Mitsuaki Watanabe

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Lapatinib is a dual tyrosine kinase inhibitor of the EGFR and HER2 tyrosine kinase domains. EGFR is expressed in 33.3% and HER2 in 30.3% of esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCCs). To explore the potential utility of Lapatinib for therapy of ESCC patients, we evaluated the effect of Lapatinib on a panel of ESCC cell lines. EGFR and HER2 expression by(More)
Although it has been shown that chemoradiotherapy may induce immunogenic cell death, which could trigger T-cell immunity mediated by high-mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1) and calreticulin, there is still limited information to support this theory directly in a clinical setting. In the present study, we evaluated antigen-specific T-cell responses against(More)
Although Th17 cells reportedly play critical roles in the development of autoimmunity and allergic reactions, information on Th17 cells in cancer-bearing hosts is still limited. In the present study, we investigated the distribution of Th17 cells in relation to regulatory T cells (Treg) in the tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), regional lymph node(More)
One class of xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) patients, known as XP variants, inherit the characteristic predisposition to sunlight-induced skin cancer, but unlike the majority of XP patients, their cells do not exhibit a deficiency in rate of excision repair of ultraviolet (UV) radiation-induced DNA damage. XP variant cells are only slightly more sensitive than(More)
BACKGROUND Trastuzumab has been recently approved for clinical use to treat HER2-expressing advanced gastric cancer, and anti-HER2-targeting therapy has become a promising option for gastric cancer. Lapatinib is a dual tyrosine kinase inhibitor targeting EGFR and HER2. The aim of the present study was to explore the utility of lapatinib for gastric cancer,(More)
It is known that cells from one class of xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) patients, called XP variants, carry out excision repair of UV-induced DNA damage at a normal rate and are only slightly more sensitive than normal cells to the cytotoxic effect of UV radiation, but are much more sensitive to the mutagenic effect of UV. To see if this hypermutability were(More)