Hiroki Shimizu

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Through the use of QuantiFERON-TB Gold, a commercial IFN-gamma assay, we compared differences in quantitative T-cell responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB)-specific antigens [QuantiFERON TB-2G (QFT-2G)] between patients with active tuberculosis (TB) disease and those with latent TB infection (LTBI). The patient group consisted of 180 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Whereas nutrition deficits are recognized as an expression of systemic inflammation in the elderly with diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), if they occur in symptomatic elderly smokers, unfulfilled COPD criteria are not confirmed. METHODS Respiratory function, anthropometry assessment, and diet intake(More)
Asthma is associated with eosinophilic airway inflammation and characterized by enhanced airway sensitivity. Interleukin (IL)-5 plays an important role in the pathogenesis of asthma. The involvement of IL-5 receptor-mediated cellular signals in the pathogenesis of a mite antigen-induced chronic asthma model was investigated. In this study, 48 female(More)
We conducted a single-dose, placebo-controlled, double-blind, dose-response study of NerBloc®(rimabotulinumtoxinB) in patients with cervical dystonia (placebo, 2,500 U, 5,000 U, 10,000 U). The primary endpoint, the change in Toronto Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale (TWSTRS)-total score at 4 weeks post dose from baseline, showed a significant(More)
Eleven cases with mucinous noncystic carcinoma (MC) of the pancreas were studied by histology and mucin immunohistochemistry, to elucidate the mechanism, or route of development, and pre-existing histological type of MC of the pancreas. These MCs were observed in close approximation to, or surrounding, intraductal papillary-mucinous carcinomas (IPMCs), and(More)
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