Yoshimi Iwanuma

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PURPOSE The role of HER-2/neu in the response of esophageal cancer to radiation is not well known. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of an anti-HER-2/neu antibody trastuzumab on the proliferation, cell cycle distribution, and radiosensitivity of esophageal cancer cell lines. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Expression of HER-2/neu protein by four(More)
Primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus (PMME) is a rare disease with an extremely poor prognosis. Up to 2011, approximately 300 cases had been reported worldwide. The average age of onset is 60.5 years old, with a prevalence of males (2:1). A typical finding of PMME is a lobular or polyploid, well-circumscribed and pigmented tumor, partly covered with(More)
To study the antitumor effect of local production of interleukin-2 (IL-2) from tumor cells, the poorly immunogenic murine colon cancer cells, colon26, was transfected with murine IL-2 cDNA in a bovine papilloma virus vector. IL-2 gene transfectants (mIL2+colon26) did not alter their growth rate compared with parental colon26 cells in vitro, but reduced(More)
Here, it is established that human peripheral blood lymphocytes (HuPBLs), injected s.c. with a human lung tumor into severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mice, engraft and display antitumor cytotoxic activity. Initial studies used HuPBLs from normal donors and an allogeneic tumor cell line derived from biopsy tissue of a patient with a squamous cell(More)
Flavopiridol is a synthetic flavone that has shown an antitumor effect against several cancers. Here, we investigated the in vitro effect of flavopiridol alone and the combined effect of low-dose flavopiridol plus radiation on esophageal squamous cell carcinoma cell lines. Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma cell lines (TE8, TE9 and KE4) were exposed to(More)
In 97 patients (60, chemotherapy; 22, chemoradiotherapy; 15, radiotherapy), histopathologic effects were evaluated microscopically, and histologic response rates were compared among three neoadjuvant treatment modalities. Predictive factors for neoadjuvant therapies were analyzed by logistic regression, including the results of p53 immunohistochemical(More)
In esophageal cancer, lymphatic spread occurs more frequently and at an earlier stage than in other gastrointestinal cancers, and both preoperative and intraoperative diagnoses of lymph nodes metastases are sometimes incorrect. Our objective was to measure the sizes of lymphatic metastases and to examine the accuracy of clinical diagnosis of lymphatic(More)
Gastrinoma is a rare endocrine tumor that is frequently associated with liver metastasis. The liver metastasis is usually seen simultaneously or soon after a primary operation. A 47-year-old woman who had had a total gastrectomy 20 years earlier developed liver metastasis. An interval of this length between surgery and metastasis is extremely rare. The(More)
BACKGROUND Scirrhous gastric cancer is associated with peritoneal dissemination and advanced lymph node metastasis from an early stage, and the prognosis is still poor. In this study, we aimed to analyze candidate molecules for targeted therapy of scirrhous gastric cancer. We searched for molecules/metabolic activity that might be predominantly expressed in(More)
 A novel biodegradable poly(lactic acid) microsphere formulation was evaluated for in vivo cytokine immunotherapy of cancer in a human tumor xenograft/severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mouse model. Co-injection of interleukin-2 (IL-2)-loaded microspheres with tumor cells into a subcutaneous site resulted in the complete suppression of tumor(More)