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It has been shown that interleukin 18 (IL-18) exerts antitumor activity. In this study, we investigated whether oncolytic adenovirus-mediated gene transfer of IL-18 could induce strong antitumor activity. A tumor-selective replicating adenovirus expressing IL-18 (ZD55-IL-18) was constructed by insertion of an IL-18 expression cassette into the ZD55 vector,(More)
Alkylating agents such as temozolomide (TMZ) are effective anticancer drugs for treating a variety of solid tumors including melanoma, glioma, and astrocytoma. TMZ exerts its effects mainly via the mutagenic product O(6)-methylguanine, a cytotoxic DNA lesion. This damage may be repaired by the DNA repair enzyme O(6)-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase(More)
Background:Conditionally replicating adenoviruses (CRAds) represent a novel class of oncological therapeutic agents. One strategy to ensure tumour targeting is to place the essential viral genes under the control of tumour-specific promoters. Ki67 has been selected as a cancer gene therapy target, as it is expressed in most malignant cells but is barely(More)
This paper reports a hospital-based longitudinal study that was conducted in Zibo, China, in June 1996. The objective was to investigate the existing patterns of breastfeeding, amenorrhea and contraceptive use among postpartum women in urban areas of China. Information was obtained from 492 newly parturient women. Follow-up interviews were done at 42 days.(More)
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