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The correlation between the prototype AMPLICOR CMV MONITOR test (Roche Molecular Systems), a quantitative PCR assay, and the cytomegalovirus (CMV) pp65 antigenemia assay was evaluated in transplant recipients. Sequential blood specimens were collected on 29 patients (491 specimens), the leukocyte fraction was tested by CMV antigenemia, and quantitative PCR(More)
A 5-h, user-friendly PCR assay for the diagnosis of enteroviral meningitis was developed. Reverse transcription and amplification were performed in a one-step reaction using rTth polymerase. Carryover contamination was prevented with dUTP and uracil N-glycosylate. Detection was performed colorimetrically on a microwell titer plate. Sensitivity, specificity,(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the sensitivity and specificity of a new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay with uninterrupted reverse transcription and complementary DNA amplification (RT-PCR) for the diagnosis of enteroviral (EV) meningitis in children. DESIGN A prospective, cohort study. SETTINGS Two medical centers: 1 university hospital and 1 children's(More)
PURPOSE Our previous study has demonstrated an impairment of pulsatile ocular blood flow (POBF) in patients with Graves'ophthalmopathy (GO). Here we further evaluate the haemodynamic change in GO patients after systemic steroid. METHODS In a prospective, interventional, consecutive clinical case series, all patients with active and moderately severe GO(More)
PURPOSE Chronic exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is a widely accepted aetiological factor in the development of pterygium. UV radiation may induce production of reactive oxygen species via photosensitized oxidation, thus causing oxidative damage. This study was conducted to test the hypothesis that oxidative damage to DNA is increased in pterygium. (More)
PURPOSE To determine the exophthalmos measurements in patients with Graves' disease (GD) and to compare with those of normal subjects among the Chinese of Taiwan. METHODS Hertel's exophthalmometry were performed in 163 consecutive adult GD patients and 419 normal subjects. The values of exophthalmos, asymmetry, and the distance between lateral orbital(More)
PURPOSE We investigated the oxidative stress in orbital fibroadipose tissues and cultured orbital fibroblasts from patients with Graves' ophthalmopathy (GO). METHODS The content of 8-hydroxy 2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), an important biomarker of oxidative DNA damage, was measured in orbital fibroadipose tissues and cultured orbital fibroblasts from(More)
We have developed the AMPLICOR CMV Test, which is rapid and sensitive for the detection of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens. The test incorporated an internal control in the reaction mixture to monitor the amplification efficiency and the presence of inhibitors. The AMPLICOR CMV Test was very specific in detecting 12(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the relationship between oxidative stress and clinical evolution in patients with Graves' ophthalmopathy (GO). METHODS Thirty-one euthyroid GO patients and 25 healthy subjects participated in this study. Oxidative DNA damage was assessed by determination of the 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) level in urine by ELISA. The(More)