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PURPOSE Persistent interleukin-8 (IL-8) production contributes to chronic inflammation of the stomach. The proinflammatory IL-1beta polymorphisms, which enhance the cytokine production, are associated with increased risk of gastric cancer. The -251A/T polymorphism of the IL-8 promoter is involved in several human diseases. Particularly, the -251A is(More)
Mammalian aging of many tissues is associated with a decline in the replicative and functional capacity of somatic stem cells. Understanding the basis of this decline is a major goal of aging research. Human bone marrow-derived multipotent stromal cells (MSCs) have been applied in the treatment of fracture nonunion. Clinical application of MSCs requires(More)
PURPOSE To compare the efficacy and toxicity of single-agent gemcitabine with gemcitabine plus cisplatin (G + C) in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer METHODS Forty-six patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer were randomized to receive gemcitabine alone (n = 25; 1,000 mg m(-2)) or G + C (n = 21; 1,000 mg m(-2) gemcitabine and 25 mg m(-2)(More)
Adenovirus type 5 E1A protein (E1A) associates with anti-tumor activities by reversing the transformed phenotype, inhibiting metastasis, and inducing apoptosis. We have previously identified that E1A suppresses the expression of Axl, a transforming tyrosine kinase and that Axl-Gas6 receptor-ligand interaction prevents E1A transfectants from apoptosis(More)
BACKGROUND This study investigated whether mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) combined with bone marrow transplantation (BMT), irradiation, or short-term immunosuppressant therapy could prolong composite tissue allotransplant survival in a swine hind-limb model. METHODS Heterotopic hind-limb transplantation was performed in outbred miniature swine. Group I(More)
BACKGROUND Composite tissue allotransplantation is restricted due to the risks presented by long-term therapeutic immunosuppression. This study is conducted to investigate whether treatment with recipient immature dendritic cells (DCs) pulsed with donor alloantigens can prolong allograft survival and induce T-cell regulation in a rodent model. MATERIALS(More)
AIM To investigate whether vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblastic growth factor (bFGF) are associated with spider angiomas in patients with liver cirrhosis. METHODS Eighty-six patients with liver cirrhosis were enrolled and the number and size of the spider angiomas were recorded. Fifty-three healthy subjects were selected as(More)
The X protein of hepatitis B virus (HBx) has been specifically implicated in either pro-apoptotic or anti-apoptotic activity in an experimental system, but the underlying mechanism is yet uncertain. Activations of survival and proliferation signaling pathways appear to account partly for its anti-apoptotic property. Change in mitochondrial membrane(More)