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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)
Overexpression of high mobility group AT-hook 2 (Hmga2), which is negatively regulated by MIRLET7 micro RNAs through 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR), causes proliferative haematopoiesis mimicking myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) and contributes to progression of myelofibrosis in mice. Thus, we investigated HMGA2 mRNA expression in 66 patients with MPNs(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)
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)
A patient had multiple myeloma and associated cardiac amyloidosis, which caused diastolic dysfunction and recurrent ventricular fibrillation. After implantation of a cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), the patient underwent autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT). The life-threatening arrhythmias, such as ventricular fibrillation,(More)
Irreversibly injured cardiomyocytes are positive for terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase nick end-labeling (TUNEL), making it controversial as to whether TUNEL-positive cardiomyocytes induced by hypoxia-reoxygenation are apoptotic (secondarily necrotic) or primarily necrotic. We investigated the relationship between plasma membrane integrity and DNA(More)
A patient who had myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) had a transient improvement of cardiac function after peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT). When he was admitted to hospital for PBSCT, a chest X ray showed cardiomegaly, and Tc-99m quantitative gated single photon emission computed tomography (QGS) showed(More)