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Three different molecular species of proteoglycan (designated PG-H, PG-Lb, and PG-Lt) have been isolated from chick embryo epiphyseal cartilage. PG-H is a major proteoglycan of the tissue and identical, or nearly identical, with so-called cartilage-characteristic proteoglycan previously described in mammalian and avian cartilages. The third proteoglycan,(More)
CASE We report a case of IgG4-related prostatitis successfully treated with transurethral resection of the prostate (TUR-P). A 47-year-old man with a history of autoimmune pancreatitis and sclerosing cholangitis presented with lower urinary tract symptoms. Because ultrasonography revealed a mildly enlarged prostate and uroflowmetry showed a severely(More)
The site of the reaction between plasminogen activators and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) was investigated in cultures of human umbilical vein endothelial cells. In conditioned medium from endothelial cells, two forms of a plasminogen activator-specific inhibitor can be demonstrated: an active form that readily binds to and inhibits plasminogen(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the oncological and functional outcome of distal ureterectomy compared with nephroureterectomy in the management of distal ureteral urothelial carcinoma. METHODS Using a database including upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma patients (n = 1329), 282 patients were identified with urothelial carcinoma localized in the distal(More)
Chick embryo epiphyseal cartilage has been shown to contain three different proteoglycan species (PG-H, PG-Lb, and PG-Lt). This report is concerned with the purification and characterization of the third proteoglycan, PG-Lt. The proteoglycan can be separated from the other two by virtue of its low buoyant density in a CsCl density gradient and further(More)
Five patients with advanced extragonadal germ cell tumor (EGGCT) were treated with cisplatinum + vinblastine + bleomycin (BVP) or cisplatinum + etoposide + bleomycin (BEP) chemotherapy as an induction therapy. All patients had high levels of tumor markers and multiple distant metastasis in poor nutritious conditions. Two patients given BVP therapy died 6(More)
In disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) in the absence of severe infection, marked fibrinolysis was noted in comparison with normal levels of antithrombin III, which is a major inhibitor of the coagulation system. Increased plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) antigen levels in plasma from patients with(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify risk factors and develop a model for predicting recurrence of upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) in the bladder in patients without a history of bladder cancer after radical nephroureterectomy (RNU). PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 754 patients with UTUC without prior or concurrent bladder cancer or(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the efficacy and safety of single half-dose silodosin and single full-dose tamsulosin in Japanese men with lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia (LUTS/BPH). METHODS Japanese men aged ≥50 years with LUTS/BPH and an International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) of ≥8 were enrolled in the randomized(More)
AIM To clarify how body mass index (BMI) affects the risk of death from upper urinary tract urothelial carcinoma (UUTUC) we investigated the impact of BMI on UUTUC using a Japanese multicenter database. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between January 1995 and December 2010, 1,329 patients with upper urinary tract tumors were treated in 13 institutions in Japan. From(More)