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AIM To investigate the feasibility of detecting hypermethylated secreted frizzled-related protein 2 (SFRP2) gene in fecal DNA as a non-invasive screening tool for colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS Fluorescence-based real-time PCR assay (MethyLight) was performed to analyze SFRP2 gene promoter methylation status in a blinded fashion in tumor tissues and in(More)
In the pentatomid bug,Erthesina fullo Thunberg, the odor of male metathoracic scent gland elicits an alarm response, making the male individuals of the same species alert and disperse; the alarm response of males is more obvious than that of females. Chemical composition of the glandular secretion was identified by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry(More)
CD8+T cells from HIV-infected persons increase early in infection, display increased levels of activation Ags, and abnormal MHC-restricted, HIV-specific and nonspecific cytotoxicity abilities. Paradoxically, these cells are also unresponsive to T cell signaling in vitro and have decreased in vitro cloning potential. HIV-specific CTL precursors also are lost(More)
PURPOSE To assess the efficacy and safety of single-incision laparoscopic appendectomy (SILA), we conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing conventional three-port laparoscopic appendectomy (CTLA). METHODS RCTs comparing the effects of SILA and CTLA were searched for in PubMed, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled(More)
Analysis of urinary excretion after administration of 320 mg of theophylline to six normal volunteers appears to indicate the occurrence of capacity limited formation of most of the theophylline metabolites and non-linear renal excretion of theophylline. The renal clearance is elevated at high concentrations where the metabolic clearance is reduced. Even(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Clinical benefit from pancreatectomy combined with portal vein/superior mesenteric resection in the pancreatic carcinoma with local venous invasion still remains controversial. The aim of this study was to review the overall outcome of the pancreatectomy combined with portal vein/superior mesenteric resection for pancreatic carcinoma with(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to clarify that the activated pancreatic stellate cells (PaSCs) are the origin of the highly expressed galectin-1 in the stroma of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) tissue and to evaluate the effect of the secreted galectin-1 on proliferation and invasion ability of pancreatic cancer cell line CFPAC-1 in vitro. METHODS(More)
AIM To investigate the potential impact of complications in gastric cancer patients who survive the initial postoperative period. METHODS Between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006, 432 patients who received curative gastrectomy with D2 lymph node dissection for gastric cancer at our department were studied. Associations between clinicopathological(More)
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been linked to induction of a stem-cell like phenotype, characterized by altered cell surface marker expression and increased tumor formation. The aim of this study was to investigate whether EMT correlates with CD24+CD44+ and CD133+ cells in pancreatic cancer. The(More)
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most common malignant tumors with poor prognosis due to extremely high malignancy, low rate of eligibility for surgical resection and chemoradiation resistance. Increasing evidence indicate that the interaction between activated pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) and PDAC cells plays an important role in(More)