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Articles by Y Miyamoto
Total Records ( 3 ) for Y Miyamoto
  R Yamada , H Okura , T Kume , K Saito , Y Miyamoto , K Imai , T Tsuchiya , T Maehama , N Okahashi , K Obase , A Hayashida , Y Neishi , T Kawamoto and K. Yoshida

Positive arterial remodeling and thin fibrous cap are characteristics of rupture-prone or vulnerable plaque. The natural course of the fibrous cap thickness and the relationship between serial arterial remodeling and changes in fibrous cap thickness are unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between changes in fibrous cap thickness and arterial remodeling by using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) during 6-month follow-up.

Methods and Results—

Both IVUS and OCT examinations were performed on 108 vessels from 36 patients with ischemic heart disease who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention. Fifty-eight fibroatheromas were selected from 82 nonsignificant, nonculprit lesions (angiographic diameter stenosis, 25% to 75%; plaque burden, >40% by IVUS). Fibroatheroma was defined by OCT as lipid-rich plaque in >1 quadrant that has lipid. Thickness of the fibrous cap was measured by OCT. IVUS and OCT examinations were repeated at 6-month follow-up. Serial changes and relationships between IVUS indices and fibrous cap thickness were investigated. Overall, fibrous cap thickness (98.1±38.9 to 96.9±44.5 µm) as well as IVUS indices did not change significantly within 6 months. The percent changes in fibrous cap thickness correlated negatively and significantly (r=–0.54; P<0.0001; generalized estimating equation adjusted, r=–0.42; P=0.001) with the percent changes in external elastic membrane cross-sectional area.


Arterial remodeling is related to changes in fibrous cap thickness. Positive arterial remodeling is not only an adaptive process, but also related to thinning of the fibrous cap.

  K Nohara , T Suzuki , K Ao , H Murai , Y Miyamoto , K Inouye , X Pan , H Motohashi , Y Fujii Kuriyama , M Yamamoto and C. Tohyama

The ligand-dependent transcription factor aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) has been implicated in various immune functions. Our previous studies have shown that AhR activation by exposure of ovalbumin (OVA)-immunized mice to the potent ligand 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) increases immunization-induced IFN- production in the spleen and suppresses the production of Th2 cytokines and OVA-specific antibodies. In the present study, we used transgenic (Tg) mice that express a constitutively active mutant of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (CA-AhR) specifically in T-lineage cells to clarify the role of AhR activation in T cells in these reactions. The results of this study clearly demonstrated that AhR activation only in the T cells augments IFN- production upon OVA immunization. By contrast, production of Th2 cytokines and antibodies were not significantly suppressed by CA-AhR in the T cells. These results suggest that suppression of Th2 cytokines and antibodies production require AhR activation not only in T cells but also in other cell types as caused by TCDD exposure. Alternatively, these results may indicate that IFN- augmentation and Th2 cytokines and antibodies suppression depend on different ways of functions of AhR in the T cells and that CA-AhR does not replicate the suppressive effect of TCDD-activated AhR on Th2 cytokines and antibodies. Expression of CA-AhR in the T cells was also shown to increase the percentage of CD25+ cells among CD4+ cells in the thymus and spleen. Thus, studies using T-cell-specific CA-AhR Tg mice provide a way to dissect the role of AhR in individual cell types and how the AhR functions.

  K Shimamura , H Takahashi , H Kitazawa , Y Miyamoto , A Nagumo , C Tang , D Dean , T Nagase , N Sato and S. Tokita

ELOVL6, a member of the elongation of very long-chain fatty acids (ELOVL) family, has recently been identified as the rate-limiting enzyme for the elongation of palmitoyl-CoA. ELOVL6 deficient mice are protected from high-fat diet induced insulin resistance, suggesting that ELOVL6 might be a promising target for the treatment of metabolic disorders. Despite the increasing interest in Elovl6 as a therapeutic target, the lack of chemical tools for this enzyme has limited further elucidation of the biochemical and pharmacological properties of ELOVL6. We have identified Compound-A, a potent inhibitor for ELOVL6, by screening our company library and subsequently optimizing hit compounds. Compound-A potently inhibited human and mouse ELOVL6 and displayed >100-fold greater selectivity for ELOVL6 over other ELOVL family members. Consistent with its potent and selective inhibitory activity toward ELOVL6, [3H]Compound-A bound to ELOVL6 with high affinity while showing no specific binding to other ELOVL enzymes. The observation that [3H]Compound-A bound to ELOVL6 in a palmitoyl-CoA-dependent manner in the absence of malonyl-CoA and NADPH suggests that Compound-A might recognize an enzyme–substrate complex, e.g. an acyl–enzyme intermediate. Collectively, these observations demonstrate that Compound-A and its tritiated form are useful tools for biochemical and pharmacological characterization of ELOVL6.

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