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AIM   To investigate XPNPEP1 rs17095355 polymorphism in biliary atresia (BA) patients and to determine whether there is an association between XPNPEP1 gene polymorphism and susceptibility to BA in a Thai population. METHODS   A total of 124 cases of BA and 114 controls were genotyped for XPNPEP1 rs17095355 polymorphism. The XPNPEP1 rs17095355 C/T genotype(More)
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures are considered to be the most severe joint injury in sports. However, the precise etiologies of ACL injuries are not fully understood. Recently, the gene encoding the matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3, stromelysin-1) was shown to be associated with anterior cruciate ligament ruptures. The 5A/6A polymorphism in(More)
OBJECTIVES The purposes of this study were to examine osteopontin levels in both plasma and synovial fluid of patients with primary knee osteoarthritis (OA) and to investigate their relationship with severity of the disease. DESIGN AND METHODS Thirty-two patients aged 53-83 years with knee OA and 15 healthy controls were enrolled in this study.(More)
We compared inflammation in the knee after total knee replacement (TKR) for primary osteoarthritis between two groups of patients undergoing joint replacement with and without synovectomy. A total of 67 patients who underwent unilateral TKR were randomly divided into group I, TKR without synovectomy, and group II, TKR with synovectomy. Clinical outcomes,(More)
Six indolinone tyrosine kinase inhibitors were characterized for their ability to inhibit Kit kinase and for their effects on the growth of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) cell lines. All of the six compounds were potent inhibitors of Kit kinase in a biochemical assay. A homology model of compound binding to the ATP binding site could account for the(More)
At least 70% of small cell lung cancers express the Kit receptor tyrosine kinase and its ligand, stem cell factor (SCF). Numerous lines of evidence have demonstrated that this coexpression constitutes a functional autocrine loop, suggesting that inhibitors of Kit tyrosine kinase activity could have therapeutic efficacy in this disease. STI571, formerly(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Biliary atresia (BA) is an intractable neonatal liver disease characterized by progressive fibrosclerotic obliteration of the extrahepatic biliary tree. The aim of this study was to evaluate serum galectin-3 in postoperative BA patients and the association between galectin-3, clinical outcome and liver stiffness score. METHODS 58 BA(More)
BACKGROUND Biliary atresia (BA) is a progressive inflammatory disorder of the extrahepatic bile ducts leading to the obliteration of bile flow. The purpose of this study was to determine serum adiponectin in BA patients and to investigate the relationship of adiponectin with clinical parameters and liver stiffness scores. METHODS Sixty BA patients post(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to measure soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE) in plasma and synovial fluid of knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients and to determine the correlation between sRAGE levels and disease severity. DESIGN AND METHODS Thirty-six OA patients and 15 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. OA grading(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative joint disorder of the synovial joint characterized by loss of articular cartilage, osteophyte formation, and alterations of subchondral bone. The purposes of this study were to measure adiponectin concentrations in plasma and synovial fluid of patients with knee OA and to analyze the(More)