Shigeki Saegusa

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We investigated the role of cysteinyl leukotriene (CysLT) receptors on leukotriene D(4)-induced actin reorganization and the signaling pathways of the response in human bronchial smooth muscle cells. The effects of leukotriene D(4) on actin reorganization in human bronchial smooth muscle cells were evaluated by dual-fluorescence labeling of filamentous (F)(More)
UNLABELLED The need to draw regions of interest (ROIs) manually may reduce the convenience and reliability of estimating renal function from renal scintigraphy. We developed a semiautomated method to define ROIs for renal scintigraphy with 99mTc-mercaptoacetyltriglycine (MAG3) and evaluated the clinical applicability of the method to the estimation of renal(More)
Three-dimensional tumor position during rotational dose delivery was evaluated by acquiring in-treatment kilovoltage (kV) cone-beam CT (CBCT) to ensure treatment quality. The CBCT projection data of a phantom were acquired during rotational megavoltage (MV) dose delivery up to 6 Gy to evaluate image quality under MV beam irradiation. A lung tumor patient(More)
The characteristics of airway responsiveness to acetylcholine (ACh) in congenitally bronchial-hypersensitive (BHS) and bronchial-hyposensitive (BHR) guinea pigs were clarified in vivo and in vitro. We measured the change in ventilatory mechanics in response to ACh inhalation by means of the bodyplethysmograph and the contractile responses of isolated(More)
PURPOSE. Recently, Elekta has supplied volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) in which multi-leaf collimator (MLC) shape, jaw position, collimator angle, and gantry speed vary continuously during gantry rotation. A quality assurance procedure for VMAT delivery is described. METHODS AND MATERIALS. A single-arc VMAT plan with 73 control points (CPs) and(More)
To elucidate the effects of exercise in water on the maternal circulation, twenty normal pregnancies were examined under the following three conditions; 1) on the land at rest, 2) during water immersion and 3) after the exercise in water. Their gestational ages were from 25 to 37 weeks (31 +/- 4 weeks, mean +/- S.D., n = 20). We examined the blood pressure,(More)
Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is a rotational intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) technique capable of acquiring projection images for cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). Respiratory-correlated cone-beam computed tomography, namely 4D-CBCT, serves to assess the displacement of a tumor position between planning and treatment due to organ(More)
Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) has rapidly evolved and is increasingly used for treatment simulation of thoracic and abdominal radiotherapy. A 320-detector row CT scanner has recently become available that allows axial volumetric scanning of a 16-cm-long range in a patient without table movement. Current radiotherapy techniques require a generous(More)