[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although altered levels of adiponectin have been reported as a potential risk factor in colorectal cancer (CRC), the importance of the role played by adiponectin in colorectal carcinogenesis has not been established. We sought to examine the expression pattern of adiponectin and adiponectin receptors (AdipoRs) in the normal-adenoma-carcinoma sequence and to assess the implications of adiponectin in colorectal carcinogenesis.
BMC Cancer 11/2014; 14(1):811. · 3.32 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Obstructive jaundice caused by tuberculous lymphadenitis is a rare manifestation of tuberculosis (TB), with 15 cases having been reported in Korea. We experienced a case of obstructive jaundice caused by pericholedochal tuberculous lymphadenitis in a 30-year-old man. The patient's initial serum total bilirubin level was 21.1 mg/dL. Abdominal computed tomography revealed narrowing of the bile duct by a conglomerated soft-tissue mass involving the main portal vein. Abrupt obstruction of the common bile duct was observed on cholangiography. Pathologic analysis of a ultrasonography-guided biopsy sample revealed chronic granulomatous inflammation, and an endoscopic examination revealed esophageal varices and active duodenal ulceration, the pathology of which was chronic noncaseating granulomatous inflammation. Hepaticojejunostomy was performed and pathologic analysis of the conglomerated soft-tissue mass revealed chronic granulomatous inflammation with caseation of the lymph nodes. Tuberculous lymphadenitis should be considered in patients presenting with obstructive jaundice in an endemic area.
Clinical and molecular hepatology. 06/2014; 20(2):208-13.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Apoptotic cell instillation after bleomycin induces persistent HGF production and protects from pulmonary fibrosis, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. We investigated immediate and prolonged effects of in vivo instillation of apoptotic cells into bleomycin-stimulated mouse lungs (2 days old) on COX-2 expression in lung tissue and alveolar macrophages and PGE2 production in BALF. Furthermore, functional interaction between these molecules and HGF, following apoptotic cell instillation in a bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis model, was assessed. Apoptotic cell instillation results in enhanced immediate and prolonged expression of COX-2 and PGE2 when compared with those from bleomycin-only-treated mice. Coadministration of the COX-2-selective inhibitor NS398 or the selective PGE2R EP2 inhibitor AH6809 inhibited the increase in HGF production. Inhibition of HGF signaling using PHA-665752 inhibited increases in COX-2 and PGE2. Long-term inhibition of COX-2, PGE2, or HGF reversed the reduction of TGF-β, apoptotic and MPO activities, protein levels, and hydroxyproline contents. Up-regulation of COX-2/PGE2 and HGF through a positive-feedback loop may be an important mechanism whereby apoptotic cell instillation exerts the net results of anti-inflammatory, antiapoptotic, and antifibrotic action.
Journal of leukocyte biology 08/2013; · 4.99 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Mucins are high molecular glycoproteins and play protective and lubricating roles in various epithelial tissues. Deregulated expression of mucins is involved in carcinogenesis and tumor invasion. MUC4 expression has been identified as a poor prognostic factor in pancreatobiliary carcinomas. To date, the relation between MUC4 expression and prognosis in gallbladder carcinoma remains to be determined. Authors examined MUC4 expression in gallbladder carcinoma and investigated its impact on prognosis. METHODS: The expression profiles of MUC4, MUC1, MUC2 mucins in gallbladder carcinoma tissues from 63 patients were investigated using immunohistochemical staining. RESULTS: For gallbladder carcinoma, positive staining of MUC4, MUC1, and MUC2 was 55.6%, 81.0%, 28.6%, respectively. There was a significant correlation between the expression of MUC4 and the expression of MUC1 or MUC2 (p = 0.004, p = 0.009, respectively). Univariate analysis showed that MUC4 expression (p = 0.047), differentiation (p < 0.05), T-stage (p < 0.05) and lymph node metastasis (p < 0.001) were significantly associated with poor survival. Expression of MUC1 and MUC2 was not correlated to survival. The backward stepwise multivariate analysis showed that MUC4 expression (p = 0.039) and lymph node metastasis (p = 0.001) were significant independent risk factors. In combined assessment of MUC4 and MUC2 expression, MUC4 positive and MUC2 negative group showed a significantly worse outcome than MUC4 negative groups(MUC4-/MUC2+ and MUC4-/MUC2-) and MUC4/MUC2 co-expression group(MUC4+/MUC2+) (p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: MUC4 expression in gallbladder carcinoma is an independent poor prognostic factor. Therefore, MUC4 expression may be a useful marker to predict the outcome of patients with surgically resected gallbladder carcinoma. MUC2 expression may have prognostic value when combined with MUC4 expression.
World Journal of Surgical Oncology 10/2012; 10(1):224. · 1.20 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Ischemic colitis is a rare complication of interferon administration. Only 9 cases in 6 reports have been described to-date. This report describes a case of ischemic colitis during pegylated interferon and ribavirin treatment for chronic hepatitis C, and includes a review of the relevant literature. A 48-year-old woman was treated with pegylated interferon α-2a and ribavirin for chronic hepatitis C, genotype Ib. After 19 wk of treatment, the patient complained of severe afebrile abdominal pain with hematochezia. Vital signs were stable and serum white blood cell count was within the normal range. Abdominal computed tomography showed diffuse colonic wall thickening from the splenic flexure to the proximal sigmoid colon, which is the most vulnerable area for the development of ischemic colitis. Colonoscopy revealed an acute mucosal hyperemic change, with edema and ulcerations extending from the proximal descending colon to the sigmoid colon. Colonic mucosal biopsy revealed acute exudative colitis. Polymerase chain reaction and culture for Mycobacterium tuberculosis were negative and the cultures for cytomegalovirus, Salmonella and Shigella species were negative. After discontinuation of interferon and ribavirin therapy, abdominal pain and hematochezia subsided and, following colonoscopy showed improvement of the mucosal ulcerations. Ischemic colitis cases during interferon therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C reported so far have all involved the descending colon. Ischemic colitis is a rarely encountered complication of interferon administration in patients with chronic hepatitis C and should be considered when a patient complains of abdominal pain and hematochezia.
World Journal of Gastroenterology 08/2012; 18(31):4233-6. · 2.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mer receptor tyrosine kinase (Mer) regulates macrophage activation and promotes apoptotic cell clearance. Mer activation is regulated through proteolytic cleavage of the extracellular domain. To determine if membrane-bound Mer is cleaved during bleomycin-induced lung injury, and, if so, how preventing the cleavage of Mer enhances apoptotic cell uptake and down-regulates pulmonary immune responses. During bleomycin-induced acute lung injury in mice, membrane-bound Mer expression decreased, but production of soluble Mer and activity as well as expression of disintegrin and metalloproteinase 17 (ADAM17) were enhanced . Treatment with the ADAM inhibitor TAPI-0 restored Mer expression and diminished soluble Mer production. Furthermore, TAPI-0 increased Mer activation in alveolar macrophages and lung tissue resulting in enhanced apoptotic cell clearance in vivo and ex vivo by alveolar macrophages. Suppression of bleomycin-induced pro-inflammatory mediators, but enhancement of hepatocyte growth factor induction were seen after TAPI-0 treatment. Additional bleomycin-induced inflammatory responses reduced by TAPI-0 treatment included inflammatory cell recruitment into the lungs, levels of total protein and lactate dehydrogenase activity in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, as well as caspase-3 and caspase-9 activity and alveolar epithelial cell apoptosis in lung tissue. Importantly, the effects of TAPI-0 on bleomycin-induced inflammation and apoptosis were reversed by coadministration of specific Mer-neutralizing antibodies. These findings suggest that restored membrane-bound Mer expression by TAPI-0 treatment may help resolve lung inflammation and apoptosis after bleomycin treatment.
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 06/2012; 263(1):61-72. · 3.98 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Apoptotic cell clearance by macrophages and neighbouring tissue cells induces hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) secretion. HGF plays a key role in alveolar epithelial regeneration and reconstruction after lung injury. Direct in vivo exposure to apoptotic cells enhances HGF production, resulting in attenuation of pulmonary injury. We investigated the direct effect of in vivo exposure to apoptotic cells in bleomycin-stimulated lungs (2 days old) on HGF induction. Furthermore, sequential changes of bleomycin-induced HGF production following apoptotic cell instillation related to the changes in inflammatory and fibrotic responses were assessed. At 2 h after apoptotic cell instillation into bleomycin-stimulated lungs, the levels of HGF mRNA and protein production, and apoptotic cell clearance by alveolar macrophages were enhanced. Furthermore, HGF induction persistently increased following apoptotic cell instillation up to 21 days after bleomycin treatment. Apoptotic cell instillation attenuated bleomycin-induced pro-inflammatory mediator production, inflammatory cell recruitment and total protein levels. Apoptotic cell instillation also induced antiapoptotic and antifibrotic effects. These anti-inflammatory and antiapoptotic effects could be reversed by co-administration of HGF-neutralising antibody. These findings indicate that in vivo exposure to apoptotic cells enhances transcriptional HGF production in bleomycin-stimulated lungs, resulting in attenuation of lung injury and fibrosis.
European Respiratory Journal 03/2012; 40(2):424-35. · 7.13 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mer signaling participates in a novel inhibitory pathway in TLR activation. The purpose of the present study was to examine the role of Mer signaling in the down-regulation of TLR4 activation-driven immune responses in mice, i.t.-treated with LPS, using the specific Mer-blocking antibody. At 4 h and 24 h after LPS treatment, expression of Mer protein in alveolar macrophages and lung tissue decreased, sMer in BALF increased significantly, and Mer activation increased. Pretreatment with anti-Mer antibody did not influence the protein levels of Mer and sMer levels. Anti-Mer antibody significantly reduced LPS-induced Mer activation, phosphorylation of Akt and FAK, STAT1 activation, and expression of SOCS1 and -3. Anti-Mer antibody enhanced LPS-induced inflammatory responses, including activation of the NF-κB pathway; the production of TNF-α, IL-1β, and MIP-2 and MMP-9 activity; and accumulation of inflammatory cells and the total protein levels in BALF. These results indicate that Mer plays as an intrinsic feedback inhibitor of the TLR4- and inflammatory mediator-driven immune responses during acute lung injury.
Journal of leukocyte biology 03/2012; 91(6):921-32. · 4.99 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Infectious mononucleosis due to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection sometimes causes acute hepatitis, which is usually self-limiting with mildly elevated transaminases, but rarely with jaundice. Primary EBV infection in children is usually asymptomatic, but in a small number of healthy individuals, typically young adults, EBV infection results in a clinical syndrome of infectious mononucleosis with hepatitis, with typical symptoms of fever, pharyngitis, lymphadenopathy, and hepatosplenomegaly. EBV is rather uncommonly confirmed as an etiologic agent of acute hepatitis in adults. Here, we report two cases: the first case with acute hepatitis secondary to infectious mononucleosis and a second case, with acute hepatitis secondary to infectious mononucleosis concomitantly infected with hepatitis A. Both cases involved young adults presenting with fever, pharyngitis, lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, and atypical lymphocytosis confirmed by serologic tests, liver biopsy and electron microscopic study.
The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine 12/2009; 24(4):381-7.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: CD44 is an essential surface glycoprotein component of the hyaluronan receptor and is associated with adhesion and metastasis in many solid tumors. There are several isoforms of CD44, including CD44 standard (CD44s) and 10 CD44 variants (CD44v1 to CD44v10). We evaluated the clinical significance of CD44s and CD44v6 in biliary tract cancers.
Patients who had been diagnosed with primary biliary tract cancers were enrolled onto the study, and tissue specimens were obtained during surgery. Paraffin-embedded tissue sections were evaluated for the presence of CD44s and CD44v6 by immunohistochemical staining. We decided CD44s and CD44v6 expression as overexpression, which shows an intensity grade of >10%. Clinical data of all patients were reviewed.
Ninety-five patients (35 men and 60 women; median age, 64 years; range, 37-86 years) were evaluated. The incidence of overexpression (>10%) of CD44s was 49%, and that of CD44v6 was 17%. The median postoperative follow-up duration was 34.3 months, and the median overall survival was 12.2 months. The Cox proportional hazard ratio (HR) test identified CD44s overexpression (0% to 10% vs. 10% to 100%; HR, .420; 95% confidence interval [95% CI], .211-.837; P = .014) and cancer stage as prognostic factors. However, the expression of CD44v6 (0% to 10% vs. 10% to 100%; HR, 1.462; 95% CI, .630-3.393; P = .377) had no prognostic significance for survival.
CD44s overexpression is useful as a marker of a poor prognosis for biliary tract cancer. Aggressive postoperative therapy should be considered for such patients.
Annals of Surgical Oncology 05/2008; 15(4):1155-60. · 3.94 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Src tyrosine kinases (TKs) are signaling proteins involved in cell signaling pathways toward cytoskeletal, membrane and nuclear targets. In the present study, using a selective Src TK inhibitor, PP1, we investigated the roles of Src TKs in the key pulmonary responses, NF-kappaB activation, and integrin signaling during acute lung injury in BALB/C mice intratracheally treated with LPS. LPS resulted in c-Src phosphorylation in lung tissue and the phospho-c-Src was predominantly localized in recruited neutrophils and alveolar macrophages. PP1 inhibited LPS-induced increases in total protein content in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, neutrophil recruitment, and increases in the production or activity of TNF-alpha and matrix metalloproteinase-9. PP1 also blocked LPS-induced NF-kappaB activation, and phosphorylation and degradation of IkappaB-alpha. The inhibition of NF-kappaB activation by PP1 correlated with a depression of LPS-induced integrin signaling, which included increases in the phosphorylations of integrin beta(3), and of the focal adhesion kinase (FAK) family members, FAK and Pyk2, in lung tissue, and reductions in the fibrinogen-binding activity of alveolar macrophages. Moreover, treatment with anti-alpha(v), anti-beta(3), or Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (RGDS), inhibited LPS-induced NF-kappaB activation. Taken together, our findings suggest that Src TKs play a critical role in LPS-induced activations of NF-kappaB and integrin (alpha(v)beta(3)) signaling during acute lung injury. Therefore, Src TK inhibition may provide a potential means of ameliorating inflammatory cascade-associated lung injury.
The Journal of Immunology 12/2007; 179(10):7001-11. · 5.36 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Kikuchi disease is a self-limiting febrile lymphadenopathy characterized by a patchy area of apoptosis. Kikuchi disease is thought to be caused by a virus, but this has not been clearly demonstrated. Human herpesviruses 6 and 7 (HHV-6 and HHV-7) are lymphotropic viruses that can induce apoptosis in infected lymphocytes. Recently, HHV-8 was reported to be a possible etiologic agent of Kikuchi disease.
To investigate the incidence of HHV-6, HHV-7, and HHV-8 infection in patients with Kikuchi disease.
Seventy archival tissue specimens (from 50 Kikuchi disease cases and 20 control cases) were tested for the presence of HHV-6 and HHV-7 using a nested polymerase chain reaction, and for the presence of HHV-8 using single-step polymerase chain reaction. Immunohistochemistry for HHV-8 expression was carried out in those cases in which HHV-8 was detected using polymerase chain reaction.
Of the 50 cases with Kikuchi disease, 21 (42%) were HHV-6 positive and 32 (64%) were HHV-7 positive. Eight (40%) of the 20 control cases were HHV-6 positive and 9 (45%) were HHV-7 positive. Both HHV-6 and HHV-7 were detected in 15 (30%) of the cases with Kikuchi disease and in 3 (15%) of the control cases. Three (6%) of the 50 cases of Kikuchi disease were HHV-8 positive but revealed no positive cells on immunohistochemical analysis for HHV-8. Human herpesvirus 8 was not expressed in any of the control cases.
There was no association between the presence of HHV-6 or HHV-7 and Kikuchi disease. Because the HHV-8 genome but not protein was detected in a small proportion of the cases of Kikuchi disease, its potential causative role in this disease should be determined by further studies.
Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine 04/2007; 131(4):604-9. · 2.88 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A mixed epithelial and mesenchymal tumor of the liver arising in an adult is rare and is mostly classified as sarcomatoid hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, a case of sarcomatoid HCC in an adult with hepatoblastoma (HB)-like features, which produced difficulty in the differential diagnosis between sarcomatoid HCC and mixed HB, is presented. The epithelial component of the tumor composed of poorly differentiated HCC, Edmondson's grade III, and more primitive components, which were embryonal and small cell undifferentiated components of HB-like areas. The small undifferentiated cells surrounded HCC and the embryonal component of HB-like area, and revealed transition partly to areas of rhabdomyosarcoma. A small portion of chondrosarcoma was also noted. Immunohistochemical analysis showed that HCC and the embryonal component of HB-like areas expressed alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and cytokeratin 8. The small undifferentiated cells were negative for AFP but stained with cytokeratin 8 as well as CD56, which is a marker of primitive cells in many sarcoma and HB. It is not certain whether small undifferentiated cells belong to hepatic progenitor cells or primitive mesenchymal cells. Polymerase chain reaction-single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis for beta-catenin mutation using microdissection revealed no mutation of any components. A review was undertaken of the cases previously reported as adult hepatoblastoma without detailed immunohistochemical study and consider many of them may be sarcomatoid HCC. These primitive and sarcomatoid components would be arising from the dedifferentiation process of HCC.
Pathology International 07/2004; 54(6):446-50. · 1.59 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The HER2 gene encodes a 185-kd transmembrane glycoprotein receptor (p185(HER2)) that has partial homology with the epidermal growth factor receptor and shares intrinsic tyrosine kinase activity. The phosphatase and tensin homolog mutated on chromosome ten (PTEN) gene product is a protein tyrosine phosphatase that participates in modulating the phosphoinositide 3-kinase pathway which has antagonizing activity to protein tyrosine kinase. The authors investigated the correlation between clinicopathologic variables including survival and the overexpression of the p185(HER2) with loss of PTEN expression in gastric adenocarcinoma patients.
The protein expression of p185(HER2) and PTEN was examined by immunohistochemical stain in paraffin-embedded tissues of 94 (M:F, 52:42) gastric adenocarcinoma patients by using monoclonal antibody, and the results were related to clinicopathological variables and survival.
p185(HER2) overexpression correlated positively with lymph node metastasis, distant metastasis, AJCC classification, higher relapse rate. Patients with overexpression of p185(HER2) were found to have significantly lower disease-free survival (P = 0.003) and overall survival (P = 0.0004). Loss of PTEN expression correlated positively with depth of invasion (T stage) and was more frequent in the advanced stage. The patient group with p185(HER2) overexpression and loss of PTEN expression showed significantly shorter disease-free and overall survival (P = 0.03, P = 0.01) than the other groups.
Our observations suggest potential prognostic significance of p185(HER2) overexpression with PTEN loss in gastric adenocarcinoma patients. This opens up the possibility of considering p185(HER2)and PTEN as a therapeutic target in gastric cancer.