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A multi-institutional collaborative late phase II study of irinotecan hydrochloride (CPT-11) was performed on patients with advanced gastric cancer. CPT-11 was administered as a 100 mg/m2 weekly intravenous infusion or as 150 mg/m2 fortnightly. Of 81 registered patients, 77 cases were eligible and 60 cases were evaluable for response. The overall response(More)
Human mast cells in adult tissues have been thought to have limited, if any, proliferative potential. The current study examined mast cells obtained from adult skin and cultured in serum-free medium with recombinant human stem cell factor. During the first 4 weeks of culture, the percentages of mast cells increased from 10 to almost 100. After 8 weeks, a(More)
PURPOSE A phase II study was conducted to evaluate the antitumor effect and toxicity of CPT-11 in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS From December 1989 to March 1991, 67 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer were enrolled in this study. Sixty-three patients were assessable for toxicity and response. Their median age was(More)
We have previously reported marked enhancement of the cytocidal effect of bleomycin (BLM) on cancer cell suspensions in vitro by the combination with shock waves. In this study, we evaluated the synergistic effects on cancer cell proliferation and apoptosis in solid tumors. A spherical piezo-ceramic element was used as the shock wave source, with a pressure(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of the present study was to determine whether seropositivity to Helicobacter pylori (HP), Chlamydia pneumoniae (CP), and cytomegalovirus (CMV) is associated with systemic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in healthy male subjects. BACKGROUND Chronic infection with certain bacteria and viruses may play an important role in(More)
Although angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) plays an important role in blood pressure regulation, no relationship between the insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism of the ACE gene and essential hypertension has been observed. However, as the pathogenesis and genetic background of essential hypertension are heterogeneous, we investigated whether the ACE(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the role of the AT2 receptor (AT2R) in left ventricular (LV) remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI). The left anterior descending arteries were ligated in AT2R gene knockout (Agtr2-) and wild-type (Agtr2+) mice. The LV remodeling was evaluated by echocardiography and histology over a period of 2 weeks after MI.(More)
Colon cancer is one of the carcinomas that is resistant to a variety of therapies. To develop a new therapy by regulating the activated K-ras gene in colon cancers, we prepared synthetic DNA encoding the ribozyme (catalytic RNA), and inserted it into an expression vector (LNCX) originated from a retrovirus. Transfection of the vector into SW620 human colon(More)
We have previously demonstrated that stimulation of the angiotensin (Ang) II type 2 receptor in vascular smooth muscle cells caused bradykinin production by activating kininogenase in transgenic mice. The aim of this study was to determine whether overexpression of AT2 receptors in cardiomyocytes attenuates Ang II-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy or(More)