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BACKGROUND Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a platelet volume index. Classically, MPV was recognized as a hallmark of platelet activation. Recent studies have revealed that the MPV and MPV/platelet count (PC) ratio can predict long-term mortality in patients with ischemic cardio-vascular disease. In addition, these indices were correlated with the(More)
BACKGROUND In Th2 immune responses, TSLP is a key player by induction of OX40-ligand (OX40L) on dendritic cells (DCs), which is the trigger to induce Th2 cell-mediated allergic cascade. Thus, TSLP-DC-OX40L axis might be the principal pathway in the inflammatory cascades in atopic dermatitis and asthma. IL-33, which is produced by epithelial cells, has been(More)
Primary intrahepatic malignant mesothelioma (PIHMM) is an extremely rare tumor with clinicopathological characteristics that remain to be elucidated. The current study presents the case of a 68-year-old female with PIHMM and multiple lymphadenopathies due to non-tuberculous mycobac-teria. The patient presented with an intrahepatic tumor, 70 mm in diameter,(More)
The combination of carboplatin and paclitaxel is one of the most commonly used regimens for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We aimed to compare the standard tri-weekly and weekly schedules of this treatment, while considering treatment-related hematological toxicities. We retrospectively analyzed the weekly [paclitaxel, 70 mg/m 2 / week(More)
An antagonistic activity against vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was identified in the culture supernatants of certain human hematopoietic cell lines and the antagonistic protein was purified from NALM-16 (B cell) culture supernatant. Amino acid sequencing of the N-terminus and Western blot analysis confirmed that the antagonist was identical to a(More)
Toll-like receptor (TLR) 7and 8 were considered to recognize single-strand RNA (ssRNA) from viruses. Although these receptors also respond to synthetic small chemical ligands, such as CL075 and R848, it remains to be determined whether these receptors sense natural small molecules or not. In the structure of human TLR8 (huTLR8) with ssRNA, there are two(More)
The present study evaluated the efficacy and safety of pemetrexed, carboplatin and bevacizumab, followed by maintenance pemetrexed and bevacizumab, in chemotherapy-naïve patients with stage IIIB/IV non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The patients were administered pemetrexed (500 mg/m 2), carboplatin (area under the concentration-time curve,(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) play an integral role in cellular cascade that initiate and maintain Th2 responses in allergy. In this study, we examined the interaction between platelets and DCs to determine the role of platelets in the intervention of immune responses through modulation of DC functions. Blood-purified myeloid DCs, which had been stimulated with(More)
Docetaxel is a well-known causative agent of nail alterations. The aim of this study was to reveal the impact of nail alterations associated with low-dose metronomic (LDM) docetaxel chemotherapy on the survival of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Clinical information, survival data and nail alterations in patients treated with LDM docetaxel(More)
BACKGROUND Epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors significantly prolong the progression-free survival of patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, most patients develop tumor regrowth and their prognosis remains poor. A new treatment strategy for NSCLC harboring EGFR mutation is therefore necessary. (More)
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