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The long-term outcome of 1390 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), treated in two successive clinical trials (Taiwan Pediatric Oncology Group (TPOG)-ALL-97 and TPOG-ALL-2002) between 1997 and 2007, is reported. The event-free survival improved significantly (P=0.0004) over this period, 69.3±1.9% in 1997–2001 to 77.4±1.7% in 2002–2007. A(More)
Amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) of 39-42 amino acid residues is a major constituent of Alzheimer's disease neurite plaques. Abeta aggregates (fibrils) are believed to be responsible for neuronal damage and dysfunction, as well as microglia and astrocyte activation in disease lesions by multiple mechanisms. Since Abeta aggregates possess the multiple valencies(More)
BACKGROUND Although MTBDRplus is validated for the detection of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), its role in the assessment of treatment outcome is less clear. We evaluated the association of MTBDRplus results with treatment outcome in new and previously treated patients in an endemic setting in China and determined factors associated with poor(More)
Thyroglobulin (Tg), the thyroid hormone precursor, is a major protein component in the thyroid gland and may have other important functions. Here, we show that bovine Tg inhibited 125I-labeled transforming growth factor-beta1 (125I-TGF-beta1) binding to cell-surface TGF-beta receptors in mink lung epithelial cells with an IC50 of approximately 300 nM. After(More)
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) continues to harbor a difficult prognosis and it is difficult to diagnose in its early stages. The molecular mechanisms of CCA oncogenesis and progression are poorly understood. This study aimed to identify candidate biomarkers for CCA. Integrated analysis of microarray data sets was performed to identify differentially expressed(More)
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