Norimasa Ito

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High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is one of the recently defined damage-associated molecular pattern molecules, passively released from necrotic cells and secreted by activated macrophage/monocytes. Whether cytolytic cells induce HMGB1 release from tumor cells is not known. We developed a highly sensitive method for detecting intracellular HMGB1 in tumor(More)
We recently reported the balance of T helper type 1 (Th1) cells and type 2 (Th2) cells in patients with lung carcinomas. This study was conducted to investigate their activity and role in tumors, which remain unclear. We determined the population of lymphocytes with intracellular interferon (IFN)-γ or interleukin (IL)-4 by flow cytometry, and investigated(More)
We have recently demonstrated that cytolysis of human melanoma cells by immune effectors (both NK and T cells) is associated with release of the nuclear chromatin protein, high mobility group box I (HMGB1). Extracellular HMGB1 mediates a number of important functions including endothelial cell activation, stromagenesis, recruitment and activation of innate(More)
Laparoscopic total adrenalectomy has become a standard technique for small adrenal tumors; however, bilateral adrenalectomy results in postoperative adrenal insufficiency, necessitating lifelong steroid replacement. To preserve adrenocortical function in a 41-year-old woman with bilateral adrenocortical adenoma (BAA) causing Cushing's syndrome, we performed(More)
To investigate the potential use of sentinel node navigation surgery (SNNS) using indocyanine green (ICG) in lung cancer. The subjects were 38 patients with stage cN0 lung cancer. After thoracotomy, we injected 5 ml ICG and 400 U hyaluronidase around the tumor, and identified the stained lymph nodes (LNs) intraoperatively by inspection. Postoperatively, we(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of cisplatin-based chemotherapy followed by surgery for patients with a malignant nonseminomatous germ cell tumor (NSGCT) of the mediastinum. METHODS Ten patients with malignant NSGCTs received cisplatin-based induction chemotherapy and then underwent surgery. The(More)
BACKGROUND We report the prognostic significance of peripheral and tumor-infiltrating Th1, Th2, Tc1 and Tc2 cells in lung cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS We evaluated the rates of interferon (IFN)-gamma+/CD4+ cells (Th1), interleukin (IL)-4+ /CD4+ cells (Th2), IFN-gamma+/CD8+ cells (Tc1), IL-4+ /CD8+ cells (Tc2), and the ratio of Th1 to Th2 and(More)
INTRODUCTION High mobility group box chromosomal protein 1 (HMGB1) is a nuclear protein that acts as a pro-inflammatory mediator following extracellular release. The protein is aberrantly expressed extracellularly in the settings of clinical and experimental synovitis. Therapy based on HMGB1 antagonists has shown encouraging results in experimental(More)
Descending necrotizing mediastinitis (DNM) is a rare but severe disease with a high mortality rate. We report a case of a 77-year-old woman with DNM who was treated using video-thoracoscopic drainage and a Blake drain. She was admitted to our hospital with a 3-day history of a sore throat. Computed tomography (CT) revealed a peritonsillar abscess descending(More)