Yoji Katsuoka

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Glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity was determined in the plasma of 118 healthy persons, 18 nondialyzed patients with chronic renal failure (CRF), 20 patients on maintenance hemodialysis (HD), and 58 patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). Serum creatinine levels in the nondialyzed CRF patients revealed a highly significant negative(More)
Electrolyzed strong acid water (ESW) containing free chlorine at various concentrations is becoming to be available in clinical settings as a disinfectant. ESW is prepared by electrolysis of a NaCl solution, and has a corrosive activity against medical instruments. Although lower concentrations of NaCl and free chlorine are desired to eliminate corrosion,(More)
The aim of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of using diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging under free breathing for the detection of a urinary bladder carcinoma. In 15 patients with 17 urinary bladder carcinomas, DW images were obtained in the axial plane under free breathing scanning with a multisection spin-echo type(More)
PURPOSE Intracranial aneurysms are known to complicate autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. We assess the value of magnetic resonance angiography to detect intracranial aneurysms early in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS We evaluated 15 patients with asymptomatic autosomal dominant polycystic(More)
The effects of an oral adsorbent, AST-120, in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients was evaluated by the 24-month dialysis-free rate and 50% dialysis-free period. This study retrospectively analyzed 193 patients admitted to the Osaka Medical College Hospital between January 1994 and December 2001 because of CKD and who later started dialysis. The propensity(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS An oral adsorbent, AST-120, has been shown to retard the deterioration of renal function in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) by decreasing serum nephrotoxic substances such as indoxyl sulfate. Recent studies have suggested that a high level of serum indoxyl sulfate may be one of the mechanisms underlying the progression of(More)
FTY720 is a unique immunosuppressive agent that exerts its activity by inducing apoptosis in lymphocytes. We conducted the present study to investigate the effects of FTY720 on cancer growth and metastasis, as well as its mechanism of action. In vitro treatment with FTY720 induced dramatic cancer cell apoptosis in a mouse breast cancer cell line, JygMC(A).(More)
BACKGROUND Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) facilitates metastasis during the advanced stages of cancer. Smad6, Smad7, and c-Ski block signaling by the TGF-beta superfamily proteins through different modes of action. We used adenovirus-mediated gene transfer of these natural inhibitors in a mouse model of breast cancer to examine the roles of(More)
BACKGROUND A unique immunosuppressant, FTY720, selectively induces apoptosis in activated lymphocytes, but not in other hematopoietic cells. The potential that this unique mechanism could provide anticancer potential by inducing apoptosis in the human renal cancer cell line, ACHN, which is resistant to cisplatin, and its molecular pathway was investigated.(More)
PURPOSE CD26 is a 110-kDa cell surface antigen with a role in tumor development. In this report, we show that CD26 is highly expressed on the cell surface of malignant mesothelioma and that a newly developed humanized anti-CD26 monoclonal antibody (mAb) has an inhibitory effect on malignant mesothelioma cells in both in vitro and in vivo experiments. (More)