Yuichiro Ikebuchi

Tottori University, TTJ, Tottori, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Objective Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection may be involved in the development of cholangiocarcinoma. The prevalence of HBV and HCV infection was examined in patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ECC). Methods The levels of HBV surface antigens (HBsAg), antibodies against HBV core antigens (HBcAb) and hepatitis C virus antibodies (HCV-Ab) were determined in sera obtained from 145 consecutive patients (50 patients with ICC, 95 patients with ECC). Results The seroprevalence of HBsAg was 10% in the ICC patients and 4.2% in the ECC patients. The prevalence of HCV-Ab was 20% in the ICC patients and 7.4% in the ECC patients. Conclusion The prevalence of HBsAg and HCV-Ab is 0.8-2.2% and 1-2%, respectively, in the Japanese population living in the Tottori area. Furthermore, HBV and HCV infection is a possible risk factor for the development of cholangiocarcinoma. Therefore, the surveillance of ICC and ECC is needed in HBV and HCV carriers.
    Internal Medicine 04/2014; 53(7). DOI:10.2169/internalmedicine.53.1410 · 0.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection may be involved in the development of cholangiocarcinoma. The prevalence of HBV and HCV infection was examined in patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ECC). Methods The levels of HBV surface antigens (HBsAg), antibodies against HBV core antigens (HBcAb) and hepatitis C virus antibodies (HCV-Ab) were determined in sera obtained from 145 consecutive patients (50 patients with ICC, 95 patients with ECC). Results The seroprevalence of HBsAg was 10% in the ICC patients and 4.2% in the ECC patients. The prevalence of HCV-Ab was 20% in the ICC patients and 7.4% in the ECC patients. Conclusion The prevalence of HBsAg and HCV-Ab is 0.8-2.2% and 1-2%, respectively, in the Japanese population living in the Tottori area. Furthermore, HBV and HCV infection is a possible risk factor for the development of cholangiocarcinoma. Therefore, the surveillance of ICC and ECC is needed in HBV and HCV carriers.
    Internal Medicine 01/2014; 53(7):651-4. · 0.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The patient was a 68-year-old man with pancreatic cancer exhibiting invasion into the superior mesenteric artery and stenosis of the third part of the duodenum. He subsequently received a duodenal stent for malignant gastric outlet obstruction. On day 43 after the placement of the duodenal stent, he reported feeling poorly, with hypotension and hematemesis. High-density areas were observed from the stomach to the rectum on computed tomography. We diagnosed the origin of bleeding as the last third of the duodenum; unfortunately, the patient died. This is the first report of massive gastrointestinal tract bleeding as a late complication of self-expandable metallic stent placement for malignant gastric outlet obstruction.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective Fibrogenic cytokines, such as transforming growth factor-beta 1 play a central role in the progression of liver fibrosis. Recently, functional gene polymorphisms in these cytokines have been identified, and some reports have validated the presence of associations between these polymorphisms and disease progression. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a stimulating factor for fibroblast proliferation and matrix production. This study aimed to examine the relationship between CTGF gene polymorphisms and the progression of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related chronic liver disease, as well as the incidence and prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods A review was conducted among 235 HCV patients (117 patients with chronic hepatitis (CH) and 118 patients with liver cirrhosis (LC)). The CTGF gene polymorphism (rs6918698; -945 G/C) was identified according to the chimeric cycling probe method. The rate of liver fibrosis progression was measured using two liver fibrosis prediction formulas, the Forns index and the FibroIndex. All HCC patients were followed regularly every month. Results The frequency of the -945 C allele was higher among the LC patients than the CH patients. Regarding the rate of liver fibrosis progression over five years, C homozygotes tended to exhibit a faster rate than G carriers, although the difference was not significant. Among the LC patients, the C homozygotes demonstrated lower prothrombin times, higher rates of indocyanine green retention and higher Child-Pugh scores than the G carriers. There were no significant tendencies in the genotype distribution, irrespective of the status of HCC. However, the prognosis of HCC was poorer for the C homozygotes than for the G carriers. Conclusion A CTGF -945 C homozygote status is a significant risk factor for the progression of HCV-related chronic liver disease, including HCC.
    Internal Medicine 01/2014; 53(14):1461-8. DOI:10.2169/internalmedicine.53.1864 · 0.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We examined the association of TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 gene polymorphisms with the progression of chronic liver disease related to the hepatitis C virus (HCV). We used PCR to analyze 188 patients with HCV-related liver disease (95 with chronic hepatitis and 93 with cirrhosis) for TIMP-1 372 T/C and TIMP-2 -418 G/C polymorphisms. Comparing chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis, there were no significant differences in TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 gene polymorphisms. Among chronic hepatitis patients, TIMP-2 -418 G homozygotes showed significantly faster fibrosis progression than C carriers. Among cirrhotic patients, males with the TIMP-1 372 T allele developed cirrhosis at a younger age, and patients who were homozygous for the higher-transcription TIMP-2 -418 G allele had significantly lower serum albumin concentrations. These results suggest that faster progression of liver fibrosis could be associated with TIMP-2 -418 G homozygotes.
    Biochemical Genetics 04/2013; DOI:10.1007/s10528-013-9587-8 · 0.82 Impact Factor
  • Yuichiro Ikebuchi, Kazuo Yashima, Yoshikazu Murawaki
    Nippon Shokakibyo Gakkai zasshi The Japanese journal of gastro-enterology 05/2012; 109(5):804-5, 807-8.
  • Journal of Hepatology 03/2011; 54. DOI:10.1016/S0168-8278(11)60336-X · 10.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The inter-individual difference in response to liver injury appears to be important in the progression of liver fibrosis. Interleukin 10 (IL-10) is an anti-inflammatory cytokine, and several functional gene polymorphisms have been found. The aim of this study was to examine the possible association of IL-10 polymorphisms with the progression of liver fibrosis in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related chronic liver disease patients. We examined the IL-10 -1087 A/G and -824 T/C gene polymorphisms in 184 Japanese patients with HCV-related chronic liver disease: 94 chronic hepatitis (CH) and 90 with liver cirrhosis (LC). There were no significant differences in the genotype distributions or allele frequencies of IL-10 -824 T/C and -1087 A/G between the CH and LC groups. However, among the cirrhotic patients, the lower transcriptional allele, -824 T homozygotes had significantly lower serum albumin and platelet counts, and a higher Child-Pugh score than the -824 C carriers, and the lower transcriptional allele, -1087 A homozygotes had a higher ICG-R 15 compared with -1087 G carriers. Haplotype analysis of IL-10 -1087/-824 showed no significant difference between the CH and LC groups, but the combinations of AT and AC haplotypes (AT/AT, AT/AC and AC/AC) had a significantly higher ICG-R 15 than the GC carriers. IL-10 lower transcriptional -824 T allele, -1087 A allele, and -1087/-824 haplotypes AT and AC are risk factors for the progression of liver fibrosis in HCV-related chronic liver disease.
    Internal Medicine 01/2011; 50(7):659-66. DOI:10.2169/internalmedicine.50.4581 · 0.97 Impact Factor
  • Endoscopy 11/2010; 42 Suppl 2:E277-8. DOI:10.1055/s-0029-1243986 · 5.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 45-year-old Philippine woman who came from Mindanao Island was admitted to our hospital with a complaint of epigastric discomfort. Abdominal ultrasonography and computed tomography demonstrated a network pattern and linear calcification in the liver. Laparoscopic examination showed numerous yellowish, small speckles over the liver surface. The liver surface was separated into many small blocks by groove-like depressions, demonstrating a so-called tortoise shell pattern. Conventional colonoscopy and narrow-band imaging showed irregular areas of yellowish mucosa, and diminished vascular network and increased irregular microvessels extending from the descending colon to the rectum. Liver biopsy showed many Schistosoma japonicum eggs in Glisson's capsule and colon biopsy showed many S. japonicum eggs in the submucosal layer. These findings established a diagnosis of schistosomiasis japonica. The present case is imported schistosomiasis japonica. Even though new cases have not occurred recently in Japan, we should remain aware of schistosomiasis japonica for patients who came from foreign epidemic areas.
    Digestive Endoscopy 04/2010; 22(2):133-6. DOI:10.1111/j.1443-1661.2010.00935.x · 1.99 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Hepatology 04/2010; 52. DOI:10.1016/S0168-8278(10)60693-9 · 10.40 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Hepatology 04/2010; 52. DOI:10.1016/S0168-8278(10)60578-8 · 10.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cytokines and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are involved in tumor growth, invasion, and remote metastasis in various cancers. Recently, functional gene polymorphisms in these cytokines and MMPs have been found, and some reports have revealed an association between these polymorphisms and the prognosis of various cancers. In this study, we examined the relationship between the gene polymorphisms of interleukin 1 beta (IL-1b), IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1 RN), transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-b1), MMP-1, MMP-3, and MMP-9 and the prognosis of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We enrolled 92 HCV-related HCC patients in the study, and gene polymorphisms of IL-1b -31 C/T, IL-1 RN variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR), TGF-b1 +869 C/T, MMP-1 -1,607 1G/2G, MMP-3 -1,171 5A/6A, and MMP-9 -1,562 C/T were analyzed. In HCC clinical features, TGF-b1 C carriers and MMP-3 5A carriers had significantly larger HCC diameters than TGF-b1 T and MMP-3 6A homozygotes. In HCC prognosis, IL-1b T homozygotes and MMP-3 5A carriers had a significantly poorer prognosis than IL-1b C carriers and MMP-3 6A homozygotes. Those with a combination of IL-1b T homozygosity and MMP-3 5A had synergistically poorer HCC prognosis. The IL-1b -31 T allele and MMP-3 5A allele are cooperative risk factors for poor prognosis in HCC patients, suggesting that these gene polymorphisms might be potential markers for predicting the prognosis of HCC patients.
    Internal Medicine 01/2010; 49(10):887-95. DOI:10.2169/internalmedicine.49.3268 · 0.97 Impact Factor