Hitoshi Okazaki

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BACKGROUND Asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation of the airway with the presence of Th2 cytokines. Airway remodeling in asthma is closely related to clinical manifestations. Lung myofibroblasts play a critical role in the airway remodeling and Th2 cytokines may modulate their behavior. We examined the effect of two major Th2 cytokines, IL-4 and(More)
Long-term macrolide therapy has been proven to improve survival in patients with diffuse panbronchiolitis. Although its mechanisms remain unknown, previous studies have suggested the effects of macrolide might be anti-inflammatory rather than antibacterial. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms of its action, we studied here the effects of erythromycin (EM)(More)
BACKGROUND In most cases of anaphylactic transfusion reaction, the mechanisms underlying its development are unclear. We found a donor whose transfused blood components were implicated in two cases of anaphylactic transfusion reaction, and we found that the donor plasma showed mast cell degranulation activity. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS The donor plasma was(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital haptoglobin deficiency is a risk factor for anaphylactic nonhemolytic transfusion reactions in Japan. The deleted allele of the haptoglobin gene, Hp(del), which causes congenital haptoglobin deficiency, has also been observed in other Northeast Asian populations, such as Korean and Chinese persons. It has not been reported in several(More)
Proliferation of bronchial epithelial cells is an important biologic process in a variety of physiologic and pathologic conditions. In this study, we demonstrate that hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) stimulates proliferation of human bronchial epithelial cells obtained from healthy volunteers. The mitogenic effect of HGF is dependent on costimulation with(More)
Fibroblasts play an important role in the repair and remodeling processes following injury. Leukotriene D4 (LTD4) is a potent mediator in inflammatory processes, but the direct effect of cysteinyl leukotrienes on fibroblast migration remains unelucidated. In this study, the effect of the LTD4 on normal human lung fibroblasts (NHLF) chemotaxis induced by(More)
Fine particles derived from diesel engines, diesel exhaust particles (DEP), have been shown to augment gene expression of several inflammatory cytokines in human airway epithelial cells in vitro. However, it remains unclear whether or not DEP have any effect on the expression and production of eotaxin, an important chemokine involved in eosinophil(More)
Patients with Kawasaki disease (KD) who did not respond to the initial IVIG are known to have higher risk for developing coronary arterial lesions (CALs). Our aim is to clarify whether patients with initial IVIG resistant KD may benefit from methylprednisolone pulse therapy (MPT) in comparison with re- treatment of IVIG (2nd IVIG). A total of 237 patients(More)