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Ken Yamanaka, Norihiko Shiiya, Katsushi Yamashita, Naoki Washiyama, Daisuke Takahashi, Naoko Sakagami, Kayoko Natsume
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October 16, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
Toshiyuki Ohya, Ryo Yamanaka, Hayato Ohnuma, Masahiro Hagiwara, Yasuhiro Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Some endurance athletes exhibit exercise-induced arterial hypoxemia during high-intensity exercise. Inhalation of hyperoxic gas during exercise has been shown to counteract this exercise-associated reduction in hemoglobin oxygen saturation (SaO2), but the effects of hyperoxic gas inhalation on performance and SaO2 during high-intensity intermittent exercise remain unclear. This study investigated the effects of hyperoxic gas inhalation on performance and SaO2 during high-intensity intermittent cycling exercise...
December 2016: Sports Medicine—Open
Takao Koike, Masayoshi Harigai, Naoki Ishiguro, Shigeko Inokuma, Syuji Takei, Tsutomu Takeuchi, Hisashi Yamanaka, Yoshinari Takasaki, Tsuneyo Mimori, Katsutoshi Hiramatsu, Shuichi Komatsu, Yoshiya Tanaka
INTRODUCTION: There is insufficient evidence regarding the appropriate dose of methotrexate (MTX) required to achieve specific treatment goals in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) receiving biologic drugs in Japan. The present study aimed to assess the dose-response effect of MTX in combination with adalimumab (ADA) to achieve low disease activity (LDA) and/or remission at 24 weeks in RA patients. METHODS: This analysis used data of the ADA all-case survey in Japan (n = 7740), and 5494 patients who received ADA and MTX were classified into five groups by weighted average MTX dose (>0-<4, 4-<6, 6-<8, 8-< 10, and ≥10 mg/week)...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Daiki Yamanaka, Takashi Kawano, Atsushi Nishigaki, Bun Aoyama, Hiroki Tateiwa, Marie Shigematsu-Locatelli, Fabricio M Locatelli, Masataka Yokoyama
PURPOSE: In the present study, we examined whether and by what mechanisms dexmedetomidine (DMED) prevents the development of systemic inflammation (SI)-induced cognitive dysfunction in aged rats. METHODS: Animals received a single intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of either 5.0 mg/kg lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or vehicle. LPS-treated rats were further divided into three groups: early DMED, late DMED, or midazolam (MDZ) treatment (n = 12 each). Seven days after LPS injection, cognitive function was evaluated using a novel object recognition task, followed by measurement of hippocampal levels of proinflammatory cytokines and Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR-4) expression...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
Cody Kime, Masayo Sakaki-Yumoto, Leeanne Goodrich, Yohei Hayashi, Salma Sami, Rik Derynck, Michio Asahi, Barbara Panning, Shinya Yamanaka, Kiichiro Tomoda
Developmental signaling molecules are used for cell fate determination, and understanding how their combinatorial effects produce the variety of cell types in multicellular organisms is a key problem in biology. Here, we demonstrate that the combination of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4), lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), and ascorbic acid (AA) efficiently converts mouse primed pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) into naive PSCs. Signaling by the lipid LPA through its receptor LPAR1 and downstream effector Rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) cooperated with LIF signaling to promote this conversion...
October 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Futoshi Taura, Miu Iijima, Eriko Yamanaka, Hironobu Takahashi, Hiromichi Kenmoku, Haruna Saeki, Satoshi Morimoto, Yoshinori Asakawa, Fumiya Kurosaki, Hiroyuki Morita
Rhododendron dauricum L. produces daurichromenic acid, the anti-HIV meroterpenoid consisting of sesquiterpene and orsellinic acid (OSA) moieties. To characterize the enzyme responsible for OSA biosynthesis, a cDNA encoding a novel polyketide synthase (PKS), orcinol synthase (ORS), was cloned from young leaves of R. dauricum. The primary structure of ORS shared relatively low identities to those of PKSs from other plants, and the active site of ORS had a unique amino acid composition. The bacterially expressed, recombinant ORS accepted acetyl-CoA as the preferable starter substrate, and produced orcinol as the major reaction product, along with four minor products including OSA...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Takashi Nishida, Satoshi Kubota, Eriko Aoyama, Nobuyasu Yamanaka, Karen M Lyons, Masaharu Takigawa
OBJECTIVE: CCN family protein 2/connective tissue growth factor (CCN2/CTGF) promotes cartilage regeneration in experimental osteoarthritis (OA) models. However, CCN2 production is very low in articular cartilage. The aim of this study was to investigate whether or not CCN2 was promoted by cultured chondrocytes treated with low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) and to clarify its mechanism. METHODS: Human chondrocytic cell line HCS-2/8, rat primary epiphyseal and articular cartilage cells, and Ccn2-deficient chondrocytes that impaired chondrocyte differentiation, were treated with LIPUS for 20 min at 3...
October 8, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Kenichi Yamanaka, Hiroyuki Miyatani, Yukio Yoshida, Takehiro Ishii, Shinichi Asabe, Osamu Takada, Mitsuhiro Nokubi, Hirosato Mashima
BACKGROUND: Gastric foveolar hyperplastic polyps (GFHPs) are common findings in clinical practice. GFHPs commonly arise in a background of chronic atrophic gastritis, including autoimmune gastritis (type A gastritis), and have a potential risk of malignant transformation. CASE PRESENTATION: In 2005, a 55-year-old Japanese woman underwent upper endoscopy at another hospital and was found to have a pedunculated polyp (10 mm in diameter) on the greater curvature of the lower gastric body...
October 12, 2016: BMC Gastroenterology
Naohito Beppu, Ayako Kakuno, Hiroshi Doi, Norihiko Kamikonya, Nagahide Matsubara, Naohiro Tomita, Hidenori Yanagi, Naoki Yamanaka
BACKGROUND: Although preoperative chemoradiotherapy exerts a destructive effect on positive lymph nodes, microscopic examination reveals different degrees of tumor regression. The aim of the present study is to investigate the impact of the radiation-induced regression of positive nodes on survival in patients with rectal cancer treated with preoperative chemoradiotherapy. METHODS: From 2001 to 2015, 229 patients with T3 rectal cancer underwent total mesorectal excision after preoperative chemoradiotherapy...
October 7, 2016: Surgery
Tadanobu Takahashi, Saori Unuma, Sawako Kawagishi, Yuuki Kurebayashi, Maiko Takano, Hiroki Yoshino, Akira Minami, Takashi Yamanaka, Tadamune Otsubo, Kiyoshi Ikeda, Takashi Suzuki
Most equine influenza A viruses (IAVs) show strong binding to glycoconjugates containing N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc) as well as N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac). Therefore, the progeny of equine IAV is thought to be released from the infected cell surface through removal of sialic acids by the viral sialidase. In the present study, equine IAV sialidases showed significantly lower substrate affinity than that of human IAV sialidases to artificial and natural Neu5Gc-conjugated substrates. The substrate specificity of equine IAV sialidases is in disagreement with their binding specificity to molecular species of sialic acid...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Helge Bruns Chair, Hans-Rudolf Raab Chair, Kenya Yamanaka, Kestutis Strupas, Peter Schemmer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2016: Visc Med
Norihisa Katayama, Atsunori Yorozu, Shinichiro Maruo, Shinsuke Kojima, Toshio Ohashi, Nobumichi Tanaka, Takashi Kikuchi, Satoshi Higashide, Shiro Saito, Takushi Dokiya, Masanori Fukushima, Hidetoshi Yamanaka
PURPOSE: To evaluate the incidence and the associated factors of rectal toxicity in patients with prostate cancer undergoing permanent seed implantation (PI) with or without external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in a nationwide prospective cohort study in Japan (J-POPS) during the first 2 years. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A total of 2,339 subjects were available for the analyses. Rectal toxicity was evaluated using the National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 3...
October 5, 2016: Brachytherapy
Masahiro Kimura, Satoshi Wakita, Kotarou Ishikawa, Kazutaka Sekine, Satoshi Yoshikawa, Akira Sato, Kazuaki Okawa, Akinori Kashimura, Masayoshi Sakaguchi, Yasusato Sugahara, Daisuke Yamanaka, Naohito Ohno, Peter O Bauer, Fumitaka Oyama
Chitotriosidase (Chit1) is an enzyme associated with various diseases, including Gaucher disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer disease and cystic fibrosis. In this study, we first expressed mouse mature Chit1 fused with V5 and (His)6 tags at the C-terminus (Chit1-V5-His) in the cytoplasm of Escherichia coli and found that most of the expressed protein was insoluble. In contrast, Chit1 tagged with Protein A at the N-terminus and V5-His at the C-terminus, was expressed in the periplasmic space of E...
2016: PloS One
Ryuya Yamanaka, Azusa Hayano, Tomohiko Kanayama
OBJECTIVE: Radiation-induced meningioma (RIM) is an uncommon late risk of cranial irradiation. We conducted an exhaustive review of individual patient data to characterize RIM. METHODS: Using a systematic search of the PubMed database, we performed a comprehensive literature review to characterize and investigate RIM. Student's t-tests were used to evaluate differences between variables. A Kaplan-Meier analysis was used to assess survival. Statistical significance was assessed using a log-rank test...
October 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
K Fujihara, R Igarashi, M Yamamoto, M Ishizawa, Y Matsubayasi, S Matsunaga, K Kato, C Ito, M Koishi, N Yamanaka, S Kodama, H Sone
AIMS: To examine the impact of glucose tolerance status on the development of coronary artery disease (CAD) in working-age men in Japan. METHODS: This population-based retrospective cohort study included 111,621 men aged 31-60 years [63,558 with normal glucose tolerance (NGT); 37,126 with prediabetes; 10,937 with diabetes]. The Cox proportional-hazards regression model was used to identify variables related to the incidence of CAD. RESULTS: Multivariate analysis showed that, compared with NGT, diabetes increased the risk of CAD by 17...
October 3, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism
Kohei Shitara, Kimio Yonesaka, Tadamichi Denda, Kentaro Yamazaki, Toshikazu Moriwaki, Masahiro Tsuda, Toshimi Takano, Hiroyuki Okuda, Tomohiro Nishina, Kazuko Sakai, Kazuto Nishio, Shoji Tokunaga, Takeharu Yamanaka, Narikazu Boku, Ichinosuke Hyodo, Kei Muro
This randomized phase II trial compared panitumumab plus fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan (FOLFIRI) with bevacizumab plus FOLFIRI as second-line chemotherapy for wild-type (WT) KRAS exon 2 metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) and to explore the values of oncogenes in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) and serum proteins as predictive biomarkers. Patients with WT KRAS exon 2 mCRC refractory to first-line chemotherapy containing oxaliplatin and bevacizumab were randomly assigned to panitumumab plus FOLFIRI or bevacizumab plus FOLFIRI...
October 6, 2016: Cancer Science
Fumihiro Tanaka, Seiki Hasegawa, Nobuyuki Kondo, Ryo Miyahara, Hiroshi Date, Shinji Atagi, Masaaki Kawahara, Takeharu Yamanaka, Toshiaki Manabe, Hiromi Wada
BACKGROUND: Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) is a standard procedure for the pathological evaluation of the mediastinal nodal (N2) status of lung cancer; however, its feasibility in potentially operable patients with suspicion of minimal N2 disease remains unestablished. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective multicenter study was conducted to assess the feasibility of EBUS-TBNA in this setting. Patients with clinical stage IIIA-N2 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and mediastinal nodal enlargement on computed tomography (CT) were eligible; patients were ineligible when CT revealed bulky (> 3 cm in the long-axis diameter) N2 or multiple (≥ 3) station N2...
2016: Oncology Research and Treatment
Ryuya Yamanaka, Azusa Hayano, Tomohiko Kanayama
By conducting a systemic search of the PubMed database, we performed a comprehensive literature review to characterize secondary gliomas following radiotherapy treatment and to determine the most appropriate treatment strategy. Our analysis included 296 cases of radiation-induced gliomas. The primary lesion was characterized as a hematological malignancy in 104 cases (35.1 %), pituitary adenoma in 35 (11.8 %), craniopharyngioma in 19 (6.4 %), medulloblastoma in 38 (12.8 %), germ cell tumor in 13 (4.3 %), low-grade glioma in 28 (9...
October 5, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
Keshi Chen, Qi Long, Tao Wang, Danyun Zhao, Yanshuang Zhou, Juntao Qi, Yi Wu, Shengbiao Li, Chunlan Chen, Xiaoming Zeng, Jianguo Yang, Zisong Zhou, Weiwen Qin, Xiyin Liu, Yuxing Li, Yingying Li, Xiaofen Huang, Dajiang Qin, Jiekai Chen, Guangjin Pan, Hans R Schöler, Guoliang Xu, Xingguo Liu, Duanqing Pei
Reprogramming of somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem cells rewrites the code of cell fate at the chromatin level. Yet, little is known about this process physically. Here, we describe a fluorescence recovery after photobleaching method to assess the dynamics of heterochromatin/euchromatin and show significant heterochromatin loosening at the initial stage of reprogramming. We identify growth arrest and DNA damage-inducible protein a (Gadd45a) as a chromatin relaxer in mouse embryonic fibroblasts, which also enhances somatic cell reprogramming efficiency...
October 4, 2016: EMBO Reports
Naohito Beppu, Fumihiko Kimura, Tsukasa Aihara, Hiroshi Doi, Naohiro Tomita, Hidenori Yanagi, Naoki Yamanaka
BACKGROUND: Short-course radiotherapy with delayed surgery (SRT-delay) is still under clinical investigation for its efficacy in treating low rectal cancer (≤5 cm from the anal verge). This study was designed to assess the pattern of local recurrence and oncologic outcomes in T3 low rectal cancer treated with SRT-delay. METHODS: This study enrolled T3 low rectal cancer patients without distant metastasis between 2003 and 2015. All patients received total mesorectal excision following SRT-delay (25 Gy/10 fractions/5 days + S-1 radiosensitizer with a 4-week delay of surgery)...
October 3, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
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