Ryuichi Ashida

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Peritoneal fibrosis is a serious complication in patients with severe chronic kidney disease who are undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD). One of the pathological characteristics of peritoneal fibrosis is the infiltration of macrophages in the thickened submesothelial compact zone. In addition, infiltration of lymphocytes, including T and B lymphocytes, is(More)
Dermatomyositis/polymyositis (DM/PM), which is often accompanied by various immunological abnormalities, was reported to be associated with an increased incidence of malignancies. In this study, we analyzed serum levels of anti-p53 antibody (anti-p53 Ab) in DM/PM patients and in normal controls. Serum levels of anti-p53 Abs were significantly higher in(More)
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a systemic disorder that typically results in fibrosis of the skin and multiple internal organ systems. Although the precise mechanism is unknown, overproduction of extracellular matrix proteins, including collagens and fibronectins, and aberrant immune activation might be involved in the pathogenesis. The soluble cluster of(More)
In this work, two extracts (Soluble and Deposit) were produced by degradative solvent extraction of biomass wastes from 250 to 350°C. The feasibilities of using Soluble and Deposit as additives for coke-making were investigated for the first time. The Soluble and Deposit, having significantly higher carbon content, lower oxygen content and extremely lower(More)
The authors have been proposing methods to dewater, and fractionate coal by using the sequential thermal solvent extraction. They have recently showed that the degradative extraction at around 350°C using a non-polar solvent such as 1-methylnaphthalene under 10 MPa is effective to recover several fractions having similar chemical and physical(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment options for progressive IgA nephropathy are limited. METHODS We performed a small, randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effects of prednisolone (PSL, 30 mg/dL, gradually tapered to 5 mg/dL over two years) plus 50 mg/day of losartan (LST, an angiotensin II receptor blocker) or PSL alone on IgA nephropathy. We separated 38(More)
Contracture of phalanges (CP) is a frequent complication of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). The objective of this study was to examine the prevalance of CP in patients with SSc and investigate the clinical and laboratory features of SSc patients with CP. Three hundred and fifty patients with SSc were examined. CP was found in 164 of the 350 patients(More)
We report a patient with linear scleroderma en coup de sabre without neurological symptoms despite the presence of large white matter lesions. The patient underwent 3.0-T magnetic resonance (MR) examinations including diffusion tensor imaging, time-resolved contrast-enhanced MR angiography, susceptibility-weighted imaging, and proton MR spectroscopy. These(More)