Taizo Hijioka

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BACKGROUND & AIMS This study investigated the efficacy and adverse effects of pegylated interferon (Peg-IFN) plus ribavirin therapy in aged patients with chronic hepatitis C (CH-C). METHODS A total of 1040 naïve patients with CH-C (genotype 1, n=759; genotype 2, n=281), of whom 240 (23%) over 65 years old (y.o.), were treated with Peg-IFN alfa-2b plus(More)
It was found in our previous studies that the concentration of fucosylated haptoglobin had increased in the sera of patients with pancreatic cancer (PC) compared to those of other types of cancer and normal controls. Haptoglobin, an acute phase protein, has four potential N-glycosylation sites, although it remains unknown which site is responsible for the(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS In patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, lack of sustained virologic response (SVR) 24 weeks after the end of interferon therapy is a significant risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Although many pretreatment factors are known to affect HCC incidence, less is known about post-treatment factors-many change(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine recent trends of acute infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) in Japan by nationwide surveillance and phylogenetic analyses. METHODS During 1991 through 2009, a sentinel surveillance was conducted in 28 national hospitals in a prospective cohort study. Genotypes of HBV were determined in 547 patients with acute hepatitis B. Nucleotide(More)
Entecavir (ETV) is one of the first-line nucleoside analogs for treating patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. However, the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk for ETV-treated patients remains unclear. A total of 496 Japanese patients with chronic HBV infection undergoing ETV treatment were enrolled in this study. The baseline(More)
Clinicopathological, radiological, and histological studies were performed on urinary bladder neoplasia induced by N-butyl-N-(4-hydroxybutyl)nitrosamine (BBN) in five adult beagle dogs and in ten adult mongrel dogs. Tumors of the urinary bladder developed in dogs given various daily doses of BBN p.o. for different periods. The latent period of tumor(More)
BACKGROUND Japan has the highest incidence rate of primary liver cancer attributed to chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among developed countries. Molecular clock analysis of HCV sequences revealed that the spread of HCV took place earlier in Japan than in other countries. This might influence recent temporal trends in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)(More)
UNLABELLED The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of combination therapy of interferon and ribavirin for aged patients with chronic hepatitis C. METHODS This study was conducted at Osaka University Hospital and institutions participating in the Osaka Liver Disease Study Group on 329 patients with chronic hepatitis C receiving(More)
AIM The objective of this study was to elucidate the long-term effects of interferon (IFN)alpha-2b plus ribavirin combination therapy and to clarify whether this therapy can reduce the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic hepatitis C. METHODS A total of 403 patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) were enrolled in a(More)
AIM Lamivudine (LAM) has been widely used to treat chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients, but the emergence of a LAM-resistant virus greatly limits its therapeutic efficacy. In this study, we tried to identify factors affecting the emergence of a LAM-resistant virus in CHB patients treated with LAM. METHODS The subjects were 190 CHB patients in continuous(More)