Benny Y Chong

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We have identified a novel human zinc finger protein, hFOG-2, which is related to but distinct from the murine transcription factor Friend-of-GATA-1 (mFOG-1). The hFOG-2 gene was initially detected in K562 cells using a polymerase chain reaction approach with degenerate primers corresponding to zinc finger regions of mFOG-1. A murine homologue of hFOG-2 was(More)
Members of the Ikaros family of transcription factors, Ikaros, Aiolos, and Helios, are expressed in lymphocytes and have been implicated in controlling lymphoid development. These proteins contain two characteristic clusters of zinc fingers, an N-terminal domain important for DNA recognition, and a C-terminal domain that mediates homo- and heterotypic(More)
Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 derived prostaglandins (PGs) play a major role in intestinal inflammation and colorectal carcinogenesis. Because COX-2 is the rate-limiting step in the production of PGs, mechanisms that regulate COX-2 expression control PG production in the cell. Using the non-tumorigenic, rat intestinal epithelial cell, IEC-18, we demonstrate that(More)
Schwannomatosis is characterized by the development of multiple schwannomas of the nervous system, but without the occurrence of vestibular schwannomas. Most cases of schwannomatosis are thought to be sporadic, representing the first case in a family due to a new mutation in the causative gene. We recently identified SMARCB1/INI1 as a(More)
BACKGROUND The Ventral Hernia Working Group (VHWG) recently proposed a grading system to assist surgeons in selecting the appropriate mesh based on an individual patient's risk of developing a postoperative complication. The VHWG grading scale was used to evaluate the incidence of surgical-site complications in 100 consecutive midline ventral hernias(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have demonstrated better outcomes for carotid endarterectomy (CEA) at high-volume hospitals and providers. However, only a few studies have reported on the impact of surgeons' specialty and volume on the perioperative outcome of CEA. METHODS This is a retrospective analysis of CEA during a recent 2-year period. Surgeons'(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have reported conflicting results after carotid endarterectomy in patients with chronic renal insufficiency (CRI). However, only a few used glomerular filtration rate (GFR) (Modification of Diet in Renal Disease) in their analysis. STUDY DESIGN Nine hundred and forty carotid endarterectomies that had serum creatinine and GFR(More)
Oncogenic Ras mutations are early genetic events in colorectal cancer that induce cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 expression and prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) biosynthesis. PGE(2), a downstream product of COX-2, promotes cancer progression by modulating proliferation, apoptosis and angiogenesis. 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase (PGDH) degrades PGE(2) and is(More)
The benign category of the Bethesda System for reporting thyroid cytopathology (BSRTC) predicts an incidence of malignancy from zero to three per cent. However, recent series report higher rates of malignancy ranging from eight to 14 per cent. Surgery is often performed for reasons other than their fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) such as symptoms,(More)
Predictors of a favorable response and measures of success with gastric electrical stimulation (GES) for gastroparesis remain elusive. Published results remain inconsistent with respect to patient perceived benefit, despite statistical improvements in objective measures of symptom severity. We performed a retrospective analysis of 56 patients with(More)