Akihiko Takeuchi

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The cell-surface RAGE [receptor for AGE (advanced glycation end-products)] is associated with the development of diabetic vascular complications, neurodegenerative disorders and inflammation. Recently, we isolated a human RAGE splice variant, which can work as a decoy receptor for RAGE ligands, and named it esRAGE (endogenous secretory RAGE). In the present(More)
The authors discuss the cases of three patients in whom thoracic paraplegia developed after lumbar spinal decompressive surgery for slight lumbar spinal canal stenosis. Careful computerized tomography myelography and magnetic resonance imaging examination of the thoracic spine revealed another compressive lesion (spinal cord tumor, disc herniation,(More)
BACKGROUND Chemotherapy is essential to improve the prognosis of the patients with osteosarcoma, and the response to chemotherapy is an important prognostic factor. In this study, the impact of various radiological examinations on overall survival (OS) and event-free survival (EFS) was evaluated. METHOD Eighty-two patients with high-grade osteosarcoma(More)
BACKGROUND Chondrosarcoma, the second most frequent primary malignant bone tumor, is classified into 3 grades according to histologic criteria of malignancy. However, a low-grade lesion can be difficult to distinguish from a benign enchondroma, whereas some histologically low-grade lesions may carry a poor prognosis. The receptor for advanced glycation(More)
We previously reported that caffeine-assisted chemotherapy improved the treatment of malignant bone and soft tissue tumours such as osteosarcoma. Caffeine affects tumour cells through various pathways, including phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN), AKT, Bcl-2-associated X protein (BAX), caspase-3 and p53, and has therefore been(More)
Low-grade osteosarcoma, including low-grade central osteosarcoma and parosteal osteosarcoma, is an extremely rare variant, and the diagnosis is occasionally difficult. In this article we present cases of low-grade osteosarcomas that should be reviewed by a clinical oncologist. Nine cases of histologically diagnosed Broder grade 1 osteosarcoma were(More)
BACKGROUND Giant-cell tumor (GCT) of bone is a common primary benign tumor with high local recurrence and potential distant metastasis or malignant transformation. We have investigated the clinical behavior of recurrent GCT of bone in the extremities. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 110 patients with recurrent GCTs of bone in the extremities treated(More)
BACKGROUND Dendritic cells (DCs) play a pivotal role in the immune system. There are many reports concerning DC-based immunotherapy. The differentiation and maturation of DCs is a critical part of DC-based immunotherapy. We investigated the differentiation and maturation of DCs in response to various stimuli. METHODS Thirty-one patients with malignant(More)
A 10-year-old boy underwent arthroscopic curettage for an intra-articular mass in knee joint. The tumor was diagnosed as low-grade fibrous sarcoma. Five years later, the patient presented with a recurrent tumor. The patient underwent a marginal excision with knee joint preservation and without adjuvant therapy. Two years after the last surgery, the patient(More)
BACKGROUND Hypobaric chamber training for military aircrew is very important for flight safety. Since we began hypobaric training in our laboratory in 1960, some trainees have suffered physiological incidents. This study will characterize the physiological incidents during hypobaric chamber training at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). METHODS All(More)