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BACKGROUND Although heart failure with a preserved or normal ejection fraction (HFNEF or diastolic heart failure) is common, treatment outcomes on quality of life and cardiac function are lacking. The effect of renin-angiotensin blockade by irbesartan or ramipril in combination with diuretics on quality of life (QoL), regional and global systolic and(More)
Retrospective immunohistochemical and flow cytometric DNA analyses were performed on 56 cases of transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) to examine the biologic implications of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression. A total of 28 (50%) cases were reactive for EGFR immunostaining. The receptor expression increased from 41.7 to 56.3% with tumor stage.(More)
Poor clinical outcomes in cancer can often be attributed to inadequate response to chemotherapy. Strategies to overcome either primary or acquired chemoresistance may ultimately impact on patients' survival favourably. We previously showed that lower levels of SPARC were associated with therapy-refractory colorectal cancers (CRC), and that upregulating its(More)
We report a case of hyperphosphatasemia in a 35-year-old patient with hepatitis B who underwent an orthotopic xenogeneic liver transplant. Marked increases in total alkaline phosphatase (ALP; EC activity began 5 days posttransplantation (six times human normal) and increased to approximately 17 times normal at day 11. Increased ALP persisted for >(More)
The drug fluorouracil (5-FU) is a widely used antimetabolite chemotherapy in the treatment of colorectal cancer. The gene uridine monophosphate synthetase (UMPS) is thought to be primarily responsible for conversion of 5-FU to active anticancer metabolites in tumor cells. Mutation or aberrant expression of UMPS may contribute to 5-FU resistance during(More)
Sodium-potassium-adenosine triphosphatase (Na,K-ATPase) has long been recognized for its role in regulating electrolyte concentrations in the lens, within which the electrolyte balance is vital to lens transparency. In this study, we compared the abundance of the alpha-subunit of Na,K-ATPase in lens epithelia of patients with senile cataracts, in order to(More)
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