Takehiro Okumura

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AIM L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1) is known to be highly expressed in various human neoplasms. However, little is known about how LAT1 is associated with glucose metabolism, hypoxia and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The aim of this study is to evaluate the relationship between LAT1(More)
Surgical resection is an important modality in the treatment of pulmonary metastases from various solid tumors. The criteria for pulmonary metastasectomy are as follows: (1) the patient must be a good risk for surgical intervention; (2) the primary malignancy is controlled; (3) there is no other, extrapulmonary, metastasis; and (4) the pulmonary lesions are(More)
The aim of this study is to elucidate the prognostic significance of thymidylate synthase (TS), orotate phosphoribosyltransferase (OPRT) and dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) in completely resected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). One hundred and sixty patients with NSCLC were included in this study. Tumor sections were stained by(More)
UNLABELLED (18)F-FDG PET can help in predicting therapeutic response and outcome in patients with metastatic pulmonary tumors. However, no satisfactory biologic explanation exists for this phenomenon. The aim of this study was to investigate the underlying biologic mechanisms of (18)F-FDG uptake in metastatic pulmonary tumors. METHODS One hundred(More)
L-Type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1) is known to be highly expressed in various human neoplasms. However, little is known about how LAT1 is expressed in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Twenty-one patients were included in this study. Tumor sections were stained by immunohistochemistry for LAT1, glucose transporter 1 (GLUT1), GLUT3, hypoxia inducible(More)
PURPOSE The usefulness of 2-[(18)F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose ([(18)F]FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) can help predict the grade of malignancy and staging in thymic epithelial tumors. However, no satisfactory biologic explanation exists for this phenomenon. The aim of this study was to investigate the underlying biologic mechanisms of [(18)F]FDG(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the clinical significance of excision repair cross-complementation group 1 (ERCC1), breast cancer susceptibility 1 (BRCA1), and class III β-tubulin (TUBB3) expression in thymic epithelial tumors. METHOD Fifty-six patients with thymic epithelial tumors were included in this study. Tumors sections were stained by(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary pleomorphic carcinoma is a rare epithelial tumor, and little is also known about the information on the usefulness of 2-[¹⁸F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose (¹⁸F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET). Therefore, we conducted the study including the underlying biologic analysis of ¹⁸F-FDG uptake. METHODS Fifteen patients with pulmonary(More)
PURPOSE The objective of this study was to assess the value of (18)F-FDG PET in thymic epithelial tumors according to the WHO histologic classification and to evaluate its potential for differentiating the grade of malignancy in thymic epithelial tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-six patients with a thymic epithelial tumor who underwent (18)F-FDG PET(More)
OBJECTIVES The standard surgical treatment for patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is lobectomy with systematic nodal dissection (SND). Lobe-specific patterns of nodal metastases have been recognized, and lobe-specific SND (L-SND) has been reported. We performed L-SND depending on patient-related factors, such as age or the presence of diabetes(More)