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BACKGROUND & AIMS Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection leads to glucose abnormality. HCV depends on lipid droplets (LDs) and very-low density lipoproteins for assembly/releasing; however, the components and locations for this process remain unidentified. Apolipoprotein J (ApoJ), upregulated by glucose, functions as Golgi chaperone of secreted proteins and(More)
BACKGROUND Despite its recognized role as a prognostic marker for antiviral treatment, the clinical significance of serum hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) level in the immune-clearance stage of chronic hepatitis B remains unclear. OBJECTIVES To characterize how HBsAg level and various clinical and virological factors are related and analyze the(More)
A study was conducted during a 1 year follow-up to characterize the viral kinetics in hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive chronic hepatitis B and to develop a model of predicting the probability of spontaneous HBeAg seroconversion. Fifty-seven patients with HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B were enrolled with monthly follow-ups from three Phase III(More)
Several hepatitis B virus (HBV) subgenotypes, HBV/A1, A2, Bj and Ba, have been reported with respect to clinical differences among patients infected with these subgenotypes. The population genetics and phylogeography of HBV were investigated based on the complete genome sequences of 484 isolates with 108 from our chronic hepatitis B patients and the(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis E virus infection (HEV) remains unclear in institutionalized psychiatric patients. OBJECTIVES To investigate the prevalence and risk factors of HEV infection in a psychiatric institution in Taiwan. STUDY DESIGN A total of 754 patients with psychiatric disorders were enrolled in the study. Clinical features, review of patient charts,(More)
UNLABELLED Current guidelines for management of chronic hepatitis B recommend treatment for patients presenting with elevated hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) >2 x upper limit of normal (ULN) or histological evidence of liver disease. Retrospective analyses have demonstrated that significant hepatic necroinflammation and(More)
AIMS Angiogenesis from thyroid cancer cell plays the important roles in post-surgical persistent, recurrent, and metastatic papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). This study is to investigate the expression of angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1), angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2), Tek/Tie-2 receptor, and vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF) in normal, benign thyroid tissues and(More)
The operations and management activities of enterprises are mainly task-based and knowledge intensive. Accordingly, an important issue in deploying knowledge management systems is the provision of task-relevant information (codified knowledge) to meet the information needs of knowledge workers during the execution of a task. Codified knowledge extracted(More)