Susumu Tominaga

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Application of ultraviolet light irradiation to a photocrosslinkable chitosan (Az-CH-LA) aqueous solution including fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) results within 30 seconds in an insoluble, flexible hydrogel. The FGF-2 molecules retained in the chitosan hydrogel remain biologically active and are released from the chitosan hydrogel upon in vivo(More)
Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in the ING family members has been shown in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) except for ING2. Like all the other members of ING family, ING2, which is located at chromosome 4q35.1, is a promising tumor suppressor gene (TSG). In this study, we performed LOH analysis of ING2 in HNSCC and compared it with(More)
L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1), a neutral amino acid transporter, requires covalent association with the heavy chain of 4F2 cell surface antigen (4F2hc) for its functional form. We investigated the importance of LAT1 and 4F2hc expressions to progression in upper urinary tract cancer. We examined their expressions and their relationships to(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Some studies have indicated that dietary cholesterol has a role in the progression of liver fibrosis. We investigated the mechanisms by which dietary cholesterol might contribute to hepatic fibrogenesis. METHODS C57BL/6 mice were fed a high-cholesterol diet or a control diet for 4 weeks; liver fibrosis then was induced by bile-duct(More)
The members of the IAP (inhibitors of apoptosis) family, which includes survivin, have recently emerged as modulators of an evolutionarily conserved step in apoptosis. Survivin is present during embryonic and fetal development, but it is downregulated in normal adult tissues. However, it becomes re-expressed in a variety of cancers. We investigated the(More)
 We investigated the immunoreactivity for bcl-2 oncoprotein in 154 cases of transitional cell carcinoma of the upper urinary tract (TCC-UUT) and its relation with the immunoreactivity for p53 oncoprotein and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) immunoreactivity. Immunohistochemically, bcl-2 oncoprotein was recognized as positive in 29.2% of the(More)
With the population over age 70 growing, treatment for head and neck cancer in the elderly has increased. We retrospectively evaluated their management and outcome. Subjects numbered 121--83 men and 38 women from 70 to 94 years old--initially treated at our hospital. We classified them into 2 groups by age--the aged at 70-79 years (55 men and 26 women) and(More)
Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), identified as one of the transcription factors, has been found to play an essential role in oxygen homeostasis. HIF-1 is a heterodimer composed of HIF-1alpha and HIF-1beta. Increased levels of HIF-1alpha have been reported during the carcinogenesis and progress of several tumors. We investigated the prognostic importance(More)
No previous study has investigated neutral large amino acid transporter type 1 (LAT1) in normal lung cells, or in atypical adenomatous hyperplasia(s) (AAH) and nonmucinous bronchioloalveolar carcinoma(s) (NMBAC) of the lung. The authors examined: (1) the levels of LAT1 mRNA/glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) mRNA in 41 normal lung tissues and(More)
OBJECTIVES The narrow-band imaging (NBI) system is a novel technology that enhances the visualization of microvasculature and mucosal patterns. The aim of this study was to assess the reliability of the NBI system for esophageal cancer screening in patients with head and neck cancers. METHODS A total of 142 patients with head and neck squamous cell(More)