Toya Ohashi

The Jikei University School of Medicine, Edo, Tōkyō, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Mucolipidosis type II is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease caused by N-acetylglucosamine-1-phosphotransferese deficiency. We report here pathological findings of an autopsy case of mucolipidosis type II. The patient was an 8-year-old boy with mucolipidosis type II and was complicated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He suddenly developed progressive respiratory failure and finally died. At autopsy, systemic accumulation of undigested lysosomal metabolites was prominent, particularly in the heart, lungs, and dorsal root ganglion. In cardiomyocyte, LC3, an autophagy marker, was positive in the cytoplasm. Ubiquitin, p62, K48 polyubiquitin, and K63 polyubiquitin were also positive in the cytoplasm. Our findings suggest that autophagic dysfunction might be associated with the cardiomyopahty of mucolipidosis type II.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 05/2014; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We previously showed that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can differentiate into a functional miniature kidney, suggesting that MSCs may be a cell source for kidney regeneration. However, MSCs from long-term dialysis patients, which have been exposed to uremic toxin, can exhibit reduced viability. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the gene expression profiles and differentiation capabilities of bone marrow- and adipose-derived MSCs from chronic kidney disease (CKD) model rats. CKD was induced in rats by adenine feeding, and then MSCs were isolated from bone marrow (BMSCs) and adipose tissue (ASCs). After confirming MSC surface marker expression, comprehensive gene expression profiles were obtained by RT-PCR array. MSCs were differentiated into adipocytes, osteoblasts, and chondrocytes, and histological and/or functional assays were performed. Tgfb3 expression was up-regulated, while Bmp6, Gdf15, Mmp2, and Vegfa were down-regulated in CKD-ASCs compared with Control-ASCs. There were no significant differences in the gene expression of stemness markers, and the morphology of cells that underwent adipogenesis, osteogenesis, and chondrogenesis, or GPDH activity between CKD and control groups. Comparing BMSCs with ASCs, gene expression of Bglap, Bmp4, Igf1, Itgax, Pparg, Ptprc, and Tnf were up-regulated, while Col1a1, Mmp2, Sox9, and Vegfa were down-regulated in both CKD and control groups. Uremic toxin in CKD rats had a small effect on the gene expression and differentiation of MSCs. However, long-term exposure to uremic toxin and the differences in gene expression of MSCs derived from bone marrow or adipose tissue may affect renal regeneration.
    Human Cell 02/2014; · 1.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gyrate atrophy (GA) of the choroid and retina is an extremely rare inherited chorioretinal dystrophy. Ornithine aminotransferase (OAT) gene mutations are identified in patients with GA. The purpose of this study was to report a novel deletion mutation of the OAT gene and describe clinical features of two brothers with GA in a Japanese family. We performed ophthalmic examinations, including best-corrected visual acuity, slit-lamp biomicroscopy, dilated funduscopy, fundus autofluorescence imaging, optical coherence tomography, visual field testing, and full-field electroretinography (ERG). Serum ornithine concentrations and OAT activities were analyzed. Mutation screening of the OAT gene was performed using Sanger sequencing. Both brothers had compound heterozygous mutations (p.K169DfsX10 and p.R426X), one of which was novel. Their unaffected parents carried one of the mutations heterozygously. An arginine-restricted diet was started in the younger brother at the age of 2 years, while the diet was not initiated in the older brother until the age of 6 years. After more than 15 years of follow-up, the dietary treatment seemed to slow the progression of the chorioretinal lesions in the younger brother. However, when compared at the same age, the younger brother had more reduced ERG amplitudes and constricted visual fields than his older brother. We identified a novel frameshift mutation (p.K169DfsX10) in the OAT gene. While an early arginine-restricted dietary treatment suppressed the fundus changes of GA to some degree in the younger brother, the efficacy of suppressing the progression of visual function loss could not be clearly determined.
    Documenta Ophthalmologica 01/2014; · 1.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mucolipidosis type II is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease caused by N-acetylglucosamine-1-phosphotransferese deficiency. We report here pathological findings of an autopsy case of mucolipidosis type II. The patient was an 8-year-old boy with mucolipidosis type II and was complicated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He suddenly developed progressive respiratory failure and finally died. At autopsy, systemic accumulation of undigested lysosomal metabolites was prominent, particularly in the heart, lungs, and dorsal root ganglion. In cardiomyocyte, LC3, an autophagy marker, was positive in the cytoplasm. Ubiquitin, p62, K48, K63 polyubiquitin were also positive in the cytoplasm. Our findings suggest that autophagic dysfunction might be associated with the cardiomyopahty of mucolipidosis type II.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 01/2014; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pompe disease (PD), which is also called glycogen storage disease type II (GSDII), is one of the lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) caused by a deficiency in acid-α-glucosidase (GAA) in the lysosome and is characterized by the accumulation of glycogen in various cells. PD has been treated by enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). We generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from the cells of patients with infantile-type and late-onset-type PD using a retrovirus vector to deliver transgenes encoding four reprogramming factors, namely, OCT4, SOX2, c-MYC, and KLF4. We confirmed that the two types of PD-iPSCs exhibited an undifferentiated state, alkaline phosphatase staining, and the presence of SSEA-4, TRA-1-60, and TRA-1-81. The PD-iPSCs exhibited strong positive staining with Periodic acid-Schiff (PAS). Moreover, ultrastructural features of these iPSCs exhibited massive glycogen granules in the cytoplasm, particularly in the infantile-type but to a lesser degree in the late-onset type. Glycogen granules of the infantile-type iPSCs treated with rhGAA were markedly decreased in a dose-dependent manner. Human induced pluripotent stem cell provides an opportunity to build up glycogen storage of Pompe disease in vitro. It represents a promising resource to study disease mechanisms, screen new drug compounds and develop new therapies for Pompe disease.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 01/2014; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report an autopsy case of advanced late-onset Pompe disease (juvenile type). At age 15, the patient experienced proximal weakness and subsequently required non-invasive positive pressure ventilation. Enzyme replacement therapy was initiated at age 37, which improved pinch power and alleviated respiratory distress. At age 41, repetitive pneumothorax led to respiratory failure and death. Autopsy excluding the brain showed few vacuoles and PAS-positive fibers in the left rectus femoris, compared with the contralateral muscle biopsy performed at age 21. Vacuolar changes were also less evident than previous autopsy cases without enzyme replacement therapy. The findings suggest that enzyme replacement therapy may have suppressed myovacuolopathy in our patient with advanced late-onset Pompe disease. Apart from vacuolopathy, the autopsied muscle showed marked myofiber atrophy and fibrosis, suggesting that disuse atrophy may have contributed to the muscle weakness. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Neurology and Clinical Neuroscience. 11/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Before the availability of an enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II), patients were treated by bone marrow transplantation (BMT). However, the effectiveness of BMT for MPS II was equivocal, particularly at addressing the CNS manifestations. To study this further, we subjected a murine model of MPS II to BMT and evaluated the effect at correcting the biochemical and pathological aberrations in the viscera and CNS. Our results indicated that BMT reduced the accumulation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in a variety of visceral organs, but not in the CNS. With the availability of an approved ERT for MPS II, we investigated and compared the relative merits of the two strategies either as a mono or combination therapy. We showed that the combination of BMT and ERT was additive at reducing tissue levels of GAGs in the heart, kidney and lung. Moreover, ERT conferred greater efficacy if the immunological response against the infused recombinant enzyme was low. Finally, we showed that pathologic GAGs might potentially represent a sensitive biomarker to monitor the therapeutic efficacy of therapies for MPS II.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 09/2013; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is often resistant to chemotherapy. Gene therapy using an adenoviral vector-expressing tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α is a new therapeutic approach for chemoresistant malignancies. The efficacy of TNF-α, however, is limited, because it leads to the activation of nuclear factor (NF)-κB. We hypothesized that the NF-κB inhibitor nafamostat mesilate would enhance the antitumor effect of adenovirus vector-mediated TNF-α gene therapy for HCC. In vitro, we assessed the inhibitory effect of nafamostat mesilate on TNF-α-induced NF-κB activation and enhanced apoptosis in human HCC cell lines (Huh-7 and Hep3B). In vivo, we established a xenograft HCC model in mice by subcutaneous injection of Huh-7 and Hep3B cells. The animals received intraperitoneal (IP) injections of nafamostat mesilate 3 times a week (nafamostat mesilate group), intratumoral (IT) injections of the human TNF-α-expressing adenoviral vector (AxCAhTNF-α) once a week (TNF-α group), IT injections of AxCAhTNF-α once a week, or IP injections of nafamostat mesilate 3 times a week (combination group). In the combination group, TNF-α-induced NF-κB activation was inhibited and TNF-α-induced apoptosis was enhanced in comparison with the other groups both in vitro and in vivo. In the combination group, tumor growth was significantly slower and the apoptotic cell numbers were significantly greater than those of the TNF-α group. Inhibition of NF-κB by nafamostat mesilate enhances the antitumor effect of adenoviral vector-mediated TNF-α gene therapy for HCC in mice.
    Surgery 09/2013; 154(3):468-78. · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Niemann-Pick disease type C (NP-C) is an autosomal recessive lysosomal lipid storage disorder characterized with accumulation of cholesterol in endosomes and lysosomes. The diagnosis of NP-C is difficult due to its heterogeneous group of diseases. Biochemical diagnosis of NP-C is conducted by cholesterol staining with cultured skin fibroblasts and confirmed by the analysis of genetic mutations of NPC1 or NPC2 gene. Here, we report an easier biochemical diagnostic method with blood smear by filipin staining.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 08/2013; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for Fabry disease does not show a clear benefit in angiokeratoma. We describe two Japanese siblings with Fabry disease, who were diagnosed when angiokeratomas were found on the older sibling at the age of 13years. Neither of the boys complained of pain, while both suffered from hypohidrosis. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of ERT with recombinant human agalsidase alfa (Replagal®, Dainippon-Sumitomo Pharma. Co., Osaka, Japan) in these siblings over a 5-year period. In both siblings, sweating was observed 3months after the initiation of ERT, which motivated them to adhere to ERT. Pain sensation was regained after 12 to 36months of ERT, followed by a decrease after 48 to 60months. Angiokeratomas on the lateral side of the knee of the older sibling partially disappeared after 48months of ERT. Although the height of both siblings at baseline was lower than the corresponding average age-related heights in the normal Japanese population, during ERT they were within, or close to, the average +1 standard deviation in the non-Fabry population. Their growth rate seemed to indicate catch-up growth. Other clinical symptoms were maintained at baseline levels. Immunoglobulin G anti-agalsidase alfa antibodies were not detected in both sibling during ERT, and no infusion-associated reaction was observed. The treatment was generally well tolerated. ERT was a safe and effective treatment for angiokeratoma and neuropathic pain for these two siblings with Fabry disease.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 07/2013; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gemcitabine is an effective chemotherapeutic agent for advanced gallbladder cancer. However, chemoresistance attributable to gemcitabine-induced nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activation has been reported. We previously reported that nafamostat mesylate inhibited NF-κB activation and induced apoptosis in pancreatic cancer. Therefore, we hypothesized that nafamostat mesylate inhibits gemcitabine-induced NF-κB activation and enhances apoptosis induced by gemcitabine in gallbladder cancer. In vitro, we assessed NF-κB activation of a gallbladder cancer cell line (NOZ) treated with nafamostat mesylate, gemcitabine, or a combination of both. In vivo, we established a xenograft gallbladder cancer model in mice by subcutaneous injection of NOZ cells. Five weeks after implantation, the animals were treated with nafamostat mesylate three times a week in the nafamostat mesylate group, with gemcitabine once a week in the gemcitabine group, or with a combination of nafamostat mesylate three times a week and gemcitabine once a week in the combination group, respectively. In the control group, only the vehicle of gemcitabine and nafamostat mesylate was injected at the same time course. In the combination group, NF-κB activation was inhibited and apoptosis was enhanced compared with gemcitabine alone in vitro and vivo. Tumor growth in the combination group was significantly slower than that in the gemcitabine group (P < 0.001). At the end of the study, the tumor weight and volume in the combination group were significantly lower than those in the gemcitabine group (P = 0.039 and 0.028, respectively). Combination chemotherapy of gemcitabine with nafamostat mesylate enhances the anti-tumor effect against xenograft gallbladder cancer model in mice.
    Journal of Surgical Research 06/2013; · 2.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We generated iPS cells from human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) of Fabry disease using a Sendai virus (SeVdp) vector; this method has been established by Nakanishi et al. for pathogenic evaluation. We received SeVdp vector from Nakanishi and loaded it simultaneously with four reprogramming factors (Klf4, Oct4, Sox2, and c-Myc) to HDFs of Fabry disease; subsequently, we observed the presence of human iPS-like cells. The Sendai virus nucleocapsid protein was not detected in the fibroblasts by RT-PCR analysis. Additionally, we confirmed an undifferentiated state, alkaline phosphatase staining, and the presence of SSEA-4, TRA-1-60, and TRA-1-81. Moreover, ultrastructural features of these iPS cells included massive membranous cytoplasmic bodies typical of HDFs of Fabry disease. Thus, we successfully generated human iPS cells from HDFs of Fabry disease that retained the genetic conditions of Fabry disease; also, these abnormal iPS cells could not be easily differentiated into mature cell types such as neuronal cells, cardiomyocytes, etc. because of a massive accumulation of membranous cytoplasmic bodies in lysosomes, possibly the persistent damages of intracellular architecture.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 06/2013; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) gene therapy is a potentially curative treatment modality for monogenic hematological diseases and storage disorders. It is necessary, however, to establish pre-transplant conditioning regimens that minimize DNA damage and toxicity. Type I IFN signaling activates quiescent HSCs and enables them to be sensitive to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-mediated cytotoxicity, thus implying a molecular basis for improving HSC transplant outcomes. Here we show that type I IFN preconditioning, without irradiation or DNA alkylating agents, significantly enhanced the HSC engraftment efficiency in wild type (WT) recipient mice. The importance of active type I IFN signaling in HSC recipients was further demonstrated using mice lacking interferon regulatory factor 2 (IRF2), a transcriptional suppressor of type I IFN signaling. In both WT and Irf2(-/-) recipients, active type I IFN signaling greatly enhanced the HSCs' sensitivity to 5-FU or low-dose irradiation. Importantly, IFN-based pre-transplant conditioning was also applicable to the treatment of Sly syndrome, a congenital storage disorder with β-glucuronidase deficiency, in which it restored enzyme expression at the HSC level and reciprocally reduced pathologic glycosaminoglycan storage. Our findings suggest type I IFN-based preconditioning, combined with HSC transplantation, as a novel non-genotoxic treatment for some congenital diseases.
    Blood 02/2013; · 9.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we assessed if nafamostat mesilate may enhance anti-tumor effects of oxaliplatin on Panc-1 cells and pancreatic cancer mouse model. In combination treatment with nafamostat mesilate and oxaliplatin, NF-κB activation was inhibited by suppressing IκBα phosphorylation, and caspase-8-mediated apoptosis was more prominent than that treated with oxaliplatin alone, both in vitro and in vivo. Nafamostat mesilate reduced proliferation rate of Panc-1 cells as compared with oxaliplatin alone in vitro and enhanced oxaliplatin-induced tumor growth inhibition in vivo. Combination chemotherapy using nafamostat mesilate and oxaliplatin induces synergistic cytotoxicity in pancreatic cancer and could be a novel strategy for treatment.
    Cancer letters 01/2013; · 4.86 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective. To determine the effects of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) on the hearing acuity in patients with Fabry disease. Materials. The study sample comprised 34 ears of 17 affected patients who underwent pure-tone audiometry before and after ERT. Methods. The patients were studied in relation to factors such as changes in hearing, presence of accompanying symptoms, status of renal and cardiac function, age, and gender. Data of pure-tone audiometry obtained before ERT and at the final examination were compared. Results. At the end of the follow-up period, no significant worsening of hearing acuity was noted at the end of the follow-up period. SSNHL was detected in 10 ears of 6 patients. Steroid therapy successfully cured the disease in 9 of the 10 ears. Conclusions. No significant worsening of hearing acuity was noted from the beginning to the end of ERT. The rate of improvement in SSNHL of Fabry disease was excellent in the treated patients. Hearing loss is a factor that causes marked deterioration of the patients' quality of life, and it is desirable that the hearing acuity of patients be periodically evaluated and prompt treatment of SSNHL be administered, if available.
    International Journal of Otolaryngology 01/2013; 2013:282487.
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Combination therapy with tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) gene delivery and gemcitabine is a new therapeutic approach for pancreatic cancer. However, the efficacy of both TNF-α and gemcitabine is suppressed due to activation of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB). We hypothesized that nafamostat mesilate (FUT175), an NF-κB inhibitor, enhances the antitumor effect of combination treatment with an adenoviral vector-expressing TNF-α (AxCAhTNF-α) and gemcitabine for pancreatic cancer in mice. STUDY DESIGN: In vitro, we assessed that FUT175 inhibited both TNF-α- and gemcitabine-induced NF-κB activation and enhanced apoptosis in human pancreatic cancer cell lines (MIAPaCa-2 and AsPC-1). In vivo, we established a xenograft pancreatic cancer model in mice by subcutaneous injection of MIAPaCa-2 and AsPC-1. The animals were treated with AxCAhTNF-α intratumorally and gemcitabine intraperitoneally once a week (combination group) or AxCAhTNF-α intratumorally and gemcitabine intraperitoneally once a week as well as FUT175 intraperitoneally 3 times a week (triple combination group). RESULTS: In vitro, FUT175 inhibited both TNF-α- and gemcitabine-induced NF-κB activation and enhanced induction of apoptosis. In the triple combination group, tumor growth in vivo was significantly slower and there were more apoptotic cells than in the combination group (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Inhibition of NF-κB by FUT175 enhances the antitumor effect of combined TNF-α gene therapy and gemcitabine for pancreatic cancer.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 12/2012; · 4.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Fabry disease is an X-linked lysosomal disorder resulting from mutations in the α-galactosidase A (GLA) gene. Recent reports described that the E66Q mutation of GLA is not a disease-causing mutation. However, no pathological study was reported. We carried out pathological studies using a cardiac biopsy specimen from a patient with the E66Q mutation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The case was a 34year old male patient with end-stage renal failure and cardiomegaly. He was diagnosed with gout at 15years of age and hemodialysis was started for gouty nephropathy from 31years of age. He was suspected of having Fabry disease as the result of a screening study for Fabry disease in patients with end-stage renal failure and was referred to our hospital for mutation analysis of the GLA gene. We carried out enzymatic and genetic analysis for GLA and pathological studies of a cardiac biopsy specimen. RESULTS: The patient had the E66Q mutation in the GLA gene. GLA activity in leukocytes was 36.2% of the average of normal controls. The pathological study of the cardiac biopsy sample showed no characteristic findings of Fabry disease. The immunohistochemistry for GL3 of the cardiac biopsy sample showed no positive cells. CONCLUSION: Although the E66Q mutation reduced enzyme activity, the characteristic pathological findings of Fabry disease and the abnormal accumulation of GL3 were not detected in cardiac tissues. The E66Q mutation of the GLA gene is thought to be a functional polymorphism based on enzymatic and pathological studies.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 10/2012; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pompe disease (glycogen storage disease type II) is an autosomal recessive neuromuscular disorder arising from a deficiency of lysosomal acid α-glucosidase (GAA). Accumulation of autophagosomes is a key pathological change in skeletal muscle fibers and fibroblasts from patients with Pompe disease and is implicated in the poor response to enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). We previously found that mutant GAA-induced endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress initiated autophagy in patient fibroblasts. However, the mechanism of induction of autophagy in fibroblasts from Pompe disease patients lacking ER stress remains unclear. In this study, we show that inactivated Akt induces ER stress-independent autophagy via mTOR suppression in patient fibroblasts. Activated autophagy as evidenced by increased levels of LC3-II and autophagic vesicles was observed in patient fibroblasts, whereas PERK phosphorylation reflecting the presence of ER stress was not observed in them. These patient fibroblasts showed decreased levels of not only phosphorylated Akt, but also phosphorylated p70 S6 kinase. Treatment with insulin, which acts as an activator of the Akt signaling pathway, resulted in increased phosphorylation of both Akt and p70 S6 kinase and suppression of autophagy in patient fibroblasts. In addition, following combination treatment with recombinant human GAA plus insulin, enhanced localization of the enzymes with lysosomes was observed in patient fibroblasts. These findings define a critical role of Akt suppression in the induction of autophagy in fibroblasts from patients with Pompe disease carrying an ER stress non-inducible mutation, and they provide evidence that insulin may potentiate the effect of ERT.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 09/2012; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has not been indicated for patients with mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II, Hunter syndrome), while it is indicated for mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I) patients <2years of age and an intelligence quotient (IQ) of ≥70. Even after the approval of enzyme replacement therapy for both of MPS I and II, HSCT is still indicated for patients with MPS I severe form (Hurler syndrome). To evaluate the efficacy and benefit of HSCT in MPS II patients, we carried out a nationwide retrospective study in Japan. Activities of daily living (ADL), IQ, brain magnetic resonance image (MRI) lesions, cardiac valvular regurgitation, and urinary glycosaminoglycan (GAG) were analyzed at baseline and at the most recent visit. We also performed a questionnaire analysis about ADL for an HSCT-treated cohort and an untreated cohort (natural history). Records of 21 patients were collected from eight hospitals. The follow-up period in the retrospective study was 9.6±3.5years. ADL was maintained around baseline levels. Cribriform changes and ventricular dilatation on brain MRI were improved in 9/17 and 4/17 patients, respectively. Stabilization of brain atrophy was shown in 11/17 patients. Cardiac valvular regurgitation was diminished in 20/63 valves. Urinary GAG concentration was remarkably lower in HSCT-treated patients than age-matched untreated patients. In the questionnaire analysis, speech deterioration was observed in 12/19 patients in the untreated cohort and 1/7 patient in HSCT-treated cohort. HSCT showed effectiveness towards brain or heart involvement, when performed before signs of brain atrophy or valvular regurgitation appear. We consider HSCT is worthwhile in early stages of the disease for patients with MPS II.
    Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 09/2012; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Constitutive NF-κB activation is considered to play a key role in the aggressive behavior of pancreatic cancer. Although NF-κB in tumors may contribute to aggressive characteristic features via transcription of angiogenesis and invasion-related factors, there is no definitive evidence showing a correlation between quantitated NF-κB activity and prognosis. In this study, we quantitated NF-κB activity of various human pancreatic cancer cell lines and evaluated whether NF-κB activity was related to tumor progression and prognosis for pancreatic cancer in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We quantitated NF-κB activity in six pancreatic cancer cell lines (AsPC-1, BxPC-3, Capan-2, MIAPaCa-2, Panc-1 and PL45) and evaluated downstream target genes of NF-κB such as VEGF, IL-8 and MMP-9 in vitro. Next, we evaluated tumor progression and prognosis using subcutaneous tumor model in vivo between cell lines with the highest and lowest NF-κB activity. RESULTS: BxPC-3 had the highest and AsPC-1 had the lowest NF-κB activity in the 6 cell lines. Expression of VEGF, IL-8 and MMP-9 in BxPC-3 was significantly higher than those in AsPC-1 cells in vitro (p < 0.001) and tumor growth in BxPC-3 was faster than that in AsPC-1 group (p < 0.001) resulting in worse survival in vivo (p = 0.0339). CONCLUSION: These results suggested that NF-κB activity is related to expression of its downstream target genes, tumor progression and prognosis in experimental pancreatic cancer model.
    Surgery Today 08/2012; · 0.96 Impact Factor

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  • 1987–2014
    • The Jikei University School of Medicine
      • • Department of Ophthalmology
      • • Department of Surgery
      • • Department of Genetic Diseases and Genome Science
      • • Department of Gene Therapy
      • • Department of Pediatrics
      • • Department of Otorhinolaryngology
      • • Department of Internal Medicine H
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 2013
    • Minami Okayama Medical Center
      Okayama, Okayama, Japan
  • 2000
    • Tokyo Metropolitan Institute
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 1996
    • The University of Tokyo
      • Department of Reproductive, Developmental and Aging Sciences
      Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan
  • 1993–1996
    • University of Pittsburgh
      • Department of Human Genetics
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States