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BACKGROUND A multicenter case-control study on IgA nephropathy (IgAN) was conducted to develop an evidence-based clinicopathologic classification of IgAN for predicting long-term renal outcome. METHODS Two hundred and eighty-seven patients including those with isolated hematuria or very mild proteinuria were enrolled. During a median follow-up of 9.3(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The fibrosis stage, which is evaluated by the distribution pattern of collagen fibers, is a major predictor for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) for patients with hepatitis C. Meanwhile, the role of elastin fibers has not yet been elucidated. The present study was conducted to determine the significance of quantifying both(More)
We report a case of a 59-year-old man with a severe generalized form of Hailey-Hailey disease that was complicated by fatal liver injury. Erosive lesions were first noted in the axillary and perianal regions at 15 year of age, and Hailey-Hailey disease was diagnosed based on the clinical features and histologic findings in skin biopsy specimens. The patient(More)
BACKGROUND The remission criteria of immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy have varied depending on the clinical study. Therefore, nephrologists cannot make a uniform assessment of treatment outcomes and the standardization of explanations of the condition is difficult in patients with IgA nephropathy. This study aims to propose clinical remission criteria for(More)
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) have been recognized as molecules that maintain cellular homeostasis during changes in the environment. Here we report that HSP90 functions not only in stress responses but also in certain aspects of cellular differentiation. We found that HSP90 showed remarkably high expression in undifferentiated human embryonal carcinoma (EC)(More)
OBJECTIVE The diagnosis of prostate cancer is based on the results of ultrasonography-guided needle biopsy of the prostate, but cancer foci are often not visible in conventional transrectal ultrasonography. Sonazoid is a new microbubble contrast agent. The purpose of our study was to compare areas of contrast material enhancement in the prostate at(More)
CUB (C1r/C1s, urchin embryonic growth factor, BMP1) domain-containing protein 1 (CDCP1) has been implicated in promoting metastasis of cancer cells through several mechanisms, including the inhibition of anoikis, which is cell death triggered by the loss of extracellular matrix interactions. However, the mechanism inhibiting cell death regulated by CDCP1(More)
The IgA nephropathy (IgAN) Study Group in Japan conducted a multicenter, randomized, controlled trial of tonsillectomy with steroid pulse therapy (TSP) versus steroid pulse monotherapy in patients with IgAN (UMIN Clinical Trial Registry Number; C000000384). The effects of therapies in relation to pathological severity were analyzed in this study. The(More)
Angiogenesis in solid tumors is important to tumor growth, invasion and metastasis. Recently, it has been suggested that angiogenesis plays a certain role in the development of hematopoietic malignancies, including leukemia and multiple myeloma. We evaluated tumor angiogenesis in the bone marrow (BM) of multiple myeloma (MM) patients by calculating(More)