Mitsuaki Sato

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AIM   Hepatic steatosis is linked to development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in non-viral liver disease such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. The present study aimed to assess whether hepatic steatosis is associated with the development of HCC in chronic hepatitis C. METHODS   We studied a retrospective cohort of 1279 patients with chronic(More)
AIM Daclatasvir, a non-structural (NS)5A replication complex inhibitor, is a potent and promising direct antiviral agent (DAA) for hepatitis C virus (HCV), being most effective in genotype 1b infection. Although it is known that genotype 1b viruses with Y93H and/or L31M/V/F mutations have strong resistance to daclatasvir, it is not known whether there are(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Clinical significance of molecules involving innate immunity in treatment response remains unclear. The aim is to elucidate the mechanisms underlying resistance to antiviral therapy and predictive usefulness of gene quantification in chronic hepatitis C (CH-C). METHODS We conducted a human study in 74 CH-C patients treated with pegylated(More)
UNLABELLED An increase in the aging population is an impending problem. A large cohort study was carried out to determine the influence of aging and other factors on hepatocarcinogenesis in patients treated with interferon. Biopsy-proven 2547 chronic hepatitis C patients registered at our referral center since 1992 were included. Of these, 2166 were treated(More)
AIM Early disappearance of serum hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA is the prerequisite for achieving sustained virological response (SVR) in peg-interferon (PEG-IFN) plus ribavirin (RBV) therapy for chronic hepatitis C. This study aimed to develop a decision tree model for the pre-treatment prediction of response. METHODS Genotype 1b chronic hepatitis C treated(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Interferon (IFN) therapy leads to regression of hepatic fibrosis in chronic hepatitis C patients who achieve a sustained virologic response (SVR), while the beneficial effect is limited in those who fail to do so. The aim of the present study was to define factors associated with progression of fibrosis in patients who do not achieve a SVR.(More)
AIM To investigate whether the patients with hypovascular liver nodules determined on the arterial phase and hypointensity on the hepatocyte phase gadoxetic acid-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (hypovascular hypointense nodules) are at increased risk of hepatocarcinogenesis, we assessed subsequent typical hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development at(More)
UNLABELLED Because of recent advances in deep sequencing technology, detailed analysis of hepatitis C virus (HCV) quasispecies and their dynamic changes in response to direct antiviral agents (DAAs) became possible, although the role of quasispecies is not fully understood. In this study, to clarify the evolution of viral quasispecies and the origin of(More)
AIM   In the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin combination therapy must be continued for an adequate duration to improve the rate of sustained virological response. We attempted to predict the time point at which serum hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA are undetectable during combination therapy. METHODS   Patients(More)
AIM Liver fibrosis is a risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but at what fibrotic stage the risk for HCC is increased has been poorly investigated quantitatively. This study aimed to determine the appropriate cut-off value of liver stiffness for HCC concurrence by FibroScan, and its clinical significance in hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C(More)