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Bipolar disorder (BD) is a severe mental disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and depression. Serotonin transporter (HTT) is a target of antidepressants and is one of the strongest candidate molecules of mood disorder, however, genetic study showed equivocal results. Here, we performed promoter-wide DNA methylation analysis of(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (Lap-DP) is one of the most accepted laparoscopic procedures in the field of pancreatic surgery. However, pancreatic fistula remains a major and frequent complication in Lap-DP, as in open surgery. The aim of this retrospective study is to clarify the advantages of prolonged peri-firing compression (PFC) with a(More)
BACKGROUND To improve the prognosis of patients after resection of pancreatic cancer, the most appropriate and efficient treatment should be provided to specific subsets of patients. Our aim was to identify promising microRNAs as markers to predict responses to gemcitabine in patients with resected pancreatic cancer. METHODS Two gemcitabine-resistant(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) has been shown to be an effective surgical option for benign lesions in the body and tail of the pancreas. However, its advantages and disadvantages have not been well characterized. In this study, we compared the outcomes of LDP and open pancreatectomy performed in our clinic. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Several recent studies have suggested that Braun enteroenterostomy (BEE) during conventional pancreatoduodenectomy might decrease delayed gastric emptying (DGE). However, the advantages and disadvantages of performing BEE during pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy (PPPD) remain controversial. METHODS The medical records of 185 patients who(More)
BACKGROUND Although recent studies have confirmed the safety of total pancreatectomy (TP), appropriate selection of patients for TP has not been well documented. Because patients require lifelong medical treatment and self-management of pancreatic insufficiency after TP, indications for TP should be determined carefully according not only to disease factors(More)
The molecular mechanism by which sperm triggers Ca2+ oscillation, oocyte activation, and early embryonic development has not been clarified. Recently, oocyte activation has been shown to be induced by sperm-specific phospholipase Czeta (PLCzeta). The ability of PLCzeta to induce oocyte activation is highly conserved across vertebrates. In the present study,(More)
Incubation of primary cultures of rat hepatocytes with K2Cr2O7 plus the pineal hormone melatonin resulted in a marked decrease in cellular levels of DNA single-strand breaks caused by K2Cr2O7. Cellular treatment with melatonin also suppressed both dichromate-induced cytotoxicity, as evaluated by the leakage of lactate dehydrogenase, and lipid peroxidation,(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS This retrospective study was conducted to find preoperatively assessable risk factors for postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) in patients undergoing laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) using a slow compression method with a stapler, which we call pen-firing compression (PFC). METHODOLOGY Fifty-two patients underwent LDP, of whom(More)
PURPOSE The role of gastrectomy for patients with positive peritoneal cytology, but a negative macroscopic peritoneal implant (P-/cy+), remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate laparoscopic gastrectomy for P-/cy+ patients. METHODS This study reviewed a prospectively maintained gastric cancer database of gastric-cancer patients those(More)