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BACKGROUND Excessive visceral fat could influence surgical difficulty of laparoscopic colorectal surgery. With the use of visceral fat area measured by computed tomography, surgeons could quantify the amount of visceral fat. The aim of the present meta-analysis is to quantitatively combine studies in order to determine the impact of visceral obesity on(More)
Isoliquiritigenin (ISL) is an important flavonoid component of licorice and has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, but its exact mechanism of action remains poorly understood. Previously, we demonstrated that ISL could suppress IL-6 expression in multiple myeloma. Here, we further characterized the anti-inflammatory(More)
BACKGROUND Association between the single nucleotide polymorphism rs3218536 (known as Arg188His) located in the X-ray repair cross complementing group 2 (XRCC2) gene and cancer susceptibility has been widely investigated. However, results thus far have remained controversial. A meta-analysis was performed to identify the impact of this polymorphism on(More)
BACKGROUND Cachexia has a devastating impact on survival and quality of life for many cancer patients and contributes to nearly one-third of all cancer deaths; also, it is associated with poor responses to chemotherapy and survival. A better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of cancer-associated cachexia (CAC), coupled with effective therapeutic(More)
BACKGROUND Over half of the patients were diagnosed with colorectal cancer after 70 years of age. The choice of the most suitable chemotherapy strategy is the major challenge for elderly patients. Previous trials indicated that elderly patients with stage II/III colorectal cancer obtained no significant benefits from oxaliplatin-based adjuvant chemotherapy.(More)
To evaluate the impact of visceral obesity on laparoscopic total mesorectal excision (TME) and decide the best index to reflect completion of mesorectum and perioperative outcomes.Patients with rectal cancer who underwent laparoscopic TME were enrolled. The data including body mass index (BMI), visceral fat area (VFA), visceral fat area/body surface area(More)
Malignant ascites-derived exosomes have been demonstrated to participate in tumor metastasis. In peritoneal metastasis, normal mesothelial cells (MCs) can be converted into carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) by mesothelial-mesenchymal transition (MMT). Herein, we evaluated the effect of malignant ascites-derived exosomes on peritoneal MCs in vitro and(More)