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The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of an induction chemoradiotherapy regimen followed by surgery in patients with locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (LA-NSCLC). A total of 22 patients with LA-NSCLC were treated with induction chemoradiotherapy consisting of cisplatin (40 mg m(-2)) and docetaxel (40 mg m(-2))(More)
Friedreich ataxia (FRDA), the most common autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disease among Europeans and people of European descent, is characterized by an early onset (usually before the age of 25), progressive ataxia, sensory loss, absence of tendon reflexes and pyramidal weakness of the legs. We have recently identified a unique group of patients(More)
The functional involvement of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) system in primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) remains unclear. Here we demonstrate a crucial role of the BMP type IB receptor, activin receptor-like kinase (ALK)-6 for pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cell (pphPASMC) mitosis isolated from a sporadic PPH patient bearing no mutations in BMPR2(More)
OBJECTIVE The short hook wire and suture marking system is a device for localization of small pulmonary nodules in thoracoscopic resection. We and other authors have shown the feasibility of the marking procedure. In this study, we reviewed our recent experience to examine the problems for resecting procedure using the device and determine if the system(More)
PURPOSE Recent studies reported that clinical responsiveness to gefitinib was associated with somatic mutation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene in non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC). Here, we investigated the relationship between EGFR mutation and clinicopathologic features. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN EGFR mutational status of 120 NSCLCs was(More)
OBJECTIVE The study objective was to examine the incidence, risk factors, and mortality rate of acute exacerbation of interstitial lung diseases in patients with lung cancer undergoing pulmonary resection in a large-scale multi-institutional cohort. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed 1763 patients with non-small cell lung cancer who had undergone(More)
To elucidate the molecular mechanisms whereby expanded polyglutamine stretches elicit a gain of toxic function, we expressed full-length and truncated DRPLA (dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy) cDNAs with or without expanded CAG repeats in COS-7 cells. We found that truncated DRPLA proteins containing an expanded polyglutamine stretch form filamentous(More)
BACKGROUND A fusion gene between echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4 (EML4) and the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) has recently been identified in nonsmall-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs). We screened for EML4-ALK fusion genes and examined the clinicopathological and genetic characteristics of fusion-harboring NSCLC tumors. METHODS We examined(More)
OBJECTIVE Early severe graft dysfunction, as manifested by hypoxia and pulmonary hypertension, occurs in 10% to 20% of lung transplant recipients. We retrospectively investigated whether inhaled nitric oxide would reduce human lung allograft dysfunction by comparing postoperative hemodynamic data, gas exchange, and outcome in lung transplant recipients with(More)