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Articles by T Okuyama
Total Records ( 3 ) for T Okuyama
  R Katsumata , R Sagawa , T Akechi , Y Shinagawa , S Nakaaki , A Inagaki , T Okuyama , T Akazawa and T. A. Furukawa

We report a case of a 39-year-old man with Hodgkin lymphoma who developed depressive symptoms after starting adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine chemotherapy and later exhibited sexual disinhibition in addition to cognitive dysfunction (mainly executive dysfunction). Seven months after the start of adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine chemotherapy, he was finally diagnosed as having fronto-temporal lobular degeneration-like dementia facilitated by adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine chemotherapy. At the time of writing, the patient's condition has persisted for more than 6 months after the discontinuation of adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine chemotherapy, and the changes in brain function brought on by the adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine chemotherapy may now be irreversible. This case points to the importance of being attentive to the appearance of neuropsychiatric symptoms and evaluating brain functions properly when performing anti-cancer chemotherapy.

  X. S Wang , C. S Cleeland , T. R Mendoza , Y. H Yun , Y Wang , T Okuyama and V. E. Johnson

Patient reporting of the severity and impact of symptoms is an essential component of cancer symptom management and cancer treatment clinical trials. In multinational clinical trials, cultural and linguistic variations in patient-reported outcomes instruments could confound the interpretation of study results.


The severity and interference of multiple symptoms in 1433 cancer patients with mixed diagnoses and treatment status from the United States, China, Japan, Russia, and Korea were measured with psychometrically validated language versions of the M. D. Anderson Symptom Inventory (MDASI). Mixed-effect ordinal probit regression models were fitted to the pooled data to compare the magnitude of the effect of "country" (nation and linguistic factors) with between-subjects effects on symptom reporting, adjusted for patient and clinical factors (age, sex, performance status, and chemotherapy status).


For the pooled sample, fatigue, disturbed sleep, distress, pain, and lack of appetite were the most severe patient-reported MDASI symptoms. The magnitude of the variance of the country random effects was only one-fourth to one-half of the interpatient variation (2 = 0.23–0.46) for all symptoms, except nausea and vomiting.


Cultural and linguistic variations in symptom reporting among the five language versions of the validated MDASI were limited. Ordinal probit modeling provided a simple mechanism for accounting for cultural and linguistic differences in patient populations. The equivalence among MDASI translations in this study suggests that symptom ratings collected from various cultural and language groups using the MDASI can be interpreted in a similar way in oncology practice, clinical trials, and clinical research.

  K Baba , Y. W Park , T Kaku , R Kaida , M Takeuchi , M Yoshida , Y Hosoo , Y Ojio , T Okuyama , T Taniguchi , Y Ohmiya , T Kondo , Z Shani , O Shoseyov , T Awano , S Serada , N Norioka , S Norioka and T. Hayashi

In response to environmental variation, angiosperm trees bend their stems by forming tension wood, which consists of a cellulose-rich G (gelatinous)-layer in the walls of fiber cells and generates abnormal tensile stress in the secondary xylem. We produced transgenic poplar plants overexpressing several endoglycanases to reduce each specific polysaccharide in the cell wall, as the secondary xylem consists of primary and secondary wall layers. When placed horizontally, the basal regions of stems of transgenic poplars overexpressing xyloglucanase alone could not bend upward due to low strain in the tension side of the xylem. In the wild-type plants, xyloglucan was found in the inner surface of G-layers during multiple layering. In situ xyloglucan endotransglucosylase (XET) activity showed that the incorporation of whole xyloglucan, potentially for wall tightening, began at the inner surface layers S1 and S2 and was retained throughout G-layer development, while the incorporation of xyloglucan heptasaccharide (XXXG) for wall loosening occurred in the primary wall of the expanding zone. We propose that the xyloglucan network is reinforced by XET to form a further connection between wall-bound and secreted xyloglucans in order to withstand the tensile stress created within the cellulose G-layer microfibrils.

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