Takahiro Tokunaga

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Seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) to the Japanese cedar, Cryptomeria japonica (JC) pollen is an IgE-mediated type I allergy affecting nasal mucosa. However, the molecular events underlying its development remain unclear. We sought to identify SAR-associated altered gene expression in nasal epithelial cells during natural exposure to JC pollen. We recruited(More)
OBJECTIVE It has become clear through epidemiological analysis that the incidence of cancers of the lung, liver, colon, and rectum are increasing in Japan every year. However, there have been few epidemiological analyses of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) in Japan. The aim of this study was to analyze the epidemiology and current incidence of NPC in the(More)
Anticyclic citrullinated protein antibody (ACPA) is known as an important indicator for diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Our aim was to examine the relationship between the serum ACPA titer at baseline and responsiveness to biological agents (antagonists of either tumor necrosis factor or interleukin 6) in patients with RA. ACPA was measured using(More)
OBJECTIVES The study investigated whether renal complications affected the efficacy and safety of tacrolimus combination therapy in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) during a maintenance phase. METHODS Fifty-seven patients with SLE (A: 30 cases with renal complication, B: 27 cases without renal complications) were included. The presence of(More)
Mast cells (MC) play an important role in allergic and non-allergic immune responses. Activation of human MC is modulated by several cell surface inhibitory receptors, including recently identified Allergin-1 expressed on both human and mouse MC. Although Allergin-1 suppresses IgE-mediated, mast cell-dependent anaphylaxis in mice, the expression profile and(More)
Intranasal corticosteroid therapy has exhibited effectiveness for improving nasal symptoms and quality of life (QOL) scores associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis. We prospectively investigated the efficacy of mometasone furoate nasal spray (MFNS) for improving the total nasal symptom score, QOL score, and sleep quality in subjects with perennial(More)
Most of the previously reported loci for total immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels are related to Th2 cell-dependent pathways. We undertook a genome-wide association study (GWAS) to identify genetic loci responsible for IgE regulation. A total of 479,940 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were tested for association with total serum IgE levels in 1180(More)
Sinonasal teratocarcinosarcoma (SNTCS) is a rare and aggressive malignant neoplasm, which has poor prognosis. SNTCS is histologically characterized by the combination of one or more epithelial elements and mesenchymal components. We report a 59-year-old man with SNTCS involving right maxillary and ethmoid sinuses. He complained of numbness of the right(More)
BACKGROUND Allergic diseases are an important health problem for children and adults. It is important to know how allergic diseases develop and remit from infancy to adolescence. Early intervention is effective in treating allergic diseases. OBJECTIVE We performed a large-scale questionnaire survey of high school students in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, and(More)
During early 2000, a new analytical procedure for nitrate isotopic measurement, termed the "denitrifier method", was established. With the development of the nitrate isotope tracer method, much research has been reported detailing sources of groundwater nitrate and denitrification mechanisms. However, a shortcoming of these tracer studies has been indicated(More)