Naomi Sugimori

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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)
To identify a new diagnostic marker for the immune pathophysiology of aplastic anemia (AA), we screened sera of immune-mediated AA patients for the presence of antibodies (Abs) specific to proteins derived from a leukemia cell line UT-7 using two-dimensional electrophoresis followed by immunoblotting. The target proteins were identified by peptide mass(More)
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)
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)
We report a case of natural killer cell large granular lymphocytic (NK-LGL) leukaemia successfully treated with allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (allo-PBSCT). The peripheral blood (PB) revealed an abnormal expansion of LGL that were CD3-, CD16- and CD56+, and had natural killer activity. In situ EBER-1 hybridization of the PB(More)
HLA-DRB1*1501, a subtype of HLA-DR2, has been shown to be closely associated with a good response to cyclosporine (CyA) therapy in patients with aplastic anaemia (AA). To determine whether this DRB1 allele can also predict a response to antithymocyte globulin (ATG) therapy in AA patients, we analysed the results of HLA-DRB1 typing in 59 Japanese patients(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)
Although myelodysplastic syndromes are heterogeneous disorders comprising a benign subset of bone marrow failure similar to aplastic anemia, no laboratory test has been established to distinguish it from bone marrow failures that can evolve into acute myeloid leukemia. Plasma thrombopoietin levels were measured in 120 patients who had myelodysplastic(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)
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.