Hua Gan

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PURPOSE The objective of this study was to evaluate the dosimetric feasibility of using hippocampus (HPC) sparing intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in patients with locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). MATERIALS/METHODS Eight cases of either T3 or T4 NPC were selected for this study. Standard IMRT treatment plans were constructed using(More)
Tubulointerstitial fibrosis (TIF) is caused by the progressive loss of renal tubular cells and the consequent replacement of the extracellular matrix. The progressive depletion of renal tubular cells results from apoptosis and necroptosis; however, the relative significance of each of these cell death mechanisms at different stages during the progression of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS In the intestines, Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) mediates immune responses to pathogens and regulates epithelial barrier function; polymorphisms in TLR2 have been associated with inflammatory bowel disease phenotype. We assessed the effects of TLR2 signaling on the enteric nervous system (ENS) in mice. METHODS TLR2 distribution and(More)
Two clinical cases of recurrent abdominal pain are reported. These led to the unusual diagnosis of hereditary angioedema due to deficiency of C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-INH). The difficulties of identifying this genetic disease were caused by the variability of its clinical expression: the alteration of an autosomal dominant gene triggers angioedema attacks(More)
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