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BACKGROUND & AIMS The genes MAGE-1 and MAGE-3 both encode melanoma peptide antigens recognized by major histocompatibility complex-restricted cytotoxic T lymphocytes. The antigens may be a target for immunotherapy. There is, however, little information on the expression of these genes in gastric carcinomas. Therefore, the expression of MAGE genes in gastric(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7) is a member of MMP family and has a wide variety of substrate spectra. It is reported to play an important role in carcinoma invasion and metastasis. There is, however, little information on the clinical significance of MMP-7 in human esophageal carcinoma. We thus studied 48 tumor/normal pair samples of human esophagus by(More)
OBJECTIVES Interleukin-8 (IL-8) as an alpha-chemokine recruits and activates neutrophils, which are abundant in the intestinal lesions of ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD). Stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF1-alpha) is a new chemokine that is chemotactic to neutrophils. The aims of this study were to assess the relative expression of(More)
Radiotherapy is a useful component of treatment for esophageal cancer. Identification of the genes that are differentially expressed between radiosensitive and radioresistant cancer cells is important for predicting clinical effectiveness of radiotherapy. We established human esophageal cancer cell lines resistant to X-ray. Using differential display, we(More)
The interactions of chemokine receptor CCR7 and its ligands are essential for migration of lymphocytes and dendritic cells to lymph nodes. In this study, we found that 4 of 6 (67%) gastric carcinoma cell lines tested expressed functional CCR7 for the chemokine CCL21/6Ckine, as demonstrated by calcium mobilization and actin polymerization assays. Moreover,(More)
We isolated human intercrine reduced in hepatomas (hIRH) as a mRNA whose expression was reduced in differential displays from human hepatocellular carcinoma. hIRH is equivalent to the alpha-chemokine SDF-1alpha/PBSF. We have previously demonstrated on Northern blot analysis that although hIRH mRNA expression is common in human normal tissues, it is absent(More)
To better elucidate the role of genetic instability in the development of gastric cancer, microsatellite alterations were examined in a total of 30 gastric cancers that developed in 14 Japanese patients with multiple gastric cancers, which are considered to have possibly occurred under the same genetic background and in the same microenvironment of the(More)
Tumor angiogenesis is essential for tumor growth and tumor metastasis, and it depends on angiogenic factors produced by tumor cells and/or infiltrating cells in tumor tissue. In this study, we evaluated the clinical significance of the expression of angiogenin, which is a potent angiogenic protein, and the relationship between its mRNA expression and focal(More)
L-myc polymorphism is a representative genetic trait related to an individual's susceptibility to several cancers. However, there have been no reports concerning the association between esophageal cancer and L-myc polymorphism. To analyze the distribution of polymorphism in Japanese patients with esophageal cancer, a molecular genotyping method using a(More)