Nobuyasu Nishisaka

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We have previously reported that the cabbage butterfly, Pieris rapae, contains a 98-kDa protein, named pierisin, that induces apoptosis in a variety of human cancer cell lines. In the present study, sequencing and cloning of a cDNA encoding pierisin was accomplished. PCR-direct sequencing showed that the gene encodes an 850-amino acid protein with a(More)
BACKGROUND Genetic alterations leading to neoplastic transformation of the urothelium are likely to involve the activation of oncogenes and loss of functional tumor suppressor genes. Cyclin D1 has been implicated as a putative protooncogene whereas mutations of the p53 gene occur frequently in invasive transitional cell carcinomas (TCCs) of the urinary(More)
Seventy-nine patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) were treated with cernitin pollen extract. Patient ages ranged from 62 to 89 years (mean, 68 years). Mean baseline prostatic volume was 33.2 cm3. Cernitin pollen extract was administered in a dosage of 126 mg (2 tablets, 63 mg each), three times a day, for more than 12 weeks. Symptom scores,(More)
OBJECTIVE In 6 patients, ranging in age from 26 to 71 years, we analyzed aspirated fluid and histologically studied cystic lesions located at the midline of the prostate. METHODS Digital rectal examination, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and aspiration of cystic fluid were performed to evaluate size, contents, and location of the cystic(More)
For experimental immunotherapy of prostate cancer, we used a model system to target a defined region of the extracellular domain of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA). PSMA is a surface antigen expressed by prostate epithelium that is upregulated approximately 10-fold in most prostate tumors. We vaccinated BALB/c mice with NIH3T3 cells cotransfected(More)
We have previously demonstrated in a murine lung metastasis model that local sublethal radiation of tumors can synergistically enhance their sensitivity to immunotherapy with either systemic high-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) or vaccination with autologous tumor cells expressing IL-2, interferon (IFN)-gamma and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor(More)
Eighteen patients with renal hypertension were treated with metoprolol (Seloken) for more than 3 months. Compared with the pretreatment value, the mean blood pressure decreased by 6.0, 11.2, 9.2 and 12.2 mmHg, after 2 weeks and 3, 6 and 12 months of treatment with metoprolol, respectively. All the differences observed were statistically significant (p less(More)
The detection of various cytokines; interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), was studied in patients with nonbacterial prostatitis (NBP), and the clinical efficacy of sparfloxacin was also reported. The seminal plasma of 11 normal men and 10 patients with NBP were examined for the cytokines. There was(More)
BACKGROUND Although a mass screening urinalysis is a widely accepted procedure, it has not yet been shown if microhematuria is an appropriate and useful screening marker for urologic malignancies. METHODS (1) The incidence of hematuria was studied in 113 patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC), 185 with bladder carcinoma and 51 with renal pelvic or(More)
BACKGROUND We previously showed, in a murine renal cell carcinoma (RCC) model, that lung irradiation plus vaccination with autologous tumor cells producing recombinant interleukin-2 (IL-2), interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) (Renca/cytokine) reduces the number of lung metastases by over 90%. The(More)