Akira Mitsuhashi

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BACKGROUND Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and VEGF-C play a crucial role in the regulation of tumor growth and metastasis. The current study examined the significance of serum VEGF and VEGF-C levels in relation to conventional clinicopathologic parameters, response to treatment, and survival in patients with cervical carcinoma. METHODS Between(More)
BACKGROUND Metformin, an antidiabetic drug, decreases the incidence of various cancers in diabetic patients. Metformin-induced inhibition of cancer cell proliferation has been confirmed in vitro but not in humans. Because endometrial cancer is associated with insulin resistance, the authors investigated whether a diabetes-therapeutic metformin dose inhibits(More)
BACKGROUND The current study examined the clinical usefulness of YKL-40 in detection and prognosis of uterine cervical cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Serum levels of YKL-40, cancer antigen 125 (CA 125), carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9), and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) antigen were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in women with benign(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of the current investigation were two-fold: (1) to examine the effect of different powder/liquid (P/L) ratios on the fracture toughness of commercial resin-modified glass ionomer cement and conventional glass ionomer cement, and (2) to evaluate the effect of powder size reduction on the fracture toughness of experimental(More)
BACKGROUND Intravenous leiomyomatosis with cardiac extension is an extremely rare disease. CASE We recently treated a case of intravenous leiomyomatosis with extension from the inferior vena cava into the right atrium. Three operations--exploratory laparotomy, debulking of the pelvic mass and resection of the intracardiac leiomyoma--were performed. Since(More)
In developed countries, endometrial cancer (EC) is the most common malignancy among women. Unopposed estrogen therapy, obesity, nulliparity, diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension have been linked to an increased risk of EC. However, the molecular mechanisms of EC oncogenesis and metastasis have not yet been fully elucidated. Our recent studies of(More)
Our recent studies of microRNA (miRNA) expression signatures indicated that microRNA-29a (miR-29a) was significantly downregulated in several types of human cancers, suggesting that miR-29a may be a putative tumor-suppressive miRNA in human cancers. The aim of this study was to investigate the functional significance of miR-29a in cervical squamous cell(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate patterns of failure in cervical cancer patients with histopathologic parametrial invasion treated with postoperative pelvic radiation therapy. METHODS Records of 117 stages IB-IIB cervical cancer patients with parametrial invasion treated with postoperative radiation therapy from 1985 to 2002 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients(More)
Placental mesenchymal dysplasia is a rare condition of pregnancy that presents as macroscopic features of molar change in the placenta and normal karyotype fetus. These cases are often misdiagnosed as partial mole. We report a new case of mesenchymal dysplasia. A 27-year-old Japanese primigravida delivered an 820 g female baby (46XX karyotype) without(More)