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Constitutive activation of NF-κB and STAT3 plays an important role in the cellular proliferation and survival of multiple myeloma cells. We first found that auranofin (AF), a coordinated gold compound, induced a significant level of cell cycle arrest at G1 phase and subsequent apoptosis of myeloma cells. Further, AF inhibited constitutive and IL-6-induced(More)
This paper presents a new method to extract a set of correlated genes with respect to multiple biological features. Relationships among genes on a specific feature are encoded as a graph structure whose nodes correspond to genes. For example, the genome is a graph representing positional correlations of genes on the chromosome, the pathway is a graph(More)
Recent advances in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation have led to increasing use of this modality in older patients who tend to have been more heavily pretreated and have more comorbidities. Thus, the evaluation of comorbidity is of increasing importance to more precisely assess the benefits and risks of the transplantation procedure.(More)
An RNA secondary structure prediction method using a highly parallel computer is reported. We focus on finding thermodynamically stable structures of a single-stranded RNA molecule. Our approach is based on a parallel combinatorial method which calculates the free energy of a molecule as the sum of the free energies of all the physically possible hydrogen(More)
To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a combined regimen of bendamustine (B) and rituximab (R) in Japanese patients with relapsed/refractory (r/r) indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (B-NHLs) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Patients aged 20-79 years with pathologically confirmed B-NHLs or MCL, which were r/r after 1-2 R-containing regimens, were included(More)
Adult onset Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare disorder. Its clinical features have been well described in children, however remain poorly defined in adults. Optimal treatment strategy is still under debate. We have encountered two cases of adult onset LCH, which obtained a durable disease control by combination chemotherapy using prednisone,(More)
Results of RNA secondary structure prediction algorithm are usually given as a set of hydrogen bonds between bases. However, we cannot know the precise structure of an RNA molecule by only knowing which bases form hydrogen bonds. One way to understand the structure of an RNA molecule is to visualize it using a planar graph so that we can easily know the(More)
Bevacizumab(Avastin(®) ), a humanized therapeutic monoclonal antibody that targets vascular endothelial growth factor, is widely used in cancer treatment. Patients who are treated with bevacizumab have an increased risk of developing systemic hypertension. However, the relationship between bevacizumab-induced hypertension and clinical outcome remains(More)
Hepatitis B virus(HBV)reactivation has been reported as a fatal complication following systemic chemotherapy or other immunosuppressive therapies. The Japanese Guidelines for HBV reactivation were published in 2009. Despite the publication of these guidelines, there have been some reports of fulminant hepatitis B. Therefore, it was suggested that the(More)
A 37-year-old woman with acute lymphoblastic leukemia developed fever and pneumonia during persistent neutropenia after consolidation chemotherapy. Pneumonia was rapidly followed by the formation of abscess in adjacent subcutaneous tissues, muscles and bones. She subsequently developed sudden onset of paraplegia and loss of all sensation below Th4. Epidural(More)