Kazushige Uchida

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Recent studies suggested the existence of two subtypes of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP): type 1 related with IgG4 (lymphoplasmacytic sclerosing pancreatitis; LPSP) and type 2 related with a granulocytic epithelial lesion (idiopathic duct-centric chronic pancreatitis; IDCP). Apart from type 2 AIP, the pathological features of type 1 AIP with increased serum(More)
BACKGROUND IgG4-sclerosing cholangitis (IgG4-SC) patients have an increased level of serum IgG4, dense infiltration of IgG4-positive plasma cells with extensive fibrosis in the bile duct wall, and a good response to steroid therapy. However, it is not easy to distinguish IgG4-SC from primary sclerosing cholangitis, pancreatic cancer, and cholangiocarcinoma(More)
Recent studies have suggested the existence of two subtypes of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP): type 1 AIP, related to IgG4 (lymphoplasmacytic sclerosing pancreatitis); and type 2 AIP, related to a granulocytic epithelial lesion (idiopathic duct-centric chronic pancreatitis). Compared with type 2 AIP, the clinicopathological features of type 1 AIP, with(More)
OBJECTIVES Although autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) has been recently recognized as a new disease entity of chronic pancreatitis, the clinical diagnosis of the disease remains disputed. Autoantibodies against carbonic anhydrase II and lactoferrin are detected in most patients with AIP, but not in about 10%. We undertook this study to determine whether(More)
We previously reported that autoantibodies against carbonic anhydrase II and lactoferrin are frequently identified in patients with autoimmune-related pancreatitis. To clarify the role of carbonic anhydrase II and lactoferrin, we created animal models of autoimmune pancreatitis by immunizing neonatally thymectomized mice with carbonic anhydrase II and(More)
Recent advances support the concept of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) as a unique systemic disease, because it shows occasional extrapancreatic lesions such as sclerosing cholangitis, sclerosing sialoadenitis, and retroperitoneal fibrosis, pathological features similar to those of fibrosis, and abundant infiltration of IgG4-positive plasma cells, and it is(More)
IgG4 related cholangiopathy, a distinctive type of cholangitis of unknown origin, is characterized by increased serum levels of IgG4, massive infiltration of IgG4-positive plasma cells with storiform fibrosis and/or obliterative phlebitis in the thickened bile duct wall, and good response to steroids. Patients with IgG4-cholangiopathy are frequently(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the role of innate immunity in the development of autoimmune pancreatitis in mice induced by toll-like receptor (TLR) stimulation. METHODS Six-week-old female MRL/Mp mice were injected intraperitoneally with polyinosinic polycytidylic acid (poly I:C) or lipopolysaccharide (LPS) at doses of 5 mg/kg body weight twice weekly for 12(More)
cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) images; (V) fibrotic changes with lymphocyte infiltration; (VI) no symptoms or only mild symptoms, usually without acute attacks of pancreatitis; (VII) absence of pancreatic calcification; (VIII) absence of pancreatic cysts; (IX) occasional association with other autoimmune diseases, and (X) effectiveness of steroid therapy.(More)
When diagnosing autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP), it is most important to differentiate it from neoplastic lesions such as pancreatic or biliary cancers. The revised diagnostic criteria are based on the minimum consensus of AIP in order to avoid misdiagnosing pancreas or biliary cancer as far as possible, but not for screening AIP. Therefore, it is recommended(More)