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Latest Research Publications

This list of publications is regularly updated (Source: PubMed).

Meester RG, Doubeni CA, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, et al.
Variation in Adenoma Detection Rate and the Lifetime Benefits and Cost of Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Microsimulation Model.
JAMA. 2015; 313(23):2349-58 [PubMed] Related Publications
IMPORTANCE: Colonoscopy is the most commonly used colorectal cancer screening test in the United States. Its quality, as measured by adenoma detection rates (ADRs), varies widely among physicians, with unknown consequences for the cost and benefits of screening programs.
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the lifetime benefits, complications, and costs of an initial colonoscopy screening program at different levels of adenoma detection.
DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Microsimulation modeling with data from a community-based health care system on ADR variation and cancer risk among 57,588 patients examined by 136 physicians from 1998 through 2010.
EXPOSURES: Using modeling, no screening was compared with screening initiation with colonoscopy according to ADR quintiles (averages 15.3%, quintile 1; 21.3%, quintile 2; 25.6%, quintile 3; 30.9%, quintile 4; and 38.7%, quintile 5) at ages 50, 60, and 70 years with appropriate surveillance of patients with adenoma.
MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: Estimated lifetime colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, number of colonoscopies, complications, and costs per 1000 patients, all discounted at 3% per year and including 95% confidence intervals from multiway probabilistic sensitivity analysis.
RESULTS: In simulation modeling, among unscreened patients the lifetime risk of colorectal cancer incidence was 34.2 per 1000 (95% CI, 25.9-43.6) and risk of mortality was 13.4 per 1000 (95% CI, 10.0-17.6). Among screened patients, simulated lifetime incidence decreased with lower to higher ADRs (26.6; 95% CI, 20.0-34.3 for quintile 1 vs 12.5; 95% CI, 9.3-16.5 for quintile 5) as did mortality (5.7; 95% CI, 4.2-7.7 for quintile 1 vs 2.3; 95% CI, 1.7-3.1 for quintile 5). Compared with quintile 1, simulated lifetime incidence was on average 11.4% (95% CI, 10.3%-11.9%) lower for every 5 percentage-point increase of ADRs and for mortality, 12.8% (95% CI, 11.1%-13.7%) lower. Complications increased from 6.0 (95% CI, 4.0-8.5) of 2777 colonoscopies (95% CI, 2626-2943) in quintile 1 to 8.9 (95% CI, 6.1-12.0) complications of 3376 (95% CI, 3081-3681) colonoscopies in quintile 5. Estimated net screening costs were lower from quintile 1 (US $2.1 million, 95% CI, $1.8-$2.4 million) to quintile 5 (US $1.8 million, 95% CI, $1.3-$2.3 million) due to averted cancer treatment costs. Results were stable across sensitivity analyses.
CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: In this microsimulation modeling study, higher adenoma detection rates in screening colonoscopy were associated with lower lifetime risks of colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer mortality without being associated with higher overall costs. Future research is needed to assess whether increasing adenoma detection would be associated with improved patient outcomes.

Erdling A, Johansson A
Core temperature--the intraoperative difference between esophageal versus nasopharyngeal temperatures and the impact of prewarming, age, and weight: a randomized clinical trial.
AANA J. 2015; 83(2):99-105 [PubMed] Related Publications
Unplanned perioperative hypothermia is a well-known complication to anesthesia. This study compares esophageal and nasopharyngeal temperature measured in the same patient for a period of 210 minutes of anesthesia. Forty-three patients undergoing colorectal surgery were randomly assigned in 2 groups, with or without a prewarming period (group A = prewarming [n = 21] or group B = no prewarming [n = 22]). Demographics were similar in both groups. Mean temperatures at 210 minutes were statistically different between the groups at both sites of measurement. Esophageal temperature in group A was 36.5 ± 0.6 vs 35.8 ± 0.7 in group B (P = .001), and nasopharyngeal temperature was 36.7 ± 0.6 and 36.0 ± 0.6 in group A and group B, respectively (P = .002). A negative correlation was found between esophageal temperature and age (r2 = -.381, P < .012). Esophageal temperature was different with respect to BMI below or above 25. The temperatures were 35.81 ± 0.66 in the lower BMI group vs 36.46 ± 0.59 (P < .001). These results demonstrate a difference between the 2 measurement techniques and that prewarming, age and BMI have an impact on measured temperatures.

Vyas D, Castro P, Saadeh Y, Vyas A
The role of nanotechnology in gastrointestinal cancer.
J Biomed Nanotechnol. 2014; 10(11):3204-18 [PubMed] Related Publications
The rising interest in the utilization of nanoparticles for diagnosis and treatment in all cancers including gastrointestinal cancer has increased research interest, and funding in the area of medical nanotechnology. Interesting outcomes of research studies on different applications are published every day, and it include approaches such as molecular targeting, photodynamic therapy, and magnetic localization. The discoveries being made by research teams and the hypothesized applications are thus far very promising. There are limitations that must be researched and overcome, but the increasing evidence for the use of nanoparticles in cancer treatment cannot be ignored. In this review, several recent techniques are discussed on the development of more effective and targeted cellular/molecular techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancer.

Jung JH, Choi KD, Koh YW, et al.
Risk factors of lymph node metastasis in patients with gastric neuroendocrine tumor with normal serum gastrin level.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Jan-Feb; 62(137):207-13 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Locoregional gastric carcinoids with normal serum gastrin level have been recommended radical resection regardless of tumor size or depth of invasion. However, there have been some reports which showed small sporadic gastric carcinoids could be treated with local resection. The aim of this study was to elucidate risk factors of lymph node metastasis in patients with gastric carcinoids with normal serum gastrin level and determine the indications for limited resection such as endoscopic treatment.
METHODOLOGY: We performed clinicopathologic reviews of thirty gastric carcinoids with normal serum gastrin level from January 1996 to December 2010.
RESULTS: One case show distant metastasis and two cases showed lymph node metastasis at the time of diagnosis. For twenty seven cases which showed no regional lymph node or distant metastasis initially no additional lymph node or distant metastasis were diagnosed throughout the follow up period. Large tumor size (>10 mm), proper muscle infiltration, WHO classification grade 2 and lymphovascular invasion was noted risk factor of lymph node metastasis by univariate logistic regression analysis.
CONCLUSIONS: Small (≤10 mm) gastric carcinoids with normal serum gastrin level confined to submucosa can be treated with endoscopic or local resection unless lymphovascular invasion.

Jorgensen B, Knudtson J
Stop cancer colon. Colorectal cancer screening--updated guidelines.
S D Med. 2015; Spec No:82-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the U.S. Its incidence and mortality have shown a decreasing trend over the last several decades. The greatest contribution to this trend has been colorectal cancer screening. Colonoscopy continues to be the preferred screening modality. However, recommendations for the use of screening tests other than colonoscopy have generated much interest. Guidelines regarding current screening and surveillance recommendations have recently been updated by expert panels, such as the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and National Institute of Health. A review of the updated guidelines as well as a PubMed search for articles dating 2006 to present relating to colorectal cancer screening and surveillance was performed. We discuss the importance of colorectal screening and highlight updates to current colorectal cancer screening and surveillance guidelines.

Zhang H, Zhang X, Wang J, et al.
Comparison of high-resolution melting analysis, Sanger sequencing and ARMS for KRAS mutation detection in metastatic colorectal cancer.
Clin Lab. 2015; 61(3-4):435-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Treatment of metastatic colon carcinoma with the anti-epidermal growth factor receptor antibody cetuximab/panitumumab is reported to be ineffective in KRAS-mutant tumors; therefore, it is necessary to perform KRAS mutation analysis before cetuximab or panitumumab treatment is initiated.
METHODS: This study was designed to compare and evaluate the efficacy of three different methodologies--high resolution melting (HRM), Sanger sequencing, and Amplification Refractory Mutation System (ARMS)--for KRAS mutation detection in a clinical setting.
RESULTS: In total, 55 samples from patients with metastatic colorectal cancer were analyzed. Compared to Sanger sequencing, good consistency was found between the results of the ARMS (Kappa = 0.839) and HRM (Kappa = 0.839). The sensitivities of the methods were compared after a consensus was reached: if two of the three methodologies showed a similar result, it was considered as the consensus result. The frequency of KRAS mutations in our population was 34.5%, and discordant findings were observed in five samples. No significant difference in sensitivity was found among the three methodologies.
CONCLUSIONS: From the results, we can conclude that after careful in-laboratory validation, HRM is a good alternative to the ARMS and Sanger sequencing for KRAS mutation testing.

Kong W, Wang J, Ping X, et al.
Biomarkers for assessing mucosal barrier dysfunction induced by chemotherapy: Identifying a rapid and simple biomarker.
Clin Lab. 2015; 61(3-4):371-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy-induced mucosal barrier dysfunction is of clinical interest. However, the assessment of mucosal barrier dysfunction still poses challenges. In this study, we compared several biomarkers with the dual sugar gut permeability test for assessing mucosal barrier dysfunction during chemotherapy.
METHODS: Forty-two patients with gastric or colorectal cancer underwent chemotherapy, including FAM or FOLFOX4 regimens. Patients were asked to grade and record their symptoms of gastrointestinal toxicity daily. The urinary lactulose-mannitol ratio was measured to assess the intestinal permeability. Plasma levels of citrulline, diamine oxidase (DAO), D-lactic acid, and endotoxin were also measured. Intestinal permeability was observed in the subgroup of patients with diarrhea or constipation.
RESULTS: The urinary lactulose-mannitol ratio and plasma citrulline levels increased on the third and sixth post-chemotherapy days, respectively. There were no significant differences in the plasma levels of D-lactic acid, endotoxin or DAO activity compared to their levels before chemotherapy. The urinary lactulose-mannitol ratio in diarrhea patients was significantly higher than in constipation patients.
CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate that the urinary lactulose-mannitol ratio and plasma citrulline level are appropriate biomarkers for assessing mucosal barrier dysfunction in patients receiving chemotherapy. Mucosal barrier dysfunction in diarrhea patients was greater than in constipation patients.

Wang F, Li S, Wang L, et al.
DATS suppresses growth of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma by regulation of ERK1/2.
Clin Lab. 2015; 61(3-4):315-22 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: It is well known that garlics contain a large number of organosulfur compounds including diallyl trisulfide (DATS), which possess anticancer properties. However, the effects of DATS on esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) growth are still poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the effects of DATS on ESCC cell growth in vivo and in vitro, as well as the associated signaling pathways.
METHODS: Cell proliferation was measured using the crystal violet assay. The transwell method was used to evaluate the effect of DATS on ESCC cell migration. Also, Western blot was performed to detect the activation of ERK1/2 and AKT1 responds to DATS. Finally, the effect of DATS on ESCC xenografts in nude mice was also investigated.
RESULTS: Our results showed that DATS significantly inhibited ESCC cell proliferation in a time- and dose-dependent manner. DATS time-dependently (p < 0.05) increased phosphorylation of ERK1/2, but not AKT1. Suppression of ERK1/2 activation with PD9805 also completely blocked DATS-inhibited ESCC cell proliferation. Meanwhile, DATS also robustly suppressed ESCC xenograft growth and increased ERK1/2 activation in nude mice.
CONCLUSIONS: Our finding demonstrated that DATS inhibits the proliferation of ESCC cells by activation of ERK1/2 in vitro and in vivo. These findings revealed that DATS could be used for therapeutic intervention for human ESCC.

Mayer RJ, Van Cutsem E, Falcone A, et al.
Randomized trial of TAS-102 for refractory metastatic colorectal cancer.
N Engl J Med. 2015; 372(20):1909-19 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Early clinical trials conducted primarily in Japan have shown that TAS-102, an oral agent that combines trifluridine and tipiracil hydrochloride, was effective in the treatment of refractory colorectal cancer. We conducted a phase 3 trial to further assess the efficacy and safety of TAS-102 in a global population of such patients.
METHODS: In this double-blind study, we randomly assigned 800 patients, in a 2:1 ratio, to receive TAS-102 or placebo. The primary end point was overall survival.
RESULTS: The median overall survival improved from 5.3 months with placebo to 7.1 months with TAS-102, and the hazard ratio for death in the TAS-102 group versus the placebo group was 0.68 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.58 to 0.81; P<0.001). The most frequently observed clinically significant adverse events associated with TAS-102 were neutropenia, which occurred in 38% of those treated, and leukopenia, which occurred in 21%; 4% of the patients who received TAS-102 had febrile neutropenia, and one death related to TAS-102 was reported. The median time to worsening performance status (a change in Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status [on a scale of 0 to 5, with 0 indicating no symptoms and higher numbers indicating increasing degrees of disability] from 0 or 1 to 2 or more) was 5.7 months with TAS-102 versus 4.0 months with placebo (hazard ratio, 0.66; 95% CI, 0.56 to 0.78; P<0.001).
CONCLUSIONS: In patients with refractory colorectal cancer, TAS-102, as compared with placebo, was associated with a significant improvement in overall survival. (Funded by Taiho Oncology-Taiho Pharmaceutical; RECOURSE ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT01607957.).

Beaber EF, Kim JJ, Schapira MM, et al.
Unifying screening processes within the PROSPR consortium: a conceptual model for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening.
J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015; 107(6):djv120 [PubMed] Related Publications
General frameworks of the cancer screening process are available, but none directly compare the process in detail across different organ sites. This limits the ability of medical and public health professionals to develop and evaluate coordinated screening programs that apply resources and population management strategies available for one cancer site to other sites. We present a trans-organ conceptual model that incorporates a single screening episode for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers into a unified framework based on clinical guidelines and protocols; the model concepts could be expanded to other organ sites. The model covers four types of care in the screening process: risk assessment, detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Interfaces between different provider teams (eg, primary care and specialty care), including communication and transfer of responsibility, may occur when transitioning between types of care. Our model highlights across each organ site similarities and differences in steps, interfaces, and transitions in the screening process and documents the conclusion of a screening episode. This model was developed within the National Cancer Institute-funded consortium Population-based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens (PROSPR). PROSPR aims to optimize the screening process for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer and includes seven research centers and a statistical coordinating center. Given current health care reform initiatives in the United States, this conceptual model can facilitate the development of comprehensive quality metrics for cancer screening and promote trans-organ comparative cancer screening research. PROSPR findings will support the design of interventions that improve screening outcomes across multiple cancer sites.

Shah M, Denlinger CS
Optimal post-treatment surveillance in cancer survivors: is more really better?
Oncology (Williston Park). 2015; 29(4):230-40 [PubMed] Related Publications
A substantial rise in the number of cancer survivors has led to management questions regarding effective post-treatment surveillance strategies. Although a number of professional societies have proposed surveillance guidelines, clinical practice varies; the general trend is toward more intensive strategies. The evidence supporting intensive surveillance is relatively lacking, with most studies showing that more intense surveillance regimens have minimal, if any, impact on outcomes in terms of survival, quality of life, or overall cost-effectiveness. This has been demonstrated in breast cancer, and data supporting a similar conclusion may be evolving in colorectal cancer, where large prospective studies call into question the utility of intensive surveillance; in prostate cancer, retrospective data suggest a similar trend. In this review, we discuss the established guidelines and current evidence regarding post-treatment surveillance, and we propose general management strategies in prostate, colorectal, and breast cancers.

Saha A, Shree Padhi S, Roy S, Banerjee B
HCT116 colonospheres shows elevated expression of hTERT and β-catenin protein - a short report.
J Stem Cells. 2014; 9(4):243-51 [PubMed] Related Publications
AIM: Clonospheres formed due to modified culture conditions are often studied for their stem cell like behaviour. The main objective of the current study is to compare the stem cell markers and link it to hTERT levels by monitoring their quantitative gene expression as they are potential targets for new generation combination therapeutics.
METHOD: In the present study we created stable colonospheres of Human colon cancer cell line HCT-116 long term culture conditions of Serum deprivation. Clonospheres formed after 15 days were collected by gentle and enzymatic dissociation was performed. Single cell suspension was obtained by mechanically dissociating the cells through a 22G needle. Single cells were replanted at a density 1200 cells/ml in Serum Free Medium in the 6 well plates for further passage. Passaging of cells was done at an interval of 8 days. The spheres formed were cyto-spun in special slides for Immunocytochemistry (ICC) studies for β-catenin protein and hTERT. The colonospheres were also processed for real time PCR expression studies for the same genes to confirm.
RESULTS: In this present study, immunofluorescence studies revealed high β-catenin expression in the nucleus in colonospheres as compared to that of differentiated cancer cell line HCT-116 where the signal was localized mostly in the membranous and non-nuclear regions. Also increased TRF2 signal in colonospheres indicated higher activity of hTERT gene as TRF2 is the direct activator of hTERT to protect the telomere. Quantitative PCR studies showed that there was a significant over expression (p<0.05) at the mRNA level of the hTERT, TRF2, Rap1 genes along with the β-catenin over expression. Immunofluorescence analysis also revealed higher expression of CSC marker CD44 and ALDH1in colonospheres compared to the parental population.
CONCLUSION: Clonospheres sub-population is showing higher degree of hTERT gene expression along with β-catenin when compared to the parental HCT-116 cancer cells. We also checked the co expression of other telomere maintenance genes mainly TRF 2 and Rap1 which also showed similar results. Therefore, we conclude that not only hTERT but possibly other Sheltrin proteins are regulated by β-catenin which is co expressed.

Peng XE, Chen HF, Hu ZJ, Shi XS
Independent and combined effects of environmental factors and CYP2C19 polymorphisms on the risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in Fujian Province of China.
BMC Med Genet. 2015; 16:15 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of CYP2C19 gene polymorphisms and various environmental factors and their interactions on the risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) in a Chinese Han population.
METHODS: A 1:2 frequency-matched case control study of 285 patients and 570 controls was conducted from June 2010 to May 2011 in AnXi of Fujian province, China. Environmental factors were investigated using a self-administered questionnaire and genotypes were determined using polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism based methods. Unconditional logistic regression models were used for statistical evaluation.
RESULTS: Current or former smoking, consumption of pickled vegetables or hot beverages/food, having a first degree relative with ESCC and history of reflux esophagitis were significantly associated with increased ESCC risk, whereas tea drinking and consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits were significantly associated with decreased risk. The CYP2C19*2 GA/AA genotype was significantly more prevalent in ESCC patients and individuals with at least one copy of the CYP2C19*2 A allele had a 3.19-fold increased risk (adjusted 95% confidence interval (CI): 2.21-4.61, P < 0.001) of ESCC compared with those without this allele. We found no significant associations between CYP2C19*3 genotypes and ESCC. The Cyp2C19*2 polymorphism appeared to have a multiplicative joint effect with tea drinking and hot beverage/food consumption (gene-tea drinking: P(interaction) = 0.042; hot beverage/food consumption: P(interaction) = 6.98 × 10(-6)) and an additive joint effect with pickled vegetable consumption (interaction contrast ratio = 1.96, 95% CI: 0.12-3.80).
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that the CYP2C19*2 polymorphism plays an important role in the development of ESCC in the Chinese population, modified by tea drinking and consumption of pickled vegetables or hot beverages/food. Further studies are warranted to confirm our results.

Wiela-Hojeńska A, Kowalska T, Filipczyk-Cisarż E, et al.
Evaluation of the toxicity of anticancer chemotherapy in patients with colon cancer.
Adv Clin Exp Med. 2015 Jan-Feb; 24(1):103-11 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Modern anticancer chemotherapy can cause numerous adverse effects in the organism, whose functioning has already been disrupted by the neoplastic process itself.
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare the frequency and severity of the toxicity of FOLFOX-4 and CLF-1 anticancer therapy in patients with colon cancer, and to analyze certain factors that might have increased the toxicity of the chemotherapy.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved 64 patients suffering from generalized colon cancer, including 48 patients treated according to the FOLFOX-4 regimen and 16 patients treated according to the CLF-1 regimen. The toxicity of each regimen was analyzed on the basis of a confidential questionnaire formulated by the authors and laboratory research according to the extended WHO toxicity criteria.
RESULTS: The analysis of the symptoms of toxicity symptoms associated with the use of the FOLFOX-4 and CLF-1 therapeutic regimens revealed that the most common side effects included nausea and vomiting, despite ondansetron premedication, and neurotoxicity. Disruption of the functioning of the nervous system under the FOLFOX-4 regimen statistically significant exacerbation that increased with the number of chemotherapy cycles administered; this was more common and more severe in women. Paresthesia was also revealed to be a neurotoxic effect of the FOLFOX-4 regimen after termination of therapy. A statistically significant relationship was observed between the use of vitamin supplements and the incidence and severity of the toxicity of the FOLFOX-4 regimen.
CONCLUSIONS: The findings of the current study regarding the toxicity of the FOLFOX-4 and CLF-1 therapy regimens should be taken into consideration when monitoring chemotherapy safety in colon cancer. The patients' tolerance of the administered medication and the side effects reported by patients should be constantly evaluated, which will help prevent these side effects, apply appropriate therapy and contribute to the improvement of the patients' quality of life. The functioning of the central nervous system should be carefully evaluated when planning the anticancer therapy, especially if repeated administration of neurotoxic drugs is necessary in cases of a recurrence of the disease. Chemotherapy should be thoroughly monitored for safety, especially in women over 65 years of age suffering from coexisting diseases. Colon cancer patients and their families should be informed of the risks of nutritional supplements before the start of the anticancer chemotherapy, and may need to dispense with their use.

Tokuhara T, Nakata E, Tenjo T, et al.
A new option for intracorporeal circular-stapled esophagojejunostomy in laparoscopic total gastrectomy: Roux-en-Y reconstruction with its efferent loop located at the left side of the patient to prevent twisting of the esophagojejunostomy.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):551-4 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Laparoscopic total gastrectomy (LTG) has not gained widespread acceptance because of the difficult reconstruction technique, especially for esophagojejunostomy. Although various modified procedures using a circular stapler for esophagojejunostomy have been reported, an optimal technique has not yet been established. In addition, in intracorporeal techniques, twisting of the esophagojejunostomy, which might be the cause of stenosis, is often encountered because application of the shaft is restricted. To prevent twisting of the esophagoejunostomy, we underwent LTG with Roux-en-Y reconstruction with its efferent loop located at the left side of the patient.
METHODOLOGY: From November 2013 to November 2014, a series of 9 patients underwent LTG with Roux-en-Y reconstruction using the transorally inserted anvil (OrVil™, Covidien, Mansfield, MA, USA), whose efferent loop was located at the left side of the patient.
RESULTS: No twisting of the esophagojejunostomy was encountered in all cases. In addition, no stenosis or leakage of the esophagojejunostomy occurred.
CONCLUSIONS: This reconstruction system may be a feasible surgical procedure in LTG.

Yoshii M, Tanaka H, Ohira M, et al.
Regulation of neutrophil infiltration into peritoneal cavity by laparoscopic gastrectomy.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):546-50 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive operation developed for treating gastrointestinal malignancies. We aimed to characterize the differences in the intra-abdominal environment following open and laparoscopic surgeries.
METHODOLOGY: We investigated data of 48 patients who underwent gastrectomy between 2010 and 2012. We analyzed the mRNA expression of chemokines, indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO), and so on in peritoneal lavage fluid with real-time RT-PCR. We also determined the leukocyte population and calculated the granulocyte/lymphocyte (G/L) ratio in peritoneal lavage fluid using flow cytometry.
RESULTS: CCL3 mRNA was significantly upregulated, whereas IDO mRNA was significantly downregulated, in the open group compared to the laparoscopic surgery group. Flow cytometry revealed that the G/L ratio was significantly higher in the open group.
CONCLUSIONS: We suggest that the production of chemokines and neutrophil infiltration into the abdominal cavity may be suppressed in the laparoscopic surgery. Thus, laparoscopic surgery may be beneficial in preserving local immunity.

Ikeo K, Oshima T, Shan J, et al.
Junctional adhesion molecule-A promotes proliferation and inhibits apoptosis of gastric cancer.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):540-5 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Junctional adhesion molecules (JAMs) are known as integral constituents of cellular tight junctions. However, the functions of JAMs in cancer tissues are controversial and the function of JAM-A in gastric cancer is unclear. Acordingly, we investigated the function of JAM-A in gastric epithelial and gastric cancer cell proliferation, invasion and apoptosis.
METHODOLOGY: A normal rat gastric mucosa-derived cell line (RGM1), a rat gastric cancer-like cell line established from RGM1 (RGK1), and a human gastric cancer cell line (NCI-N87) were used in this study. To examine the expression of junctional proteins, immunoblotting and immunofluorescent staining were performed with specific antibodies (JAM-A, claudins, occludin and ZO-1). JAM-A was knocked down by small interfering RNA.
RESULTS: RGM1 and RGK1 expressed JAM-A, occludin and ZO-1 but not claudins. RGK1 were significantly more invasive than RGM1. JAM-A knock-down significantly decreased the proliferation and the invasion of RGK1 but not of RGM1. JAM-A knock-down significantly decreased the proliferation of NCI-N87 cells and significantly decreased expression of the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-xL but not the expression of AKT or Mcl-1.
CONCLUSIONS: JAM-A promotes proliferation and inhibits apoptosis of gastric cancer, suggesting that it has a pivotal role in gastric cancer progression.

Nomura E, Lee SW, Kawai M, et al.
Comparison between early enteral feeding with a transnasal tube and parenteral nutrition after total gastrectomy for gastric cancer.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):536-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This retrospective study evaluated 21 patients with early enteral feeding (EEF group) and 22 patients without early enteral feeding (non-EEF group) who underwent open total gastrectomy followed by Roux en Y reconstruction and were RO resectable cases. METHDOLOGY: Postoperative complications and course, postoperative/preoperative body weight, whole meal intake, and nutritional, inflammatory, and immunological parameters were recorded and evaluated in both groups.
RESULTS: Postoperative meal intake was significantly higher and the first day of defecation was significantly earlier in the EEF group than in the non-EEF group. There were no significant differences between the 2 groups in the blood laboratory data and the rate of complications. In patients with complications, lymphocyte counts and postoperative body weights were compared as indicators of immunostimulation. The lymphocyte counts 7 days after operation and postoperative/preoperative body weight were significantly higher in the EEF group than in the non-EEF group.
CONCLUSIONS: Although immunostimulation-like findings were observed in the patients with complications after surgery in the present study, the significance of EEF was not clarified because of the lack of cases whose conditions were severe. EEF should be used especially for patients in whom severe disease is possible and avoidance of TPN is desirable.

Ma LN, Zhang RL
Risk, diagnosis and treatment to postoperative delirium in elderly patients with gastrointestinal cancers.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):529-35 [PubMed] Related Publications
In recent years, more elderly patients with gastrointestinal cancers have been undergoing surgery. As one of main postoperative complications, postoperative delirium (POD) is harmful and difficult to prevent and treat. Prevention, diagnosis and treatment to POD properly and ptomptly can promote the patient's overall recovery. However, health care providers still have many problems for POD to face in elderly,with gastrointestinal cancers during the clinical care. In this paper, Etiology, damages, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of POD in elderly with gastrointestinal cancer were reviewed, and the prospect of POD was also discussed.

Jian T, Chen Y
Regulatory mechanisms of transcription factors and target genes on gastric cancer by bioinformatics method.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):524-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Gastric cancer is one of the most lethal diseases and has caused a global health problem. We aimed to elucidate the major mechanisms involved in the gastric cancer progression.
METHODOLOGY: The expression profile GSE13911 was downloaded from GEO database, composing of 31 normal and 38 tumor samples. The transcription factor (TF)--target gene regulatory network and protein-protein interaction (PPI) network related to gastric cancer were obtained from TRED and TRANSFAC databases. After combining the two networks, we constructed an integrated network.
RESULTS: In total, 5255 DEGs in tumor samples were identified, which were mainly enriched in 12 pathways including cell cycle. The integrated network of TF--target gene--protein interaction included 7 genes related to cell cycle, in which E2F1 was predicted to mediate the expression of MCM4, MCM5 and CDC6 through regulating the expression of its target gene MCM3.
CONCLUSION: In gastric cancer progression, E2F1 may play vital roles in the involvement of cell cycle pathway through regulating its target gene MCM3, which might interact with MCM4, MCM5 and MCM7. Besides, STAT1 was another potentially critical transcription factor which could regulate multiple target genes.

Jiang ZW, Zhang S, Wang G, et al.
Single-incision laparoscopic distal gastrectomy for early gastric cancer through a homemade single port access device.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):518-23 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We presented a series of single-incision laparoscopic distal gastrectomies for early gastric cancer patients through a type of homemade single port access device and some other conventional laparoscopic instruments.
METHODOLOGY: A single-incision laparoscopic distal gastrectomy with D1 + α lymph node dissection was performed on a 46 years old male patient who had an early gastric cancer.
RESULTS: This single port access device has facilitated the conventional laparoscopic instruments to accomplish the surgery and we made in only 6 minutes. Total operating time for this surgery was 240 minutes. During the operation, there were about 100 milliliters of blood loss, and 17 lymph-nodes were retrieved.
CONCLUSION: This homemade single port access device shows its superiority in economy and convenience for complex single-incision surgeries. Single-incision laparoscopic distal gastrectomy for early gastric cancer can be conducted by experienced laparoscopic surgeons. Fully take advantage of both SILS and fast track surgery plan can bring to successful surgeries with minimal postoperative pain, quicker mobilization, early recovery of intestinal function, and better cosmesis effect for the patients.

Han JS, Jang JS, Ryu HC, et al.
Risk factors associated with multiple and missed gastric neoplastic lesions after endoscopic resection: prospective study at a single institution in south Korea.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):512-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Only a small part of visible gas tric mucosal lesion can be removed by endoscopic resection. This study is aimed to identify incidence rate and associated risk factors of multiple and missed gastric lesions, and proper timing of follow-up en doscopy.
METHODOLOGY: Endoscopic surveillance was performed on 1 week, and 1, 6, 12 months af ter endoscopic resection. All multiple gastric lesions were divided into main and accessory lesions. The accessory lesions were subdivided into detected and missed lesions.
RESULTS: Totally, 250 lesions of 215 patients were analyzed. There were 81 early gastric cancers, 50 high grade dysplasias and 119 low grade dysplasias. Thirty patients (14%) had multiple gastric neoplastic lesions, either adenoma or cancer, within 1 year follow-up after endoscopic resection. Old age, male gender and severe intestinal metaplasia were independent risk factors of multiple gastric lesions. Small size (≤ 1 cm) and flat morphology were major risk factors of missed lesion. Among 10 missed lesions, 9 (90%) could be detected within 6 month after resection.
CONCLUSIONS: Old age, male gender, severe intestinal metaplasia were risk factors for multiple gastric lesions after endoscopic resection. Follow-up endoscopy is needed at least one time within six months after resection, with careful inspection of entire stomach.

Li X, Liu Y, Cao B, et al.
Metastatic lymph node ratio and prognosis of gastric cancer at different pT stages.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):507-11 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study aimed to investigate the role of metastatic lymph node ratio (MLR) in the evaluation of prognosis of patients with gastric cancer at different T stages.
METHODOLOGY: Clinical information was reviewed retrospectively in a total 535 patients who underwent surgery for gastric cancer. The prognostic value of MLR was compared with that of pN determined according to the UICC/AJCC guidelines (7th Edition), and the characteristics and advantages of MLR were analyzed. Moreover, the role of MLR in the evaluation of prognosis of patients with gastric cancer at different pT stages was investigated.
RESULTS: Univariate Kaplan-Meier method was used for the analysis of survival, and the results showed that MLR was closely associated with the prognosis of these patients. Multivariate analysis with Cox proportional hazards regression model showed that MLR was a major independent risk factor in the prognosis of gastric cancer patients. The area under the ROC curve of MLR in predicting the death of gastric cancer patients within 5 years after surgery was not associated with pN stage. MLR was effective in predicting the prognosis of patients with stage pT2 or pT3 gastric cancer (P < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: MLR is an independent risk factor in the prognosis of gastric cancer. MLR has a prognostic ability comparable to that of pN stage in gastric cancer. Thus, it is more reliable than pN in the evaluation of prognosis of gastric cancer patients, especially those with stage pT2-pT3 gastric cancer.

Zhu H, Zheng Z, Zhang J, et al.
Effects of AGBL2 on cell proliferation and chemotherapy resistance of gastric cancer.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):497-502 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The present study aimed to investigate the expression status of AGBL2 and its inhibitor latexin, and elucidate their clinical implications in gastric cancer.
METHODOLOGY: AGBL2 expression status was examined in gastric cancer cells and 256 gastric cancer specimens by immunohistochemistry staining. The relationship between AGBL2 protein expression and clinicopathological parameters and prognosis was subsequently determined.
RESULTS: AGBL2 expression was determined to be related to pathological tumor and nodal stages by Spearman's regression correlation analysis. The Cox regression test identified AGBL2 protein expression as an independent prognostic factor. AGBL2 and latexin were- found to be related to proliferation and chemotherapy resistance. The 2 proteins also formed immune com- plexes in immunoprecipitation experiments.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate that AGBL2 interacts with latexin, regulating the tubulin tyrosination cycle. It is therefore a potential target for intervention.

Bai H, Huangz X, Jing L, et al.
The effect of radiofrequency ablation vs. liver resection on survival outcome of colorectal liver metastases (CRLM): a meta-analysis.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):373-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: For patients with solitary colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM), it is still controversial whether radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has the same effect as liver resection (LR). This study aims to pool available evidence and to analyze the effect of RFA versus LR for resectable solitary CRLM in sur- vival indicators.
METHODOLOGY: Relevant studies were searched among databases and a meta-analysis was performed to pool the hazard ratio (HR) of RFA versus LR in overall survival (OS) and disease free survival (DFS).
RESULTS: A total of 10 studies were included in this meta-analysis. Pooled results showed poorer OS (HR: 1.85, 95% CI: 1.48 to 2.32, p < 0.00001) and DFS (HR: 1.68, 95% CI: 1.14 to 2.48, p = 0.009) among the patient received RFA compared those received LR. Sensitivity analysis confirmed high robustness of the findings.
CONCLUSION: In patients with resectable CRLM, LR is superior to RFA in survival outcomes. RFA should be reserved for patients who are not optimal candidates for resection until new supportive evidence is obtained from large RCTs.

Jiang ZW, Liu J, Wang G, et al.
Esophagojejunostomy reconstruction using a robot-sewing technique during totally robotic total gastrectomy for gastric cancer.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):323-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The aim of this study was to report on the feasibility of esophagojejunostomy reconstruction using a robot-sewing technique during a completely robotic total gastrectomy for gastric cancer.
METHODOLOGY: Between May 2011 and July 2012, 65 patients in whom gastric adenocarcinoma was diagnosed underwent a completely robotic total gastrectomy, including a robot-sewing esophagojejunal anastomosis. We demonstrated the surgical techniques with analysis of clinicopathologic data and short-term surgical outcomes.
RESULTS: All robotic surgeries were successfully performed without conversion. Among the 65 patients, 46 were men and 19 were women. The mean age (± SD) was 57.8 ± 6.5 y. The mean total operative time (± SD), EJ anastomosis time (± SD), and blood loss (± SD) were 245 ± 53 min, 45 ± 26 min, and 75 ± 50 ml, respectively. The mean (± SD) post-operative hospital stay was 5.4 ± 2.5 d. One patient was readmitted for an intestinal obstruction and underwent re-operation 14 d post-operatively; he recovered uneventfully and was discharged 10 d post- operatively. During the follow-up, no patients developed an esophgojejunostomy stricture.
CONCLUSIONS: A robot-sewing anastomosis for esophagojejunostomy reconstruction during robotic total gastrectomy for gastric cancer is feasible. Indeed, a robot-sewing anastomosis for esophagojejunostomy reconstruction may become a standard surgical technique during completely robotic total gastrectomy for gastric cancer.

Katayose Y, Yamamoto K, Nakagawal K, et al.
Feasibility Assessment of Modified FOLFOX-6 as adjuvant treatment after resection of liver metastases from colorectal cancer: analyses of a multicenter phase II clinical trial (Miyagi-HBPCOG Trial-001).
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):303-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This multicenter and single arm phase II clinical trial was performed to examine the safety and efficacy of modified FOLFOX6 (mFOLFOX6) as adjuvant treatment after resection of liver metastases from colorectal cancer.
METHODOLOGY: Patients who had undergone R0-1 resection of liver metastases were assigned to 12 cycles of mFOLFOX6. The primary end point was disease-free survival (DFS).
RESULTS: We enrolled 49 cases and analyzed adverse events in 48 cases, since in one patient cancer recurred before starting treatment. As to the relative dose intensity, 5-FU was 78.8%, and oxaliplatin was 75.9%. Adverse events of Grade 3 and above includ- ed 18 cases of neutropenia (37.5%), 4 cases of sensory neuropathy (8.3%), 4 cases of thrombocytopenia (8.3%) and 4 cases of allergy (8.3%), and there were no cases of fatality caused by adverse events. The most difference of adverse event compared with MOSAIC trial (Multicenter International Study of Oxaliplatin/5FU-LV in the Adjuvant Treatment of Colon Cancer) was thrombocytopenia. The 2-year DFS was 59.2% (95% CI: 36.7-78.4) in the 49 enrolled cases.
CONCLUSION: mFOLFOX6 after hepatectomy was tolerable. And mFOLFOX6 also seemed to improve DFS. mFOLFOX is one of the options for such patients and appears promising as an adjuvant treatment.

Sun X, Yang C, Li K, Ding S
The impact of anesthetic techniques on survival for patients with colorectal cancer: evidence based on six studies.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):299-302 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Epidural-supplemented general anesthesia is perceived as a more beneficial method over general anesthesia since it reduces incidence of side effects, provides better postoperative pain relief and lowers the possibility to use immunosuppressive anesthetics. However, previous prospective and retrospective studies reported conflicting results in the effects of epidural anesthesia on post-operative outcomes of colorectal cancer surgery. Therefore, this study aims to pool available evidence to assess the association between epidural anesthesia and the post- operative outcomes in this group of patients.
METHODOLOGY: Relevant studies were searched in databases and a meta-analysis was performed to estimate the association between epidural anesthesia and overall survival and recurrence free survival.
RESULTS: Compared with the anesthetic choice without epidural anesthesia, epidural-supplemented anesthesia is associated with significantly longer overall survival (HR: 0.72, 95% CI: 0.55-0.94, p = 0.01) but not with prolonged recurrence free survival (HR: 1.06, 95% CI: 0.96-1.16, p = 0.23). These results showed a highlevel of robustness in sensitive test.
CONCLUSION: Although epidural anesthesia might not lead to improved recurrence free survival, it had significant benefit in improving overall survival and reducing all-cause of death. It might be a useful anesthetic technique for colorectal cancer patients undergoing surgery. However, prospective studies are required to confirm whether this benefit is causative with epidural anesthesia.

Tomizawa M, Shinozaki F, Hasegawa R, et al.
Factors affecting the detection of colorectal cancer and colon polyps on screening abdominal ultrasonography.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):295-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The aim of this study was to identify factors affecting the detection of colorectal cancer (CRC) and colon polyps (CPs) using abdominal ultrasonography (US).
METHODOLOGY: Patient records were analyzed retrospectively. Those diagnosed as having either CRC or CPs by colonoscopy performed after screening abdominal US were enrolled. The diagnostic criterion for CRC was an irregularly thickened wall or mass. CPs were diagnosed as spherical or ovoid hypoechoic lesions arising within the colonic lumen as seen on abdominal US.
RESULTS: Sixteen patients had a total of 16 CRC lesions and 11 patients had a total of 17 CPs. All CRC lesions invaded deeper than the subserosa. Cancer cell invasion limited to the submucosa was noted in the two 1.5-cm CPs. Detection of these lesions was not associated with invasion to lymph or blood vessels. These results suggest that wall thickening might be the consequence of cancer cells invading below the subserosa, thereby resulting in the lesions becoming detectable on abdominal US.
CONCLUSIONS: Detection of CRC and CPs on abdominal US was associated with lesion size and depth of invasion.

Zekri J, Ahmad I, Fawzy E, et al.
Lymph node ratio may predict relapse free survival and overall survival in patients with stage II & III colorectal carcinoma.
Hepatogastroenterology. 2015 Mar-Apr; 62(138):291-4 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Lymph node ratio (LNR) defined as the number of lymph nodes (LNs) involved with metastases divided by number of LNs examined, has been shown to be an independent prognostic factor in breast, stomach and various other solid tumors. Its significance as a prognostic determinant in colorectal cancer (CRC) is still under investigation. This study investigated the prognostic value of LNR in patients with resected CRC.
METHODOLOGY: We retrospectively ex- amined 145 patients with stage II & III CRC diagnosed and treated at a single institution during 9 years pe- riod. Patients were grouped according to LNR in three groups. Group 1; LNR < 0.05, Group 2; LNR = 0.05-0.19 & Group 3 > 0.19. Chi square, life table analysis and multivariate Cox regression were used for statistical analysis.
RESULTS: On multivariate analysis, number of involved LNs (NILN) (HR = 1.15, 95% CI 1.055-1.245; P = 0.001) and pathological T stage (P = 0.002) were statistically significant predictors of relapse free survival (RFS). LNR as a continuous variable (but not as a categorical variable) was statistically significant predictor of RFS (P = 0.02). LNR was also a statistically significant predictor of overall survival (OS) (P = 0.02).
CONCLUSION: LNR may predict RFS and OS in patients with resected stage II & III CRC. Studies with larger cohorts and longer follow up are needed to further examine and validate theprognostic value of LNR.

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