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Transactivation of cellular genes and functional inactivation of p53 by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) X gene-encoded protein (HBx) are proposed as alternative mechanisms for induction of hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) in chronic HBV infection. Using an immunohistochemical approach, we studied the expression of HBx in 39 explanted livers with HBV-associated(More)
Adenoviral (Ad)-mediated in vivo gene transfer and expression are limited in part by cellular immune responses to viral-encoded proteins and/or transgene immunogenicity. In an attempt to diminish the former responses, we have previously developed and described helper-dependent (HD) Ad vectors in which the viral protein coding sequences are completely(More)
Glycinebetaine (GB) is an osmoprotectant accumulated by certain plants in response to high salinity, drought, and cold stress. Plants synthesize GB via the pathway choline --> betaine aldehyde --> glycinebetaine, and the first step is catalyzed by choline monooxygenase (CMO). In the present study, by using RT-PCR and RLM-RACE, a full-length CMO cDNA (1844(More)
Skeletal muscle is an attractive target for somatic gene transfer of both acquired and inherited disorders. Direct injection of adenoviral vectors in the skeletal muscle leads to recombinant gene expression in a large number of muscle fibers. Transgene expression has been transient in most organs and associated with substantial inflammation when experiments(More)
Foci of altered hepatocytes (FAH) including clear cell foci excessively storing glycogen (focal hepatic glycogenosis) are well known as preneoplastic lesions in animal models of hepatocarcinogenesis induced by chemical, physical or viral agents. The occurrence of similar lesions has been studied in a series of 67 explanted and 2 resected human livers using(More)
p53 mutations and binding of p53 to hepatitis B virus (HBV) x protein (HBx) have been suggested as alternative mechanisms of development of hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) in man, both processes resulting in intracellular accumulation of the protein which is detectable by immunohistochemical approaches. We have examined p53 expression in 149 explanted(More)
Adsorption of seven phenols, one aromatic carboxylic acid and one sulfonated aromatic acid from aqueous solution, by a hypercrosslinked polymeric adsorbent (CHA-111) and the derivative animated by dimethylamine was compared. The results of different adsorption isotherms indicated that amino group on the polymeric matrix played a significant role on(More)
Hepatocytes of normal adult liver express cytokeratins (CKs) 8/18, but bile duct cells additionally contain CK7/19. We have previously demonstrated the frequent occurrence of foci of altered hepatocytes in association with hepatic tumors in humans and provided evidence for a preneoplastic nature of the focal lesions. In this study, we investigated the CK(More)
To study the predictors of postoperative aggravation of shoulder imbalance in severe and rigid thoracic or thoracolumbar scoliosis. In this study, 49 patients with severe and rigid thoracic or thoracolumbar scoliosis were analyzed retrospectively. The patients underwent whole-spine anteroposterior and lateral radiography preoperatively and postoperatively.(More)
The traditional diffusion theory, often used for isotropic sources, becomes inaccurate at short source-detector spacings and cannot be applied to media with large absorption or with small scattering strengths. We show that for any type of source anisotropy, a Green's-function-based procedure can remove these limitations. The accuracy of the new approach is(More)