Akinobu Taketomi

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related liver disease frequently undergo orthotopic liver transplantation, but recurrent hepatitis C is still a major cause of morbidity. Patients are treated with peg-interferon and ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV), which has substantial side effects and is costly. We investigated genetic factors of host,(More)
Background:Mesothelin is expressed in various types of malignant tumour, and we recently reported that expression of mesothelin was related to an unfavourable patient outcome in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. In this study, we examined the clinicopathological significance of the mesothelin expression in gastric cancer, especially in terms of its(More)
Adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) develops in a human T-cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-I) carrier. The development of malignancy during immunosuppressive treatment following organ transplantation is one of the late fatal complications. We describe the development of three cases of ATL in eight HTLV-I carriers within 164 living-donor liver transplant recipients(More)
OBJECTIVE Histone deacetylases (HDACs) play an important role in chromatin remodeling, gene repression and regulating cell cycle progression and differentiation. This study was designed to clarify the role of HDAC1 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHOD The expression of HDAC1 in 47 patients with surgically resected HCC was(More)
BACKGROUND Despite recent developments in surgery and patient management during the perioperative period, critical complications still developed in a few patients who had hepatic resection for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). STUDY DESIGN Six hundred twenty-five consecutive patients who had hepatic resection for HCC were reviewed and operative morbidity(More)
Insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) modulates cell proliferation of various cancer cell types. However, it remains unclear how IGF-IGFBP-3-signaling is involved in growth and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of IGFBP-3 in HCC. Type 1 receptor for IGF (IGF-1R) was(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy of hepatitis B vaccination after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) in patients transplanted anti-HBc-positive grafts or in patients who underwent LDLT for fulminant hepatitis B remains unknown. METHOD A total of 11 recipients who underwent LDLT between October 1996 and October 2002 prospectively received hepatitis B(More)
For the identification of susceptibility loci for primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), a genome-wide association study (GWAS) was performed in 963 Japanese individuals (487 PBC cases and 476 healthy controls) and in a subsequent replication study that included 1,402 other Japanese individuals (787 cases and 615 controls). In addition to the most significant(More)
Small-for-size (SFS) graft syndrome is one of the major causes of graft loss in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). We examined whether splenectomy is beneficial for overcoming SFS graft syndrome in LDLT. The patients were classified into two groups: the Sp (-) group (n=69), in which splenectomy was not performed, and the Sp (+) group (n=44), in(More)
OBJECTIVE Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is activated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and tumor-associated macrophage plays an important role in tumor progression. Therefore, we examined STAT3 activation, cytokine expression and infiltration of tumor-associated macrophages in resected HCCs as well as the alteration of cell(More)