Department of Gastroenterology
Principal Investigator: Sumio Watanabe (Professor)
The Department of Gastroenterology of Juntendo University was established in 1968. Today, about 100 physicians belong to the department. This is one of the largest clinical departments at Juntendo University. The target organs of our department may be thought to be gastrointestinal tract organs (esophagus, stomach, and colon). However, our department is committed to diagnosing and treating diseases not only in the esophagus, stomach, and colon, but also in a variety of organs such as the small intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and peritoneum. Many, about 65,000, outpatients yearly and 100 to 120 inpatients at all times visit our department. We have many clinical and basic researches for our patients about these organs and diseases. Our department is classified in four main research groups, upper gastrointestinal tract group, lower gastrointestinal tract group, liver disease group and hepato-biliary-pancreatic group. Many physicians belong to the each group and research their interesting themata. You're welcome to join our team and study with us.
Group Leaders and Research Areas
1)Mariko Hojo (Associate Professor), Daisuke Asaoka (Associate Professor), Kenshi Matsumoto (Associate Professor) Junko Kato (Associate Professor), Nobuko Serizawa (Associate Professor),
Upper gastrointestinal tract
We have investigated pathophysiology of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), histological markers for laryngo-pharyngeal reflux disease, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)-related gastric cancer involving epigenetic changes and carcinogenesis-related SNPs of fundic gland gastric cancer, which is a gastric cancer without H. pylori infection, for basic researches.
We have investigated endoscopic and clinicopathological characteristics of fundic gland gastric cancer, ulcer healing after endoscopic mucosal dissection, an appropriate use of propofol sedatives during endoscopic mucosal dissection, clinicopathological characteristics of gastric cancer after the eradication, a relationship between mucosal damage and anticoagulant drugs, chronological changes in the rate of H. pylori eradication and therapeutic effects of functional dyspepsia and GERD, for clinical researches.
- Nagahara A, Hojo M, et. al. A randomized prospective study comparing the efficacy of on-demand therapy versus continuous therapy for 6 months for long-term maintenance with omeprazole 20 mg in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease in Japan. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2014 49:409-17.
- Ueyama H, Matsumoto K, et. al. Gastric adenocarcinoma of the fundic gland type (chief cell predominant type). Endoscopy. 2014 46:153-7.
- Matsumoto K, Nagahara A, et. al. Development and clinical usability of a new traction device "medical ring" for endoscopic submucosal dissection of early gastric cancer. Surg Endosc. 2013 27:3444-51.
Our group has been working on gastrointestinal cancer chemotherapy from various points of view. We also contribute to some international multi-center clinical trials as well as domestic clinical trials. Here we show our ongoing clinical and basic research respectively.
Clinical research: 1) Clinical trial for the evaluation of safety and efficacy of the peptide vaccination for the cancer patients. 2) Management tips for decreasing in adverse events of molecularly-targeted drug for metastatic colorectal cancer. 3) Evaluation of the QOL in the cancer patients performing chemotherapy. 4) Clinical trial for the development of the regimen of new effective chemotherapy. Basic research: 1) Galectin-3 regulates gastric cancer cell proliferation through signaling pathway. 2) Association of serum DAO activity and gastrointestinal toxicity with advanced gastric cancer who received chemotherapy.
- Higashihara Y, Kato J, et. al. Phase I clinical trial of peptide vaccination with URLC10 and VEGFR1 epitope peptides in patients with advanced gastric cancer. Int J Oncol. 2014 44:662-8.
- Kato J, Nagahara A, et. al. Phase I study of paclitaxel, cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil combination chemotherapy for unresectable /recurrent gastric cancer. Adv Med Sci. 2010;55:137-42.
- Kato J, Nagahara A, et. al. Evaluation of EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire in patients undergoing in-hospital chemotherapy for gastrointestinal cancer in Japan. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 ;23 Suppl 2:S268-72.
3)Taro Osada (Senior Associate Professor), Naoto Sakamoto (Associate Professor), Tomoyoshi Shibuya (Associate Professor)
Lower gastrointestinal tract
Our group has conducted basic and clinical researches for the lower gastrointestinal tract as follows: [Basic researches] 1) β-catenin expression and KRAS gene alteration in laterally spreading colorectal tumors. 2) HIF1α, PTCH, EphB2, or DNA repair protein expression and BRAF mutation in colorectal serrated adenoma. 3) KRAS/BRAF mutation and mucin phenotypes in colorectal submucosal carcinoma. 4) An association of WNT/β-catenin signal activation with methylation of genes in the serrated neoplasia pathway of the colorectum. 5) Mucin phenotypes in sessile serrated adenoma/polyp with dysplasia and carcinoma. 6) Micro RNA expression in sessile serrated adenoma/polyp with dysplasia and carcinoma. 7) Methylation of DNA repair genes in ulcerative colitis-associated colorectal cancer. [Clinical researches] 1) Histological distinction between the granular and nongranular types of laterally spreading tumors of the colorectum. 2) Traction device-assisted endoscopic submucosal dissection of large superficial colorectal tumors. 3) Clinicopathologic characteristics of sessile serrated adenoma/polyp with dysplasia and carcinoma.
- Murakami T, Mitomi H, et. al. Distinct WNT/β-catenin signaling activation in the serrated neoplasia pathway and the adenoma-carcinoma sequence of the colorectum. Mod Pathol. 2015.28:146-58.
- Ritsuno H, Sakamoto N, et. al. Prospective clinical trial of traction device-assisted endoscopic submucosal dissection of large superficial colorectal tumors using the S-O clip. Surg Endosc. 2014 28:3143-9.
- Osada T, Sakamoto N, et. al. Process of wound healing of large mucosal defect areas that were sutured by using a loop clip-assisted closure technique after endoscopic submucosal dissection of a colorectal tumor. Gastrointest Endosc. 2013 78:793-8.
Inflammatory bowel diseases and small intestine.
Our group members are working on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We aim to elucidate the mechanism of its pathogenesis and pathophysiology and to establish novel treatment methods. Ongoing projects are as follows: 1) Effects of lymphocytes on the disease activity, especially focusing on mucosal associated invariant T cells. 2) Functions of intestinal microflora and its potential for a novel treatment option. 3) Efficacy and functional mechanism of cytapheresis on IBD patients. 4) Predictive factors of relapse in ulcerative colitis patients. 5) Examination of the small intestinal lesions using a capsule and a double balloon endoscopy for clarifying its pathogenesis.
- Ishikawa D, Okazawa A, et. al. Tregs are dysfunctional in vivo in a spontaneous murine model of Crohn's disease. Mucosal Immunol. 2013 ;6:267-75.
- Shibuya T, Osada T, et. al. Jejunal capillary hemangioma treated by using double-balloon endoscopy (with video). Gastrointest Endosc. 2010 ;72:660-1.
- Osada T, Ohkusa T, et. al. Comparison of several activity indices for the evaluation of endoscopic activity in UC: inter- and intraobserver consistency.Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2010 ;16:192-7.
3)Kenichi Ikejima ( Associate professor), Satoko Suzuki ( Associate professor), Shunhei Yamashina ( Associate professor), Kazuyoshi Kon ( Associate professor), Akira Uchiyama ( Associate professor)
Our nationally and internationally recognized liver investigative group conducts a wide-range of basic, epidemiologic, and clinical research. There are ongoing programs investigating the treatment of viral hepatitis, the molecular mechanisms of alcoholic liver injury, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and liver fibrogenesis. The following are particular Liver diseases. Clinical research: 1) The relationship between liver diseases and life style related diseases. 2) The treatment and prognosis of chronic viral hepatitis. 3) The diagnosis of PBC and AIH. 4) The usefulness of endoscopic injection sclerotherapy and endoscopic variceal ligation for esophageal varices. Basic research: 5) Mitochondrial abnormalities and cellular autophagy in cancers and life style related diseases. 6) The role of lipid metabolism in liver disease. 7) Pathogenesis and mechanism in progression of alcoholic liver disease. 8) The inhibition of activation of stellate cells and liver fibrogenesis. 9) The modulation of intestinal functions through immune system and pharmacological nutrition support by amino acids.