Journal of Gastroenterology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Nihon Shōkakibyō Gakkai, Springer Verlag

Journal description

The Journal of Gastroenterology which is the official publication of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology publishes original papers case reports reports of multi-center trials review articles short and rapid communications and other articles on all aspects of the field of gastroenterology. Significant contributions relating to basic research theory and practice are welcomed. This publication is designed to disseminate knowledge in this field to a worldwide audience and accordingly its editorial board has an international membership.

Current impact factor: 4.52

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 4.523
2013 Impact Factor 4.02
2012 Impact Factor 3.788
2011 Impact Factor 4.16
2010 Impact Factor 3.61
2009 Impact Factor 2.909
2008 Impact Factor 3.117
2007 Impact Factor 2.052
2006 Impact Factor 1.927
2005 Impact Factor 1.532
2004 Impact Factor 1.209
2003 Impact Factor 1.179
2002 Impact Factor 1.504
2001 Impact Factor 1.199
2000 Impact Factor 0.99
1999 Impact Factor 0.819
1998 Impact Factor 0.796
1997 Impact Factor 0.466
1996 Impact Factor 0.484
1995 Impact Factor 0.287

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Additional details

5-year impact 4.22
Cited half-life 5.60
Immediacy index 1.18
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.09
Website Journal of Gastroenterology website
Other titles Journal of gastroenterology (Online)
ISSN 0944-1174
OCLC 43041933
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: The long-term prognosis of expanding bag dilatation therapy using a Matsuo pneumatic bag dilator was evaluated in 163 cases of esophageal achalasia treated by this method over the 26-year period from 1964 to 1989. In all these cases, one year or more had passed since therapy. Practically no correlation was found between the efficacy of the therapy and the grade of esophageal dilation prior to therapy, the previous history of symptomatic distress or the number of dilatations performed. The efficacy of expanding bag cardial dilatation was most obvious in the increase of body weight, 59 cases (36.2%) showing an increase of 1–5 kg and 48 cases (29.4%) showing an increase of 6–10 kg. The therapy was rated “highly effective” in 61 cases (37.4%) and “effective” in 60 cases (36.8%), i.e. it was effective in a total of 121 cases (74.2%). It was rated as being “ineffective” in 16 cases (9.8%) including 4.3% of cases in which an operation had been performed. This indicated that surgical operation of esophageal achalasia should be performed in those cases in which good long-term results were not obtained even after expanding bag dilatation therapy had been carried out several times.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 01/2016; 27(6):719-727. DOI:10.1007/BF02806524
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    ABSTRACT: Background: NUDT15 R139C (rs116855232) is a recently identified genetic factor responsible for thiopurine-induced leukocytopenia and hair loss. In this study, we investigated the association of NUDT15 R139C with 6-thioguanine nucleotide (6-TGN) levels and thiopurine-induced leukocytopenia in Japanese patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Methods: Two hundred and sixty-four subjects (103 healthy volunteers and 161 IBD patients treated with thiopurines) were enrolled. Genotyping for NUDT15 R139C was performed using Custom TaqMan(®) SNP genotyping assays. Results: The NUDT15 C/C, C/T, and T/T genotypes were 80.7, 18.2, and 1.1 %, respectively. The allelic frequency was 10.2 %. Among 161 IBD patients, there was no significant difference in 6-TGN levels among the NUDT15 genotypes. Forty-five patients (27.9 %) developed leukocytopenia (WBC <3000/μl), and the C/T and T/T genotypes were significantly associated with the development of leukocytopenia (P = 1.7 × 10(-5)). In these patients, 6-TGN levels were not significantly different between NUDT15 genotypes. NUDT15 R139C was significantly associated with early (<8 weeks) (P = 1.03 × 10(-4)) and late (>8 weeks) leukocytopenia (P = 4.3 × 10(-4)). The decrease in WBC count at 2 and 4 weeks was significantly higher in patients with the C/T or T/T genotypes as compared to the patients with the C/C genotype. All patients with the T/T genotype (n = 2) developed early severe hair loss and severe leukocytopenia (<1000/μl). The logistic regression analysis revealed that NUDT15 R139C was the sole genetic factor responsible for the thiopurine-induced leukocytopenia (P = 0.001). Conclusions: These results suggest that NUDT15 R139C-related thiopurine-induced leukocytopenia is mediated by a 6-TGN-independent mechanism.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00535-015-1142-4
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) have been suggested as novel markers for various diseases. The goal of this pilot study was to identify circulating miRNAs differentially expressed comparing Barrett's esophagus (BE), esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), and controls. Methods: MicroRNA expression profiling was performed by qPCR array using plasma from six controls and eight BE and eight EAC patients. Validation was performed by analyzing the expression of six selected miRNAs, by qRT-PCR in 115 plasma samples of controls, BE, and EAC patients. Diagnostic accuracy was evaluated by area under the curve (AUC) analysis. Results: We identified three miRNAs that were elevated in EAC and four miRNAs that were elevated in BE. Further validation showed that miRNA-382-5p was significantly increased and miRNA-133a-3p significantly decreased in EAC. miRNA-194-5p and miRNA-451a were significantly increased and miRNA-136-5p significantly decreased in BE versus controls. A combination of three or more miRNAs was found to have a good diagnostic performance in discriminating BE from controls (AUC: 0.832), EAC from controls (AUC: 0.846), and BE from EAC (AUC: 0.797). Conclusion: Our data suggest that circulating miRNAs are differentially expressed in BE and EAC. The miRNAs identified may be used for future non-invasive screening of BE and EAC.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00535-015-1133-5
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Aspirin (ASA) causes gastrotoxicity by hampering the epithelial defense against luminal contents through cyclooxygenase inhibition. Since cell survival in tough conditions may depend on rescue mechanisms like autophagy, we analyzed whether epithelial cells rely on this process to defend themselves from aspirin's damaging action. Methods: Rats received a single dose of ASA (150 mg/kg, p.o.) with or without pretreatment with the autophagy inhibitor 3-methyladenine, and gastric injury and epithelial autophagy were evaluated 3 h later. The effects of ASA on cell viability and autophagy were also evaluated in gastric epithelial AGS cells. Results: Basal autophagy in the gastric mucosa was inhibited by ASA as demonstrated by increased levels of p62 and ubiquitinated proteins and total LC3 and a reduced LC3-II/LC3-I ratio. Similarly, ASA increased p62 and decreased LC3-II accumulation and the number of EmGFP/LC3B puncta in AGS cells. ASA activated the PI3K/Akt-GSK3-mTOR pathway, which phosphorylates ULK1 to prevent autophagy initiation, changes that were inhibited by the PI3K-inhibitor wortmannin. Autophagy inhibition seems to enhance the vulnerability of gastric epithelial cells as a combination of ASA with 3-methyladenine exacerbated rat gastric damage and AGS cell apoptosis. Conclusions: Our data highlight the importance of autophagy in the gastric mucosa as a protective mechanism when the epithelium is injured. In the stomach, aspirin induces mucosal damage and reduces autophagy, thus, eliminating a protective mechanism that epithelial cells could use to escape death. We hypothesize that the combination of aspirin with drugs that activate autophagy could protect against gastric damage.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00535-015-1137-1

  • Journal of Gastroenterology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00535-015-1139-z
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Ghrelin has been indicated as one of the etiological factors in functional dyspepsia (FD). Methods: We analyzed 179 patients with FD (based on the Rome III criteria) and 103 asymptomatic healthy individuals (controls) who had undergone endoscopy at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital from February 2011 to June 2014. FD patients were classified into three groups by means of a self-reported questionnaire: patients with postprandial distress syndrome (PDS; n = 49), patients with epigastric pain syndrome (EPS; n = 45), and patients with a combination of these two types (mixed group; n = 85). The fasting blood levels of acyl ghrelin and desacyl ghrelin and messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of preproghrelin in the fundic mucosa were measured by ELISAs and reverse transcription quantitative real-time PCR, respectively. One year after participant enrollment, they were measured again in 79 participants and the changes in the values were compared according to Helicobacter pylori eradication or symptom response. Results: Plasma acyl ghrelin level was lower in the PDS group than in the control and EPS groups (control group 14.1 fmol/mL, PDS group 8.9 fmol/mL, EPS group 13.8 fmol/mL, mixed group 11.3 fmol/mL; P = 0.003 and P = 0.012, respectively). One year after the eradication of H. pylori, plasma acyl ghrelin level was increased and gastric preproghrelin mRNA expression was upregulated (P = 0.004 and P < 0.001, respectively). Patients with abatement of symptoms demonstrated an increase in plasma acyl ghrelin level (from 11.51 to 21.00 fmol/L, P = 0.040). Conclusions: Our results suggest that plasma acyl ghrelin plays a role in the development of PDS. H. pylori eradication upregulates preproghrelin mRNA expression and increases plasma acyl ghrelin level, contributing to the abatement of PDS symptoms.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00535-015-1124-6
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    ABSTRACT: Deregulated autophagy followed by cellular senescence in biliary epithelial cells (BECs) may be closely related to the abnormal expression of mitochondrial antigens and following autoimmune pathogenesis in primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). We examined an involvement of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in the deregulated autophagy and cellular senescence in PBC. We examined the degree of ER stress using markers; glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) and protein disulfide isomerases (PDI), autophagy and cellular senescence in cultured BECs treated with an ER stress inducer, tunicamycin (TM), glycochenodeoxycholic acid (GCDC), and palmitic acid (PA), and the effect of pretreatment with tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA). We examined the expression of PDI and GRP78 in livers taken from the patients with PBC (n = 43) and 75 control livers. The expression of ER stress markers was significantly increased in cultured BECs treated with TM, GCDC or PA in BECs (p < 0.05), and pretreatment with TUDCA significantly suppressed the induced ER stress (p < 0.05). Autophagy, deregulated autophagy, and cellular senescence were induced in BECs treated with TM, GCDC, or PA. Pretreatment with TUDCA further increased autophagy in BECs treated with PA and suppressed cellular senescence caused by treatments with TM, GCDC, or PA (p < 0.05). A granular expression of PDI and GRP78 was significantly more extensive in small bile ducts in PBC, compared with control livers (p < 0.05). The expression of GRP78 was seen in senescent BECs in PBC. ER stress may play a role in the pathogenesis of deregulated autophagy and cellular senescence in biliary epithelial lesions in PBC.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 09/2015; 50(9). DOI:10.1007/s00535-014-1033-0
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    ABSTRACT: Wisteria floribunda agglutinin positive Mac-2-binding protein (WFA(+)-M2BP) is a novel serum marker of liver fibrosis identified in glycoproteomic biomarker screening studies, and its clinicopathological characteristics have yet to be elucidated sufficiently for clinical utilization. We retrospectively analyzed the clinicopathology data and serum WFA(+)-M2BP levels in 376 hepatocellular carcinoma patients undergoing liver surgery. WFA(+)-M2BP was quantified in frozen serum samples collected at the time of surgery using the FastLec-Hepa method. Significant independent determinants of serum WFA(+)-M2BP levels included pathological diagnosis of cirrhosis, female gender, hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and liver dysfunction characteristics, such as abnormal indocyanine green retention rate at 15 min, platelet counts, albumin levels, alanine aminotransferase levels, and total bilirubin levels. Serum WFA(+)-M2BP levels increased with the pathological fibrosis stage and liver dysfunction severity. HCV infection significantly affected serum WFA(+)-M2BP levels throughout the pathological and functional progression of liver fibrosis, and the effect of gender was significant only in F4 stage patients with severe liver dysfunction. The diagnostic thresholds for cutoff index values for cirrhosis were 1.435 and 4.615 in HCV-negative and HCV-positive patients, respectively. Serum WFA(+)-M2BP levels at the time of operation were a significant predictor of hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence and overall survival in both HCV-negative and HCV-positive patients. Serum WFA(+)-M2BP levels reflected both the pathological and functional progression of liver fibrosis comprehensively and continuously. Elevated WFA(+)-M2BP levels were a significant risk factor for tumor recurrence and decreased overall survival after liver surgery independent of HCV infection.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00535-015-1063-2
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    ABSTRACT: Genome-wide association studies have revealed several single-nucleotide polymorphisms around interleukin 28B (IL28B) that are strongly associated with hepatitis C virus (HCV) clearance. However, their predictive value is not perfect, which suggests that other genetic factors may also be involved in HCV clearance. We previously reported a wide variation in the length of a thymine-adenine (TA) dinucleotide repeat in the promoter region of IL28B and that the transcriptional activity of the promoter increased gradually in a TA repeat length-dependent manner. We determined the length of the TA repeats of 1,060 Japanese and 201 African-American samples to investigate the relation to spontaneous HCV clearance. The distribution of the TA repeats greatly differed between the two ethnicities. The variation ranged from 10 to 18 repeats, and the most frequent allele, 12, accounted for over 80 % for Japanese. The African-American data showed a gently sloping distribution, and the allele with six repeats was detected only in the African-American sample. The TA repeats 11 or greater were correlated with spontaneous clearance. Multiple logistic regression analysis extracted the genotype of the TA repeats as an independent factor in both the Japanese [p = 0.0004, odds ratio (OR) = 13.02 95 % confidence interval (CI) = 2.59-237.0] and African-American (p = 0.027, OR = 3.70 95 % CI = 1.16-11.8) populations. A long TA repeat in the promoter region of IL28B was associated with spontaneous HCV clearance. Although its efficacy may be limited in Japanese population because of its allele distribution, this novel genetic factor will be useful for predicting HCV clearance especially for the African Americans.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 03/2015; 50(10). DOI:10.1007/s00535-015-1056-1
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    ABSTRACT: Background: We recently demonstrated in humans that the extent of low-dose aspirin (LDA)-induced gastropathy was directly related to the individual gastric acid secretion level. We also established reliable cutoff serum pepsinogen (PG) values to predict gastric acid secretion status. In this study, we investigated the clinical usefulness of measuring the serum pepsinogen values for identifying a high-risk group for gastric mucosal injury among chronic LDA users. Methods: One hundred long-term LDA users were enrolled in this analysis. Serum from each subject was subjected to determination of H. pylori status and measurement of pepsinogen values. According to our recent report, a PG I value ≥ 50 ng/mL was defined as estimated hyperchlorhydria in H. pylori-negative subjects, while a PG I/II ≥ 3.3 was defined as estimated hyperchlorhydria in H. pylori-positive subjects. The grade of gastric mucosal injury was assessed endoscopically, and multiple logistic regression analyses were used to estimate the risk. Results: Estimated hyperchlorhydria was a strong independent risk for intensive gastric mucosal injury with an OR (95% CI): 34.0 (4.5-259) and for gastric ulcer with an OR (95% CI): 10.2 (1.8-58.3) in H. pylori-positive subjects, while it was not a significant risk in H. pylori-negative subjects. The association persisted even after excluding those with conventional risks for LDA-gastropathy such as ulcer histories. Conclusion: Using simple serum measurement of H. pylori antibody and pepsinogen concentrations, an extremely high-risk group for LDA-induced gastropathy could be extracted, and these patients should become a therapeutic target for prevention of LDA-induced gastropathy.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 03/2015; 50(3):305-312. DOI:10.1007/s00535-014-0976-5
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    ABSTRACT: In this study we examined whether histopathological findings, specifically lymphatic vessel invasion identified by an anti-human podoplanin antibody, and several other factors are associated with lymph node metastasis in T1 colorectal cancer. We searched PubMed and Cochrane Library, and also handsearched relevant journals, for reports written in English and published between 1998 and 2012, utilizing combination headings, such as 'colorectal cancer,' 'lymph node metastasis,' and 'risk factors.' For the report to be included in our study, the following criteria had to be met: (1) data on the frequency of lymph node metastasis in T1 colorectal cancer in relation to histopathological factors were reported; (2) patients had undergone bowel resection and had histologically diagnosed T1 colorectal cancer; (3) lymphatic vessel invasion was identified by immunohistochemistry with an anti-human podoplanin antibody rather than by hematoxylin and eosin staining; (4) univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted. Studies investigating molecular markers were excluded. The independent predictive factors were confirmed in at least one study included in the meta-analysis in the present systematic review. Microsoft Excel 2013 for Windows was used for the statistical analysis. Initially, 369 publications were identified in the database searches and handsearches, of which five ultimately met all of the inclusion criteria and selected for this systematic review. The meta-analysis revealed that only two factors were significantly associated with T1 colorectal cancer lymph node metastasis: (1) lymphatic vessel invasion identified by an anti-human podoplanin antibody [Mantel-Haenszel odds ratio (OR) 5.19; (95 % confidence interval (CI) 3.31-8.15; P = 0.01]; (2) tumor budding (OR 7.45; 95 % CI 4.27-13.02; P = 0.0077). Our meta-analysis revealed that lymphatic vessel invasion identified by an anti-human podoplanin antibody and tumor budding were significantly associated with T1 colorectal cancer lymph node metastasis.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 03/2015; 50(7). DOI:10.1007/s00535-015-1057-0
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    ABSTRACT: Sustained liver injury causes liver fibrosis and eventually cirrhosis. Understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms of liver fibrosis and interventions in the fibrotic process is crucial for improving the prognosis of patients with chronic liver diseases. Although studies have shown that splenectomy suppresses liver fibrosis, the mechanism by which this occurs is poorly understood. The present study focuses on the immunological functions of the spleen to investigate its role in liver fibrosis. BALB/c and severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice underwent splenectomies or sham operations prior to induction of liver fibrosis with carbon tetrachloride or thioacetamide. Sirius red staining and hydroxyproline assays showed that splenectomy suppressed liver fibrogenesis in BALB/c mice. Reverse transcription PCR analysis of T helper type 1 (Th1) and T helper type 2 (Th2) cytokines demonstrated that splenectomy shifted the Th1/Th2 balance in the liver towards Th1 dominance. In SCID mice, the inhibitory effect on liver fibrosis was abrogated. The number of CD4(+) T helper lymphocytes in the spleen decreased after liver injury. Green fluorescent protein positive (GFP(+)) splenocytes were transplanted into the spleens of syngeneic wild-type mice to trace their destination after fibrosis induction. GFP(+)CD4(+) lymphocytes appeared in the liver after induction of fibrosis, and flow cytometry revealed the vast majority of them were Th2 lymphocytes. Transfer of splenocytes via the portal vein into syngeneic splenectomized mice cancelled the suppressive effect of splenectomy on liver fibrosis. The present study demonstrated that Th2-dominant splenic lymphocytes migrate into the liver and promote liver fibrosis by shifting the cytokine balance towards Th2 dominance. Splenectomy suppresses the progression of fibrosis at least partly by restoring the Th1/Th2 balance.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 02/2015; 50(10). DOI:10.1007/s00535-015-1054-3

  • Journal of Gastroenterology 02/2015; 50(4). DOI:10.1007/s00535-015-1045-4