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Most Cited Articles (Vol. 63)

December 2017

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Insights and clinical questions about the active surveillance of low-risk papillary thyroid microcarcinomas [Review]

Yasuhiro Ito, Hitomi Oda, Akira Miyauchi

Vol 63 No. 4

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Over 20 years ago, two Japanese institutions initiated an active surveillance policy for papillary microcarcinomas (PMCs) without high-risk features (such as clinical lymph node and distant metastases) and suspected trachea or recurrent laryngeal nerve invasion. Since the most recent American Thyroid Association (ATA) guidelines adopt active surveillance as a therapy option for low-risk PMCs, the number of institutions worldwide carrying out this policy can be expected to increase. However, before adopting an active surveillance strategy, some important clinical questions must be considered. In this review, conceivable clinical questions with our answers based on the present accumulation of low-risk PMC surveillance data are presented.

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Nivolumab-induced hypophysitis in a patient with advanced malignant melanoma

Yudai Okano, Tetsurou Satoh, Kazuhiko Horiguchi, Minoru Toyoda, Aya Osaki, Shunichi Matsumoto, Takuya Tomaru, Yasuyo Nakajima, Sumiyasu Ishii, Atsushi Ozawa, Nobuyuki Shibusawa, Takehiro Shimada, Tetsuya Higuchi, Kazuaki Chikamatsu, Masanobu Yamada

Vol 63 No. 10

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The anti-programmed cell death-1 monoclonal antibody (mab), nivolumab has recently been approved for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic malignant melanoma and non-small-cell lung cancers in Japan. Ipilimumab, an anti-cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 mab for malignant melanoma that was approved earlier than nivolumab in Western countries, is known to frequently cause endocrine immune-related adverse events such as hypophysitis and thyroid dysfunction. We herein report a patient with advanced melanoma who appeared to develop hypophysitis as a consequence of the inhibition of PD-1 by nivolumab. One week after the 6th administration of nivolumab, the patient developed progressive fatigue and appetite loss. Laboratory data on admission for the 7th administration of nivolumab showed eosinophilia and hyponatremia. Since ACTH and cortisol levels were low, nivolumab was discontinued and a large dose of hydrocortisone (100 mg/d) was promptly administered intravenously. A magnetic resonance imaging scan revealed the mild enlargement of the anterior pituitary gland and thickening of the stalk with homogenous contrast. A detailed assessment of anterior pituitary functions with hypothalamic hormone challenges showed that hormonal secretions other than ACTH and TSH were normal. With a replacement dose of hydrocortisone (20 mg/d), the 7th administration of nivolumab was completed without exacerbating the patient’s general condition. The present report provides the first detailed endocrinological presentation of nivolumab-induced hypophysitis showing the enlargement of the pituitary gland and stalk in a malignant melanoma patient in Japan. Oncologists and endocrinologists need to be familiar with potentially life-threatening hypophysitis induced by immune-checkpoint inhibitors.

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Resveratrol exerts anti-obesity effects in high-fat diet obese mice and displays differential dosage effects on cytotoxicity, differentiation, and lipolysis in 3T3-L1 cells

Chih-Chun Chang, Keng-Yang Lin, Kang-Yu Peng, Yuan-Ji Day, Li-Man Hung

Vol 63 No. 2

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Studies on resveratrol in a wide range of concentrations on obese mice and adipose cells are necessary to comprehend its range of diverse and contradictory effects. In this study, we examined the anti-obesity effects of resveratrol on high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese mice at dosages ranging from 1 to 30 mg/kg treatment for 10 wk. We also evaluated the effects of resveratrol on cytotoxicity, proliferation, adipogenic differentiation, and lipolysis of 3T3-L1 cells at concentrations ranging from 0.03 to 100 μM. In HFD obese mice, resveratrol treatment for 10 wk without decreased calories intake significantly attenuated HFD-induced weight gain in a dose-dependent manner. Resveratrol treatment also protected against HFD-induced lipid deposition in adipose tissues and liver. In cultured 3T3-L1 preadipocytes, high dosage (10 to 100 μM) resveratrol treatment produced cytotoxicity in both preadipocytes and mature adipocytes. In contrast, low concentration resveratrol treatment (1 to 10 μM) significantly inhibited the capacity of 3T3-L1 cells differentiated into mature adipocytes. Low dose resveratrol treatment also downregulated peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and perilipin protein expressions in differentiated adipocytes. Additionally, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα)-induced lipolysis was inhibited by low concentration resveratrol treatment in mature adipocytes. At concentrations of 10-100 μM, resveratrol exerted cytotoxicity. In contrast, at concentrations of 1-10 μM resveratrol inhibited adipogenic differentiation in preadipocytes and suppressed lipolysis in mature adipocytes. Our results suggest that resveratrol possessed anti-obesity effects by induction of cytotoxicity at high dosage and that it influences preadipocyte differentiation and mature adipocyte lipolysis at low concentration.

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Most Cited Articles (Vol. 62)

December 2017

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Systematic determination of thyroid volume by ultrasound examination from infancy to adolescence in Japan: The Fukushima Health Management Survey

Satoru Suzuki, Sanae Midorikawa, Toshihiko Fukushima, Hiroki Shimura, Tetsuya Ohira, Akira Ohtsuru, Masafumi Abe, Yoshisada Shibata, Shunichi Yamashita, Shinichi Suzuki

Vol 62. No. 3

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Although several reports have defined normal thyroid volume depending on either age or body surface, there are no sequential reference values on childhood thyroid volume evaluated by using ultrasonography and epidemiological analysis in Japan. The aim of the present study was to establish updated reference values for thyroid volume by ultrasound examination and epidemiological analysis in 0-19 year-old Japanese children. It is based on a cross-sectional study conducted from October 9, 2011 to March 31, 2012. The subjects were 38,063 children who were examined by ultrasonography as the initial preliminary survey of the Fukushima Health Management Survey in October 9, 2011 to March 31, 2012. The width, thickness, and height of each lobe were measured and the volume of each lobe was calculated by the mean of the elliptical shape volume formula. The values of thyroid volume at the 2.5 and 97.5 percentiles of age and body surface area for each gender group were obtained from 0-19 year-old children. Positive correlation was observed between thyroid volume and either age or body surface. The right lobe was significantly larger than the left lobe. The thyroid volume in females was larger than that in males after adjusting body surface area. The reference values of childhood thyroid for each age or body surface area were obtained by this extensive survey using ultrasound. These reference values may be used to define the normal size of thyroid gland by echosonography in Japanese children, although thyroid volume may be affected by dimorphic factors such as sex hormones.

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Total testosterone is the most valuable indicator of metabolic syndrome among various testosterone values in middle-aged Japanese men

Makito Tanabe, Yuko Akehi, Takashi Nomiyama, Junji Murakami, Toshihiko Yanase

Vol 62. No. 2

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Endogenous testosterone is known to be protective against metabolic syndrome (MetS) in men. While various markers of testosterone status including serum total testosterone (TT), free testosterone (measured using analogue ligand RIA [aFT]), calculated FT (cFT), calculated bioavailable testosterone (cbT), and sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG) are recognized, it is unclear which of these markers are the most appropriate ones for the detection of MetS. We measured various testosterone values and metabolic markers in 249 healthy Japanese males (mean age 52.7 ± 7.4 yr) and analyzed which testosterone value is most associated with various metabolic parameters, including MetS as diagnosed according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF, 2009 version) or with the Japanese criteria. Age had no effect on the TT level but significantly decreased aFT, cFT, and cbT levels and significantly increased the SHBG level. All testosterone values and SHBG showed weak inverse relationships with the metabolic markers BMI, waist circumference, insulin, HOMA-R, and HOMA-β, with the strongest relationship being to TT. TT and SHBG were significantly lower in men with MetS than in men without MetS. All testosterone values gradually decreased as the number of MetS components increased. Multivariate analysis revealed that the TT median value of <4.0 ng/mL was the only significant marker for the detection of MetS. These results were essentially the same regardless of whether the diagnosis of MetS was based on the IDF or the Japanese criteria. In conclusion, among various testosterone values, TT is the most reliable indicator of MetS in middle-aged Japanese men.

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Systematic review and meta-analysis of islet autotransplantation after total pancreatectomy in chronic pancreatitis patients [Review]

Qian Wu, Mei Zhang, Yao Qin, Ruimei Jiang, Heng Chen, Xinyu Xu, Tao Yang, Kuirong Jiang, Yi Miao

Vol 62 No. 3

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Islet autotransplantation (IAT) is a viable treatment for patients with severe chronic pancreatitis, this modality may prevent brittle diabetes mellitus after pancreatectomy. This systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to evaluated the outcomes of IAT after TP and discuss the factors that may affect the efficacy of this procedure. MEDLINE, Embase, Web of Science and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) were searched from 1977 to 30 April 2014. Cohort Studies reported patients with IAT after TP were included. The studies and data were identified and extracted by two reviewers independently. Data were analyzed using STATA 12.0 and Comprehensive Meta AnalysisV2 software. Random effects model, meta-regression analysis, sensitivity analysis and publication bias were conducted to improve the comprehens ive analysis. Twelve studies reporting the outcomes of 677 patients were included in this review. The insulin independent rate for IAT after TP at last follow-up was 3.72 per 100 person-years (95% CI: 1.00-6.44). The 30-day mortality was 2.1% (95% CI: 1.2-3.8%). The mortality at last follow-up was 1.09 per 100 person-years (95% CI: 0.21-1.97). Factors associated with incidence density of insulin independence in univariate meta-regression analyses included islet equivalents per kg body weight (IEQ/kgBW) (P=0.026). Our systematic review suggests that IAT is a safe modality for patients with CP need to undergo TP. A significant number of patients will achieve insulin independence for a long time after receiving enough IEQ/kgBW.

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