAs (miR-208b and miR-499). The aim of this study was to determine whether miR-208,(More)
Several reports suggest that a chronic inflammatory process plays a key role in coronary artery plaque instability and subsequent occlusive thrombosis. In a previous study, we found that TLR4 (Toll-like receptor 4) mediates the synthesis of cytokines in circulating monocytes of patients with AMI (acute myocardial infarction); however, it remains unclear(More)