Masaaki Takamura

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We analyzed hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with progenitor cell features using hepatic stem/progenitor cell marker neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM). Approximately 8.3% of the operated HCC cases expressed NCAM, and 22.3% of the HCC patients had soluble NCAM levels >1000ng/ml (the "highly soluble" NCAM group). Soluble NCAM status was a significant(More)
AIM Hepatic stem cells are capable of dramatically changing and differentiating to form mature hepatocytes in acute and chronically damaged livers; however, the clinicopathological characteristics of these heterogeneous cell populations have not been sufficiently analyzed. METHODS In this study, cells in tissue sections from 12 cases of acute damaged(More)
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)
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)
Pancreatic cancer has the worst prognosis among cancers due to the difficulty of early diagnosis and its aggressive behavior. To characterize the aggressiveness of pancreatic cancers on gene expression, pancreatic cancer xenografts transplanted into severe combined immunodeficient mice served as a panel for gene-expression profiling. As a result of(More)
P53-binding protein 1 (53BP1) is an early DNA damage response-protein that is rapidly recruited to sites of DNA double-strand breaks. The presence of 53BP1 nuclear foci can be considered as a cytologic marker for endogenous double-strand breaks reflecting genomic instability. This study aimed to clarify the early DNA damage response mediated by 53BP1 in(More)
OBJECTIVE To establish a series of clinically relevant orthotopic transplantation models of human pancreatic adenocarcinoma from both cell lines and primary tumors under uniform experimental conditions. METHODS Ten pancreatic cancer cell lines and 12 primary tumors were orthotopically transplanted in SCID mice. The cell lines and xenografts were(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)
A quinolinone derivative, vesnarinone, has been used as a cardiotonic agent. Previous studies have demonstrated that vesnarinone has potent antitumor activity. The present study was designed to assess the antitumor effects of vesnarinone on human pancreatic cancer cell lines in vitro and in vivo. The in vitro effects of vesnarinone on the human pancreatic(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)