Naomi Tanaka

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A homozygous gene deletion at the GST1 locus of genomic DNA isolated from peripheral blood was investigated for its relationship with several types of cancer using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique. DNA samples were prepared from blood obtained from 128 healthy blood donors and 150 patients with cancer or chronic hepatitis. PCR primers were(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The aim of the study was to examine the effects of taurine on hepatic fibrogenesis and in isolated hepatic stellate cells (HSC). METHODS The rats of the hepatic damage (HD) group were administered carbon tetracholoride (CCl4) for 5 weeks and a subgroup received, in addition, a 2% taurine containing diet for 6 weeks (HDT). The HSC were(More)
A new member of the UDP-N-acetylglucosamine: beta-galactose beta1,3-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase (beta3Gn-T) family having the beta3-glycosyltransferase motifs was identified using an in silico method. This novel beta3Gn-T was cloned from a human colon cancer cell line and named beta3Gn-T8 based on its position in a phylogenetic tree and enzymatic(More)
The aim of this study was to clarify whether histological parameters reflected tumor aggressiveness in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The tumor volume doubling times (TVDTs) of 21 HCCs, less than 3 cm in diameter at the start of the observation period, were calculated in 21 patients in whom the natural progression of the lesion was observed(More)
Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause complications such as gastrointestinal injury. NSAIDs were recently reported to cause mitochondrial injury: to dissipate the mitochondrial transmembrane potential (MTP), and to induce mitochondrial permeability transition pore (PTP), which liberates cytochrome c. This enzyme generates reactive oxygen(More)
PURPOSE To examine the changes of taurine concentrations in blood and skeletal muscles after transient exercise. METHODS Rats were placed on a treadmill set at 25 m.min-1. The animals were divided into four groups: control (no exercise) and exercise groups 1, 2, and 3. The exercise duration for groups 1, 2, and 3 was 30, 60, and 100 +/- 12.5 min (to(More)
PURPOSE We present results of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with proton beam therapy. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We reviewed 162 patients having 192 HCCs treated from November 1985 to July 1998 by proton beam therapy with or without transarterial embolization and percutaneous ethanol injection. The patients in the present series were(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment modalities for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT) are limited and controversial; furthermore, the prognosis for these patients is extremely poor. The authors conducted a retrospective review to determine the role of proton beam therapy in the treatment of patients who had HCC with(More)
The human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A*2402 is common in Asians. The authors attempted to identify epitopes for HLA-A*2402-restricted, hepatitis C virus (HCV)-specific CD8(+) T cells by an enzyme-linked immunospot (ELISpot) assay using peripheral blood CD8(+) T cells from HLA-A*2402-positive hepatitis C patients and synthetic HCV peptides based on(More)
Gastric luminal ammonia produced by Helicobacter pylori has been shown to cause gastric mucosal injury. This study was conducted to examine the mechanisms by which gastric luminal ammonia causes apoptosis of gastric epithelial cells. Monolayers of GSM06 cells, developed from murine gastric surface mucous cells, were cultured in the absence or presence of(More)