Akihiro Tomita

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Recently, somatic mutations of the nucleophosmin gene (NPM1), which alter the subcellular localization of the product, have been reported in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We analyzed the clinical significance of NPM1 mutations in comparison with cytogenetics, FLT3, NRAS, and TP53 mutations, and a partial tandem duplication of the MLL gene (MLL-TD) in 257(More)
A secure communication network with quantum key distribution in a metropolitan area is reported. Six different QKD systems are integrated into a mesh-type network. GHz-clocked QKD links enable us to demonstrate the world-first secure TV conferencing over a distance of 45km. The network includes a commercial QKD product for long-term stable operation, and(More)
Arsenic trioxide (As₂O₃) is a highly effective treatment for patients with refractory/relapsed acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), but resistance to As₂O₃ has recently been seen. In the present study, we report the findings that 2 of 15 patients with refractory/relapsed APL treated with As₂O₃ were clinically As₂O₃ resistant. Leukemia cells from these 2(More)
Since the introduction of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and arsenic trioxide (As2O3) for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), the overall survival rate has improved dramatically. However, relapse/refractory patients showing resistance to ATRA and/or As2O3 are recognized as a clinically significant problem. Genetic mutations resulting in(More)
Transcription factor c-Myb plays important roles in cell survival and differentiation in immature hematopoietic cells. Here we demonstrate that c-Myb is acetylated at the carboxyl-terminal conserved domain by histone acetyltransferase p300 both in vitro and in vivo. The acetylation sites in vivo have been located at the lysine residues of the conserved(More)
We studied osmoregulation of plasma vasopressin (AVP) in eight patients with untreated myxedema due to primary hypothyroidism. All patients had severe thyroid hormone deficiency due to chronic thyroiditis and had been receiving no medication at the time of this study. AVP release was defined by 5% hypertonic saline infusion test in all patients, and urinary(More)
Although rituximab is a key molecular targeting drug for CD20-positive B-cell lymphomas, resistance to rituximab has recently been recognized as a considerable problem. Here, we report that a CD20-negative phenotypic change after chemotherapies with rituximab occurs in a certain number of CD20-positive B-cell lymphoma patients. For 5 years, 124 patients(More)
The corepressors N-CoR (nuclear receptor corepressor) and SMRT (silencing mediator for retinoid and thyroid hormone receptors) interact with unliganded nuclear hormone receptors, including thyroid hormone (T(3)) receptor (TR). Several N-CoR/SMRT complexes containing histone deacetylases have been purified. The best studied among them are N-CoR/SMRT(More)
The effect of U50488H, a potent opioid kappa-receptor agonist, was investigated on the urine volume and on the secretion of arginine vasopressin (AVP) in response to dehydration or hyperosmolar or hypovolemic stimulation in conscious rats. This agonist markedly increased the urine volume in normally hydrated rats and suppressed plasma AVP in a(More)
BACKGROUND There is no standard management of reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in HBV-resolved patients without hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), but with antibodies against hepatitis B core antigen and/or antibodies against HBsAg (anti-HBs). METHODS We conducted a prospective observational study to evaluate the occurrence of HBV(More)