Atsushi Okuhara

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BACKGROUND Interleukin (IL)-17 is an important factor in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pathogenesis. MicroRNA (miRNA)s are a family of non coding RNAs and associated with human diseases including RA. The purpose of this study is to identify the miRNAs in the differentiation of IL-17 producing cells, and analyze their expression pattern in the peripheral blood(More)
We report a case of a 34-year-old man who had an acute gouty attack with tophi around the accessory bone of the bipartite patella with intra-osseous lesions. As the symptoms did not respond to conservative treatments, the patient was treated surgically. Arthroscopy revealed urate crystals surrounded by inflammatory synovitis on the surface of the bipartite(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a family of non-coding RNAs that play an important role in human diseases, including osteoarthritis (OA). The objective of this study was to investigate the expression patterns of miRNAs in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of OA patients. PBMCs were isolated from 36 patients with OA, 6 RA patients, and 36 healthy(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoarthritis affects the whole body, thus biomechanical effects on other joints should be considered. Unloading knee braces could be effective for knee osteoarthritis, but their effects on the contralateral knee and bilateral hip joints remain unknown. This study investigated the effects of bracing on the kinematics and kinetics of involved and(More)
We evaluated six cases of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) involving the red pulp of the spleen. All had B symptoms and an aggressive clinical course. The lymphoma cells proliferated diffusely and non-cohesively in the cords of the red pulp. The lymphoma involved the bone marrow in four of the five patients and the liver in all four of the patients(More)
BACKGROUND It is known from clinical and experimental studies that the healing potential of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is extremely poor and that early phases of ligament healing require an augmented blood supply. MicroRNA (miRNA) is a type of small, noncoding RNA that negatively regulates gene expression, and miRNA (miR)-210 is reported to be(More)
BACKGROUND There are various indirect signs of a discoid lateral meniscus in radiographs, for example lateral joint space widening, hypoplasia of the LFC, etc. There has, however, been no previous report of the characteristic shape of the lateral femoral condyle (LFC) in patients with osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) accompanied by a discoid lateral(More)
The treatment of an intra-articular osteoid osteoma is sometimes challenging, because of its location. We report a patient with an intra-articular osteoid osteoma of the lateral tibial plateau which was excised under an arthroscopically assisted procedure. After total resection of the intra-articular osteoid osteoma, the osteochondral defect of the lateral(More)
To identify the relationship between knee flexion angle and femoral tunnel length, as well as the exit points of guidewires, when using a far anteromedial portal technique for posterolateral femoral tunnel drilling in double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Using the far anteromedial portal technique in 8 cadaveric knees, femoral tunnel(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the functional and radiographic outcome of fixation of unstable juvenile osteochondritis dissecans lesions of the knee after a minimum of 2 years of follow-up. METHODS A total of 33 unstable juvenile osteochondritis dissecans lesions in 30 patients underwent fixation using bioabsorbable pins through(More)