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Isolated extramedullary relapse is rare in patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT), and an optimal therapy for it has not been established. We describe a patient with APL who developed serially occurring extramedullary disease (EMD) after SCT. We confirmed that EMD had arisen from the recipient's APL(More)
We report an elderly patient with diffuse large B cell lymphoma harbouring Epstein-Barr virus that showed spontaneous regressions with subsequent relapses three times. The patient died of aspiration pneumonia without any anti-neoplastic treatment 5 years 10 months after the initial onset of lymph node swelling. In the literature, there are several reports(More)
The efficacy of 1% chlorhexidine-gluconate ethanol and 10% povidone-iodine for skin antisepsis of central venous catheter (CVC) sites were compared among hematology patients. The CVC site colonization rates of those groups were 11.9% and 29.2%, respectively, and the catheter-associated blood stream infections were 0.75 and 3.62 per 1,000 catheter-days,(More)
To elucidate the correlation between regulatory T cells (Tregs) and acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) or cytomegalovirus infection following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (allo-BMT), we evaluated either CD4⁺CD25(high) or FOXP3⁺ Treg-enriched cells in peripheral blood (PB) from 20 patients who received allo-BMT, and in biopsies of skin with(More)
Fibroblasts, the majority of non-cardiomyocytes in the heart, are known to release several kinds of substances such as cytokines and hormones that affect cell and tissue functions. We hypothesized that undefined substance (s) derived from cardiac fibroblasts may have the potential to protect against ischemic myocardium. To assess our hypothesis, using rats,(More)
Host-derived Langerhans cells (LCs) are crucial antigen-presenting cells that cause graft-vs.-host disease after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). However, chimaerism of LCs after allogeneic HSCT is largely unknown in humans. We here report a case that developed dermatopathic lymphadenitis accompanied by an accumulation of(More)
Membrane type 1-matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) functions as a signaling molecule in addition to a proteolytic enzyme. Our hypothesis was that MT1-MMP cooperates with protein kinase B (Akt) in tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced signaling pathways of vascular responses, including tissue factor (TF) procoagulant activity and endothelial apoptosis, in(More)
OBJECTIVE Infarct size (IS) reduction by ischemic preconditioning (IPC) has been assessed in the heart in which coronary stenosis (CS)-induced chronic ischemia was not present. The aim of this study is to assess whether and how IS reduction by IPC is modified in the heart in which CS has occurred, and how further therapeutics, if any, modify it. METHODS(More)
Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), which include polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, and primary myelofibrosis, are characterized by clonal proliferative hematopoiesis with increased blood cell count. Clonal expansion mechanisms in MPN and related disorders such as myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) remain to be(More)
To analyse the outcome of adult patients who developed a first relapse of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), we collected the clinical data of 332 patients with Philadelphia-chromosome (Ph) negative ALL, aged 16-65 years, who relapsed after first complete remission (CR1) between 1998 and 2008 in 69 institutions all over Japan, including 58 patients who(More)