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BACKGROUND Green tea catechin, especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), is a well-known scavenger of reactive oxygen species and it may also function as an antioxidant through modulation of transcriptional factors and enzyme activities. METHODS Green tea extract (GTE®) which contained numerous EGCG was used. Wistar rats were performed 90 % hepatectomy(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Aluminum potassium sulfate and tannic acid (ALTA) is a new sclerosing therapy for internal hemorrhoids. This injection therapy is a four-step direct injection sclerosing procedure intended to shrink and harden internal hemorrhoids to eliminate hemorrhoidal prolapse and bleeding. The aim of this study was to assess the short term efficacy of(More)
AIM It is reasonable to investigate non-tumor liver tissues to predict a risk for development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A molecular analysis of chronically damaged liver tissues may identify specific miRNA expression profiles associated with a risk for multicentric (MC) HCC. METHODS Twenty HCC patients, who underwent a curative hepatectomy were(More)
PURPOSE The function of regulatory T cells (Foxp3(+)CD4(+)CD25(+) T cells: Treg) after surgery remains unspecified. We investigated the potential role of Treg as a new stress marker for various operations. METHODS Thirty-three patients who underwent various operations at our department were divided into the following three groups based on the invasiveness(More)
AIM The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the distribution of haemorrhoidal arteries and the relationship between vascularity and growth of haemorrhoids. METHOD One-hundred and three patients with haemorrhoids were studied. Using power Doppler imaging (PDI) transanal ultrasound and three-dimensional power Doppler angiography (3D-PDA), the course of(More)
BACKGROUND In this study we investigated whether adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) had any beneficial protective effects on liver injury and regeneration in vivo. Moreover, we examined whether ADSCs protect hepatocytes via trophic molecules. MATERIALS AND METHODS We transplanted ADSCs into mice after 70% hepatectomy and ischemia-reperfusion, and observed(More)
A screlosed hemangioma of the liver is rare among hepatic tumors. A 75 years old male was referred to our hospital for gastric cancer and a hepatic tumor. The histological finding of gastric cancer was revealed to be well differentiated adenocarcinoma. The liver tumor was 1.1×1.0 cm in size and located in segment 8 of the liver. Computed tomography (CT)(More)
BACKGROUND CD44 is well known to be one of the cancer stem cell markers and is a cell-surface glycoprotein involved in cell-cell interactions, cell adhesion, and cell migration. We investigated the role of CD44 expression in both tumor and non-tumor tissues on recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS Forty-eight patients with HCC who(More)
BACKGROUND Aurora B is a serine-threonine kinase and chromosomal passenger protein involved in the control of chromosome assembly and segregation during mitosis. Aberrant expression of Aurora B has been reported in some tumors, including lung and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We investigated the role of Aurora B expression in both HCC and matched adjacent(More)
Experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) is an organ-specific T cell-mediated disease induced by immunizing mice with interphotoreceptor retinoid binding protein (IRBP). Autoaggressive CD4(+) T cells are the major pathogenic population for EAU. We investigated the contribution of Notch signaling in T cells to EAU pathogenesis because Notch signaling(More)