Hisako Inoue

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OBJECTIVE The efficacy of biologics in treating adult Still's disease (ASD) is suggested, but the information is still lacking and the validation is insufficient. To determine the efficacy of several biologic agents in refractory ASD in Japan, a multicenter survey was performed. METHOD Clinical data on 16 ASD patients who had been treated with at least 1(More)
We report the case of a 38-year-old female patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who developed acquired hemophilia caused by factor VIII (FVIII) inhibitors. She manifested spontaneous bleeding symptoms such as ecchymoses and hematuria. Laboratory findings showed an isolated prolongation of the activated partial thromboplastin time, reduced FVIII(More)
For over 10 years there have been no clinical studies about adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) in Japan. We aimed to investigate recent clinical features and treatment of AOSD and to evaluate the efficacy of cyclosporin A (CyA) in the treatment of AOSD. The data from 34 patients with AOSD who were admitted to our hospital between 1994 and 2007 were analyzed(More)
OBJECTIVE Interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF-5) is a transcription factor that mediates intracellular signals activated by engagement of Toll-like receptors (TLRs). IRF5 polymorphisms are associated with an increased or decreased risk of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in various human populations, but the precise role of IRF5 in SLE development is not(More)
INTRODUCTION RP105 is a Toll-like receptor homolog expressed on B cells, dendritic cells (DCs), and macrophages. We investigated the role of RP105 in the development of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). METHODS CIA was induced in RP105-deficient DBA/1 mice and the incidence and arthritis index were analyzed. The cytokine production by spleen cells was(More)
OBJECTIVE B cells lacking RP105 produce autoantibodies in patients with SLE. Expression of B-cell activating factor (BAFF) binding receptors (BBRs) and survival of RP105(-) B cells from SLE patients were examined. METHODS Detection of difference of gene expression between RP105(-) and RP105(+) B cells was done by DNA microarrays. Surface expression was(More)
A 67-year-old man clinically diagnosed a year earlier with sarcoidosis based on low-grade fever, lymphadenopathy, trunk skin rash, and histopathological skin tests was admitted for newly developing subcutaneous nodules on the trunk and arms and fever of 38 degrees C. Although initially suspected of recurrent sarcoidosis, he was diagnosed with Mycobacterium(More)
Four cases of nocardiosis in patients with adult-onset Still disease and vasculitis syndrome are presented. Three patients developed lung abscesses and 1 case developed a brain abscess. All were treated with high-dose corticosteroids, and 3 were given cyclosporine when they developed nocardiosis. All patients were successfully treated with antibiotics;(More)
There have been several reports indicating the association between recent stress experiences and the onset or the exacerbation of rheumatic diseases, although few such reports exist in patients with scleroderma (SSc). The present study was performed to elucidate whether there were any functional disturbances in the neuro-endocrine-immune system as a(More)