Himiko Sugimoto

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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is highly malignant and prone to multicentric occurrence. Differentiation between a true relapse of HCC and a second primary tumour appearing is of clinical importance. At this point, no convenient method is available to determine the origin of these HCCs. Tissue samples were obtained from 19 patients and analysed for the(More)
Alteration in transforming growth factor-beta signalling pathway is one of the main causes of pancreatic cancer. The human runt-related transcription factor 3 gene (RUNX3) is an important component of this pathway. RUNX3 locus 1p36 is commonly deleted in a variety of human cancers, including pancreatic cancer. Therefore, we examined genetic and epigenetic(More)
Extracellular matrix (ECM) production and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) are important for phenotypic conversion in normal development and disease states such as tissue fibrosis. Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGFβ1) is one of the most potent inducers of ECM proteins, and its role in the pathogenesis of fibrosis is well established. Ets family is(More)
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