Kazuo Tomizawa

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Autoantibodies to myeloperoxidase (MPO) are a subset of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA, MPO-ANCA) detected in the sera of some patients with primary systemic vasculitis. The titer of MPO-ANCA does not always reflect disease activity and this inconsistency may be attributable to differences in epitopic specificity by MPO-ANCA among various(More)
We established a novel model mouse for myeloperoxidase anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (MPO-ANCA)-associated glomerulonephritis with crescentic formation, which was induced by administering bovine serum albumin (BSA). Neutrophil infiltration into the renal glomeruli began at 8 weeks and crescent formation was observed from 10 weeks after the first BSA(More)
OBJECTIVES The MPO-specific antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (MPO-ANCA) are associated with renal failure. Epitopes of MPO-ANCA and immunoglobulin G (IgG) subclass and cytokine levels in the recovery phase were analysed by the administration of 15-deoxyspergualin (DSG) to SCG/Kj mice, which show spontaneous crescentic GN (CrGN). METHODS We treated(More)
Adenosine deaminase is one of the key enzymes in purine nucleotide degradation. This enzyme exists in most of the human tissues and the activity is high in lymphatic tissues, especially in T lymphocytes. Elevated adenosine deaminase activity in T cell leukemia has been reported, and its inhibitor, deoxycoformycin, has been developed as an antitumor agent.(More)
A 36-year-old Japanese woman with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) was treated with systemic Vitamin E and developed sudden myocardial infarction. The diagnosis of MCTD was based on clinical and serological findings. Since she developed pericarditis with high fever on the occasion of the attack of myocardial infarction, she was treated with systemic(More)
A previously undescribed hamartoma with stubby white hair was observed in a 1-week-old girl. A deep red, soft nodule with fine wrinkles was present on the back. White bizarre short thick hairs with irregular exterior cuticular squamae were noted. The main cells proliferating in the nodule were fibroblast-like spindle cells that had dendrites and showed(More)
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