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BACKGROUND Zonulin is a newly discovered protein that has an important role in the regulation of intestinal permeability. Our previous study showed that probiotics can decrease the rate of infectious complications in patients undergoing colectomy for colorectal cancer. OBJECTIVE The objective was to determine the effects of the perioperative(More)
BACKGROUND Many of the acute alterations after peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) may be of little clinical significance, while others may herald major clinical problems. The question whether pneumomediastinum/pneumoperitoneum is a normal postoperative finding after POEM, or should be regarded as a sign of a complication needs to be evaluated. Familiarity(More)
The long-term prognostic value of interleukin (IL)-18 in patients with ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) has been conflicting. Thus, the purpose of this study was to test whether the level of interleukin-18 measured on admission can predict long-term adverse clinical events in patients with STEMI who were undergoing percutaneous(More)
CONTEXT  Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi (Labiatae) (SbG), one of the fifty fundamental herbs of Chinese herbology, has been reported to have anti-asthmatic, antifungal, antioxidative, and anti-inflammatory activities. OBJECTIVE  This study was designed to determine the protective effects of the extract of SbG against the acrolein-induced oxidative stress(More)
OBJECTIVE As an activator of JNK and p38, phosphorylated MKK4 is considered to be associated with tumor progression and prognosis. This study was to examine the expression of pMKK4 and evaluate its prognostic significance in colorectal carcinoma. METHODS A total of 343 cases of colorectal cancer were followed up to analyze the associations between the(More)
BACKGROUND Rupture of unstable plaque with subsequent thrombus formation is the common pathophysiological substrate of the acute coronary syndrome (ACS). It is of potential significance to explore the blood indexes predicting plaque characteristics. Little studies have focused on this field. Therefore we investigated the relationship between hypersensitive(More)
BACKGROUND Studies comparing the procedural and clinical outcomes of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) guided by CartoMerge and that by Carto have achieved mixed results (Carto, Biosense Webster, Diamond Bar, CA, USA). We collected these studies and conducted a meta-analysis to determine whether CartoMerge results in better procedural and(More)
BACKGROUND It is well known that increased cumulative ventricular pacing proportion (CumVP%) is one of the most important causes for adverse cardiovascular events. Therefore, how to reduce CumVP% has been a treatment issue in recent years. This study aimed to investigate the effects of different pacing algorithms on CumVP% in patients with pacemakers. (More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of unfitrate heparin (UFH) and low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) on the expression of serum hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS Seventy patients with chronic unstable angina pectoris were divided into 2 groups: PCI group (n = 49, with at least one main coronary(More)
OBJECTIVE In the present study, we examined the expression changes of Bcl-2/Bax in C-reactive protein (CRP) treated human endothelium cells in vitro. METHODS The human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were cultured by digest method for 2 - 3 posterities and incubated with human CRP (0, 1, 5, 25 mg/L for 24 hours) and analyzed by flow cytometer for(More)