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BACKGROUND To evaluate the efficacy and feasibility of rituximab monotherapy in Japanese patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive B-cell lymphoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty-eight patients were treated with rituximab at 375 mg/m(2) by eight consecutive weekly infusions. Pretreatment variables affecting overall response rate (ORR) and(More)
Certain steroids having an oxo group at the C-17 or C-20 position such as pregnenolone and dehydroisoandrosterone inhibit the cholesterol transport from lysosomes to other cellular sites. Taking advantage of the fact that the inhibition is reversed upon removal of the steroids, we studied the factors that control the cholesterol transport from lysosomes to(More)
We report the results of a retrospective study on the frequency of intestinal nematodes among 198 alcoholic and 440 nonalcoholic patients at the University Hospital Cassiano Antonio Moraes in Vit ria, ES, Brazil. The control sample included 194 nonalcoholic patients matched according to age, sex and neighborhood and a random sample of 296 adults admitted at(More)
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) reinfection of seropositive individuals has been associated with adverse outcomes in organ transplantation and is a frequent cause of congenital infection. Previously we demonstrated that mismatching of CMV glycoprotein H (gH) serotypes was associated with CMV disease after renal transplantation. Because the antigen domain 2 (AD2)(More)
The effects of halothane (0.2%, 0.5%, and 1.0%) on the spinal dorsal horn wide dynamic range (WDR) neuronal activity was studied in either spinal cord intact or spinal transected cats. Extracellular activity was recorded in the dorsal horn from single WDR neurons responding to noxious and non-noxious stimuli applied to the cutaneous receptive fields on the(More)
AIM To evaluate blinking patterns in patients with diabetes mellitus and whether blinking contributes to the formation of superficial punctate keratopathy in diabetic patients. METHODS We examined 163 patients with type II diabetes mellitus and 76 without diabetes. Blinks were recorded, analysed using six parameters, and compared between patients with and(More)
BACKGROUND CHOP-21 has remained the standard chemotherapy for aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), and dose intensification is a potential strategy for improving therapeutic results. We conducted a phase III trial to determine whether dose-dense strategy involving interval shortening of CHOP (CHOP-14) is superior to CHOP-21. PATIENTS AND METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone) is accepted as the best available standard treatment for first-line chemotherapy in aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). However, the therapeutic efficacy of CHOP remains unsatisfactory, particularly in high-intermediate risk and high risk patients, and a new strategy is(More)
Cultured mouse peritoneal macrophages effectively take up and metabolize liposomes containing phosphatidylserine and cholesterol, resulting in massive accumulation of cholesteryl esters and triacylglycerols in their cytoplasm (Nishikawa, K., Arai, H. and Inoue, K. (1990) J. Biol. Chem. 265, 5226-5231). With this system, various steroid derivatives were(More)