Yasuhiro Okamoto

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One of the important mechanisms of immunosuppression in the tumor-bearing status has been attributed to the down-modulation of the CD3 z chain and its associated signaling molecules in T cells. Thus, the mechanism of the disappearance of CD3z was investigated in tumorbearing mice (TBM). The decrease of CD3z was observed both in the cell lysate and intact(More)
BACKGROUND Early markers for predicting the severity of neutropenic fever (NF) in patients with hemato-oncological patients have not yet been established. Reactive oxygen species are known to play an important role in the antimicrobial function of neutrophils. The aim of this study was to determine the serum levels of derivatives of reactive oxygen(More)
Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, is a critical step for tumor growth and metastasis and an integral component of the pathologic inflammatory response in arthritis and the proliferative retinopathies. The CD13/aminopeptidase N (CD13/APN) metalloprotease is an important regulator of angiogenesis where its expression on activated blood vessels(More)
A young woman presented with takotsubo cardiomyopathy after a syncopal attack caused by torsades de pointes. Two-dimensional echocardiography on admission showed left ventricular apical akinesis (ballooning) and basal hyperkinesis, compatible with takotsubo cardiomyopathy. This gradually normalized in 2 months. ECG on admission showed remarkable QT(More)
SUMMARY We report a 13-year-old male patient with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) type 2 who developed severe neuropathy because of vincristine (VCR) for his acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A clumsy gait, muscle weakness in his fingers, and inverted champagne bottlelike muscle in the lower limbs were noticed after remission induction treatment for acute(More)
Diamond-Blackfan anaemia is a congenital bone marrow failure syndrome that is characterized by red blood cell aplasia. The disease has been associated with mutations or large deletions in 11 ribosomal protein genes including RPS7, RPS10, RPS17, RPS19, RPS24, RPS26, RPS29, RPL5, RPL11, RPL26 and RPL35A as well as GATA1 in more than 50% of patients. However,(More)
We retrospectively analysed the outcomes of 127 children with acquired severe aplastic anaemia (SAA) who had received haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) between 2000 and 2011 in one of the 10 Asia Pacific institutions. Fifty-three were matched sibling donor (MSD) and 74 were alternative donor (AD), including 22 matched unrelated donor, 32(More)
We report a 10-yr-old boy who developed CIPS after a second allogeneic BMT for severe aplastic anemia. He received the second BMT from the same HLA-matched sibling donor 16 months after the first BMT due to secondary graft failure. The preparative regimen for the second BMT consisted of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and anti-thymocyte globulin. Prophylaxis(More)
We report a 13-month-old boy with diencephalic syndrome (DS) due to an optico-hypothalamic juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (JPA). Massive neuroaxis dissemination was identified at diagnosis. He received 6 courses of combined conventional-dose chemotherapy consisting of carboplatin (CBDCA), etoposide (VP-16), and cyclophosphamide (CPA) followed by high-dose(More)
Recent reports revealed that intravenous (iv) busulfan (BU) may not only reduce early nonrelapse mortality (NRM) but also improve overall survival (OS) probability in adults. Therefore, we retrospectively compared outcomes for 460 children with acute leukemia who underwent hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with either iv-BU (n = 198) or oral busulfan(More)