Shuji Sumitomo

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Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are engaged in the maintenance of immunological self-tolerance and immune homeostasis. IL-10 has an important role in maintaining the normal immune state. Here, we show that IL-10-secreting Tregs can be delineated in normal mice as CD4(+)CD25(-)Foxp3(-) T cells that express lymphocyte activation gene 3 (LAG-3), an(More)
OBJECTIVES Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is a disease with significant ethnic differences. Reports on characteristics of Japanese granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) patients are limited, and this study was undertaken to determine the characteristics of Japanese GPA patients. METHODS This was a retrospective(More)
INTRODUCTION Anti-citrullinated protein/peptide antibodies (ACPAs) are highly specific to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and are thought to have a close relationship with the pathogenesis of arthritis. Several proteins, including fibrinogen, vimentin, and alpha-enolase, were reported as ACPA-target antigens, and their importance in RA pathogenesis was(More)
OBJECTIVE In inflammatory diseases, differentiation between infection and disease flares is often clinically difficult because of similar signs and symptoms, such as fever and elevation of inflammatory markers. In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), infection is not only one of the major complications but also one of the frequent causes of death. Use of biologic(More)
Autoantibodies induce various autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We previously described that CD4(+)CD25(-)LAG3(+) regulatory T cells (LAG3(+) Treg) are regulated by Egr2, a zinc-finger transcription factor required for the induction of T-cell anergy. We herein demonstrate that LAG3(+) Treg produce high amounts of TGF-β3 in(More)
TGF-β1 is an important anti-inflammatory cytokine, and several regulatory T cell (Treg) subsets including CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) Tregs and Th3 cells have been reported to exert regulatory activity via the production of TGF-β1. However, it has not yet been elucidated which transcription factor is involved in TGF-β1 transcription. Early growth response 3(More)
Interleukin-27 (IL-27) suppresses immune responses through inhibition of the development of IL-17 producing Th17 cells and induction of IL-10 production. We previously showed that forced expression of early growth response gene 2 (Egr-2), a transcription factor required for T-cell anergy induction, induces IL-10 and lymphocyte activation gene 3 expression(More)
A 59-year-old man who presented with continuous fever, livedo reticularis, and left leg ischemia with multiple tibial artery stenosis and renal artery aneurysm, as demonstrated by arteriography, was diagnosed with polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) 6 years ago. Although he frequently relapsed in spite of intensive immunosuppressive therapies, the disease activity(More)
OBJECTIVE The balance between effector and regulatory CD4+ T cells plays a key role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this study was to examine whether the RA autoantigen BiP has epitopes for both effector and regulatory immunities. METHODS The proliferation and cytokine secretion of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)(More)