Hanna E. Seppänen

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OBJECTIVE The long-term morphological changes induced by a single episode of alcoholic pancreatitis are not known. Our aim was to study these morphological changes in secretin-stimulated magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (S-MRCP) after the first episode of alcohol-associated acute pancreatitis and to evaluate the risk factors and possible(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The rainage (PBD) prior to pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) is controversial. If PBD is required, large bore self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS) are thought to maintain better drainage and have fewer postoperative complications than plastic stents. The confirming evidence is scarce. The aim of the study was to compare outcomes of surgery(More)
BACKGROUND We have found that the expression of the novel focal adhesion protein kindlin-2 had a significant positive correlation with poor survival in gastric cancer. However, the mechanism by which kindlin-2 acts in gastric cancer warrants further evaluation. METHODS Kindlin-2 mRNA expression in gastric cancer cell lines was measured by realtime RT-PCR(More)
BACKGROUND Recent evidence shows that chronic inflammation mediated by tumor-associated macrophage (TAM) play an important role in malignant tumor formation and progression. Interleukins expressed in TAMs regulate this progress. Hypoxia is a salient feature of solid tumors and has a profound influence on the biology of TAMs However, the role of interleukins(More)
AIMS To determine the recurrence of pancreatitis and subsequent pancreatic function in patients who stop drinking after the first episode of alcohol-associated pancreatitis. METHODS Of a total of 118 patients suffering from their first alcohol-associated pancreatitis, 18 (all men, age median 47 (27-71) years) met the inclusion criterion for abstinence(More)
Accumulating evidence suggests that TAMs contribute to tumor progression. Recently, vasohibin-1 and vasohibin-2 were detected in endothelial cells and considered as intrinsic angiogenesis inhibitors. However, it is not known whether they are also expressed in cancer cells or tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs). Realtime RT-PCR was used to investigate the(More)
AIM OF THE STUDY Podocalyxin-like 1 is a transmembrane glyco-protein whose overexpression associates in many cancers with poor prognosis and unfavorable clinicopathological characteristics. Until now, its prognostic value has never been studied in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). The aim of this study was to investigate podocalyxin expression in(More)
BACKGROUND As previously demonstrated, tumor associated macrophages (TAMs) infiltration is associated with some cancers invasion and metastasis. However, the role of TAMs in the gastric cancer remains unclear. METHODS Three- dimensional dynamic migration imaging system and real time RT-PCR were used to quantitatively investigate the effect of macrophages(More)
OBJECTIVE Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) superfamily plays an important role in regulating gastric cancer progression. As previously demonstrated, tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) promoted the invasion of gastric cancer cells in Matrigel. However, the role of TGF-β superfamily signaling between TAMs and gastric cancer remains unclear. MATERIAL(More)
Vasohibin-1 has been detected in endothelial cells as an intrinsic angiogenesis inhibitor. Both tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)/bone morphogenic protein (BMP) signaling have been reported to promote angiogenesis in cancer. However, whether vasohibin-1 expression is regulated by TGF-β/BMP signaling between TAMs(More)