Chinatsu Takai

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The purpose of this study was to clarify the factors related to silent osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Seventy-eight patients with SLE were selected on the basis of having been newly diagnosed and requiring high-dose prednisolone, including pulse therapy with methylprednisolone, as the initial(More)
OBJECTIVE To define the clinical features of IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) complicated with perivascular lesions. METHODS The clinical features of seven patients with IgG4-RD and perivascular lesions diagnosed at the University of Tsukuba Hospital between October 2008 and October 2013, were analyzed, including clinical background, results of imaging(More)
Human cartilage gp-39 (HC gp-39) is a well-known autoantigen in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, the exact localization, fluctuation and function of HC gp-39 in RA are unknown. Therefore, using a glucose-6-phosphate isomerase (GPI)-induced model of arthritis, we investigated these aspects of HC gp-39 in arthritis. The rise in serum HC gp-39 levels was(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize the epidemiology of Sjögren's syndrome (SS), including prevalence, disease type, extra-glandular involvement, satisfaction of diagnostic criteria sets, and treatment used in Japan. METHODS The Research Team for Autoimmune Diseases, the Research Program for Intractable Disease by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare conducted(More)
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) have proved to be important in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) because the outcome of RA has greatly improved with the recent availability of biologics targeting them. It is well accepted that these cytokines are involved in the activation of the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling pathway, but our(More)
Each of 36 patients who underwent tracheotomy for removal of malignant or benign tumors or for treatment of pneumothorax was infused with 2 g of aspoxicillin (ASPC, Doyle injection) intravenously over 1-hour period. ASPC concentrations determined at 1 postoperative time-point in tissues of the lung and trachea and in serum of each patient were analyzed(More)
Abstract Objective. To assess the efficacy and safety of abatacept for secondary Sjögren's syndrome (SS) associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods. The primary endpoint of this 1-year, open-labeled, prospective, observational multicenter study of RA-associated secondary SS was the rate of SDAI remission at 52 weeks after initiation of abatacept(More)
TNFα-induced adipose-related protein (TIARP) is a six-transmembrane protein expressed on macrophages, neutrophils and synoviocytes. We reported recently that mice deficient in TIARP (TIARP-/-) spontaneously develop arthritis and are highly susceptible to collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) with enhanced interleukin (IL)-6 production. However, the effects of(More)
OBJECTIVE IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is characterized by IgG4-positive plasmacytic infiltration and fibrosis in various organs. Orbital involvement in IgG4-RD includes lacrimal glands, extra-ocular muscles, trigeminal nerve and other parts of the orbit. Immunohistochemical staining is used to diagnose IgG4-RD in patients with orbital inflammation. The(More)