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Kawamura N.,Kyushu University | Yamasaki R.,Kyushu University | Yonekawa T.,Kyushu University | Matsushita T.,Kyushu University | And 7 more authors.
Neurology | Year: 2013

Objectives: We aimed to identify the target antigens for combined central and peripheral demyelination (CCPD). Methods: We screened target antigens by immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting using peripheral nerve tissues to identify target antigens recognized by serum antibodies from selected CCPD and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) cases. We then measured the level of antibody to the relevant antigen in 7 patients with CCPD, 16 patients with CIDP, 20 patients with multiple sclerosis, 20 patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome, 21 patients with other neuropathies, and 23 healthy controls (HC) by ELISA and cell-based assays using HEK293 cells. Results: At the initial screening, sera from 2 patients with CCPD showed cross-like binding to sciatic nerve sections at fixed intervals, with nearly perfect colocalization with neurofascin immunostaining at the node and paranode. ELISA with recombinant neurofascin revealed significantly higher mean optical density values in the CCPD group than in other disease groups and HC. Anti-neurofascin antibody positivity rates were 86% in patients with CCPD, 10% in patients with multiple sclerosis, 25% in patients with CIDP, 15% in patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome, and 0% in patients with other neuropathies and HC. The cell-based assay detected serum anti-neurofascin antibody in 5 of 7 patients with CCPD; all others were negative. CSF samples examined from 2 patients with CCPD were both positive. In anti-neurofascin antibody- positive CCPD patients, including those with a limited response to corticosteroids, IV immunoglobulin or plasma exchange alleviated the symptoms. Conclusion: Anti-neurofascin antibody is frequently present in patients with CCPD. Recognition of this antibody may be important, because patients with CCPD who are antibody positive respond well to IV immunoglobulin or plasma exchange. © 2013 American Academy of Neurology. Source

Iwanaga M.,Nagasaki University | Iwanaga M.,Kwassui Womens College | Watanabe T.,Tokyo Medical University | Utsunomiya A.,Imamura Bun in Hospital | And 16 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2010

Definitive risk factors for the development of adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) among asymptomatic human T-cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-1) carriers remain unclear. Recently, HTLV-1 proviral loads have been evaluated as important predictors of ATL, but a few small prospective studies have been conducted. We prospectively evaluated 1218 asymptomatic HTLV-1 carriers (426 males and 792 females) who were enrolled during 2002 to 2008. The proviral load at enrollment was signifi-cantly higher in males than females (median, 2.10 vs 1.39 copies/100 peripheral blood mononuclear cells [PBMCs]; P < .001), in those 40 to 49 and 50 to 59 years of age than that of those 40 years of age and younger (P = .02 and .007, respectively), and in those with a family history of ATL than those without the history (median, 2.32 vs 1.33 copies/100 PBMCs; P = .005). During follow-up, 14 participants progressed to overt ATL. Their baseline proviral load was high (range, 4.17-28.58 copies/100 PBMCs). None developed ATL among those with a baseline proviral load lower than approximately 4 copies. Multivariate Cox analyses indicated that not only a higher proviral load, advanced age, family history of ATL, and first opportunity for HTLV-1 testing during treatment for other diseases were independent risk factors for progression of ATL. © 2010 by The American Society of Hematology. Source

Kanda J.,Kyoto University | Hishizawa M.,Kyoto University | Utsunomiya A.,Imamura Bun in Hospital | Taniguchi S.,Toranomon Hospital | And 21 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2012

Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is an effective treatment for adult T-cell leukemia (ATL), raising the question about the role of graft-versusleukemia effect against ATL. In this study, we retrospectively analyzed the effects of acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) on overall survival, disease-associated mortality, and treatmentrelated mortality among 294 ATL patients who received allogeneic HCT and survived at least 30 days posttransplant with sustained engraftment. Multivariate analyses treating the occurrence of GVHD as a time-varying covariate demonstrated that the development of grade 1-2 acute GVHD was significantly associated with higher overall survival (hazard ratio [HR] for death, 0.65; P = .018) compared with the absence of acute GVHD. Occurrence of either grade 1-2 or grade 3-4 acute GVHD was associated with lower disease-associated mortality compared with the absence of acute GVHD, whereas grade 3-4 acute GVHD was associated with a higher risk for treatment-related mortality (HR, 3.50; P < .001). The development of extensive chronic GVHD was associated with higher treatment-related mortality (HR, 2.75; P = .006) compared with the absence of chronic GVHD. Collectively, these results indicate that the development of mild-to-moderate acute GVHD confers a lower risk of disease progression and a beneficial influence on survival of allografted patients with ATL. © 2012 by The American Society of Hematology. Source

Nakano T.,Sasebo City General Hospital | Fujimoto T.,Sasebo City General Hospital | Fukuda Y.,Sasebo City General Hospital | Takahashi T.,Tohoku University | Kanbayashi T.,Akita University
Clinical Neurology | Year: 2011

A 31-year-old woman with a 5-year history of recurrent optic neuritis and encephalomyelitis underwent repeated steroid therapy. She developed general malaise and fever in October 2009. Laboratory tests revealed marked reduction in serum Na (106 mEq/L). Because the plasma osmotic pressure was lower than the urinary osmotic pressure and the serum antidiuretic hormone (ADH) level was elevated, she was diagnosed with the syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone (SIADH). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed high signal intensities on symmetrical T2 weighted and fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) images of both sides of the hypothalamus. The serum samples tested positive for the antibody to aquaporin-4 (AQP4). Previously conducted cervical MRI had revealed a longitudinally extending lesion in the cervical cord, and brain MRI had revealed brainstem lesions. We diagnosed the patient with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) according to the revised diagnostic criteria for NMO proposed by Wingerchuk in 2006. Furthermore, she complained of excessive daytime sleepiness. The concentration of orexin in the cerebrospinal fluid was mildly reduced and the orexin levels returned to normal when her sleepiness decreased. ADH and orexin neurons localized in the hypothalamus; hence, we considered the above-mentioned symptoms to be caused by bilateral hypothalamic lesions. Source

Ishida T.,Nagoya City University | Hishizawa M.,Kyoto University | Kato K.,Kyushu University | Kato K.,Red Cross | And 15 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2012

Adult T-cell leukemia-lymphoma (ATL) is an intractable mature T-cell neoplasm. We performed a nationwide retrospective study of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for ATL in Japan, with special emphasis on the effects of the preconditioning regimen. This is the largest study ofATL patients receiving HSCT. Median overall survival (OS) and 3-year OS of bone marrow or peripheral blood transplantation recipients (n = 586) was 9.9 months (95% confidence interval, 7.4-13.2 months) and 36% (32%-41%), respectively. These values for recipients of myeloablative conditioning (MAC; n = 280) and reduced intensity conditioning (RIC; n = 306) were 9.5 months (6.7-18.0 months) and 39% (33%-45%) and 10.0 months (7.2-14.0 months) and 34% (29%-40%), respectively. Multivariate analysis demonstrated 5 significant variables contributing to poorer OS, namely, older age, male sex, not in complete remission, poor performance status, and transplantation from unrelated donors. Although no significant difference in OS between MAC and RIC was observed, there was a trend indicating that RIC contributed to better OS in older patients. Regarding mortality, RIC was significantly associated with ATL-related mortality compared with MAC. In conclusion, allogeneic HSCT not only with MAC but also with RIC is an effective treatment resulting in long-term survival in selected patients with ATL. © 2012 by The American Society of Hematology. Source

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