Sakura Tanaka

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We recently demonstrated efficient antitumor immunity against murine tumors using dendritic cells (DCs) activated by recombinant Sendai viruses (rSeVs), and proposed a new concept, "immunostimulatory virotherapy," for cancer immunotherapy. However, there has been little information on the efficacy of this method in preventing metastatic diseases. In this(More)
Chagas' disease, caused by infection with the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi), is intractable showing a high mortality rate, and the development of effective vaccines is much desired. To examine the efficacy of a new mode of recombinant viral vaccine, we constructed two non-transmissible Sendai viruses (rSeV/dF) encoding the full-length(More)
Recently, determining the MYCN status in neuroblastoma (NB) using the quantitative PCR (Q-PCR) and FISH instead of the Southern blotting (SB) has been recommended. In order to assess the implications of the gene dosage of MYCN in NB, the MYCN status was evaluated using Q-PCR on DNA extracted from small areas of NB specimens obtained using laser capture(More)
BACKGROUND Recombinant Sendai virus vectors (rSeV) constitute a new class of cytoplasmic RNA vectors that have shown efficient gene transfer in various organs, including retinal tissue; however, the related immune responses remain to be overcome in view of clinical applications. We recently developed a novel rSeV from which all envelope-related genes were(More)
PURPOSE The hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway is activated in some adult cancers. On the other hand, the Hh signaling pathway plays an important role in the development of the neural crest in embryos. The aim of this study is to show the activation of Hh signaling pathway in neuroblastoma (NB), a pediatric malignancy arising from neural crest cells, and to(More)
Pancreatoblastoma (PB) is a rare malignant pancreatic tumor in children and approximately 200 cases have been reported in the literature. The overall 5-year survival rate in PB is 43–50% and no standard treatment for PB has been established. This report presents the case of a 6-year-old female with advanced PB treated successfully by a pylorus-preserving(More)
The patients were infant male twins born by cesarean delivery following a healthy pregnancy at 36 weeks' gestation to unrelated parents. At 4 months of age, twin 2 presented with hepatomegaly and a right suprarenal mass. Resection of an adrenal tumor and a liver tumor biopsy were performed. Twin 1 had no symptoms at 4 months of age. Screening by abdominal(More)
Recent clinical studies revealed 'proof of concept' of gene therapy targeting hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to treat hematopoietic disorders. However, vector integration-related adverse events of retroviral vectors have slowed progress in this field. As an initial step to overcoming this hurdle, we examined the potential of an improved cytoplasmic RNA(More)
Malignant ascitis (MA) is a highly intractable and immunotherapy-resistant state of advanced gastrointestinal and ovarian cancers. Using a murine model of MA with CT26 colon cancer cells, we here determined that the imbalance between the VEGF-A/vascular permeability factor and its decoy receptor, soluble fms-like tryrosine kinase receptor-1 (sFLT-1), was a(More)
INTRODUCTION Acute appendicitis is a common disease in older children but rare in neonates. CASE PRESENTATION We report the case of a 2-day-old Asian baby who suffered from neonatal appendicitis mimicking intestinal duplication. Laparoscopic appendectomy was successfully performed after the trans-umbilical division of adhesions, and the postoperative(More)