Tomohito Yagi

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Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is the major type of glaucoma. To discover genetic markers associated with POAG, we examined a total of 1,575 Japanese subjects in a genome-wide association study (stage 1) and a subsequent study (stage 2). Both studies were carried out at a single institution. In the stage 1 association study, we compared SNPs between 418(More)
Most patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) enter complete remission (CR) after treatment with chemotherapy, but a large number of them experience relapse with resistant disease. To identify genes that are associated with their prognoses, we analyzed gene expression in 54 pediatric patients with AML using an oligonucleotide microarray that contained 12(More)
While studying Ikaros proteins in childhood acute myeloid leukemia (AML), Ikaros isoform 6 (Ik6) expression was detected in 7 of 10 cases of M4 and M5 leukemia, but in none of the remaining French-American-British subtypes (M2, 8 cases; M7, 6 cases). The spliced Ikaros isoforms 4 to 8 (Ik4-8) suppress the function of full-length Ik1 or Ik2 in a(More)
To determine whether the EBV genome content in serum or plasma reflects clinical features and outcome in EBV-associated hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (EBV-HLH), we quantified the cell-free EBV genome copy number by real-time PCR in 38 patients with EBV-HLH, and compared this to the values from 15 patients with infectious mononucleosis (IM). The median(More)
The Ikaros (Ik) gene family, which includes Ik, Aiolos (Ai), and Helios (He), is a primary regulator of lymphocyte differentiation, and is involved in the development of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). We analysed the expression of the Ik gene family isoforms in 97 ALL cases, consisting of 64 childhood and 33 infant ALL cases, using reverse(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The glutathione-S-transferase (GST) polymorphism may affect the outcome of treatment of leukemia because GSTs play an important role in detoxifying the chemotherapeutic agents used to kill leukemia cells. However, results of previous reports have been controversial. This study was undertaken to clarify the influence of GST(More)
In the Wnt pathway, the secreted frizzled-related protein 2 (SFRP2) is thought to act as one of the several competitive inhibitors of Wnt. However, the precise role of SFRP2 is still poorly understood especially in B lymphocytes. Here, we investigated the function of SFRP2, comparing the SFRP2 defective as well as normal B lymphocytes in mice. We(More)
A 10-month-old infant with tuberculous (Tb) meningitis accompanying hydrocephalus was successfully treated with a VP shunt operation soon after a PCR assay of CSF was found to be negative for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. PCR assay of CSF is helpful for determination of the timing for VP shunting in Tb meningitis.
Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is one of the major causes of blindness worldwide and considered to be influenced by inherited and environmental factors. Recently, we demonstrated a genome-wide association study for the susceptibility to POAG by comparing patients and controls. In addition, the serum cytokine levels, which are affected by environmental(More)
Ikaros is an essential regulator of lymphocyte differentiation. Mice transgenic for the Ikaros dominant negative (DN) mutation rapidly develop lymphoid malignancies. Various human leukemias have also been reported to express Ikaros DN isoforms, but its role in leukemogenesis is yet to be defined. We demonstrate that overexpressed Ikaros DN (Ik6) prolonged(More)