Nineteen genetic variations, including 11 novel ones, were found in exon 1 and its flanking region of the UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 1A4 gene from 256 Japanese subjects, consisting of 60 healthy volunteers, 88 cancer patients and 108 arrhythmic patients. These variations include -217T>G and -36G>A in the 5'-flanking region, 30G>A (P10P), 127delA… (More)
Microsatellite instability (MSI) was examined at 36 loci, and found in 9 (43%) of the 21 prostatic cancers. A loss of heterozygosity had occurred in five cases (24%). MSI did not correlate with clinical stage, but might play a role in the development of a subset of prostate cancers.
On an arbitrary toric variety, we introduce the logarithmic double complex, which is essentially the same as the algebraic de Rham complex in the nonsingular case, but which behaves much better in the singular case. Over the field of complex numbers, we prove the toric analog of the algebraic de Rham theorem which Grothendieck formulated and proved for… (More)
A pilot dose-escalation study of recombinant human interleukin 12 (rhIL-12) was conducted in Japanese patients with advanced malignancies. Cohorts of three patients received escalating doses of rhIL-12 that increased from 50 to 300 ng/kg/day s.c. three times a week for 2 weeks followed by 1-week rest. The same dosage and schedule was repeated for two… (More)
PURPOSE In a phase III study of gemcitabine plus erlotinib for advanced pancreatic cancer conducted in Canada, the incidence of interstitial lung disease (ILD) was 3.5 %. However, the incidence of ILD was reported as high as 8.5 % in a Japanese phase II study. These results suggest the influence of ethnic factors in the association of the use of gemcitabine… (More)
BACKGROUND Cyclosporine (CsA), Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and prednisolone (PSL) are widely used for the prevention of acute rejection after heart transplantation. Recently, the serum concentration - time curves (AUC) of CsA and MMF have been demonstrated to be precise predictors of acute rejection. METHODS AND RESULTS Fourteen heart transplant patients… (More)
Ovomacroglobulin and LDL fraction of egg yolk were effective to maintain the growth of established human cancer cell lines (Kato III, QG-90, Raji). A serum-free medium (BEM-841) containing 10 mM HEPES, 50 micrograms/ml of ovomacroglobulin, 0.1% (V/V) of LDL fraction of egg yolk, 10(-8) M catalase, 5 micrograms/ml of insulin, 5 micrograms/ml of transferrin,… (More)