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PURPOSE To compare the characteristics of magnetic resonance perfusion-weighted imaging (MRPWI) scans before and after transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and to apply MRPWI in evaluating the therapeutic effect of TACE and prognosis of HCC. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-five patients with HCC(More)
Serum cardiac troponins have been demonstrated to have important clinical implications in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC). However, little is known about their roles in patients with obstructive HC. The aim of this study was to explore the clinical significance and determinants of serum cardiac troponin I (cTnI) in patients with obstructive(More)
β-adrenergic receptors (β-ARs) play an important role in cardiac remodeling, which is the key pathological process in various heart diseases and leads to heart failure. However, the regulation of β-AR expression in remodeling hearts is still unclear. This study aims to clarify the possible mechanisms underlying the regulation of β1- and β2-AR expression in(More)
Danshensu, the effective ingredient of the plant Salvia miltiorrhiza (Danshen), has been widely used for treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Cardiac fibrosis is an important process in pathological cardiac remodeling and leads to heart failure. We investigated the effect of Danshensu on β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR)-mediated cardiac fibrosis and the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Cardiac fibrosis is a common feature of advanced coronary heart disease and is characteristic of heart disease. However, currently available drugs against cardiac fibrosis are still very limited. Here, we have assessed the role of isopropyl 3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-2-hydroxylpropanoate (IDHP), a new metabolite of Danshen Dripping(More)
HIP-55 (hematopoietic progenitor kinase 1 [HPK1]-interacting protein of 55 kDa) is the mammalian homologue of the yeast Abp1p. It contains a C-terminal Src homology 3 domain and an N-terminal actin depolymerization factor (ADF-H/C) domain. HIP-55 appears to be critical for organ development and immune response and is important for the regulation of the(More)
In this study, we investigated the cardiac biodistribution of polyethylene glycol (PEG)-coated AuNPs and their effects on cardiac function, structure and inflammation in both normal and cardiac remodeling mice. The model of cardiac remodeling was induced by subcutaneously injection of isoproterenol (ISO), a non-selective beta-adrenergic agonist, for 7 days.(More)
The activation of β-adrenergic receptors (β-ARs) plays a key role in regulating cardiac function. However, the detailed regulatory mechanisms of β-AR-induced fibrosis are still unclear. We used a proteomics approach to analyze the changes in protein expression patterns in cardiac fibrosis with β-AR stimulation. HIP-55 (also called debrin-like; DBNL) was(More)
Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are attracting more and more attention for their great potential value in biomedical application. Currently, no study has been reported on the chronic cardiac toxicity of GNPs after repeated administration. Here we carried out a comprehensive evaluation of the chronic cardiac toxicity of GNPs to the heart. Polyethylene glycol (PEG)(More)
BACKGROUND Pre-emptive analgesia may relieve post-operative pain. However, its effects on immune function of patients undergoing thoracotomy are still unclear. Therefore, we investigated effects of pre-emptive epidural analgesia on post-operative pain and immune function in patients undergoing thoracotomy. METHODS Ninety patients undergoing thoracotomy(More)