Talabporn Harnroongroj

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The nicotine in cigarette smoke can stimulate the dopaminergic reward pathways. The catechol O-methyltransferase gene (COMT) and dopamine receptor 2 gene (DRD2) are dopamine-related genes. Genetic polymorphisms in these two genes are potential candidates in determining an individual's predisposition to cigarette smoking. The purposes of this study were to(More)
This cross-sectional study was carried out among smokers and nonsmokers from suburban and urban residential areas in Bangkok, Thailand. One hundred eighty-six smokers and 102 nonsmokers, who voluntarily participated in the study, were investigated. The levels of alpha-2-macroglobulin (A2M), albumin, total protein, and other biochemical and hematological(More)
The study subjects were 192 overweight and obese Thais (BMI > 25.00 kg/m2), and 103 Thai controls (BMI = 18.50-24.99 kg/m2), whose ages ranged from 18-60 years. All subjects were evaluated for serum Alpha-2-macroglobulin (A2M), globulin, albumin concentration, and polymorphic variation in the A2M gene. Serum A2M and albumin were significantly lower in the(More)
High vitamin A ingestion or high serum retinol have been postulated to increase the risk of fractures and osteoporosis by reduced bone mineral density (BMD). Retinol is carried and transported to the tissues bound to retinol binding protein 4 (RBP4) and transthyretin (TTR). The relationships between retinol, retinol transport protein, retinol binding(More)
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