Tatsuo Iijima

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The GA733 gene family is composed of GA733-1 (TROP2) and GA733-2 (Ep-CAM), whose expression has been examined in various carcinomas and reported to be significantly associated with prognosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of GA733 gene family members and to compare their prognostic significance in pulmonary adenocarcinoma. One(More)
BACKGROUND Sputum cytology for the mass screening of lung carcinoma is a noninvasive, repeatable, and useful examination, but the detection rate is usually < 0.05% and the reliability is not high. METHODS The anthracotic index (AI) and methylation status of the promoter regions of the p16, adenomatous polyposis coli (APC), and retinoic acid receptor-beta(More)
The existence, origin, and bipotency of the hepatic stem cell (HeSC) have been investigated. However, the isolation and culture of HeSCs from adult liver tissue is not yet well established, and the mechanism by which HeSCs differentiate into mature cells remains unclear. On the other hand, the development of HeSC-isolating and-culturing methods and the in(More)
BACKGROUND The regulation of programmed cell death, or apoptosis, is crucial for normal development and for the maintenance of homeostasis. It has been shown that the novel antiapoptotic protein Bax inhibitor-1 (BI-1) represents a new type of regulator of cell death pathways controlled by Bcl-2 and Bax. METHODS Surgically resected lung specimens were(More)
An alpha-fetoprotein-producing transitional cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis is extremely rare. To our knowledge, this has not been reported previously. We present the first case of an alpha-fetoprotein-producing transitional cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis in a 70-year-old female.
INTRODUCTION Although many factors predictive of patient survival have been reported for lung cancer, no comparative studies have attempted to determine those that are most significant for practical medicine. METHODS We conducted a retrospective review of 139 patients who underwent complete resection of adenocarcinomas less than 2 cm in diameter between(More)
BACKGROUND We have been applying preoperative radiotherapy (RT) to Masaoka stage III thymomas intending to make surgical resection more complete by reducing mass volume, to prevent possible dissemination caused by surgical manipulation and to get better survival as a result. However, the radioresponses vary from tumor to tumor. We hypothesized that thymoma(More)
BACKGROUND Stepwise progression of peripheral-type lung adenocarcinoma was characterized morphologically and was related to prognosis. Expression of the tumor suppressor gene p16 in pulmonary adenocarcinoma decreased, mainly as a result of aberrant methylation of the CpG islands of the promoter region. METHODS Aberrant methylation status of the p16(More)
Primary gastric lymphoma usually originates from B cells of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) infected with Helicobacter pylori. When T-cell lymphomas develop in the stomach, they usually occur in association with infection by human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 and gastric involvement of adult T-cell leukemia. Reported herein is a unique and(More)