Thomas Keller

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BACKGROUND Acute appendicitis (AA) is a common surgical problem that is associated with an acute-phase reaction. Previous studies have shown that cytokines and acute-phase proteins are activated and may serve as indicators for the severity of appendicitis. The aim of this study was to compare diagnostic value of different serum inflammatory markers in(More)
The histopathologic interpretation of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) is subject to a high level of interobserver variability and a substantial number of false-positive and false-negative results. We assessed the impact of the conjunctive interpretation of p16(INK4a)-immunostained slides on the accuracy of community-based pathologists in diagnosing(More)
BACKGROUND Platinum resistance constitutes one of the most recognized clinical challenges for ovarian cancer. Notably, the detection of the primary tumor-based excision repair cross-complementation group 1 (ERCC1) protein by immunohistochemistry was recently shown to be inaccurate for the prediction of platinum resistance. On the basis of the previous(More)
BACKGROUND Pap cytology is known to be more specific but less sensitive than testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) for the detection of high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN2+). We assessed whether p16/Ki-67 dual-stained cytology, a biomarker combination indicative of transforming HPV infections, can provide high sensitivity for CIN2+ in(More)
BACKGROUND Testing for the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV) is widely accepted for triaging Papanicolaou cytology results categorized as atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASC-US). In contrast, HPV testing has limited use in triaging cytological low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (LSILs) due to prevalence rates of(More)
The possible causal association of human papilloma virus (HPV) with transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the urinary bladder in Israeli Jewish patients was assessed. One hundred and ten histopathological TCC sections were examined by peroxidase anti-peroxidase (PAP) method. HPV capsid antigen was demonstrated in 19 out of 110 cases (17.3%). HPV-DNA(More)
We analyzed the performance of p16(INK4a) immunocytochemistry on a series of 810 retrospectively collected atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASC-US) and low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL) cases with available biopsy follow-up data, including 94 cases of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) 2 and 128 cases of CIN 3.(More)
Increased transcriptional activity of the MYC gene is a characteristic feature of Burkitt's lymphoma. Aberrant MYC expression is caused by (1) chromosomal translocation to one of the loci carrying an immunoglobulin gene, (2) mutation within the translocated allele, (3) loss of the block to transcription elongation, or (4) promoter shift. To investigate the(More)
Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) contains small amounts of protein leaving the lung by aerosol droplet generation. Protein patterns in EBC might be useful in monitoring acute and severe pulmonary disease and in particular monitoring of mechanical stress during ventilation. EBC (10ml) was collected from 30 ventilated patients with respiratory failure(More)
Polyelectrolyte multilayer films were employed to support attachment of cultured rat aortic smooth muscle A7r5 cells. Like smooth muscle cells in vivo, cultured A7r5 cells are capable of converting between a nonmotile "contractile" phenotype and a motile "synthetic" phenotype. Polyelectrolyte films were designed to examine the effect of surface charge and(More)