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OBJECTIVES To report our techniques and experience with retroperitoneal laparoscopic ureteroureterostomy (LUUS) for retrocaval ureter. METHODS Between January 2004 and September 2008, 7 male patients underwent retroperitoneal LUUS. A 3-port, balloon-dissecting, retroperitoneal approach was used. Follow-up studies were performed with intravenous urography(More)
MED19 is a member of the Mediator that plays a key role in the activation and repression of signal transduction or the regulation of transcription in carcinomas. To tested the functional role of MED19 in human prostate cancer, we downregulated MED19 expression in prostate cancer cells (PC-3 and DU145) by lentivirus-mediated short hairpin (shRNA), and(More)
NOV is pro-tumourigenic via epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in several malignancies but is not studied in bladder cancer (BCa). Whether NOV is responsible for bladder carcinogenesis and the underlying mechanism is unclear. Using immunohistochemical staining, we quantified expressions of NOV, pS6, Vimentin and E-cadherin in 66 bladder cancer and 10(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the morphology of pedicle in thoracic and lumbar spine in scoliosis associated with Chiari malformation/Syringomyelia-comparison with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-three patients of Lenke type 1 AIS and 21 patients of scoliosis associated with Chiari malformation/Syringomyelia with the similar(More)
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha is a key cytokine regulator of bone and mediates inflammatory bone loss. The molecular signaling that regulates bone loss downstream of TNF-alpha is poorly defined. Recent studies implicated an important role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in TNF-alpha-mediated bone metabolism, including osteoblasts differentiation, osteoclasts(More)
Previous studies have shown that androgen receptor (AR) is involved in the progression of prostate cancer (CaP) by several mechanisms. However, how AR is regulated has not been fully understood. In this study, miR-185 was found to be down-regulated in clinical CaP samples. Targets prediction revealed that AR had putative complementary sequences to miR-185,(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical resection is the most effective treatment for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Currently several prognostic factors and models are used for outcome prediction. However, whether intratumoral changes are independent prognostic factors for RCC or not remains unclear. The aim of the study was to investigate the prognostic roles of intratumoral(More)
BACKGROUND Transurethral resection of the bladder tumor (TURBT) remains the gold standard for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). Laser techniques have been widely used in urology. This analysis aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of holmium resection of the bladder tumor (HoLRBT) vs. TURBT. METHODS A systemic search of MEDLINE, Embase, Web of(More)
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States. More recently, immature colon carcinoma transcript 1 (ICT1) has been reported to be overexpressed in various kinds of cancer cells. However, the role of ICT1 in human prostate cancer has not yet been determined. The authors selected two ICT1-specific short(More)
PURPOSE To assess the efficacy and tolerability of sunitinib dosing schedule of 2 weeks on and 1 week off (schedule 2/1) vs. the traditional schedule of 4 weeks on and 2 week off (schedule 4/2) and its influence on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in Chinese patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective(More)