Akira Iwasaki

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BACKGROUND Sperm cryopreservation before cancer chemotherapy is available for young patients with cancer. However, few patients bank their sperm. The authors evaluated by questionnaire the psychological impact of sperm cryopreservation. METHODS The authors cryopreserved the sperm of 111 patients with cancer for free at the Yokohama City University(More)
A novel (R)-amine transaminase, which catalyzed (R)-enantioselective transamination of chiral amine, was purified to homogeneity from Arthrobacter sp. KNK168 (FERM BP-5228). The molecular mass of the enzyme was estimated to be 148 kDa by gel filtration and 37 kDa by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, suggesting a homotetrameric(More)
Two soil isolates, Arthrobacter sp. KNK168 and Pseudomonas sp. KNK425, aminated 3,4-dimethoxyphenylacetone in presence of sec-butylamine as an amino donor to yield 3,4-dimethoxyamphetamine (DMA) with different enantioselectivities. The former gave (R)-DMA (>99% e.e.) and the latter the (S)-isomer (>99% e.e.).
An alcohol oxidase (AOD) was found from Aspergillus ochraceus AIU 031, and its characteristics were revealed. This enzyme oxidized short-chain primary alcohols and ethylene glycol, and belonged to the same group as AOD from methylotrophic yeast. However, it differed in the following properties. The K(m) value for ethanol was larger and that for ethylene(More)
We analyzed the incidence, sex and age distribution, diagnostic methods and survival rate of incidentally detected renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) and compared these factors with those of symptomatic RCCs. Of 141 patients with RCC treated between 1980 and 1989, 44 cases (31.4%) were incidentally detected. Thirty-one of these 44 cases were diagnosed by(More)
(R)-stereospecific amine transaminases (R-ATAs) are important biocatalysts for the production of (R)-amine compounds in a strict stereospecific manner. An improved R-ATA, ATA-117-Rd11, was successfully engineered for the manufacture of sitagliptin, a widely used therapeutic agent for type-2 diabetes. The effects of the individual mutations, however, have(More)
Silodosin (URIEF), a new so-called 3rd generation alpha-1 blocker, is widely expected to be effective and useful for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), due to its high specificity to alpha-1A receptor. We evaluated the efficacy of Silodosin, on 187 males 50 years old or over with the diagnosis of BPH.(More)
Spontaneous massive retroperitoneal hemorrhage from an adrenal tumor is rare and is usually fatal if unrecognized. We report a case of spontaneous rupture of a primary adrenocortical carcinoma that occurred in a 79-year-old man. He visited our hospital with left abdominal pain. Computed tomography (CT) showed a left retroperitoneal hemorrhage. We could not(More)
A 38 year-old man was referred to our hospital for high fever and lower abdominal pain. The laboratory data showed his inflammatory state with a few puss cells in the urine analysis. Computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan demonstrated perivesical abscess and the cystoscopy on the day just before the operation revealed no(More)