Morioka, Japan
Morioka, Japan

Iwate Medical University is a private university in Morioka, Iwate, Japan. Wikipedia.

Time filter

Source Type

Beppu T.,Iwate Medical University
American Journal of Neuroradiology | Year: 2014

The aim of this article is to review how MR imaging and associated imaging modalities provide clinicopathologic information on brain damage after carbon monoxide poisoning. Initially, many authors documented typical findings of conventional MR imaging in the gray matter structures such as the globus pallidus and in various regions of cerebral white matter. The focus of investigation has since shifted to observation of cerebral white matter areas that are more frequently detected on MR imaging and are more responsible for chronic symptoms than the gray matter. DWI has dramatically contributed to the ability to quantitatively assess cerebral white matter damage. Subsequently, DTI has enabled more sensitive evaluation than DWI and can demonstrate progressive pathologic changes in the early stage, allowing prediction of chronic conditions. In addition, MR spectroscopy reveals changes in metabolite levels, offering quantitative clinicopathologic information on brain damage after carbon monoxide poisoning.

Tsunoda K.,Iwate Medical University
Journal of clinical and experimental hematopathology : JCEH | Year: 2012

Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) is a clinically aggressive tumor derived from the precursor of plasmacytoid dendritic cells. We describe two cases of BPDCN. In case 1, the patient presented with multiple erythema on the trunk and arms. Histopathology of a skin biopsy specimen and immunohistochemistry demonstrated that the tumor cells were small to medium-sized with a blastoid morphology and positive for CD4, CD56, CD123 and T-cell leukemia-1 (TCL-1). In case 2, the patient presented with a solitary skin nodule and rapidly developed involvement of the bone marrow and peripheral blood. Although immunohistochemistry of the infiltrating tumor cells demonstrated positivity for CD4, CD56, CD123 and TCL-1, the cells were large with a distinct nucleolus, and different from those of typical BPDCN. The atypical morphological features of BPDCN may be diagnostically problematic, and should therefore be recognized correctly.

Lin N.-C.,Iwate Medical University | Nitta H.,Iwate Medical University | Wakabayashi G.,Iwate Medical University
Annals of Surgery | Year: 2013

OBJECTIVE: This review assesses the current status of laparoscopic liver resection. BACKGROUND: The trend in laparoscopic liver resection has been moving from limited resections toward major hepatectomy. The surgical techniques for laparoscopic major hepatectomy include pure laparoscopic, hand-assisted laparoscopic, and laparoscopy-assisted methods. We performed a literature search and systematic review to assess the current status of laparoscopic major hepatectomy. METHODS: Our literature review was conducted in Medline using the keywords "laparoscopy" or "laparoscopic" combined with "liver resection" or "hepatectomy." Articles written in English containing more than 10 cases of laparoscopic major hepatectomy were selected. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Twenty-nine articles were selected for this review. The laparoscopic major hepatectomies achieved similar patient and economic outcomes compared with open liver resections in selected (noncirrhotic) patients. Surgeon experience with the techniques affected the results; thus, a learning period is mandatory. Of these 3 techniques, the pure laparoscopic method is suitable for experienced surgeons to achieve better cosmetic outcomes, whereas the hand-assisted laparoscopic method was associated with better perioperative outcomes; the laparoscopy-assisted method is used by surgeons for unique resections such as resection of cirrhotic livers, laparoscopic resection of tumors in unfavorable locations, and living donor hepatectomies. In addition, the laparoscopic major hepatectomy-specific, long-term oncologic outcomes remain to be addressed in future publications. Copyright © 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

The C-857T promoter polymorphism of TNF-α gene is associated with obese type 2 diabetes, while the adiponectin G+276T gene polymorphism in intron 2 may influence the fat accumulation in the liver. In this study, we examined effects of these polymorphisms on clinical markers of insulin resistance and fatty liver (a liver/spleen CT ratio < 0.9). These polymorphisms were determined in 342 Japanese subjects with type 2 diabetes. The liver/spleen CT ratio was lower in the subjects with the adiponectin +276G/G genotype than that in the subjects with the +276T allele (P < 0.05), indicating that fat accumulation in the liver is associated with the +276G/G genotype. Multiple comparisons among the 4 combinations of each polymorphism of the TNF-α and adiponectin genes revealed a significant difference in the liver/spleen CT ratio (P < 0.05) among the 4 groups, indicating that the gene combinations influence the degree of fat accumulation in the liver. The subjects carrying the TNF-α -857T allele (C/T or T/T genotype) and the adiponectin +276G/G genotype had greater risks for fatty liver and insulin resistance that was evaluated by higher levels of fasting insulin and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance, as compared with the other groups. Therefore, Japanese subjects with the TNF-α -857T allele and the adiponectin +276G/G genotype may be more susceptible to insulin resistance and fatty liver. The present study provides the evidence for the interaction between TNF-α and adiponectin genes in the insulin resistance and fatty liver in Japanese subjects with type 2 diabetes.

Background: There is a report that S100A12 is useful as an early marker of acute lung injury (ALI). The purpose of this study was to determine whether S100A12 or sRAGE is useful as a marker during the development of ALI in postoperative sepsis patients. Methods: The subjects were patients who underwent emergency surgery because of sepsis secondary to perforation of the lower gastrointestinal tract. We conducted a retrospective study comparing 2 groups of patients: a group of 9 patients who developed postoperative ALI, the ALI(+) group, and a group of 8 patients who did not develop postoperative ALI, the ALI(-) group. Their blood S100A12, sRAGE, IFN-γ, WBC count, and CRP values were measured immediately after surgery and on postoperative day 1 (D1). Results: The changes in S100A12 showed significantly higher values immediately postoperatively in the ALI(+) group (p < 0.05). The sRAGE values immediately postoperatively were similar, but on D1, they were significantly higher in the ALI(-) group (p < 0.05). Conclusions: S100A12 increases in the early stage of development of ALI. sRAGE production increases in patients who do not develop ALI. Copyright © 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.

Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma (SPTCL) is a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, in which lymphoma cells infiltrate preferentially into subcutaneous adipose tissue. Although various treatment trials for SPTCL have been attempted, no standardized therapy has been established. Here, we report a case of α/β(+) T-cell-phenotype SPTCL (SPTCL-AB) with hemophagocytosis (HPS) in a 14-year-old girl, who presented with low-grade fever, general fatigue and chest swelling. Laboratory examinations revealed leukocytopenia, and bone marrow aspiration cytology showed HPS. The diagnosis of SPTCL-AB was made by biopsy on the basis of thickened subcutaneous tissue in the chest wall. Following high-dose chemotherapy (HDT) of BFM-NHL & ALL-90, autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (auto-PBSCT) was performed. The patient responded to the treatment and has remained asymptomatic for 2 years. Our results suggest that a combination of HDT of BFM-NHL & ALL-90 and auto-SCT treatment is effective for SPTCL associated with HPS.

Nakamura Y.,Iwate Medical University
Inflammation and Allergy - Drug Targets | Year: 2013

Severe or refractory bronchial asthma represents 5-10% of the asthmatic population that responds poorly to high doses of inhaled corticosteroids. Biopharmaceutical approaches have identified new therapies that target key cells and mediators, such as Th2-cells, cytokines, and chemokines. However, some of the clinical trials with these biologics in patients with asthma have been unsuccessful, thus some of these studies had to be discontinued. This article will review current therapeutic strategies of biological immune response modifiers in decreasing pathological immune responses. Therapies using cytokine inhibitors currently provide a way to elucidate the role of individual cytokines in the pathogenesis of human diseases and may yield new approaches to identifying asthma phenotypes. © 2013 Bentham Science Publishers.

Everolimus is positioned as second-line treatment for metastatic renal cell carcinoma resistant to vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors. We investigated retrospectively the efficacy and safety of everolimus in Japanese patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma in the clinical setting. Nineteen patients who discontinued treatment with vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors because of disease progression or adverse events were administered everolimus. We evaluated progression-free survival, overall survival and tumor response rate of everolimus treatment. We also compared laboratory abnormalities and adverse events of everolimus treatment with those of prior vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors therapy. In all patients, median progression-free survival was 8.4 months and median overall survival was not reached at 25 months. The best objective response was complete response in 1 patient and stable disease in 15 patients. Eleven patients (58%) were intolerant and 8 (42%) were refractory to prior vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors treatment. Median overall survival was significantly longer (P < 0.01) in vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor-intolerant (>25 months) than in vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor-refractory subjects (4.3 months), and median progression-free survival tended to be better (P= 0.06) in vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor-intolerant (10.0 months) than in vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor-refractory subjects (2.5 months). Two patients discontinued everolimus treatment because of adverse events. In this study, the overall survival and progression-free survival were better in vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor-intolerant than in vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor-refractory subjects. The adverse event profiles of everolimus and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors were different. Patients intolerant to vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors may tolerate everolimus well and have greater survival benefit from switching to everolimus than those refractory to vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

Accurate chromosome segregation is vital for cell viability. Many cancer cells show chromosome instability (CIN) due to aberrant expression of the genes involved in chromosome segregation. The induction of massive chromosome segregation errors in such cancer cells by small molecule inhibitors is an emerging strategy to kill these cells selectively. Here we screened and characterized small molecule inhibitors which cause mitotic chromosome segregation errors to target cancer cell growth. We screened about 300 chemicals with known targets, and found that Rho-associated coiled-coil kinase (ROCK) inhibitors bypassed the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC), which delays anaphase onset until proper kinetochoremicrotubule interactions are established. We investigated how ROCK inhibitors affect chromosome segregation, and found that they induced microtubule-dependent centrosome fragmentation. Knockdown of ROCK1 and ROCK2 revealed their additive roles in centrosome integrity. Pharmacological inhibition of LIMK also induced centrosome fragmentation similar to that by ROCK inhibitors. Inhibition of ROCK or LIMK hyper-stabilized mitotic spindles and impaired Aurora-A activation. These results suggested that ROCK and LIMK are directly or indirectly involved in microtubule dynamics and activation of Aurora-A. Furthermore, inhibition of ROCK or LIMK suppressed T cell leukemia growth in vitro, but not peripheral blood mononuclear cells. They induced centrosome fragmentation and apoptosis in T cell leukemia cells. These results suggested that ROCK and LIMK can be a potential target for anti-cancer drugs. © 2014 Oku et al.

Toshiba Corporation and Iwate Medical University | Date: 2015-05-28

According to an embodiment, a medical image processing apparatus includes an extraction unit, a calculation unit, and a selection unit. The extraction unit extracts an image region having an image element value larger than a predetermined value from a first image of at least one time phase and second images of a plurality of time phases. The calculation unit calculates a feature quantity that fluctuates in accordance with motion of the image region for the first image of at least the one time phase and the second images of the time phases. The selection unit selects the first image and the second image having similar image features of the image region based on the feature quantity from among the first image of at least the one time phase and the second images of the time phases.

Loading Iwate Medical University collaborators
Loading Iwate Medical University collaborators