Peter R. Mills

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An oligonucleotide primer (CgInt), synthesised from the variable internally transcribed spacer (ITS) 1 region of ribosomal DNA (rDNA) of Collectotrichum gloeosporioides was used for PCR with primer ITS4 (from a conserved sequence of the rDNA) to amplify a 450-bp fragment from the 25 C. gloeosporioides isolates tested. This specific fragment was amplified(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Histologic analysis of liver biopsy specimens allows for grading and staging of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We performed a longitudinal study to investigate the long-term prognostic relevance of histologic features for patients with NAFLD. METHODS We performed a retrospective analysis of 619 patients diagnosed with NAFLD(More)
The potential use of the ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences in understanding the phylogeny and systematics of Colletotrichum species has been evaluated. Sequence data from a limited number of isolates revealed that in Colletotrichum species the ITS 1 region (50.3% variable sites) shows a greater degree of intra- and inter-specific(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy and nasogastric tube feeding in patients with persisting neurological dysphagia. DESIGN Randomised 28 day study of inpatients requiring long term enteral nutrition. SETTING Three Glasgow teaching hospitals. SUBJECTS 40 patients with dysphagia for at least four weeks secondary to neurological(More)
The airway epithelium is a complex physicochemical barrier that plays a pivotal role in host defense. Epithelial cells have been shown to be a rich source of several classes of modulatory compounds, of which the cytokines form the largest group and possibly play the most important role in the etiology of airway disease. Evidence suggests that there are(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Some patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) develop liver-related complications and have higher mortality than other patients with NAFLD. We determined the accuracy of simple, noninvasive scoring systems in identification of patients at increased risk for liver-related complications or death. METHODS We performed a(More)
UNLABELLED Current therapy for preventing the first variceal bleed includes beta-blocker and variceal band ligation (VBL). VBL has lower bleeding rates, with no differences in survival, whereas beta-blocker therapy can be limited by side effects. Carvedilol, a non-cardioselective vasodilating beta-blocker, is more effective in reducing portal pressure than(More)
Patients with active rheumatoid arthritis frequently have hepatosplenomegaly and biochemical features of hepatic disease. A prospective study with liver biopsy has been carried out in a series of 31 rheumatoid arthritis patients with clinical and/or biochemical evidence of hepatic dysfunction. Four of the 31 (13%) were found to have definable chronic liver(More)
BACKGROUND Azathioprine is a useful agent in the management of inflammatory bowel disease. Its use is limited by its side-effect profile. Marrow toxicity occurs in approximately 3.2% of patients and is known to be associated with diminished thiopurine methyltransferase enzyme activity resulting from genetic polymorphisms. AIM To evaluate the(More)
The genetic diversity in Trichoderma harzianum isolates from mushroom compost was assessed using various molecular techniques. Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis of ribosomal DNA (rDNA) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) divided the 81 isolates into three major groups, 1, 2 and 3. There was no variation within a group in rDNA, while a low(More)