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IgG4-related disease is a recently recognized multi-organ disorder characterized by high levels of serum IgG4 and dense infiltration of IgG4-positive cells into several organs. Although the pancreas was the first organ recognized to be affected by IgG4-related disorder in the syndrome of autoimmune pancreatitis, we present here clinico-pathological features(More)
IgG4-related disease is a new disease classification established in Japan in the 21st century. Patients with IgG4-related disease display hyper-IgG4-gammaglobulinemia, massive infiltration of IgG4+ plasma cells into tissue, and good response to glucocorticoids. Since IgG4 overexpression is also observed in other disorders, it is necessary to diagnose(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated whether musculoskeletal ultrasonography (MSKUS) assists the diagnostic performance of the 2010 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) classification criteria. METHODS Sixty-nine early arthritis patients were consecutively enrolled. None of the patients had been treated. In MSKUS of bilateral wrist and finger joints from 22 sites, the findings(More)
BACKGROUND Mikulicz's disease (MD) has been considered as one manifestation of Sjögren's syndrome (SS). Recently, it has also been considered as an IgG(4)-related disorder. OBJECTIVE To determine the differences between IgG(4)-related disorders including MD and SS. METHODS A study was undertaken to investigate patients with MD and IgG(4)-related(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the significance of serum cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), a marker of cartilage turnover, in patients with early-stage rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in relation to other serologic variables and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features. METHODS Ninety-eight patients with early-stage RA, whose disease duration from onset was(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the association of distinct clinical subsets with myositis-specific autoantibodies (MSAs) towards anti-155/140-kDa polypeptides [anti-155/140 antibodies (Abs)], anti-140-kDa polypeptides (anti-140 Abs), and anti-aminoacyl tRNA synthetases (ARS Abs) in Japanese patients with dermatomyositis (DM). METHODS We compared the clinical(More)
Low-level laser (LLL) irradiation promotes proliferation of muscle satellite cells, angiogenesis and expression of growth factors. Satellite cells, angiogenesis and growth factors play important roles in the regeneration of muscle. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of LLL irradiation on rat gastrocnemius muscle recovering from disuse(More)
OBJECTIVE Familiar Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is common among Mediterranean populations, while other populations are rarely affected. The aim of this study was to assess the involvement of MEFV gene mutations among Japanese rheumatoid arthritis patients with or without amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis. METHODS The frequency of the MEFV mutations, which were(More)
Activation-induced natural killer (NK) cell death is very rapid compared to activation-induced T or B cell death. Here we show that NK cell activation is accompanied by the leakage of granzymeB from intracellular granules into the cytoplasm. Evidence for granzyme B leakage includes the formation of granzyme B/serine proteinase inhibitor 9 (PI-9) complexes(More)