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BACKGROUND & AIMS Data on the management of portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in patients with decompensated cirrhosis are extremely limited, particularly in the cases of the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). We assessed the outcome of TIPS for PVT in patients with cirrhosis and symptomatic portal hypertension and determined the predictors of(More)
In this study, we detected miR-206 expression in gastric cancer (GC) and further investigated its effects on GC cell growth in vitro and in vivo. miR-206 expression was found to be significantly decreased in 30 GC samples and GC cell lines by real time-PCR. Restoration of miR-206 reduced cell growth and colony forming ability in GC cells with G0/G1 cell(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a very common complication in patients after transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). The purpose of this study is to determine the most robust predictors of post-TIPS HE by performing a systematic review of studies that identified the risk factors for patients with post-TIPS HE. METHODS A(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect and safety of citrate versus heparin anticoagulation for continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) in critically ill patients by performing a meta-analysis of updated evidence. Medline, Embase, and Cochrane databases were searched for eligible studies, and manual searches were also performed to identify(More)
COPI (coat protein I) and the clathrin-AP-2 (adaptor protein 2) complex are well-characterized coat proteins, but a component that is common to these two coats has not been identified. The GTPase-activating protein (GAP) for ADP-ribosylation factor 1 (ARF1), ARFGAP1, is a known component of the COPI complex. Here, we show that distinct regions of ARFGAP1(More)
The herb Epimedium has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat bone fracture and prevent osteoporosis. Researchers believe that the flavonoids contained in the herb are the effective component for this activity. However, no single flavonoid has been studied for its effect on bone-related cells. In the present study, icariin, one of the major(More)
BACKGROUND AND GOALS Whether radiofrequency ablation or hepatic resection is superior for improving the survival in patients with small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains controversial. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials was performed to examine this issue. METHODS PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases were used to identify all(More)
Ure2p is the precursor protein of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae prion [URE3]. Ure2p shows homology to glutathione transferases but lacks typical glutathione transferase activity. A recent study found that deletion of the Ure2 gene causes increased sensitivity to heavy metal ions and oxidants, whereas prion strains show normal sensitivity. To demonstrate that(More)
About the role of lymphotoxin α (LTA) gene in coronary heart disease, controversy reports exists. So the purpose of the present study was to investigate the possible involvement of LTA in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and MI in Chinese. In a cross-sectional design, we studied 57 coronary heart disease patients with family history of coronary heart(More)
Sorafenib in combination with Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is increasingly used in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but the current evidence is still controversial. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of TACE plus sorafenib versus TACE alone for unresectable HCC. We searched(More)