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BACKGROUND Coronary artery fistula (CAF) is an anomaly resulting in the steal phenomenon of coronary blood flow, which may cause morbidity or mortality. CAFs in Chinese patients after long-term follow-up of 15 years were retrospectively analyzed. METHODS AND RESULTS From September, 1992 to August, 2007, 152 CAFs were detected in 28,210 coronary angiograms(More)
INTRODUCTION Left circumflex (LC)-related acute myocardial infarction (AMI) presenting without ST-T changes has been underdiagnosed in the emergency department. There is little information on its clinical features and significance. AIMS The aims of the study were to investigate the clinical characteristics and outcomes of LC-related AMI without ST-T(More)
We have studied the antiangiogenic property of berberine. We showed that berberine could directly inhibit in vitro human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) tube formation and migration. In addition, to determine whether berberine could influence the cross-talk between the gastric adenocarcinoma cell line SC-M1 and vascular endothelial cells, we(More)
Microarray technology was used to gain an insight into the molecular events of tumor cell growth inhibition mediated by the soy isoflavone genistein. For this, a susceptible bladder tumor line TCCSUP was treated with the inhibitory dose (50 microM) of genistein for various periods of time, followed by mRNA isolations, cDNA probe preparations, and(More)
BACKGROUND Quantitative sensory testing has gained popularity as a tool in the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathies. This study aims to establish normative data of quantitative thermal and vibratory thresholds in normal subjects in Taiwan. In addition, we also examined the effect of age and gender differences on these thresholds. METHODS The study(More)
Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been found to increase cardiac beta-myosin heavy chain (beta-MyHC) gene expression and induce hypertrophy in cardiomyocytes. ET-1 has been demonstrated to increase intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) in cardiomyocytes. The exact molecular mechanism by which ROS regulate ET-1-induced beta-MyHC gene expression and hypertrophy(More)
BACKGROUND There have been few studies done regarding young patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical characteristics and coronary angiographic features in young patients with STEMI. METHODS We collected data on 849 consecutive patients with STEMI from 1992 to 2006. Baseline(More)
Integrated (18)F-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) has been clinically used to detect infectious lesions. We present a case with pyrexia and bacteremia of unknown origin. Whole body FDG PET/CT was arranged to look for an occult source of infection and it revealed a focal lesion with increased FDG uptake(More)
The use of beta-blockers has emerged as a beneficial treatment for cardiac hypertrophy. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha (HIF-1alpha) is tightly regulated in the ventricular myocardium. However, the expression of HIF-1alpha in cardiac hypertrophy due to pressure overload and after treatment with beta-blocker is little known. To evaluate the effect of(More)
PUPOSE The newer 256-slice computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) has the capability of improving diagnostic performance in the detection of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) compared to 64-slice CTCA. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic performance of 64- versus 256-slice CTCA in two similar populations. METHODS Our study(More)