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BACKGROUND Global DNA methylation levels have been reported to be inversely associated with blood levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), xenobiotics that accumulate in adipose tissue. Whether these associations extend to a population with much lower concentrations of POPs is not known. OBJECTIVES This study was performed to examine whether(More)
The effect of heavy metals on the degradation of dibenzofuran by Sphingomonas wittichii RW1 was determined in liquid cultures. The results showed that 10mg/L cadmium, mercury and copper not only affected the growth of RW1 with dibenzofuran but also the ability of resting cells to degrade this compound. Growth and degradation were strongly inhibited by(More)
Eosinophilic myocarditis is a condition resulting from various eosinophilic diseases, including helminth infection, drug hypersensitivity, systemic vasculitis or idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndromes. Clinical manifestations of eosinophilic myocarditis may vary from early necrosis to endomyocardial fibrosis. Eosinophilic myocarditis is one of the most(More)
BACKGROUND Some radiocontrast media (RCM) hypersensitivity reactions may have underlying IgE- or T-cell-mediated mechanisms. RCM skin testing may be useful for predicting future reactions. OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical value of RCM skin testing before computed tomography and after RCM hypersensitivity reactions. METHODS Patients who underwent(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the efficacy of a u-healthcare service using Zigbee and mobile phone for elderly patients with diabetes mellitus or heart diseases. MATERIALS AND METHODS From July to October, 2005, 29 patients were enrolled in our study. Two selected u-healthcare items, ECG and blood glucose measurement, were monitored. Twenty patients were(More)
To assess levels and patterns of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in polar regions, XAD-resin based passive air samplers were deployed for one year at the Korean polar research stations at Ny-Alesund, Norway (2005-2006) and King George Island, Antarctica (2004-2005). Backward trajectories suggest that these stations are(More)
The antimicrobial agent triclosan is an emerging and persistent environmental pollutant. This study evaluated the susceptibility and biodegradation potential of triclosan by three bacterial strains (Sphingomonas wittichii RW1, Burkholderia xenovorans LB400 and Sphingomonas sp. PH-07) that are able to degrade aromatic pollutants (dibenzofuran, biphenyl and(More)
BLT2 is a low-affinity receptor for leukotriene B(4) (LTB(4)), a potent lipid mediator of inflammation generated from arachidonic acid via the 5-lipoxygenase pathway. Unlike BLT1, a high-affinity receptor for LTB(4), no clear physiological function has yet been identified for BLT2, especially with regard to the pathogenesis of asthma. The aim of this study(More)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are common flame-retardant chemicals that are used in diverse commercial products such as textiles, circuit boards, and plastics. Because of the widespread production and improper disposal of materials that contain PBDEs, there has been an increasing accumulation of these compounds in the environment. The toxicity and(More)
BACKGROUND Genetic predisposition is linked to the pathogenesis of aspirin-intolerant asthma. Most candidate gene approaches have focused on leukotriene-related pathways, whereas there have been relatively few studies evaluating the effects of polymorphisms in prostanoid receptor genes on the development of aspirin-intolerant asthma. Therefore, we(More)