Osamu Furonaka

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AIMS To investigate the importance of gene amplification and EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) and HER2 protein expression during the progression of adenocarcinoma of the lung. METHODS EGFR and HER2 gene amplification was examined in atypical adenomatous hyperplasia (AAH), bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC), and adenocarcinoma with mixed subtypes(More)
Differentiation of sarcomatoid mesothelioma from other sarcomatoid tumors involving the pleura and other structures by light microscopy remains an important diagnostic challenge for surgical pathologists. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the utility of diagnostic immunohistochemistry for differentiating sarcomatoid mesothelioma from its(More)
Aberrant methylation of cytosines in CpG islands of the promoter regions of tumor suppressor genes is found in human tumors as a common mechanism of gene silencing. We investigated the methylation status of the chromosome 9p21 gene cluster (p14(ARF), p15(INK4b) and p16(INK4a) genes) by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction in 20 central and 40(More)
The distinction between epithelioid mesothelioma and lung adenocarcinoma remains an important diagnostic challenge for surgical pathologists. The aim of the present study was to select a limited and appropriate panel of antibodies that can differentiate between epithelioid mesothelioma and lung adenocarcinoma. Specimens of 90 epithelioid mesotheliomas and(More)
O(6)-Methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) is a DNA repair protein that protects cells against the carcinogenic effects of alkylating agents. The methylation status of the MGMT gene was investigated by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and expression status was investigated by immunohistochemistry in 70 cases of pulmonary squamous(More)
A 52-year-old woman was admitted because of high-grade remittent fever, erythema nodosum, and arthritis which had been lasting two months. Antibiotics did not improve her condition. A chest CT scan examination revealed bilateral hilar and mediastinal adenopathy and multiple nodular opacities in the bilateral lungs. The wedge biopsy of the right lower lobe(More)
A case of meningioma arising in a mature cystic teratoma of the ovary in a 60-year-old woman is described. The tumor was located in the right ovary, and salpingo-oophorectomy was performed. The right ovary was 10 x 10 x 8 cm in size and contained an unilocular cyst. In the wall, a solid nodule measuring 3 x 3 x 2 cm was noted. Histologically, the cyst wall(More)
BACKGROUND A high incidence of interstitial lung disease (ILD) has been reported in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs), particularly in Japanese populations. A previous report from our laboratory demonstrated that KL-6 was a useful serum biomarker to(More)
We investigated the aberrant promoter hypermethylation of p16, p15 and p14 genes and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at 9p21-22 in 48 cases of adenocarcinoma of the lung. The frequencies of hypermethylation of genes were as follows: p16, 25.0%; p15, 22.9%; and p14, 18.8%. The frequency of LOH at chromosome 9p21-22 was 60.9%. The frequency of two-hit(More)