Kenji Shibuta

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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)
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)
BACKGROUND Estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PgR), and HER2 expression status in breast cancer function as prognostic and predictive factors that enable individualized treatment. Intrinsic subtype classification has also been performed based on these and other biological and prognostic characteristics. However, clinical analysis of such(More)
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)
The CXCL12 / CXCR4 system may be important in carcinoma. Expression of the alpha-chemokine SDF-1alpha (stromal cell derived factor-1alpha) / CXCL12 mRNA is reduced in many carcinomas, yet its tissue protein expression may guide metastasis. Here we first compare the mRNA and protein expression of CXCL12 and its receptor CXCR4 in human liver, hepatocellular(More)
BACKGROUND Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) is a key rate-limiting enzyme in polyamine biosynthesis. Several studies using an enzyme assay revealed that the ODC activity was higher in tumor tissue than in normal tissue. However, there is little information on the mRNA status of ODC in surgical specimens. ODC is a transcriptional target gene of c-myc. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND L-myc polymorphism has been documented to be a representative genetic trait which is related an individual's susceptibility to several cancers. However, there have been no reports concerning any significant association between susceptibility to gastric cancer and L-myc polymorphism. METHODS The distribution of L-myc polymorphism in 61 patients(More)
The aim of the present study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) analogue plus an aromatase inhibitor following failure to respond to standard LH-RH analogue plus tamoxifen (TAM) in premenopausal patients. Premenopausal women with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive and/or progesterone-receptor(More)