Chikara Hirase

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The BCR/ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitor, imatinib mesylate, has shown substantial effects in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and Ph-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph(+)ALL). However, most patients relapse after an initial clinical response, indicating that drug resistance is a major problem in patients on imatinib. It is a serious problem that(More)
We previously reported that all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) inhibited growth in human T-cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-I)-positive T-cell lines and in fresh cells from patients with adult T cell leukemia (ATL). Here, we confirmed the clinical effects of ATRA in 20 patients with ATL. The 20 patients (n = 20) with a median age of 56 (range 35–73) years who(More)
We describe a patient with Philadelphia chromosome (Ph)-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) who developed an extramedullary blast crisis in the central nervous system (CNS) and then a subcutaneous tumor of the neck during treatment with imatinib mesylate. Administered 400 mg of imatinib mesylate after the diagnosis of chronic-phase CML, the patient(More)
We previously reported that all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) inhibited growth in HTLV-1-positive T-cell lines and fresh cells from patients with adult T-cell leukemia. Interestingly, ATRA significantly inhibited reverse transcriptase (RT) activity similar to azidothimidine (AZT) in HTLV-1-positive T-cell lines. To clarify whether ATRA has an inhibitory effect(More)
The involvement of adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) cells in organs such as the skin and lymph nodes is observed in about 50% of cases of ATL. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection has often been observed in the clinical course of ATL. In this study, we established two B-cell lines from peripheral blood of patients with ATL. EBV DNA, proviral DNA for HTLV-1 and Tax(More)
We previously reported mRNA expression of glutathione S-transferases theta (GSTT)-1, wild type (623 bp) and mutant (500 bp), in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). The deletion of 123 bp creates a sequence that is homologous to the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). To analyze the function of mutant GSTT-1 gene, stable transformants for the(More)
We report a case of primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL) occurring in a 76-year-old man during maintenance hemodialysis. Chest computed tomography (CT) revealed a tumor with pericardial effusion in the left ventricular posterior wall. Cytological examination of the pericardial fluid revealed monotonous lymphoid cells positive for B-cell markers, and clonal(More)