Nobuhiko Imahashi

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High-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) is a standard therapy for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Combinations of recently proposed prognostic factors such as cytogenetics and international scoring system (ISS) may be useful to predict prognosis after ASCT. This study evaluated 60 consecutive patients who underwent(More)
The prognostic significance of eosinophilia after allogeneic hematopoietic SCT (HSCT) and the relationship between eosinophilia and acute GVHD are not well studied. We retrospectively analyzed 201 adult patients who underwent their first allogeneic HSCT. Seventy-three (36%) patients developed eosinophilia within the first 100 days after HSCT. Eosinophilia(More)
The effectiveness of chimeric Ag receptor (CAR)-transduced T (CAR-T) cells has been attributed to supraphysiological signaling through CARs. Second- and later-generation CARs simultaneously transmit costimulatory signals with CD3ζ signals upon ligation, but may lead to severe adverse effects owing to the recognition of minimal Ag expression outside the(More)
Macrophage infiltration of skin GVHD lesions correlates directly with disease severity, but the mechanisms underlying this relationship remain unclear and GVHD with many macrophages is a therapeutic challenge. Here, we characterize the macrophages involved in GVHD and report that dexamethasone palmitate (DP), a liposteroid, can ameliorate such GVHD by(More)
CTLA-4 is a negative regulator of activated T cells and the association of CTLA-4 polymorphisms with autoimmune diseases and transplant outcome has been reported. We evaluated the effect of donor CTLA-4 polymorphisms on outcome after allogeneic hematopoietic SCT (HSCT). We analyzed 147 Japanese HLA-matched sibling recipients and their donors who had(More)
OBJECTIVE Herpes zoster is the most common infection in patients treated with bortezomib-containing regimens for multiple myeloma. Some clinical trials have reported on the use of acyclovir prophylaxis to decrease the incidence of herpes zoster. However, the appropriate acyclovir dose and duration of prophylaxis remain unclear. The primary objective of this(More)
Early relapse is a parameter that affects clinical outcomes in relapsed diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The prognostic value of lymphopenia following the completion of first-line therapy and the relationship between lymphopenia and early relapse are unknown. Therefore, we studied the role of absolute lymphocyte count (ALC) on early relapse. We(More)
BACKGROUND Because of the less graft-facilitating effect by bone marrow (BM), we need to assess a dosage of conditioning more accurately particularly in combination with reduced-intensity conditioning. Thus we examined that modified continual reassessment method (mCRM) is applicable for deciding appropriate conditioning of allogeneic BM transplantation. (More)
Hemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) induced by uncontrolled macrophage activation and subsequent graft failure is a frequent and prominent complication after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT), a cause of severe morbidity and death, and a therapeutic challenge. Liposome-incorporated dexamethasone, dexamethasone palmitate (DP), shows greater efficacy(More)