Shigeo Suzuki

Fukushima Medical University, Hukusima, Fukushima, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: There have been a number of reports on large outbreaks of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), however, there have been no reports of long-term studies on sporadic HUS in Japan. We examined the epidemiology and prognosis of HUS in Fukushima Prefecture over a 26-year period. We collected the medical records of 26 patients with HUS between 1987 and 2012. These children were divided into two groups: the D+HUS (n=24) and D-HUS (n=2) groups. The D+HUS group was further subdivided into Group A (11 patients requiring dialysis) and Group B (13 patients not requiring dialysis). The epidemiological and clinical data, as well as prognosis were retrospectively investigated for each group. About 90% of HUS patients belonged to the D+HUS group. In this group, the mean number of patients per year from 1987 to 1999, and from 2000 to 2012 was 0.92±0.95, and 1.08±0.86, respectively. Laboratory findings on admission showed that lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), serum creatinine and serum fibrinogen degradation product (FDP) levels in Group A were all higher than those in Group B. Serum albumin (g/dl) level and estimated glomerular filtration rate (e-GFR) in Group A were lower than those in Group B. At 6 months after the onset of HUS in the D+HUS group, renal function was normal. Our findings suggest that the frequency of HUS was constant from 1987 to 2012 in Fukushima and that serum LDH, ALT, BUN, creatinine, and FDP levels as well as e-GFR might be risk factors for dialysis in D+HUS children.
    Pediatrics International 08/2013; · 0.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recently, there have been a few reports on the decrease in the incidence of severe Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis (HSPN) in Japan. To evaluate the incidence and the severity of HSPN, we examined the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of HSPN in Fukushima Prefecture over a 22-year period. We enrolled 61 patients (Group 1) diagnosed with HSPN between 1987 and 1997 and a further 59 patients (Group 2) diagnosed with HSPN between 1998 and 2008. Epidemiology, clinical features, laboratory data, pathological findings, treatment and outcome were retrospectively compared between the two groups. The mean number of patients per 100,000 children per year was 3.5 ± 1.2 in Group 1 and 3.6 ± 0.8 in Group 2. The clinical manifestations and laboratory findings at onset were comparable between Groups 1 and 2. Pathological findings in Group 1 and Group 2 were classified as ISKDC grade IIIa in 16 (26%) and 14 cases (24%), grade IIIb in 26 (43%) and 27 cases (46%), grade IV in 5 (8%) and 6 cases (10%)), grade V in 1 (2%) and 5 cases (8%), and grade VI in 2 (3%) and 2 cases (3%), respectively. There were no inter-group differences in ISKDC classification or rate of crescentic formation. Our findings suggest that the incidence of HSPN and the severity of HSPN in patients between 1987 and 1997 were similar to those in patients between 1998 and 2008 and that the number of patients with severe HSPN has not decreased.
    International Urology and Nephrology 12/2010; 42(4):1023-9. · 1.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Viruses have been suspected to be one of the causes of IgA nephropathy (IgAN). Recent studies have detected viruses in renal tissues of patients with IgAN. Enteroviruses have been reported as pathogenic agents in some renal diseases. We previously reported that group B coxsackieviruses cause pathological changes in experimentally infected mouse kidney. The aim of the present study was to examine the participation of enteroviruses in the pathogenesis of renal diseases including IgAN. Renal biopsies of ten patients with IgAN (group 1) and of 19 patients with non-IgAN renal disease (group 2) were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the presence of enteroviral RNA. Positive PCR results were obtained for three patients (30%) of group 1. We confirmed by sequencing that the positive PCR products were derived from strains of enteroviruses. One of these three patients also had a positive result for lymphocytes from peripheral blood. In contrast, enteroviral RNA was detected in none of the 19 patients of group 2. The incidence of enteroviral RNA detection in patients of group 1 was higher than that in group 2 (P<0.05). Our findings suggest that enteroviral infection may have the possibility of becoming one of the factors involved in the mechanism of onset or evolution of IgAN.
    Pediatric Nephrology 11/2005; 20(11):1578-82. · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hemophagocytic syndrome (HPS) is an unusual but severe illness associated with a variety of infections, as well as genetic, malignant tumors, and autoimmune diseases. We report an 11-year-old girl with systemic lupus erythematosus and nephritis who developed HPS associated with Epstein-Barr virus reactivation. In our patient, the onset of reactive HPS might be related to immunosuppressive treatment during the course of lupus nephritis.
    Pediatric Nephrology 03/2005; 20(2):226-8. · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Administration of the anti-Thy1 antibody in rats induces reversible glomerulonephritis resembling human mesangiolytic and mesangioproliferative diseases. The purpose of the present study was to design a model of irreversible glomerulosclerosis, using the anti-Thy1 antibody injection after uninephrectomy, and examine it, focusing on apoptosis in the process of progressive sclerotic changes. Wistar rats were divided into three groups: one-kidney groups (group I and III) and a two-kidney group (group II). All groups were injected with the anti-Thy1 antibody (OX-7) at day 0, and group I and III were uninephrectomized at day -6. Only group III rats were given a half dose of OX-7 as compared with group I and II. Rats were killed for histological examinations at days 7, 14 and 30. In group I, progressive glomerular lesions, such as glomerular adhesion to Bowman's capsule, crescent formation, and collapse of capillary tufts were observed at days 14 and 30. No significant differences were observed in the pathological findings between group I and III. There was a significantly higher number of glomerular terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase-mediated dUTP nick end labeling-positive cells in group I as compared to group II at days 7 and 14. Moreover, the glomerular expression of transforming growth factor-beta, heparan sulfate proteoglycan and chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan significantly increased in group I as compared to group II at days 7 and 14. Progressive glomerulosclerosis can be induced in the rat by a single injection of the anti-Thy1 antibody after unilateral nephrectomy. It is suggested that apoptosis and extracellular matrix accumulation play an important role in the development of glomerulosclerosis.
    Pathology International 02/2005; 55(1):19-26. · 1.72 Impact Factor
  • Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition 11/2004; 39(4):422-5. · 2.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Six Japanese children with rapidly progressive Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis (HSPN) received multiple drug therapy combined with plasmapheresis (PP). After five courses of PP, multiple drug therapy, including methylprednisolone and urokinase pulse therapy, oral prednisolone, cyclophophamide, dipyridamole, and warfarin was given. At presentation, urine protein excretion and histological indices of the mean activity and chronicity were 245+/-101 mg/m(2) per hour, 6.6+/-1.2, and 1.5+/-1.3, respectively. After 6 months of therapy, urinary protein excretion had decreased significantly ( P<0.001). The activity index decreased significantly at the second renal biopsy performed at a mean interval of 4.3 months after the first (2.8+/-1.4, P<0.05), while the chronicity index did not change. At the most recent observation, all showed clinical improvement. Two patients had normal urine, three had proteinuria of <20 mg/m(2) per hour, one had proteinuria of >20 mg/m(2) per hour, and none had renal insufficiency. Although this case series is without controls, our treatment protocol may be of benefit to children with rapidly progressive HSPN.
    Pediatric Nephrology 08/2004; 19(8):920-3. · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We present a case report of a 10 years old boy with protein-losing enteropathy and eosinophilic gastroenteritis who had positive histamine release tests, increased allergen-specific IgE antibodies to some food items, and low levels of total serum protein and albumin. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed a number of polyps and diffuse gastritis. Biopsy specimens of the stomach and duodenum showed widespread eosinophilia and neutrophilia. Although a restricted diet was recommended, a diet which excluded foods with positive results to both histamine release test and allergen-specific IgE antibodies was poorly tolerated, and the patient rejected systemic administration of corticosteroids. Thus, we initiated an oral disodium cromoglycate (DSCG) and ketotifen therapy. After oral DSCG and ketotifen administration, the patient's condition improved gradually. Therefore, oral DSCG and ketotifen therapy might be considered as treatment option in patients with eosinophilic gastroenteritis and protein-losing enteropathy caused by food allergy.
    Asian Pacific journal of allergy and immunology / launched by the Allergy and Immunology Society of Thailand 10/2003; 21(3):193-7. · 0.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In nephrosis, filtration slits of podocytes are greatly narrowed, and slit diaphragms are displaced by junctions with close contact. Freeze-fracture studies have shown that the newly formed junctions consist of tight junctions and gap junctions. Several tight-junction proteins are known as integral membrane components, including occludin and claudins; but none of them have been found in podocytes. Coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor (CAR) has recently been identified as a virus receptor that is a 46-kDa integral membrane protein with two Ig-like domains in the extracellular region. In polarized epithelial cells, CAR is expressed at the tight junction, where it associates with ZO-1 and plays a role in the barrier to the movement of macromolecules and ions. In the present study, we investigated the expression and localization of CAR in rat kidneys treated with puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN) and in rat kidneys perfused for 15 minutes with protamine sulfate (PS). Both the experimental models have been used to induce tight junctions in podocytes. Ribonuclease protection assay and Western blot analysis revealed a distinct increase of CAR transcript and protein in glomeruli during PAN nephrosis but no increase in glomeruli by PS perfusion. Immunohistochemistry revealed a significant increase in CAR staining intensity along the glomerular capillary wall in PAN nephrosis and after PS perfusion. Immunoelectron microscopy demonstrated in both the models that the immunogold particles for CAR along the capillary wall were found predominantly at close cell-cell contact sites of podocytes but were rarely found at slit diaphragms. In cultured podocytes, CAR was localized at cell-cell contact sites. CAR distribution was identical to that of ZO-1 and different from that of a gap junction protein, connexin43. These findings indicate that CAR is an integral membrane component of tight junction in podocytes and that CAR expression in podocytes is regulated at the transcriptional level and in the redistribution of protein.
    Laboratory Investigation 07/2003; 83(6):901-11. · 3.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the efficacy of methylprednisolone and urokinase pulse therapy (MUPT) for severe Henoch-Schönlein nephritis, we examined the clinical manifestation and prognosis of patients with MUPT on long-term observation. We enrolled 56 patients with Henoch-schönlein nephritis who had been diagnosed with at least type IIIb from 1980 to 1998 on long-term observation and had been treated with MUPT. The clinical features, laboratory data, and pathologic findings between "pre-MUPT" and "post-MUPT," and the prognosis of these patients on long-term observation were retrospectively investigated. The mean urinary protein excretion after 6 months of treatment had decreased significantly compared with "pre-MUPT." Hypercoagulant state in "after the completion of urokinase pulse therapy" improved compared with "pre-MUPT." First renal biopsies were performed in all patients and second biopsies were performed in 27 patients. The activity index decreased significantly from 4.1 +/- 1.9 at first biopsy to 2.5 +/- 1.7 at second biopsy, while the chronicity index did not differ between first and second biopsy. None had renal insufficiency and renal survival rate was 100% for the decade. Although uncontrolled, our study suggested that MUPT is effective for those patients with the risk of progression of their nephropathy, especially if started early during the course of the disease before the crescents become fibrous.
    PEDIATRICS 05/2003; 111(4 Pt 1):785-9. · 4.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To clarify whether plasma lipoproteins, including Lp(a), can predict relapse pattern in the first years after diagnosis of nephrotic syndrome (NS), we evaluated them in patients with steroid-sensitive NS. We analyzed the medical records of 35 patients with steroid-sensitive NS who were seen by us from January 1992 to December 1999 followed for at least 1 year. These patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 consisted of 20 patients who infrequently relapse (IR: <2 in 6 months or <3 in a year), group 2 consisted of 15 patients who frequently relapse (FR: > or =2 in 6 months or > or =3 in a year). Clinical and laboratory findings such as age at onset, gender, urinalysis, serum level of total protein, albumin, and concentrations of serum lipid including lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) were investigated between group 1 and group 2. The concentration of plasma Lp(a) in group 2 was higher than that in group 1 (81.0 +/- 35.2 vs. 35.9 +/- 26.5 mg/dl, p < 0.01). On multivariate analysis using logistic regression model, the concentration of plasma Lp(a) was an independent risk factor for relapse of NS. Our findings suggest that of all the laboratory data examined, high values of Lp(a) can predict future relapse of NS and should be well documented.
    Nephron 12/2002; 92(4):807-11. · 13.26 Impact Factor
  • Pediatrics International 07/2002; 44(3):321-3. · 0.88 Impact Factor
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