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Previously we reported significant associations of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DPB1 05:01 with memory against hepatitis B (HB) vaccination. However, the effects of HLA-DPB1 on antibodies to hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs) kinetics were not explored. We followed up a cohort of 1974 HB booster recipients and quantified their 1-month and 1-year(More)
BACKGROUND Saliva plays a role in mucosal protection and ulcer healing. AIM : To study whether decreased salivary production leads to peptic ulcer disease in connective tissue disease patients associated with xerostomia. PATIENTS AND METHODS Two hundred and two connective tissue disease patients (90 with xerostomia and 112 without xerostomia) were(More)
INTRODUCTION Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is now widely performed for patients to resolve the critical shortage of organs from cadavers. Despite rapid implementation and expansion of the procedure, both outcome and complication analyses of LDLT are still incomplete. OBJECTIVES To analyze the outcome of LDLT, with particular reference to(More)
AIM To study the potential risk factors leading to peptic ulcer disease among autoimmune disease patients on corticosteroid treatment. METHODS One hundred and thirty-eight corticosteroid-treated autoimmune disease patients were enrolled; their demographic data were recorded and laboratory data were measured. Endoscopy was performed to assess the(More)
Nervous necrosis virus (NNV) infection induces host cell apoptosis by an ill-understood process. We utilized a fusion between enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) and the zfBcl-x(L) gene in GL-av cells to select for zfBcl-x(L) stable cell lines and to assess the effectiveness of the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-x(L) in circumventing NNV-induced cell(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the incidence of tympanogenic labyrinthitis ossificans. METHODS The records of patients treated with mastoidectomy for various tympanogenic aetiologies from January 2007 to December 2011 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients whose high-resolution computed tomography scans showed evidence of labyrinthine calcification of the(More)
BACKGROUND Liver transplantation (LT) has been advocated as a salvage treatment for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Selection criteria still need to be developed in Taiwan. OBJECTIVES The purpose of our study was to assess the clinical findings and outcome of cirrhotic patients with HCC undergoing liver transplantation. METHODS Our study(More)
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