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The objective of this study was to evaluate further a possible role of nicotine as a stimulator of platelet aggregability and platelet arachidonic acid metabolism in vivo. In six healthy, non-smoking males, platelet aggregability was assessed by filtragometry and impedance aggregometry before, during and after an intravenous infusion of nicotine at two(More)
Endostatin, a proteolytic fragment of collagen XVIII, is a potent inhibitor of angiogenesis and suppresses neovascularization and tumor growth. However, the inhibitory mechanism of endostatin in human endothelial cells has not been characterized yet. Electron microscopic analysis revealed that endostatin induced formation of numerous autophagic vacuoles in(More)
PURPOSE A prospective study was performed to evaluate refractive and ocular biometric changes in acute hyperglycemic status in patients with diabetes mellitus. METHODS From January to August 2002, 48 eyes of 24 patients with persistent diabetes and a plasma glucose level>or=17 mmol/L or HbA1c>or=10.0% on admission were enrolled in this prospective study.(More)
The purpose of this study was to define a biomarker panel for detection of cancer cells in cytologically negative sputum and to evaluate the panel for assessment of lung cancer risk. We examined 19 genetic and epigenetic markers using a sensitive fluorescence-based method in cytologically negative sputum and in lung tumour tissues from 82 lung cancer(More)
Endogenous opioid peptides play an essential role in the intrinsic modulation and control of inflammatory pain, and could be therapeutically useful. These opioid peptides are synthesized as parts of larger precursor molecules. One such precursor molecule is pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC). In this study, we developed a gene-gun method for the transfer of POMC(More)
BACKGROUND Although liver resection is now a safe procedure, its role for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with cirrhosis remains controversial. METHODS This study compared the results of liver resection for HCC in patients with cirrhosis over two time intervals. One hundred and sixty-one patients had resection during period 1 (1991-1996) and(More)
The phosphorylation of histone H3 at Ser10, Ser28, Thr11 and Thr3 of the amino terminal has been proved related to mitosis of the mammalian cells. However, the function of the Thr3 phosphorylation of H3 remains unclear. In this study, indirect immunofluorescence labelling and laser confocal microscopy were used to examine the cellular dynamic distribution(More)
In this double-blind placebo-controlled study with enalapril, 74 patients with acute myocardial infarction were followed at 0, 7, 30, 60 and 180 days after the event. Platelets and leukocytes were activated during the first 7 days. During the 6-month period fibrinogen, leukocytes, elastase, and B beta 30-43 remained elevated in 50, 15, 30 and 80% of the(More)
The platelet aggregatory effect of heparin was investigated with whole blood aggregometry in blood from healthy volunteers with collagen as activator. Tests were performed before and 3 hours after 0.5 g acetylsalicylic acid given perorally. Three protocols were tested. In the first experiment and before acetylsalicylic acid low doses (2.5 and 5 IU/ml) of(More)
PURPOSES The aims of this study were to describe the bacterial isolates and treatment outcomes of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery at a referral centre in Northern Taiwan. METHODS This was a retrospective, interventional, and observational series. Medical records were review of patients with clinical diagnosed, and/or culture-proven bacterial(More)