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BACKGROUND Gastric acid secretion in Japanese subjects decreases with aging. One of the possible causative mechanisms of this attenuated acid secretion is speculated to be a Helicobacter pylori induced chronic gastritis. The infection rate of this microorganism has decreased recently in Japan. AIMS To investigate whether gastric acid secretion has altered(More)
Control of immune-regulating cells in the colonic mucosa is important in the treatment of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The aim of study was to examine the therapeutic effect of dexamethasone (DX) microspheres on 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis in rats, a model for human Crohn's disease. DX microspheres and DX(More)
It remains unclear whether lymphoma of the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) in the extragastric organs is related to Helicobacter pylori infection or not. This report describes three patients with rectal MALT lymphoma negative for H. pylori infection, all of whom showed disease regression after being treated with antibiotics. One patient had MALT(More)
Gastrointestinal follicular lymphoma (GI-FL) is a relatively rare disease, accounting for only 1%-3.6% of gastrointestinal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Although the duodenum and terminal ileum are considered to be the most common sites of origin, the development of wireless capsule endoscopy and double-balloon enteroscopy has increased the detection of GI-FL in(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Reg gene has been isolated from regenerating rat pancreatic islets, and subsequent studies have shown a trophic effect of Reg protein on islet cells. However, little is known about the role of Reg protein in the stomach. The aim of this study was to clarify the localization of Reg messenger RNA (mRNA) and its product in the stomach and to(More)
The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection is very low in patients with fundic gland polyps (FGPs) of the stomach. We report here two cases with multiple FGPs that regressed following new H pylori acquisition. Patient Nos I and II had multiple FGPs in normal fundic mucosa without inflammatory changes or atrophy. Both were not infected with H pylori.(More)
Since information concerning reflux oesophagitis in the elderly is limited, particularly in Japan, the severity and symptomatic profiles of reflux oesophagitis in elderly patients were investigated. One hundred and nineteen patients with reflux oesophagitis found among 2278 endoscopy cases between 1993 and 1996 were investigated in this study. The patients(More)
OBJECTIVES Although simultaneous occurrences of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) and cancer are occasionally observed, it remains largely unknown whether cancer and AIP occur independently or these disorders are interrelated. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between AIP and cancer. METHODS We conducted a multicenter, retrospective cohort(More)
Uncontrolled activation of T cells and macrophages is involved in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, the precise role of intestinal macrophages for development of IBD is till unclear. To investigate the role of local macrophages for development of IBD, we developed poly-D, L-lactic acid microspheres containing dichloromethylene(More)
Immunological interaction between the host and Helicobacter pylori seems to play a critical role in follicular formation in gastric mucosa. We reported H. pylori-induced follicular gastritis model using neonatally thymectomized mice. In this study, we investigated the involvement of various cytokines in this model. BALB/c mice were thymectomized on the(More)