Naoya Mikita

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Generalized pustular psoriasis is a distinct type of psoriasis characterized by recurrent febrile attacks with disseminated subcorneal pustules on generalized skin rashes. Recently, homozygous and compound heterozygous mutations of the IL36RN gene, which encodes the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-36 receptor antagonist, were identified in(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effect and safety of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) on lupus erythematosus (LE)-like skin lesions in the MRL/lpr mouse, a model for systemic LE (SLE). METHODS We divided the MRL/lpr mice into three groups that were given: (1) drinking water, (2) HCQ at a dose of 4 mg/kg/d, or (3) HCQ at a dose of 40 mg/kg/d. The HCQ was administered(More)
Lupus erythematosus (LE) includes a broad spectrum of diseases from a cutaneous-limited type to a systemic type. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease which affects multiple organs. Cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) includes skin symptoms seen in SLE and cutaneous-limited LE. Although immune abnormalities, as well as(More)
Occurrence of new patients of leprosy, caused by Mycobacterium leprae infection, is now almost absent in Japan but is still uncontrolled in developing countries. As one factor affecting the disease development, genetic predisposition of a host has been considered to be associated. Actually, various gene mutations have been reported to be associated at two(More)
We investigated the effects of ultraviolet A1 (UVA1) irradiation on spontaneous lupus erythematosus- (LE-) like skin lesions of MRL/lpr mice, using a disease prevention model. UVA1 irradiation significantly inhibited the development of LE-like skin lesions, without obvious changes of the disease including renal disease and serum antinuclear antibody levels.(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory disease accompanied with systemic organs disorder including skin changes. The MRL/MP-lpr/lpr (MRL/l) mouse is a model of human LE. MRL/l mice skin lesions exhibit a decreased activity in histamine-N-methyltransferase (HMT) and impaired histamine metabolism. In order to clarify the role of(More)
A 90-year-old woman with hypertension developed metabolic alkalosis and myoclonus. Her medications included diltiazem hydrochloride, benidipine hydrochloride, kallidinogenase, procaterol hydrochloride, sennoside, dihydrocodeine phosphate, and KM powder antacid that contained 354 mg of licorice and 900 mg of sodium bicarbonate per 3.9 g of powder.(More)