Tatsuya Hojo

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by massive synovial proliferation, angiogenesis, subintimal infiltration of inflammatory cells and the production of cytokines such as TNF-alpha and IL-6. Allograft inflammatory factor-1 (AIF-1) has been identified in chronic rejection of rat cardiac allografts as well as tissue inflammation in various autoimmune(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the sensitivity and specificity for the current perception threshold (CPT) test during clinical examination of idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). We studied 71 patients (102 hands) with CTS; 50 healthy individuals (100 hands) served as a control group. Using a neurometer, we investigated standard CPT values(More)
The carbohydrate chains represented by mucins (MUCs) are expressed by a variety of normal and malignant secretory epithelial cells and induce a variety of immunoreactions. To find new mucins related to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), we examined high-molecular-weight molecules inducing cytokines on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells(More)
Mycoplasma fermentans has been suspected as one of the causative pathogenic microorganisms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) however, the pathogenic mechanism is still unclear. We, previously, reported that glycolipid-antigens (GGPL-I and III) are the major antigens of M. fermentans. Monoclonal antibody against the GGPL-III could detect the existence of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To relate clinical severity of idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) to current perception threshold (CPT). METHODS Subjects were 51 patients with CTS (involving 51 hands), and 50 healthy control subjects (50 hands). Involved hands were grouped into three clinical grades (mild, moderate, severe). Using a neurometer (Neurotron, Baltimore, MD),(More)
This study was designed to examine the effects of electroacupuncture with direct current (DC) on peripheral nerve regeneration. The left sciatic nerve of 55 7-month-old rats was crushed at the thigh. They were ramdomly allocated to four groups: distal cathode DC group (n = 15), distal anode DC group (n = 14), sham operated group (n = 13), and control group(More)
Iguchi, J, Yamada, Y, Ando, S, Fujisawa, Y, Hojo, T, Nishimura, K, Kuzuhara, K, Yuasa, Y, and Ichihashi, N. Physical and performance characteristics of Japanese division 1 collegiate football players. J Strength Cond Res 25(12): 3368-3377, 2011-This study aimed to establish the physical and performance characteristics of football players in the Japanese(More)
In peripheral nerve allografts, use of an immunosuppressive agent is one of the ways of reducing nerve rejection. FK506 is a newly discovered substance, extracted from Streptomyces tsukubaensis, and has strong immunosuppressive effects. In the present study, immunosuppressive effects of FK 506 were examined using allografts of rat sciatic nerves. Good nerve(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of heat stimulation on the expression of extracellular matrix genes and heat-shock protein 70 (HSP70) in rabbit articular cartilage in vivo. Heat stimulation was applied to the knee joints of Japanese white rabbits for 20 min using a microwave (MW) applicator (2.45-GHz, 0-80 W). After 8-72 h, the(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence and clinical characteristics of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the humeral capitellum among adolescent baseball players are unknown. PURPOSE To determine the OCD prevalence in adolescent competitive baseball players and to investigate the clinical characteristics of these patients. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional and(More)