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BACKGROUND Bezafibrate is a commonly used medicine for hyperlipidemia, and recently several reports have suggested the efficacy of bezafibrate for the treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). To assess its efficacy for other liver diseases, we administered bezafibrate to patients with various categories of hepatobiliary impairment. METHODS(More)
UNLABELLED Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is characterized by frequent recurrence, even after curative treatment. Vitamin K2, which has been reported to reduce HCC development, may be effective in preventing HCC recurrence. Patients who underwent curative ablation or resection of HCC were randomly assigned to receive placebo, 45 mg/day, or 90 mg/day vitamin(More)
The mutational spectrum of the p53 gene was analyzed in 53 hepatocellular carcinomas. Somatic mutations of the p53 gene were detected in 17 cases (32%). Among these 17 mutations, 9 were missense mutations; the mutations in the other 8 cases were nonsense mutations, deletions, or mutations at the intron-exon junctions. These mutations were found in a wide(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)
We examined loss of heterozygosity at 13 loci on 5 chromosomes in hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) from 56 patients. In 42 of these cases, regenerative nodules of liver cirrhosis were also analyzed. High frequencies of allelic losses were detected on chromosomes 13q (47%), 16q (40%) and 17p (64%), whereas losses on chromosome 4p and 11p were observed in(More)
The degree of DNA methylation in the c-fos gene and its vicinity in liver, brain and spleen of mice of different ages was examined using methylation-sensitive restriction endonucleases. The gene had an invariable unmethylated domain from 1.8kb upstream of the cap site to the first intron. The domain was flanked on both sides with partially methylated areas,(More)
AIM To evaluate the diagnostic characteristics of magnifying endoscopy with acetic acid spray and narrow-band imaging (MA-NBI) for early colorectal cancer. METHODS We conducted a prospective study to evaluate the diagnostic characteristics of MA-NBI in differentiating early colorectal adenocarcinomas from adenomas. To compare the results, we used(More)