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Retrospective studies suggest that there is an increased postoperative morbidity among alcohol misusers. We have prospectively studied the risk of alcohol intake among patients undergoing surgery. We investigated 15 symptom-free subjects who required colorectal surgery and who were drinking at least 60 g of alcohol per day. These patients were matched for(More)
BACKGROUND Updated National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines for the use of tumor markers in the clinic have been developed. METHODS Published reports relevant to use of tumor markers for 5 cancer sites--testicular, prostate, colorectal, breast, and ovarian--were critically reviewed. RESULTS For testicular(More)
YKL-40 is a mammalian member of the chitinase protein family. Although the function of YKL-40 is unknown, the pattern of its expression suggests a function in remodelling or degradation of extracellular matrix. High serum YKL-40 has been found in patients with recurrent breast cancer and has been related to short survival. In the present study we analysed(More)
Approximately 25% of all patients with stage II colorectal cancer will experience recurrent disease and subsequently die within 5 years. MicroRNA-21 (miR-21) is upregulated in several cancer types and has been associated with survival in colon cancer. In the present study we developed a robust in situ hybridization assay using high-affinity Locked Nucleic(More)
BACKGROUND The proteolytic enzyme plasmin, which is generated from the precursor plasminogen by the action of urokinase plasminogen activator, is thought to play a role in tumor cell invasion and metastasis. Urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) is functionally involved in the cell surface activation (i.e., cleavage) of plasminogen. Increased(More)
A kinetic enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for plasma tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1 was developed in order to examine the potential diagnostic and prognostic value of TIMP-1 measurements in cancer patients. The ELISA enabled specific detection of total TIMP-1 in EDTA, citrate and heparin plasma. The assay was rigorously tested and(More)
The objective of the present study was to measure preoperative plasma tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1 levels in colorectal cancer patients and relate these values to clinical and biochemical patient characteristics. TIMP-1 levels were determined by ELISA in EDTA plasma samples collected preoperatively from 588 colorectal cancer patients.(More)
OBJECTIVE Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is one of the most potent mediators of angiogenesis, which is a mandatory process during tumor growth. Immunohistochemical studies have demonstrated VEGF expression in vestibular schwannomas (VS), and a semi-quantitation of staining intensity indicated a correlation between tumor growth rate and VEGF(More)
PURPOSE Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) is known to protect cells against apoptosis. We raised the hypothesis that elevated tumor tissue levels and thereby plasma levels of TIMP-1 would predict resistance to apoptosis-inducing chemotherapy. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Ninety patients with metastatic colorectal cancer were included in the study.(More)
Measurement of urokinase receptor (uPAR) in tumor extracts has prognostic value, but assay of the soluble uPAR (suPAR) in peripheral blood may offer wider applications in cancer patient management. A tumor extract uPAR ELISA was modified to eliminate nonspecific plasma protein interference, enabling specific detection of suPAR in plasma and sera with >90%(More)