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OBJECTIVES To critically review the currently available evidence of studies comparing robotic partial nephrectomy (RPN) and open partial nephrectomy (OPN). MATERIALS AND METHODS A comprehensive review of the literature from Pubmed, Web of Science and Scopus was performed in October 2013. All relevant studies comparing RPN with OPN were included for(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the perioperative and early renal functional outcomes of RPN with OPN for kidney tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 209 RPN or OPN patients with availability of preoperative cross-sectional imaging since 2009 at our center were included. To adjust for potential baseline confounders propensity-score matching was performed, which(More)
PURPOSE To assess the accuracy of 64-slice multi-detector row computed tomography (MDCT) angiography in the evaluation of peripheral artery in-stent or peristent restenosis, with conventional digital subtraction angiography (DSA) as the reference standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS Forty-one patients (30 men, 11 women; mean age, 69.8+/-9.2 years) with(More)
Polyethylenimine (PEI), especially PEI 25 kDa, has been widely studied for delivery of nucleic acid drugs both in vitro and in vivo. However, it lacks degradable linkages and is too toxic for therapeutic applications. Hence, low-molecular-weight PEI has been explored as an alternative to PEI 25 kDa. To reduce cytotoxicity and increase transfection(More)
CTRP3, discovered as novel adipokines, is a member of the C1q tumor necrosis factor (TNF) related protein (CTRP) super-family. CTRP3 is found to function as adipokines that display diverse biological activities in metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. Recent study demonstrated that CTRP3 was protective against pathological cardiac remodeling in mice.(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the effects of diameter-axial-polar (DAP) scoring and other clinical variables on renal functional outcomes after partial nephrectomy (PN). MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 59 patients with complete radiographic, clinical and follow-up information were included for analysis. Technetium Tc 99m ((99) Tc(m)(More)
BACKGROUND Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) offers a non-invasive technique that can reveal microscopic details about the architecture of both normal and anomalous tissues. Some studies have confirmed DWI can detect the early changes of tumors that have originated from various organs, even after treatment. PURPOSE To compare the usefulness of apparent(More)
Antisense Smad3 adenoviral vectors were used to transfect vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) from rats with balloon injury or infused into the rat balloon-catheter injured carotid arteries, and the role of TGF-β1/Smad3 signaling pathway in the secretion of type I and III collagen by VSMCs following balloon injury was investigated. Antisense Smad3(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the association of tumor size, renal nephrometry systems (RNSs), including RENAL, centrality index (C-index), preoperative aspects and dimensions used for anatomical, and diameter-axial-polar scoring, and individual categories of these RNSs with warm ischemia time (WIT). METHODS A single surgeon's series of robotic partial(More)
BACKGROUND Sixty-four-row multislice computed tomographic angiography (CTA) has great potential for use in vascular studies. The aim of our study was to compare 64-slice CTA with three-dimensional rotational angiography (3DRA) in the detection and characterization of intracranial aneurysms with special attention to smaller (<3-mm) aneurysms. METHODS In a(More)