PhD FACS Hideo Baba MD

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The microRNA-200 (miR-200) family has been reported to induce epithelial differentiation and suppress epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT) by inhibiting translation of zinc finger E-box-binding homeobox (ZEB) 1 and 2 mRNAs in several types of cancers. This study aimed to clarify the role of miR-200b in regulating EMT and promoting cellular proliferation,(More)
Skeletal muscle depletion (sarcopenia) is closely associated with limited physical ability and high mortality. This study was performed to evaluate the prognostic significance of skeletal muscle depletion in patients with resectable stage I–III colorectal cancer (CRC). We conducted a retrospective analysis of 220 consecutive patients with stage I–III CRC(More)
Cancer cells exhibit two types of DNA methylation alterations: global DNA hypomethylation and site-specific CpG island promoter hypermethylation. Selected gene promoter hypermethylation in normal esophageal mucosae has attracted attention as a surrogate marker for the epigenetic field defect induced by smoking and/or drinking in esophageal squamous cell(More)
Eight years have passed since the introduction of chemotherapy (chemo) and targeted therapy regimens for colorectal liver metastases (CRLM). This study aimed to clarify the effectiveness of chemo and targeted therapy in facilitating conversion hepatectomy and improving long-term survival in Japanese patients with CRLM. A total of 199 patients with CRLM were(More)
Jumonji-domain containing 3 (JMJD3) affects transcriptional regulation by demethylating lysine 27 residue of histone 3. We investigated its function and prognostic significance in colorectal cancer (CRC). The influence of JMJD3 on cell proliferation was assessed using quantitative RT-PCR and western blot on the downstream target gene of JMJD3, in knock-down(More)
Cancer of the hypopharynx and cervical esophagus (PhCe cancer) frequently develops synchronously or metachronously with esophageal cancer. The surgical approach is usually difficult, especially in metachronous PhCe cancer after esophagectomy. The purpose of this study was to clarify the treatment outcomes of patients with metachronous PhCe cancer with a(More)
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) plays central roles in the regulation of cell growth and proliferation by monitoring nutrient availability, cellular energy level, oxygen level, and mitogenic signals. The aberrant activation of mTOR in relation to clinical outcome has been reported in several types of cancers. mTOR is increasingly important as a(More)
Insulin like growth factor 2 gene (IGF2) is normally imprinted. Loss of imprinting (LOI) of IGF2 in humans is associated with an increased risk of cancer and is controlled by CpG-rich regions known as differentially methylated regions (DMRs). Specifically, the methylation level at IGF2 DMR0 is correlated with IGF2 LOI and is a suggested surrogate marker for(More)
There is a consensus that neoadjuvant therapy is an essential component of treatment for resectable advanced esophageal cancer. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of preoperative docetaxel/cisplatin/5-fluorouracil (DCF) followed by esophagectomy for patients with node-positive esophageal cancer using a prospective database. Fifty-five(More)
Enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) is the catalytic subunit of the polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2). When present in PRC2, EZH2 catalyzes trimethylation on lysine 27 residue of histone H3, resulting in epigenetic silencing of gene expression and cancer progression. We investigated the expression and function of EZH2 in intrahepatic and extrahepatic(More)