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Non-syndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCLP) is a common birth defect that is presumably caused by genetic factors alone or gene alterations in combination with environmental changes. A number of studies have shown an association between NSCLP and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the interferon regulatory factor 6 (IRF6) gene in(More)
The aim of this study was to review the published literature addressing the question of whether intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) resulted in an improvement of quality of life (QoL), especially xerostomia-related QoL of all nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients as time progressed. A literature search of PubMed, Embase and Google Scholar was performed,(More)
Small ubiquitin-like modifier 1 (SUMO1) haploinsufficiency results in cleft lip and palate in animal models. However, no studies have linked SUMO1 to non-syndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCLP) in humans. In the present study, we investigated the potential association between SUMO1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and risk for human(More)
Radiotherapy is a primary treatment modality for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). However, most of patients benefited little from radiotherapy due to refractory radioresistance. We found that WISP1, a downstream target gene of Wnt/β-catenin pathway, was re-expressed in 67.3% of ESCC patients as an oncofetal gene. Expression of WISP1 predicted(More)
BACKGROUND There is a clear association between excessive ethanol ( EtOH ) consumption and the risk of sudden cardiac death. The hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) current, I (f) , is known to contribute to spontaneous pacemaker activity of sinoatrial (SA) node cells. However, the exact mechanisms of EtOH on arrhythmia induction are(More)
OBJECTIVE The incidence of radiation-induced late xerostomia varies greatly in nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients treated with radiotherapy. The single-nucleotide polymorphisms in genes involved in DNA repair and fibroblast proliferation may be correlated with such variability. The purpose of this paper was to evaluate the association between the risk of(More)
The aim of present study was to check the possible association of potential parental environmental exposures and maternal supplementation intake with the risk of nonsyndromic orofacial clefting (NSOC). A retrospective study comprised 499 cases and 480 controls was conducted in Heilongjiang Province. Chi-square analysis and unconditional multiple logistic(More)
The outcomes of first-generation EGFR-TKIs (Gefitnib and Erlotinib) have shown great advantages over traditional treatment strategies in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but unfortunately we have to face the situation that most patients still fail to respond in the long term despite initially good control. Up to now, the mechanism of(More)
Nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCLP) is a common congenital malformation with a worldwide prevalence rate of 0.4-2.0% among live births, depending on race and ethnic background. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of genes may contribute to NSCLP risk, although the risk factors and pathogenesis of NSCLP remain unknown. The(More)
UNLABELLED IMRT has achieved an excellent survival and less radiation-induced sequelae with improvement of QoL within 2 years compared to conventional radiotherapy for NPC. Whether IMRT could sustained decrease incidence of late sequelae and improve QoL further for long-term survivors remained unknown. 176 patients from Aug. 2002 to Jun. 2009 were(More)