Kimie Nomura

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INTRODUCTION Very recently, we have found a novel fusion product between the echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like4 (EML4) and the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) in non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs). Tumors featuring EML4-ALK fusion constitute one subtype of NSCLC that might be highly sensitive to ALK inhibitors. Herein, we present results of(More)
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta signaling has been shown to promote tumor growth and metastasis in advanced cancer. Use of inhibitors of TGF-beta signaling may thus be a novel strategy for treatment of patients with such cancers. In this study, we investigated the effects of a novel TGF-beta type I receptor (TbetaR-I) kinase inhibitor, Ki26894, on(More)
The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway is frequently activated in human cancers, and several agents targeting this pathway including PI3K/Akt/mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors have recently entered clinical trials. One question is whether the efficacy of a PI3K pathway inhibitor can be predicted based on the activation status of pathway(More)
Enhanced glucose and lipid metabolism is one of the most common properties of malignant cells. ATP citrate lyase (ACLY) is a key enzyme of de novo fatty acid synthesis responsible for generating cytosolic acetyl-CoA and oxaloacetate. To evaluate its role in lung cancer progression, we here analyzed ACLY expression in a subset of human lung adenocarcinoma(More)
It has been proposed that reduced let-7 expression causes RAS expression and correlates with poor survival of lung cancer cases, but little is known about correlations with clinicopathologic features. In this study, we examined 15 early bronchioloalveolar carcinomas (BACs), usually considered as adenocarcinomas in situ, as well as 26 well-differentiated and(More)
Circadian rhythms are endogenous cycles with periods close to, but not exactly equal to, 24 h. In mammals, circadian rhythms are generated in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus as well as several peripheral cell types, such as fibroblasts. Protein kinases are key regulators of the circadian molecular machinery. We investigated the role of(More)
Insulin-like growth factor (IGF) signaling plays a pivotal role in cell proliferation and mitogenesis. Secreted IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs) are important modulators of IGF bioavailability; however, their intracellular functions remain elusive. We sought to assess the antiapoptotic properties of intracellular IGFBP-2 in lung adenocarcinomas. IGFBP-2(More)
The Kank gene was found as a candidate tumor suppressor gene at 9p24 by loss-of-heterozygosity search in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and seems to have a role in controlling the formation of the cytoskeleton through the polymerization of actin. Here, we characterized the Kank protein in renal tubular cells as well as other glandular cells in the colon,(More)
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with t(6;11) translocation, involving the transcription factor EB (TFEB) and Alpha, also known as MALATI, (TFEB RCC), is extremely rare, with only 20 cases reported to date. It may be frequently misdiagnosed because of a lack of established characteristics. TFEB RCCs are predominantly seen in younger patients and are generally(More)
Diagnostic errors in distinguishing between malignant and reactive processes can cause serious clinical consequences. We report 10 cases of unrecognized self-limited natural killer-cell proliferation in the stomach, designated as lymphomatoid gastropathy (LyGa). This study included 5 men and 5 women (age, 46-75 years) without any gastric symptoms.(More)