Shwu-Fang Liaw

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To evaluate the effect of erythromycin on bronchial hyperreactivity, inflammation, and T-cell related cytokine mRNA expression in rats sensitized to ovalbumin, three experimental groups of 10 brown Norway rats each were sensitized by breathing aerosolized ovalbumin. From day 1 to day 15, one group was given oral erythromycin 80 mg/kg/day, another group oral(More)
Erlotinib, an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor, can inhibit the proliferation and survival of cancer cells. It has been widely used to treat non-small cell lung cancer. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of erlotinib on bronchial hyperresponsiveness, airway inflammation, and airway remodeling in sensitized, ovalbumin-challenged rats. Two experimental(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic asthma is characterized by airway inflammation and remodeling. OBJECTIVE This study aimed to evaluate the effects of zileuton on bronchial hyperresponsiveness, airway inflammation and airway smooth muscle (ASM) remodeling. METHODS Two experimental groups of brown Norway rats sensitized and repeatedly challenged with aerosolized(More)
To investigate whether cardiac dysfunction or abnormal measurements on cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) are present in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and what factors are responsible for exercise limitation in these patients. We enrolled 20 patients with moderate or severe OSAS in the OSA group and 20 subjects without OSAS in(More)
BACKGROUND Upper airways in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) are more likely narrower than those of normal subjects, a factor in increasing the work of breathing (WOB) in these individuals. OBJECTIVES To evaluate WOB while sitting and while supine, both awake and during stage 2 sleep, in patients with hypercapnic or eucapnic OSAS. (More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether there was an abnormal increase of upper airway resistance in the sitting and supine positions in hypercapnic obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) patients compared with eucapnic OSAS or normal controls as measured by impulse oscillometry (IOS) while awake. Twenty subjects without OSAS served as controls(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Evidence has shown that aminophylline has bronchoprotective, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory effects. Our purpose was to evaluate the effect of different doses of aminophylline on the late-phase reaction, bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) and T cell-related cytokine mRNA expression in brown Norway rats induced by ovalbumin(More)
Kreweras considered the problem of counting noncrossing partitions of the set {1, 2, · · · , n}, whose elements are arranged into a cycle in its natural order, into p parts of given sizes n 1 , n 2 , · · · , np (but not specifying which part gets which size). He gave a beautiful and surprising result whose proof resorts to a recurrence relation. In this(More)
Endocan (or called Esm-1) has been shown to have tumorigenic activities and its expression is associated with poor prognosis in various cancers. Latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) is an Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-encoded oncoprotein and has been shown to play an important role in the pathogenesis of EBV-associated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). To further(More)