Takeshi Ichikawa

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Inactivation of the p53 pathway represents the most common molecular defect of human cancer. But in the setting of melanoma, a highly aggressive and invariably fatal malignancy in its advanced disseminated form, mutation/deletion of p53 is relatively rare, whereas its positive regulator ARF is often lost. Here, we show that genetic deficiency in Arf but not(More)
We encountered a 45-year-old man who presented with marked eosinophilia as the first manifestation of sclerosing cholangitis. He was found to have a liver dysfunction during a regular physical check up and thereafter consulted our hospital. The laboratory data on admission indicated an elevation of AST (96 IU/L), ALT (136 IU/L) and ALP (1,025 IU/L).(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The pathophysiological mechanisms leading to the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) remain unclear. There are differences in the susceptibility to NASH between the different species and sexes. The investigation of the precise mechanism of interstrain differences may provide new means by which the pathophysiological(More)
Valproic acid, a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, induces the cytochrome P450 2B subfamily. However, the effects of HDAC inhibitors on CYP2B induction are still not fully understood. Nuclear receptor constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) is a key regulator of CYP2B induction. In this study, we investigated the effect of HDAC inhibitors on CAR-mediated(More)
Background. The number of patients with morbid obesity is increasing worldwide. However, the prevalence of morbid obesity is still low in Japan, and therefore few systematic investigations of liver dysfunction in this population have so far been carried out. This study aimed to investigate the clinical characteristics in severe obese Japanese patients(More)
The universal prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, which causes chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver failure, and hepatocellular carcinoma, has become a significant health problem worldwide. Interferon-based therapies, the current standard, IFN-based therapies have limited efficacy and undesirable adverse effects. In addition, neither vaccination(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this report was to describe a case of prolonged intrahepatic cholestasis likely associated with the use of loxoprofen, a phenylpropionate NSAID. METHODS A 36-year-old female patient was transferred to Gunma University Hospital, Maebashi, Japan, with progressive pruritus and jaundice that developed after 5-day treatment with 120(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) inhibits liver fibrosis induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) in animal models. NK2 is a natural splice variant of HGF, but its in vivo function remains to be elucidated. We investigated the in vivo effects of NK2 on CCl4-induced liver fibrosis. METHODS NK2 transgenic mice and wild-type (WT) mice were(More)
A 52-year-old man with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was admitted with cough and fever. He had undergone four series of treatments, including transcatheter embolization and chemoembolization with lipiodol and anticancer drugs, over the previous 2 years. Computed tomography demonstrated dilated hepatic ducts, localized necrosis in the right hepatic lobe,(More)