Jin Hwa Hong

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PURPOSE To investigate the in vivo acute phase molecular response of the brain to ionizing radiation. METHODS AND MATERIALS C3Hf/Sed/Kam mice were given midbrain or whole-body irradiation. Cerebral expression of interleukins (IL-1 alpha, IL-1 beta, IL-2, IL-3, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6), interferon (IFN-gamma), tumor necrosis factors (TNF-alpha and TNF-beta),(More)
The chance of life-threatening complications occurring late after brain irradiation limits the efficacy of this form of cancer therapy. The molecular and cellular events that trigger radiation-induced brain damage are still unknown, but since they have the potential to serve as valuable targets for therapeutic intervention they are worth delineating. In(More)
PURPOSE To investigate cytokine gene expression in the lung after single and fractionated doses of radiation, and to investigate the effect of steroids and the genetic background. MATERIALS AND METHODS Expression of cytokine genes (mTNF-alpha, mIL-1alpha, mIL-1beta, mIL-2, mIL-3, mIL-4, mIL-5, mIL-6, mIFN-gamma) in the lungs of C3H/HeJ and C57BL/6J mice(More)
We conducted a retrospective study of 17 transplant recipients with carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteremia, and described epidemiology, clinical characteristics and strain genotypes. Eighty-eight percent (15/17) of patients were liver or intestinal transplant recipients. Outcomes were death due to septic shock (18%), cure (24%) and persistent(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to investigate pretreatment variables that could predict prognosis and to evaluate the impact of postoperative adjuvant therapy on the outcomes of patients with Stage IB or II cervical carcinoma with or without pelvic lymph node metastases. METHODS Eight hundred ninety-one patients with Stage IB or II cervical(More)
Twenty-nine percutaneous balloon dilations of the axillary and subclavian veins were performed in 19 patients. Stenoses occurred in typical locations of anatomic narrowing or at sites of previous trauma. The initial success rate was 76%, with a 1-year patency rate of 35% and a 2-year patency rate of 6%. Angioplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the prognostic significance of the pre- and posttreatment serum squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCC) levels in patients with Stage I-IVA squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix primarily treated by radiotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS 401 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of cervix primarily treated with radiotherapy (RT) were(More)
Inflammatory cytokines such as tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) synergistically activate expression of the RANTES (regulated upon activation, normal T-cell expressed and secreted) gene, which plays a crucial role in the chemoattraction of leukocytes during the inflammatory response. To understand at the molecular(More)
Since previous published studies about second malignant tumors (SMTs) in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients usually included a limited sample size and did not attain consistent results, we conducted a large retrospective study in a cohort of 1,549 patients to assess the risk of SMT in NPC patients following radiotherapy (RT) in Taiwan. The follow-up(More)
To define the etiology of anemia post-renal transplantation, we assessed hematologic parameters and EPO levels in 38 anemic and 16 non-anemic control renal transplant recipients (RTRs) with varying degrees of allograft function at periods > 3 months post-transplantation. Significant differences between the two groups were found for serum creatinine (Cr)(More)