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We evaluated the safety of, and clinical and immune responses to personalized peptide vaccination with gemcitabine (GEM) as the first line therapy in patients with non-resectable pancreatic cancer. Pre-vaccination peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and plasma were prepared to examine cellular and humoral responses to 14 and 16 peptides in human(More)
BACKGROUND Microwave coagulation therapy (MCT) has become a safe and effective modality with which to treat hepatic tumors; MCT can be applied percutaneously, laparoscopically, thoracoscopically, and during laparotomy. When combined with magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, MCT can be used to treat hepatic tumors located in the subdiaphragmatic area that are(More)
BACKGROUND Some patients who undergo curative gastrectomy with lymph node dissection (LND) for gastric cancer (GC) show subsequent peritoneal metastasis. The source of these metastatic cells remains unclear. METHODS Curative gastrectomy with LND was performed in 102 patients with GC. Peritoneal washing was collected before and after gastrectomy. Cytology,(More)
The attainment of chemoresistance during tumor metastasis is often experienced. In this study, we evaluated the correlation between sensitivity to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and the mRNA expression level of several 5-FU-related metabolic enzymes [thymidylate synthase, dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD), thymidylate phosphorylase (TP), orotate phosphoribosyl(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the prognostic marker for the adjuvant chemotherapy of primary colorectal carcinoma. METHODS Primary colorectal cancer tissue from 24 patients was investigated to evaluate the relationship between the mRNA expression level of several 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-related metabolic enzymes (thymidylate synthase, TS; dihydropyrimidine(More)
OBJECTIVE Interleukin 33 (IL33) is a cytokine belonging to the IL1 family and it binds to a complex of the ST2L/IL1 receptor accessory protein (IL1RAcP). To define the role of IL33 in fibrogenesis of the pancreas, the expression of IL33, ST2L and IL1RAcP was examined in chronic pancreatitis tissues. The effects of IL33 on the functions of human pancreatic(More)
BACKGROUND Liver metastases from breast cancer are associated with a poor prognosis, however, local control with microwave thermocoagulation therapy has been used in certain subgroups of these patients in the past decade. In this study, open-configuration magnetic resonance (MR) -guided microwave thermocoagulation therapy was used for metastatic liver(More)
BACKGROUND Little evidence is available regarding the relations among circulating monocytes, dendritic cells (DCs), and bacterial translocation (BT) in patients with intestinal obstruction. METHODS We investigated alterations in DCs in mesenteric lymph nodes (MLNs), circulating immune cells (white blood cell, lymphocyte, and monocyte counts), and BT to(More)
To assess the participation of the plasminogen activation system in the invasiveness of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, we performed immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization to study the distribution of a urokinase-type plasminogen activator (u-PA), u-PA receptor (u-PAR), and plasminogen activator inhibitor-2 (PAI-2). u-PA and PAI-2 were expressed(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the immediate effects of microwave coagulation on rat tumors in various magnetic resonance (MR) images at high magnetic field strength using histopathological examinations as reference. MATERIALS AND METHODS Tumors implanted in rat femurs were partially thermocoagulated by microwave. Immediately after, T1- and T2-weighted images,(More)