Seiji Kawasaki

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Transcript regulation in response to high salinity was investigated for salt-tolerant rice (var Pokkali) with microarrays including 1728 cDNAs from libraries of salt-stressed roots. NaCl at 150 mM reduced photosynthesis to one tenth of the prestress value within minutes. Hybridizations of RNA to microarray slides probed for changes in transcripts from 15(More)
BACKGROUND Since the discovery of the vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) strain Mu50 (minimum inhibitory concentration [MIC] 8 mg/L), there has been concern about the potential spread of such strains throughout Japanese hospitals. Two important questions need to be answered: (1) what is the prevalence of VRSA, and (2) by what mechanism does(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS We conducted a retrospective cohort study to investigate factors to early and late phase recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS The study population consisted of 249 patients including 157 with cirrhosis who underwent hepatectomy for HCC. The endpoint was time-to-recurrence. Using a Cox regression model, factors to early and(More)
Nicotianamine (NA) is an intermediate in the biosynthetic pathway of the mugineic acid family phytosiderophores (MAs), which are crucial components of the iron acquisition apparatus of graminaceous plants. In non-graminaceous plants, NA is thought to be an essential chelator for metal cation homeostasis. Thus NA plays a key role in Fe metabolism and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate retrospectively the long-term results of an approach consisting of performing surgery in every patient in whom radical removal of all metastatic disease was technically feasible. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA The indications for surgical resection for liver metastases from colorectal cancer remain controversial. Several clinical risk(More)
During the last 16 years, we have resected small hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) measuring 5 cm or less from 362 patients, 266 of whom also had liver cirrhosis. The operative and hospital mortality rate were 1.7% and 1.9%, respectively. These showed a gradual decrease year by year in parallel with reduction of intraoperative blood loss achieved by the(More)
Despite refinements in surgical techniques for liver transplantation, liver size disparity remains one of the most common problems in pediatric patients. Optimal liver graft size remains unknown and the volume of diseased liver in the recipient is not indicative of the volume (standard liver volume [LV]) optimal for the recipient's metabolic demands. To(More)
BACKGROUND The clinicopathologic significance of micrometastases to lymph nodes, consisting of a single carcinoma cell or a small cluster of carcinoma cells and confirmed only by special staining, was evaluated in patients with gastric carcinoma. METHODS The authors studied 2446 lymph nodes removed during surgery for 109 cases of gastric carcinoma,(More)
The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC), the first evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of HCC in Japan, were compiled by an expert panel supported by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare. This set of guidelines covers six research fields: prevention, diagnosis and surveillance, surgery, chemotherapy,(More)
Preoperative portal vein embolization (PVE) was performed in 84 patients before extensive liver resection for various diseases. By the criteria of liver volumetric determination, some patients were candidates for PVE, whereas others were not, even though the same surgical procedure, such as extended right lobectomy (ERL), was scheduled. PVE using gelatin(More)