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BACKGROUND The involvement of oxidant/antioxidant imbalance in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is well documented. Two members of the glutathione S-transferase (GST) family of enzymes, GSTM1 and GSTT1, known to take part in cellular protection against electrophiles, demonstrate common deletion variants (termed null) associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Busulfan (BU), often used in high dose for myeloablation before hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), has been implicated in certain HSCT toxicities, including the occurrence of hepatic veno-occlusive disease (HVOD). In addition to weight and age, gene polymorphisms in specific members of the glutathione-transferase (GST) gene family(More)
PURPOSE Thiopurines are effective in attaining and maintaining remission in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The major drawback of these drugs are their serious adverse effects (SAE), highlighting the importance of preemptive identification of patients at risk. We aimed to examine whether gene polymorphisms in GSTM1, GSTT1 and TPMT, combined(More)
KRAS mutation status has a significant role determining anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (anti-EGFR) treatment response in colon carcinoma patients. Malignant transformation is a dynamic process and therefore, it is conceivable that, at a certain point, the tumor cells' mass might be heterogeneous for particular mutations. Therefore, the fraction of(More)
INTRODUCTION KRAS mutations in colon carcinomas are associated with lack of response to anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody treatment. Therefore, patients must undergo genetic testing to be eligible for treatment. Several methods for KRAS mutation analysis exist, but many are not sensitive enough to detect a mutation in samples with low fraction of malignant(More)
PURPOSE This study was designed to delineate the relative frequency of CYP2C9 and VKORC1 polymorphisms known to affect warfarin response in the highly heterogeneous Israeli population. METHODS Frequencies of CYP2C9 allelic variants CYP2C9*2, CYP2C9*3 and of VKORC1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (snps) -1639G>A and D36Y were determined in genomic DNA of(More)
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a central regulatory enzyme in the folate pathway. Two non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms in MTHFR, C677T (rs1801133) and A1298C (rs1801131) have been associated with reduced MTHFR enzyme activity. These polymorphisms, especially C677T, appear to be linked with methotrexate-related toxicity,(More)
The effects of oral contraceptives on serum lipids were investigated in humans and monkeys at the Temple University Health Sciences Center. The compositions of the pills were: 1) 2.0 mg chlormadinone acetate, .08 mg mestranol; 2) 10.0 mg medroxyprogesterone acetate, .05 mg ethinyl estradiol; 3) 1.0 mg ethynodiol diacetate, .1 mg mestranol; 4) 1.0 mg(More)