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UNLABELLED Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common malignancy worldwide with a poor prognosis and limited therapeutic options. To aid the development of novel immunological interventions, we studied the breadth, frequency, and tumor-infiltration of naturally occurring CD8(+) T-cell responses targeting several tumor-associated antigens (TAA).(More)
OBJECTIVE Due to extended application of pharmacogenetic and pharmacogenomic screening (PGx) tests it is important to assess whether they provide good value for money. This review provides an update of the literature. METHODS A literature search was performed in PubMed and papers published between August 2010 and September 2014, investigating the(More)
Recent findings suggest that the presence of cancer stem cells could be linked with patients' survival. We profiled suggested cancer stem cell markers in tissue specimens of hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal carcinoma liver metastases. About 1% of cells co-expressed cancer stem cell antigens, but there was no correlation between the amount of(More)
OBJECTIVE The liver is the primary site of hematopoiesis during fetal development; it has been shown that thrombopoietin (TPO) produced by the liver during fetal development is a major regulator of megakaryocytopoiesis. As maximum liver growth and hematopoiesis occur simultaneously, we hypothesized that TPO may act as a growth factor for hepatic(More)
Hepatotoxic side effects of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for colorectal liver metastases increase perioperative morbidity and mortality. Glycine protects liver from injury in various animal models. Thus, this study was designed to assess its effect on liver after chemotherapy. Sprague-Dawley rats (200-220 g) were fed a synthetic diet containing 5% glycine for 5(More)
Free radicals are involved in pathophysiology of ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI). Melatonin is a potent scavenger of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Thus, this study was designed to elucidate its effects in a model of rat kidney transplantation. Twenty Lewis rats were randomly divided into 2 groups (n = 10 animals each). Melatonin (50 mg/kg BW)(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Liver transplantation is the only curative treatment for end-stage liver disease. While waiting list mortality can be predicted by the MELD-score, reliable scoring systems for the postoperative period do not exist. This study's objective was to identify risk factors that contribute to postoperative mortality. METHODS Between December(More)
Today, liver transplantation is still the only curative treatment for liver failure due to end-stages liver diseases. Donor organ shortage, high cost and the need of immunosuppressive medications are still the major limitations in the field of liver transplantation. Thus, alternative innovative cell-based liver directed therapies, e.g. liver tissue(More)
Colorectal cancer (CRC) takes a second and fourth position in the incidence and mortality lists respectively among all malignant tumors in urban populations in China. This study was designed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of two different CRC screening protocols: faecal occult blood test (FOBT) alone, and FOBT plus a high-risk factor questionnaire(More)
Cell transplantation and tissue engineering with liver cells are currently under investigation as experimental therapies for certain liver diseases. In this study we evaluated a fibrin-based gel matrix as carrier for hepatocytes in culture. Furthermore, a novel technique for direct intrahepatic injection of fibrin gel-immobilized hepatocytes was developed(More)