Norio Iizuka

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BACKGROUND Hepatocellular carcinoma has a poor prognosis because of the high intrahepatic recurrence rate. There are technological limitations to traditional methods such as TNM staging for accurate prediction of recurrence, suggesting that new techniques are needed. METHODS We investigated mRNA expression profiles in tissue specimens from a training set,(More)
Gene expression profiles of hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) associated with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) were analyzed and compared. Oligonucleotide microarrays containing >6000 genes and subsequent gene selection by a supervised learning method yielded 83 genes for which expression differed between the two types of HCCs. Expression(More)
To identify proteins that could be molecular targets for diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCV-related HCC), we used a proteomic approach to analyze protein expression in samples of human liver. Twenty-six pairs of tumorous and corresponding nontumorous liver samples from patients with HCV-related HCC and six(More)
BACKGROUND The imprinted genes insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) and H19 play important roles in various malignancies including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS We used DNA microarray and patient follow-up data to examine the relationship between expression of IGF2 and H19 and HCC. RESULTS We found that imbalances in levels of(More)
To detect autoantibodies that could be diagnostic markers for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), we analyzed serum autoantibodies comprehensively that showed immunoreactivity to proteins in tumor tissue obtained from patients with HCC. Fifteen paired samples of HCC tissue and corresponding nontumorous liver tissue as well as five normal liver tissue samples(More)
Serum levels of interleukin 6 (IL-6) are correlated with the disease status and prognosis in cancer patients. IL-6 is also an important mediator of experimental cancer cachexia. We investigated the production of IL-6 and IL-6 receptors and expression of IL-6 mRNA by esophageal squamous carcinoma cells using immunohistochemical staining and in situ reverse(More)
The current study was conducted to identify robust methylation markers and their combinations that may prove useful for the diagnosis of early hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). To achieve this, we performed in silico CpG mapping, direct sequencing and pyrosequencing after bisulfite treatment, and quantitative methylation-specific PCR (MSP) in HCC and non-HCC(More)
To clarify the roles of estrogen receptors (ERs) in gastric cancers, we evaluated expression of ER-alpha and ER-beta mRNAs in 41 pairs of tumorous and non-tumorous tissues of gastric cancer patients and in six gastric cancer cell lines by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction method. ER-alpha and ER-beta mRNAs were detected in 21 (51%) and 30(More)
To clarify the role of p53 in 22 hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs), we compared the gene expression profiles of HCCs with wild-type p53 (wt-p53) (n=17) and those with mutant-type p53 (mt-p53) (n=5) by oligonucleotide microarray analysis. Among 83 p53-related genes identified by a supervised learning method, 25 were(More)
IL-18 is a novel cytokine that induces interferon (IFN)-γ secretion and plays an important role in antitumor immunity. In the present study, we constructed plasmid vectors encoding the murine mature IL-18 cDNA linked with the Igκ leader sequence and the pro-IL-18 cDNA to estimate the efficacy of the mature IL-18 vector and to evaluate IL-18–producing tumor(More)