Atsuko Nakagawa

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To predict the prognosis of neuroblastoma patients and choose a better therapeutic protocol, we developed a cDNA microarray carrying 5340 genes obtained from primary neuroblastomas and examined 136 tumor samples. We made a probabilistic output statistical classifier that provided a high accuracy in prognosis prediction (89% at 5 years) and a highly reliable(More)
A 12-year-old Japanese boy who underwent kidney transplantation with a kidney from his mother developed severe proteinuria immediately after the operation. Because his original disease was nephrotic syndrome (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS) and electron microscopic examination of the renal biopsy showed foot process fusion, we diagnosed this as(More)
BACKGROUND The International Neuroblastoma Pathology Classification was established in 1999 for the prognostic evaluation of patients with neuroblastic tumors (NTs). METHODS Pathology slides from 746 NTs (the Children's Cancer Group [CCG]-3881 and CCG-3891 studies) were evaluated according to the International Classification. First, prognostic effects of(More)
BACKGROUND Opsoclonus-myoclonus-ataxia (OMA) is a paraneoplastic syndrome that occurs in about 2-3% of all cases of neuroblastoma. The histopathologic characteristics of neuroblastoma tumors associated with this syndrome were evaluated in a series of cases and controls. PROCEDURE Pathology slides from a total of 54 neuroblastoma tumors were reviewed(More)
Although it has been well documented that loss of human chromosome 11q is frequently observed in primary neuroblastomas, the smallest region of overlap (SRO) has not yet been precisely identified. Previously, we performed array-comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) analysis for 236 primary neuroblastomas to search for genomic aberrations with(More)
Cyanotic nephropathy (CN) is often accompanied by congenital cyanotic heart diseases (CCHD). The purpose of this study was to clarify the risk factors and the mechanisms of involved in the development and progression of CN. Thirty patients with CCHD were examined. We analyzed the risk factors for the development of CN on the basis of the clinical and(More)
A 14-year-old Japanese girl with a progressing combined immunodeficiency had developed non-Hodgkin's diffuse large B cell lymphoma. Her molecular analysis showed a compound heterozygote of novel mutations in the LIG4 gene, M249V substitution and a five nucleotides deletion from nucleotide position 1,270-1,274. She had also a set of characteristic clinical(More)
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) is a tyrosine kinase receptor originally identified as part of the chimeric nucleophosmin-ALK protein in the t(2;5) chromosomal rearrangement associated with anaplastic large cell lymphoma. We recently demonstrated that the ALK kinase is constitutively activated by gene amplification at the ALK locus in several neuroblastoma(More)
The functional human immune system, including T, B, and natural killer lymphocytes, is reconstituted in NOD/Shi-scid/IL-2Rgamma(null) (NOG) mice that receive hematopoietic stem cell transplants. Here, we show that these humanized mice can recapitulate key aspects of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection in humans. Inoculation with approximately 1 x 10(3)(More)
It has been suggested that a shift occurs in the brain's control system from the orienting network in infancy to the executive network by the age of 3-4 years; however, there has been little empirical evidence of this shift during toddlerhood. Therefore, the present study examined how the orienting system in infancy is related to an effortful control system(More)