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A retrospective analysis was performed to evaluate the clinical characteristics and prognostic factors in the patients with clear cell carcinoma (CCC) of the ovary. After central pathological review and scanning of the medical records of nine Japanese institutions between 1992 and 2003, a total of 254 patients with CCC of the ovary were enrolled in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the biological significance of single nucleotide polymorphism at codon 72 of the p53 gene in the development of gynecological cancer. METHODS p53 codon 72 polymorphism was examined in a total of 354 blood samples from 95 normal, 83 cervical, 108 endometrial and 68 ovarian cancer cases using polymerase chain reaction and(More)
Angiogenesis is essential for the pathogenesis of endometriosis. Gene expression levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) A and C in 10 eutopic endometrial, 23 normal peritoneal, and 62 endometriotic tissues surgically obtained from 47 women with endometriosis (group 2) were compared with those in 12 control eutopic endometrial and 9 normal(More)
Survivin is a novel inhibitor of apoptosis and is expressed during fetal development and in cancer tissues, but its expression has not been reported in normal adult tissues or benign diseases. We investigated survivin gene and protein expression in a tumor-like benign disease, endometriosis, and correlated them with apoptosis and invasive phenotype of(More)
Vascular smooth muscle cell growth-promoting factor (VSGP) was originally isolated from bovine ovarian follicular fluid as a stimulator of vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation. Homology searches indicate that bovine and human VSGPs are orthologs of rat F-spondin. Here, we examined whether recombinant human VSGP/F-spondin affected the biological(More)
Survivin is a novel inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP), and the two splice variants of survivin (survivin-2B and survivin-EX3) have been identified. Gene expression levels of survivin, survivin-2B and survivin-EX3 in 56 ectopic (16 peritoneal red and 16 peritoneal black lesions and 24 ovarian endometriomata) and 13 eutopic endometrial tissues surgically obtained(More)
AIMS We previously reported that the blood-brain barrier (BBB) function was deteriorated in vessels located along hippocampal fissures in stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSP). In this study, we examined changes of gene expression in the BBB-damaged vessels of SHRSP. METHODS Vascular samples were microdissected from the hippocampi of SHRSP(More)
In this study, we investigate Fas ligand expression in the human endometrium during the menstrual cycle in relation to Fas antigen and Bcl-2 expression, using immunoelectron microscopy and Western blotting. Endometrial samples were obtained from 54 pre-menopausal non-pregnant women who underwent laparotomies for benign diseases. The Fas ligand, as well as(More)
A new benzoxazole, UK-1, was isolated from the mycelial cake of an actinomycete strain 517-02. Based on morphological, cultural and physiological characteristics, strain 517-02 was seemed to be a close relative of Streptomyces morookaense. UK-1 showed potent cytotoxic activity against B16, HeLa and P388 cells and did not show any antimicrobial activity.
We have investigated the effects of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) on cell growth, DNA synthesis, morphological changes, DNA fragmentation and Fas antigen expression of cultured human uterine cervical carcinoma cells (OMC-1 squamous-cell carcinoma and OMC-4 adenocarcinoma). Apoptotic cell death in cervical carcinoma tissues from the patients after an intravenous(More)