Takahito Nakahara

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Various accumulating evidence suggests that survivin, a member of the inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) family, plays an important role in drug resistance and cancer cell survival in many types of cancer, including hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC). Here, we characterized YM155, a novel small-molecule survivin suppressant, using a survivin gene promoter(More)
PURPOSE Aggressive cell growth and chemoresistance are notorious obstacles in melanoma therapy. Accumulating evidence suggests that survivin is preferentially expressed in cancer cells and plays a crucial role in cell division and apoptosis dysfunction. Here, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of YM155, a selective survivin suppressant, alone and in(More)
Survivin is responsible for cancer progression and drug resistance in many types of cancer. YM155 selectively suppresses the expression of survivin and induces apoptosis in cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. However, the mechanism underlying these effects of YM155 is unknown. Here, we show that a transcription factor, interleukin enhancer-binding factor 3(More)
Malignant melanomas are tumors that are well known to respond poorly to treatment with chemotherapeutic reagents. We report here that mannosylerythritol lipid (MEL), an extracellular glycolipid from yeast, markedly inhibited the growth of mouse melanoma B16 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Exposure of B16 cells to MEL at 10 microM and higher concentrations(More)
In the treatment of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) rituximab improves long-term survival in combination with conventional chemotherapy. However, because the majority of patients with B-NHL eventually relapse, the development of more effective therapies is needed. Here, we evaluated the antitumor effects of a combination treatment involving sepantronium(More)
Purpose: Aggressive cell growth and chemoresistance are notorious obstacles in melanoma therapy. Accumulating evidence suggests that survivin is preferentially expressed in cancer cells and plays a crucial role in cell division and apoptosis dysfunction. Here, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of YM155, a selective survivin suppressant, alone and in(More)
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