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Recent studies have demonstrated a high frequency of detection of Merkel cell polyomavirus in Merkel cell carcinoma. However, most of these studies are from European or North American centers that have relatively low sun exposure and may have a higher incidence of virus-driven oncogenesis compared with the highly sun-exposed but predominantly fair-skinned(More)
Previous studies have shown that a synthetic peptide (core peptide, CP) corresponding to a 9-amino-acid region in the transmembrane domain of the alpha subunit of the T-cell antigen receptor (TCR) can suppress T-cell function in vitro and in vivo. The aim of these experiments was to determine the cellular site and molecular mechanism of CP inhibition in T(More)
An automated shopping framework which employs migrating agents as a means to implement today’s practices of online shopping is introduced. The system encompasses a new business market architecture which provides support for retailer agents and migrating shopper agents, with agent communication adhering to IEEE-FIPA specifications. The proposed system(More)
BACKGROUND Head and neck malignancies often present as firm, solid nodal masses. However, malignancies arising from Waldeyer's Ring may give rise to cystic lymph nodes. METHODS A 57-year-old man was referred for left-sided neck swelling of 2 weeks' duration. A CT scan revealed an enlarged cystic cervical node at level 5A/B and he underwent excision(More)
We report a patient with Graves' disease who remained persistently hyperthyroid after a total thyroidectomy and also developed de novo Graves' ophthalmopathy 5 months after surgery. She was subsequently found to have a mature cystic teratoma containing struma ovarii after undergoing a total hysterectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy for an incidental ovarian(More)
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is rare in the hand and even rarer in the digits with only two previous reports in the literature, one involving a middle finger and the other a thumb. We present the case of a 31-year-old police officer with DFSP on the dorsum of the middle phalanx of his non-dominant ring finger. The patient underwent amputation of(More)
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