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    ABSTRACT: A 57-year-old female underwent left lower lung lobectomy and was histologically diagnosed as having lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma. One year and 2 months after surgery, pleural thickening was recognized, so she was administered 4 courses of CBDCA/PTX combined chemotherapy. Toxicity associated with the chemotherapy was very mild. Pleural thickening and effusion disappeared after treatment, so this case was judged to be a complete response. She suffered from left chest pain before chemotherapy, which later lessened. She was thus able to stop taking NSAIDs. Because primary pulmonary lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma is a rare tumor, there is no standard chemotherapy treatment. CBDCA/PTX combined chemotherapy is effective for pulmonary lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma and shows good tolerability and improves QOL.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 09/2004; 31(8):1215-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Although non-frozen storage of peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) has been extensively studied and utilized clinically, the optimal storage conditions have not been determined. In order to improve the maintenance of clonogenic capacity during storage, we evaluated the feasibility of subzero non-freezing preservation of PBSC and attempted to determine the optimal conditions. Human PBSC were stored in different non-cryopreserved conditions. University of Wisconsin (UW) solution was used as the storage medium for PBSC. The stem cell integrity was optimally maintained when PBSC were preserved in a supercooled state at -2 degrees C in UW solution without any cryoprotectants, and the highest values for nucleated cell survival (91.6%), CFU-GM survival (67.3%) and trypan blue viability (92%) were achieved at 72 h. CFU-GM survival in our storage conditions was significantly better than the survival achieved with hypothermic preservation in autologous serum and ACD-A solution at 4 degrees C (67.3 +/- 9.2% vs 42.9 +/- 15.3%; P < 0.01) or cryopreservation at -80 degrees C (67.3 +/- 9.2% vs 52.7 +/- 10.7%; P < 0.01). Thus, the combination of supercooling and UW solution was the optimal non-freezing method of preserving transplantable PBSC tested here. This method is of clinical utility in peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) for its simplicity and storage efficiency, and has value as a short-term storage method for PBSC to support dose-intensive multicyclic chemotherapy.
    Bone Marrow Transplantation 12/2002; 30(11):777-84. · 3.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The presence or absence of CD4(+) T cell help can determine the direction of adaptive immune responses toward either cross-priming or cross-tolerance. It has been demonstrated that interactions of CD40-CD40 ligand can replace CD4(+) T cell help and enable dendritic cells to prime cytotoxic T cells. Here, we demonstrate that antitumor reactivity induced in regional lymph nodes (LNs) by s.c. injection of CD40 ligand (CD40L)-transduced tumor (MCA205 CD40L) showed far superior therapeutic efficacy against established brain tumors of a weakly immunogenic fibrosarcoma, MCA205, when adoptively transferred. Coinjection of apoptotic, but not necrotic parental tumor cells with CD40L-expressing tumor cells caused a strong synergistic induction of antitumor reactivity in tumor-draining LNs. Freshly isolated T cells from LNs immunized with apoptotic parental tumor cells and MCA205 CD40L were capable of mediating regression of the parental tumor in vivo. In contrast, T cells derived from LNs immunized without MCA205 CD40L required ex vivo anti-CD3/IL-2 activation to elicit therapeutic activity. On anti-CD3/IL-2 activation, cells from LNs immunized with MCA205 CD40L exhibited superior per cell antitumor reactivity. An in vitro depletion study revealed that either CD4(+) or CD8(+) T cells could mediate therapeutic efficacy but that the antitumor efficacy mediated by CD4(+) T cells was far superior. Cytosolic flow cytometric analyses indicated that priming of CD4(+) cells in LNs draining CD40L-expressing tumors was polarized to the Th1 type. This is the first report that fully potent antitumor CD4(+) T cell priming was promoted by s.c. injection of CD40L-transduced tumor in the presence of apoptotic tumor cells.
    The Journal of Immunology 12/2001; 167(10):5678-88. · 5.52 Impact Factor