Shigeru Marubashi

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Several groups have reported the significance of circulating microRNA as a biochemical marker of cancer. To our knowledge, however, there are no reports on the significance of circulating microRNA in hepatocellular carcinoma. The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of plasma microRNA-21 level as a biochemical marker for(More)
BACKGROUND The authors reported previously the beneficial effects of interferon (IFN)-alpha/5-fluorouracil (5-FU) combination therapy for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have tumor thrombi in the major portal branches. In this report, the authors describe the results from IFN/5-FU chemotherapy for patients who underwent palliative(More)
Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal of all solid tumors partially because of its chemoresistance. Although gemcitabine is widely used as a first selected agent for the treatment of this disease despite low response rate, molecular mechanisms of gemcitabine resistance in pancreatic cancer still remain obscure. The aim of this study is to elucidate the(More)
Liver cancer, which is most often associated with virus infection, is prevalent worldwide, and its underlying etiology and genomic structure are heterogeneous. Here we provide a whole-genome landscape of somatic alterations in 300 liver cancers from Japanese individuals. Our comprehensive analysis identified point mutations, structural variations (STVs),(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) invading the major branches of the portal vein (Vp3) is extremely poor. Recently, we reported the efficacy of combination therapy with subcutaneous interferon (IFN)-alpha and intra-arterial 5-FU for intractable HCC with Vp3. In this study, this therapy was applied for resectable advanced HCC(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy of portal thrombendvenectomy in cases of portal vein thrombosis at the time of orthotopic liver transplantation. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) has been reported to have an incidence of 2% to 39% in end-stage liver disease. Multiple techniques have been suggested to treat this finding. Several(More)
We previously reported the beneficial effects of combination therapy of interferon (IFN)-alpha/5-fluorouracil (FU) for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with tumour thrombi in the major portal branches. This report describes the results of longer follow-up and includes more than double the number of patients relative to the original report, and(More)
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and combined hepatocellular cholangiocarcinoma show varying degrees of biliary epithelial differentiation, which can be defined as liver cancer displaying biliary phenotype (LCB). LCB is second in the incidence for liver cancers with and without chronic hepatitis background and more aggressive than hepatocellular carcinoma(More)
DNA microarray analysis of human cancer has resulted in considerable accumulation of global gene profiles. However, extraction and understanding the underlying biology of cancer progression remains a significant challenge. This study applied a novel integrative computational and analytical approach to this challenge in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Hand-sewn closures or stapler closures of the pancreatic remnant after a distal pancreatectomy have commonly been employed; however, the choice of technique in each patient depending on their clinical characteristics has not been discussed. METHODS Forty-eight patients who underwent a distal pancreatectomy at Osaka University Hospital(More)