Akihiko Sokai

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Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor is a rare tumor deriving from mesenchymal tissue. Approximately 50% of inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors harbor an anaplastic lymphoma kinase fusion gene. Pulmonary inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors harboring tropomyosin3-anaplastic lymphoma kinase or protein tyrosine phosphatase receptor-type F polypeptide-interacting(More)
Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) is a 25 kD lipocalin that is covalently bound to matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 produced by neutrophils [1]. NGAL in blood or bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) may reflect neutrophilic inflammation in the lungs [2, 3], and it is highly induced in injured epithelial cells, including those in the lung [4].(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are believed to be involved in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and MMP-7 has been described as a useful biomarker for IPF. However, little is known regarding the significance of MMP-10 as a biomarker for IPF. METHODS This observational cohort study included 57 patients with IPF. Serum(More)
OBJECTIVES 2-[18F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) was reported to be useful for monitoring immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4-RD); however, a quantitative FDG-PET/CT analysis such as total lesion glycolysis (TLG) has not yet been conducted. This study aimed to investigate whether TLG would(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) increases with age as with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). OBJECTIVES We assessed the prevalence of CKD (stages 3-5) and investigated the relationship of CKD to clinical features and outcomes in patients with IPF. METHODS This study comprised 123 patients with IPF; 61 subjects with chronic(More)
Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) may be associated with T helper 1 immune response. This study aimed to investigate the role of a functional TLR3 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in sarcoidosis. We genotyped 220 Japanese patients with sarcoidosis and 140 controls for TLR3 SNP rs3775291 to analyze its association with susceptibility to sarcoidosis and(More)
BACKGROUND Decreased bone mineral density (BMD) has been reported in patients with interstitial lung disease. However, BMD has not been evaluated in steroid-naïve patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). We aimed to measure vertebral BMD and investigate its relationship with clinical features in steroid-naïve patients with IPF. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Lung perfusions after single lung transplantation (SLT) have not been fully clarified in patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD). The present study aimed to investigate temporal changes in native lung perfusion and their associated clinical factors in patients with ILD who have undergone SLT. METHODS Eleven patients were enrolled.(More)
BACKGROUND Recent epidemiological studies have shown that patients with interstitial pneumonia have an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Although the presence of a coagulation/fibrinolysis abnormality in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) has been reported, platelet aggregability has not been evaluated in interstitial pneumonias. This study aimed to(More)
The clinical significance of serial changes in serum biomarkers in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) remains to be established. This retrospective study was conducted to clarify the associations of serial changes in serum Krebs von den Lungen-6 (KL-6) and surfactant protein-D (SP-D) with changes in physiological indices and overall mortality(More)