Wei-Ting Lee

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OBJECTIVES This analysis examined the association between oral hygiene and head and neck cancer (HNC) and whether this association differed by the consumption of alcohol, betel quid, or cigarette and by the genetic polymorphisms of inflammation-related genes. MATERIALS AND METHODS Interviews regarding dental care and oral health were conducted with 317(More)
Conventional echocardiography may not detect subtle cardiac dysfunction of septic patients. Two-dimensional left ventricular (LV) global peak systolic longitudinal strain (GLS) can detect early cardiac dysfunction. We sought to determine the prognostic value of GLS for septic shock patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs). We prospectively included(More)
Individuals with allergies have a heightened Th2 (T helper 2) immunity, which may provide advantages in controlling tumor growth. Inverse associations have been reported among individuals with allergies and risk of brain and pancreatic cancers. We examined the relationship between allergies and risk of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) in a(More)
We identify integrin αvβ3 and Fas as receptors for the streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxin B (SPE B), and G308S (SPE B mutant, glycine at residue 308 is changed to serine), which interacts with Fas only, in our previous study. Here, we explore the signal pathways that regulate proapoptotic protein expression after SPE B stimulation. We find that both SPE B and(More)
We have previously shown that melatonin reduces postischemic rises in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and improves neurovascular dysfunction and hemorrhagic transformation following ischemic stroke. It is known that activation of the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of brain edema and hemorrhagic(More)
We have shown that melatonin attenuated matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) activation and decreased the risk of hemorrhagic transformation following cerebral ischemia-reperfusion. Herein, we investigate the possible involvement of the plasminogen/plasmin system and endogenous MMPs inhibitor underlying the melatonin-mediated MMP-9 inhibition. Mice were(More)
We report the case of a 71-year-old woman who presented with persistent high fever and progressive weakness for 10 days. Klebsiella oxytoca infective endocarditis was diagnosed based on four sets of positive blood culture of K. oxytoca together with fluttering vegetation (0.6 cm in diameter x 1.3 cm long) on the base of the anterior mitral leaflet. The(More)
The multitargeted antifolate pemetrexed has demonstrated certain clinical activities against nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Resveratrol (3,5,4-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) is a polyphenol found in grapes and other plants and has great potential as a preventative and therapeutic agent due to its anticarcinogenic activity. The efficacy of adding resveratrol(More)
OBJECTIVE We explored the putative anti-inflammatory effects of nicotinamide against experimental stroke. DESIGN Prospective laboratory study. SETTING Research laboratory in a university teaching hospital. SUBJECTS Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (250-300 g). INTERVENTIONS The antioxidant, radical scavenging, and anti-inflammatory actions of(More)