Ahmad Shariftabrizi

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The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a correlation between urine and/or stone cultures with postoperative sepsis in patients treated for renal and ureteral calculi. Three hundred and twenty-eight consecutive patients who underwent percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) or ureteroscopy from 2006 to 2009 were identified, all of whom had a stone(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) are ubiquitous enzymes involved in extracellular matrix remodeling, and as a consequence in a number of physiological and pathological states, including development, wound healing and cancer. A crucial feature of cancer progression and metastasis is the disruption of extracellular matrix, and spreading of proliferating cancer(More)
There is an increasing body of evidence that the central nervous system is affected by cholestatic liver disorders. Cholestasis has been shown to result in a decreased seizure propensity which is believed to be mediated by an increased opioidergic tone and nitric oxide (NO) signaling pathway. In this study, we used a reversible chemically-induced(More)
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are hypothesized to be the main culprit of lung cancer progression. Clinicopathological significance of stem cell markers CD133 and ALDH1 in a large group of lung cancer patients was evaluated. ALDH1 and CD133 had higher expression levels in the NSCLC compared to the SCLC. Over-expression of both ALDH1 and CD133 markers was(More)
Arsenic trioxide is now considered the standard agent in treatment of refractory cases of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). This drug is also shown to have anti-angiogenesis effect against APL cells in vitro. This study evaluated clinical efficacy and anti-angiogenesis effect of arsenic trioxide in 17 new cases of APL. Arsenic trioxide was given in a(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) of the liver is a well-known cause of morbidity and mortality after liver transplantation. Effective treatment strategies aimed at decreasing hepatic IRI injury and accelerating liver regeneration could offer major benefits in liver transplantation, especially in the case of partial allografts. Human(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Liver regeneration (LR) is of crucial importance to patients with acute liver failure, those undergoing live donor liver transplantations or extended liver resections. Effective treatment strategies aimed at accelerating liver regeneration could offer major benefits in these patients. Due to easy accessibility, human adipose-derived(More)
INTRODUCTION Skin cancers, particularly melanoma, are initiated and maintained by a subpopulation of tumor cells expressing stemness markers that are called cancer stem cells (CSCs). This study aimed to evaluate the expression levels and clinicopathological significance of the putative CSC markers CD44 and ALDH1A1 in patients with skin cancer. METHODS The(More)
INTRODUCTION Subpopulations of prostate cancer (PCa) cells expressing putative stem cell markers possess the ability to promote tumor growth, maintenance, and progression. This study aimed to evaluate the expression patterns and clinical significance of putative stem cell marker aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 A1 (ALDH1A1) in prostate tumor tissues. MATERIALS(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to investigate the hypothesis that the opioid system is involved in the development of hepatic fibrosis. METHODS The effect of naltrexone (an opioid receptor antagonist) on hepatic fibrosis in bile duct ligated (BDL) or sham rats was assessed by histology and hepatic hydroxyproline levels. Liver matrix metalloproteinase 2(More)