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The risk factors for hepatitis due to hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation in patients positive for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) treated with autologous hemato-poietic cell transplantation (HCT) are unknown. We evaluated 137 consecutive patients (23 positive for HBsAg, 37 positive for hepatitis B surface antibody, and 77 negative for HBV) who(More)
BACKGROUND  IL-17A is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that plays important role in inflammatory disease pathology and tumor microenvironment. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of IL-17A on the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDING Expression pattern of IL-17A in clinical HCC samples (n = 43) was(More)
BACKGROUND Biomarkers for accurate diagnosis of early hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are limited in number and clinical validation. We applied SELDI-TOF-MS ProteinChip technology to identify serum profile for distinguishing HCC and liver cirrhosis (LC) and to compare the accuracy of SELDI-TOF-MS profile and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level in HCC diagnosis. (More)
BACKGROUND Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most popular cancers in the world with poor prognosis, which often develops from chronic liver inflammatory diseases. Interleukin 23 (IL-23) is an inflammatory cytokine which is reported to play an important role in tumor development in animal model. While the function of IL-23 in HCC development(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known on the cost-effectiveness of novel regimens for hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared with standard-of-care with pegylated interferon (pegIFN) and ribavirin (RBV) therapy in developing countries. We evaluated cost-effectiveness of sofosbuvir/ledipasvir for 12 weeks compared with a 48-week pegIFN-RBV regimen in Chinese patients with(More)
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