Takatsuki, Japan
Takatsuki, Japan

Osaka Medical College is a private university in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan. The precursor of the school was founded in 1927, and it was chartered as a university in 1946. Wikipedia.

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The optimal timing of the surgical strategy for colorectal cancer (CRC) presenting with resectable synchronous liver metastases remains unclear and controversial. The aim of this study was to compare simultaneous with staged resection, with respect to morbidity, mortality, and prognosis, including recurrence. A total of 107 patients who underwent initial hepatic resection for resectable synchronous liver metastasis from colorectal cancer were retrospectively analyzed. The 5-year disease-free survival rates were 16.4 per cent in the simultaneous group, and 24.0 per cent in the staged group (P = 0.5486). The 5-year overall survival rates were 70.7 per cent in the simultaneous group and 67.9 per cent in the staged group (P = 0.8254). Perioperative chemotherapy did not have a significant effect. Tumor depth of CRC (≥pT4) was the only key factor influencing prognosis. Postoperative intestinal anastomotic leakage occurred in nine patients (8.4%). On multivariate analysis, simultaneous surgery was shown to be the only independent risk factor for the occurrence of postoperative intestinal anastomotic leakage (P = 0.0163). In conclusion, neither timing of hepatic resection (simultaneous or staged) nor perioperative chemotherapy represented significant prognostic factors. The simultaneous surgery was the only independent risk factor for intestinal anastomotic leakage. Therefore, we recommend staged hepatic surgery for synchronous CRC and liver metastasis from colorectal cancer.

Yoshida H.,Osaka Medical College | Wada A.,Yoshida Biological Laboratory
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: RNA | Year: 2014

One of the most important cellular events in all organisms is protein synthesis (translation), which is catalyzed by ribosomes. The regulation of translational activity is dependent on the environmental situation of the cell. A decrease in overall translation under stress conditions is mainly accompanied by the formation of functionally inactive 100S ribosomes in bacteria. The 100S ribosome is a dimer of two 70S ribosomes that is formed through interactions between their 30S subunits. Two mechanisms of 100S ribosome formation are known: one involving ribosome modulation factor (RMF) and short hibernation promoting factor (HPF) in a part of Gammaproteobacteria including Escherichia coli, and the other involving only long HPF in the majority of bacteria. The expression of RMF is regulated by ppGpp and cyclic AMP-cAMP receptor protein (cAMP-CRP) induced by amino acid starvation and glucose depletion, respectively. When stress conditions are removed, the 100S ribosome immediately dissociates into the active 70S ribosomes by releasing RMF. The stage in the ribosome cycle at which the ribosome loses translational activity is referred to as 'Hibernation'. The lifetime of cells that cannot form 100S ribosomes by deletion of the rmf gene is shorter than that of parental cells under stress conditions in E. coli. This fact indicates that the interconversion system between active 70S ribosomes and inactive 100S ribosomes is an important survival strategy for bacteria. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Toda N.,Toyama Institute for Cardiovascular Pharmacology Research | Nakanishi-Toda M.,Osaka Medical College
Pflugers Archiv European Journal of Physiology | Year: 2011

Mental stress is an important factor contributing to recognized mechanisms underlying cardiovascular events. Among these, stress-related endothelial dysfunction is an early risk factor that predicts future development of severe cardiovascular disorders. Acute mental stress by a variety of tests impairs endothelial function in humans, although the opposite results have been reported by some investigators. Chronic stress always deteriorates endothelial function in humans and experimental animals. Stress hormones, such as glucocorticoids and pro-inflammatory cytokines, and endothelin-1 liberated in response to mental stress participate in endothelial dysfunction possibly via downregulation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) expression, eNOS inactivation, decreased nitric oxide (NO) actions, and increased NO degradation, together with vasoconstriction counteracting against NO-induced vasodilatation. Catecholamines do not directly affect endothelial function but impair its function when blood pressure elevation by the amines is sustained. Endogenous opioids favorably affect endothelial function, which counteract deteriorating effects of other stress hormones and mediators. Inhibition of cortisol and endothelin-1 production, prevention of pro-inflammatory mediator accumulation, hypnotics, mirthful laughter, humor orientation, and lifestyle modification would contribute to the prevention and treatment for stress-related endothelial dysfunction and future serious cardiovascular disease. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.

SBI Pharmaceuticals Co. and Osaka Medical College | Date: 2015-02-16

[Problem to be Solved] It is an object of the present invention to provide a preventive or therapeutic composition for a therapy-resistant cancer having therapy-resistant cancer cells. [Solution] A preventive or therapeutic composition for a therapy-resistant cancer having therapy-resistant cancer cells, which is for use in photodynamic therapy, wherein the composition comprises ALAs.

Takiuchi H.,Osaka Medical College
Gastric Cancer | Year: 2011

Chemotherapy for gastric cancer has been advancing fairly well. It has been indicated that not only advances in first-line chemotherapy but also those in second-line chemotherapy have contributed to the prolongation of overall survival. The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Internistische Onkologie (AIO) study supports the idea that second-line chemotherapy is appropriate in patients with a good general condition. Also, the Japan Clinical Oncology Group (JCOG) integral analysis suggests that advances have been made in second-line chemotherapy. However, most recently reported studies of second-line chemotherapy have been conducted as small-scale phase II or retrospective trials. No randomized control trial to establish standard treatment has been reported. Which regimen is the most appropriate as second-line therapy must be investigated in the future. Currently, molecularly targeted agents for gastric cancer are being developed and tested in global trials. As a new issue in global trials, second-line chemotherapy has been emphasized. In recent global trials, subset analysis showed regional differences in overall survival. This was possibly associated with the regional differences in second-line chemotherapy. When developing new molecularly targeted agents for first-line chemotherapy, we cannot ignore the result that the proportion of patients in whom treatment was switched to second-line chemotherapy was high in Asia. In planning a global trial, this new issue should be sufficiently discussed. © The International Gastric Cancer Association and The Japanese Gastric Cancer Association 2011.

Okuda J.,Osaka Medical College
Asian journal of endoscopic surgery | Year: 2011

In laparoscopic rectal surgery, there are some limitations on a surgeon's ability to maneuver, especially in transection of the lower rectum. To achieve minimally invasive surgery, safe anastomosis, including proper rectal transaction, is necessary. To overcome the difficulty in lower rectal resection, we followed a series of steps. First, we completely mobilized the rectum to the pelvic bottom, just above the anal canal, making the lower rectum mobile and allowing for an easy rectal transection. To secure the transaction, the mesorectum around the transection must be properly divided. We recommend placing the lower right quadrant port as caudal as possible to properly staple the rectum. We found a 60 mm compression-type stapler most suitable for rectal transection. To wash and flatten the rectum, a detachable intestinal clip is quite useful because of its flexibility. Finally, in addition to conventional abdominal drains around the anastomotic site, we employed transanal tube to actively decompress rectal pressure inside the anastomotic site. Between August 2009 and July 2010, 101 patients underwent laparoscopic low anterior resection using this technique. Most patients, 98.0% (99/101), underwent lower rectum transection using a single-fire cartridge. The anastomotic leakage rate was only 1.0% (1/101) in total and 1.3% (1/78), when not including patients with diverting stoma. We have to follow up with more patients to conclude whether our technique is effective in the long term. However, this step-by-step technique could lead to safe anastomosis in laparoscopic low anterior resection for rectal cancer. © 2011 Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery, Asia Endosurgery Task Force and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Yoshida R.,Osaka Medical College
Advances in Immunology | Year: 2014

The most important transplantation antigens in the discrimination between "self" and "nonself" are encoded by genes in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) locus (H-2 in mice). It has been assumed that T lymphocytes are the effector cells for allograft rejection, as athymic nude rodents fail to reject allografts. In 1988, we i.p. transplanted Meth A (H-2DdKd) tumor cells into C57BL/6 (H-2DbKb) mice and found macrophages to be cytotoxic against the allografts. In 1996, several groups using CD4 or CD8 knockout mice reported that non-T cells were the effector cells for the rejection of skin or organ allografts. In 1998, we ascertained that macrophages were the effector cells of skin allograft rejection. Recently, we isolated cDNA clones encoding monocyte/macrophage MHC receptors (MMRs) for H-2Dd and H-2Kd; established H-2Dd- and/or H-2Kd-transgenic mice and lymphoma cells; and found, using MMR-deficient mice, that MMR and T-cell receptor were essential for the rejection of transgenic skin and lymphoma, respectively. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

Hepatic pseudolymphoma (HPL) and primary hepatic marginal zone B cell lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT lymphoma) are rare diseases and the differential diagnosis between these two entities is sometimes difficult. We herein report a 56-year-old Japanese woman who was pointed out to have a space occupying lesion in the left lateral segment of the liver. Hepatitis viral-associated antigen/antibody was negative and liver function tests including lactic dehydrogenase, peripheral blood count, tumor markers and soluble interleukin-2 receptor were all within normal limit. Imaging study using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were not typical for hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, or other metastatic cancer. Fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography examination integrated with computed tomography scanning showed high standardized uptake value in the solitary lesion in the liver. Under a diagnosis of primary liver neoplasm, laparoscopic-assisted lateral segmentectomy was performed. Liver tumor of maximal 1.0 cm in diameter was consisted of aggregation of lymphocytes of predominantly B-cell, containing multiple lymphocyte follicles positive for CD10 and bcl-2, consistent with a diagnosis of HPL rather than MALT lymphoma, although a definitive differentiation was pending. The background liver showed non-alcoholic fatty liver disease/early non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. The patient is currently doing well with no sign of relapse 13 months after the surgery. Since the accurate diagnosis is difficult, laparoscopic approach would provide a reasonable procedure of diagnostic and therapeutic advantage with minimal invasiveness for patients. Considering that the real nature of this entity remains unclear, vigilant follow-up of patient is essential.

Ishizaka N.,Osaka Medical College
Clinica Chimica Acta | Year: 2013

Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-related disease is a newly emerging clinicopathological entity that is characterized by increased serum IgG4 levels and tissue infiltration of IgG4-positive plasma cells. IgG4-related immune inflammation has been reported to be present in inflammatory aortic aneurysm, albeit not in every case. Several recent studies have suggested that IgG4-related disease may underlie certain coronary artery abnormalities, such as coronary aneurysm, pseudotumor, wall calcification, and intimal thickening. Here, what is known about IgG4-related coronary artery lesions, as well as questions that remain to be answered thus far, are discussed. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

Ogura T.,Osaka Medical College | Higuchi K.,Osaka Medical College
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2015

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is clinically useful not only as a diagnostic tool during EUS-guided fine needle aspiration, but also during interventional EUS. EUS-guided biliary drainage has been developed and performed by experienced endoscopists. EUS-guided choledocoduodenostomy (EUS-CDS) is relatively well established as an alternative biliary drainage method for biliary decompression in patients with biliary obstruction. The reported technical success rate of EUS-CDS ranges from 50% to 100%, and the clinical success rate ranges from 92% to 100%. Further, the over-all technical success rate was 93%, and clinical success rate was 98%. Based on the currently available literature, the overall adverse event rate for EUS-CDS is 16%. The data on the cumulative technical and clinical success rate for EUS-CDS is promising. However, EUS-CDS can still lead to several problems, so techniques or devices that are more feasible and safe need to be established. EUS-CDS has the potential to become a first-line biliary drainage procedure, although standardizing the technique in multicenter clinical trials and comparisons with endoscopic biliary drainage by randomized clinical trials are still needed. © 2015 Baishideng Publishing Group Inc. All rights reserved.

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