Motoko Sasaki

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Sclerosing cholangitis (SC) is a heterogeneous disease entity. Different etiologies such as choledocholithiasis, biliary tumor, or pericholangitis can manifest as SC. Hepatic inflammatory pseudotumor (IP) is rarely associated with SC (sclerosing cholangitis associated with hepatic inflammatory pseudotumor; SC-hepatic IP), but sclerosing pancreatitis (SP) is(More)
UNLABELLED Telomere shortening is a trigger of cellular senescence. Biliary epithelial cells in damaged small bile ducts in primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) show senescent features such as the expression of senescence-associated beta-galactosidase and the increased expression of p16(INK4a) and p21(WAF1/Cip1). We investigated whether the telomere shortening(More)
The core binding factor (CBF) heterodimeric transcription factors comprised of AML/CBFA/PEBP2alpha/Runx and CBFbeta/PEBP2beta subunits are essential for differentiation of hematopoietic and bone cells, and their mutation is intimately related to the development of acute leukemias and cleidocranial dysplasia. Here, we present the crystal structures of the(More)
(-)-epicatechin is one of the most potent antioxidants present in the human diet. Particularly high levels are found in black tea, apples, and chocolate. High intake of catechins has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. There have been several reports concerning the bioavailability of catechins, however, the chemical structure of(More)
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition is an important mechanism behind initiation of cancer invasion and metastasis. This study was performed to clarify the involvement of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in the progression of cholangiocarcinoma. Cholangiocarcinoma cell lines, CCKS-1 and TFK-1, were treated with transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1),(More)
Recent studies disclosed that autophagy is induced during and facilitates the process of senescence. Given that biliary epithelial cells (BECs) in damaged small bile ducts in primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) show senescent features, we examined an involvement of autophagy in the process of biliary epithelial senescence in PBC. We examined(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Two types of neoplastic lesions preceding invasive intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) are identified: a flat-type neoplastic lesion called 'biliary intraepithelial neoplasia (BilIN)' and an intraductal papillary neoplasm of the bile duct (IPN-B). Multi-step carcinogenesis has been suggested in both lesions, although phenotypic changes(More)
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is highly fatal because of early invasion, widespread metastasis, and lack of an effective therapy. We examined roles of CXCR4 and its ligand, stromal cell-derived factor (SDF)-1, in migration of ICC with respect to tumor-stromal interaction by using two ICC cell lines, a fibroblast cell line (WI-38), and 28 human ICC(More)
Cholangiocarcinoma of the intrahepatic and extrahepatic bile ducts develops through a multistep histopathologic sequence. Premalignant or non-invasive neoplastic lesions of bile ducts have been historically called biliary dysplasia or atypical biliary epithelium. To this date, no standard terminology or classification system has been offered for these(More)
Chronic sclerosing sialadenitis (CSS) is a cryptogenic tumor-like condition of the salivary gland(s). While immune-mediated processes are suspected in its pathogenesis, and CSS is occasionally reported to be associated with sclerosing pancreatitis, an IgG4-related disease, the exact immunopathologic processes of CSS remain speculative. In this study, we(More)