Seiya Yoshida

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Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2), the inducible form of prostaglandin G/H synthase, is associated with several human cancers including pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) play a central role in the intense desmoplasia that surrounds pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The present study examined COX-2 expression in PSCs. PSCs isolated from normal(More)
Although percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) has become popular for patients with swallowing disorders as a nutrition support or a decompressant of gastrointestine, perioperative complications associated with PEG have not decreased, especially peristomal infections. To reduce peristomal infections, we designed a new method of gastrostomy by(More)
Background: Endogenous morphine in the brain leads to various biological responses after surgery. The aim of this study was to determine whether morphine levels in the plasma would be enhanced by open laparotomy rather than by laparoscopic procedures. Methods: We compared 19 patients who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy with five patients who(More)
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is characterized by an intense desmoplastic reaction that surrounds the tumor. Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are thought to be responsible for production of this extracellular matrix. When activated, PSCs have a myofibroblast phenotype and produce not only components of the extracellular matrix including collagen, fibronectin,(More)
Dendritic/tumor fusion cell (FC) vaccine is an effective approach for various types of cancer but has not yet been standardized. Antitumor activity can be modulated by different mechanisms such as dendritic cell (DC) maturation state. This study addressed optimal strategies for FC preparations to enhance Ag-specific CTL activity. We have created three types(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE We provide an initial report of the indications and procedure for three-port laparoscopic partial hepatectomy. METHODS Three-port laparoscopic partial hepatectomy was performed in nine patients (age, 49 to 73 years) at our department. Eight patients (seven men and one woman) had hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); six of these patients had(More)
BACKGROUND Although adjuvant gemcitabine (GEM) chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer is standard, the quality of life (QOL) in those patients is still impaired by the standard regimen of GEM. Therefore, we studied whether mild dose-intensity adjuvant chemotherapy with bi-weekly GEM administration could provide a survival benefit with acceptable QOL to the(More)
Metastasis of breast cancer to a uterine leiomyoma is rare. We review the clinicopathological features of breast cancer metastasis to a uterine leiomyoma and discuss possible effective treatment. We describe a case of a woman who presented with abdominal discomfort after undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer. At the time of mastectomy, imaging showed(More)
Background: Cytokines are important regulators of the biological response to surgical stress. The aim of this study was to determine whether the CO2 pneumoperitoneum would change the expression of TNF-a mRNA in the visceral organs, including the brain, in mice. Methods: Mice were randomly assigned to one of six groups: control, anesthesia alone,(More)
A compound, which had the same mobility on a high-voltage paper electrophoretogram and the sameR F value on a thin-layer chromatogram as those ofS-[2-carboxy-1-(1H-imidazol-4-yl)ethyl]cysteine (I), was partially purified from human urine by ion-exchange column chromatography. The compound gave a signal at m/z 260 on its FAB mass spectrum, which was assigned(More)