Masato Kusunoki

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OBJECTIVE To review the relationship between the pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of trocar site hernias seeking to confirm the definition of trocar site hernias by classification. DATA SOURCES We searched this subject in English on MEDLINE by combining the words "trocar," "port," "hernia, and "laparoscopy."Data Extraction and STUDY SELECTION We(More)
All oxygenic photosynthetically derived reducing equivalents are utilized by combinations of a single multifuctional electron carrier protein, ferredoxin (Fd), and several Fd-dependent oxidoreductases. We report the first crystal structure of the complex between maize leaf Fd and Fd-NADP(+) oxidoreductase (FNR). The redox centers in the complex--the 2Fe-2S(More)
A complete molecular model of Taka-amylase A consisting of 478 amino acid residues was built with the aid of amino acid sequence data. Some typical structural features of the molecule are described. A model fitting of an amylose chain in the catalytic site of the enzyme showed a possible productive binding mode between substrate and enzyme. On the basis of(More)
BACKGROUND It has recently been recognized that there is a close relationship between spinal cord tethering (SCT) and congenital anorectal malformation (ARM). PATIENTS AND METHODS We evaluated spinal MRI examinations of 28 patients with ARM (14 boys and 14 girls) aged 5 months to 9 years. All patients diagnosed with SCT subsequently underwent operation.(More)
The treatment of metastatic gastric cancer is not uniform, and the prognostic factors and indications for surgery are currently unclear. This retrospective study aimed to identify the prognostic factors and clinical indications for surgery in patients with metastatic gastric cancer. A total of 123 consecutive patients with gastric cancer and synchronous(More)
PURPOSE Results after lung radiofrequency (RF) ablation were retrospectively evaluated to determine whether lung RF ablation is an effective therapeutic option for the treatment of unresectable lung metastases from colorectal cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS Seventy-one patients with 155 unresectable colorectal lung metastases underwent computed tomography(More)
BACKGROUND Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) has been shown to act as a chemokine in the recruitment of monocyte/macrophages during inflammation states. It acts as an important factor in the cytokine network, which regulates tumor proliferation, whereas the association between serum MCP-1 level and gastric cancer has not yet been clarified. (More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the ability of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition-related microRNAs (miRNAs) as serum biomarkers for prognosis and prediction of metastasis in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). BACKGROUND Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition-related miRNAs drive CRC progression and metastasis. However, their potential as serum biomarkers in(More)
AIMS To establish a causal relationship between the gene expression profiles of angiogenetic molecular markers, including epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), in rectal cancer and the local responsiveness to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and subsequent disease recurrence.(More)
CD133 has been described as a marker for cancer stem cells (CSCs) in colorectal cancer. Additionally, it has been reported that CSCs are resistant to chemoradiotherapy (CRT). After previously observing that CD133 mRNA levels were elevated after CRT in rectal cancer patients, we further investigated CD133 expression in colorectal cancer following CRT using(More)