Shinji Yamamoto

Osaka City University, Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Hepatoma-derived growth factor (HDGF) is thought to play an important role in the development and progression of carcinomas. In the present study, association of HDGF expression with recurrence and prognosis of esophageal carcinoma (EC) was examined. HDGF expression in 111 patients with EC (101 men and 10 women) with ages ranging from 38 to 82 (median, 61) years was analyzed by immunohistochemistry. Samples in which >90% of tumor cells exhibited nuclear and cytoplasmic HDGF immunoreactivity at levels greater than or equal to what is observed in the endothelial cells were regarded as HDGF expression level 1, and others as HDGF expression level 0. Thirty-seven of 111 patients showed level 1 HDGF expression. There was no correlation between HDGF expression and other clinicopathologic factors. Patients with level 1 expression showed poorer disease-free and overall survival (P < .05 for both) compared with those with level 0 expression. HDGF expression was an independent prognostic factor for patients with early (pT1-2) stage of the disease, but not for those with advanced (pT3-4) stage. HDGF expression level was shown to be a prognostic factor for EC.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 08/2007; 14(7):2141-9. · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatoma-derived growth factor (HDGF) is involved in hepatocarcinogenesis, as well as in liver development and regeneration. This study investigated the correlation of HDGF expression with differentiation and prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HDGF expression in 100 patients with HCC (81 men and 19 women) with ages ranging from 34 to 81 years (median, 61 years) receiving surgical treatment was analyzed by immunohistochemistry. HDGF messenger RNA expression was evaluated in 10 cases by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. The immunostaining pattern in HCCs was categorized as a positive HDGF index (showing positive staining in >90% of tumor cells in both nucleus and cytoplasm) or a negative HDGF index (all others). Twenty-seven cases (27%) showed a positive and 73 (73%) showed a negative HDGF index. HDGF messenger RNA expression was significantly higher in four cases with a positive HDGF index than in six with a negative index. Cases with well-differentiated histological characteristics showed a higher rate of positive HDGF index than those with a poorly differentiated subtype. Univariate and multivariate analysis revealed significantly poorer disease-free and overall survivals in patients with a positive HDGF index compared with patients with a negative index. These findings suggest the potential utility of HDGF immunohistochemistry in determining the prognosis of HCC.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 03/2006; 13(2):159-67. · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatoma-derived growth factor (HDGF) is a unique nuclear/growth factor and might play an important role in the development and progression of carcinomas. In the present study, association of HDGF expression with recurrence and prognosis of gastric carcinoma was examined. HDGF expression in 317 patients with gastric carcinoma (233 males and 84 females) with ages ranging from 26 to 81 years (median, 60 years) was analyzed by immunohistochemistry. Samples with >90% of tumor cells to express positive immunoreactivity similar to or stronger than that in endothelial cells both for nucleus and cytoplasm were regarded as HDGF index level 2, and others as HDGF index level 1. One hundred and eighty-two cases showed level 1 HDGF expression, whereas 135 cases showed level 2 HDGF expression. Patients with level 2 expression showed higher rates of proximal tumor location (P < 0.0001), large tumor size (P < 0.0001), infiltrative tumor growth (P < 0.0001), presence of vascular and lymphatic invasion (P < 0.0001 for both), presence of lymph node metastasis (P < 0.0001), deep tumor invasion (P < 0.0001), and poorer disease-free and overall survival (P < 0.0001 for both) compared to those with level 1 expression. Multivariate analysis revealed HDGF expression level as an independent prognosticator for disease-free and overall survival. HDGF expression level was shown to be a prognostic factor for gastric carcinoma.
    Clinical Cancer Research 01/2006; 12(1):117-22. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    Transplant International 01/2006; 18(12):1386-7. · 3.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Valosin-containing protein (VCP) is involved in the ubiquitin/proteasome-degradation pathway, which works in proliferation and antiapoptosis in human cancer cells. Our previous study showed that VCP expression levels correlated with the recurrence and prognosis of several human cancers, such as hepatocellular carcinoma, gastric carcinoma, and colorectal carcinoma. In this study, the correlation of VCP expression with the prognosis of differentiated thyroid carcinoma was examined. VCP expression in 332 patients who underwent operation for differentiated thyroid carcinoma--257 with papillary thyroid carcinoma and 75 with follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC)--was analyzed by immunohistochemistry. The staining intensity in tumor cells was categorized as weaker than (low expression), equal to (intermediate expression), or stronger than (high expression) that in endothelial cells in noncancerous tissue. One hundred ten (33.5%) cases showed low VCP expression, 117 (28.0%) showed intermediate expression, and 101 (30.8%) showed high expression. VCP expression significantly correlated with histological subtype (P < .05) and lymph node metastasis (P < .01). However, it correlated with neither any clinicopathologic factor nor prognosis in papillary thyroid carcinoma. VCP expression correlated with extrathyroidal extension (P < .05), pT classification (P < .05), and lymph node metastasis (P < .01) in FTC. Patients with low VCP expressing FTC showed better disease-free and overall survival rates than those with intermediate or high expression (P < .01 and P < .05, respectively). Multivariate analysis revealed VCP expression and extracapsular extension to be independent prognostic factors for disease-free survival in cases of FTC. The prognostic utility of VCP expression in FTC was demonstrated.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 11/2005; 12(11):925-34. · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatic arterial and portal venous anomalies in living liver donors are not uncommon. Modified surgical techniques may be required in such circumstances, although the safety of the living donor must always be given top priority. We describe here a successful portal venous reconstruction in a living donor with an anomalous hepatic arterial and portal venous anatomy in which the right anterior and posterior hepatic arteries encircled the main portal vein. Although such an anomaly of hepatic vessels was not frequently encountered, we should be able to alter the surgical strategy to deal with it. This case illustrates the importance of preoperative hepatic artery and portal venous evaluation in all living donors to identify the feasibility of modifying vessel anastomoses in living donors, as well as recipients, before living donor liver transplantation.
    Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 04/2005; 9(3):365-8. · 2.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The role of portal hemodynamics on liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy is not fully understood. The aim of our study was to characterize the effects of portal hemodynamics using a novel rat model. We established a rat model of a portohepatic shunt with a 70% hepatectomy (PHS model), in which the portal pressure remained stable during and after the 70% hepatectomy. To assess the effect of portal hemodynamics on liver injury and regeneration in the first 24 hours, we compared PHS rats with those with a simple 70% hepatectomy. Biochemical and histopathologic changes were similar between the 2 groups. Liver weight increased in the control, whereas it did not in the PHS group (P = .0021). Hepatocytes were enlarged in the control but not in the PHS group, although DNA synthesis was similar in both groups. Apoptotic hepatocytes increased markedly in PHS at 24 hours, whereas minimal apoptosis was noted throughout the course of the study in the control group. Hepatocyte growth factor increased similarly, except that it was not activated in PHS. Our results suggested that a portal hyperdynamic state early after a 70% hepatectomy was necessary for liver regeneration through activation of hepatocyte growth factor, promoting hepatocyte hypertrophy and avoiding apoptosis, while DNA synthesis in hepatocytes was independent of portal hemodynamics.
    Surgery 12/2004; 136(5):1028-37. · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The prognosis of unresectable advanced gallbladder cancer is extremely poor. We presented a 61-year-old female with unresectable advanced gallbladder cancer who received FAP therapy, Gemcitabine + UFT therapy, and an intra-arterial FAP therapy that followed. She is still alive 18 months after the first diagnosis. It may be possible to improve the prognosis by maintaining QOL using the combination of chemotherapies such as FAP, Gemcitabine, and UFT.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 11/2004; 31(11):1708-10.
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    ABSTRACT: Previously we reported combined chemo-immunotherapy, using interferon (IFN)-alpha and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and this regimen improved the prognosis. Recently, we experienced an HCC patient who died of severe interstitial pneumonia during the combined IFN-alpha and 5-FU therapy. This is the first report of the occurrence of interstitial pneumonia during combined IFN-alpha and 5-FU treatment. A 60-year-old-man was admitted to Osaka University Hospital to receive systemic chemo-immunotherapy for recurrent HCC. In the second week of the chemo-immunotherapy, he showed a decreased level of consciousness, and respiratory insufficiency. Emergency roentgenogram revealed diffuse infiltration in both lungs. Respiratory dysfunction due to interstitial pneumonia was suspected, and steroid pulse therapy was started. However, the patient showed respiratory failure, and he died 32 days after the start of the therapy. Autopsy findings showed atelectasis in the bilateral lungs, which showed elastic hard solidity and a dark red color; esophageal varices were also shown, and there was cirrhosis with a large tumor in the liver. Microscopically, the alveolar wall showed marked fibrous thickness and moderate inflammatory change, which is consistent with acute interstitial pneumonia, and the acute pulmonary change was suspected to have been the cause of death. The association of IFN with the development of interstitial pneumonia has been reported. However, the prognosis of IFN-induced interstitial pneumonia has mostly been favorable when the medication was discontinued. It has been postulated that interstitial pneumonia induced by the combination of IFN and 5-FU may be therapy-resistant. The combination of IFN-alpha and 5-FU is a useful therapy for patients with advanced HCC, such as that with portal vein invasion or multiple metastatic foci. Thus, interstitial pneumonia in these patients should be carefully managed.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 09/2004; 39(8):793-7. · 3.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) frequently shows a poor prognosis because of the occurrence of systemic metastasis, mainly via lymphatic vessels. Valosin-containing protein (VCP) has been shown to be associated with antiapoptotic function and metastasis via activation of the nuclear factor-kappaB signaling pathway. In the present study, we examined the association of VCP with the recurrence and prognosis of ESCC. VCP expression in 156 ESCC patients [139 males and 17 females; age range, 38-82 (median, 60) years] was analyzed by immunohistochemistry. Staining intensity in tumor cells was categorized as weaker (level 1) or equal to or stronger (level 2) than that in endothelial cells. The correlation of VCP expression between the mRNA and protein levels was examined in 12 patients. Fifty-seven (37.3%) cases showed level 1 and 96 (62.7%) level 2 VCP expression. Quantitative reverse transcription-PCR analysis revealed greater VCP mRNA expression in level 2 (n = 6) than level 1 cases (n = 6; P < 0.05). ESCC with level 2 expression showed higher rates of lymph node metastasis (P < 0.01) and deep tumor invasion (P < 0.01), and poorer disease-free and overall survival rates (P < 0.001 for both analyses) than ESCC with level 1 expression. Multivariate analysis revealed that VCP expression level is an independent prognosticator for disease-free and overall survival. Furthermore, VCP level was an indicator for disease-free survival in the early (pT1) and the advanced (pT2-pT4) stage groups. This study demonstrated the prognostic significance of VCP expression in ESCC.
    Clinical Cancer Research 09/2004; 10(16):5558-65. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Valosin-containing protein (VCP; also known as p97) was shown to be associated with antiapoptosis and metastasis via activation of a nuclear factor-kappaB signaling pathway. Our previous study showed that the VCP expression level correlated with the disease recurrence rate and prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and gastric carcinoma. This study was designed to evaluate the prognostic significance of VCP expression in non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). VCP expression in 207 patients with NSCLC (133 men and 74 women) aged 35 to 78 years (median, 62 years) was examined by immunohistochemistry, in which staining intensity in tumor cells was categorized as weaker than (level 1) or equal to or stronger than (level 2) that in endothelial cells. Sixty-nine (33.8%) cases showed level 1 and 135 (66.2%) showed level 2 VCP expression. The frequency of the following was higher in patients with level 2 expression than in those with level 1 expression: male sex (P <.01), histological subtype of squamous cell carcinoma (P <.05), and smoking (P <.05). Patients with level 2 expression had poorer disease-free and overall survival rates (P <.05 and P <.01, respectively) than those with level 1 expression. Multivariate analysis revealed VCP expression and pathologic T (pT) and pN classifications to be independent prognostic factors for both disease-free and overall survival and showed vascular invasion to be an independent prognostic factor for overall survival. VCP level was a prognosticator for overall survival in both the early (pT1) and advanced (pT2-3) group of the pT classification (P <.05 for both). The prognostic significance of VCP expression in NSCLC was demonstrated.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 07/2004; 11(7):697-704. · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Valosin-containing protein (VCP) has been shown to be associated with metastasis and prognosis in human cancers. In the present study, the correlation of VCP with recurrence and prognosis in patients with prostate cancer (PCA) receiving conservative therapy was examined. VCP expression was analyzed immunohistochemically in 136 patients ranging from 46 to 92 years (median, 72 years), who received conservative therapy, including androgen deprivation, radiotherapy, or watchful waiting. Staining intensity of tumor cells was categorized as weaker (level 1) or equal to or stronger (level 2) than that in endothelial cells. The correlation of VCP expression between the mRNA and protein levels was examined in 10 patients. Thirty-two cases (23.5%) showed level 1 and 100 (76.5%) level 2 VCP expression. Quantitative reverse transcription-PCR analysis revealed greater VCPmRNA expression in level 2 (n = 5) than level 1 cases (n = 5; P < 0.05). A significant difference was observed between VCP level 1 and 2 patients in the positive rate for the digital rectal examination (P < 0.01), serum prostate-specific antigen level (P < 0.0001), cancer volume (P < 0.0001), Gleason score (P < 0.0001), stage (P < 0.0001), and progression-free and overall survival (P < 0.0001 for both). Multivariate analysis revealed VCP expression level, serum prostate-specific antigen level, and Gleason score to be independent prognosticators for progression-free and overall survival. Progression of PCA was found in 9.4% of level 1 but in 64% of level 2 patients. PCA with level 1 VCP expression could be treated conservatively.
    Clinical Cancer Research 06/2004; 10(9):3007-12. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Akt is a serine/threonine kinase that plays a central role in tumorigenesis. Among the members of Akt family, Akt2 is associated with the development of human cancers. The present study was designed to clarify the prognostic significance of Akt2 and activated Akt expression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). In addition, activated extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) and the proliferation activity of tumor cells detected by Ki-67 immunohistochemistry were examined. Immunohistochemical analysis was performed on paraffin-embedded specimens from 65 patients with PDAC; 36 males and 29 females with ages ranging from 48 to 79 years (median, 66 years) of age. Expression levels of Akt2, phosphorylated Akt (p-Akt), and phosphorylated ERK 1/2 (p-ERK 1/2) were categorized as either weaker (low intensity) or equal to stronger (high intensity) compared with those in the endothelial cells of the same specimens. For Ki-67 immunohistochemistry, cases were divided into two groups: level 1, Ki-67 labeling index (LI), <20%; level 2, Ki-67 LI, > or = 20%. Twenty-six (42.6%), 28 (45.9%), 39 (63.9%), and 46 (75.4%) of the tumors showed high intensity of Akt2, p-Akt, and p-ERK 1/2 expression, and Ki-67 LI level 2, respectively. A significant positive correlation was observed between Akt2 and p-Akt expression (P < 0.01). Multivariate analysis revealed that p-Akt expression, Ki-67 LI, and histological differentiation are independent prognosticators for PDAC. p-Akt expression is a significant prognostic indicator for PDAC. Inhibition of Akt is a possible molecular approach for treatment of PDAC.
    Clinical Cancer Research 05/2004; 10(8):2846-50. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Valosin-containing protein (VCP, also known as p97) exhibits antiapoptotic function and metastasis by activation of nuclear factor kappa-B signaling pathway. Our previous study showed that VCP expression level correlated with prognosis of hepatocellular and gastric carcinoma. In the present study, association of VCP expression with lymph node metastasis and prognosis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) was examined. VCP expression in 83 patients (46 males and 37 females) of ages ranging from 43 to 80 (median, 66) years who had undergone curative surgery for primary PDAC was analyzed by immunohistochemistry, in which staining intensity in tumor cells was categorized as weaker or equal to (low expression) or stronger (high expression) than that in noncancerous ductal tissue. Thirty-two tumors (38.6%) and 51 tumors (61.4%) were classified as low-VCP-expressing and high-VCP-expressing tumors, respectively. VCP expression correlated significantly with lymph node metastasis (P <.01) but not with various clinicopathologic factors, including age, gender, and histologic differentiation. Multivariate analysis revealed VCP expression as an independent prognosticator for both disease-free and overall survival, along with histologic differentiation, T stage of pathologic tumor-node-metastasis (pTNM) classification, and lymph node metastasis. Furthermore, VCP expression was a prognosticator for disease-free and overall survival in each relatively early stage (I or II) and advanced stage (III) group of pTNM classification. Our results indicate the potential usefulness of VCP expression as a marker of metastasis and overall prognosis of PDAC.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 02/2004; 11(2):165-72. · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Valosin-containing protein (VCP or p97) is associated with antiapoptotic function and metastasis via activation of the nuclear factor-kappaB signaling pathway. The present study was designed to investigate the prognostic significance of VCP expression in colorectal adenocarcinoma. We analyzed VCP expression immunohistochemically in 129 patients with colorectal carcinoma ages 35-84 years. The staining intensity of tumor cells was categorized as either weaker-to-equal (low VCP expression) or stronger (high expression) than that in noncancerous colonic mucosa. We also analyzed 8 colorectal adenomas and 10 metastatic foci. Low VCP expression was noted in 41 (31.8%) cases and high expression in 88 (68.2%) cases. A low level of VCP expression was noted in all adenomas, whereas a high level was seen in all metastatic tumors. A significant difference was observed in depth of invasion (T(1-2) versus T(3-4), P < 0.05), presence or absence of venous invasion (P < 0.05), and tumor stage (I and II versus III and IV; P < 0.05) between adenocarcinomas with low and high VCP expression. Patients with high VCP-expressing tumors had a higher recurrence rate (P < 0.001) and poorer disease-free and overall survival (P < 0.01 and P < 0.05, respectively) compared with the low expression group. Multivariate analysis revealed VCP expression level to be an independent prognosticator for both disease-free and overall survival. VCP level was an indicator of disease-free survival in both stage II and III (pathological Tumor-Node-Metastasis classification, P < 0.05 and <0.01, respectively). A high expression level of VCP in tumors is a poor prognostic marker in patients with colorectal carcinomas.
    Clinical Cancer Research 01/2004; 10(2):651-7. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the prognostic value of valosin-containing protein (VCP) expression and the Ki-67 labeling index (LI) in pancreatic endocrine neoplasms (PENs), the present analysis was employed. The Ki-67 LI and VCP expression at the mRNA and protein level were evaluated in 32 patients (12 male and 20 female) with PENs aged from 22 to 73 years (median 49 years). VCP staining intensity in tumor cells was categorized as weaker (level 1) or equal to stronger (level 2) compared to nontumorous islet cells. Ki-67 LI was divided into two categories: level 1, Ki-67 LI < 5%, and level 2, > or = 5%. Five cases (15.6%) showed level 1 and 25 (84.4%) level 2 VCP expression by immunohistochemistry. A significant association was observed between VCP expression and the malignant behavior of PENs (p < 0.01). All level 1 VCP tumors were benign PENs. Quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis showed higher VCP mRNA expression in malignant PENs (n = 5) than benign cases (n = 5) (p < 0.05). For Ki-67 LI, 28 cases (87.5%) showed level 1 and 4 (12.5%) level 2 expression. All patients with level 2 Ki-67 LI had metastasis. VCP expression analysis and Ki-67 LI are useful prognosticators for PENs.
    Oncology 01/2004; 66(6):468-75. · 2.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Uridine diphosphate (UDP) N-acetyl-alpha-D-galactosamine:polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyl transferase 3 (GalNAc-T3), one of the enzymes that catalyze the initial glycosylation of mucin type O-linked proteins, was shown to associate with the differentiation of cancer cell lines and the prognosis of some kinds of cancers. In the present study, the association of GalNAc-T3 expression with clinicopathologic features of pancreatic adenocarcinoma and patients' survival was examined. The level of expression of GalNAc-T3 was analyzed immunohistochemically in paraffin-embedded tumor samples from surgically resected specimens of 59 patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. The correlations of GalNAc-T3 expression with clinicopathologic features and prognosis were studied. Thirty-five tumors showed high- intensity GalNAc-T3 staining, whereas 24 showed low-intensity staining. A close association was observed between GalNAc-T3 staining intensity and histologic differentiation and the stage of the tumors. The low-intensity group showed a high rate of the poorly differentiated subtype (p < 0.001) and T4 of the pTNM staging system (p < 0.05). These findings indicate that the expression of GalNAc-T3 is associated with the differentiation and aggressiveness of ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas.
    Pathobiology 01/2004; 71(1):12-8. · 1.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Valosin-containing protein (VCP; also known as p97) was shown to be associated with antiapoptotic function and metastasis via activation of nuclear factor kappa-B signaling pathway. In this study, association of VCP expression with recurrence of gastric carcinoma (GC), in which lymphatic vessels are the main route of spread, was examined. VCP expression in 330 patients with GC (242 males and 88 females) with ages ranging from 26 to 81 years (median, 60 years) was analyzed by immunohistochemistry, in which staining intensity in tumor cells was categorized as weaker (level 1) or equal to or stronger (level 2) than that in endothelial cells. Ninety-four (28.7%) patient cases showed level 1 and 233 patient cases (71.3%) showed level 2 VCP expression. Patients with level 2 expression showed higher rates of large tumor size (P <.0001), undifferentiated histologic subtype (P <.05), presence of vascular and lymphatic invasion (P <.0001 for both), presence of lymph node metastasis (P <.0001), deep tumor invasion (P <.0001), and poorer disease-free and overall survivals (P <.0001 for both) compared with those with level 1 VCP expression. Multivariate analysis revealed VCP expression level as an independent prognosticator for disease-free and overall survival. VCP level was an indicator for disease-free and overall survival in the early (pT1; P <.01 and P <.05, respectively) and advanced (pT2-4; P <.05 for both) group of pathologic tumor-node-metastasis system classification. The prognostic significance of VCP expression level in GC was demonstrated.
    Journal of Clinical Oncology 08/2003; 21(13):2537-44. · 18.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Valosin-containing protein (VCP; also known as p97) has been shown to be associated with antiapoptotic function and metastasis via activation of the nuclear factor-kappaB signaling pathway. In this study, association of VCP expression with recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and patient survival was examined. VCP expression in 170 patients (139 male and 31 female) with ages ranging from 31 to 81 years (median, 61 years) was analyzed by quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and immunohistochemistry, in which staining intensity in tumor cells was categorized as weaker (level 1) or equal to or stronger (level 2) than that in endothelial cells. Immunohistochemically, 57 patients (35.2%) showed level 1, and 105 patients (64.8%) showed level 2, VCP expression. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis revealed higher VCP mRNA expression in level 2 patients (n = 7) than level 1 (n = 4) (P <.05). Patients with VCP-level 2 HCC showed higher rate of portal vein invasion in the tumor (P <.01) and poorer disease-free and overall survival (P <.0001 and P <.05, respectively) compared with level 1 patients. Multivariate analysis revealed VCP expression level, tumor multiplicity, and degree of fibrosis in the noncancerous liver tissue to be independent prognosticators for disease-free and overall survival. VCP level was an indicator for disease-free survival in each early- (I and II) and advanced- (III and IV) stage group of pathologic tumor-node-metastasis classification (P <.001 and P <.01, respectively). VCP expression level has prognostic significance for disease-free and overall survival of patients with HCC.
    Journal of Clinical Oncology 03/2003; 21(3):447-52. · 18.04 Impact Factor

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509 Citations
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  • 2003–2007
    • Osaka City University
      • Graduate School of Medicine
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
  • 2004–2006
    • Osaka University
      • • Graduate School of Medicine
      • • Department of Integrated Medicine
      Suika, Ōsaka, Japan