Hiromichi Iwasaki

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Minocycline, which is a member of the broad-spectrum bacteriostatic tetracycline antibiotics group, has also recently been shown to have additional effects that are separate from their antimicrobial function; however, the detailed mechanisms involved remain unknown. We examined the effects of minocycline on cytokine and chemokine production and the(More)
Erythromycin (EM) has attracted attention because of its anti-inflammatory effect. Because dendritic cells (DCs) are the most potent APCs involved in numerous pathologic processes including innate immunity, we examined effects of EM on the activation of human DCs by pathogen-derived stimuli. Monocyte-derived DCs were pretreated with EM and subsequently(More)
BACKGROUND Hospital-acquired bloodstream infections (BSIs) are significant causes of mortality, and strategies to improve outcomes are needed. We aimed to evaluate the clinical efficacy of a multidisciplinary infection control team (ICT) approach to the initial treatment of patients with hospital-acquired BSI. METHODS A before-after quasiexperimental(More)
OBJECTIVES The rapid diagnosis of bacteremia is crucial for patient management including the choice of antimicrobial therapy, especially in cases of hematological disease, because neutropenia occurs frequently during antineoplastic chemotherapy or disease progression. We describe a rapid detection and identification system that uses universal PCR primers to(More)
The necessity of internucleosomal DNA fragmentation for the complete execution of apoptosis is still controversial. While investigating the apoptotic pathway induced by 1-beta-D-arabinofuranosylcytosine (ara-C) in the human T-lymphoblastic leukemia CCRF-CEM (CEM) cells, we could easily retrieve high molecular weight (HMW) DNA fragments with a predominant(More)
An 85-year-old female farmer was admitted to our hospital for fever, general fatigue, and skin rash. Cephalosporin was not effective and minocycline was dramatically effective. An eschar was discovered on her inguinal region after the defervescence. Laboratory examination of serum taken 12 days after onset of the illness showed elevated titers of antibodies(More)
The clinical significance of serum soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL2R) levels was retrospectively assessed in patients with advanced diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Twenty-one patients, who were newly-diagnosed with advanced DLBCL (stage III and IV) between 2006 and 2009, were evaluated. The median follow-up period was 37 months. All patients(More)
Polycythemia vera (PV) is known to occasionally transform into acute leukemia. Administration of alkylating agents seems to be associated with an increased risk of leukemic transformation of PV. Hypercalcemia is a serious complication of malignancies, but it is uncommon in acute leukemia. In the majority of malignancies with hypercalcemia, elevated(More)
The primary objective of the present study was to correlate blood cell counts (lymphocyte, monocyte and platelet counts) with early disease relapse following the attainment of complete remission (CR) by the rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone (R-CHOP)-like regimen in patients with advanced diffuse large B-cell lymphoma(More)
Leukocytosis in tobacco smokers has been well recognized; however, the exact cause has not been elucidated. To test the hypothesis that tobacco nicotine stimulates neutrophils in the respiratory tract to produce IL-8, which causes neutrophilia in vivo, we examined whether nicotine induces neutrophil-IL-8 production in vitro; the causative role of NF-kappaB(More)