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The present study was to ascertain the immunomodulating and anti-tumor effects of Ganoderma (G.) lucidum. Polysaccharides (PS) from fresh fruiting bodies of G. lucidum (PS-G) were isolated and used to potentiate cytokine production by human monocytes-macrophages and T lymphocytes. Our results had shown that the levels of interleukin (IL)-1 beta, tumor(More)
BACKGROUND To clarify the role of intention to treat for patients with localized nasal natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma, and to determine the prognostic factors for these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted a retrospective review of 46 patients with localized nasal NK/T-cell lymphomas treated at a single institute between January 1988 and July(More)
BACKGROUND High-dose cytarabine (ara-C) alone or in combination with mitoxantrone each has shown to be active in therapeutic trials of refractory non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). In this study, we administered these two drugs to 14 patients with advanced and refractory NHL. METHODS Ara-C was administered at a dosage of 3 gm/sqm for 2-hour intravenous(More)
BACKGROUND We assessed the cost-effectiveness of high-dose arabinoside (HiDAC)-based and allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (alloSCT)-based therapy in patients with acute leukemia. PATIENTS AND METHODS We analyzed the outcome, cost and cost-effectiveness of 106 patients treated from January 1994 to January 2002 [94 acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)/12(More)
Blood, buccal swab and hair follicles are among the most commonly used sources for forensic science, parentage testing and personal identification. A total of 29 patients who have had a sustained engraftment from 15 months to 21.5 years after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) without rejection, relapse or chronic GVHD involving oral(More)
The anti-emetic efficacy of a combination of tropisetron and dexamethasone was studied in 33 patients who underwent bone marrow transplantation. Another 50 patients receiving conventional anti-emetic therapies in bone marrow transplantation served as control. On the first and second days of preconditioning chemotherapy, 51% and 36% respectively of patients(More)
The -460T → C polymorphism of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene significantly increases its promoter activity. A pilot study was conducted to assess the influence of this polymorphism on clinicopathological features of patients with colorectal carcinoma. In total, 228 patients were enrolled, including 100 with stage II/III colorectal carcinoma(More)
This study aimed to determine the impact of blood stream infections (BSIs) on outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic SCT (HSCT), and to examine the influence of old (non-levofloxacin-containing) and new (levofloxacin-based) prophylactic antibiotic protocols on the pattern of BSIs. We retrospectively enrolled 246 allogeneic HSCT recipients between January 1999(More)
Blue mackerel (Scomber australasicus) is targeted by large-scale purse-seiners in the western North Pacific, and its stock structure is still contentious. Herein, we described 10 polymorphic microsatellite loci for blue mackerel. The number of alleles among 32 individuals surveyed ranged from five to 27 (average of 16.2 alleles per locus). Departures from(More)
A retrospective study was carried out in 161 patients who underwent allogeneic or autologous hemopoietic stem cell transplants. The aim was to determine the frequency, outcome and risk-factors associated with varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection. Post-transplant VZV infection occurred in 29 patients. The median onset of infection was 6.5 months(More)