K. C. Choi

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The present study was aimed at investigating whether an altered role of nitric oxide (NO) is involved in chronic renal failure (CRF). Rats were subjected to 5/6 nephrectomy and kept for 6 weeks to induce CRF. On the experimental day, after measurement of arterial pressure under anesthesia, the arterial blood was collected, and thoracic aorta and kidney were(More)
We investigated to see whether an altered role of nitric oxide (NO) system is involved in erythropoietin (EPO)-induced hypertension in chronic renal failure (CRF). Male Sprague-Dawley rats were five-sixths nephrectomized to induce CRF. Six weeks after the operation, EPO or vehicle was injected for another 6 weeks. Plasma and urine nitrite/nitrate (NOx)(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) comprises a group of multifunctional regulatory proteins, whose effects include angiogenesis. The expression of TGF-beta 1 in gastric carcinomas (70 cases) has been determined and related to pathological features and microvessel count by immunohistochemical staining for TGF-beta 1 and Factor VIII related antigen.(More)
Many types of human malignant tumor have been reported to amplify transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta 1) gene and overexpress its protein. However, little work has been done about the content of TGF-beta 1 protein in tissue and blood of patients with malignant tumors. TGF-beta 1 protein of tissue (n = 29) and serum TGF-beta 1 levels in patients with(More)
The present study was aimed at investigating the atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and urinary responses to acute perturbations in fluid balance and the vascular function in diabetes mellitus (DM). DM was induced in rats by treatment with streptozotocin (50 mg/kg, i.p.). Ten weeks later, the plasma ANP concentration measured in the conscious state was(More)
BACKGROUND The level of patient safety and outcomes accomplished depends on the quality of care provided. Previous studies found that nurse-to-patient ratio, practice environment, and nursing education were significant predictors of patient outcomes. However, the outcomes measured in previous studies were mainly inpatient mortality and failure-to-rescue(More)
Optimizing heath care services for seniors in emergency departments (ED) is a core component of the " Senior Friendly Hospital Approach " being implemented in Quebec. We measured the availability of geriatric expertise in Quebec EDs and its relationship with ED characteristics such as university affiliation, number of stretchers, and geographical location.(More)
p21 protein has been reported to be a critical downstream effector of p53 and a potent inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases. Thus, the p21 gene is thought to play a central role in tumor suppression. In this study we investigated p21 protein expression and mutation in gastric adenocarcinoma. A total of 76 primary gastric carcinoma specimens were(More)
The present study was aimed to investigate the regulatory mechanisms of BNP release. Effects of acute and chronic perturbations in body fluid balance, changes in BP, and regulatory roles of NO and endothelin systems on BNP release were examined in rats. Although acute extracellular volume expansion did not have significant effects on plasma BNP, prolonged(More)