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The metastatic spread of tumor cells is the major risk factor affecting the clinical prognosis of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. The metastatic phenotype can be modulated by dysregulating the synthesis of different structural and functional proteins of tumor cells. Micro(mi)RNAs are noncoding RNAs that recognize their cognate messenger (m)RNA targets by(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The emergence of resistance to anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs has become an obstacle to effective TB control. Thus, there is an urgent need to identify patients and initiate adequate treatment for drug-resistant cases in a timely manner. The BACTEC MGIT 960 system is well known for its rapid culturing time, and is in widespread use in(More)
This study investigated the clinical and microbiological characteristics of patients with recurrent bacteremia caused by the Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-Acinetobacter baumannii (ACB) complex at a medical center. All ACB complex isolates associated with recurrent bacteremia were identified to the genomic species level using a 16S-23S rRNA gene intergenic(More)
OBJECTIVE Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most lethal genitourinary cancer and intrinsically resistant to chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormone therapy. Annexin A2 (Anxa2) is a calcium-dependent phospholipid-binding protein found on various cell types that plays multiple roles in regulating cellular functions. In RCC, Anxa2 expression was correlated(More)
Identifying the risk factors responsible for lung cancer especially for nonsmokers is critical for both its prevention and treatment. Studies have linked the polymorphisms in N-acetyltransferases (NAT2), a key enzyme for metabolism of hydrocarbons, with lung cancer in Asian female nonsmokers. Since a high percentage of lung adenocarcinoma in Asian female(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of pterygium surgery on refractive spherocylinder power and corneal topography. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-four patients (27 eyes) undergoing pterygium surgery from January to December 2006 were retrospectively identified. Visual acuity, refractive spherocylinder power, and corneal topography were measured(More)
Timely and intensive monitoring for, and management of, adverse effects caused by anti-tuberculosis drugs are essential components of control programs for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). This retrospective case series was conducted in northern Taiwan from January 2007 to December 2008 at Taipei Medical University-Wan Fang Hospital, a 750-bed(More)
BACKGROUND Cisplatin and carboplatin cause nephrotoxicity by forming platinum-DNA adducts and lead to cell death. METHODS One-hundred and sixteen Taiwanese lung cancer patients who received cisplatin or carboplatin more than twice were recruited, and their genotypes were determined. The risk of renal dysfunction, injury to the kidney, failure of kidney(More)
BACKGROUND Few large, prospective, randomized studies have investigated the effectiveness of esophagectomy in patients with thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (TESCC) who receive definitive radiotherapy (RT) or concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) through modern, intensity modulated-RT (IMRT) techniques. The therapeutic effects of esophagectomy in(More)