Yoshiyuki Sawai

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To retrospectively investigate enhancement patterns of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and dysplastic nodule (DN) in the hepatobiliary phase of gadolinium-ethoxybenzyl-diethylenetriamine (Gd-EOB-DTPA)-enhanced MRI in relation to histological grading and portal blood flow. Sixty-nine consecutive patients with 83 histologically proven HCCs and DNs were(More)
The Rho sub-family of proteins is involved in regulating the organization of the cytoskeleton and in cell motility. Our aim is to clarify the clinical significance of Rho protein in hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) and to determine the relationship between the level of expression and patient outcome following hepatectomy. The expression of RhoA protein in(More)
AIM Recently, many diagnostic modalities have been developed for the detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Of these, a less invasive and more accurate diagnostic procedure is desirable. This study was undertaken to compare combined dynamic multidetector row helical computerized tomography (MDCT) and superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO)-enhanced(More)
Little is known about the difference in enhancement patterns of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) during multistep hepatocarcinogenesis between the post-vascular phase of Sonazoid-enhanced ultrasonography (SEUS) and hepatobiliary phase of gadolinium ethoxybenzyl diethylenetriamine (Gd-EOB-DTPA)-enhanced MRI, as well as uptakes of Sonazoid and Gd-EOB-DTPA by(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is, in general, a hypervascular tumor. Ephrin/Eph molecules have recently been reported as possible regulators of angiogenesis. We aimed to clarify the role of ephrin-Bs (B1-B3) in the progression of HCC. METHODS Ephrin-Bs transcripts in 26 HCC and their corresponding non-tumor liver tissues were analyzed by(More)
Two patients with primary pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis are presented. In both cases, the sigmoid colon was involved and there were no major complications. On computed tomography (CT), at lung window settings, the gas cysts in the colonic wall were clearly delineated. CT was useful in confirming the intramural gas cysts in patients with primary(More)
Accurately evaluating liver fibrosis in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is important for identifying those who may develop complications. The aims of this study were (1) to measure serum Wisteria floribunda agglutinin-positive Mac-2 binding protein (WFA+-M2BP) using the glycan sugar chain-based immunoassay and (2) to compare the(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-like growth factor (HB-EGF), a member of the EGF family, is synthesized in the form of a membrane-anchored precursor (proHB-EGF), which subsequently is processed proteolytically to mature HB-EGF. This study describes the effects of HB-EGF on liver regeneration after 70% partial hepatectomy in(More)
PURPOSE Mac-2 binding protein (Mac-2 bp) is one of the major fucosylated glycoproteins, which we identified with glycol-proteomic analyses. We previously reported that fucosylated glycoproteins are secreted into bile, but scarcely secreted into sera in normal liver and hypothesized that the fucosylation-based sorting machinery would be disrupted in(More)
UNLABELLED Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a growing medical problem around the world. NAFLD patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) can develop cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The ability to distinguish NASH from simple steatosis would be of great clinical significance. Ballooning hepatocytes are characteristic of typical(More)