Yasumi Katayama

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Previous reports have indicated that Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) causes epigenetic changes of certain genes such as cancer suppression genes, which may be associated with carcinogenesis. However, the mechanism by which it causes epigenetic changes in certain genes and not in others is unclear. Presently, we focused on a cancer suppression gene, runx3,(More)
BACKGROUND There is compelling evidence for the pivotal role of Helicobacter pylori in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal ulcer disease. However, despite the bacterium's toxicity, the majority of H. pylori infections are not accompanied by gastric ulcers. This implies the existence of a host mechanism offsetting H. pylori toxicity. AIMS To evaluate(More)
Immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4-RD) represents a group of disorders that share features of inflammation, plasma cell infiltrates, and fibrosis. Sclerosing cholangitis is a disorder involving inflammation, scarring, and destruction of the bile ducts. IgG4-related sclerosing cholangitis (IgG4-SC) has been proposed as a bile duct lesion associated with(More)
Colonoscopy of a 38-year-old woman with persistent diarrhea despite drug therapy revealed no inflammatory changes in the colonic mucosa, but a dark blue, elevated lesion with a diameter of 3 cm was incidentally discovered in the right colonic flexure (Fig. 1A). Computed tomography showed vas-cular lesions with a clear boundary, 3 cm in diameter, with a(More)
AIM To investigate the occurrence and severity of pruritus in chronic hepatitis C patients treated with or without interferon (IFN) therapy. METHODS A total of 89 patients with chronic hepatitis C and 55 control (non-hepatitis) patients were asked to rate their experience of diurnal and nocturnal pruritus in the preceding week using a visual analogue(More)
AIM To investigate shear wave (SW) propagation velocity in patients with untreated hepatitis C and patients with sustained virological response (SVR). METHODS A total of 136 hepatitis C patients [85 patients who had not received antiviral therapy (naïve group) and 51 patients who had received antiviral therapy and subsequently achieved SVR of at least 24(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The attenuated antisecretory activity of H2-receptor antagonists (H2RA) during continuous administration is referred to as the tolerance phenomenon. A previous study indicated that Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection prevents the occurrence of tolerance to H2RA. In the present study, we investigated whether intermittent (every other(More)