Victor Ankoma-Sey

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The tissue repair response to hypoxic stimuli during wound healing includes enhanced production of angiogenic factors, such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Hepatic stellate cells are oxygen-sensing cells, capable of producing VEGF. We hypothesized that hypoxia-stimulated signaling in activated stellate cells mediate VEGF secretion during liver(More)
Homology PCR has been used to identify receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) expressed during activation of rat hepatic stellate cells, the key fibrogenic mesenchymal element in the liver. Partial cDNAs encoding several RTKs were cloned from stellate cells activated in vivo, including those of Flt-1, Flk-1, c-met, PDGFR, and Tyro10/DDR2. RNAse protection from(More)
BACKGROUND Neurological complications occur frequently in solid organ transplant recipients. However, the peripheral nerves are usually spared significant toxicity. Guillain Barré syndrome (GBS) is the most common cause of acute neuropathy in adults. Despite numerous reports of GBS in recipients of bone marrow transplants, GBS has rarely been reported in(More)
Drug hepatotoxicity is the most common cause of fulminant hepatic failure in the USA. We describe a rare case of a patient who developed an acute liver injury after initiation of therapy with quetiapine, but after conservative management and a trial of steroids, has fully recovered. This is the second reported case of quetiapine-induced liver injury in the(More)
The brain metabolism of glutamate and gamma-aminobutyrate (GABA) was investigated in thiamin-deficient and pair-fed control rats, in order to determine whether the GABA shunt may provide an important alternative to 2-oxo-glutarate dehydrogenase (EC in energy-yielding metabolism in thiamin deficiency. Brains from thiamin-deficient animals contained(More)
Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) is a rare yet severe adverse drug-induced reaction with up to 10% mortality rate. Recent clinical trials reported an association between DRESS and telaprevir (TVR), an NS3/4A protease inhibitor of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) virus genotype 1. Its diagnosis is challenging given the variable pattern(More)
BACKGROUND Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has become routine in managing recurrent C. difficile infection (CDI) refractory to antibiotics. AIM To compare clinical response and improvements in colonic microbiota diversity in subjects with recurrent CDI using different donor product. METHODS Seventy-two subjects with ≥3 bouts of CDI were(More)
HIV-infected individuals have myriad causes of hepatotoxicity that range from mild hepatitis to significant liver failure with its associated morbidity and mortality, especially in the setting of chronic viral hepatitis (HCV and HBV). Immune restoration by HAART therapy can contribute liver-related toxicity in HIV-coinfected patients. Clinicians need to be(More)
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