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BACKGROUND Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is prevalent worldwide and improvements in timely and effective diagnosis are needed. We assessed whether measurement of Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) in serum could improve diagnostic accuracy for HCC. METHODS We analysed data for patients with HCC, chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, liver cirrhosis, and healthy(More)
The timely diagnosis and effective treatment are essential for improving the survival and prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is the most widely used biomarker for diagnosis of HCC, but the low sensitivity and specificity limits its clinical application. In this study, we evaluated the diagnostic capability of the(More)
A heat-stable sarcosine oxidase produced by Bacillus sp. BSD-8 (SOX) had been studied and its complete gene sequence, which contained 1,164 bp nucleotides and encoded a protein of 387 amino acids, was obtained by DNA Walking method. The sox gene was cloned and functionally overexpressed in E. coli and the recombinant SOX (rSOX) was purified to homogeneity,(More)
The role of C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) in umbilical mesenchymal stem cells (UMSCs) as therapy for liver disease is ill understood. The aim of the study was to evaluate rat UMSCs (rUMSCs) on CXCR4 expression and homing to injured liver tissue. rUMSCs were isolated from umbilical cords of pregnant rats. Acute liver failure (ALF) models were(More)
BACKGROUND MR elastography is a new imaging tool capable of non-invasively assessing the viscoelastic properties of tissues. The clinical application of MR elastography in the diagnosis of prostate cancer remains to be elucidated. PURPOSE To investigate the feasibility of MR elastography in the diagnosis of prostate cancer at 3.0T, and to assess the(More)
B-lymphoma mouse Moloney leukemia virus insertion region 1 (Bmi1), a member of the polycomb group, has elevated expression and is involved in the pathogenesis of various aggressive cancers, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). To date, the mechanisms underlying the high expression of Bmi1 in NPC remain obscure. To gain new insights into the(More)
Multiple genome-wide association studies of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) in both European and Japanese ancestries have shown significant associations of many genetic loci contributing to the susceptibility to PBC. Major differences in susceptibility loci between these two population groups were observed. In this study, we examined whether the most(More)
Volatile compounds from two pineapples varieties (Tainong No.4 and No.6) were isolated by headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) and identified and quantified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS). In the Tainong No. 4 and No. 6 pineapples, a total of 11 and 28 volatile compounds were identified according to their retention time on(More)