Kosei Hirakawa

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IMA901 is the first therapeutic vaccine for renal cell cancer (RCC) consisting of multiple tumor-associated peptides (TUMAPs) confirmed to be naturally presented in human cancer tissue. We treated a total of 96 human leukocyte antigen A (HLA-A)*02(+) subjects with advanced RCC with IMA901 in two consecutive studies. In the phase 1 study, the T cell(More)
BACKGROUND Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) has a poor prognosis because of frequent recurrence. Androgen receptor (AR) is involved in the pathogenesis of breast cancer, but its role is not clearly defined. The aim of this study was to explore the expression of AR and its relationship with clinicopathologic features in TNBC. METHODS This study(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy (LADG) for gastric cancer is a minimally invasive technique. We performed a meta-analysis of five randomized clinical trials (RCTs) to evaluate and compare the benefits of LADG with those of open distal gastrectomy (ODG). METHODS The present meta-analysis was based on the comparison of LADG with ODG for(More)
Heterogeneity in the expression of three members of non-collagenous matrix proteins in osteogenic and chondrogenic development in vivo were investigated by in situ hybridization. Sections of several skeletal tissues from mice at various stages of development were hybridized with digoxigenin-labeled complementary RNA probes encoding osteonectin (Osn),(More)
Identification of cancer cells in the peritoneal cavity could influence therapy and outcome of gastric carcinoma patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical impact of the real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction-(PCR) based identification of isolated tumour cells in the peritoneal lavage fluid of gastric carcinoma. The(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Ki-67 immunohistochemistry has been shown to be useful for paraffin sections from human species after wet heating. We applied Ki-67 immunohistochemistry to rabbit arteries after balloon denudation and compared the results with proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) immunohistochemistry. METHODS Monoclonal antibodies MIB-1 for(More)
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines recommend radiotherapy as a standard treatment for patients with a high risk of recurrence in gastric cancer. Because radiation is harmful to the surrounding organs, a radiation sensitizer might therefore be useful to decrease the side effects of patients with advanced gastric carcinoma. The aim of the(More)
Gastric cancer (GC) is one of the most common malignancies worldwide. In particular, scirrhous type GC is highly metastatic and is characterized clinically by rapid disease progression and poor prognosis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play crucial roles in cancer development and progression. In the present study, we identified several miRNAs that are expressed at(More)
Plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) endothelin (ET)-1-like immunoactivity in 27 patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) was measured serially by radioimmunoassay for 2 weeks after SAH onset. Mean ET-1-like immunoactivity levels in plasma of patients with SAH were highly elevated during the whole study period, while the levels in CSF of the(More)
We report a series of 42 consecutive patients with aneurysms of the distal anterior cerebral artery (ACA). Of these, 36 patients had one aneurysm, 5 had two aneurysms, and one had three aneurysms. Thirty patients had a ruptured distal ACA aneurysm; among these patients, the size of the aneurysm was less than 5 mm in diameter in 20, 6 to 10 mm in 7, and(More)