Naoto Imamura

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Downstream activation through receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) plays important roles in carcinogenesis. In this study, we assessed the clinical involvement of Axl, an RTK, and its ligand, Gas6, in surgically treated lung adenocarcinoma. Axl and Gas6 mRNA and protein expression levels were quantified using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and(More)
BACKGROUND The overexpression of receptor tyrosine kinase EphA2 has been reported in various cancers. In non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a positive correlation has been reported between high EphA2 immunohistochemical staining level and poor prognosis. However, its ligand, ephrin-A1, is supposed to act as a tumor suppressor via the kinase activity of(More)
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and cancer stemness (CS) are reported to be pivotal phenomena involved in metastasis, recurrence, and drug-resistance in lung cancer; however, their effects on tumor malignancy in clinical settings are not completely understood. The mutual association between these factors also remains elusive and are worthy of(More)
Aortico-pulmonary paraganglioma (APPG) is a rare middle mediastinal tumor. We experienced a case of APPG in a 52-year-old man. Chest computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a multi-cystic mass in the subaortic area. A left thoracotomy was performed without definitive preoperative diagnosis. The tumor was strongly adherent to the(More)
We report five serial cases of ciliated muconodular papillary tumor (CMPT) of the lung. CMPT is characterized as a low-grade malignant tumor with ciliated columnar epithelial cells combined with goblet cells, typically presenting as peripheral lung tumor and often causing diagnostic or therapeutic problems. In the cases described here, all patients(More)
1 In the present study, we applied a novel mesh-free method to solve acoustic wave equation. 2 Although the conventional finite difference methods determine the coefficients of its operator 3 based on the regular grid alignment, the mesh-free method is not restricted to regular 4 arrangements of calculation points. We derive the mesh-free approach using the(More)
BACKGROUND The hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway is aberrantly activated in various cancers. Expression of the GLI family of genes, which encode for transcriptional factors of the Hh pathway, has not been fully assessed in clinical samples of advanced lung adenocarcinoma. In this study, we retrospectively evaluated the expression of the GLI family of genes in(More)
BACKGROUND Malignant pleural mesotheliomas (MPMs) are aggressive tumors with a poor prognosis. We aimed to clarify the mechanisms of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in MPMs by analyzing the expressions of EMT-associated transcription factors and E-cadherin in relation to tumor proliferation rates and patient survival. METHODS One hundred nine(More)
1 In the present study, we applied a novel mesh-free method to solve acoustic wave equation. 2 Although the conventional finite difference methods determine the coefficients of its operator 3 based on the regular grid alignment, the mesh-free method is not restricted to regular 4 arrangements of calculation points. We derive the mesh-free approach using the(More)
We report here a rare case of primary hyperparathyroidism that was associated with an ectopic parathyroid adenoma located in the mediastinum. A 66-year-old woman suffering from primary hyperparathyroidism had been followed-up on an outpatient basis for over 10 years. She suffered from persistent urolithiasis and osteopenia due to hypercalcemia. After(More)