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Elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in patients with chronic hepatitis C is not uncommonly seen, but the pathogenesis of this phenomenon remains unclear. The aims of this study were to assess the prevalence of elevated serum AFP in patients with chronic hepatitis C and to evaluate the clinical, virologic, and histopathologic significance of this(More)
Flutamide is a nonsteroidal antiandrogen agent. Since it was marketed in February of 1989 in the USA for treatment of prostate cancer, its potential for hepatotoxicity has been reported in Western countries. Here we report the case of a 72-year-old patient who suffered from general malaise, poor appetite, nausea and jaundice after six months of flutamide(More)
BACKGROUND Liver cirrhosis with portal hypertension is associated with hyperdynamic circulation characterized by generalized vasodilatation and increased cardiac output and regional blood flows. Patients with liver cirrhosis present with increased levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), which may inhibit vascular smooth-muscle contraction. We investigated whether(More)
In patients with chronic hepatitis C, the relationships between serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels, histological liver injury and serum hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA titres remain controversial. To evaluate these relationships, 93 Chinese patients with histological diagnosis of chronic hepatitis C were enrolled for this study. Serum ALT levels,(More)
BACKGROUND Acute disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a rare but severe complication of gastric adenocarcinoma. Conventional treatments, such as fresh frozen plasma, platelet replacement and heparin injections, are disappointing. The only way to correct this fatal condition is to control the underlying cancer promptly by effective chemotherapy.(More)
OBJECTIVE Portal lymphoid aggregates/follicles (lymphoid A/F) is a characteristically histological finding in patients with chronic hepatitis C. We assessed the prevalence of lymphoid A/F in Chinese patients with chronic hepatitis C and evaluated the correlation of this phenomenon with clinical, biochemical, immunological, virological, and other(More)
Positive serum anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) and anti-smooth muscle antibody (SMA) have been reported in 10-66% of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection from Western countries. However, the mechanism involved in this immunological disorder is still unknown. This study was carried out to evaluate the prevalence and clinical significance of(More)
Whey protein isolate (WPI) was glycated with maltopentaose (MP) through the Maillard reaction, and the MP-conjugated WPI (MP-WPI) was then phosphorylated by dry heating in the presence of pyrophosphate. Glycation occurred efficiently, and the sugar content of WPI increased approximately 19.9% through the Maillard reaction. The phosphorylation of MP-WPI was(More)
Bovine serum albumin (BSA) was phosphorylated by 2 methods. One is dry-heating in the presence of pyrophosphate, and the other is conjugation with maltopentaose through the Maillard reaction and subsequent dry-heating in the presence of pyrophosphate. The phosphorus content of BSA was increased to approximately 0.45% by dry-heating at pH 4.0 and 85 degrees(More)