Mototsugu Oya

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Recent efforts have been aimed at targeting the hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-mediated hypoxia-induced gene pathway for renal cell carcinomas (RCC) therapy. Among the various genes induced by HIF, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is one of the critical mediators in angiogenesis, tumor growth and metastasis. To date, however, limited information is(More)
BACKGROUND Data regarding the oncologic efficacy of laparoscopic nephroureterectomy (LNU) compared to open nephroureterectomy (ONU) are scarce. OBJECTIVE We compared recurrence and cause-specific mortality rates of ONU and LNU. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Thirteen centers from three continents contributed data on 1249 patients with nonmetastatic(More)
BACKGROUND Lateral lymph node metastases occur in some patients with low rectal cancer and may cause local recurrence after total mesorectal excision. The aims of this study were to identify risk factors for lateral node metastases in patients with pathological tumour (pT) stage 3 or pT4 low rectal adenocarcinoma, and to evaluate the prognostic significance(More)
BACKGROUND An elevated plasma D-dimer level indicates activation of coagulation and fibrinolysis. Previous studies demonstrated that the preoperative plasma D-dimer level correlates with tumor stage in patients with colorectal cancer. This study examined the relationship between preoperative plasma D-dimer level and both pathological findings and TNM(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of combination chemotherapy with gemcitabine and paclitaxel as a second-line regimen in patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma. Twenty patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma who were resistant to an M-VAC (methotrexate, vinblastine, doxorubicin, and cisplatin) chemotherapy(More)
BACKGROUND Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is highly resistant to chemotherapy because of a high apoptotic threshold. Recent evidences suggest that GSK-3beta positively regulates human pancreatic cancer and leukaemia cell survival in part through regulation of nuclear factor (NF-kappaB)-mediated expression of anti-apoptotic molecules. Our objectives were to(More)
PURPOSE Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is known to have an important role in cytokine and growth factor signaling pathways. In various types of human malignant tumors STAT3 has been shown to be constitutively activated due to aberrant production of cytokines and growth factors. We examined the presence of STAT3 activation and its(More)
Although an aggressive phenotype of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is known to frequently be associated with inflammatory paraneoplastic syndrome including serum C-reactive protein (CRP) elevation, the molecular mechanism underlying this clinical phenomenon as well as what yields the malignant phenotype leading to the progression of RCC has yet to be(More)
PURPOSE There are few molecular markers known to predict upper urinary tract urothelial carcinomas (UTUC) prognosis. Snail, which contributes to epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), has been documented in cancer progression, but not clear yet in UTUC. We therefore addressed the expression and biological significance of Snail in UTUC. EXPERIMENTAL(More)