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PURPOSE The expression of E-cadherin correlates with the development, progression, and metastasis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Slug, a member of the snail family of transcriptional factors, is a newly identified suppressive transcriptional factor of E-cadherin. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the clinical significance of(More)
The purpose of the present study was to compare the clinical results between preoperative chemoradiotherapy followed by surgery (CRT group) and surgery alone (Surgery group) by a randomized controlled study. Twenty-two patients were assigned to the CRT group and 23 to the Surgery group. A total radiation dose of 40 Gy was applied and in the same period,(More)
This review summarizes and evaluates the literature regarding the biomarkers for predicting the response and/or prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) patients treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy (CRT). There are seven categories of molecules known to correlate with the response and/or prognosis: tumor suppressors (p53, p21),(More)
for about a fifth of all gastrointestinal bleeding cases, and generally has a less severe course and stops spontaneously in most cases (80%–85%) [1–3]. However, some patients require endoscopic, surgical, or angiographic treatment, depending on the nature of the bleed [4]. Endoscopic band ligation (EBL) is effective for the treatment of both variceal and(More)
PURPOSE We investigated the clinical impact of HLA-class I tumor cells in gastric cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS HLA-class I expression was immunohistochemically evaluated in specimens from 141 gastric cancer patients. The correlation between HLA-class I expression and clinical factors was analyzed. RESULTS HLA-class I was identified in 96 (68.1%)(More)
AIM A consensus treatment strategy for recurrent esophageal squamous cell cancer (ESCC) has not been established. The purpose of the present study was to analyse the mode of recurrence, and evaluate the role of surgical salvage treatment in recurrence of ESCC. METHODS Recurrence was detected in 131 of 367 consecutive patients with ESCC. We retrospectively(More)
The chemokine CXCL12, also known as stromal cell-derived factor-1 and its receptor CXCR4 have been shown to play prominent roles in regulating the directional migration and proliferation of various types of cancer cells during the metastatic process. However, few researchers have examined the expression of CXCL12 and CXCR4 and their prognostic value in(More)
A new marker, CD208, was recently explored as a mature interdigitating dendritic cell (DC), and the correlation between the infiltration of CD208-positive cells and clinical factors has been reported in various types of cancers. In this study, we tried to clarify the clinical implication of CD208-positive cell infiltration in gastric cancer(More)
A strong link between inflammation and gastrointestinal cancer has been demonstrated. Interleukin (IL)-32 is a recently described pro-inflammatory cytokine characterized by the induction of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) activation. We investigated whether IL-32 expression has clinical significance in gastric cancer. A total of 182 gastric cancer patients(More)
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a novel class of regulatory genes that play critical roles in various processes ranging from normal development to human diseases such as cancer progression. Recent studies have shown that lncRNAs regulate the gene expression by chromatin remodelling, transcription, splicing and RNA decay control, enhancer function, and(More)