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BACKGROUND Cell-free DNA circulating in blood is a candidate biomarker for malignant tumors. Unlike uniformly truncated DNA released from apoptotic nondiseased cells, DNA released from dead cancer cells varies in size. We developed a novel method to measure the ratio of longer to shorter DNA fragments (DNA integrity) in serum as a potential biomarker for(More)
BACKGROUND A number of US observational studies reported an increased mortality risk with higher intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH), calcium and/or phosphate. The existence of such a link in a European haemodialysis population was explored as part of the Analysing Data, Recognising Excellence and Optimising Outcomes (ARO) Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)(More)
ID4 gene is a member of the inhibitor of DNA-binding (ID) family, which inhibits DNA binding of basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors. Certain human primary breast cancers reportedly have low or no expression of ID4 protein, but its role in carcinogenesis and cancer progression is unknown. To determine its possible role, we examined epigenetic(More)
PURPOSE Liver metastasis is the predominant cause of colorectal cancer (CRC) related mortality. Chemokines, soluble factors that orchestrate hematopoetic cell movement, have been implicated in directing cancer metastasis, although their clinical relevance in CRC has not been defined. Our hypothesis was that the chemokine receptor CXCR4 expressed by CRC is a(More)
Reconstructing full-length transcript isoforms from sequence fragments (such as ESTs) is a major interest and challenge for bioinformatic analysis of pre-mRNA alternative splicing. This problem has been formulated as finding traversals across the splice graph, which is a directed acyclic graph (DAG) representation of gene structure and alternative splicing.(More)
Mutations of the RET proto-oncogene are responsible for several inherited human diseases and may function as genetic modifiers of the disease. However, the role of RET mutations in pancreatic cancer has not been studied. Expression of the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) receptors RET and GDNF family receptor alpha1 (GFRalpha1) in human(More)
BACKGROUND Prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in head injured patients has avoided heparin products because of concern for exacerbating intracranial bleeding. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety of unfractionated heparin (UFH) for VTE prophylaxis after traumatic brain injury. METHODS We retrospectively evaluated the early use of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the role of chemokine receptor (CR) expression in patients with melanoma and colorectal cancer (CRC) liver metastases. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Murine and in vitro models have identified CR as potential factors in organ-specific metastasis of multiple cancers. Chemokines via their respective receptors have been shown to promote cell(More)
Histone deacetylation and DNA methylation establish epigenetic modifications, which through chromatin remodeling may result in gene silencing. We hypothesized that chemokine receptors C-C chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7) and C-X-C chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) on melanoma cells undergo epigenetic regulation. We investigated whether a histone deacetylase inhibitor(More)
Patients with CKD exhibit significant within-patient hemoglobin (Hb) level variability, especially with the use of erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESAs) and iron. Analyses of dialysis cohorts in the United States produced conflicting results regarding the association of Hb variability with patient outcomes. Here, we determined Hb variability in 5037(More)