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BACKGROUND/AIMS Hepatic artery stenosis (HAS) is a potentially life-threatening complication of liver transplantation because the associated mortality and morbidity rates are high. Surgical reconstruction was recommended as first choice of treatment and interventional radiologic techniques have been introduced recently. However, the mid- or long-term(More)
This study compares hydrosmotic action, receptor binding, and fluorescent uptake of an agonist, d9phe(flu)AVT, and an antagonist, d4lys(flu)AVT, in the toad bladder. D9phe(flu)AVT increased osmotic water flow across the bladder with a 50% effective dose of 2 nM, whereas d4lys(flu)AVT inhibited water flow with a 50% effective dose of 0.1 microM.(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS MPT64, a major target of cell-mediated immunity in tuberculosis, is proposed to be a promising candidate for novel vaccines and diagnostic tests; it also involves in virulence mechanism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In this study, we investigated the effect of MPT64 on activation of RAW264.7 macrophage, and explored the possible(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is not a widely accepted indication for liver transplantation (LT). The present study describes our institutional experience with patients who underwent transplantation for ICC. METHODS A retrospective analysis was performed on 11 consecutive patients with ICC who underwent LT between October 2003 and(More)
With the accumulation of orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) recipients, an increased number of patients with graft failure need retransplantation (re-OLT). This study was undertaken to examine our clinical experience of re-OLT for patients with poor graft function after primary transplantation at a single center. We analyzed retrospectively, the(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Ponicidin is recently reported to have anti-tumour effects on a large variety of cancers. The present study was undertaken to investigate the anti-proliferation effects of ponicidin on hepatocellular carcinoma cells and its mechanism. METHODS Two hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines, QGY-7701 and HepG-2 cells, were used. Cell viability(More)
Hydrin 1 is the biosynthetic precursor of vasotocin in Xenopus laevis. We have synthesized deamino and fluorescein analogues of hydrin 1 and characterized their physiological action in the urinary bladder of the toad, Bufo marinus. 1-Deamino-hydrin 1 (d-hydrin) was more potent than vasotocin in stimulating osmotic water flow across intact bladders and more(More)
The amount of dissolved iron in food cooked in Chinese iron pots and that in food cooked in aluminum, stainless steel, and clay pots were determined. It was found that the amount of dissolved iron in food cooked in Chinese iron pots was two to five times higher than that in food cooked in the other types of pots. According to the test results, the estimated(More)