Toshiyuki Kita

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Metastasis is a feature of malignant neoplasms. Although rare, metastasizing pathologically benign mixed tumour has been reported. This report describes a 33-year-old woman with multiple lung metastases from mixed tumour. A small preauricular mass had been removed 23 years earlier. Six years later, the patient had the same symptom; the recurrent mass was(More)
BACKGROUND Late asthmatic response is observed following antigen challenge in actively, but not passively, sensitized guinea pigs. Although cough reflex sensitivity is increased after antigen challenge in actively sensitized guinea pigs, it is unknown whether the antigen-induced increase in cough reflex sensitivity develops in passively sensitized animals.(More)
To determine the optimum dose of OK-432 for intrathoracic administration, a multicenter randomized phase II trial was conducted in patients with malignant pleural effusion due to non-small cell lung cancer. Patients with histologically- or cytologically-proven malignant pleural effusions were randomized to arm A (10 Klinische Einheit (KE) of OK-432) or arm(More)
RATIONALE We hypothesized that cough stress of the airway wall results in a self-perpetuating cough-reflex cycle in which antigen-induced increase in cough-reflex sensitivity results in pathologic cough, and the cough in turn further amplifies cough-reflex sensitivity. OBJECTIVES To examine cough-reflex sensitivity in an experimental animal model. (More)
Here we show that the cell-surface expression of the alpha subunit of H(+)-ATP synthase is markedly increased during adipocyte differentiation. Treatment of differentiated adipocytes with small molecule inhibitors of H(+)-ATP synthase or antibodies against alpha and beta subunits of H(+)-ATP synthase leads to a decrease in cytosolic lipid droplet(More)
Mitochondrial fusion and fission processes play a role in a variety of cell functions, including energy metabolism, cell differentiation and programmed cell death. Still, it is not clear how these processes contribute to the cell functions. Here, we investigated the role of mitochondrial remodelling on lipid metabolism in adipocytes. In 3T3-L1(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this phase II study was to evaluate the efficacy of combination chemotherapy consisting of docetaxel and carboplatin in patients with inoperable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS For this multicenter phase II study, the eligibility criteria included histologically or cytologically proven inoperable NSCLC,(More)
AIMS There is no evidence demonstrating the clinical usefulness of phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors in the treatment of asthma, although PDE3 and 4 inhibitors have received much attention for the treatment of bronchial asthma. We compared the bronchodilator effects of intravenously administered olprinone, a selective PDE3 inhibitor, and aminophylline, a(More)
BACKGROUND The authors evaluate the efficacy and safety of gefitinib monotherapy in chemotherapy-naive patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A secondary endpoint is to evaluate the relationship between clinical manifestations and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation status. METHODS Japanese chemotherapy-naive NSCLC(More)
Gefitinib is an orally active epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, and it shows favorable antitumor activity against chemorefractory nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, patients with NSCLC have few treatment options available if they are refractory to gefitinib. We describe a 49-year-old patient with NSCLC who had a complete(More)