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Gene expression profiles, which represent the state of a cell at a molecular level, have great potential as a medical diagnosis tool. Compared to the number of genes involved, available training data sets generally have a fairly small sample size in cancer type classification. These training data limitations constitute a challenge to certain classification(More)
BACKGROUND Many single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been found to be associated with oral cancer but the biological interactions through SNPs are seldom addressed. In this study, we focused on the joint effect for SNP combinations of four DNA repair genes, X-ray repair cross-complementing groups (XRCCs) 1-4, involved in major cancer-related(More)
During 2003-2004, approximately 13% of birth in Taiwan was given by foreign-born females. The aims of this study were to compare the seroprevalence of rubella antibodies between Taiwan-born and foreign-born pregnant women and evaluate the effect of rubella vaccination program in Taiwan. We reviewed the rubella antibody test results of 5007 women during(More)
This study was undertaken to analyze genetic alterations in 108 sporadic serous ovarian neoplasms to elucidate ovarian serous carcinogenesis. Our results demonstrate that K-ras mutations occur in approximately 50% of serous borderline tumors (SBTs), non-invasive micropapillary serous carcinomas (MPSCs), and invasive micropapillary serous carcinomas, which(More)
Many single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been found to be associated with breast cancer, but their SNP interactions are seldom addressed. In this study, we focused on the joint effect for SNP combinations of seven CXCL12-related genes involved in major cancer-related pathways. SNP genotyping was determined by PCR-restriction fragment length(More)
Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) are critical in controlling adaptive immunity, but the mechanisms governing cytokine expression remain incompletely defined. Analogues of prostaglandin (PG)I(2), such as iloprost, can modulate functions of myeloid dendritic cells, but their involvement in the regulation of human pDCs remains unknown. To this end, the(More)
BACKGROUND Tryptophan metabolites have been suggested to play a role in immune modulation, wherein those have recently been shown to be endogenous ligands of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR; a unique cellular chemical sensor). However, the involvement of tryptophan metabolites and AhR in modulating mast cell function remains to be fully defined. We therefore(More)
Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) is associated with the development of Kaposi's sarcoma and several other human malignancies. Kaposin A protein of HHV-8 has been demonstrated as inducing tumorigenic transformation, being responsible for nuclear receptor coactivators in the transforming activity. In this study, a kaposin A-interacting septin 4 variant that(More)
BACKGROUND Combination of CHD (chromo-helicase-DNA binding protein)-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with electrophoresis (PCR/electrophoresis) is the most common avian molecular sexing technique but it is lab-intensive and gel-required. Gender determination often fails when the difference in length between the PCR products of CHD-Z and CHD-W genes(More)
Epstein-Barr virus is known to cause nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Although oral cavity is located close to the nasal pharynx, the pathogenetic role of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in oral cancers is unclear. This molecular epidemiology study uses EBV genomic microarray (EBV-chip) to simultaneously detect the prevalent rate and viral gene expression patterns in 57(More)