Seiji Nagamachi

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The objective of the present study was to elucidate the association between glomerular complement depositions belonging to the alternative (AP) and lectin (LP) pathways, and clinical findings of lupus nephritis (LN). Immunofluorescence (IF) was performed on 17 LN patients using antibodies against factor B, factor H, properdin, mannose-binding lectin (MBL)(More)
BACKGROUND We focused on the fluctuations of serum C3 levels throughout the clinical course of patients and investigated the relationship between these fluctuations and clinical findings. METHODS IgA nephropathy patients (n = 122) were enrolled in the present study. Serum C3 and other clinical markers were compared at the time of renal biopsy and at last(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to explore the significance of extraglomerular (Bowman's capsule and/or arteriole) C3 (ex-C3) deposits in IgA nephropathy (IgAN). METHODS One hundred and seventy patients with IgAN were divided into two groups: Group A (n=79), patients who did not have ex-C3 deposits, and Group B (n=91), patients who had ex-C3(More)
BACKGROUND Urinary (U)-complement components have been detected in patients with proteinuric renal diseases, and complement activation via the alternative pathway (AP) is believed to play a role in renal tubular damage. The present study aimed to examine the regulation of complement AP activation in patients with renal tubular damage by focusing on the(More)
BACKGROUND Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a rare and potentially life-threatening condition that results from mutations in the C1 inhibitor (C1-INH). Awareness of HAE among physicians in Japan is increasing, but real-world data are lacking. OBJECTIVE To explore the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, quality of life (QOL), and treatment of Japanese(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of hereditary angioedema (HAE) is often delayed due to the low awareness of this condition. In patients with undiagnosed HAE, abdominal symptoms often create the risk of unnecessary surgical operation and/or drug therapy. To explore the cause of misdiagnosis, we compared the laboratory findings of HAE patients under normal(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of being overweight remains unclear in Asian populations that tend to be lean. The objective of this study is to clarify the impact of body mass index (BMI) and metabolic factors on the prognosis of Japanese patients with IgA nephropathy (IgAN). METHODS A total of 193 patients with IgAN were divided into three groups equally(More)
A 59-year-old man was diagnosed with IgG4-related tubulointerstitial nephritis. His symptoms as well as laboratory and imaging findings were improved after initiation of steroid therapy. Serologically, he showed hypocomplementemia (C3 23 mg/dl, C4 <2 mg/dl, CH50 <7 U/ml) with high levels of IgG (IgG4 1,970 mg/dl) and immune complexes (C1q assay 8.1 μg/ml)(More)
BACKGROUND Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a rare but life-threatening condition that results from mutations in C1-inhibitor (C1-INH). Since distinguishing HAE from other causes of angioedema (AE) is a critical problem in emergencies, the objective of the present study was to clarify the differences between HAE and other forms of AE. METHODS Seventy-two(More)
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