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Treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma accompanied by portal vein tumor thrombus 
Masami Minagawa, Masatoshi Makuuchi 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7561-7567. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7561
Positions of selective leukocytapheresis in the medical therapy of ulcerative colitis 
Hiroyuki Hanai 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7568-7577. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7568
Aging and the intestine 
Laurie Drozdowski, Alan BR Thomson 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7578-7584. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7578
Esophageal Cancer
Persistent CXCR4 expression after preoperative chemoradiotherapy predicts early recurrence and poor prognosis in esophageal cancer 
Kenji Koishi, Reigetsu Yoshikawa, Tohru Tsujimura, Tomoko Hashimoto-Tamaoki, Syoudou Kojima, Hidenori Yanagi, Takehira Yamamura, Yoshinori Fujiwara 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7585-7590. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7585
Gastric Cancer
Folate levels in mucosal tissue but not methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase polymorphisms are associated with gastric carcinogenesis 
Yu-Rong Weng, Dan-Feng Sun, Jing-Yuan Fang, Wei-Qi Gu, Hong-Yin Zhu 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7591-7597. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7591
Microvessel density is a prognostic marker of human gastric cancer 
Hong-Chuan Zhao, Rong Qin, Xiao-Xin Chen, Xia Sheng, Ji-Feng Wu, Dao-Bin Wang, Gui-Hua Chen 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7598-7603. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7598
Liver Cancer
New multi protein patterns differentiate liver fibrosis stages and hepatocellular carcinoma in chronic hepatitis C serum samples 
Thomas Göbel, Sonja Vorderwülbecke, Katarzyna Hauck, Holger Fey, Dieter Häussinger, Andreas Erhardt 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7604-7612. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7604
Antitumor activity of an hTERT promoter-regulated tumor-selective oncolytic adenovirus in human hepatocellular carcinoma 
Chang-Qing Su, Xing-Hua Wang, Jie Chen, Yong-Jing Liu, Wei-Guo Wang, Lin-Fang Li, Meng-Chao Wu, Qi-Jun Qian 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7613-7620. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7613
Bone morphogenetic protein-2 is a negative regulator of hepatocyte proliferation downregulated in the regenerating liver 
Cui-Ping Xu, Wen-Min Ji, Gijs R van den Brink, Maikel P Peppelenbosch 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7621-7625. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7621
Viral Hepatitis
Expression patterns and action analysis of genes associated with hepatitis virus infection during rat liver regeneration 
Li-Juan Su, Guang-Wei Ding, Zhi-Li Yang, Shou-Bing Zhang, Yu-Xiu Yang, Cun-Shuan Xu 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7626-7634. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7626
Basic Research
Sorbitol-based osmotic diarrhea: Possible causes and mechanism of prevention investigated in rats 
Md Shahidul Islam, Ei Sakaguchi 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7635-7641. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7635
Effective regularity in modulation on gastric motility induced by different acupoint stimulation 
Yu-Qing Li, Bing Zhu, Pei-Jing Rong, Hui Ben, Yan-Hua Li 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7642-7648. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7642
Construction of a fusion protein expression vector MK-EGFP and its subcellular localization in different carcinoma cell lines 
Li-Cheng Dai, Di-Yong Xu, Xing Yao, Li-Shan Min, Ning Zhao, Bo-Ying Xu, Zheng-Ping Xu, Yong-Liang Lu 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7649-7653. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7649
Clinical Research
Double-balloon endoscopy in the diagnosis and management of GI tract diseases: Methodology, indications, safety, and clinical impact 
Kazuya Akahoshi, Masaru Kubokawa, Masahiro Matsumoto, Shingo Endo, Yasuaki Motomura, Jiro Ouchi, Mitsuhide Kimura, Atsuhiko Murata, Michiaki Murayama 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7654-7659. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7654
Sampling variability of computer-aided fractal-corrected measures of liver fibrosis in needle biopsy specimens 
Fabio Grizzi, Carlo Russo, Barbara Franceschini, Mariagrazia Di Rocco, Valter Torri, Emanuela Morenghi, Luigi Rainiero Fassati, Nicola Dioguardi 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7660-7665. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7660
Rapid Communication
Blockade of high mobility group box-1 protein attenuates experimental severe acute pancreatitis 
Hidehiro Sawa, Takashi Ueda, Yoshifumi Takeyama, Takeo Yasuda, Makoto Shinzeki, Takahiro Nakajima, Yoshikazu Kuroda 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7666-7670. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7666
Defensive medicine practices among gastroenterologists in Japan 
Toru Hiyama, Masaharu Yoshihara, Shinji Tanaka, Yuji Urabe, Yoshihiko Ikegami, Tatsuma Fukuhara, Kazuaki Chayama 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7671-7675. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7671
Meta-analysis of short-term outcomes after laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy 
Shunsuke Hosono, Yuichi Arimoto, Hiroshi Ohtani, Yoshitetsu Kanamiya 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7676-7683. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7676
Differences in characteristics of colorectal neoplasm between young and elderly Thais 
Rungsun Rerknimitr, Winudda Ratanapanich, Pradermchai Kongkam, Pinit Kullavanijaya 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7684-7689. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7684
Non-invasive measurement of pan-colonic pressure over a whole digestive cycle: Clinical applications of a capsule-style manometric system 
Wen-Qiang Zhang, Guo-Zheng Yan, Lian-Zhi Yu, Xin-Qing Yang 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7690-7694. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7690
Expression of ATP7B in human gastric cardiac carcinomas in comparison with distal gastric carcinomas 
Da-Long Wu, Hui-Xing Yi, Feng-Ying Sui, Xiao-Hong Jiang, Xiao-Ming Jiang, Ying-Ying Zhao 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7695-7698. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7695
Myoelectric activity and motility of the Roux limb after cut or uncut Roux-en-Y gastrojejunostomy 
Ying-Mei Zhang, Xiu-Li Liu, Dong-Bo Xue, Yun-Wei Wei, Xiao-Guang Yun 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7699-7704. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7699
Ligustrazine alleviates acute renal injury in a rat model of acute necrotizing pancreatitis 
Jian-Xin Zhang, Sheng-Chun Dang, Jian-Guo Qu, Xue-Qing Wang 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7705-7709. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7705
Case Report
Analysis of ileal sodium/bile acid cotransporter and related nuclear receptor genes in a family with multiple cases of idiopathic bile acid malabsorption 
Marco Montagnani, Anna Abrahamsson, Cecilia Gälman, Gösta Eggertsen, Hanns-Ulrich Marschall, Elisa Ravaioli, Curt Einarsson, Paul A Dawson 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7710-7714. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7710
Alpha-fetoprotein-producing colon cancer with atypical bulky lymph node metastasis 
Kuangi Fu, Akihiro Kobayashi, Norio Saito, Yasushi Sano, Shigeharu Kato, Hiroaki Ikematsu, Takahiro Fujimori, Yasushi Kaji, Shigeaki Yoshida 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7715-7716. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7715
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a patient with situs inversus totalis 
Unal Aydin, Omer Unalp, Pinar Yazici, Baris Gurcu, Murat Sozbilen, Ahmet Coker 
World J Gastroenterol 12(47):7717-7719. Published online Dec 21, 2006. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v12.i47.7717