Kazuaki Shimizu

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BACKGROUND A considerable diversity in prognosis is seen with lupus glomerulonephritis (LGN). Hence, the clinical usefulness of a recent International Society of Nephrology/Renal Pathology Society (ISN/RPS) 2003 classification to judge the long-term outcome of human LGN has been investigated. METHODS We studied retrospectively 60 subjects with LGN (7(More)
Monocyte/macrophage (Momicron) migration to sites of inflammation is a prerequisite cause of organ fibrosis. The recruitment and activation of Mo are regulated by C-C chemokines, especially monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 [(MCP-1)/CC chemokine ligand 2], which interacts with CC chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2). However, the mechanisms leading to fibrosis via(More)
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) have been identified as immunosuppressive cells in tumor-related inflammation. However, the pathogenesis of MDSCs for autoimmune disease has not been investigated as yet. The aim of this study was to address whether MDSCs contribute to autoimmune organ injury in lupus-prone mice. MDSCs were analyzed by flow(More)
Hypertension promotes and escalates kidney injury, including kidney fibrosis. Fractalkine/CX3CL1 is a unique chemokine that works as a leukocyte chemoattractant and an adhesion molecule. Recently, fractalkine/CX3CL1 has been reported to promote tissue fibrosis via its cognate receptor, CX3CR1. However, the involvement of the fractalkine-CX3CR1 axis in the(More)
BACKGROUND In hemodialysis patients, adynamic bone disease has been reported to be closely associated with low levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) due to exposure to high levels of serum calcium following the administration of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) or vitamin D agents. This study was conducted to clarify the therapeutic effect of a non-calcemic(More)
The purpose of this study was to elucidate the effects of dietary sodium restriction on diurnal blood pressure (BP) variation in primary aldosteronism. We studied the diurnal variation in the systemic hemodynamic indices and in baroreflex sensitivity (BRS). In 13 subjects with aldosterone-producing adenomas (2 males; mean age, 39+/-2 years), intra-arterial(More)
A considerable permeability factor (or factors) derived from circulating T cells has a crucial role in proteinuria of nephrotic syndrome (NS). We attempted to remove pathogenic T cells through lymphocytapheresis (LCAP) in 6 patients with primary NS, 2 patients with minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS), 2 patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis(More)
Various techniques for measuring 3-D shape of an ob"ject which use optical information haw been developed. R u t the ohject IS assumed to have diffuse surfaces in most studies In this paper, we describe a technique for reconstructing 3-D shape of ohjects which have specular surfaces based on ~cornctric relations between positions of point light sources and(More)
New Mg2Si-based multilayer structures were proposed for XRF analysis of the light elements from magnesium to nitrogen. These structures contain two, three or more different layer materials in a single period. The additional third, fourth, etc, layer was introduced for improving performance as well as for application dependent performance flexibility.(More)