Naoki Furuya

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AIMS Malignant transformation of Warthin's tumour (WT) is a rare event. We present two cases of mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) arising in WT in the parotid gland. METHODS AND RESULTS Two cases of MEC arising in WT, which were found in 185 cases of WT of the parotid gland, were investigated by light and electron microscopy, and immunohistochemistry. Both(More)
Keratan sulfate was isolated from normal human urine and was characterized by sugar compositional analysis and H-NMR spectroscopy. It was found that KS from human urine is classified as skeletal type (KS-II type chain) with an O-glycosidic linkage between galactosamine and serine (or threonine). H-NMR studies revealed that urinary KS is not a proteoglycan(More)
A 74-year-old woman with massive bilateral pleural effusion, which was exudative in nature, and with mononuclear cell predominance underwent a pleuroscopy. Parietal pleura were thickened and partly reddish in color. Biopsy specimens taken from the parietal pleura revealed lymphoplasmacytic inflammation with fibrosis. As her performance status rapidly(More)
CA242 has been proved to be useful in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The aim of the present study was to clarify the mechanisms contributing to the high specificity of CA242 as compared with CA19-9 resulting from scarce serum elevation of this antigen in patients with chronic pancreatitis by correlating serum levels and endoscopic retrograde(More)
In an attempt to clarify the involvement of fatty acid desaturases (FADs) in the freezing tolerance of Chlorella vulgaris IAM C-27, developed by hardening, we have isolated cDNA clones for two types of FADs from the Chlorella strain, based on the sequence information of genes for delta12 and omega-3 FADs, respectively desaturating oleic acid (18:1) to(More)
BACKGROUND Vibration response imaging (VRI) records the intensity and distribution of lung sounds during the respiration cycle. Our objective was to analyze VRI findings in healthy Japanese adults. METHODS VRI images of 106 healthy subjects (33.7±9.6 years, 52 male and 54 female), including 67 nonsmokers and 39 asymptomatic smokers, were recorded. The(More)
AIMS The purpose of this study was to elucidate the mechanism underlying the effects of adipose tissue-derived stem/stromal cell (ASC) transplantation on porcine pancreatic elastase-induced emphysema. MATERIALS & METHODS ASCs (2.5 × 10(6)) were transplanted into pancreatic elastase (250 U/kg)-treated rats, after which gas exchange and growth(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether the K-ras oncogene is associated with parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) production in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and whether the serum value of PTHrP is related to the patients' survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS The serum levels of PTHrP and corrected serum calcium levels were analysed in 51 consecutive patients (29(More)
AIM This study aimed to analyze whether or not the efficacy and safety of erlotinib are influenced by differences among treatment lines and initiation timing in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Stage III or IV NSCLC cases were retrospectively evaluated at three university hospitals. The primary outcome was(More)