Naomi Kawaguchi

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Anti-soluble liver antigen/liver pancreas (SLA/LP) autoantibody has been proposed to be one of the autoantibodies characterizing autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). Recently, one of the autoantigens to anti-SLA/LP was identified as a UGA suppressor tRNA-associated protein. Although the function of this protein remains unknown, the recombinant protein has been(More)
The use of an ELISA for the detection of anti-M2, a specific autoantibody in primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), has been common in Japan. However, there are some problems in the sensitivity of this ELISA, especially in PBC patients showing antimitochondrial antibody (AMA)-negative sera or low AMA titers by immunofluorescence. Recently, a new ELISA for anti-M2(More)
The prevalence of antimitochondrial antibody (AMA) in humans and its relationship to the development of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) are not well known. We have estimated the frequency of AMA in the general population, and studied its association with PBC. We studies 1714 corporate workers (median age, 48 years; range, 30 to 59 years) who had an annual(More)
To determine whether “autoimmune hepatitis type IIb” should be categorized as a subgroup of autoimmune hepatitis, we conducted a clinicopathological study of 25 adult Japanese patients who were positive for anti-liver/kidney microsome-1 (anti-LKM-1) antibody and infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Anti-LKM-1 was determined by indirect(More)
BACKGROUND A novel program, "cardioGRAF", has been developed to analyze regional left ventricular (LV) systolic/diastolic function and dyssynchrony, so the present study aimed to use it confirm the presence of LV dyssynchrony, and to correlate LV function and dyssynchrony with plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels during the early to advanced(More)
Hairless mice fed a special diet, HR-AD, develop atopic dermatitis (AD)-like skin inflammation with skin barrier defects and itch-related scratching; however, the ingredient(s) causing the dermatitis remains unclear. In this study, we examined whether deficiency of certain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) is involved in HR-AD-induced AD. High-purity(More)
Several lines of data suggest that genetic factors play an important role in the onset and/or progression of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). Since PBC is an autoimmune disease, it is reasoned to assume that genes encoding cytokines may confer susceptibility to disease. Amongst these factors, interleukin-10 (IL-10) has received significant attention. The(More)
We herein report a rare case of primary malignant urethral melanoma developed in an elderly Japanese patient with hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. An 80-year-old female presented at our hospital with a history of urodynia and perineal pain lasting for several months. Cystoscopy revealed cystitis and urethritis with erosion. At that time, urinary(More)
Left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) are used to "bridge" patients with end-stage heart failure until transplantation of a donor heart can be performed ("bridge to transplantation"). However, LVAD support sporadically results in improved cardiac function, and heart transplantation is not necessary even after removal of LVAD in a subset of patients(More)
S100A8 and S100A9 are myeloid cell-derived proteins that are elevated in several types of inflammatory lung disorders. Pro- and anti-inflammatory properties are reported and these proteins are proposed to activate TLR4. S100A8 and S100A9 can function separately, likely through distinct receptors but a systematic comparison of their effects in vivo are(More)