Takuma Arai

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Donor organ damage caused by cold preservation is a major problem affecting liver transplantation. Cold preservation most easily damages liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs), and information about the molecules modulating LSECs function can provide the basis for new therapeutic strategies. Adrenomedullin (AM) is a peptide known to possess(More)
We report a rare case of recurrent retroperitoneal dedifferentiated liposarcoma with osteosarcomatous components. An 82-year-old male diagnosed with recurrent retroperitoneal liposarcoma underwent a tumor resection. Histologically, osseous matrix with osteoid and mature hyaline cartilaginous tissues with high cellularity were observed in a fibrous(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of the pancreatic signal intensity (SI) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings for predicting the development of pancreatic fistula (PF) after a distal pancreatectomy (DP) involving a triple-row stapler closure. METHODS A multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to(More)
BACKGROUND Revealing the mechanisms underlying the functional integrity of the vascular system could make available novel therapeutic approaches. We previously showed that knocking out the widely expressed peptide adrenomedullin (AM) or receptor activity-modifying protein 2 (RAMP2), an AM-receptor accessory protein, causes vascular abnormalities and is(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this small study was to assess the clinical outcomes of self-expanding metallic stent (SEMS) placement followed by 1-stage laparoscopic resection for treatment of acute right-sided colonic obstruction due to carcinoma. METHOD From January 2012 to December 2012, we performed 1-stage laparoscopic colectomy after placement of SEMS for(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to analyze the influence of age on both the risk of hepatectomy and the prognosis in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS Patients undergoing an initial hepatectomy for HCC were classified into 2 age groups: 75 years or over (n = 113) and less than 75 years (n = 499). RESULTS A zero 90-day(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (DCP) trends might be correlated with overall survival rates in patients with recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) undergoing trans-catheter arterial chemo-embolization (TACE). We performed a retrospective cohort study of 142 patients(More)
INTRODUCTION The association of hepatic sarcoidosis with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is considerably rare. Here we report a rare case of HCC associated with sarcoidosis. PRESENTATION OF CASE A 75-year-old male with no history of alcohol addiction or viral hepatitis was referred to our hospital because of an abnormal liver mass. Subsegmentectomy of the(More)
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are a useful source for various cell lineages. So far, however, progress toward reconstitution of mature liver morphology and function has been limited. We have shown that knockout mice deficient in adrenomedullin (AM), a multifunctional endogenous peptide, or its receptor-activity modifying protein (RAMP2) die in utero due to(More)
Polyacrylonitrile nanofibers containing a series of porphyrin molecules were prepared by an electrospinning method. We first succeeded in controlling the position of porphyrin molecules in the nanofibers by considering porphyrin characteristics and the electrospinning conditions. It was concluded that positive charge of cationic porphyrin, TMPyP, and higher(More)