S. Sakurai

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To understand the hormonal regulation of the components of the plasminogen-plasmin system in human breast cancer, we examined the oestradiol (E2) regulation of plasminogen activators (PAs), namely urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA), plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) and uPA receptor (uPAR), in(More)
Mutation of the p53 gene plays a critical role in the development of cancer and response to cancer therapy. To analyze the mechanism of cancer development and to improve cancer therapy, it is important to assess which genes are downstream components of p53 in cancers, and whether the expression levels of these genes affect p53-mediated apoptosis. In this(More)
The usefulness of the forced oscillation technique (FOT) for predicting the treatment outcomes in untreated asthmatic patients is unknown. We investigated whether FOT could predict an improvement in FEV1 following treatment. FOT, spirometry, and fractional exhaled nitric oxide were performed in 31 outpatients before and after undergoing a minimum of two(More)
Expiratory flow limitation (EFL) during tidal breathing is common in patients with severe COPD, and a major determinant of dynamic hyperinflation and exercise limitation. The negative expiratory pressure (NEP) technique has been the gold standard to detect EFL, while the forced oscillation technique (FOT) has also been reported to detect it. However, the(More)
A 48-year-old man with a history of asthma visited our hospital for the investigation of a high density mass at the right hilum. Laboratory data revealed elevated serum carcinoembryonic antigen. A bronchoscopy was performed to rule out lung cancer; however, mucoid impaction was found without malignant or bacterial cells. On the basis of peripheral blood(More)
We propose a method to self-organize a user model for realizing a text search system. The method self-organizes a model from phoneme sequences and their texts using 6 basic rules. An inference method associated with the self-organized model searches texts corresponding to inputted phoneme sequences. Experiments using 50 voice waveforms of 10 speakers show(More)
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