Shinobu Nakamura

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Mouse milk fat globule epidermal growth factor 8 (MFG-E8), which is secreted by a subset of activated macrophages, binds to apoptotic cells by recognizing phosphatidylserine and promotes their engulfment. Many apoptotic cells are left unengulfed in the germinal centers of the spleen in MFG-E8(-/-) mice, and these mice develop an autoimmune disease(More)
We describe a 76-year-old Japanese woman with primary systemic amyloidosis who presented with angina pectoris associated with ST-segment and T-wave abnormalities resulting from intramyocardial coronary artery amyloidosis. The patient was admitted to our hospital because of dyspnea and pretibial edema 7 years after the diagnosis of variant angina. A(More)
To determine the effects of echo-contrast agents (ECAs) on ultrasound (US)-induced apoptosis and cell lysis, human myelomonocytic lymphoma U937 cells in suspension were exposed to 1 MHz continuous waves US for 1 min at an intensity of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 or 4.0 W/cm(2) with or without non-shell type ECA, Levovist (2 mg/ml), and shell type, Optison (1 microl/ml)(More)
We report herein the unusual case of a 60-year-old woman with an anaplastic thyroid carcinoma which produced granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF). She presented with large neck masses, respiratory difficulty, and a high fever. Laboratory examinations revealed marked leukocytosis of 43,200/mm3 with 85% granulocytes and an elevated G-CSF level of 67(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the effect of metabolic syndrome on brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) by using the new guidelines for diagnosis of this syndrome in Japan. We examined 525 men and women without a history of cardiovascular disease or cancer, and an ankle-brachial index < 0.9. The baPWV was measured using a device (Form PWV/ABI)(More)
Wave intensity analysis is a method of studying intravascular flow wave propagation, calculated as the product of the rate of change in pressure (dP/t) and the rate of change in velocity (dU/dt). The typical pattern of wave intensity seen during the cardiac cycle has two dominant peaks. The larger first peak (FP) occurs during early systole when a forward(More)
BACKGROUND Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is characterized by a granulomatous inflammation and may show various forms of clinical presentation, such as the acute, subacute, and chronic forms. The TH1-associated cytokines interleukin (IL) 12 and IL-18 and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) may be involved in the pathogenesis of both the acute and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE WORK Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is characterized by a macrophage-lymphocyte alveolitis and granuloma formation. A wide range of cytokines have been implicated in the pathophysiology and development of granulomas in HP, but there is no information about the production of interleukin-12 (IL-12) and IL-18 by alveolar(More)
BACKGROUND Cell transplantation has recently been challenged to improve cardiac function of severe heart failure. Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) are multipotent cells that can be isolated from adult marrow stroma, but because of their limited life span, it is difficult to study them further. To overcome this problem, we attempted to prolong the life(More)
We evaluated the oncologic and cosmetic outcome in patients with breast cancer treated with wide excision, transposition of adipose tissue with latissimus dorsi muscle (LDM), and axillary dissection followed by radiotherapy. In this study, a wide excision of breast tissue was performed to obtain tumor-free margins. The subsequent breast deformity was not(More)