Masaaki Takamura

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BACKGROUND Phosphorylated histone H2AX ( γ -H2AX) is a potential regulator of DNA repair and is a useful tool for detecting DNA damage. To evaluate the clinical usefulness of γ -H2AX in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), we measured the level of γ -H2AX in HCC, dysplastic nodule, and nontumorous liver diseases. METHODS The level of γ -H2AX was measured by(More)
Dear Sir: Hypercalcemia is usually caused by malignancies or primary hyperparathyroidism, and only rarely by drugs [1]. Hypercalcemia can occasionally cause acute pancreatitis [2]. We herein report a case of severe acute pancreatitis induced by hypercalcemia which developed as a reaction to ointment containing 22-oxacalcitriol, a vitamin D 3 analogue. A(More)
BACKGROUND There is no standard therapeutic procedure for the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with poor hepatic reserve function. With the approval of newly developed chemotherapeutic agent of miriplatin, we have firstly conducted the phase I study of CDDP powder (DDP-H) and miriplatin combination therapy and reported its safety and efficacy for(More)
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) can arise de novo after liver transplantation (LT) for non-autoimmune liver diseases. Considering the identical features of de novo AIH after LT and classical AIH, as well as the importance of anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies in graft rejection, we investigated the presence of circulating anti-HLA class II antibodies(More)
Cisplatin (CDDP) is an anticancer agent that is commonly used in hepatic arterial infusion (HAI) chemotherapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study aimed to clarify the safe and effective dose of CDDP in HAI for HCC. The hypervascular area was measured in 42 HCCs before and after HAI with CDDP. Serum platinum concentration was quantified in the(More)
A 50-year-old woman had a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placed after surgery for pharyngeal cancer. After 21 months, the PEG tube was removed due to improvement of per-oral ingestion. She had taken prednisolone for 31 years for systemic lupus erythematosus. The post-PEG fistula did not close spontaneously. The cause of the fistula was slow(More)
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