Masaaki Takamura

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OBJECTIVE The biological activities of interleukin-17 (IL-17), a newly cloned cytokine, have not been fully elucidated. The present study was designed to assess the in vitro and in vivo effect of transfecting the IL-17 gene into tumor cells. METHODS A complementary DNA (cDNA) encoding human IL-17 (hIL-17) was obtained by polymerase chain reaction(More)
AIM To investigate whether a noninvasive measurement of tissue strain has a potential usefulness for management of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). METHODS In total 26 patients, 23 NASHs and 3 normal controls were enrolled in this study. NASH was staged based on Brunt criterion. At a region of interest (ROI), a shear wave was evoked by implementing an(More)
We hypothesized that expression of multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2), a major cisplatin transporter, may determine the efficacy of cisplatin as a treatment for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A prospective analysis was conducted of 49 consecutive patients who underwent resection for HCC (16 patients treated with cisplatin-based(More)
Liver-intestine (LI) cadherin represents a novel type of cadherin within the cadherin superfamily, and is distinguished from other cadherins by specific structural and functional features. Among normal tissues, LI-cadherin is known to be expressed in the intestinal mucosa, while its expression in cancerous tissue has not been investigated to date, except in(More)
Liver-intestine cadherin (LI-cadherin) is a recently identified member of the cadherin superfamily. We examined LI-cadherin expression in four human colorectal carcinoma cell lines and 45 human primary colorectal carcinomas using a monoclonal antibody against LI-cadherin. We also investigated the correlation between LI-cadherin expression and(More)
In the multistep process of metastasis, "anchorage-independent growth," where cancer cells need to survive without cell-substratum interaction, is supposed to be important. In this study, we found that anchorage-independent growth analyzed using the soft agar colony formation assay correlated with hematogeneous intrahepatic metastasis of liver cancer cell(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM A correlation between overexpression of tetraspanin CO-029 and the intrahepatic spread of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been observed in surgically resected specimens from humans. However, the cellular mechanisms involved in CO-029 protein modulation of the metastatic phenotype are unknown. In the present study, CO-029 cDNA was(More)
Sorafenib is a multi-kinase inhibitor applicable to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but its limited therapeutic effects are a major problem to be solved. Here, we show that blockade of ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) improves the antitumor effects of sorafenib. When hepatoma cell lines HepG2 and PLC/PRF/5 were treated with sorafenib plus ATM small(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) has been shown to play a central role in the promotion of cell motility, but its functional mechanism has remained unclear. With the aim of investigating the diagnostic and treatment modalities for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the signaling pathway that may contribute to TGF-β-mediated(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) has multiple biological effects on a wide variety of cells. It modulates intestinal epithelial proliferation and migration, and critically regulates intestinal wound healing. AIMS To investigate the therapeutic effect of HGF gene transfer, we introduced the HGF gene into the liver of mice with acute colitis. (More)