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Evaluation of the clinical significance of the sentinel node concept in GI cancer has just begun. The authors' preliminary data, using intraoperative radiation techniques and the gamma probe, suggest that it is worthwhile to continue the evaluation of this procedure to determine its role in an accurate staging and a minimally invasive approach to GI cancers.
PURPOSE To investigate a method of diagnosing angiomyolipoma that contains minimal fat. MATERIALS AND METHODS In six cases of angiomyolipoma with minimal fat, the attenuation on contrast material-enhanced and unenhanced computed tomographic (CT) images, the echogenicity on sonograms, the signal intensity on T2-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) images, and(More)
In Drosophila embryos, germ cell formation is induced by specialized cytoplasm at the posterior of the egg, the pole plasm. Pole plasm contains polar granules, organelles in which maternally produced molecules required for germ cell formation are assembled. An untranslatable RNA, called Polar granule component (Pgc), was identified and found to be localized(More)
PURPOSE To correlate the enhancement pattern of double-phase helical computed tomography (CT) of small renal parenchymal neoplasms with pathologic findings and tumor angiogenesis, and evaluate whether the enhancement pattern would be useful in differentiating the histomorphologic types of small renal parenchymal neoplasms. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Radio-guided detection of sentinel nodes (SNs) has been used to predict regional metastases in patients with malignant melanoma and breast cancer. However, the validity of the SN hypothesis is still controversial for gastrointestinal cancers including gastric cancer. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility and accuracy of radio-guided(More)
The LLC-PK1 cells stably transfected with a rat PEPT1 cDNA transported ceftibuten (anion) and cephradine (zwitterion), both oral beta-lactam antibiotics, in a H+-gradient-dependent manner. Diethylpyrocarbonate, a histidine residue modifier, abolished ceftibuten uptake. This inhibition was prevented in the presence of glycylsarcosine or cephradine. When(More)
Serum is known to be required for invasion or phagokinesis of certain tumor cells, although the mechanism of its action is not well understood yet. In the in vitro invasion assay system we have developed, MM1 cells exhibiting extensive invasiveness against cultured mesothelial cell monolayers in the presence of 10% fetal calf serum did not invade them(More)
PEPT1 and PEPT2 are H(+)-coupled peptide transporters expressed preferentially in the intestine and kidney, respectively, which mediate uphill transport of oligopeptides and peptide-like drugs such as beta-lactam antibiotics. In the present study, we have compared the recognition of beta-lactam antibiotics by LLC-PK1 cells stably transfected with PEPT1 or(More)
3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors prevent the conversion of HMG-CoA to mevalonate and thereby inhibit the synthesis of other products derived from this metabolite. This includes a number of small prenylated GTPases involved in cell growth, motility, and invasion. We studied the effect of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors(More)
Interactions of rat ascites hepatoma cells with primary cultured layers of rat mesentery-derived cells were studied. The mesentery-derived cells were isolated from rat mesentery and cultured in Eagle's minimum essential medium with a 2-fold concentration of amino acids and vitamins supplemented with 10% calf serum. The primary cultured cells, consisting(More)