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Hitoshi Tajiri, Tomoko Takano, Hideo Tanaka, Kosuke Ushijima, Ayano Inui, Yoko Miyoshi, Keiichi Ozono, Daiki Abukawa, Takeshi Endo, Stephen Brooks, Yasuhito Tanaka
The aims of the study were to elucidate the clinical characteristics of patients who developed hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) related to persistent HBV infection since childhood and to investigate usefulness of assessing alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in this population. A nationwide multicenter survey of children with chronic HBV infection was performed. Among 548 patients, 15 patients developed HCC at the median age of 15 years (range 9-36), including 13 males and 2 females. A case-control comparison showed that HBeAg seroconversion and liver cirrhosis were associated with the occurrence of HCC...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Satoru Koyanagi, Naoki Kusunose, Marie Taniguchi, Takahiro Akamine, Yuki Kanado, Yui Ozono, Takahiro Masuda, Yuta Kohro, Naoya Matsunaga, Makoto Tsuda, Michael W Salter, Kazuhide Inoue, Shigehiro Ohdo
Diurnal variations in pain hypersensitivity are common in chronic pain disorders, but the underlying mechanisms are enigmatic. Here, we report that mechanical pain hypersensitivity in sciatic nerve-injured mice shows pronounced diurnal alterations, which critically depend on diurnal variations in glucocorticoids from the adrenal glands. Diurnal enhancement of pain hypersensitivity is mediated by glucocorticoid-induced enhancement of the extracellular release of ATP in the spinal cord, which stimulates purinergic receptors on microglia in the dorsal horn...
October 14, 2016: Nature Communications
Ichiro Kawahara, Keisuke Ozono, Takashi Fujimoto, Makoto Hirose
Eagle syndrome is a well-known disease caused by elongation of the styloid process and/or calcification of the stylohyoid ligament, which interferes with adjacent anatomical structures, giving rise to acute cerebrovascular syndrome(ACVS)and/or pain. Although hyoid bone is also a stylohyoid complex, its association with ACVS is not well known. Thus, we investigated the anatomical relationship between the internal carotid artery(ICA)and the hyoid bone. Between January 2014 and December 2015, three-dimensional computed tomographic angiography(3D-CTA)of the neck was performed for 218 patients...
October 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
Masaki Kumondai, Hiroki Hosono, Kazuhiko Orikasa, Yoichi Arai, Tomio Arai, Haruhiko Sugimura, Seiichiro Ozono, Takayuki Sugiyama, Tatsuya Takayama, Takamitsu Sasaki, Noriyasu Hirasawa, Masahiro Hiratsuka
Tobacco-specific nitrosamines including 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK) and N-nitrosonornicotine (NNN), which can be activated by the metabolic enzyme CYP2A13, are potent procarcinogens. Smoking plays a role in carcinogenesis in the human bladder, which expresses CYP2A13 at a relatively high level. Numerous genetic polymorphisms of CYP2A13 causing amino acid substitution might reduce CYP2A13 metabolic activity toward NNK and NNN, resulting in decreased susceptibility to bladder cancer. The aim of this study was to reveal any association between bladder cancer development and CYP2A13 genetic polymorphisms in Japanese smokers...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Takefumi Kamakura, Makoto Kondo, Yoshihisa Koyama, Yukiko Hanada, Yusuke Ishida, Yukiko Nakamura, Takahiro Yamada, Yasumitsu Takimoto, Tadashi Kitahara, Yoshiyuki Ozono, Arata Horii, Takao Imai, Hidenori Inohara, Shoichi Shimada
Transient receptor potential vanilloid (TRPV) 4 is a nonselective cation channel expressed in sensory neurons such as those in the dorsal root and trigeminal ganglia, kidney, and inner ear. TRPV4 is activated by mechanical stress, heat, low osmotic pressure, low pH, and phorbol derivatives such as 4α-phorbol 12,13-didecanoate (4α-PDD). We investigated the expression of TRPV4 in rat vestibular ganglion (VG) neurons. The TRPV4 gene was successfully amplified from VG neuron mRNA using reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction...
October 6, 2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
Hideyuki Akaza, Yoshihiko Hirao, Choung-Soo Kim, Mototsugu Oya, Seiichiro Ozono, Dingwei Ye, Matthew Cooperberg, Shiro Hinotsu, Ji Youl Lee, Gang Zhu, Mikio Namiki, Shigeo Horie, Byung Ha Chung, Chung-Hsin Chen, Ng Chi Fai, Lukman Hakim, Edmund Chiong, Jason Letran, Rainy Umbas, Kazuhiro Suzuki, Kazuo Nishimura, Teng Aik Ong, Bannakij Lojanapiwat, Tong-Lin Wu, Wun-Jae Kim, Declan Murphy, Osamu Ogawa, Peter Carroll, Seiji Naito, Taiji Tsukamoto
The Asian Prostate Cancer (A-CaP) Study is an Asia-wide initiative that has been developed over the course of 2 years. The A-CaP Study is scheduled to begin in 2016, when each participating country or region will begin registration of newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients and conduct prognosis investigations. From the data gathered, common research themes will be identified, such as comparisons among Asian countries of background factors in newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients. This is the first Asia-wide study of prostate cancer and has developed from single country research efforts in this field, including in Japan and Korea...
September 2016: Prostate International
Atsushi Otsuka, Shinji Kageyama, Takahisa Suzuki, Rikiya Matsumoto, Hiroshi Nagae, Motoaki Kitagawa, Hiroshi Furuse, Seiichiro Ozono
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of mirabegron compared with imidafenacin for the treatment of female patients with overactive bladder. METHODS: Patients (n = 89) were randomized to receive 0.1 mg imidafenacin twice daily (n = 47) or 50 mg mirabegron once daily (n = 42) for 12 weeks. The primary efficacy end-point was change in total Overactive Bladder Symptom Score. Secondary efficacy end-points included change in Overactive Bladder Symptom Score, 3-day micturition diary, International Prostate Symptom Score and Overactive Bladder Questionnaire...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
Jin Nishino, Miwa Yamazaki, Masanobu Kawai, Kanako Tachikawa, Keiko Yamamoto, Kazuaki Miyagawa, Mikihiko Kogo, Keiichi Ozono, Toshimi Michigami
Dentin matrix protein 1 (DMP1) is an extracellular matrix protein involved in phosphate metabolism and biomineralization, and its expression markedly increases during the maturation of osteoblasts into osteocytes. We previously reported that an increased level of inorganic phosphate (Pi) in media up-regulated the expression of Dmp1 in primary osteocytes isolated from mouse bones. In the present study, we found that elevated extracellular Pi strongly induced the expression of Dmp1 in osteoblasts and explored its underlying mechanism of action...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Shuichi Ozono, Miho Mitsuo, Maiko Noguchi, Shin-Ichiro Nakagawa, Koichiro Ueda, Hiroko Inada, Shouichi Ohga, Etsuro Ito
Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a rare congenital disorder characterized by pure erythrocyte aplasia, and approximately 70% of patients carry mutations in the genes encoding ribosomal proteins (RP). Here, we report the case of a male infant with DBA who presented with anemic crisis (hemoglobin [Hb] concentration 1.5 g/dL) at 58 days after birth. On admission, the infant was pale and had tachypnea, but recovered with intensive care, including red blood cell transfusions, and prednisolone. Based on the clinical diagnosis of DBA, the father of the infant had cyclosporine-A-dependent anemia...
September 2016: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Yoshihiko Tomita, Satoshi Fukasawa, Mototsugu Oya, Hirotsugu Uemura, Nobuo Shinohara, Tomonori Habuchi, Brian I Rini, Ying Chen, Angel H Bair, Seiichiro Ozono, Seiji Naito, Hideyuki Akaza
OBJECTIVES: To conduct Japanese subgroup analyses of a randomized, global Phase II study of axitinib with and without dose titration in first-line metastatic renal cell carcinoma and to explore predictive factors for axitinib efficacy in first-line metastatic renal cell carcinoma. METHODS: The data included 44 Japanese and 169 non-Japanese treatment-naïve patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Patients received twice-daily axitinib 5 mg during a 4-week lead-in period...
August 29, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Yuko Ichiki, Daisuke Kobayashi, Toshio Kubota, Sahoko Ozono, Aya Murakami, Yusuke Yamakawa, Kazuya Zeki, Takao Shimazoe
  The number of patients with diabetes continues to increase in Japan, which means that education in disease management is important. However, there have been few investigations into the importance of hospital pharmacists performing outpatient education for diabetes mellitus in Japan. In the diabetes outpatient department of Kitakyushu City Moji Hospital, a pharmacist commenced patient education using check sheets before patients saw the physicians from 2012. We divided the patients into groups with an increase or decrease of HbA1c level after 6 months from the start of patient education...
August 29, 2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
R Okawa, O Iijima, M Kishino, H Okawa, S Toyosawa, H Sugano-Tajima, T Shimada, T Okada, K Ozono, T Ooshima, K Nakano
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Hypophosphatasia is a rare inherited skeletal disorder characterized by defective bone mineralization and deficiency of tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase (TNSALP) activity. The disease is caused by mutations in the liver/bone/kidney alkaline phosphatase gene (ALPL) encoding TNSALP. Early exfoliation of primary teeth owing to disturbed cementum formation, periodontal ligament weakness and alveolar bone resorption are major complications encountered in oral findings, and discovery of early loss of primary teeth in a dental examination often leads to early diagnosis of hypophosphatasia...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Periodontal Research
Takahisa Suzuki, Atsushi Otsuka, Seiichiro Ozono
OBJECTIVES: To examine which parameters obtained from transrectal ultrasonography are accurate predictors of urodynamically-confirmed bladder outlet obstruction in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms suggestive of benign prostatic hyperplasia. METHODS: The records of 350 patients with complaints of lower urinary tract symptoms suggestive of benign prostatic hyperplasia were reviewed. Baseline parameters were international prostate symptom score, quality of life score, postvoid residual urine volume, prostate-specific antigen, and data obtained from uroflowmetry and transrectal ultrasonography...
August 21, 2016: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
Masahito Hashimoto, Mami Ozono, Maiko Furuyashiki, Risako Baba, Shuhei Hashiguchi, Yasuo Suda, Koichi Fukase, Yukari Fujimoto
Acetobacter pasteurianus is an aerobic Gram-negative rod that is used in the fermentation process used to produce the traditional Japanese black rice vinegar kurozu. Previously, we found that a hydrophobic fraction derived from kurozu stimulates Toll-like receptors to produce cytokines. LPSs, particularly LPS from A. pasteurianus, are strong candidates for the immunostimulatory component of kurozu. The LPS of A. pasteurianus remains stable in acidic conditions during the 2 years of the abovementioned fermentation process...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Junji Azuma, Shin Nabatame, Toshiya Katsura, Kyoko Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kaneno, Eri Kijima, Yoshimi Mizoguchi, Tunesuke Shimotsuji, Takehisa Yamamoto, Keiichi Ozono
The magnetic resonance imaging findings of reversible isolated lesions with transiently reduced diffusion in the splenium of corpus callosum of patients with a wide spectrum of pathological conditions are referred to as reversible splenial lesion syndrome (RESLES). Clinically mild encephalitis/encephalopathy with a reversible splenial lesion (MERS) is probably included within the spectrum of RESLES; however, its exact pathophysiology is not known. Here, we describe three patients with MERS and one patient with RESLES, all of whom showed elevated urinary β2-microglobulin regardless of diagnosis and presence of pathogens...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Hideaki Miyake, Takuto Hara, Seiichiro Ozono, Masato Fujisawa
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to investigate whether the prior use of a novel androgen receptor-axis-targeted (ARAT) agent with or without subsequent taxane therapy could affect the efficacy of another ARAT agent in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included a total of 302 patients with mCRPC, who were treated with abiraterone acetate and/or enzalutamide. These 302 patients were classified into the following 3 groups: group A, 173 received an ARAT agent without the prior use of another ARAT agent; group B, 102 sequentially received ARAT agents without any treatment between the 2 agents; group C, 27 sequentially received ARAT agents, with taxane therapy between the 2 ARAT agents...
July 21, 2016: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
Takahiro Masuda, Yui Ozono, Satsuki Mikuriya, Yuta Kohro, Hidetoshi Tozaki-Saitoh, Ken Iwatsuki, Hisayuki Uneyama, Reiko Ichikawa, Michael W Salter, Makoto Tsuda, Kazuhide Inoue
Activation of purinergic receptors in the spinal cord by extracellular ATP is essential for neuropathic hypersensitivity after peripheral nerve injury (PNI). However, the cell type responsible for releasing ATP within the spinal cord after PNI is unknown. Here we show that PNI increases expression of vesicular nucleotide transporter (VNUT) in the spinal cord. Extracellular ATP content ([ATP]e) within the spinal cord was increased after PNI, and this increase was suppressed by exocytotic inhibitors. Mice lacking VNUT did not show PNI-induced increase in [ATP]e and had attenuated hypersensitivity...
2016: Nature Communications
Tomoko Okumura, Takao Imai, Kayoko Higashi-Shingai, Yumi Ohta, Tetsuo Morihana, Takashi Sato, Suzuyo Okazaki, Yoriko Iwamoto, Yukiko Hanada, Yoshiyuki Ozono, Ryusuke Imai, Kazuya Ohata, Hidenori Inohara
INTRODUCTION: A pathological nystagmus is an objective sign that a patient feels vertigo. However, there have been few opportunities to observe and record pathological nystagmus during a paroxysmal vertigo attack. Furthermore, it can be difficult to obtain cooperation in pediatric patients. We present two cases of paroxysmal vertigo in children in whom we successfully recorded and analyzed their pathological nystagmus during a vertigo attack. METHODS: Of a total sample of 4349 patients seen at our hospital for dizziness in the last decade, a retrospective analysis revealed that 68 were children (<15 years old; 1...
September 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Hideaki Miyake, Ken-Ichi Harada, Seiichiro Ozono, Masato Fujisawa
PURPOSE: To comprehensively analyze the efficacy of axitinib for metastatic renal-cell carcinoma (mRCC) patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included 124 consecutive Japanese patients treated with axitinib as second-line systemic therapy for mRCC in a routine clinical setting. RESULTS: In addition to 4 indeterminate patients (3.2%), 0 (0%), 21 (16.9%), 87 (70.2%), and 12 (9.7%) were judged to show complete response, partial response, stable disease, and progressive disease, respectively, as the best responses to axitinib...
July 5, 2016: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
Hideaki Miyake, Ken-Ichi Harada, Seiichiro Ozono, Masato Fujisawa
The objective of this study was to analyze the impact of age on clinical outcomes of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) patients receiving axitinib. This study included 144 consecutive mRCC patients who received axitinib for at least 12 weeks as second-line therapy in a routine clinical setting. The efficacy, safety and quality of life (QOL) were compared between patients aged <75 (n = 116) and ≥75 (n = 28) years. No significant differences in the clinicopathological characteristics were noted between younger and older patients...
August 2016: Medical Oncology
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