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Beck D.B.,Howard Hughes Medical Institute | Oda H.,National Kyushu Cancer Center | Oda H.,Kyushu University | Shen S.S.,Howard Hughes Medical Institute | And 2 more authors.
Genes and Development

Histone post-translational modifications impact many aspects of chromatin and nuclear function. Histone H4 Lys 20 methylation (H4K20me) has been implicated in regulating diverse processes ranging from the DNA damage response, mitotic condensation, and DNA replication to gene regulation. PR-Set7/Set8/KMT5a is the sole enzyme that catalyzes monomethylation of H4K20 (H4K20me1). It is required for maintenance of all levels of H4K20me, and, importantly, loss of PR-Set7 is catastrophic for the earliest stages of mouse embryonic development. These findings have placed PR-Set7, H4K20me, and proteins that recognize this modification as central nodes of many important pathways. In this review, we discuss the mechanisms required for regulation of PR-Set7 and H4K20me1 levels and attempt to unravel the many functions attributed to these proteins. © 2012 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. Source

Yamaguchi M.,National Kyushu Cancer Center | Sugio K.,Oita University
General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), particularly clinical Stage IIIA NSCLC with mediastinal lymph node metastasis, is known to be quite heterogeneous, comprising approximately one-fourth of cases of NSCLC. In this subset, patients with a minor tumor load in the mediastinal lymph nodes, such as microscopically or pathologically proven N2 in the resected specimens, are treated with surgery followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. Meanwhile, the current standard of care for patients with bulky or infiltrative N2 disease is concurrent chemoradiotherapy. The potential role of surgery in multi-modality treatment for clinical N2-Stage IIIA remains controversial. Several prospective clinical trials of this subset have been conducted; however, the heterogeneity of the N2 status and differences in chemotherapy regimens and/or radiation modalities between clinical trials make the results difficult to compare. No optimal chemotherapy regimen has been established to control possible micrometastasis, and radiotherapy is often used to achieve maximum local disease control and minimize post-surgical complications. This review summarizes the findings of prospective clinical trials that assessed the role of surgery in treating clinical N2-Stage IIIA patients within the last two decades and discusses the present status of induction treatment followed by surgery for clinical N2-Stage IIIA NSCLC. © 2014, The Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery. Source

Teranishi H.,National Kyushu Cancer Center
[Rinshō ketsueki] The Japanese journal of clinical hematology

Meningitis or encephalitis by varicella-zoster virus (VZV) after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is rarely reported. We encountered a case of meningoencephalitis with VZV re-activation 18 months after related bone marrow transplantation for recurrent acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The patient had been administered steroid and cyclosporine for chronic graft-versus-host disease. A high DNA copy number of VZV, 4.9×10(7) copies was detected in the cerebrospinal fluid. VZV also caused severe pneumonia and acute renal failure soon after the onset of meningoencephalitis. The patient was successfully treated with acyclovir, although he was left with persistent neurological sequelae. Both prompt diagnosis and early treatment of VZV reactivation are important to avoid a fatal outcome. Source

Kodama Y.,National Kyushu Cancer Center
[Rinshō ketsueki] The Japanese journal of clinical hematology

A 3-year-old girl with acute myeloid leukemia underwent unrelated cord blood stem cell transplantation (UCBT) due to primary induction failure. Fourteen days after UCBT, she developed central venous catheter (CVC)-related bloodstream infection due to Chryseobacterium indologenes. Despite ciprofloxacin and minocycline being administered according to the results of susceptibility, a high grade fever recurred. Therefore, the CVC was removed 21 days after UCBT and symptoms related to CVC infection improved. Although C. indologenes is widely distributed in nature, it is a rare pathogen in humans. Most cases of C. indologenes bacteremia have been found in immunocompromised patients with malignancies and diabetes mellitus. C. indologenes exhibits specific characteristics, including the progression of resistance to antibiotics and the formation of a biofilm. Therefore, removal of the CVC appears to be the most reasonable treatment for CVC infection due to C. indologenes in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation if clinical symptoms do not improve after appropriate antibiotic therapy. Source

Toh Y.,National Kyushu Cancer Center | Nicolson G.L.,The Institute for Molecular Medicine
Cancer and Metastasis Reviews

Among the genes that were found to be abundantly overexpressed in highly metastatic rat cell lines compared to poorly metastatic cell lines, we identified a completely novel complementary DNA (cDNA) without any homologous or related genes in the database in 1994. The full-length cDNA of this rat gene was cloned, sequenced, and named metastasis-associated gene 1 (mta1), and eventually, its human cDNA counterpart, MTA1, was also cloned and sequenced by our group. MTA1 has now been identified as one of the members of a gene family (MTA gene family) and the products of the MTA genes, the MTA proteins, are transcriptional co-regulators that function in histone deacetylation and nucleosome remodeling and have been found in nuclear histone remodeling complexes. Furthermore, MTA1 along with its protein product MTA1 has been repeatedly and independently reported to be overexpressed in a vast range of human cancers and cancer cell lines compared to non-cancerous tissues and cell lines. The expression levels of MTA1 correlate well with the malignant properties of human cancers, strongly suggesting that MTA1 and possibly other MTA proteins (and their genes) could be a new class of molecular targets for cancer diagnosis and therapy. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Source

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