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Since there is evidence for estrogen and estrogen-like compounds to have beneficial effect on the pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), this study was designed to investigative the apoptotic and anti-proliferative effects of these compounds on the human hepatoma Hep3B cell line. The Hep3B cells were treated with 17β-estradiol (E2),(More)
Terminalia catappa L. was a popular folk medicine and has several proven biological activities including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The present study investigated the effect of the extract of T. catappa leaves (TCE) on invasion and motility of tumor cells to find that TCE exerted a dose-dependent inhibitory effect on the invasion and motility of(More)
BACKGROUND The drug ketamine is frequently abused for recreational use in Asia, but few studies in humans have focused on the effects of ketamine exposure during pregnancy on the health of neonates. Here, we report a neonate whose mother was suspected of ketamine abuse during pregnancy. The case was confirmed by testing hair samples of the neonate. (More)
OBJECTIVE Neonates are exposed to high levels of di(2ethylhexyl) phthalate through numerous medical procedures in the neonatal intensive care unit. Our aim was to assess the contribution of specific medical devices to the di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate exposure of neonates. DESIGN Prospective. SETTING University hospital. PATIENTS We recruited 32(More)
BACKGROUND Areca nut and tobacco are commonly used drugs worldwide and have been frequently used in combination. We describe the use of on-line solid-phase extraction and isotope-dilution liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for the simultaneous measurement of five major urinary metabolites of both areca nut and tobacco alkaloids, namely,(More)
In this paper, the possibility of using a multiple ionization mode approach of GC/MS was developed for the simultaneous hair testing of common drugs of abuse in Asia, including amphetamines (amphetamine, AP; methamphetamine, MA; methylenedioxy amphetamine, MDA; methylenedioxy methamphetamine, MDMA; methylenedioxy ethylamphetamine, MDEA), ketamine (ketamine,(More)
The effects of scavenging 2, 2-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl hydrate (DPPH) radicals and inhibiting low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation, and phenolic quantities were used for the activity-guided separation to identify the effective components of litchi flower. The acetone extract of the flower with notable antioxidant capacities was suspended in water and(More)
Calorie restriction (CR) extends lifespan in a remarkable range of organisms. However, the mechanisms of CR related to the longevity effects are not fully elucidated to date. Using human fibroblast Hs68 (Hs68) cells cultured at a lower level of medium glucose (i.e., glucose restriction; GR) to mimic CR, we investigated the crucial role of nicotinamide(More)
An approach using microwave-assisted derivatization (MAD) following solid-phase extraction (SPE) combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was developed to determine amphetamines in urine samples. The parameters affecting the derivatization efficiency - including microwave power and irradiation time - were investigated. Besides, solvent is(More)
OBJECTIVE There has been very limited research on the clinical features of newborns exposed to combined use of heroin, methadone, and amphetamine in the uterus. We describe a technique for the quantification of drug metabolites in neonatal hair samples. METHODS In a tertiary neonatal care center in Taiwan, three neonates whose mothers self-reported heroin(More)