Hans Jørgen Nielsen

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND Preoperative plasma plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is a prognostic variable in patients with colorectal cancer. It has been suggested, however, that plasma PAI-1 is a nonspecific prognostic parameter similar to the acute-phase reactant C-reactive protein (CRP). In the present study we analyzed the association between plasma PAI-1 and(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)
We have recently shown that fluorescence spectroscopy of plasma samples has promising abilities regarding early detection of colorectal cancer. In the present paper, these results were further developed by combining fluorescence with the biomarkers, CEA and TIMP-1 and traditional metabolomic measurements in the form of 1H NMR spectroscopy. The results(More)
Patients were identified from a population-based prospective study of 4990 individuals with symptoms associated with colorectal cancer (CRC). A total of 244 CRC tissue samples were available for immunohistochemical staining of uPAR, semiquantitatively scored at the invasive front, and in the tumor core on cancer cells, macrophages, and myofibroblasts. In(More)