Takaaki Izumi

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HCV infection in chronic hemodialysis patients is high, has a poor prognosis and high risk of renal graft failure, and requires nosocomial infection control measures. However, options of anti-HCV therapy in such patients are limited and unsatisfactory. In this study, we report effectiveness and safety of HCV-NS5A-inhibitor daclatasvir (DCV) and(More)
The optimal retreatment regimen for patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection who failed interferon-free, direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy is undetermined. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 12-week retreatment with ledipasvir (LDV) and sofosbuvir (SOF) with add-on ribavirin (RBV) for patients who previously failed to(More)
AIM Sofosbuvir (SOF), a nucleotide analog pro-drug, targets hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5B polymerase and shows potential for treating HCV infection, given its high efficacy and good barrier to resistance. However, in addition to the rare resistant-associated variant (RAV) of non-structural protein NS5B S282T, several new potential RAVs of SOF have been(More)
AIM Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a risk factor for end-stage renal disease, renal graft failure, and hemodialysis patient mortality. However, the efficacy of direct-acting antiviral therapy for HCV-infected patients with renal impairment is unclear. Additionally, the promising NS5B inhibitor sofosbuvir has not been recommended for patients with(More)
Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) causes liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Standard therapy includes treatment with interferon (IFN); however, its efficacy is limited. HBV has been reported to impair IFN signaling; however, the mechanism is unclear. Here, the relationship between HBV X protein (HBx) and IFN signaling was investigated by establishing HepG2(More)
A 62-year-old man with right upper abdominal swelling was admitted to our hospital. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) revealed a hepatic abscess. He was treated with percutaneous abscess drainage along with antibiotic therapy. After the treatment, the patient was discharged. However, we failed to notice a fish bone, which had been revealed in the CT scan.(More)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a serious health threat around the world. Despite the availability of an effective hepatitis B vaccine, the number of HBV carriers is estimated to be as high as 240 million worldwide. Global mortality due to HBV-related liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) may be(More)
Manuscript Click here to view linked References 2 Abstract Accumulating evidence suggests that antipsychotics affect dopamine release from dopaminergic neurons, but the precise mechanisms are not fully understood. Besides, there are few studies on the effects of antipsychoti cs on intracellular dopamine content. In this study, the effects of 8(More)
BACKGROUND The Japan Society of Hepatology guidelines indicate that hepatitis C virus (HCV) protease inhibitor combination therapy with simeprevir (SMV), pegylated-interferon (Peg-IFN), and ribavirin (RBV) is a therapeutic option for patients who fail to respond to a direct direct-acting antiviral-containing regimen. However, treatment outcomes have room(More)