Mee Sun Tsai

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In order to investigate the functional roles of a phytopathogenic fungal lectin (SRL) isolated from the bodies of Sclerotium rolfsii, the binding properties of SRL were studied by enzyme linked lectinosorbent assay and by inhibition of SRL-glycan interaction. Among glycoproteins (gp) tested for binding, SRL reacted strongly with GalNAc alpha1-->4Ser/Thr(More)
HGF is a pulmotrophic factor in the regeneration of an injured lung. However, the physiological role of HGF in vivo remains largely unknown. We studied HGF in patients with inflammatory lung diseases to investigate the clinical significance of HGF and compared with C-reactive protein (CRP) in inflammatory lung diseases. Forty-seven patients with(More)
The fibula osteoseptocutaneous flap is a versatile method for reconstruction of composite-tissue defects of the mandible. The vascularized fibula can be osteotomized to permit contouring of any mandibular defect. The skin flap is reliable and can be used to resurface intraoral, extraoral, or both intraoral and extraoral defects. Twenty-seven fibula(More)
Owing to the expression of more than one type of galectin in animal tissues, the delineation of the functions of individual members of this lectin family requires the precise definition of their carbohydrate specificities. Thus, the binding properties of chicken liver galectin (CG-16) to glycoproteins (gps) and Streptococcus pneumoniae type 14(More)
A 53-year-old man had fever, chills, and a progressively enlarged mass over the left mandibular angle for one month. A chest radiograph showed two small nodules in the upper right lung field. A contrast-medium-enhanced head-and-neck computed tomograph revealed severe necrosis within the left lateral pharyngeal space and total obliteration of the left(More)
An orbitozygomatic infratemporal approach for the removal of large neoplasms involving the lateral skull base is described. This approach, involves a unilateral frontotemporal incision extended inferiorly to the neck, a lateral facial flap reflected anteriorly. Transection of the zygoma is followed by its reflection inferolaterally with the temporalis(More)
The presence of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA sequences was examined by the polymerase chain reaction in 50 nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) biopsy specimens and in two primary epithelial tumor cell cultures derived from patients with NPC. The detection limit was a single EBV genome equivalent by agarose gel electrophoresis followed by Southern blot analysis(More)
Environmental and occupational exposure to vanadium (V) dusts results in inflammation mainly confined to the respiratory tract. Macrophages apparently play an important role in mediating the inflammation via the production of many chemokines. In the current study, we investigated whether vanadium can regulate the gene expression of a CXC chemokine(More)
An epithelial tumor cell line, CG1, was established from human nasopharyngeal carcinoma tissues. The CG1 cells are of an epithelial origin as shown by their reactivities with the epithelial-specific antikeratin antibodies and by the presence of the desmosome structure at cell-cell junctions. CG1 cells possess characteristics of tumor cells because these(More)