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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that causes multiple organ damage. Although recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have contributed to discovery of SLE susceptibility genes, few studies has been performed in Asian populations. Here, we report a GWAS for SLE examining 891 SLE cases and 3,384 controls and multi-stage(More)
OBJECTIVE Tocilizumab (TCZ) is effective in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are refractory to anti-tumor-necrosis-factor (anti-TNF) biologics. The Rheumatoid Arthritis Society Disease Activity Score in 28 Joints (DAS28) is used to evaluate the response to TCZ. However, DAS28 is inappropriate marker because TCZ normalizes C-reactive protein (CRP)(More)
INTRODUCTION The Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) gene, encoded on human chromosome Xp22.3, is crucial for type I interferon production. A recent multicenter study in East Asian populations, comprising Chinese, Korean and Japanese participants, identified an association of a TLR7 single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) located in the 3' untranslated region (3'(More)
Interferon regulatory factor 2 (IRF2) negatively regulates type I interferon (IFN) responses, while it plays a role in induction of Th1 differentiation. Previous linkage and association studies in European-American populations suggested genetic role of IRF2 in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); however, this observation has not yet been confirmed. No(More)
OBJECTIVE To define the clinical features of IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) complicated with perivascular lesions. METHODS The clinical features of seven patients with IgG4-RD and perivascular lesions diagnosed at the University of Tsukuba Hospital between October 2008 and October 2013, were analyzed, including clinical background, results of imaging(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare gene expression in labial salivary glands (LSGs) from patients with IgG4-related disease with that in LSGs from patients with Sjögren's syndrome (SS). METHODS Gene expression was analyzed by DNA microarray in LSG samples from 5 patients with IgG4-related disease, 5 SS patients, and 3 healthy controls. Genes differentially expressed in(More)
OBJECTIVE To clarify the role of T-bet in the pathogenesis of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). METHODS T-bet-transgenic (Tg) mice under the control of the CD2 promoter were generated. CIA was induced in T-bet-Tg mice and wild-type C57BL/6 (B6) mice. Levels of type II collagen (CII)-reactive T-bet and retinoic acid receptor-related orphan nuclear receptor(More)
The efficacy of infliximab, a chimeric antibody against tumor necrosis factor-alpha used to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), tends to decrease as patients develop human antichimeric antibody against infliximab (HACA). The clinical study reported here was designed to evaluate the efficacy of mizoribine (MZR) pulse therapy in patients who show a(More)
To compare magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasonography (US) in the detection of joint inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 6 patients with RA were examined by US and low-field 0.3-T nonenhanced dedicated extremity MRI (compacTscan). All patients were females, with mean age of 50.2 years, mean disease duration of 13.5 years, and mean disease(More)