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BACKGROUND Reactive oxygen species (ROS), including superoxide anion radical (O2(-)), plays an important role in carcinogenesis. The human body has developed different antioxidant systems to defend against free radical attacks. We investigated the changes of the antioxidant status in the blood of patients with breast cancer. METHODS The O2(-) generation(More)
BACKGROUND Breast cancer incidence increased seven-fold from 1979 to 2002, and it has become the second most common cancer in Taiwanese women. Although the relationship between high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and breast cancer has been studied, no consistent association has been explicitly confirmed. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the(More)
BACKGROUND Breast cancer patients initiating TEC (including docetaxel, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide) treatment were genotyped for CYP3A4, CYP3A5, and ABCB1 to identify variability factors of side effects for docetaxel. METHODS The planned dose of docetaxel per course was formulated according to each patient's height and weight. Each participant had(More)
BACKGROUND C-reactive protein is considered a risk factor for coronary artery disease. In addition to its lipid-lowering properties, statin decreases the level of C-reactive protein. Abrupt cessation of statin therapy during treatment could increase the incidence of cardiac events in patients with atherosclerotic heart disease. The changes of C-reactive(More)
Excessive alcohol consumption can induce apoptosis in a variety of tissues and influence the antioxidant status in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). This paper investigates the effects of whey protein concentrate (WPC) pretreated in PBMC on the apoptosis and antioxidant status after the treatment of alcohol. The results show that the percentages of(More)
Excessive ethanol consumption may increase the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which results in the damage of tissues, especially the neurons and glial cells in the central nervous system (CNS). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of whey protein concentrate (WPC) on the glutathione (GSH) status after acute ethanol exposure in(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was undertaken to investigate if there is a disparity in the antioxidant status and the ability of superoxide anion (O(2)(-)) generation in the patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). DESIGN AND METHODS The peripheral blood samples from thirty AML patients and thirty-six healthy subjects were collected and leukocytes,(More)
Viral hepatic diseases, especially those induced by the hepatitis B virus, can progress into more serious pathological outcomes and eventually to hepatocellular carcinoma. A growing body of evidence indicates that many trace elements play important roles in a number of carcinogenic processes that proceed through various mechanisms. To examine the status of(More)
OBJECTIVE Aqueous extract from the leaves of Toona sinensis Roem. has been shown to have an anti-proliferative effect on human lung cancer cells. In this study, we analyzed the anti-cancer activity/effect of different extraction fractions of the extract from T. sinensis leaves on ovarian cancer cells. METHODS Cell viability was determined by XTT cell(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the HER2 Ile655Val polymorphism in relation to risk of breast cancer in a case-control study in Taiwan. DESIGN AND METHODS The HER2 polymorphism at codon 655 was analyzed in 424 patients with breast cancer and 318 controls by using the polymerase chain reaction methodology, followed by the restriction fragment-length polymorphism(More)