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Histological evaluation of endometrium has been the gold standard for clinical diagnosis and management of women with endometrial disorders. However, several recent studies have questioned the accuracy and utility of such evaluation, mainly because of significant intra- and interobserver variations in histological interpretation. To examine the possibility(More)
The identification of molecular differences in the endometrium of women with endometriosis is an important step toward understanding the pathogenesis of this condition and toward developing novel strategies for the treatment of associated infertility and pain. In this study, we conducted global gene expression analysis of endometrium from women with and(More)
During the invasive phase of implantation, trophoblasts and maternal decidual stromal cells secrete products that regulate trophoblast differentiation and migration into the maternal endometrium. Paracrine interactions between the extravillous trophoblast and the maternal decidua are important for successful embryonic implantation, including establishing(More)
Vascular endothelial cells maintain the interface between the systemic circulation and soft tissues and mediate critical processes such as inflammation in a vascular bed-selective fashion. To expand our understanding of the genetic pathways that underlie these specific functions, we have focused on the identification of novel genes that are differentially(More)
In vitro culture (IVC) of preimplantation mouse embryos is associated with changes in gene expression. It is however, not known if the method of fertilization affects the global pattern of gene expression. We compared gene expression and development of mouse blastocysts produced by in vitro fertilization (IVF) versus blastocysts fertilized in vivo and(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effects of atmospheric and physiologic oxygen concentrations on the global patterns of gene expression during mouse preimplantation development. DESIGN Comparative analysis of in vivo-produced and in vitro-produced embryos. SETTING Research laboratory. PATIENT(S) None. INTERVENTION(S) Control embryos at the blastocyst stage(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the direct treatment cost of lung cancer management from progression to death from the viewpoint of the hospital. METHODS A retrospective descriptive study was performed. Data from 100 patients who died of lung cancer and who had received treatment from four different types of hospital were used; the hospitals were public hospitals(More)
After attachment and migration through the endometrial epithelium, the embryo must induce angiogenesis within the endometrial stroma to successfully complete the implantation process. Growth factors have been shown to play an important role in embryo implantation and placentation. The aim of the study was to investigate the expression of angiopoietin-1 and(More)
The human oviduct serves as a conduit for spermatozoa in the peri-ovulatory phase and nurtures and facilitates transport of the developing embryo for nidation during the luteal phase. Interactions between the embryo and oviductal epithelial surface proteins and secreted products during embryo transit are largely undefined. This study investigated gene(More)
To expand our knowledge of factors involved in lipid metabolism in the blood vessel wall, we have cloned unique molecular isoforms of endothelial cell-derived lipase (EDL) (HGMW-approved symbol/LIPG). One isoform encoded a truncated protein (EDL2a) lacking the first 80 amino acid residues of the previously characterized EDL1a isoform, including the signal(More)