Naomi Sugimori

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To determine whether the antigen-driven T-cell response is involved in the pathogenesis of aplastic anemia (AA), we examined the complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) size distribution of T-cell receptor (TCR) beta-chain (BV) subfamilies in the bone marrow (BM) of untreated AA patients. AA patients who did not respond to immunosuppressive therapy and(More)
Trichosporon fungemia is a rare and fatal fungal infection that occurs in patients with prolonged neutropenia associated with hematologic malignancies. A 21-year-old male developed Trichosporon fungemia during remission induction therapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Although two courses of induction therapy failed to induce a remission of AML,(More)
The existence of T cells capable of inhibiting in vitro hematopoiesis has been shown in aplastic anemia (AA), although whether such inhibition is mediated by a specific immune reaction involving an HLA allele remained unknown. We isolated a CD4+ Vbeta21+ T-cell clone that was most dominant among Vbeta21+ T cells in the bone marrow (BM) of an AA patient(More)
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-mismatched stem cell transplantation from non-inherited maternal antigen (NIMA)-complementary donors is known to produce stable engraftment without inducing severe graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). We treated two patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and one patient with severe aplastic anemia (SAA) with HLA-mismatched(More)
To determine whether administration of G-CSF induces phenotypic or functional changes in T cells, we examined peripheral blood T cells from normal individuals receiving G-CSF for activation antigen and adhesion molecule expression before and after G-CSF administration. G-CSF (10 microg/kg/day) was administered subcutaneously to 14 normal individuals for 3-5(More)
Benfotiamine is a synthetic thiamine analogue that stimulates transketolase, a cellular enzyme essential for glucose metabolism. Currently, benfotiamine is used to treat diabetic neuropathy. We recently reported that oral benfotiamine induced a temporary but remarkable recovery from acute myeloid leukemia in an elderly patient who was ineligible for(More)
OBJECTIVES Some patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) show a marked increase in the percentage of immature platelet fraction (IPF%) despite the absence of severe thrombocytopenia. To determine the significance of such an unbalanced increase in the IPF%, we investigated the IPF% and other laboratory findings of 51 patients recently diagnosed with MDS.(More)
Peripheral blood from 489 recently diagnosed patients with aplastic anaemia (AA) and 316 with refractory anaemia (RA) of myelodysplastic syndrome was evaluated to characterize CD55(-)CD59(-) [paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH)]-type blood cells associated with bone marrow (BM) failure. PNH-type cells were detected in 57% and 20% of patients with AA(More)
We encountered an unusually severe case of intra-abdominal lymphangiomatosis associated with protein-losing enteropathy and intestinal bleeding. A low-fat diet effectively raised the patient's serum levels of hemoglobin and the total serum protein, perhaps by inducing a reduction in intestinal lymph flow and pressure.