H Iwao

Osaka City University, Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Rapamycin-coated stents in coronary artery lesions have recently been shown to be effective in inhibiting neointimal formation. However, little is known about the effects of rapamycin on mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), which is an important signal for neointimal formation. Therefore, we examined the effects of rapamycin on MAPK and transcriptional factors in cultured human coronary artery smooth muscle cells (CASMC) and in balloon-injured rat carotid arteries. Activation of ERK, JNK, p38MAPK, AP-1, and NF-kB in coronary artery smooth muscle cells was increased by 2% fetal bovine serum. Ten nmol/L of rapamycin prevented the activation of JNK, p38MAPK, AP-1, and NF-kB (65%, 65%, 67%, and 26% respectively, P<0.01). In an in vivo study, remarkable neointimal formation was observed 14 days after injury. Coating Pluronic gel with 20 and 50 mug rapamycin around the injured artery significantly decreased the intimal area/medial area ratio, compared with vehicle (0.75 vs. 1.2, P<0.01). Rapamycin prevented the increase in activation of JNK, p38MAPK, AP-1, and NF-kB in injured artery (42%, 70%, 75%, and 60% respectively, P<0.05). Neointimal formation after balloon injury is inhibited by rapamycin, which is partially mediated by inhibition of JNK and p38MAPK, followed by AP-1 and NF-kB.
    Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology 11/2005; 46(4):519-25. · 2.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We first examined the role of apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1), one of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinases, in ischemia-induced angiogenesis. Unilateral hindlimb ischemia was induced surgically in C57BL/6J wild-type (WT) mice or mice deficient in ASK1 (ASK1(-/-)). ASK1 activity in WT mouse hindlimb was increased dramatically after ischemia. By laser Doppler analysis, well-developed collateral vessels and angiogenesis were observed in WT mice in response to hindlimb ischemia, whereas these responses were reduced in ASK1(-/-) mice. Immunostaining revealed that infiltration of macrophages and T lymphocytes was suppressed in the ischemic tissues of ASK1(-/-) mice compared with WT mice. The expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) proteins in ischemic tissues was weaker in ASK1(-/-) mice compared with WT mice. In vitro study on endothelial cells indicated that dominant-negative ASK1 significantly attenuated hydrogen peroxide-induced VEGF and MCP-1 production. Furthermore, in vivo blockade of MCP-1 by its neutralizing antibody suppressed the recovery of the blood flow and capillary formation after ischemia. ASK1 pathway promotes early angiogenesis by inducing inflammatory cell infiltration and VEGF and MCP-1 expression. ASK1 may provide the basis for the development of new therapeutic strategy for angiogenesis.
    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 10/2005; 25(9):1877-83. · 6.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Because granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) mobilizes bone marrow cells including endothelial progenitor cells, we examined whether G-CSF augments angiogenesis and collateral vessel formation induced by bone marrow-mononuclear cells transplantation (BMT). Unilateral hindlimb ischemia was surgically induced in Lewis rats. One week after surgery, administration of 100 mg/kg per day G-CSF significantly increased the laser Doppler blood perfusion index (LDBPI), number of angiographically detectable collateral vessels (angiographic score), and capillary density determined by alkaline phosphatase staining. In the BMT group (1 x 10(7) cells/rat) and the group with combined G-CSF treatment and BMT, LDBPI was significantly increased compared with that in the vehicle-treated group. In the BMT group, neovascularization was significantly increased as evidenced by the angiographic score and capillary density compared with the vehicle-treated group. Furthermore, the combination of G-CSF treatment and BMT augmented neovascularization compared with BMT alone, as evidenced by the angiographic score and capillary density. Moreover, G-CSF significantly increased vascular endothelial growth factor mRNA and fibroblast growth factor-2 mRNA in hindlimb muscle. In conclusion, G-CSF was found to augment neovascularization in rat hindlimb ischemia. Combined use of G-CSF treatment and BMT may be a useful strategy for therapeutic neovascularization in ischemic tissues.
    Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 10/2005; 99(1):45-51. · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is well known that angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor blockers (ARBs) prevent left ventricular (LV) remodelling after myocardial infarction (MI). However, it is still not clear whether inhibition of the AT1 receptor is enough to prevent LV remodelling after MI. To elucidate the effects of ACE inhibitors that are not mediated by the AT1 receptor on LV remodelling, MI was experimentally induced in wild-type (WT-MI) mice and AT1 receptor knockout (KO-MI) mice. Mice were divided into six groups: WT-control, KO-control, WT-MI, KO-MI, WT-MI treated with an ACE inhibitor, and KO-MI treated with an ACE inhibitor. Four weeks after MI, cardiac function was assessed by Doppler echocardiography and non-infarcted myocardial mRNA expression by northern blot analysis. Cardiac function decreased significantly in the MI groups compared with the sham operated groups. Additionally, in the MI groups end diastolic dimension, E wave velocity, the ratio of peak velocity of E wave to A wave, deceleration rate of E wave, and mRNA expression of atrial natriuretic peptide, brain natriuretic peptide, and collagens I and III increased significantly compared with the sham groups. LV remodelling after MI was prevented in KO-MI mice compared with WT-MI mice. ACE inhibitor administration significantly attenuated progressive LV remodelling in both WT and KO-MI groups. ACE inhibitors can prevent the LV remodelling process that accompanies cardiac dysfunction after MI, even in AT1 KO mice. These findings suggest that ACE inhibitors prevent LV remodelling after MI by mechanisms other than inhibition of angiotensin AT1 receptor mediated effects.
    Heart (British Cardiac Society) 09/2005; 91(8):1080-5. · 5.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we examined whether an angiotensin II type 1 (AT1)-receptor blocker improves diastolic heart failure (DHF) in Dahl salt-sensitive (DS) rats. DHF was prepared by feeding DS rats on 8% NaCl diet from 7 weeks of age. DHF was estimated with echocardiography by measuring E velocity / A velocity (E/A) of left ventricular inflow. DS rats with established DHF were orally given candesartan (1 mg/kg per day) or vehicle. After 13 days of treatment, candesartan significantly improved DHF, as shown by the reduction of E/A from 4.49 +/- 1.04 to 1.98 +/- 0.54 (P<0.05) and prolonged survival rate more than the vehicle. Cardiac fibrosis, apoptosis, and gene expression were estimated by Sirius Red-staining, TUNEL-staining, and Northern blot analysis, respectively. The improvement of DHF by candesartan was accompanied by the decrease in cardiac hypertrophy, fibrosis, and apoptosis, and the reduction of gene expression of brain natriuretic peptide, collagen I, and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1. Moreover, candesartan decreased cardiac inflammatory cells and reactive oxygen species, estimated by counting ED-1-positive cells and the measurement of 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal staining, respectively. These results indicate that candesartan can improve diastolic dysfunction and may slow the progression of cardiac remodelling in DS rats with established DHF.
    Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 09/2005; 98(4):372-9. · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Osteopontin has been reported to have an important role in cardiac fibrosis. However, little is known about the effects of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) and angiotensin type 1 receptor blockers (ARB) on osteopontin expression in infarcted myocardium. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the effects of an ACEI (perindpril) and an ARB (candesartan cilexitil) on cardiac function as assessed by Doppler echocardiography and cardiac osteopontin expression associated with cardiac remodeling in myocardial infarcted rats. ACEI or ARB was administered after myocardial infarction (MI). At 4 weeks after MI, cardiac function, and mRNAs in non-infarcted myocardium were analyzed. ACEI and ARB equally prevented left ventricular dilatation, reduction of ejection fraction, and the increase in E/A wave velocity ratio and the rate of E wave deceleration by MI. ACEI and ARB significantly suppressed increased mRNA expression of atrial natriuretic peptide, brain natriuretic peptide, osteopontin, and collagen I and III in the non-infarcted ventricle at 4 weeks. Immunohistochemically stained osteopontin was increased in interstitial fibrosis of non-infarcted myocardium. Both ACEI and ARB significantly prevented cardiac fibrosis and osteopontin expression. In conclusion, angiotensin blockade inhibits osteopontin expression in non-infarcted myocardium and prevents cardiac remodeling after MI.
    Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 08/2005; 98(3):283-9. · 2.15 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism 07/2005; · 5.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aldosterone is known to play a role in the pathophysiology of some cardiovascular diseases. However, previous studies on aldosterone infusion have been mostly performed in animals receiving sodium loading and uninephrectomy, and thus the cardiac action of aldosterone alone remains to be fully clarified. The present study was undertaken to investigate the direct cardiac action of aldosterone infusion alone in rats not subjected to salt loading and uninephrectomy. Aldosterone (0.75 microg/h) was subcutaneously infused into rats via an osmotic minipump for 14 days. Aldosterone infusion, under a normal salt diet, induced only a slight increase in the blood pressure of normal rats throughout the infusion. However, aldosterone significantly induced cardiac hypertrophy, as shown by echocardiography and measurement of cardiomyocyte cross-sectional area. Furthermore, aldosterone caused not only cardiac interstitial macrophage infiltration but also cardiac focal inflammatory lesions, which were associated with an increase in cardiac monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and osteopontin mRNA. The slight elevation of blood pressure by aldosterone infusion was completely prevented by tempol, the superoxide dismutase mimetic. However, tempol failed to suppress cardiac hypertrophy, the formation of inflammatory lesions, and upregulation of cardiac MCP-1 and osteopontin by aldosterone, while N-acetylcysteine could inhibit all of them. Our data provide evidence that aldosterone alone can induce cardiac hypertrophy and severe inflammatory response in the heart, independently of blood pressure, even in the absence of salt loading or nephrectomy. Aldosterone seems to induce cardiac inflammation and gene expression via oxidative stress that is inhibited by N-acetylcysteine but not by tempol.
    Hypertension Research 06/2005; 28(5):447-55. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The detailed role of angiotensin II in salt-exacerbated stroke is unclear. We examined the role of angiotensin II in salt-accelerated stroke of stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSP). Salt-loaded SHRSP were orally given the angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor blocker candesartan (0.3 to 3 mg/kg per day) and calcium channel blocker amlodipine (1 mg/kg per day), and the effects on stroke (n=61) and brain superoxide were compared between them. We also examined the effect of angiotensin II infusion (200 ng/kg per min) on brain superoxide production and blood-brain barrier. Despite the comparable hypotensive effect between candesartan and amlodipine, candesartan prolonged survival of salt-loaded SHRSP much more than amlodipine (P<0.01), being associated with more improvement of cerebral arteriolar thickening, cerebral arteriolar cell proliferation, and hippocampal CA1 neuronal cell reduction (1024.9+/-20.6 versus 724.9+/-22.8 cells/mm2; P<0.01; n=7 to 10 in each group) in SHRSP by candesartan (P<0.05) than amlodipine. Salt loading increased superoxide and NADPH oxidase activity in brain cortex and hippocampus of SHRSP, and this increase was prevented by candesartan (P<0.01) but not amlodipine. Angiotensin II infusion, via AT1 receptor, directly increased brain superoxide by 1.8-fold (P<0.05; n=6 to 7 in each group) and impaired blood-brain barrier in salt-loaded SHRSP by 1.7-fold (P<0.05), and this increase in brain superoxide and blood-brain barrier impairment was prevented by tempol as well as candesartan. Excess salt, via oxidative stress, accelerates stroke, and angiotensin II, via AT1 receptor, plays a pivotal role in brain superoxide production of SHRSP by excess salt.
    Stroke 05/2005; 36(5):1083-8. · 6.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and Angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) play complementary roles in the process of vascular remodeling. Therefore, this study was designed to examine an interaction between VEGF and Ang-2 in asthmatic airways. VEGF, Ang-2, and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) levels in induced sputum obtained from 17 asthmatic patients and 10 normal control subjects were examined. Eight weeks of inhaled beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) therapy (800 microg/day) was administered to all asthmatic patients, and sputum induction was repeated. VEGF, Ang-2, and HGF levels in induced sputum were significantly higher in asthmatic patients than in control subjects. Ang-2 levels were significantly correlated with VEGF levels but not with HGF levels. We also found that there was a significant correlation between airway vascular permeability index and VEGF levels but not HGF levels. In addition, VEGF/Ang-2 ratio in asthmatic patients was significantly higher than that in control subjects, and it was significantly correlated with airway vascular permeability index. After inhaled BDP therapy, VEGF levels were significantly decreased, but Ang-2 levels did not change. Therefore, VEGF/Ang-2 ratio after BDP therapy was markedly decreased to the same level as in the control subjects. Our findings suggest that interaction between VEGF and Ang-2 in asthmatic airways may exist and that high VEGF/Ang-2 ratio may be responsible for increased airway microvascular permeability. In addition, inhaled glucocorticoids therapy may reduce airway vascular permeability and remodeling via VEGF/Ang-2-dependent mechanism.
    Journal of Asthma 04/2005; 42(2):141-6. · 1.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) has been implicated as a contributing risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, little is known about molecular mechanisms of cardiac PAI-1 gene expression. To elucidate these mechanisms, dominant negative mutants of c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK), p38MAPK, apoptosis signal-regulating kinase-1 (ASK-1) and c-Jun were overexpressed in rat neonatal ventricular cardiac myocytes and fibroblasts by adenovirus vector to abrogate the activation of the corresponding endogenous proteins. One hundred nmol/l of angiotensin II significantly enhanced the JNK and p38MAPK activities of cardiomyocytes (2.3-fold and 1.9-fold, P < 0.05) and fibroblasts (3.2-fold and 2.5-fold, P < 0.05). At 3 h after stimulation, angiotensin II was found to have significantly increased PAI-1 mRNA, by 5.2-fold in cardiomyocytes and by 9.7-fold in fibroblasts. Dominant negative mutants of JNK, ASK-1 and c-Jun significantly inhibited PAI-1 mRNA expression and protein synthesis in both cardiomyocytes and fibroblasts, whereas a dominant negative mutant of p38MAPK did not change this expression. Moreover, a dominant negative mutant of JNK also significantly prevented the induction of PAI-1 mRNA expression by 100 nmol/l endothelin-1 and 10 micromol/l phenylephrine. In conclusion, G-protein-coupled receptor agonist-induced PAI-1 expression is partially mediated through JNK activation.
    Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 04/2005; 38(4):583-92. · 5.15 Impact Factor
  • Nippon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine 04/2005; 63 Suppl 3:17-21.
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been reported to be associated with cardiomyopathy. However, the mechanism of cardiomyopathy in chronic HCV infection is still unclear. Therefore, we investigate the development of cardiomyopathy in mice transgenic for the HCV-core gene. After the age of 12 months, mice developed cardiomyopathy that appeared as left ventricular dilatation, and systolic and diastolic dysfunction assessed by Doppler echocardiography. Histologically, hypertrophy of cardiomyocytes, cardiac fibrosis, disarray and scarcity of myofibrils, vacuolization and deformity of nuclei, myofibrillar lysis, streaming of Z-bands, and an increased number of bizarre-shaped mitochondria were found in HCV-core transgenic mice. These histological changes are just consistent with cardiomyopathy. In conclusion, the HCV-core protein directly plays an important role in the development of cardiomyopathy.
    Circulation Research 03/2005; 96(2):148-50. · 11.86 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Activator protein-1 (AP-1) is a transcription factor that consists of either a Jun-Jun homodimer or a Jun-Fos heterodimer. AP-1 regulates the expression of multiple genes essential for cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. Numerous reports suggest that AP-1 plays an important role in various human diseases. Among them, the roles relating to human cancers have been strongly suggested for a long time. In human cancers, colorectal cancer is still a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. Since there are some reports about the role of AP-1 in colorectal cancer response to a number of stimuli, such as cytokines and growth factors, and oncogenictransformation, therapeutic inhibition of AP-1 activity has attracted considerable interest. Here, we demonstrate the biological properties of AP-1 and its role in colorectal cancer, and discuss a possibility of an AP-1 inhibitor, an adenovirus dominant-negative mutant of c-Jun, as a therapeutic agent for gene therapy.
    Inflammopharmacology 02/2005; 13(1-3):113-25.
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    ABSTRACT: A timed non-invasive determination of cardiac function is potentially important for safety pharmacology and toxicity studies. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the accuracy of real-time three-dimensional (RT3D) echocardiography measurements of the left ventricular (LV) volume and LV function and to investigate the effects of some drugs on LV function in cynomolgus monkeys. RT3D echocardiography was performed (SONOS 7500, Philips Med Sys) under isoflurane inhalation. RT3D echocardiography measurements and reconstructions were obtained using Tom-Tec (4DLV analysis). We determined end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), ejection fraction (EF), stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO) and heart rate as assessments of LV function. EDV, calculated from two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography and RT3D echocardiography, and the actual LV volume were evaluated and compared. Furthermore, each parameter was determined before and after intravenous infusion (5 or 10 min) of propranolol, verapamil and dobutamine. A strong correlation was found between the actual LV volume and that calculated from RT3D echocardiography (r=0.96, p<0.001). Propranolol (0.1 mg/kg/10 min, n=5) caused an increase in ESV, but not EDV, resulting in a decrease in EF and SV, while verapamil produced increases in both EDV and ESV. Dobutamine (0.01 mg/kg/5 min, n=5) produced decreases in both EDV and ESV and thereby the increased CO resulted from the increased SV. These results demonstrate that RT3D echocardiography provides a feasible and accurate estimation of LV volume and EF for safety pharmacology and toxicity studies.
    Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods 01/2005; 52(1):182-7. · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The present study was undertaken to examine the effects of a calcium channel blocker, azelnidipine (1 mg/kg/day), an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, temocapril (10 mg/kg/day), an angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor blocker (ARB), olmesartan (5 mg/kg/day), and their combination on Dahl salt-sensitive rats (DS rats) developing heart failure with preserved systolic function. DS rats were fed a high-salt diet (8% NaCl) from 7 weeks of age and progressively developed hypertension. Although monotherapy with azelnidipine lowered the blood pressure of DS rats to a greater extent than monotherapy with temocapril or olmesartan, the three drugs had similar effects on cardiac hypertrophy, cardiac fibrosis, the expressions of brain natriuretic peptide, transforming growth factor-beta1, collagen I, collagen III and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 mRNA (as estimated by Northern blot analysis), and cardiac diastolic dysfunction (as estimated by echocardiography). These results show that ACE and AT1 receptor, as well as hypertension, are involved in the development of heart failure with preserved systolic function in DS rats. The combination of azelnidipine with olmesartan or temocapril produced no additive hypotensive effect in DS rats and no additive effect on cardiac hypertrophy or gene expressions. However, the combination therapy prolonged the survival rate of DS rats more than azelnidipine (p <0.01) or temocapril alone (p <0.05), and this additive beneficial effect by the combination therapy was associated with a greater reduction of cardiac fibrosis, urinary albumin excretion and serum creatinine. Our results thus showed that the combination of a calcium channel blocker with an ARB or an ACE inhibitor had additive preventive effects on a rat model of hypertensive heart failure with preserved systolic function. Thus, combination therapy with these agents seems to be a useful therapeutic strategy for the prevention of hypertensive heart failure.
    Hypertension Research 10/2004; 27(10):771-9. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We analyzed gene expression in rat anti-Thy1 antibody-induced glomerulonephritis by using the cDNA microarray method. Ninety-seven genes that differed by more than 1.5-fold intensity in comparison with the controls were selected. Cluster analysis showed that the expression of genes associated with inflammation reached maximum levels at 24 h, while genes involved in the development of fibrosis increased at 7 days after injection. Microarray analysis of animal disease models may be a powerful approach for understanding the gene expression programs that underlie these disorders.
    Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 10/2004; 96(1):91-4. · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases, including extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK),c-Jun NH2-terminal kinases (JNK) and p38 MAP kinase (p38 MAPK) are important intermediates of the signal-transduction pathway from the cell surface to the nucleus. Expression of cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, associated with proliferation, apoptosis or both of gastrointestinal cancer cells, is mediated through MAP kinase families. However, the correlation between respective MAP kinase signals and COX-2 in the proliferation of gastric and colon cancer cells has not been well elucidated. We examined the effect of selective inhibitors of MAP kinases and COX-2 on serum-induced proliferation of gastric (MKN45) and colon (HT29) cancer cells. After 24-h serum starvation, cancer cells were stimulated with 2% serum and COX-2 inhibitors (NS398 10 micromol/L, or etodolac 100 micromol/L) or 1 h after preincubation with inhibitors for ERK (PD98059 20 micromol/L) or p38 MAPK (SB203580 10 micromol/L). Phosphorylated MAP kinases and COX-2 protein were evaluated by Western blotting, and the proliferation of cancer cells was estimated by 3H-thymidine incorporation. Transcription factors nuclear factor-kappaB and CREB were assayed by an electorophoretic mobility shift assay. Serum increased the proliferation of MKN45 and HT29 cells by 280% and 200%, respectively, compared with the control levels (100%). In both cancer cells, phosphorylated MAP kinases were increased within 30 min after stimulation. PD98059 and SB203580 inhibited the serum-induced proliferation of MKN45 by 21% and 51% and of HT29 by 81% and 69%, respectively. NS398 and etodolac inhibited the proliferation of HT29 by 21% and 41%, respectively, but not that of MKN45. PD98059 and SB203580 also suppressed serum-induced expression of COX-2 protein in HT29 cells. In addition to the activation of MAP kinases and COX-2, activities of nuclear factor-kappaB and CREB were also increased during HT29 cell proliferation. These results suggest that the correlation of MAP kinases with COX-2 induction for cell proliferation differs between MKN45 and HT29 cells.
    Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics 08/2004; 20 Suppl 1:143-50. · 4.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we investigated whether the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) inhibitor SEA0400 (2-[4-[(2,5-difluorophenyl)methoxy]phenoxy-5-ethoxyaniline) might have a protective effect against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats. In particular, we focused on cardiac function using Doppler echocardiography and cardiac gene expression. We intravenously administered either SEA0400 and delivery vehicle or only the vehicle (as a control) to Wistar rats 5 min before ischemia was induced. Reperfusion was performed after 30 min of ischemia. At 1 week after ischemia-reperfusion injury, we assessed hemodynamics by inserting a polyethylene-tubing catheter, cardiac function by Doppler echocardiography, and myocardial mRNA expression was determined by Northern blot analysis. Left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic dimensions (LVDd) and LV end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) were significantly increased in the ischemia-reperfusion rat model group compared to the control group. The SEA0400-treated group had a significantly attenuated LVDd (P<0.05) and LVEDV (P<0.01) increase, compared to the vehicle-treated group. A decrease in the LV ejection fraction (P<0.05) was significantly prevented in the SEA0400-treated group compared to the vehicle-treated group. Moreover, mRNA expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 in the non-infarcted LV of the SEA0400-treated group was significantly lower than in the vehicle-treated group (P<0.05). This study demonstrates that the NCX is an important mechanism for cell death in myocardial ischemia and reperfusion in rats. SEA0400 may prove to be a promising new drug in the clinical treatment of myocardial ischemia and reperfusion.
    Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 06/2004; 95(2):196-202. · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Because the effects of an aldosterone receptor antagonist on transcriptional factors and mRNA expression have not been fully examined in myocardial infarction (MI), the present study examined the effects of spironolactone (SPIRO) and candesartan cilexitil (CAN) on activation of activator protein-1 (AP-1), nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) and mRNA expression in the non-ischemic myocardium after MI. MI was induced by ligation of the coronary artery in Wistar rats, which were separated into (1) vehicle-treated group, (2) CAN-treated group (10 mg/kg per day), (3) SPIRO-treated group (100 mg/kg per day) and (4) CAN + SPIRO-treated group. The activity of both AP-1 and NF-kappaB was significantly increased at 4 weeks after MI. CAN or SPIRO significantly prevented the cardiac remodeling and activity of AP-1 and NF-kappaB. Furthermore, CAN + SPIRO prevented the cardiac remodeling and activation of AP-1 and NF-kappaB, compared with CAN or SPIRO alone. Myocardial atrial natriuretic peptide, brain natriuretic peptide, collagen I and III mRNAs were enhanced by MI, and CAN or SPIRO alone significantly reduced the mRNAs. CAN + SPIRO significantly prevented these mRNAs, compared with CAN or SPIRO alone. Both aldosterone and angiotensin II are involved in the myocardial transcriptional activation of AP-1, NF-kappaB and the cardiac remodeling-related mRNAs. The combination of CAN and SPIRO may be a potent therapeutic strategy for preventing cardiac remodeling after MI.
    Circulation Journal 05/2004; 68(4):376-82. · 3.58 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 1997–2014
    • Osaka City University
      • • Department of Pharmacology
      • • Graduate School of Medicine
      • • First Department of Internal Medicine
      • • Third Department of Internal Medicine
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
  • 2005–2008
    • Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories, Ltd.
      Kagosima, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 2006
    • Kumamoto University
      • Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics
      Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 2003
    • Kobe Pharmaceutical University
      Kōbe, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1994–1997
    • Osaka Kyoiku University
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan