Makoto Kawashima

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We have described clinical features of 53 cases with pustulotic arthro-osteitis. Anterior chest wall symptoms such as intersterno-costoclavicular or manubriosternal lesions were observed in all of 53 cases. Spondylitis or spondylodiscitis was found in 18 cases. Sacroiliitis resembling ankylosing spondylitis was seen in 7 cases. Peripheral inflammatory(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the levels of interleukin-18 (IL-18) bioactivity within the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) joint, and the differential effects of IL-12 and IL-18 on interferon-gamma (IFNgamma) production by T cell infiltrates. METHODS Expression of IL-18 protein and messenger RNA (mRNA) was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and reverse(More)
Stratum corneum lipids are an important determinant for both water-retention function and permeability-barrier function in the stratum corneum. However, their major constituent, ceramides, have not been analyzed in detail in skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis that show defective water-retention and permeability-barrier function. In an attempt to assess(More)
The stratum corneum of the skin of patients with atopic dermatitis is highly susceptible to colonization by various bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus. The defense system of the skin against bacterial invasion appears to be significantly disrupted in atopic dermatitis skin, but little is known about the defense mechanism(s) involved. As one(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the ability of fibroblast-like synoviocytes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to produce interleukin-7 (IL-7) and IL-15, and the ability of these cytokines to induce the proliferation of synovium-infiltrating T cells. METHODS Messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein levels of IL-7 and IL-15 in synovial tissue cells and fibroblast cell lines were(More)
Arthro-osteitis at the anterior chest wall was found in 12 (9.4%) out of 128 consecutive patients with pustulosis palmaris et plantaris. This finding indicates that the concomitance of arthro-osteitis with PPP is not incidental but is based on some common aetiological factor. We propose a term ;pustulotic arthro-osteitis' for this condition.
A cross-sectional survey was carried out for the purpose of examining the association of work stress with insomnia among nurses working rotating shift systems. A self-administered questionnaire on sleep and mental health was distributed to 875 nurses at five hospitals in Japan. Out of the data from 785 (89.7%) respondents, those from 555 women engaged in(More)
The outcome of limited field irradiation for medically inoperable patients with peripheral stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was analyzed to discuss the elective irradiation of regional lymph nodes. From 1976 through 1994, 36 patients with peripheral stage I NSCLC were treated with definitive radiation therapy (RT) alone at Gunma University(More)
OBJECTIVE Interleukin-18 (IL-18) is a proinflammatory cytokine that is involved in immunologically mediated tissue damage, but its bioactivity is regulated in vivo by its soluble decoy receptor, IL-18 binding protein (IL-18BP). This study was undertaken to determine levels of IL-18 and IL-18 binding inhibition in the blood of patients with adult-onset(More)
We previously reported that accentuated expression of the endothelin-1 (ET-1)/endothelin B receptor (ET(B)R) cascade is involved in the mechanism of hyperpigmentation in lentigo senilis (LS) lesions. The paracrine mechanism underlying ultraviolet B (UVB)-induced hyperpigmentation in the skin may involve the stimulation of the ET-1/ET(B)R cascade as well as(More)