Masamichi Mizuma

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The aggressiveness of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) is characterized by its high metastatic potential and lack of effective therapies, which is the result of a lack of understanding of the mechanisms involved in promoting PDA metastases. We identified Annexin A2 (ANXA2), a member of the Annexin family of calcium-dependent phospholipid binding(More)
Curcumin or diferuloylmethane is a yellow polyphenol extracted from the rhizome of turmeric (Curcuma longa). A large volume (several hundreds) of published reports has established the anticancer and chemopreventative properties of curcumin in preclinical models of every known major cancer type. Nevertheless, the clinical translation of curcumin has been(More)
The objective of the present study was to reappraise the clinical value of peritoneal washing cytology (CY) in 984 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients who underwent margin-negative resection. In a 2001–2011 database from seven high-volume surgical institutions in Japan, 69 patients (7 %) had positive CY (CY+ group) indicative of M1 disease and 915(More)
Circadian rhythms are the daily oscillations of multiple biological processes regulated by an endogenous clock. The Period2 gene is essential in controlling the circadian rhythm and plays an important role in tumor suppression. We examined whether the overexpression of the mouse Period2 gene (mPer2) in cultured tumor cells from human tissues inhibits cell(More)
Thromboprophylaxis is recommended for preventing postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) after abdominal surgery; however, its use after major hepatobiliary–pancreatic surgery is typically avoided as it increases the risk of bleeding. We conducted this study to evaluate the safety of thromboprophylaxis after major hepatobiliary–pancreatic surgery. We(More)
Expression of the gene for protein-arginine deiminase 2 (PADI2) has been shown to be downregulated in colon cancer, with such downregulation being indicative of a poor prognosis in individuals with this disease. We have now examined the expression of PADI2 in matched colon cancer and normal colon tissue specimens as well as in colon cancer cell lines. We(More)
Familial pancreatic cancer (FPC) is broadly defined as two first-degree-relatives with pancreatic cancer (PC) and accounts for 4%-10% of PC. Several genetic syndromes, including Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, hereditary pancreatitis, hereditary breast-ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC), Lynch syndrome, and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), also have increased(More)
Plant-derived polyphenols such as curcumin hold promise as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of chronic liver diseases. However, its development is plagued by poor aqueous solubility resulting in poor bioavailability. To circumvent the suboptimal bioavailability of free curcumin, we have developed a polymeric nanoparticle formulation of curcumin(More)
For a large hepatic neoplasm existing in the right hepatic lobe, hepatic resection using an anterior approach is required. We have reported an operative procedure for hepatic transection using absorbable polyglycolic acid tape. In patients with suspected tumor invasion of the inferior vena cava, on the other hand, considering the range of the residual tumor(More)
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a lethal malignancy, with most patients facing an adverse clinical outcome. Aberrant Notch pathway activation has been implicated in the initiation and progression of PDAC, specifically the aggressive phenotype of the disease. We used a panel of human PDAC cell lines as well as patient-derived PDAC xenografts to(More)