Katsuhisa Omagari

University of Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: AimThe development of fibrosis is considered an important phase in the progress of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) towards the end stage of liver disease, including cirrhosis. However, few small animal models can display NASH-associated fibrosis. We aimed to establish a dietary model of NASH with rapid progression to fibrosis using genetically normal rats.Methods Nine-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed with normal, high-fat (HF), or two types of high-fat and high-cholesterol (HFC) diets for 9 weeks (n = 5 each). All HFC diets contained 1.25% or 2.5% cholesterol.ResultsThe rats fed with the HF diet developed mild steatosis and inflammation without fibrosis at 18 weeks of age, whereas all rats given the HFC diet developed obvious steatosis and inflammation with hepatocyte ballooning and fibrosis. Two of five (40%) rats given the HFC diet containing 2.5% cholesterol progressed to liver cirrhosis. Hepatic total cholesterol levels were significantly higher in rats given the HFC, than the normal or HF diets. The HFC diet significantly and dose-dependently decreased microsomal triglyceride transfer protein expression. Cholesterol tended to suppress carnitine palmitoyltransferase activity and ATP-binding cassette transporter G5 expression. Adding cholesterol to the HF diet modified hepatic lipid metabolism at the molecular level.Conclusion The HFC diet induced hepatic features of NASH and eventually progressed cirrhosis in SD rats within 9 weeks.
    Hepatology Research 05/2014; · 2.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Endothelial dysfunction is associated with hypertension, atherosclerosis, and metabolic syndrome. Phycocyanin is a pigment found in the blue-green algae, Spirulina, which possesses antihypertensive effect. In this study, we hypothesized that phycocyanin derived from Spirulina exerts antihypertensive actions by improving endothelial dysfunction in metabolic syndrome. Spontaneously hypertensive/NIH-corpulent (SHR/NDmcr-cp) rats were divided into 4 groups then fed a normal diet with or without phycocyanin (2500-, 5000-, or 10 000-mg/kg diet) for 25 weeks. At 34 weeks of age, although systolic blood pressure was not significantly different among groups, phycocyanin-fed groups exhibited a dose-dependent decrease in blood pressure. Serum levels of adiponectin and messenger RNA levels of adiponectin and CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein α in the adipose tissue of rats fed diets containing phycocyanin tended to be higher than those of rats fed a normal diet, but the differences were not statistically significant. Immunohistochemistry analysis showed a significant and positive correlation between aortic endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) expression levels, a downstream target of the adiponectin receptor, and serum adiponectin levels, although there were no significant differences in eNOS expression among groups. There was also no significant correlation between eNOS expression levels and systolic blood pressure. These results suggest that long-term administration of phycocyanin may ameliorate systemic blood pressure by enhancing eNOS expression in aorta that is stimulated by adiponectin. Phycocyanin may be beneficial for preventing endothelial dysfunction-related diseases in metabolic syndrome.
    Nutrition research (New York, N.Y.) 05/2013; 33(5):397-405. · 1.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) exhibit a variety of clinical manifestations and patterns of disease progression. The aim of this study was to identify genetic determinants of PBC progression. METHODS: A total of 52 tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of 11 candidate genes involved in regulating bile acid synthesis were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism, -high resolution melting curve analysis, or -direct DNA sequencing in 315 Japanese patients with PBC. RESULTS: In this study, four tag SNPs of CYP7A1 (rs1457043, rs8192870, rs3808607, and rs3824260), two tag SNPs of HNF4A (rs6017340 and 6031587), and one SNP of PPARGC1A (rs8192678) showed a significant association with PBC progression. In addition, a dual luciferase assay revealed that the polymorphism of rs3808607 in CYP7A1 altered the expression of CYP7A1 in HepG2. Specifically, the CYP7A1 promoter carrying the risk G allele for PBC progression induced higher expression of CYP7A1 under both the normal and cholestatic conditions in vitro as compared to another promoter carrying the non-risk T allele. CONCLUSION: These results suggested that the genetic variants of CYP7A1 and its transcriptional activators (HNF4A and PPARGC1A) may activate bile acid synthesis, resulting in the accumulation of bile acids in hepatocytes and eventually leading to the predisposition to PBC progression. Thus, the regulation of CYP7A1 expression may represent an attractive therapeutic target for cholestatic liver diseases including PBC.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 01/2013; · 3.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder. The pathogenesis of IBS is multifactorial. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of IBS using the Rome III criteria in young Japanese women and to assess the effects of mental, physical, dietary and nutritional factors on IBS. Methods In this cross-sectional study, data obtained from self-administered questionnaires, including age, height, weight, lifestyle, food habits, anxiety and depressive states and IBS-related symptoms, were analyzed in 245 participants. An established semiquantitative questionnaire available for clinical investigation (FFQg) was used to obtain a detailed assessment of food intake and the physical activity levels. Results The prevalence of IBS was 12.0%. Of the IBS participants, constipation-predominant IBS (25.0%) was more prevalent than the diarrhea-predominant subtype (17.9%). The IBS participants had lower body mass indices, consumed less eggs and milk and were more physically active than the non-IBS participants. In addition, an anxiety state was more common in the IBS participants. Those who hesitated with evacuation of stool and who thought that there is an association between abdominal symptoms, such as constipation and diarrhea, and menstruation were more predominant among the IBS participants. The percentage of individuals who reported often rushing to the toilet within the past year and experiencing borborygmus (rumbling stomach) was greater among the IBS participants. A logistic regression analysis revealed that milk intake was an independent predictor of IBS. Conclusion The prevalence of IBS observed in this study was similar to that reported in previous studies conducted in Japan and other countries. Mental, physical, dietary and nutritional factors have an impact on IBS.
    Internal Medicine 01/2013; 52(12):1295-301. · 0.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) concentration is the most commonly used marker for hepatocellular injury. We investigated the suitable cutoff value of serum ALT for the diagnosis or prediction of fatty liver. In 1578 Japanese adults (1208 men, 370 women; 35-69 years of age) who visited our center both in 2000 and between April 2007 and March 2008 (2007-2008), serum ALT concentration was an independent predictor of fatty liver in men in 2000 and in both sexes in 2007-2008. A significant increase in the frequency of fatty liver was detected in participants with elevated serum ALT concentrations, and serum levels of ALT in 2000 were associated with fatty liver in 2007-2008 when the cutoff value was set at 30 IU/L in men and 19 IU/L in women. The frequency of fatty liver in 2007-2008 was significantly lower in participants without fatty liver in 2000 whose serum ALT decreased between 2000 and 2007-2008. Our results suggest that serum ALT might be not only an indicator of fatty liver but also a predictor of the regression of fatty liver, and cutoff values of serum ALT of 30 IU/L in men and 19 IU/L in women are suitable for the screening of fatty liver.
    Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition 11/2011; 49(3):200-6. · 2.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Accumulating evidence indicates that multiple genetic factors are involved in the pathogenesis of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). The aim of this study was to investigate whether polymorphisms of the integrin αV subunit gene (ITGAV), a component of integrin αVβ6, which plays an important role in the process of fibrosis, are associated with susceptibility to the onset and/or progression of PBC. In the primary study, eight tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ITGAV were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism, direct DNA sequencing, or high-resolution melting curve analysis in 309 Japanese patients with PBC who were registered in the National Hospital Organization Study Group for Liver Disease in Japan (PBC cohort I) and 293 gender-matched healthy Japanese volunteers (control subjects). For the replication study, 35 PBC patients who progressed to end-stage hepatic failure and underwent liver transplantation (PBC cohort II) were also analyzed. Three tag SNPs (rs3911238, rs10174098, and rs1448427) in ITGAV were significantly associated with the severe progression of PBC, but not with susceptibility to the onset of PBC, in the primary study (PBC cohort I). Among these SNPs, rs1448427 was also significantly associated with the severe progression to end-stage hepatic failure in the replication study of PBC patients who underwent liver transplantation (PBC cohort II). ITGAV is a genetic determinant for the severe progression of PBC in Japanese patients. Genetic polymorphisms of ITGAV may be useful for identifying high-risk Japanese PBC patients, including those who will require liver transplantation, at the time of initial diagnosis.
    Journal of Gastroenterology 12/2010; 46(5):676-86. · 3.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Oxidative stress may play an important role in the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Oleuropein, the active constituent of olive leaf, possesses anti-oxidant, hypoglycaemic, and hypolipidaemic activities. We aimed to investigate the preventive effects of olive leaf extract on hepatic fat accumulation in a rat model of NASH. Spontaneously hypertensive/NIH-corpulent rats were fed a diet of AIN-93G with or without olive leaf extract (500, 1000, 2000 mg/kg diet, and control; 5 rats each) for 23 weeks. Serological and histopathological findings, anti-oxidative activity, and the alteration of fatty acid synthesis in the liver were evaluated. Histopathologically, a diet of AIN-93G containing more than 1000 mg/kg olive leaf extract had a preventive effect for the occurrence of NASH. Thioredoxin-1 expression in the liver was more evident in rats fed this diet, and 4-hydroxynonenal expression in the liver was less evident in these rats. There were no significant differences in the activities of hepatic carnitine palmitoyltransferase, fatty acid synthase, malic enzyme, and phosphatidic acid phosphohydrolase among the groups. Our data suggest that olive leaf extract may help prevent NASH, presumably through its anti-oxidative activity.
    Pathology 01/2010; 42(1):66-72. · 2.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fatty liver is commonly associated with alcohol or metabolic syndrome. We aimed to examine the longitudinal aspects of fatty liver, and clarify the independent predictors for the development or regression of fatty liver. In the present study, the clinical features of 1578 Japanese adults (1208 men and 370 women; 35 to 69 years of age) who visited our center both in 2000 and 2007-2008 were recorded and compared, including liver status diagnosed by ultrasonography. Of the 1578 participants, 217 (13.8%) showed fatty liver development, and 74 (4.7%) showed fatty liver regression. Logistic regression analysis revealed that body mass index and percentage body fat were strongly associated with the development or regression of fatty liver. Metabolic syndrome-related disorders such as serum levels of total cholesterol, triglyceride, uric acid, and fasting blood glucose were also associated with clinical course to some degree. However, the history of alcohol intake, the presence of metabolic syndrome, blood pressure, and habitual physical exercise were not independent predictors for the development or regression of fatty liver. Our present data suggest that control of body weight in men and the percentage body fat in women are particularly important for the prevention or treatment of fatty liver.
    Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition 08/2009; 45(1):56-67. · 2.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gamma-tocopherol is largely metabolized to 2,7,8-trimethyl-2-(2'-carboxyethyl)-6-hydroxychroman (γ-CEHC), which has natriuretic activity that is mediated via inhibition of 70 pS ATP-sensitive K+ channels in the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle. However, the effects of γ-tocopherol administration on edema are unclear. To determine the effects of γ-tocopherol administration on pretibial edema, we measured urinary γ-CEHC concentration by high-performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection (HPLC-ECD) after administration of γ-tocopherol. Twenty young women who had a history of pretibial edema due to premenstrual syndrome were randomly divided into two groups. The γ-tocopherol group received 4 "γ-tocopherol capsules" (each containing 100mg of γ-tocopherol), and the control group received 4 "placebo capsules" (each containing 250mg of soybean oil) per day for 7 days. Urinary sodium and potassium secretion and urine volume did not increase after cessation of γ-tocopherol administration, yet the degree of pretibial edema improved in all participants in the γ-tocopherol group. The serum γ-tocopherol concentration significantly increased in the γ-tocopherol group. Urinary excretion of γ-CEHC significantly increased after γ-tocopherol administration. Our results suggest that orally administered γ-tocopherol on renal sodium handling is not apparent, but γ-tocopherol is a precursor of prolonged natriuresis of γ-CEHC and may be effective for edema
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    ABSTRACT: Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a multifactorial disease in which genetic factors rather than environmental factors may predominantly contribute to the pathogenesis. In order to identify the genetic determinants of the disease severity and progression of PBC, we examined an association of seven tag single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the multidrug resistance protein 3 (MDR3/ABCB4) gene in 148 Japanese PBC patients and 150 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects. SNPs were detected via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) restriction fragment length polymorphism and PCR direct DNA sequencing methods. Subsequently, haplotypes were constructed from three tag SNPs (rs31658, rs31672, and rs1149222) that were significantly associated with progression of PBC. Logistic regression analyses revealed that a Hap 2 haplotype and its homozygous diplotype, Hap 2/Hap 2, in MDR3 were closely associated with the susceptibility to jaundice-type progression of PBC [P = 0.004, odds ratio (OR) 3.93, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.56-9.90 and P = 0.0003, OR 17.73, 95% CI 3.77-83.42, respectively]. Conversely, another haplotype, Hap 1, and its homozygous diplotype, Hap 1/Hap 1, were associated with the insusceptibility to the progression to late-stage PBC (P = 0.021, OR 0.55, 95% CI 0.33-0.91 and P = 0.011, OR 0.24, 95% CI 0.08-0.71, respectively). CONCLUSION: The present study is the first report of an association of MDR3 haplotypes and diplotypes with progression of PBC. The Hap 2/Hap 2 diplotype in MDR3 could therefore be potentially applied to DNA-based diagnosis in Japanese patients with PBC as a strong genetic biomarker for predicting the progression and prognosis of PBC.
    Hepatology 10/2008; 48(3):853-62. · 12.00 Impact Factor
  • Hepatology Research 08/2008; 38(7):743-4. · 2.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the effects of a long-term high-fat diet and switching from high-fat to a low-fat diet on hepatic fat accumulation in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats, 3-week-old male SD rats were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) containing 45% fat (kilocalories) for 43 weeks (HDHD group), an HFD for 23 weeks followed by a low-fat, standard diet (LFD) containing 10% fat for 20 weeks (HDLD group), and an LFD for 43 weeks (LDLD group). Histopathologically, steatosis and lobular inflammation was obvious in the HDLD and HDHD groups at 46 weeks of age, and ballooning hepatocytes and Mallory hyalines were seen in the HDHD group. Mild fibrosis was observed in 5 of 13 (38%) rats in the HDHD or HDLD groups. Our results demonstrate that a long-term high-fat diet can induce nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in SD rats. Switching to a low-fat, standard diet prevented the progression of NASH, although steatosis was not improved.
    Digestive Diseases and Sciences 06/2008; 53(12):3206-12. · 2.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We evaluated patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and compared the clinical and pathological features to identify the risk factors for NAFLD with severe fibrosis. One hundred and eighty-two patients with biopsy-confirmed NAFLD from various medical centres were recruited into this study. The variables that were significantly associated with severe steatosis were male gender (mild:severe=36%:53%, P=0.02), younger age (mild:severe=57%:82%, P>0.001) and absence of type 2 diabetes (mild:severe=43%:71%, P>0.001). There was no significant difference in the degree of inflammation among the clinical groups. The variables that were significantly associated with severe fibrosis were female gender (mild:severe=54%:84%, P=0.002), older age (> or = 60 years old) (mild:severe=29%:53%, P=0.020), type 2 diabetes (mild:severe=42%:71%, P=0.020) and hypertension (mild:severe=24%:53%, P=0.002). Although there were more obese patients in the group with severe fibrosis, the association was not statistically significant (mild:severe=67%:78%, P=0.229). The prevalence of high serum triglyceride levels was similar between the two groups. The N (Nippon) score (total number of risk factor) could significantly predict severe fibrosis in NAFLD patients (1.48 +/- 1.14 vs. 2.66 +/- 0.94, P<0.001). The N score can be used to predict severe fibrosis in cases of NAFLD.
    Liver international: official journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver 04/2008; 28(4):519-24. · 3.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The mechanism of maternal mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) inheritance in animals can be said to be the selective elimination of sperm mtDNA via the elimination factor of the egg and a sperm mitochondria-specific factor. In 2005, we clarified that t-tpis (Spag1 isoform 1) is a mitochondria-specific translocator and the sperm factor, and furthermore estimated that the elimination factors of the egg are the divalent cation-dependent endonuclease and s-tpis (Spag1 isoform 2 and isoform 3) as the elimination system-specific chaperone [K. Hayashida, K. Omagari, J. Masuda, H. Hazama, Y. Kadokawa, K. Ohba, S. Kohno, The sperm mitochondria-specific translocator has a key role in maternal mitochondrial inheritance, Cell Biol. Int. 29 (2005) 472-481]. This time, using a recombinant Spag1 isoform 1 protein, a pull-down assay of ovary cytosol was performed and the elimination factors searched for. Surprisingly, an endogenous retroviral integrase fragment (Eri15) was identified using mass spectrometry of the electrophoresis band of the pull-down protein. Eri15 was detected as a complex of approximately 500kDa with Spag1 isoform 2 or isoform 3 in native PAGE of the ovary cytosol. This strongly suggested that Eri15 is selectively transported into the sperm mitochondria matrix by Spag1 isoform 2 and 3 via Spag1 isoform 1 and that sperm mtDNA is destroyed, thus causing the establishment of maternal mtDNA inheritance.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 03/2008; 366(1):206-11. · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report a case of glucagonoma syndrome with liver metastasis, who responded completely to dacarbazine chemotherapy. A 77-year-old woman complained of itching skin eruptions (diagnosed as necrolytic migratory erythema) and weight loss. She was found to have glucose intolerance, anemia, hypoproteinemia and hyperglucagonemia. Abdominal CT and celiac arteriography showed a hypervascular tumor in the pancreatic tail and a metastatic tumor in the left hepatic lobe. Immunohistochemical examination of the metastatic liver tumor obtained by laparoscopic biopsy revealed the tumor cells to be positive for glucagon. The patient was treated with 20 courses of 300 mg/day intravenous dacarbazine for 5 consecutive days followed by a 4 week drug-free interval. No major side effects were noted. Treatment resulted in disappearance of the skin lesions and correction of anemia, glucose intolerance, hypoproteinemia and hyperglucagonemia. Follow-up abdominal CT showed complete resolution of both the primary pancreatic tumor and the metastatic liver tumor. We suggest that dacarbazine be considered as the treatment of choice for metastatic glucagonoma.
    Digestive Endoscopy 12/2007; 10(2):135 - 141. · 1.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate an association between N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2)-haplotypes/diplotypes and adverse effects in Japanese pulmonary tuberculosis patients. We studied 100 patients with pulmonary TB treated with anti-TB drugs including INH. The frequencies and distributions of single nucleotide polymorphisms, haplotypes, and diplotypes of NAT2 were determined by the PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism method, and the results were compared between TB patients with and without adverse effect, using multivariate logistic regression analysis. Statistical analysis revealed that the frequency of a variant haplotype, NAT2 6A, was significantly increased in TB patients with hepatotoxicity, compared with those without hepatotoxicity [P = 0.001, odds ratio (OR) = 3.535]. By contrast, the frequency of a wild-type (major) haplotype, "NAT2 4", was significantly lower in TB patients with hepatotoxicity than those without hepatotoxicity (P < 0.001, OR = 0.265). There was no association between NAT2-haplotypes and skin rash or eosinophilia. The present study shows that NAT2 is one of the determinants of anti-TB drug-induced hepatotoxicity. Moreover, the haplotypes, NAT2 4 and NAT2 6A, are useful new biomarkers for predicting anti-TB drug-induced hepatotoxicity.
    World Journal of Gastroenterology 12/2007; 13(45):6003-8. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: Bile duct injury has been thought to be absent in autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), but recent studies have indicated that AIH patients do have bile duct injury. In this study, the intracellular balance of oxidative stress and cytoprotection in biliary epithelial cells was investigated to clarify the pathogenesis of bile duct injury in AIH. Methods: The intracellular status of oxidative DNA damage caused by oxidative stress and glutathione, an endogenous cytoprotective molecule, were examined in patients with AIH, primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), and normal controls by immunostaining of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and glutathione-S-transferase-pi. Results: Immunohistochemically, 8-OHdG expression was detected as abundantly in the damaged bile ducts of AIH patients as in PBC patients. Moreover, in AIH, 8-OHdG expression was detected in damaged bile ducts more than in undamaged bile ducts. Glutathione-S-transferase-pi expression was relatively preserved in the damaged bile ducts of AIH patients compared to PBC patients, reflecting preservation of intracellular glutathione. Conclusions: In AIH, oxidative stress and DNA damage may be involved in the pathogenesis of bile duct injury in a manner similar to that found in PBC. However, relatively preserved intracellular glutathione may play a key role in preventing progressive bile duct loss following bile duct injury in AIH.
    Hepatology Research 09/2007; 37(8):620-7. · 2.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 36-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with complaints of right lower abdominal pain and fever. Radiological and endoscopic examination revealed a polypoid lesion composed of several nodules in the orifice of the appendix in addition to irregular ulcers among the nodules. Macroscopic examination of the ileocolectomized specimen also revealed a polypoid lesion in the orifice of the appendix and a thickened appendiceal wall. The resected appendix and the polypoid lesion in the cecum exhibited Crohn's disease as characterized by transmural inflammation with non-caseating epithelioid granulomas and fissuring ulcers. This patient was diagnosed as a rare case of Crohn's disease confined to the appendix manifesting as a polypoid lesion in the orifice of the appendix.
    Digestive Endoscopy 08/2007; 8(4):315 - 320. · 1.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Neurohormonal factors might play a role in the pathogenesis of functional dyspepsia (FD). However, the role of ghrelin, a gastrointestinal hormone that stimulates gastric motility, in FD is not yet clearly defined. The present study was designed to investigate plasma ghrelin levels and their relation with gastric emptying and psychologic status in FD. Sixteen patients with FD of the dysmotility type and 19 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. Plasma active and desacyl ghrelin concentrations before and after test meal were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Gastric emptying and psychologic condition were studied using C acetate breath test and questionnaires, respectively. Gastric emptying was significantly prolonged in patients with FD compared with controls. Fasting desacyl and total ghrelin levels were significantly lower in FD patients than in controls, but fasting active ghrelin levels and postprandial levels of ghrelin in both forms were similar between the 2 groups. Fasting total ghrelin levels in FD patients did not differ from the postprandial levels, in contrast to what was found for controls. There was no significant association among gastric emptying, plasma ghrelin levels, and psychologic factors in FD patients. Total secretory ability or metabolic condition of ghrelin may be altered in patients with FD. This seems to play a role in the pathophysiology of dysmotility type FD, independent of delayed gastric emptying or psychologic disorders.
    Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology 04/2007; 41(5):477-83. · 3.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Osteopontin (OPN) plays a key role in the progression of T(H)1-immune-mediated disease in models of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. To determine whether plasma OPN levels in patients with inflammatory bowel disease are associated with disease activity. Plasma samples were obtained from patients with ulcerative colitis (UC, n=30), Crohn's disease (CD, n=30), and healthy volunteers (controls, n=30) and enzyme immunoassay was performed. Plasma OPN concentrations were significantly higher in patients with Crohn's disease than in controls (951.9+/-538.5 ng/mL and 659.0+/-163.7 ng/mL, respectively). OPN concentrations in patients with UC were also higher than in the controls (1149.6+/-791.0 and 659.0+/-163.7, respectively). There was a significant difference in plasma OPN level between active UC and inactive UC (2102.0+/-552.8 and 649.4+/-313.0, respectively). Moreover, a significant correlation was observed between plasma OPN concentration and disease activity, as determined by the clinical activity index in patients with UC. Our results indicate that the plasma concentrations of OPN are elevated in patients with UC and that OPN expression is correlated with clinical activity. These results provide insight into UC pathogenesis and suggest that OPN may be a useful tool for assessing disease activity.
    Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology 03/2007; 41(2):167-72. · 3.20 Impact Factor

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  • 2008–2014
    • University of Nagasaki
      Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1990–2008
    • Nagasaki University Hospital
      Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1996–2007
    • Sasebo City General Hospital
      Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1993–2007
    • Nagasaki University
      • • Department of Surgical Oncology
      • • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      • • Department of Internal Medicine
      • • School of Medicine
      Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki-ken, Japan
  • 1995–2000
    • Monash University (Australia)
      • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Melbourne, Victoria, Australia