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PURPOSE Allelic loss at chromosome 4q21-23 occurs frequently in human hepatocellular carcinoma, and the putative tumor suppressor gene (TSG) has not yet been identified. We studied the Fas-associated phosphatase-1 (FAP-1) gene as a potential candidate TSG in this region. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The expression level of FAP-1 RNA in hepatocellular carcinomas(More)
Persistent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). One intriguing feature of HBV-related HCC is the male predominance, with a male to female ratio of 5-7:1. This dominance has been attributed to the elevated androgen level and the enhanced androgen receptor (AR)-mediated activity in the host. How HBV infection(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Both viral titer and genotype of hepatitis B virus (HBV) play critical roles in determining clinical outcome and response to antiviral treatment in hepatitis B patients. In this study, a method was developed to determine both parameters in a single-tube reaction. METHODS The method contains two consecutive steps, the first step used(More)
Coronavirus (CoV) nucleocapsid (N) protein is a highly phosphorylated protein required for viral replication, but whether its phosphorylation and the related kinases are involved in the viral life cycle is unknown. We found the severe acute respiratory syndrome CoV N protein to be an appropriate system to address this issue. Using high resolution PAGE(More)
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