Akifumi Fukui

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Metallothioneins (MTs) are a family of cysteine-rich low molecular-weight proteins that can act as reactive oxygen species scavengers. Although it is known that the induction of MT expression suppresses various inflammatory disorders, the role of MTs in intestinal inflammation remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of dextran sulfate(More)
Acetyl salicylic acid (ASA) is one of the most frequently prescribed medications for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events. It has recently been reported to cause small intestinal mucosal injury at a considerably higher rate than previously believed. The aim of this study is to investigate the mechanism by which this occurs(More)
The small intestine has been called as a dark continent of digestive tract and it had been very difficult to diagnose or treat the disease of small intestine. However recent technological development including video capsule endoscopy or balloon-assisted endoscopy has made us to aware the various diseases of small intestine. By using capsule endoscopy, many(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Although the cytotoxicity of aspirin against the intestinal epithelium is a major clinical problem, little is known about its pathogenesis. We assessed the involvement of Multi Drug Resistance (MDR) 1 in intestinal epithelial cell injury caused by aspirin using MDR1 gene-transfected Caco2 cells. METHODS Caco2 cells were treated with(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Although non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can induce intestinal injury, the mechanisms are not fully understood, and treatment has yet to be established. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) has recently gained attention for anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective effects. This study aimed to investigate the effects of hemin, an HO-1 inducer, on(More)
Protection of the small intestine from mucosal injury induced by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including acetylsalicylic acid is a critical issue in the field of gastroenterology. Polaprezinc an anti-ulcer drug, consisting of zinc and L-carnosine, provides gastric mucosal protection against various irritants. In this study, we investigated the(More)
A 72-year-old man with type C liver cirrhosis had suffered from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) since April, 2001. HCC spread diffusely all over the right lobe of his liver, and the serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) value increased up to 42,696 ng/ml in June of 2004. He was implanted with a port-catheter system, and hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy (HAIC)(More)
Peritoneal mesothelioma presents difficulty in early diagnosis and establishment of standard treatment. We report a case of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma treated effectively with cisplatin and gemcitabine. A 53-year-old man, presenting with abdominal fullness and massive ascites was first admitted to our hospital in April, 2006. Although we conducted(More)
A 64-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with anal pain on evacuation. MRI revealed a large rectal submucosal tumor, more than 6 cm in diameter. Fine needle histological diagnosis indicated GIST with moderate risk. The patient was treated with imatinib mesylate in order to preserve the anus. The anal pain and tumor size decreased. Trans-anal local(More)
ASPP2 regulates cell polarity and cell-cell adhesion by binding to, and co-localizing with PAR3 at tight junctions. Here we show a novel role of ASPP2 in suppressing gastric cancer (GC) invasiveness. Immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence analyses showed that ASPP2 promoted the recruitment of PAR3 to cell-cell junctions in GC cells. Diminished(More)