Masaki Kitajima

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OBJECTIVE To document the clinicopathologic characteristics and survival of patients undergoing esophagectomy for squamous carcinoma of the thoracic esophagus, and to examine the factors contributing to improvements in outcome noted in patients with advanced carcinoma. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Japanese and some Western surgeons recently have reported that(More)
Evaluation of the clinical significance of the sentinel node concept in GI cancer has just begun. The authors' preliminary data, using intraoperative radiation techniques and the gamma probe, suggest that it is worthwhile to continue the evaluation of this procedure to determine its role in an accurate staging and a minimally invasive approach to GI cancers.
Bovine cytochrome P-450(11 beta) gene (CYP11B) has six different cis-acting elements, Ad1, Ad2, Ad3, Ad4, Ad5, and Ad6, in the promoter region. The Ad4 site also exists in the promoter regions of other steroidogenic P-450 genes as well as in CYP11B1. An Ad4-binding protein (Ad4BP) which specifically binds to the Ad4 site was purified from bovine adrenal(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The diagnosis of dural sinus thrombosis is often difficult because of its variable and nonspecific clinical presentation and the overlapping signal intensities of thrombosis and venous flow on conventional MR images and MR venograms. We compared 3D contrast-enhanced magnetization-prepared rapid gradient-echo (MP-RAGE) sequences with(More)
Sixty-one patients who were diagnosed with mucosal gastric cancer have been successfully treated with two laparoscopic techniques at our institute from March 1992 to March 1997. One is laparoscopic wedge resection of the stomach using a lesion-lifting method for lesions of the anterior wall, the lesser curvature, and the greater curvature of the stomach.(More)
We identified three novel human type-II classic cadherins, cadherin-7, -9 and -10, by cDNA cloning and sequencing, and confirmed that they interact with catenins and function in cell-cell adhesion as do other classic cadherins. Cell-cell binding activities of the eight human type-II classic cadherins, including the three new molecules, were evaluated by(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE On diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), metastatic tumors of the brain may exhibit different signal intensities (SI) depending on their histology and cellularity. The purpose of our study was to verify the hypotheses (1) that SI on DWI predict the histology of metastases and (2) that apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values reflect(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to test the feasibility and accuracy of radioactivity-guided mapping of the first lymph nodes found in draining the primary tumor site for colorectal cancer. METHODS We enrolled 56 consecutive patients with preoperative diagnosis of curatively resectable colorectal cancer. Endoscopic injection of technetium Tc 99m-labeled(More)
Leucine-rich repeat-containing G protein-coupled receptor 5 (LGR5) is a 7-transmembrane receptor reportedly expressed in stem cells of the intestinal crypts and hair follicles of mice. Overexpression of LGR5 is observed in some types of cancer; however, there has been no specific assessment in colorectal tumorigenesis. We performed quantitative RT-PCR for(More)