Akihide Udagawa

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BACKGROUND Rebamipide is used clinically as an anti-ulcer agent, especially in Japan. The major mechanisms of rebamipide include prostaglandin induction and free radical scavenging. Since prostaglandins are inducers of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), we examined the effect of rebamipide on the expression of HGF, c-met, cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox-2) and subtype(More)
To clarify the effect of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) on proliferation of hepatic oval cells, we transferred HGF gene into liver of the Solt-Farber rat model. Male Fisher 344 rats were infected with a recombinant adenovirus carrying the cDNA for HGF (pAxCAHGF) from tail vein. HGF mRNA showed its peak at 4 days, and diminished thereafter. The total and(More)
We present a case of severe exacerbation of hepatitis after short-term corticosteroid therapy for chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIPD) with "latent" chronic hepatitis B showing no HBV-related antigens and antibodies. After corticosteroid pulse therapy for CIPD, the patient had severe exacerbation of hepatitis twice. Although she did not(More)
Oxidative stress plays an important role in hepatocarcinogenesis. Although Sho-saiko-to (TJ-9), a Japanese herbal medicine which has been recently administered to patients with chronic liver disease in Japan, prevents hepatocarcinogenesis, the mechanism by which TJ-9 protects against cancer development is not fully understood. 8-Hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine(More)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) genome was reported to be detected in serum or liver tissues in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients negative for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). Hepatitis B x (HBx) and p53 protein were reported to play an important role in HBV-related hepatocarcinogenesis. To clarify latent HBV infection in HBsAg- and anti-hepatitis C virus(More)
We identified a novel mutation in an asymptomatic 65-year-old Japanese man with severe factor XI deficiency. Sequence analysis after polymerase chain reaction single-stranded conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) analysis of his factor XI gene revealed a G-->A transition in codon 501 of exon 13, resulting in a substitution of Trp501 (TGG) by a stop codon(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the arterial hypoxemia in Japanese patients with alcoholic liver disease (ALD) with regard to alcohol consumption and/or disease severity. Hypoxemia was observed in 78% patients with ALD and in all 46 patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis (ALC) and 33 (56%) of 59 patients with noncirrhotic alcoholic liver disease(More)
It has been reported that hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA is detected in serum and/or liver in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) without HBsAg. To adress this issue, we analyzed HBV genome in 2 HCC cases without HBsAg. The DNA from serum from patients with HCC was amplified with a nested PCR, and 'a' determinant of S region, core promoter region and(More)
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