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Articles by M Fujii
Total Records ( 5 ) for M Fujii
  K Kawaguchi , H Murakami , T Taniguchi , M Fujii , S Kawata , T Fukui , Y Kondo , H Osada , N Usami , K Yokoi , Y Ueda , Y Yatabe , M Ito , Y Horio , T Hida and Y. Sekido

Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive neoplasm associated with asbestos exposure. Although expression and activation of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), including MET, have been reported in most MPM, specific RTK inhibitors showed less than the expected response in MPM cells. To determine whether the lack of response of MET inhibitors was due to cooperation with other RTKs, we determined activation status of MET and other RTKs, including epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) family of 20 MPM cell lines, and tested whether dual RTK inhibition is an effective therapeutic strategy. We detected MET upregulation and phosphorylation (thus indicating activation) in 14 (70%) and 13 (65%) cell lines, but treatment with MET-specific inhibitors showed weak or modest effect of suppression in most of the cell lines. Phospho-RTK array analysis revealed that MET was simultaneously activated with other RTKs, including EGFR, ErbB2, ErbB3 and platelet-derived growth factor receptor-β. Combination of MET and EGFR inhibitors triggered stronger inhibition on cell proliferation and invasion of MPM cells than that of each in vitro. These results indicated that coactivation of RTKs was essential in mesothelioma cell proliferation and/or survival, thus suggesting that simultaneous inhibition of RTKs may be a more effective strategy for the development of molecular target therapy for MPM.

  M Yamaji , T Tsutamoto , C Kawahara , K Nishiyama , T Yamamoto , M Fujii and M. Horie

Background— The pathophysiological role of cortisol, which binds to the mineralocorticoid receptor with an affinity equal to that of aldosterone (ALD), may be influenced by oxidative stress in patients with chronic heart failure. We evaluated cardiac event prediction using cortisol levels in chronic heart failure, in comparison with ALD, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), and the impact of oxidative stress.

Methods and Results— We measured the plasma levels of biomarkers such as BNP, ALD, adrenocorticotropic hormone, serum cortisol, and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL), a biomarker of oxidative stress, in 319 consecutive symptomatic patients with chronic heart failure, and we followed these patients for a mean period of 33 months. During the follow-up period, 29 patients had cardiac events (death or hospitalization). Plasma levels of BNP, ALD, adrenocorticotropic hormone, oxLDL, and serum cortisol (16.8±1.8 µg/dL versus 12.4±0.3 µg/dL, P=0.01) were significantly higher in patients with cardiac events than in those without cardiac events. On stepwise multivariate analyses, high levels of BNP (P=0.0003), renin (P=0.002), cortisol (P=0.02), and oxLDL (P=0.002) were independent predictors of cardiac events, but ALD and adrenocorticotropic hormone levels were not. In patients with serum cortisol ≥12.5 µg/dL, the hazard ratio of cardiac events in patients with oxLDL ≥12 U/mL was 3.5 compared with that in patients with oxLDL <12 U/mL (P=0.008).

Conclusions— These findings indicate that serum cortisol levels were a complementary and incremental cardiac event risk predictor in combination with BNP in patients with chronic heart failure and that cardiac event prediction based on cortisol levels was influenced by oxidative stress.

  K Nakamura , M Tahara , N Kiyota , R Hayashi , T Akimoto , H Fukuda , M Fujii and N. Boku

A Phase II study was started in Japan to evaluate the efficacy and safety of concurrent chemoradiotherapy with S-1 plus cisplatin in patients with unresectable locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. This study began in July 2008, and a total of 45 patients will be accrued from 13 institutions within 2 years. The primary endpoint is the clinical complete remission rate. The secondary endpoints are local progression-free survival, overall survival, progression-free survival, time to treatment failure, proportion of patients who achieve nutritional support-free survival and adverse events.

  M Fujii , K Tomita , W Nishijima , M Tsukuda , Y Hasegawa , J Ishitoya , H Yamane , A Homma and T. Tomita

The objectives of this study were to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended dose (RD) of S-1 plus cisplatin (CDDP) and to evaluate safety and efficacy using the defined RD in advanced/recurrent head and neck cancer (HNC).


S-1 was administered orally at 40 mg/m2 twice daily for 14 consecutive days, and CDDP was infused on day 8 at a dose of 60 and 70 mg/m2. Each course was repeated every 4 weeks.


A total of 38 patients were registered, 10 patients for the Phase I study and an additional 28 patients for the Phase II study. Although no dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) was observed in the CDDP 60 mg/m2 (Level 1) group, two of six patients in the CDDP 70 mg/m2 (Level 2) group exhibited DLT (fatigue/diarrhea). The MTD was not achieved in the Phase I study. Level 2 was therefore determined as the RD. In the Phase II study, 34 patients, including 6 patients from the Phase I study, were evaluated. At the termination of treatment, the confirmed response rate was 44.1% (15/34, 95% CI: 27.4–60.8). The best response rate without an adequate duration time was 67.6% (95% CI: 51.9–83.4). The median survival period was 16.7 months, and the 1-year survival rate was 60.1%. The main toxicities of Grade 3 or above were anorexia (26.5%), nausea (14.7%), neutropenia/thrombocytopenia (11.8%) and anemia/fatigue (8.8%).


This is considered to be an effective regimen with acceptable toxicities for HNC.

  Y Ueda , M Fujii and Y. Isaka
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