Masaki Sasano

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OBJECTIVE To examine whether different combinations of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), including bucillamine (BUC), gold sodium thiomalate (GST), methotrexate (MTX), salazosulphapyridine (SASP) and dexamethasone (DEX; a steroid), act by inhibiting the production of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor(More)
Potent interleukin-1 (IL-1) activity was detected in culture supernatants from synovium, obtained by arthroscopy, from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients but not from non-RA patients. Production of IL-1 by RA synovium correlated well with findings of inflammation on arthroscopy and HLA-DR expression in immunohistochemical staining. Furthermore, there was a(More)
We have cloned adherent synovial cells from rheumatoid synovitis. These can be generally divided into three types, including cells that have the characteristic features of dendritic cells (DCs), macrophagelike cells (MCs) and fibroblastlike cells (FCs), as classified by morphology and immunofluorescent staining. The cloned cells were able to divide and were(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent inducer of angiogenesis and is constitutively expressed in the synovium of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Over-expression of VEGF may play an important role in pathogenic vascularization and synovial hyperplasia of RA. In the present study, we examined whether disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs),(More)
Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) and interleukin 1 activities were assayed simultaneously in the serum free medium from the unstimulated peripheral blood monocytes from 32 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 11 patients with osteoarthritis, and 25 normal controls matched for age and sex. Angiotensin converting enzyme activity was raised in most(More)
Pyrogen-free cartilage fragments from patients with fracture, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis were found to stimulate the production of interleukin-1 alpha-like and interleukin-1 beta-like factor by peripheral blood mononuclear cells from healthy individuals and rheumatoid arthritis patients. The stimulatory cartilaginous component was type II(More)
Angiotensin converting enzyme was assayed in serum free culture supernatants from unstimulated rheumatoid nodule cells. Angiotensin converting enzyme was released spontaneously and the angiotensin converting enzyme derived from rheumatoid nodule cells was suppressed in a dose and time dependent manner by the protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide. These(More)
Bucillamine: N-(2-mercapto-2-methyl-propanoyl)-L-cysteine, is a newly synthesized slow-acting anti-rheumatic drug with two SH-bonds in its chemical structure. Eleven patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were treated with Bucillamine, and both Lansbury's activity index and the percentage of suppressor T-cells (Leu 2a+ Leu 15+) were serially monitored for(More)
A total of 14 transformed cell clones were obtained by micro-injecting origin-defective SV40 DNA into three types of cloned adherent synovial cells (ASC) (dendritic cells (DCs), macrophage-like cells (MCs), and fibroblast-like cells (FCs)) from two rheumatoid arthritis patients (five DC clones (SV40-DCs), five MC clones (SV40-MCs) and four FC clones(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effects of thymulin (serum thymic factor + Zn2+) in collagen induced arthritis (CIA) in rats. METHODS SD rats were immunized with bovine type II collagen plus Freund's incomplete adjuvant, and thymulin was administered intraperitoneally on the first day of first immunization. We determined the level of serum thymulin by(More)