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CD133 (prominin-1), a 5-transmembrane glycoprotein, has recently been considered to be an important marker that represents the subset population of cancer stem-like cells. Herein we report the isolation of CD133-positive cells (LC-CD133(+)) and CD133-negative cells (LC-CD133(-)) from tissue samples of ten patients with non-small cell lung cancer (LC) and(More)
Determining the seismic fracture energy during an earthquake and understanding the associated creation and development of a fault zone requires a combination of both seismological and geological field data. The actual thickness of the zone that slips during the rupture of a large earthquake is not known and is a key seismological parameter in understanding(More)
BACKGROUND Spleen artery embolization (SAE) may increase the success rate of nonoperative management (NOM). The present study investigated the clinical outcome after the installation of SAE in the management of blunt splenic injury. METHODS A retrospective review of hospital records was performed to enroll patients with blunt injury of the spleen.(More)
Chronic lung diseases cause serious morbidity and mortality, and effective treatments are limited. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) lacking the reprogramming factor c-Myc (3-gene iPSCs) can be used as ideal tools for cell-based therapy because of their low level of tumorigenicity. In this study, we investigated whether 3-gene iPSC transplantation(More)
AIM To identify the potential prognostic factors for mortality after falls from height. METHOD A retrospective clinical observational study included victims of fall of >6m from October 2000 to December 2007. Variables studied comprised each casualty's age, gender, height of fall, Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score, Abbreviated Injury Scale scores, Injury(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to determine whether Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) or Kaplan-Feinstein index (KFI) is a better predictor of prognosis in patients with stage I NSCLC after surgical resection. METHODS A retrospective study of medical records of 426 patients with stage I lung cancer having complete surgical resection from 1995 to 2000 was performed.(More)
BACKGROUND The reoperative procedures for achalasia vary. Repeat esophagomyotomy with or without antireflux procedure and esophageal resection of varying extent with reconstruction using stomach, jejunum, or colon have been reported. In this series, we have retrospectively reviewed our experience and reported the results with limited distal esophagectomy(More)
Mechanical ventilation in patients may increase the risk of an acute lung injury (ALI), termed ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have previously been shown to improve tissue repair in different disease models, including ALI. However, the therapeutic efficacy of iPSCs-derived conditioned medium (iPSC-CM) on ALI or(More)
BACKGROUND Fabry disease (FD) causes progressive glycosphingolipid accumulation and damage in various organs, and several proinflammatory processes may be involved in this disease. Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) can reduce the severity of Fabry cardiomyopathy (FC), but whether ERT could attenuate proinflammatory cytokines in FC remains unclear. In this(More)
BACKGROUND Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in Taiwan, as in the other part of the world. Surgical intervention is the best treatment of choice, yet some patients still developed distant metastasis after primary lesions were controlled. Metastasectomy is reported to improve the survival. This retrospective study was carried out to(More)