Publications by authors named "Manayu Shiina"

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Exploring microsatellite instability in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma and its tumor microenvironment.

JGH Open 2021 Nov 1;5(11):1266-1274. Epub 2021 Oct 1.

Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Graduate School of Medicine Chiba University Chiba Japan.

Background And Aim: Immune checkpoint inhibitors and their combination with other agents have recently been available in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Hence, a thorough understanding of the tumor microenvironment based on tumor samples is yet to be achieved. This study aimed to explore the tumor microenvironment in advanced HCC in terms of microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) by using tumor samples from advanced HCC patients eligible for systemic therapy.

Methods: MSI-H was assessed by polymerase chain reaction, and the expression of mismatch repair proteins, PD-L1, CD8, VEGF, and HLA-class1 was evaluated by immunohistochemistry. Whole-exome sequencing was performed for MSI-H tumor samples.

Results: Of 50 patients, one (2.0%) was confirmed with MSI-H. In the MSI-H advanced HCC tumor, a high tumor mutation burden, infiltration of CD8 lymphocytes, and low expression of VEGF were identified. Although PD-L1 expression was negative, there was shrinkage of tumor following pembrolizumab. However, another tumor nonresponsive to pembrolizumab was present simultaneously. Checking the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database, we found a similar case to this patient. The TCGA case had unique gene features of miR-21 and miR-155 overexpression and hypermethylation of the gene.

Conclusion: We identified a very small number of MSI-H cases in HCC using one tumor biopsy sample for each patient with advanced HCC. In addition, epigenetic aberrations possibly lead to MSI-H in HCC patients. Since different HCC clones might coexist in the liver, sampling from multiple tumors should be considered to clarify the true proportion of MSI-H in HCC and to analyze tumor microenvironments.
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November 2021

Bronchiolitis obliterans after stem cell transplantation for hematologic malignancies rescued by lung transplantation: A report of two cases.

Respir Investig 2021 Jul 18;59(4):559-563. Epub 2021 Apr 18.

Department of Respirology, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba 260-8670, Japan.

Bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) occurring after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for hematologic malignancies is a progressive and refractory disease, and lung transplantation (LTx) seems to be the only promising treatment. We report two cases of BOS after HSCT, which showed distinct clinical courses and were successfully treated with LTx. The respiratory symptoms and function of the two patients progressively deteriorated to a critical level during the waiting period. In one patient, recurrent and intractable pneumothoraxes consistent with thoracic air-leak syndrome (TALS) occurred, which were associated with pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis. TALS could accelerate clinical deterioration, thus permitting a shorter waiting period for LTx.
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July 2021