Atsushi Wakita

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Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) is a distinct clinical entity among mature T-cell neoplasms, and its causative agent has been confirmed to be long-term infection by human T-lymphotropic virus type 1. A recent study demonstrated frequent expression of a chemokine receptor, CC chemokine receptor (CCR)4, which is known as a Th2 marker but not CXC(More)
One Japanese pedigree of familial essential thrombocythemia (FET) inherited in an autosomal-dominant manner is presented. A unique point mutation, serine 505 to asparagine 505 (Ser505Asn), was identified in the transmembrane domain of the c-MPL gene in all of the 8 members with thrombocythemia, but in none of the other 8 unaffected members in this FET(More)
CMV disease remains a major infectious complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). To investigate the relationship between CMV antigenemia, treatment with ganciclovir (GCV), and outcome, we retrospectively analyzed 241 consecutive patients at risk for CMV infection who underwent allogeneic HSCT. Antigenemia-guided(More)
Between October 1981 and December 2000, 46 patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL) underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in the Nagoya Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group. The median age was 28.5 years (range, 4-51 years). All but one patient achieved engraftment. Grade II-to-IV(More)
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in the Revised European-American Lymphoma Classification encompasses various morphologic subtypes of diffuse large-cell lymphomas of B-cell origin. The category is biologically and clinically heterogeneous, even though it constitutes approximately 30% of all non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. Clinically, the International Prognostic(More)
Microsatellite instability (MSI) represents a replication error resulting from the dysfunction of mismatch repair gene products. In this study, MSI was analyzed in 18 patients with various subtypes of adult T cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL/L). Using six different microsatellite loci, we defined MSI as positive when replication errors were observed in at least(More)
MUM1/IRF4 is a myeloma-associated oncogene transcriptionally activated as a result of t(6;14)(p25,q32) chromosomal translocation and by virtue of its juxtaposition to the immunoglobulin heavy chain gene (IgH) locus. When this oncogene becomes non-functional, no activated B/T lymphocytes and Ig secreting plasma cells are observed, suggesting that MUM1/IRF4(More)
BACKGROUND In allergic inflammation involving allergic rhinitis, the predominance of Th(2) lymphocytes is one of the primary causal agents in promotion of the allergic condition. Thymus and activation-regulated chemokine (TARC/CCL17) is a recently identified chemokine that induces the development of Th(2) lymphocytes. One of the sources of TARC has been(More)
MUM1 (multiple myeloma oncogene 1)/IRF4 (interferon regulatory factor 4) gene has been identified as an oncogene transcriptionally activated by t(6;14)(p25;q32) chromosomal translocation in multiple myeloma (MM). The significance of this alteration in MM remains unknown, as it is not detectable by means of conventional cytogenetic analysis. To address this(More)
Plasma alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity is frequently measured in toxicity studies. In the present study, we assessed the usefulness of a commercially available polyacrylamide-gel (PAG) disk electrophoresis kit used in humans (AlkPhor System, Jokoh Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan) for identifying plasma ALP isoenzymes in mice of the Crlj:CD1 strain (ICR mice),(More)