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Articles by T Tamura
Total Records ( 2 ) for T Tamura
  A Yahagi , M Umemura , T Tamura , A Kariyone , M. D Begum , K Kawakami , Y Okamoto , S Hamada , K Oshiro , H Kohama , T Arakawa , N Ohara , K Takatsu and G. Matsuzaki

Although the importance of Th1-type immune response in protection against mycobacterial infection is well recognized, its regulatory mechanism in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)-infected lung is not well characterized. To address this issue, we analyzed kinetics of induction of mycobacterial antigen-specific CD4+ Th1 T cells after mycobacterial infection in P25 TCR-transgenic (Tg) mice which express TCR and β chains from a mycobacterial Ag85B-specific MHC class II Ab-restricted CD4+ T-cell clone. To supply normal regulatory T-cell repertoire, we transferred normal spleen T cells into the P25 TCR-Tg mice before infection. High dose subcutaneous infection with Mtb or Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) induced P25 TCR-Tg CD4+ Th1 cells within a week. In contrast, high-dose Mtb or BCG infection into the lung failed to induce P25 TCR-Tg CD4+ Th1 cells at the early stage of the infection. Furthermore, low-dose Mtb infection into the lung induced P25 TCR-Tg CD4+ Th1 cells on day 21 in the mediastinal lymph node but not in the lung. IL-10 was partially involved in the suppression of Th1 induction in the lung because pretreatment of mice with anti-IL-10 antibody resulted in increase of P25 TCR-Tg CD4+ Th1 cells in the Mtb-infected lung on day 21 of the infection, whereas neutralization of transforming growth factor-β, another important suppressive cytokine in the lung, showed no effects on the Th1 induction. Our data suggest that induction of anti-mycobacterial CD4+ Th1 cells is suppressed in the mycobacteria-infected lung partially by IL-10.

  T Fujii , H Kunikane , H Okamoto , K Watanabe , H Kunitoh , K Mori , A Yokoyama , H Fukuda , T Tamura and N. Saijo

It is important to find optimal regimens of cisplatin (CDDP)-based third-generation chemotherapy and radiotherapy for patients with unresectable Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).


This Phase II study was designed to determine the toxicity and efficacy of two courses of chemotherapy (CDDP 80 mg/m2 on day 1 and irinotecan 60 mg/m2 on days 1 and 8) followed by accelerated hyperfractionated thoracic radiotherapy (60 Gy/40 fractions in 4 weeks) combined with daily carboplatin (CBDCA) administration. CBDCA was administered at a target area under the plasma level–time curve of 0.4 x (24 h creatinine clearance + 25), according to Calvert's formula.


Twenty-six patients were enrolled in the study. The patients' median age was 63 years (range 40–74 years) and included 22 males and 4 females. Seven patients were Stage IIIA and 19 were Stage IIIB. Twenty had a performance status (PS) of 1 versus six with a PS of 0. There was one treatment-related death due to sepsis and pneumonia associated with Grade 4 neutropenia and diarrhea during chemotherapy. Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia and diarrhea were observed in 14 and 5 patients, respectively. Toxicity of the radiotherapy was mild. There were 0 complete response and 13 partial responses, giving a response rate of 50.0%. Median survival time and 2-year survival were 16.4 months and 21.5%, respectively. This study was designed with Simon's two-stage design, and the response rate did not meet the criteria to proceed to the second stage and the study was terminated early.


This regimen might be inactive for patients with unresectable Stage III NSCLC.

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