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BACKGROUND Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum are important opportunistic pathogens implicated in urogenital infections and complicated pregnancy. We aimed to study the role of these pathogens in symptomatic and asymptomatic pregnant women and determine their clinical significance and antibiotic susceptibility. METHODS One hundred pregnant(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemic stroke is a complex condition influenced by many factors. Previous studies have demonstrated that inflammatory markers might play a role in such vascular diseases. Therefore the purpose of this study was to compare the expression of inflammatory markers in Korean ischemic stroke patients and to investigate their relationship to APOE(More)
BACKGROUND HLA-B27 is strongly associated with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and its subtypes differ in their ethnic distribution. Studies worldwide have shown that B*2701, B*2702, B*2704, B*2705, B*2707, B*2708, B*2714, B*2715, and B*2719 are AS-predisposing subtypes, whereas B*2706 and B*2709 are reported to be negatively associated with AS. The aim of(More)
BACKGROUND The association of apolipoprotein E (apoE) polymorphism with interindividual variability of serum lipid concentrations and the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis is inconclusive. This study was performed to explore the associations of apoE with lipid concentrations and ischemic stroke in patients with large artery atherosclerosis (LAA)(More)
Liver glutathione-S-transferases (GSTs) are responsible for the detoxification of electrophiles, and specifically for the metabolism of orally administered organic nitrates such as nitroglycerin (NTG). Recent studies showed that reactive nitrogen species produced by tetranitromethane (TNM), peroxynitrite, or the myeloperoxidase/H2O2/nitrite system can(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the present paper is to evaluate the diagnostic performance of indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) and line immunoassay (LIA) for autoantibody (autoAb) detection and provide sufficient information to interpret the results of autoAb tests. METHODS The study included 1,052 patients for whom IIF and LIA tests had been performed(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS In chronic inflammatory conditions such as ulcerative colitis (UC), the migration of granulocytes and monocytes/macrophages from the circulation into the colonic mucosa is especially important in maintaining inflammation. The aim of this trial was to assess safety and efficacy of granulocyte and monocyte adsorption apheresis in patients with(More)
This study investigated the performance characteristics and diagnostic usefulness of a new rapid device test (RDT) for HCV (SD Bioline, Korea). A total of 200 specimens were used in this study and to assess cross-reactivity, five hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive, five anti-hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) positive, five rheumatoid factor(More)
Aerococcus urinae is an uncommon pathogen that was first identified in 1992. Herein, we report a case of bloodstream infection caused by A. urinae, which occurred in a 92-year-old Korean female patient with an underlying urologic infection who had altered consciousness. The blood culture yielded positive results for A. urinae; however, identifying A. urinae(More)
BACKGROUND Crystalloid podocytopathy with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in plasma cell myeloma (PCM) is rare. CASE PRESENTATION We present a case of crystalline deposition in the bone marrow (BM) and various renal cells with only proteinuria as a symptom. As workup for proteinuria, a renal biopsy sample was obtained. EM showed multiple crystalline(More)