Somsong Lekhakula

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OBJECTIVE To examine the prevalence and risk factors of vitamin deficiencies among older Thai adults. METHODS The cross-sectional study was conducted in four rural communities, one from each of the four main regions of Thailand. In total, 2336 subjects aged 60 years and over were recruited. Anthropometric variables, demographic data, blood glucose and(More)
We analysed the mitochondrial genome of one patient with chronic and progressive bilateral ophthalmoplegia. This patient also had abnormal EKG showing cardiac conduction defects and pigmentary retinopathy, suggestive of the Kearns-Sayre syndrome. On muscle biopsy, with Gomori trichrome stain, the fibers showed an increase in red-staining material in the(More)
Fasting bile acid, two-hour post prandial bile acid and other liver function tests (Bili, AST, ALT, ALB, Glob, ALP) were measured in 22 normal and 28 liver diseased patients. In normal volunteers, the mean value of fasting total serum bile acid (FTBA) and postprandial serum bile acid (PTBA) were 3.08 mumole/L (S.D. 1.65) range 0.21-6.26 mumol/L, and 8.07(More)
An enhanced chemiluminescence method for determining soluble and immobilized alpha-amylase has been developed, based on use of an insoluble amylose substrate labelled with horseradish peroxidase. Soluble peroxidase-labelled fragments of the substrate, released by the action of alpha-amylase, are quantified by the peroxidase-catalyzed(More)
A simple, rapid and sensitive bioluminescent method has been used to measure total bile acids in hyperlipidaemic serum. We found that the levels of total bile acids in hypertriglyceridaemic and hypercholesterolemic sera determined by a spectrophotometric method were four-fold higher than those measured by the bioluminescent method (6.73 +/- 4.07 mumol/l(More)
This cross-sectional study examined the relationship between alternative anthropometric indices and the nutritional and metabolic status of the Thai elderly. Four rural communities, each from the 4 main regions of Thailand were surveyed. A total of 2,324 subjects, 60 years old and over were included in the study. Mindex and Demiquet had a very strong(More)
Eukaryotic pre-mRNA splicing is regulated by consensus sequences at the intron boundaries and branch site. Recently, Sirand-Pugnet et al. reported the importance of an additional intronic sequence, an (A/U)GGG repeat in chicken beta-tropomyosin that is a binding site for a protein required for spliceosome assembly. Interestingly, we have detected mutations(More)
The human growth hormone gene (GH gene) from nine members of a family with familial growth hormone deficiency was examined. The patients were diagnosed as having growth hormone deficiency clinically and by response to hormonal treatment. PCR amplification was carried out using total DNA extracted from leukocytes. The flanking regions of the GH gene which(More)
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