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Articles by T Yamaji
Total Records ( 3 ) for T Yamaji
  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 Mitsuki , K Nara , T Yamaji , A Enomoto , M Kanno , Y Yamaguchi , A Yamada , S Waguri and Y. Hashimoto
 

Siglec-7, a sialic acid binding immunoglobulin-like lectin, predominantly transduces inhibitory signals through cytosolic immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motifs (ITIMs). Here, we report that clustering of Siglec-7 with a specific F(ab')2 elicited cell death. Interestingly, a truncated Siglec-7 lacking the cytosolic ITIM domain still induced the cell death, suggesting that the ITIMs are not essential for the death signaling. Further analyses of the death signaling revealed that an oxygen radical scavenger, N-acetyl cysteine, completely inhibited the cell death, whereas a pancaspase inhibitor did not. In addition, caspase-3 activation, DNA ladder formation, and nuclear condensation were not detected during the death process, suggesting that the cell death is nonapoptotic. To identify the critical region for the death signaling, we prepared a series of shuffling chimeras between Siglec-7 and Siglec-9, the latter of which did not transduce a death signal. The critical region was mapped to the middle of the membrane-proximal C2-set domain, which contained only six amino acid differences between Siglec-7 and Siglec-9. Point mutation analyses of each of these six amino acids revealed that four of the six amino acids were critical for the death signal. A computer-assisted 3D modeling revealed that these four amino acids were proximally located on the surface of the C2-set domain. In conclusion, Siglec-7 induces nonapoptotic cell death, the signal for which is transduced by an extracellular C2-set domain.

 
 
 
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