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Articles by T Yoshikawa
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  Y Minamiyama , S Takemura , S Kodai , H Shinkawa , T Tsukioka , H Ichikawa , Y Naito , T Yoshikawa and S. Okada
 

Accumulating evidence suggests that alcohol, hepatitis C virus infection, steatosis with obesity, and insulin resistance are accompanied by iron overload states. Phlebotomy and oral iron chelators are effective treatments for these conditions and for hemochromatosis. However, the mechanisms by which iron depletion improves clinical factors remain unclear. We examined the effect of iron depletion in a model of type 2 diabetes, Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats. Age-matched Long-Evans Tokushima Otsuka (LETO) rats were used as controls for all experiments. Iron restriction was performed by eliminating iron in the diet from 15 wk of age or by phlebotomy. Phlebotomy was commenced at 29 wk of age by removing 4 and 3 ml of blood from the tail vein every week in OLETF and LETO rats, respectively. Rats were euthanized at 43 wk of age, and detailed analyses were performed. The plasma ferritin concentration was markedly higher in OLETF rats and decreased in iron-deficient (ID) diet and phlebotomy rats. Hemoglobin A1c (Hb A1c) was decreased significantly in OLETF rats fed the ID diet and in the phlebotomy group. Increased levels of triglycerides, glucose, free fatty acids, and total cholesterol were found in ID OLETF rats. Plasma, liver, and pancreas lipid peroxidation and hepatic superoxide production decreased in both groups. Pancreatic fibrosis and insulin levels improved in both groups of OLETF rats. Pancreatic levels of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-β/ (PPARβ/) ligands and hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1 were decreased significantly in OLETF rats. These factors were normalized in both rats fed ID and phlebotomy groups of OLETF rats. In conclusion, iron depletion improved diabetic complications by inhibition of oxidative stress and TGFβ signal pathways and the maintenance of pancreatic PPARβ/ and HIF-1 pathways.

  H Horigome , M Nagashima , N Sumitomo , M Yoshinaga , H Ushinohama , M Iwamoto , J Shiono , K Ichihashi , S Hasegawa , T Yoshikawa , T Matsunaga , H Goto , K Waki , M Arima , H Takasugi , Y Tanaka , N Tauchi , M Ikoma , N Inamura , H Takahashi , W Shimizu and M. Horie
 

Background— Data on the clinical presentation and genotype-phenotype correlation of patients with congenital long-QT syndrome (LQTS) diagnosed at perinatal through infantile period are limited. A nationwide survey was conducted to characterize how LQTS detected during those periods is different from that in childhood or adolescence.

Methods and Results— Using questionnaires, 58 cases were registered from 33 institutions. Diagnosis (or suspicion) of LQTS was made during fetal life (n=18), the neonatal period (n=31, 18 of them at 0 to 2 days of life), and beyond the neonatal period (n=9). Clinical presentation of LQTS included sinus bradycardia (n=37), ventricular tachycardia/torsades de pointes (n=27), atrioventricular block (n=23), family history of LQTS (n=21), sudden cardiac death/aborted cardiac arrest (n=14), convulsion (n=5), syncope (n=5), and others. Genetic testing was available in 41 (71%) cases, and the genotype was confirmed in 29 (71%) cases, consisting of LQT1 (n=11), LQT2 (n=11), LQT3 (n=6), and LQT8 (n=1). Ventricular tachycardia/torsades de pointes and atrioventricular block were almost exclusively observed in patients with LQT2, LQT3, and LQT8, as well as in those with no known mutation. In LQT1 patients, clues to diagnosis were mostly sinus bradycardia or family history of LQTS. Sudden cardiac death/aborted cardiac arrest (n=14) was noted in 4 cases with no known mutations as well as in 4 genotyped cases, although the remaining 6 did not undergo genotyping. Their subsequent clinical course after aborted cardiac arrest was favorable with administration of β-blockers and mexiletine and with pacemaker implantation/implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

Conclusions— Patients with LQTS who showed life-threatening arrhythmias at perinatal periods were mostly those with LQT2, LQT3, or no known mutations. Independent of the genotype, aggressive intervention resulted in effective suppression of arrhythmias, with only 7 deaths recorded.

  T Yoshikawa , A Tsuburaya , S Morita , Y Kodera , S Ito , H Cho , Y Miyashita and J. Sakamoto
 

This randomized Phase II trial compares neoadjuvant chemotherapy of two or four courses of S-1 (1 M tegafur–0.4 M gimestat–1 M ostat potassium) plus cisplatin or paclitaxel plus cisplatin by a two-by-two factorial design for patients with macroscopically resectable locally advanced gastric cancer. The primary endpoint is the 3-year overall survival. The sample size is 60–80 in a total for two hypotheses of the superiority of four courses to two courses and the superiority of paclitaxel plus cisplatin to S-1 plus cisplatin. In both arms, S-1 is strongly recommended post-operatively for at least 6 months but no adjuvant chemotherapy is permitted other than S-1 until recurrence. This trial could appraise more suitable cycles and regimen as neoadjuvant chemotherapy for gastric cancer.

 
 
 
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