Yoriaki Kaneko

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OBJECTIVE Interleukin-22 (IL-22) is a novel cytokine of the IL-10 family. Although its pathophysiologic function is largely unknown, induction of acute-phase responses by IL-22 has suggested proinflammatory properties. In this study, we sought to examine whether IL-22 plays a role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Expression of(More)
An immunohistochemical analysis of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded brain sections was performed with antisera against holoferritin and the light(L)-subunit of ferritin. Sections immunostained using anti-glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), Ricinus communis agglutinin-1 (RCA-1) stain for microglia and iron stain (Berlin blue stain) were compared. The(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the expression of activin A and its receptors in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) synovial tissues, and to determine the effect of activin A on cultured fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). METHODS The localization of activin A and activin type II receptor (ARII) in synovial tissues of RA patients was analyzed by immunohistochemistry. The(More)
OBJECTIVE In RA, response to TNF blockers may be associated with a profile of cytokine production unique to each patient. This study sought to predict the response to biologic agents by examining pro-inflammatory cytokine synthesis in stimulated whole blood cultures (WBCs). METHODS We measured the concentration of TNF-α, IL-1β and IL-6 in supernatants of(More)
Src homology 2 domain-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase (SHP) substrate-1 (SHPS-1) is a transmembrane protein that is expressed predominantly in macrophages. Its extracellular region interacts with the transmembrane ligand CD47 expressed on the surface of adjacent cells, and its cytoplasmic region binds the protein tyrosine phosphatases SHP-1 and(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have reported that statins have renoprotective effects, independent from lowering plasma cholesterol. In this study, we examined whether statins were beneficial in a murine model of HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN). METHODS We used conditional transgenic mice that express one of the HIV-1 accessory genes, vpr, selectively in(More)
The molecular basis for regulation of dendritic cell (DC) development and homeostasis remains unclear. Signal regulatory protein α (SIRPα), an immunoglobulin superfamily protein that is predominantly expressed in DCs, mediates cell-cell signaling by interacting with CD47, another immunoglobulin superfamily protein. We now show that the number of CD11c(high)(More)
Sulfite, which is known as a major constituent of volcanic gas, is endogenously produced in mammals, and its concentration in serum is increased in patients with pneumonia. It has been reported that sulfite is produced by oxidation from hydrogen sulfide (H2S) as an intermediate in the mammalian body. The objective of this study was to investigate the(More)
Conditional transgenic mice that express one of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 accessory genes, vpr, selectively in podocytes using a podocin promoter and a tetracycline-inducible system develop renal injuries similar to those of patients with HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN). We have shown that a heminephrectomy accelerates podocyte injury,(More)
To determine the clinical significance of the T helper 1(Th1)/T helper 2 (Th2) ratio in multiple myeloma, the intracellular IFN-gamma and IL-4 were analyzed by flow cytometry in 56 patients with multiple myeloma. The mean Th1/Th2 ratio of cases in the initial diagnosis phase and the refractory phase were higher than that of the control group. The mean serum(More)