Naoki Hayashi

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We reported previously that transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) selectively induced high levels of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) mRNA and protein in human skin fibroblasts. In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanism for TGF-beta regulation of CTGF gene expression. Northern blot and run-on transcription assays indicate that(More)
PURPOSE We evaluated whether patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) -positive primary breast tumors had metastatic tumors that were HER2 positive (concordant) or HER2 negative (discordant). We then evaluated whether treatment with trastuzumab or chemotherapy before biopsy of the metastasis had any effect on the rate of HER2(More)
The presence of ≥5 circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in 7.5 ml blood is a poor prognostic marker in metastatic breast cancer (MBC). However, the role of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status in CTCs is not known. We prospectively assessed the prognostic value of this parameter for patients with MBC who started a new line of systemic therapy.(More)
BACKGROUND In this study we investigated if the 21-gene assay result affects adjuvant decision-making in Japanese women with ER+ invasive EBC. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 124 consecutive eligible patients with ER+, HER2-negative EBC and 0 to 3 positive lymph nodes were enrolled. Treatment recommendations, physicians' confidence and patients'(More)
MicroRNAs (miRs) are small RNAs that repress mRNA translation, resulting in the degradation of mRNAs and regulation of the expression levels of various genes. Recent studies have shown that aberrant miR expression has a functional role in the initiation and progression of various malignancies, including colorectal cancer (CRC), which is one of the leading(More)
PURPOSE Evidence from studies with small numbers of patients indicates that (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) accurately detects distant metastases in the staging of primary breast cancer. We compared the sensitivity and specificity of PET/CT and conventional imaging (CT, ultrasonography, radiography, and(More)
The receptor activator of the NF-κB ligand (RANKL) is the central player in the regulation of osteoclastogenesis, and the quantity of RANKL presented to osteoclast precursors is an important factor determining the magnitude of osteoclast formation. Because osteoblastic cells are thought to be a major source of RANKL, the regulatory mechanisms of RANKL(More)
It is acknowledged that a considerable proportion of patients who have an episode of acute and transient psychotic disorder (ATPD), will develop schizophrenia after the episode is remitted. If features discriminating the patients who later developed schizophrenia from those who underwent a monomorphous ATPD-only course are discerned, they may be useful for(More)
OBJECTIVE The perirolandic regions were studied by extensive electrical stimulation to clarify the topography and somatotopic distribution of negative motor areas (NMAs) and examine the clinical significance of these areas. METHODS We evaluated the cortical function elicited by electrical stimulation in 30 patients with tumors or intractable epilepsy. The(More)
The objective of the present study was to examine the efficacy of group musical therapy for inpatients with DSM-IV schizophrenia or schizoaffective psychosis. Thirty-four therapy group subjects in a ward for long-stay female patients received 15 group musical therapy sessions over 4 months, while 32 waiting group subjects from another ward with the same(More)