Koichiro Tatsumi

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RATIONALE Acquired pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a syndrome characterized by pulmonary surfactant accumulation occurring in association with granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor autoantibodies (autoimmune PAP) or as a consequence of another disease (secondary PAP). Because PAP is rare, prior reports were based on limited patient(More)
BACKGROUND This study investigated postoperative morbidity, mortality, and the long-term survival for patients with lung cancer who have interstitial lung diseases. METHODS A retrospective chart review of 931 patients with lung cancer who underwent pulmonary resection at Chiba University Hospital between 1990 and 2000 was undertaken. Interstitial lung(More)
Hepatic steatosis occasionally progresses to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. This study was designed to examine whether non-obese patients with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) were prone to develop hepatic steatosis and whether repeated hypoxemia contributed to the progression of steatohepatitis. This study included 83 OSAHS patients and 41(More)
Several lines of evidence indicate that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a prosurvival and antiapoptotic role in endothelial cells. SU5416 is the first VEGF receptor 2 inhibitor to enter clinical development for cancer therapy. A phase I/II study of SU5416 has been completed, and the results show that SU5416 is well tolerated in patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and hyperglycemia are prevalent in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Metabolic syndrome, however, is defined by visceral fat obesity plus at least two of these factors. However, whether OSAS contributes to the development of metabolic syndrome has not been defined. We investigated whether the components(More)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive and fatal disease of the lung vasculature for which the molecular etiologies are unclear. Specific metabolic alterations have been identified in animal models and in PAH patients, though existing data focus mainly on abnormalities of glucose homeostasis. We hypothesized that analysis of the entire(More)
BACKGROUND Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) might play a major role in lipid metabolism by hydrolyzing triglyceride-rich lipoproteins. Decreased LPL activity can trigger early inflammatory responses central to atherosclerosis. However, whether repeated apnea-related hypoxemia influences lipid metabolism in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity and craniofacial abnormalities such as small maxilla and mandible are common features of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The authors hypothesized that anatomical imbalance between the upper airway soft-tissue volume and the craniofacial size (rather than each alone) may result in pharyngeal airway obstruction during sleep,(More)
Stachybotrys chartarum, a ubiquitous fungus in our environment, has been suspected of causing respiratory symptoms in humans, such as acute infant pulmonary hemorrhage and asthma. We previously established a mouse model in which repeated inhalation of Stachybotrys chartarum spores caused pulmonary hypertension. To further investigate the model, particularly(More)