Yachiyo Hoshiba

Kanazawa Medical University, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan

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Publications (6)39.4 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Despite statin therapy being effective in the primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, the benefit of treatment varies between individuals. Interindividual variations in pharmacokinetics play a central role in the cause of variability of drug disposition, and, in turn, the drug's clinical efficacy. Exploring genetic variations that influence pharmacokinetics may lead clinicians to apply the most efficient and safe drug therapy. So far, variants in eight candidate genes related to pharmacokinetics of statins have been investigated as the potential determinant of drug responsiveness or adverse event risk. All reported data remains inconclusive, but it has been suggested that combined analysis of more than two different polymorphisms, or a combination of genetic association and studies using in vitro recombinant expression techniques, may be more informative in predicting the specific phenotype of a genetic variant. Future studies using these approaches could provide more striking evidence, which may be sufficient to justify genetic analysis regarding pharmacokinetic variants in the clinical practice of statin therapy.
    Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy 08/2005; 6(8):1291-7. DOI:10.1517/14656566.6.8.1291 · 3.09 Impact Factor
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology 03/2004; 43(5). DOI:10.1016/S0735-1097(04)91043-1 · 15.34 Impact Factor
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology 03/2004; 43(5). DOI:10.1016/S0735-1097(04)91150-3 · 15.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To study the role of increased sympathetic tone in pathogenesis of hypertension in patients with essential hypertension with neurovascular compression. Twenty-three patients with essential hypertension, 13 patients with secondary hypertension, and 46 normotensive subjects were investigated. Neurovascular compression was evaluated by MRT. The power spectral components of heart rate variability as indices of autonomic nerve tone were determined to investigate the possibility that sympathetic tone mediates the neurovascular compression-induced increase in blood pressure. Neurovascular compression of the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) was observed in 70% of essential hypertension group, none of secondary hyperension group and 16% of normotensive group (P < 0.001). The age-adjusted low-frequency power spectral density (A-PSD) (0.04 to 0.15 Hz), which is an index of sympathetic tone, was significantly higher in patients with essential hypertension (139.5 +/- 6.7%) with neurovascular compression than in essential hypertension patients without neurovascular compression (92.2 +/- 6.8%), normotensive subjects with (102.8 +/- 13.0%) and without neurovascular compression (100.1 +/- 4.1%), and patients with secondary hypertension (95.7 +/- 10.2%) (P < 0.001). There was no significant difference in the high-frequency A-PSD (0.15 to 0.40 Hz), which is an index of vagal tone, among groups. Neurovascular compression was not always associated with an increase in sympathetic nerve tone. Hypertension was present in subjects with neurovascular compression, who had increased sympathetic tone but not in those with normal sympathetic tone. An increase in sympathetic tone may mediate the neurovascular compression-induced increase in blood pressure. Journal of Human Hypertension (2000) 14, 807-811
    Journal of Human Hypertension 12/2000; 14(12):807-11. DOI:10.1038/sj.jhh.1001114 · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We sought a noninvasive alternative method of monitoring peripheral vascular resistance continuously in humans, based on the analysis of arterial pressure waveforms. Radial arterial pressure waveforms were recorded noninvasively with a tonometer and analysed using a neural network method. To test the accuracy of this method, the peripheral vascular resistance was also determined by an invasive thermodilution method using a Swan-Ganz catheter in 20 subjects. To test the method in a clinical application, peripheral vascular resistance was determined by the noninvasive method before and after administration of nifedipine in 6 patients with essential hypertension. Neural network analysis of waveforms reliably yielded values between 0.00 and 1.00. Peripheral vascular resistance determined by neural network analysis and according to the invasive method showed a significant (p< 0.005) positive linear correlation. The peripheral vascular resistance measured by neural network analysis showed a significant (p< 0.05) decrease 30 min after administration of nifedipine, paralleling a decrease in blood pressure. Neural network analysis of tonometric radial artery waveforms provides an accurate, noninvasive, and continuous index of peripheral vascular resistance in human subjects. This simple method should permit more extensive homodynamic studies and larger epidemiological surveys in contrast to those undertaken using invasive techniques.
    Hypertension Research 01/2000; 23(1):15-9. DOI:10.1291/hypres.23.15 · 2.94 Impact Factor
  • 01/1996; 16(4):351-359. DOI:10.5105/jse.16.351