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Based on previously published experimental studies in nude mice indicating that rTNF-alpha as well as mitomycin C are able to induce significant growth inhibition of xenotransplants of gastrointestinal and pancreatic carcinomas we have investigated the antitumor effects of rTNF-alpha (0.8 mg/kg daily for 21 days) and mitomycin C (2.4 mg/kg once weekly, day(More)
OBJECTIVE Selenium (Se) in the form of selenocysteine is an essential component of the family of the detoxifying enzymes glutathione peroxidase (Gpx) and of the iodothyronine selenodeiodinases that catalyze the extrathyroidal production of tri-iodothyronine (T(3)). Thus, Se deficiency may seriously influence the generation of free radicals, the conversion(More)
In a prospective clinical study we examined the diagnostic procedures used in the preoperative diagnosis of colorectal cancer patients (n = 176) and the value of supplementation of standard diagnostic methods (clinical investigation, colonoscopy, barium enema, ultrasound, computer tomography) with a test for occult fecal blood (FOBT) and an expanded tumor(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to compare the unrestricted use of everolimus-eluting stents (EES) with sirolimus-eluting stents (SES) in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. BACKGROUND It is unclear whether there are differences in safety and efficacy between EES and SES during long-term follow-up. METHODS Using propensity score(More)
BACKGROUND The spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are clinically and genetically heterogeneous. Currently, 27 forms are known, with the causative gene identified in 16. Although the majority of dominant pedigrees worldwide have SCAs 1, 2, 3, 6 or 8, new SCAs continue to be delineated. We describe a new disorder: SCA 30. METHODS An Australian family of(More)
Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 is expressed in hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) and HCC cell lines. COX-2 inhibition strongly suppresses growth of HCC cells in vitro by inducing apoptosis and reducing proliferation. Here, we evaluate the in vivo effects and mechanism of COX-2 inhibition of human HCC cell line derived xenotransplanted tumors in nude mice. Firstly,(More)
HYPOTHESIS Androgen excess carries varied clinical manifestations in women. Although testosterone and dehydroepiandrostendionesulfate (DHEAS) determination is considered useful in diagnostic workup, there is no laboratory definition that sufficiently describes androgen excess. DESIGN We studied 464 hirsute women with a Ferriman and Gallwey score of at(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the TNM categories and histopathological grading as prognostic factors in mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC). In addition, the study was designed to provide baseline data on levels of tumor-associated antigens (TAA) in sera of MEC patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty-nine patients with MEC of the salivary(More)
BACKGROUND CA 125, known as a marker for ovarian cancer with hypothetical but hitherto uncharacterized biologic functions, was reported to be elevated in some not-well-defined benign conditions. There are no reports on fluctuations of CA 125 related to cardiac function, especially the failing heart and neurohumoral factors such as norepinephrine or atrial(More)