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Articles by M Iwasaki
Total Records ( 4 ) for M Iwasaki
  M Inoue , N Kurahashi , M Iwasaki , T Shimazu , Y Tanaka , M Mizokami , S Tsugane and for the Japan Public Health Center Based Prospective Study Group
 

In spite of their anticarcinogenic potential, the effect of coffee and green tea consumption on the risk of liver cancer has not been clarified prospectively in consideration of hepatitis C (HCV) and B virus (HBV) infection. We examined whether coffee and green tea consumption was associated with a reduced risk of liver cancer by hepatitis virus infection status in the Japan Public Health Center-Based Prospective Study Cohort II. A total of 18,815 subjects ages 40 to 69 years participating in a questionnaire and health checkup survey in 1993 to 1994 were followed for the incidence of liver cancer through 2006. A total of 110 cases of liver cancer were newly documented. Hazard ratios for coffee and green tea consumption categories were calculated with a Cox proportional hazards model. Compared with almost never drinkers, increased coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of liver cancer in all subjects (hazard ratio for <1, 1-2, and ≥3 cups/d; Ptrend = 0.67, 0.49, 0.54, and 0.025). A similar risk tendency was observed in those with either or both HCV and HBV infection. In contrast, no association was observed between green tea consumption and the risk of liver cancer in all subjects. Our results suggest that coffee consumption may reduce the risk of liver cancer regardless of HCV and HBV infection status, whereas green tea may not reduce this risk.(Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009;18(6):1746–53)

  S Sasazuki , M Inoue , N Sawada , M Iwasaki , T Shimazu , T Yamaji , S Tsugane and for the Japan Public Health Center Based Prospective Study Group
 

Gastric carcinogenesis may be under the combined influence of factors related to the host, Helicobacter pylori bacterial virulence and the environment. One possible host-related factor is the inflammatory or immune response. To clarify this point, we investigated the association between plasma levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and serum amyloid A (SAA) and the subsequent risk of gastric cancer in a population-based nested case–control study. Subjects were observed from 1990 to 2004. Among 36 745 subjects who answered the baseline questionnaire and provided blood samples, 494 gastric cancer cases were identified and matched to 494 controls for our analysis. The overall distribution of CRP and SAA was not apparently associated with the development of gastric cancer. However, a statistically significant increased risk was observed when subjects were categorized dichotomously. The adjusted odds ratio (OR) for the development of gastric cancer for the CRP-positive group (CRP > 0.18 mg/dl) compared with the CRP-negative group was 1.90 [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.19–3.02, P = 0.007]. The OR for the SAA-positive group (SAA > 8 µg/ml) compared with the SAA-negative group was 1.93 (95% CI: 1.22–3.07, P = 0.005). In conclusion, our results suggest that those who react strongly to inflammation or who have a high host immune response, as reflected by extremely elevated plasma levels of CRP and SAA, are at a high risk to develop gastric cancer.

  T Kohno , R Kakinuma , M Iwasaki , T Yamaji , H Kunitoh , K Suzuki , Y Shimada , K Shiraishi , Y Kasuga , G. S Hamada , K Furuta , K Tsuta , H Sakamoto , A Kuchiba , S Yamamoto , Y Kanai , S Tsugane and J. Yokota
 

Estrogen has been indicated to play an etiological role in the development of lung adenocarcinoma (ADC), particularly bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC), a type of ADC that develops from a benign adenomatous lesion, atypical adenomatous hyperplasia (AAH). Polymorphisms in the CYP19A1 gene cause interindividual differences in estrogen levels. Here, 13 CYP19A1 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were examined for associations with lung AAH risk. AAH is detected as ground-glass opacity (GGO) by computed tomography (CT) examination, and this study consisted of 100 individuals diagnosed with GGO in their lungs among 3088 CT-based cancer screening examinees and 424 without. Minor allele carriers for the rs3764221 SNP showed an elevated risk for GGO [odds ratio (OR) = 1.72, P = 0.017]. Associations of this SNP with risks for lung AAH and BAC in the lungs were next examined using 359 ADC cases whose resected lung lobes were subjected to a histological examination for AAH accompaniment and the presence of BAC components and 330 controls without cancer. The ORs were also increased for lung ADC accompanied by AAH (OR = 1.74, P = 0.029) as well as lung ADC with BAC components (OR = 1.41, P = 0.091). The minor allele was associated with an increased circulating estradiol level (P = 0.079) in a population of 363 postmenopausal women without cancer. These results indicate that CYP19A1 polymorphisms are involved in the risk for lung AAH and BAC in the lungs by causing differences in estrogen levels.

  M Koyanagi , M Iwasaki , S Rupp , F. S Tedesco , C. H Yoon , J. N Boeckel , J Trauth , C Schutz , K Ohtani , R Goetz , K Iekushi , P Bushoven , S Momma , C Mummery , R Passier , R Henschler , H Akintuerk , D Schranz , C Urbich , B. G Galvez , G Cossu , A. M Zeiher and S. Dimmeler
 

Rationale: Complementation of pluripotency genes may improve adult stem cell functions.

Objectives: Here we show that clonally expandable, telomerase expressing progenitor cells can be isolated from peripheral blood of children. The surface marker profile of the clonally expanded cells is distinct from hematopoietic or mesenchymal stromal cells, and resembles that of embryonic multipotent mesoangioblasts. Cell numbers and proliferative capacity correlated with donor age. Isolated circulating mesoangioblasts (cMABs) express the pluripotency markers Klf4, c-Myc, as well as low levels of Oct3/4, but lack Sox2. Therefore, we tested whether overexpression of Sox2 enhances pluripotency and facilitates differentiation of cMABs in cardiovascular lineages.

Methods and Results: Lentiviral transduction of Sox2 (Sox-MABs) enhanced the capacity of cMABs to differentiate into endothelial cells and cardiomyocytes in vitro. Furthermore, the number of smooth muscle actin positive cells was higher in Sox-MABs. In addition, pluripotency of Sox-MABs was shown by demonstrating the generation of endodermal and ectodermal progenies. To test whether Sox-MABs may exhibit improved therapeutic potential, we injected Sox-MABs into nude mice after acute myocardial infarction. Four weeks after cell therapy with Sox-MABs, cardiac function was significantly improved compared to mice treated with control cMABs. Furthermore, cell therapy with Sox-MABs resulted in increased number of differentiated cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, and smooth muscle cells in vivo.

Conclusions: The complementation of Sox2 in Oct3/4-, Klf4-, and c-Myc-expressing cMABs enhanced the differentiation into all 3 cardiovascular lineages and improved the functional recovery after acute myocardial infarction.

 
 
 
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