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Trefoil factor 2 (TFF2) is mucin associated peptide that has a mucosal barrier function in addition to participating in repair and healing. We examined the localization of TFF2 and gastric mucins in gastric mucous cells, the surface mucous gel layer (SMGL) adherent to normal gastric mucosa, and in the mucoid cap covering gastric erosions. Carnoy’s solution,(More)
 Adenoma malignum of the uterine cervix (mucinous type of minimal deviation adenocarcinoma, mucinous MDA), is a unique neoplasm that is difficult to diagnose owing to the deceptively benign appearance of the tumour cells. The present study was undertaken to explore the phenotypic expression of this tumour compared with those of non-neoplastic cervical(More)
 The immunohistochemical reactivity of monoclonal antibodies raised against rat and pig gastric mucins (HIK1083, PGM36, and PGM37) was investigated in normal gastrointestinal tracts obtained from fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals (including humans). These monoclonal antibodies exhibited highly selective reactivity with class III mucins, as(More)
 The protective ability of gastric mucins may depend largely on their oligosaccharide chains. We evaluated the effects of H. pylori infection on the glycosylation of gastric mucins. Gastric biopsy specimens from 20 H. pylori-infected patients before and after cure of the H. pylori infection and 8 normal uninfected volunteers were examined by immunostaining(More)
We investigated the cell kinetics of the endometrium in hysterectomy specimens taken for leiomyoma from 22 women with regular ovulatory menstrual cycles. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections were examined for proliferating activity using histone H3 messenger RNA in situ hybridization (H3 mRNA-ISH) and immunostaining for the Ki-67 antigen. The(More)
Cancer chemotherapy targeted to angiogenic vessels is expected to cause indirect tumor regression through the damage of the neovasculature without the induction of drug resistance. To develop a tool for neovasculature-specific drug delivery, we isolated novel peptides homing to angiogenic vessels formed by a dorsal air sac method from a phage-displayed(More)
Class III mucin, identified by paradoxical concanavalin A staining, is confined to gastric gland mucous cells and is an essential component of the gastric surface mucous gel layer. The pretreatment required has hampered the application of this method to electron microscopic studies. Antibody HIK1083 reacts selectively with class III mucins. The present(More)
Mature natural killer (NK)-cell neoplasms include extranodal NK/T cell lymphoma, nasal type (ENKL), aggressive NK-cell leukemia (ANKL) and chronic lymphoproliferative disorders of NK cells (CLPD-NK). Granulysin, a cytolytic granule protein, is expressed in cytotoxic T cells and NK cells, and is found in the sera as well, and functions as a cytotoxic and(More)
Excessive amounts of melanin pigments may hamper histopathological assessments of melanocytic lesions by obscuring cellular morphology and hindering antibody-antigen interactions. To determine the optimal melanin-bleaching conditions for histopathological examination, heavily pigmented melanomas were treated with warm hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) diluted with(More)
BACKGROUND Although Helicobacter pylori eradication is a first-line treatment of gastric MALT lymphoma, roughly 25% of patients do not respond to treatment. CD4⁺ FOXP3⁺ regulatory T (Treg) cells regulate immune responses in physiological conditions and various inflammatory conditions, including H. pylori-associated diseases. Our goal was to determine how(More)