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We compared the efficacy and the safety of a carboplatin plus etoposide regimen (CE) vs split doses of cisplatin plus etoposide (SPE) in elderly or poor-risk patients with extensive disease small-cell lung cancer (ED-SCLC). Eligibility criteria included: untreated ED-SCLC; age >/=70 and performance status 0-2, or age <70 and PS 3. The CE arm received(More)
RATIONALE Recent reports have demonstrated that signals from vascular endothelial cells are necessary for organogenesis that may precede vasculogenesis. However, the origin of these neovascular cells in regenerating tissue has not been clarified. OBJECTIVE Here we tested the hypothesis that adult neural stem cells (NSCs) can differentiate into vascular(More)
The effect of food deprivation on the pulsatile release of LH was examined in the normal cycling and the ovariectomized (OVX) adult female rat. In the cycling animals, there were significant decreases in the mean plasma LH levels as well as the frequency and amplitude of the LH pulse 48 h after the onset of food deprivation. On the other hand, food(More)
Safety and efficacy of intrapericardial (i.p.c.) instillation of bleomycin (BLM) following pericardial drainage in patients with malignant pericardial effusion (MPE) remain unclear. Patients with pathologically documented lung cancer, who had undergone pericardial drainage for MPE within 72 h of enrolment, were randomised to either arm A (observation alone(More)
Effects of the suckling stimulus on the daily LH surge induced by chronic oestrogen treatment were examined in ovariectomized lactating rats. Wistar-Imamichi strain rats were kept under 14 h light:10 h darkness (lights on at 05.00 h). Litter size was adjusted to eight on day 1 (day 0 = day of parturition) and ovariectomy performed on day 2. Lactating rats(More)
The therapeutic potential of hematopoietic stem cells/endothelial progenitor cells (HSCs/EPCs) for fracture healing has been demonstrated with evidence for enhanced vasculogenesis/angiogenesis and osteogenesis at the site of fracture. The adaptor protein Lnk has recently been identified as an essential inhibitor of stem cell factor (SCF)-cKit signaling(More)
Numerous endothelial progenitor cell (EPC)-related investigations have been performed in mouse experiments. However, defined characteristics of mouse cultured EPC have not been examined. We focused on fast versus slow adherent cell population in bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMNCs) in culture and examined their characteristics. After 24 h-culture of(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the efficacy and safety of treatments for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer in elderly patients aged 75 years or older, we conducted a phase II study of cisplatin and docetaxel administered in three consecutive weekly infusions. PATIENTS AND METHODS The eligibility criteria for the study included the presence of chemotherapy-naive(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the safety and efficacy of dose-dense weekly chemotherapy in the treatment of advanced thymoma. METHODS Subjects comprised patients with histologically documented chemotherapy-naïve thymoma with stage-IVa or IVb disease. Thymic carcinoma, carcinoid or lymphoma cases were excluded. Patients received 9 weeks of chemotherapy: cisplatin(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of dose-dense weekly chemotherapy, followed by resection and/or thoracic radiotherapy. METHODS Patients with histologically documented thymoma with unresectable stage III disease received 9 weeks of chemotherapy: cisplatin 25 mg m(-2) on weeks 1-9; vincristine 1 mg m(-2) on weeks 1, 2, 4, 6(More)