Akihiko Furuhata

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We recently reported increased sphingosine kinase 1 (SPHK1) and decreased neutral sphingomyelinase 2 (NSMase2) gene expression in myelodysplastic syndromes and acute leukemia. This alteration is supposed to change the cellular sphingolipid metabolites; however, positive correlations were observed between daunorubicin (DA)-IC50 and the SPHK1 message but not(More)
Although oncogenic functions and the clinical significance of Wilms tumor 1 (WT1) have been extensively studied in acute leukemia, the regulatory mechanism of its transcription still remains to be determined. We found a significant correlation among the amounts of WT1, GATA-1 and GATA-2 mRNAs from leukemia and solid tumor cell lines. Overexpression and(More)
Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) V617F mutation has been regarded as the major cause of myeloproliferative disorders (MPD). However, the mechanisms of abnormal cell growth by JAK2V617F have not been elucidated. In this study, cell cycle regulatory protein expression was analyzed using JAK2V617F-Ba/F3 and mock-Ba/F3. JAK2V617F-Ba/F3, but not mock-Ba/F3, showed IL-3(More)
Sphingosine kinase 1 (SPHK1) is overexpressed in solid tumors and leukemia. However, the mechanism of SPHK1 overexpression by oncogenes has not been defined. We found that v-Src-transformed NIH3T3 cells showed a high SPHK1 mRNA, SPHK1 protein and SPHK enzyme activity. siRNA of SPHK1 inhibited the growth of v-Src-NIH3T3, suggesting the involvement of SPHK1(More)
Since intravesical recurrence of superficial bladder cancer (Ta, T1) after transurethral resection (TUR) is frequent, adjuvant therapy to reduce the recurrence rate has been extensively investigated. Although intravesical chemotherapy has been employed for 30 years or more, neither the exact effect on the bladder epithelium nor the optimal dose and(More)
Medroxyprogesterone acetate has been used prophylactically in 35 patients with stages I and IIIA renal cell carcinoma who had undergone radical nephrectomy. Metastasis was noted in 26 per cent (9 of 35) of the patients who had received the drug and in 44 per cent (20 of 45) of those who had not (controls). The incidence of metastasis in patients who had(More)
We report a patient with urachal transitional cell carcinoma invading the sigmoid colon. The diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of this disease are discussed. The literature is also reviewed. This 42-year-old man was admitted with the chief complaint of micturition pain. Operation consisting of total cystourethrectomy, excision of the urachus together with(More)
Transurethral prostatectomy or retropubic prostatectomy was performed in 259 patients. Before surgery, 143 patients were voiding spontaneously, while 84 used an intermittent catheter and 32 an indwelling catheter. Preoperative and postoperative bacteriuria was found in 9% and 39%, respectively, of the patients who voided spontaneously, in 13% and 50% of the(More)