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BACKGROUND Up-regulation of Wnt-1 protein has been reported in hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related and hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissues and cell lines. It is known to play a fundamental role in signaling cancer progression, whereas its prognostic role in HCC remains unexplored. METHODS As a prognostic biomarker, this(More)
Chronic infections with hepatitis B and C viruses (HBV and HCV) are etiologically linked to hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Both viruses may induce activation of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappaB) in hepatocytes that plays a crucial role in the regulation of cell growth and apoptosis. Functional proteomics analysis of(More)
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is rare in Asian countries compared to the West, and an exceptionally low prevalence was noted previously in Taiwan. Using the revised criteria of the IAIHG, 48 cases of AIH patients were diagnosed. All patients were consecutively diagnosed over a period of 5 years. Detailed medical histories including disease onset, hepatitis B(More)
Molecular epidemiologic studies have indicated the possible existence of mixed infection of different hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotypes in chronic hepatitis B (CH-B) carriers, but the effect of dual HBV genotype B and C infection on the efficacy of lamivudine therapy remains unclear. We report four CH-B patients with dual HBV genotype B and C infection and(More)
The link of proto-oncogenic protein Wnt-1 production with NF-kappaB activation has been functionally demonstrated in PC12 cells, a rat pheochromocytoma cell line of neural crest lineage, while it is not yet verified in human cells. The link can be indirectly supported in our previous report that functional proteomics identifies enhanced expression of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS In chronic hepatitis C, the change of perihepatic lymph nodal size after antiviral therapy could be a marker of virologic response. Whether the on-treatment nodal manifestations predict virologic responses is unknown. METHODS Patients (n=88) with biopsy-proven chronic hepatitis C received standard doses of bi-therapy for 24 weeks;(More)
A 66-year-old female presented with acute illness of severe hepatic dysfunction. She had a past history of chronic hepatitis of low disease activity. After admission and clinical investigation including liver biopsy, it showed an underlying chronic liver disease suggestive of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) with early liver cirrhosis. Together with other(More)
Genetic predisposition is known to be an important etiopathogenic factor of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). HLA antigens associated with AIH have been well studied in Western countries and Japan, but there is no HLA typing data of AIH patients in Taiwan. We therefore investigated HLA phenotypes and their association with AIH patients and compared the results(More)
UNLABELLED It has been observed that enlargement of perihepatic lymph nodes may be seen in patients with chronic hepatitis B, particularly during acute flares of CHB. We hypothesized that there may be a correlation between the nodal change patterns in CHB patients with acute flare and HBeAg status. Perihepatic lymph node sizes of 87 patients with acute(More)
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