Naofumi Imai

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IgG4-related disease is a recently recognized multi-organ disorder characterized by high levels of serum IgG4 and dense infiltration of IgG4-positive cells into several organs. Although the pancreas was the first organ recognized to be affected by IgG4-related disorder in the syndrome of autoimmune pancreatitis, we present here clinico-pathological features(More)
Background:Inflammation-based prognostic scores including the Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS), neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR), and Prognostic Nutritional Index (PNI) are associated with survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of these inflammation-based prognostic scores in(More)
BACKGROUND Little information has been available until now about the clinical efficacy of tonsillectomy on long-term renal survival of patients with idiopathic immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN). METHODS To investigate the effect of tonsillectomy on long-term renal survival, we reviewed the clinical course of 118 patients with idiopathic biopsy-diagnosed(More)
Immunoglobulin (Ig) G4-related kidney disease characterizing tubulointerstitial nephritis (TIN) is an organ complication recognized in IgG4-related systemic diseases that has some unique aspects compared to other types of TIN. TIN lesions in the kidney can be tumor-like, focal or diffuse. Abnormal urinalysis is usually mild or absent even in the cases with(More)
BACKGROUND It is suggested that IgA nephropathy (IgAN) manifests differently in children vs adults on the basis of biopsy findings. However, this has been difficult to establish owing to the uncertainty of the timing of disease onset in adult IgAN. We addressed this question by comparing both histology and leucocyte accumulation in biopsies of recently(More)
We describe an elderly man with membranous nephropathy and lymphoplasmacytic infiltration into the renal interstitium who presented with a high serum IgG4 concentration and no organ involvement in the pancreatobiliary system. Although the patient had hypocomplementemia and was positive for antinuclear antibodies, he was negative for antibodies against Sm,(More)
OBJECTIVE Recently, a new concept of IgG4-related systemic disease including autoimmune pancreatitis, characterized by a high serum IgG4 level and tissue infiltration by IgG4-positive plasma cells, has been proposed. Our aim was to investigate the renal involvement in this condition. PATIENTS AND METHODS We investigated the results of laboratory and(More)
Various partially or fully desialylated human erythropoietins were obtained by neuraminidase digestion of the hormone, without non-specific proteolysis and degradation of carbohydrates. Asialoerythropoietin showed a specific activity of 220-IU/mg protein in vivo, although that of the intact erythropoietin was 2.2 x 10(5) IU/mg. A linear relationship was(More)
BACKGROUND IgG4-related disease is a multi-organ disorder characterized by a high level of serum IgG4 and dense infiltration of IgG4-positive cells into affected organs. In routine studies, however, IgG subclasses are not estimated. In the present study, we attempted to clarify the light-microscopic characteristics of IgG4-related tubulointerstitial(More)
We describe here the molecular basis of an isolated hereditary giant platelet disorder (GPD) which is not accompanied with thrombocytopenia or leukocyte inclusion. Platelet aggregation with ristocetin and botrocetin was almost normal in this patient. Flow cytometric analysis showed that the glycoprotein (GP) Ib/IX complex was expressed on the platelet(More)