Kosei Iguchi

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Inhibiting the release of toxic granule proteins from eosinophils is a possible means of treating allergic inflammation. This study was performed to examine whether procaterol and theophylline, commonly used bronchodilators in asthma, inhibit eosinophil degranulation induced by interleukin (IL)-5. Purified eosinophils from patients with asthma were(More)
Bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis often co-exist, and rhinitis is a major risk factor for the development of asthma. However, the reported incidence of allergic rhinitis in asthmatic children varies widely. The aim of this study was to elucidate the incidence of allergic rhinitis, the onset age of chronic upper and lower airway symptoms, and the(More)
Eosinophils may play an important role in the pathogenesis of airway remodeling in asthma through the production of various fibrogenic cytokines such as transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1). Cysteinyl leukotrienes are also suggested to be involved in remodeling with their potential to induce proliferation of airway smooth muscle cells. Since massive(More)
Hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) is a heterogeneous group of uncommon disorders characterized by the presence of marked peripheral blood eosinophilia and tissue eosinophilia, resulting in a wide variety of clinical manifestations. We present the case of an 8-year-old boy with HES. He complained of recurrent abdominal pain, general fatigue, and diarrhea.(More)
Elevated blood levels of thymus and activation-regulated chemokine (TARC)/CCL17 have been observed in atopic dermatitis (AD) and may serve as a new biomarker for AD. However, the normal levels, especially in children, have not been well determined. We sought to establish an efficient enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) with a wide range of detection(More)
BACKGROUND In Japan, morbidity of Japanese cedar pollinosis has dramatically increased, especially in children. However, little is known about the prevalence of pollinosis and sensitization to Japanese cedar pollen (JCP) in young children. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to investigate the prevalence of sensitization to JCP in allergic and non-allergic(More)
The prevalence of childhood obesity and its comorbidities is high in Japan. Increasing prevalence of obesity among children emphasizes the importance of focusing on primary prevention to avoid health complications later in life. We emphasize the prevention of obesity by recommending breast-feeding of infants for at least 6 months and advocating that schools(More)