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In the field of basic and clinical neurosciences, it is important to develop a method for easy delivery and persistent expression of transgene in central neurons. We firstly generated lentiviral vectors with five kinds of neuron-specific promoters, such as synapsin I (SYN), calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II, tubulin alpha I, neuron-specific(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the Efficacy and Safety of Etanercept on Active Rheumatoid Arthritis Despite Methotrexate Therapy in Japan (JESMR) study is to compare the efficacy of continuation versus discontinuation of methotrexate (MTX) when starting etanercept (ETN) in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS In total, 151 patients with active RA(More)
Receptors for platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) are abundantly expressed on synovial fibroblast-like (SFL) cells from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and stimulation with PDGF enhances both the anchorage-dependent and -independent growth of RA-SFL cells. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms responsible for the excessive growth of RA-SFL cells(More)
The superiority of the combination therapy of methotrexate (MTX) and anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) biological agents over anti-TNF monotherapy in MTX-naïve patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been demonstrated. We investigated the efficacy and safety of continuation versus discontinuation of MTX at the commencement of etanercept (ETN) in patients(More)
OBJECTIVE Infusion reaction is a major adverse event in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with infliximab. The possible factors including Fcγ receptor (FcγR) polymorphism associated with the development of infusion reactions in patients with RA receiving infliximab were prospectively examined. METHODS 96 patients with RA were enrolled and(More)
OBJECTIVE To validate the sensitivity and specificity of the 2010 RA classification criteria. METHODS A total of 313 undiagnosed subjects, who first visited Keio University Hospital with joint symptoms, including arthralgia, joint swelling and morning stiffness, without any previous treatment except for NSAIDs, were included in the present study. A(More)
BACKGROUND Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors enable tight control of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Discontinuation of TNF inhibitors after acquisition of low disease activity (LDA) is important for safety and economic reasons. OBJECTIVE To determine whether infliximab might be discontinued after achievement of LDA in(More)
This study aims to reconfirm the clinical efficacy and related factors of infliximab therapy, the first biological agent introduced to Japanese patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Data of 351 RA patients with infliximab were collected retrospectively from three major centers for management of rheumatic diseases in Japan. Infliximab was infused(More)
Biologics targeting TNF have brought about a paradigm shift in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and infliximab, anti-TNF-alpha chimeric monoclonal antibody, was marketed in 2003 in Japan. We previously reported on the RECONFIRM study, a retrospective clinical study on the efficacy of infliximab therapy in a RA management group in Japan, where we(More)