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Like other cancers, aberrant gene regulation features significantly in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) were recently found to regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional/translational levels. The expression profiles of 157 miRNAs were examined in 19 HCC patients, and 19 up-regulated and 3 down-regulated miRNAs were found to be(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the world's leading fatal malignancies. Chronic infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been implicated with the development of HCC. For the past three decades, intensive research has focused on the role of HBV in hepatocarcinogenesis. Various HBV-associated models have emerged, but increasing evidence points(More)
Various reports have implicated the virally encoded HBx protein as a cofactor in hepatocarcinogenesis. However, direct evidence of the role of HBx as a promoter of oncogenesis in response to an initiating factor such as DNA damage remains inadequate. Here, we report the effects of HBx in HepG2 cells exposed to UV light-induced DNA damage. HBx expression was(More)
Background: Styrylpyrone derivative (SPD) is a plant-derived pharmacologically active compound extracted from Goniothalamus sp. Previously, we have reported that SPD inhibited the proliferation of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells by inducing apoptotic cell death, while having minimal effects on non-malignant cells. Here, we attempt to further elucidate the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the impact of body mass index (BMI) on prostate cancer detection in biopsy-naive men presenting to a single tertiary hospital in Singapore. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively examined 458 men who underwent initial prostate biopsies between January 2012 and April 2014. Indications for biopsy were serum prostate-specific antigen(More)
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