Keiji Inoue

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Vascular endothelial cell growth factor (VEGF) regulates angiogenesis and metastasis of bladder cancer (transitional cell carcinoma, TCC) through binding to VEGF receptor -2 (VEGFR-2). In this study, we evaluated whether the anti-VEGFR monoclonal antibody (Mab) DC101 in combination with paclitaxel inhibited tumorigenesis, angiogene-sis, and metastasis of(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a key angiogenic factor in a variety of solid tumors, making it one of the most attractive therapeutic targets. VEGF promotes the proliferation, survival, and differentiation of vascular endothelial cells by stimulating autophosphorylation and activation of VEGF receptor-2 (VEGFR-2, fetal liver kinase-1, and(More)
Accumulation of protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) in malignant cells is the basis of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-mediated photodynamic therapy. We studied the expression of proteins that possibly affect ALA-mediated PpIX accumulation, namely oligopeptide transporter-1 and -2, ferrochelatase and ATP-binding cassette transporter G2 (ABCG2), in several tumor cell(More)
PURPOSE Transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the urinary tract is a chemosensitive tumor. Most deaths from TCC of the urinary tract are caused by metastasis, which is resistant to conventional chemotherapy. Frequent sites of metastases from TCC of the urinary tract are regional lymph nodes, liver, lung, and bone. Of these distant metastases, bone metastasis(More)
BACKGROUND An immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-related disease is important disease in differential diagnosis of tumors in kidney, pancreas, lung and other organs. The imaging findings of IgG4-related kidney diseases are usually expressed as defect contrast region, while cystic formation in kidney is extremely rare. Here, we report a case of IgG4-related(More)
PURPOSE The angiogenic inhibitor TNP-470 (AGM-1470, O-chloracetyl-carbamoyl fumagillol) has been reported to inhibit the growth of human transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) in the urinary bladder. However, it is still unknown whether TNP-470 inhibits metastasis of TCC. Here, we identify an efficient protocol using TNP-470, and optimize its antitumor and(More)
Juxtaglomerular cell tumor (JGCT) generally affects adolescents and young adults. The patients experience symptoms related to hypertension and hypokalemia due to renin-secretion by the tumor. Grossly, the tumor is well circumscribed with fibrous capsule and the cut surface shows yellow or gray-tan color with frequent hemorrhage. Histologically, the tumor is(More)
Our conditional VHL knockout (VHL-KO) mice, having VHL gene deletion induced by tamoxifen, developed severe hypoglycemia associated with disproportionately increased storage of PAS-positive substances in the liver and resulted in the death of these mice. This hypoglycemic state was neither due to impaired insulin secretion nor insulin receptor(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Nephrotoxicity is a frequent and major limitation in cisplatin (CDDP)-based chemotherapy. 5-Aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is widely distributed in animal cells, and it is a precursor of tetrapyrole compounds such as heme that is fundamentally important in aerobic energy metabolism. The aim of this study is to evaluate the protective role of ALA(More)
We demonstrated recently that chronic frequent administration of an adequate biological dose of the angiogenesis inhibitor TNP-470 (AGM-1470, O-chloracetyl-carbamoyl fumagillol) completely inhibits spontaneous lymph node metastasis but does not have a complete response on tumor growth of nonestablished or established human metastatic transitional cell(More)