Fumiaki Nonaka

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Blau syndrome (BS) is an autosomal dominant autoinflammatory disease associated with NOD2 gene mutations. It is characterized by arthritis, skin rash, and uveitis. Here, we report contrasting outcomes of a daughter and her mother with BS. Their long-term follow-up revealed the efficacy of anti-tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNF) with respect to BS. Joint(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) has traditionally been considered to be an autosomal-recessive disease, however, it has been observed that substantial numbers of patients with FMF possess only 1 demonstrable MEFV mutation. The clinical profile of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) may be influenced by MEFV allelic heterogeneity and other(More)
Autoinflammatory diseases include a large spectrum of monogenic diseases, e.g. familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), as well as complex genetic trait diseases, e.g. adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). In populations where FMF is common, an increased MEFV mutation rate is found in patients with rheumatic diseases. The aim of this study was to examine MEFV(More)
Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors have been developed as anti-inflammatory agents and have demonstrated clinical efficacy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We investigated if JAK-3-selective inhibition alone could disrupt cytokine signalling in rheumatoid synovial fibroblasts. In-vitro studies were performed using synovial fibroblasts isolated from patients with(More)
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autoinflammatory disease caused by MEditerranean FeVer gene (MEFV) mutations. In Japan, patients with FMF have been previously reported, including a mild or incomplete form. Several factors are presumed to contribute to the variable penetrance and to the phenotypic variability of FMF. We conducted the current study(More)
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessive disease affecting populations surrounding the Mediterranean area. In this case report, we report a Japanese female patient with polymyositis (PM) who presented with periodic fever. Genetic analysis revealed that she had compound heterozygous mutations in exon 2 of the MEFV gene(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical manifestations and prevalence of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) in Japanese patients with unexplained fever and rheumatic manifestations. METHODS We enrolled 601 patients with unexplained fever or suspected FMF throughout Japan between 2009 and 2015. Patients were divided into three groups(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of switching the route from intravenous tocilizumab (TCZ) infusion (TCZ-IV) to subcutaneous TCZ injection (TCZ-SC) in a real-world setting through a comparison of the clinical response. METHODS Fifty-eight rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, for whom TCZ-SC was initiated following TCZ-IV between June 2013 and August(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to analyse the role of circulating cleaved IL-1β in patients with FMF. METHODS We enrolled 20 patients with FMF (5 males and 15 females), 22 patients with RA (4 males and 18 females) and 22 healthy controls (6 males and 16 females). Serum levels of serum amyloid A (SAA) were measured by ELISA. We also determined whether(More)