Dipak Sapkota

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BACKGROUND Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disease of unknown aetiology. Major CFS symptom relief during cancer chemotherapy in a patient with synchronous CFS and lymphoma spurred a pilot study of B-lymphocyte depletion using the anti-CD20 antibody Rituximab, which demonstrated significant clinical response in three CFS patients. METHODS AND FINDINGS(More)
Despite the differential expression of S100A14 (a newly identified S100 member) in various human cancers including oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs), its biological role in tumour invasion has not been characterised. The aim of this study was thus to investigate the possible role of S100A14 in OSCC cell invasion. Using immunohistochemistry in normal(More)
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a major health problem in many parts of the world, and the major causative agents are thought to be the use of alcohol and tobacco. Oncogenic viruses have also been suggested to be involved in OSCC development. This study investigated the prevalence of human papillomaviruses (HPV), herpes simplex virus (HSV) and(More)
Altered expression of S100A14 has been reported in various human cancers including oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs). Its biological functions in carcinogenesis, however, are largely unknown. This study aimed to investigate the functional role of S100A14 in tumor cell proliferation and its possible functional association with p53. S100A14 protein was(More)
Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disease of unknown etiology. We have previously suggested clinical benefit from B-cell depletion using the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab in a randomized and placebo-controlled study. Prolonged responses were then demonstrated in an open-label phase-II study with maintenance rituximab(More)
Myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a debilitating disease of unknown etiology, with hallmark symptoms including postexertional malaise and poor recovery. Metabolic dysfunction is a plausible contributing factor. We hypothesized that changes in serum amino acids may disclose specific defects in energy metabolism in ME/CFS. Analysis(More)
BACKGROUND Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disease of unknown etiology. We previously reported a pilot case series followed by a small, randomized, placebo-controlled phase II study, suggesting that B-cell depletion using the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab can yield clinical benefit in ME/CFS. METHODS In this(More)
Both S100A14 and S100A16 are members of the multifunctional S100 protein family. Formation of homo/heterodimers is considered to be one of the major mechanisms for S100 proteins to execute their diverse cellular functions. By employing a classical Yeast two hybrid (Y-2 H) screen, we identified S100A16 as the single interaction partner of S100A14. This(More)
BACKGROUND Although several approaches for identification and isolation of carcinoma cells with tumour initiating properties have been established, enrichment of a population of pure and viable tumour-initiating cells (TICs) is still problematic. This study investigated possibilities to isolate a population of cancer cells with tumour initiating properties(More)
Altered expression of S100A16 has been reported in human cancers, but its biological role in tumorigenesis is not fully understood. This study aimed to investigate the clinical significance and functional role of S100A16 in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) suppression. S100A16 mRNA and/or protein levels were examined by quantitative RT-PCR and(More)