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Oxygen (O(2)) is a prerequisite for cellular respiration in aerobic organisms but also elicits toxicity. To understand how animals cope with the ambivalent physiological nature of O(2), it is critical to elucidate the molecular mechanisms responsible for O(2) sensing. Here our systematic evaluation of transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels using(More)
AIM To investigate the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptors VEGFR-1 and 2 in the growth and differentiation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). METHODS Thirty-three GISTs, 15 leiomyomas and 6 schwannomas were examined by immunohistochemistry in this study. RESULTS VEGF protein was expressed in the cytoplasm of(More)
Trochlear nerve schwannoma without neurofibromatosis is extremely rare. To our knowledge, only 31 surgical cases have been reported to date, and only 2 cases of trochlear nerve schwannoma with intratumoral hemorrhage have been reported. None of those cases presented with persistent hiccups. We report the case of a 44-year-old man with trochlear nerve(More)
We examined the expression of vascularendothelial growth factor (VEGF) and microvessel countsexpressed by CD34 staining in 39 patients with primaryand 44 patients with metastatic liver tumors ofmetastatic colorectal carcinoma, and 29 patients withnonmetastatic colorectal carcinoma as control in orderto determine their value in the evaluation of prognosisand(More)
A contig-oriented database for annotation of the rice genome has been constructed to facilitate map-based rice genomics. The Rice Annotation Database has the following functional features: (i) extensive effort of manual annotations of P1-derived artificial chromosome/bacterial artificial chromosome clones can be merged at chromosome and contig-level; (ii)(More)
Serratia marcescens is an ubiquitous, saprophytic gram-negative bacillus that is associated with infections such as bacteremia, pneumonia and osteomyelitis. However, it has not been known to form granulomas. A 72-year-old man with a history of tricuspidal insufficiency, mitral insufficiency and ureterolithiasis presented with lumbago on the left side. He(More)
Norepinephrine is considered to possess potent anti-apoptotic action in regenerating hepatocytes. To clarify the role of the sympathetic nervous system in apoptosis that occurs in chronic liver damage and following the promotion of liver cirrhosis, we studied a carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver injury model, using spontaneously hypertensive rats(More)
Ets-1 is a transcription factor regulating the expression of matrix-degrading proteinases and is believed to play a critical role in cell migration and tumor invasion. The aim of this study is to investigate the direct induction of ets-1 with consequential upregulation of collagenase-1 (MMP-1) by cell adhesion to extracellular matrix and to identify(More)
AIM To investigate the role of angiopoietin (Ang) -1, -2 and -4 and its receptors, Tie-1 and -2, in the growth and differentiation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). METHODS Thirty GISTs, seventeen leiomyomas and six schwannomas were examined by immunohistochemistry in this study. RESULTS Ang-1, -2 and -4 proteins were expressed in the(More)
We present a rare case of colocalized tumors of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and malignant lymphoma in the liver and bone marrow. A 64-year-old man with hepatitis B virus (HBV)-induced cirrhosis was admitted after detection of elevated serum α-fetoprotein level. He was diagnosed as having HCC and treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but the size of(More)