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Articles by M Ueda
Total Records ( 3 ) for M Ueda
  Y Ohya , H Jono , M Nakamura , S Hayashida , M Ueda , K Obayashi , S Misumi , K Asonuma , Y Ando and Y. Inomata

Some familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) patients show the post-transplant progression of the clinical symptoms. Although the presence of recipient-derived cells in transplanted livers has been reported, no studies investigating the functional significance of this post-transplant chimerism in transplanted FAP patients were performed. The aims of this study were to evaluate amyloidogenic transthyretin (ATTR) production of recipient-derived cells and the relationship between the protein from recipient-derived cells and the progression of FAP symptoms after liver transplantation (LT).


Seven FAP ATTR Val30Met patients who underwent LT were included in this study. In one male patient with sex-mismatched donor, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) method was performed on a liver biopsy sample using DNA probes for visualizing X and Y chromosomes to detect the recipient-derived cells. In three patients including the FISH-analysed patient, ATTR mRNA expression in transplanted livers was evaluated by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)–restriction fragment length polymorphism method and realtime quantitative reverse transcription–PCR. In five of the seven patients, ATTR in serum protein expression was measured by mass spectrometry.


One FAP patient has 3.1% recipient-derived cells in the transplanted liver. The ATTR mRNA was not expressed in any of the three transplanted livers. The ATTR was not detected in any sera of the sampled patients.


Although the FAP patient had recipient-derived cells in the transplanted liver, the recipient-derived cells did not contribute to the production of ATTR in our specific case. The effect of recipient-derived cells on the post-transplant progression of FAP symptoms may be negligible.

  M Ueda , Y Misumi , M Mizuguchi , M Nakamura , T Yamashita , Y Sekijima , K Ota , S Shinriki , H Jono , S. i Ikeda , O. B Suhr and Y. Ando

Background: Mass spectrometric analyses are valuable for detection of transthyretin (TTR) variants, which cause familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP). However, those methods require an immunoprecipitation step with an anti-TTR antibody and are not suitable for quantitative detection. We investigated the usefulness of SELDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS) without an immunoprecipitation step.

Methods: We used ProteinChips with chromatographic capture formats to detect TTRs. We attempted to correlate the intensity of mixed samples of amyloidogenic TTR (ATTR) V30M to wild-type (WT) TTR. We analyzed the proportion of ATTR V30M in amyloid-laden cardiac tissues from FAP patients, and also evaluated samples from FAP patients with 16 other TTR mutations.

Results: Detection of ATTR required only 3 h of SELDI-TOF MS analysis. We determined that SELDI-TOF MS was suitable for quantitative detection of ATTR V30M and demonstrated that the proportion of ATTR V30M to WT TTR was 46.6% in amyloid-laden cardiac tissue from an FAP patient who died 10 years after liver transplantation. With this method, we identified 12 of 17 TTR variants. Small mass shifts and low concentrations of variants prevented ATTR detection. By changing the analytical conditions, we achieved detection of low concentrations of ATTR Y114C in serum.

Conclusions: SELDI-TOF MS is a reliable tool for quantitative evaluation of TTR variants, in both tissue amyloid deposits and body fluids. This method is useful for the diagnosis and investigation of the pathogenesis of FAP.

  A Hiramatsu , Y Iwasaki , Y Koyama , N Tamiya , S Hosogi , M Nakanishi , Y Kohno , M Ueda , T Arimoto and Y. Marunaka

Cisplatin is widely used for the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer. However, it can cause unpleasant side effects and also requires prolonged hydration. We conducted a Phase II study of weekly gemcitabine and split-dose cisplatin in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in order to reduce toxicity and shorten the time taken by administration. Our aims were to determine the response rate, toxicity and survival time with this regimen in patients with Stage IIIB/IV disease.


Previously untreated patients with Stage IIIB/IV NSCLC were given gemcitabine (1000 mg/m2) and split-dose cisplatin (40 mg/m2) on days 1 and 8 at 3-week intervals for four cycles. Gemcitabine was administered over the course of 30 min, and cisplatin was over the course of 60 min on the same days on an outpatient basis.


Forty-five patients were enrolled, and all of them were assessable for response and toxicity. None had a complete response and 17 had a partial response (37.8%), for an overall response rate of 37.8% (95% confidence interval, 25.1–52.4%). The survival rate was 56.5% at 1 year and 38.9% at 2 years, with a median survival time of 15.7 months. Leukopenia, neutropenia, anemia and thrombocytopenia were the most common toxic reactions, with Grade ≥ 3 reactions occurring at rates of 35%, 51%, 31% and 13%, respectively.


Weekly gemcitabine and split-dose cisplatin is active and well tolerated in patients with Stage IIIB/IV NSCLC, administered on an outpatient basis without requiring prolonged hydration or hospitalization.

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