Ryoko Sakuma

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We report here a novel point mutation in exon 5 of the Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD) gene resulting in an amino acid substitution of valine(148) by isoleucine (V148I) in a Japanese family with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FALS). In this family, the age at onset was young (28.0 ± 3.8 years old, mean ± SD, n = 4) and the disease progression was rapid(More)
We have identified a novel two-base mutation in exon 1 of the Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1) gene (TGC to TTT), which resulted in Cys6 to Phe substitution in a Japanese family with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This is the first case of familial ALS-associated two-base change of the SOD1 gene. Similar to several mutations in exon 1 of the SOD1(More)
INTRODUCTION Polycythemia vera (PV) accompanies the clinical course of thrombosis. Phosphatidylserine (PS) expression on the plasma membrane has been known to be one of place where the coagulation system activates. We studied the relationship between clotting factor activity and PS expression on the erythrocyte membrane in patients with erythrocytosis. (More)
To provide histological diagnoses of brain diseases, CT-guided stereotactic brain biopsy (CT-SBB) has been widely used because of its less invasive technique compared with open brain biopsy (OBB). However, CT-SBB is not always diagnostic. We report a case of multiple intracranial tuberculoma whose diagnosis was not made by CT-SBB but by OBB. The patient is(More)
We encountered a patient with cold agglutinin disease (CAD) that worsened after Salmonella gastroenteritis. A 52-year-old male complained pain in the left fingers with cyanosis and was admitted in a local hospital. After treatment for ischemia, he demonstrated diarrhea with fever. Because of progressive anemia, he was referred to our hospital. Salmonella(More)
We report the clinical and MRI findings of two patients with familial spinal arachnoiditis. Although their initial symptoms were various, they both showed spastic paraparesis and sensory disturbance below the thoracic level. Cytokines and WBC in the CSF were studied, but they were not elevated at all. The spinal magnetic resonance images of each showed(More)
BACKGROUND Nafamostat mesilate (NM), a protease inhibitor, is available for acute pancreatitis and disseminated intravascular coagulopathy and is used as an anticoagulant for haemodialysis in Japan. Co-infusion of red cell concentrates (RCC) and intravenous drugs is usually contraindicated. Because of limited venous access, adherence to the guidelines may(More)
We report a case of fungal meningoencephalitis with steroid-responsive diffuse cerebral white matter lesions. A 49-year-old male developed auditory hallucination, confusion and fever, on April, 1994. He was diagnosed as having cryptococcal meningoencephalitis based on the detection of cryptococcal antigens in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Intravenous(More)
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