Hiroshi Iwasaka

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OBJECTIVE Childhood- and adolescence-onset schizophrenic patients with obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCS) constitute a specific subgroup of schizophrenia. We performed magnetic resonance imaging in this group seeking evidence of neurodevelopmental insults. METHOD Thirty-two schizophrenic patients were compared with 19 controls. Schizophrenic subjects(More)
Twenty-three patients with Tourette's disorder (13 with obsessive-compulsive symptoms [OCS] and 10 without) were comparatively investigated. In contrast to OCS-free Tourette's disorder patients, those with OCS were found to be characterized by (i) a higher incidence of volatile temper, (ii) a higher incidence of compulsive tics, (iii) a higher incidence of(More)
Thirty-nine patients with schizophrenia, diagnosed according to DSM-III-R, who were under 15 years of age, were studied in two groups; 16 subjects with obsessive-compulsive symptoms during the prodromal phase, and 23 with no obsessive-compulsive disorders. The group with obsessive-compulsive symptoms during the prodromal phase was characterized by a higher(More)
BACKGROUND Subcutaneous fat necrosis (SCFN) of the newborn is a rare condition that manifests within days after birth. The interscapular region, axillae and shoulders are the most commonly affected sites, corresponding to anatomic sites of brown adipose tissue (BAT) in newborns. OBJECTIVE We postulated a specific involvement of BAT in SCFN and searched(More)
OBJECTIVE The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the association between morphological abnormalities of brain and minor physical anomalies (MPAs) in childhood and adolescent onset schizophrenia. METHOD Twenty-seven patients who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia according to DSM-IV criteria before 18 years of age were included in the(More)
Adherence to host cells is an essential step in the initiation of most infectious diseases. It is well known that bacterial fimbriae may be involved in the adherence. Porphyromonas (Bacteroides) gingivalis is a pathogenic organism of adult periodontitis which is a chronic inflammatory disease. Using an experimental system for fimbria-induced TNF-alpha gene(More)
Our most recent study demonstrated that fibronectin is one of the Porphyromonas gingivalis fimbria-binding proteins. In this present study, we demonstrate with mouse embryonic calvarial cells that P. gingivalis fimbria-stimulated bone resorption is inhibited by human fibronectin. The fibronectin inhibition was dose and culture time dependent and was(More)
The present study was performed to examine whether Porphyromonas gingivalis fimbriae induce specifically a protein kinase-mediated phosphorylated protein that is involved in the mechanism of signal transduction. The fimbriae induced a 68-kDa phosphorylated protein (pp68) in a dose-dependent manner in mouse peritoneal macrophages. A marked appearance of pp68(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine serum levels of B-cell-activating factor (BAFF) and its clinical association in patients with sarcoidosis. METHODS; Serum levels of BAFF from 37 patients and 21 healthy subjects were examined by ELISA. Serum angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), lysozyme and IFN-γ levels in sarcoidosis patients were also(More)
This is a report of a pair of male monozygotic twins meeting the DSM-III-R criteria for bulimia nervosa. At the age of 15, both brothers began to diet and suffered from bulimia. They were admitted to psychiatric hospitals and separated. After admission, their clinical course dramatically changed. The differences in their clinical courses and(More)