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Articles by M Tsukuda
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  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.

  S Iwashita , M Tsuchida , M Tsukuda , Y Yamashita , Y Emi , Y Kida , M Komori , Y Kashiwayama , T Imanaka and M. Sakaguchi

Most membrane proteins are recognized by a signal recognition particle and are cotranslationally targeted to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane, whereas almost all peroxisomal membrane proteins are posttranslationally targeted to the destination. Here we examined organelle-targeting properties of the N-terminal portions of the peroxisomal isoform of the ABC transporter PMP70 (ABCD3) using enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) fusion. When the N-terminal 80 amino acid residue (N80)-segment preceding transmembrane segment (TM) 1 was deleted and the TM1–TM2 region was fused to EGFP, the TM1 segment induced ER-targeting and integration in COS cells. When the N80-segment was fused to EGFP, the fusion protein was targeted to the outer mitochondrial membrane. When both the N80-segment and the following TM1–TM2 region were present, the fusion located exclusively to the peroxisome. The full-length PMP70 molecule was clearly located in the ER in the absence of the N80-segment, even when multiple peroxisome-targeting signals were retained. We concluded that the TM1 segment possesses a sufficient ER-targeting function and that the N80-segment is critical for suppressing the ER-targeting function to allow the TM1–TM2 region to localize to the peroxisome. Cooperation of the organelle-targeting signals enables PMP70 to correctly target to peroxisomal membranes.

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