Chigusa Nakahashi

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Although neovascularization is regarded as an essential factor for tumor growth, it is unclear whether pancreatic adenocarcinoma is also influenced by this process. Furthermore, the reported microvessel count (MVC) data can not be compared due to the diversity of evaluating methods, and the relation between MVC data and metastatic potentials remains(More)
Pancreatic cancer is often associated with an intense production of interstitial collagens, known as the desmoplastic reaction. To understand more about desmoplasia in pancreatic cancer, the expression of mRNA for type I and III collagens and potent desmoplastic inducing growth factors transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta), connective tissue growth(More)
BACKGROUND Liver metastases are frequent in pancreatic cancer, although their impact on patient mortality is still unclear. METHOD The extent of liver metastasis (H-III [diffuse], H-II [moderate], H-I [limited], H-0) and the magnitude of liver dysfunction (lf-III [failure], lf-II [severe], lf-I [moderate], lf-0) were reviewed in 89 locally advanced and(More)
We report a case of long-term survival achieved by repeated resections of metastases from α-fetoprotein (AFP)-producing gastric cancer. A 59-year-old man initially underwent total gastrectomy with lymph node dissection and resection of the spleen and left adrenal gland, for an advanced AFP-producing gastric cancer. A solitary pulmonary metastasis was(More)
Mast cells and basophils express the high affinity receptor for IgE (FcepsilonRI) and play a central role for IgE-associated immediate hypersensitivity reactions and allergic disorders. Cross-linking of FcepsilonRI-bound IgE with multivalent antigen initiates the activation of mast cells and basophils, resulting in the degranulation from these cells. We(More)
Neutrophils play a central role in host defenses against infectious microbial pathogens. However, molecular basis for their triggering signals has been incompletely understood. Here, we show molecular and functional characteristics of myeloid-associated immunoglobulin-like receptor (MAIR)-IV. MAIR-IV was preferentially expressed on neutrophils in the(More)
Certain activating immune receptors expressed on myeloid cells noncovalently associate with either DAP12 or FcepsilonRIgamma (FcRgamma chain), the ITAM-bearing transmembrane adapter proteins. An activating receptor, myeloid-associated Ig-like receptor (MAIR) II, is expressed on a subset of B cells and macrophages in the spleen and peritoneal cavity of mice(More)
The clinicopathological factors and expression of sialyl Lewis antigens which are the cell adhesion molecules to endothelial cells were compared in relation to the extent of the postoperative hepatic metastasis in 23 consecutive patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma whose clinical courses were carefully monitored and documented. The overall(More)
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