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OBJECTIVE Heart and aorta possess biologic clocks, but their involvement in genetic hypertension has been unknown. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) expression is directly regulated by clock genes, while angiotensin II modulates both PAI-1 and clock gene expression. We therefore examined circadian expression of PAI-1 and clock genes, and effects of(More)
Activation of the Na+/H+ exchanger (NHE) is known to be related to elevated blood pressure in hyperinsulinemia. We previously demonstrated that a fructose-enriched diet induced hyperinsulinemia and hypertriglyceridemia, elevated NHE activity, increased intracellular calcium concentrations ([Ca2+]i), and increased blood pressure in borderline hypertensive(More)
OBJECTIVE IL-35 is the most recently identified member of the IL-12 family. It consists of EBV-induced gene 3 (EBI3) and IL-12α chain p35. We investigated whether IL-35 enhances the in vitro immunosuppressive function of peripheral blood isolated from patients with RA. METHODS Peripheral blood was harvested from 17 active and 10 inactive RA patients and(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the oncological and functional outcome of distal ureterectomy compared with nephroureterectomy in the management of distal ureteral urothelial carcinoma. METHODS Using a database including upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma patients (n = 1329), 282 patients were identified with urothelial carcinoma localized in the distal(More)
Twenty patients with collagen diseases complicated with Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) were retrospectively examined in reference to the criteria for its protective therapy provided by the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare. The breakdown of 20 patients was rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 5 cases, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in 5, dermatomyositis (DM)(More)
Bezafibrate, one of fibric acid derivatives, is widely used to treat hypertriglyceridemia and diabetic dyslipidemia. Fibric acid derivatives are known to induce rhabdomyolysis as a side effect, especially when given to patients with renal dysfunction. Mizoribine, an imidazole nucleoside, is used as an immunosuppressive agent. Here, we present a case of a(More)
Conventional therapy for Wegener's granulomatosis, steroid and cyclophosphamide, fails to control disease activity in some refractory patients and has treatment-related toxicity. B cell depletion therapy using rituximab, a chimeric anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, has been shown to be effective for certain autoimmune diseases including antineutrophil(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the value of the preoperative serum C-reactive protein (CRP) level in the prognosis of patients with localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS The study comprised 101 patients who had a radical nephrectomy for localized RCC (pT1-3N0M0). An elevated CRP was defined as >0.5 mg/dL before surgery. Survival rates for each(More)
The relationship between clinical manifestations and prognosis was examined and evaluated among systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. A total of 542 patients with SLE were selected and divided into nine groups according to their main clinical manifestation at the time of initial diagnosis. The relationship between these clinical manifestations and(More)
The significance of both the acceleratory and inhibitory functions of the CD72 molecule was investigated among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) during modification of B cell differentiation. Expression of the CD72 molecule and mRNA on B cells was decreased in SLE with lupus nephritis, while CD100 expression on both CD4+ T cells and CD8+ T(More)