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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)
The fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) family consists of four members, named FGFR1, 2, 3, and 4. All 4 FGFRs and their ligands, fibroblast growth factors (FGFs), are expressed in colorectal cancer (CRC). Recent studies have shown that FGFR2 plays important roles in cancer progression; therefore, it is of great interest as a novel target for cancers.(More)
Immunohistochemical assessment of 5-bromo-2-deoxyuridine (BrdU) in tissue sections is a widely used method to evaluate cell proliferation in vivo. However, this method requires time-consuming preparation of paraffin sections and laborious counting of BrdU-labeled nuclei on multiple sections. Here, we report the development of a rapid and reliable method to(More)
Keratinocyte growth factor (KGF), also known as fibroblast growth factor-7, and KGF receptor (KGFR) play important roles in the growth of epithelial cells and are overexpressed in a variety of malignant epithelial tumors, including pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). We previously reported that co-expression of KGF(More)
We report a rare case of bleeding ileal varices successfully treated with emergency enterectomy. A 72-year old woman with hepatic cirrhosis due to hepatitis C was admitted to our hospital because of anemia and hematochezia. An endoscopic examination showed no evidence of bleeding in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts. Angiographic studies of portal(More)
Epithelial splicing regulatory protein 1 (ESRP1) binds the FGFR-2 auxiliary cis-element ISE/ISS-3, located in the intron between exon IIIb and IIIc, and primarily promotes FGFR-2 IIIb expression. Here we assessed the role of ESRP1 in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Immunohistochemical analysis was performed using anti-ESRP1, FGFR-2 IIIb and FGFR-2(More)
Introduction. Leiomyosarcomas of vascular origin are particularly rare tumors occurring mainly in the inferior vena cava (IVC). They are malignant, slow-growing tumors with a poor prognosis. This paper reports on a rare case of surgical resection of an IVC leiomyosarcoma mimicking a hepatic tumor. Case Presentation. A 65-year-old Japanese male was admitted(More)
This is an Open Access article licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License (www.karger.com/OA-license), applicable to the online version of the article only. Distribution for non-commercial purposes only. Abstract Repeated pancreatectomy for pancreatic carcinoma is extremely rare. We report two such(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy (LADG) has been widely accepted for the treatment for early gastric cancer. Obesity is a rapidly growing epidemic, and the number of obese patients with gastric cancer is increasing, but the impact of visceral fat (VF) accumulation on laparoscopic gastric surgery remains unknown. The aim of the present(More)
Recent improvements in diagnostic modalities are increasing the frequency of detection of small-sized branch duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (BD-IPMNs). International consensus guidelines for IPMN recommend surveillance without immediate resection for small-sized (<3 cm) BD-IPMNs without malignant features on imaging. Our patient is the first(More)