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Bacillus cereus is a growing concern as a cause of life-threatening infections in patients with hematologic malignancies. However, the risk factors for patients with unfavorable outcomes have not been fully elucidated. At our institution, we observed the growth of B. cereus in blood culture in 68 patients with (23) or without (45) hematologic malignancies(More)
The matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) MMP-2 and MMP-9 (gelatinases) have been suggested as serving an important role in cleaving the basement membrane structure. Tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases TIMPs (particularly TIMP-1) are known to inhibit MMPs. Based on this background, we raised monoclonal antibodies against human gelatinase (MMP-9) and human(More)
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a rare disorder characterized by the abnormal accumulation of alveolar surfactant protein in alveolar spaces. We report herein a rare case of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS-RAEB) complicated by severe PAP, and successful allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) for both disorders. An unrelated BMT was planned for a(More)
A 73-year-old woman with Sjögren's syndrome and autoimmune neutropenia (AIN) associated with large granular lymphocytosis of the polyclonal T cell type, demonstrated autoimmune thrombocytopenia (AIT) at diagnosis of sigmoid colon cancer. Ten months later, both AIN and AIT had exacerbated to agranulocytosis and severe thrombocytopenia below 10×10(9)/L,(More)
Adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) is a peripheral CD4(+) T-cell neoplasm caused by human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). Despite several investigations using human specimens and mice models, the exact origin of ATL cells remains unclear. Here we provide a new insight into the hierarchical architecture of ATL cells. HTLV-1-infected cells and dominant ATL(More)
Viral infectivity factor, an accessory protein encoded in the HIV-1 genome, induces G2 cell cycle arrest; however, the biological significance and mechanism(s) remain totally unclear. Here we demonstrate that the TP53 pathway is involved in Vif-mediated G2 cell cycle arrest. Vif enhances the stability and transcriptional activity of TP53 by blocking the(More)
A 55-year-old woman was diagnosed with POEMS syndrome; however, we could not perform high-dose chemotherapy with autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (auto-PBSCT) because of rapidly progressive congestive heart failure. Thus, we treated the patient with thalidomide plus dexamethasone, which brought about a marked improvement of systolic(More)
Localization of galactocerebroside in kidney, liver, and lung of hamster was studied by the immunoperoxidase method using an affinity-purified specific antibody. Epithelial cells of the following anatomical sites were labelled with the antibody: distal tubuli, ascending limbs of Henle's loops, and collecting tubuli in kidney; periportal bile ducts and(More)
We report here two patients with chronic disseminated intravascular coagulation (chronic DIC) secondary to aortic aneurysm, who were successfully treated with continuous subcutaneous infusion of heparin. The patients were 69- and 89-year-old males, who were admitted to our hospital because of thrombocytopenia and marked bleeding tendency. The underlying(More)