Koki Furusho

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The ability of high-dose intravenous gammaglobulin (IVGG) to prevent the coronary artery lesion of Kawasaki disease has been studied in a multicentre controlled trial of IVGG plus aspirin versus aspirin alone, aspirin being the conventional treatment for Kawasaki disease. Patients were allocated at random to aspirin (45 cases) or IVGG (40 cases), there(More)
Nephrotic syndrome (NS) is a renal disease characterized by proteinuria and hypoalbuminemia. In NS patients without any allergic disease, serum IgE and IgG4 levels were selectively increased, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (MNC) spontaneously produced IgE and IgG4. T cells produced interleukin (IL)-13 spontaneously, and B cells constitutively(More)
We investigated the effect of prostaglandin E2 on the acquisition of cytokine-producing ability by naive CD4+ T cells in human cord blood. Naive CD4+ T cells were stimulated for 3 days with mouse monoclonal anti-CD3 Ab, then washed and expanded in IL-2-containing medium for 3 more days. These activated T cells produced IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, and IFN-gamma upon(More)
We evaluated the temporal profile of the number of neurons containing neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS neurons) in the brain of a neonatal hypoxic-ischemic rat model. Hypoxic-ischemic insults were produced in the brains of 7-day-old rat pups using a combination of unilateral carotid artery ligation and hypoxic (8% oxygen) exposure. Sections of brain(More)
The effect of hydrocortisone on spontaneous human IgE and IgG4 production in atopic patients was studied. In cultures of mononuclear cells, hydrocortisone (HC) enhanced IgE and IgG4 production without affecting the production of IgM, IgA1, IgA2, IgG1, IgG2, or IgG3. In contrast, testosterone, beta-estradiol, progesterone, aldosterone, gonadotropin, and(More)
CD8 deficiency is a rare primary immunodeficiency caused by the defect of a tyrosine kinase, ZAP-70, which transduces signals from the T cell receptor. We report here a case of CD8 deficiency, having CD4+ T cells with a unique phenotype. The patient's T cells did not respond to anti-CD3 stimulation in vitro, suggesting that they were naive. However, many(More)
We studied the effects of various chemokines including neutrophil-activating peptide 2 (NAP-2), beta-thromboglobulin (beta-TG), platelet factor 4 (PF-4), melanoma growth stimulating activity (GRO), gamma interferon-induced protein (IP-10), regulated on activation, normal T expressed and secreted (RANTES), macrophage inflammatory protein 1 alpha (MIP-1(More)
OBJECTIVES The goals of the present study were to develop a predictive coronary risk scoring system after intravenous gamma-globulin (IVGG) therapy of any dose for the different preparations currently used in the treatment of children with Kawasaki disease and to determine the predictive value of the system. The previously reported scoring systems were(More)
We investigated the effects of IL-7 on the proliferation and acquisition of cytokine-producing ability of naive CD4+ T-cells from human cord blood. Naive CD4+CD45RA+ T-cells from human cord blood expressed CDw127 (IL-7R) at higher levels than adult CD4+ CD45RA+ T-cells and produced IL-2 and a small amount of IFN-gamma upon stimulation with PMA and(More)