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Viral hepatitis causes fibrosis in the liver and may change mechanical properties of the liver. To evaluate the impact of fibrosis on elastic properties of human liver and to investigate potential benefits of ultrasonic elasticity imaging, 19 fresh human liver samples and 1 hepatic tumor (focal nodular hyperplasia) sample obtained during operations were(More)
PURPOSE Abnormal spindle-like microcephaly associated (ASPM) plays an important role in neurogenesis and cell proliferation. This study is to elucidate its role in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), particularly early tumor recurrence (ETR) and prognosis. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We used reverse transcription-PCR assays to measure the ASPM mRNA levels in 247 HCC(More)
The apolipoprotein A5 gene (APOA5 ) has been shown to play an important role in determining plasma triglyceride concentrations in humans. We describe here a novel variant, c.553G>T, in the apolipoprotein A5 gene that is associated with hypertriglyceridemia. In contrast to some other polymorphisms, which occur in non-coding regions of the gene, this variant(More)
UNLABELLED Insulin-like growth factor II mRNA-binding protein 3 (IMP3) is an RNA-binding protein expressed in embryonic tissues and multiple cancers. To investigate the role of IMP3 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), its protein expression in the surgically resected unifocal tumors of 377 HCC patients (296 men and 81 women) with ages ranging from 7 to 88(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play critical roles in embryonic development and are frequently deregulated in human cancers. The let-7 family members are tumor-suppressing miRNAs and are frequently downregulated in cancer cells. Lin-28 and Lin-28B are RNA-binding proteins highly expressed in embryonic tissues. Lin-28 proteins block let-7 precursors from being processed(More)
The influence of MSI on treatment outcome of colorectal cancers remains unclear and deserves further investigation. We recruited 244 patients with stage IV sporadic colorectal cancers for our study, based on appropriate eligibility criteria. Patients were nonrandomly allocated to 2 treatment groups of either with or without high-dose 5-FU plus leucovorin(More)
Human CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein delta (CEBPD) has been reported as a tumor suppressor because it both induces growth arrest involved in differentiation and plays a crucial role as a regulator of pro-apoptotic gene expression. In this study, CEBPD gene expression is down-regulated, and "loss of function" alterations in CEBPD gene expression are observed(More)
Cancer cells with a high glycolytic rate have an advantage in tumor growth. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) often exhibits an aberrant expression of glycolytic enzymes, particularly type II hexokinase (HKII) and aldolase B (ALDOB). This study examined the aberrant expression of HKII and ALDOB in 203 surgically resected HCCs. A dramatic down-regulation of(More)
Gliomas are the most common tumors of the central nervous system and have a grave prognosis. Deletion of chromosome 10p15 is one of the most common chromosomal alterations in gliomas. Recently, a candidate tumor suppressor gene, KLF6, which is mapped to chromosome 10p, was found to be frequently mutated in prostate cancer. KLF6 is a zinc finger(More)
To elucidate the frequency of FIC1 (ATP8B1) and BSEP (ABCB11) mutations in Taiwanese children with chronic intrahepatic cholestasis with low gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT) levels, we assessed 13 unrelated patients with infantile onset chronic intrahepatic cholestasis. Liver complementary DNA sequencing was performed in 7 infants for mutation analyses of(More)