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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence and clinical features of myasthenia gravis (MG) patients with and without autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD). MATERIALS AND METHODS Between 1999 and 2009, we reviewed a total of 1482 patients with MG. On the basis of thyroid evaluations, as well as neurological, clinical, and serological(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Transarterial balloon embolization used to be the preferred method for treating DCCFs; however, a strayed, overinflated, or migrated balloon may lead to oculomotor palsy. This investigation compared the use of detachable balloons and GDCs, which were previously used only in cases of balloon-technique failure and are now increasingly(More)
To test whether modulations of spinal serotonin (5-HT) levels would affect the development of morphine tolerance, we treated rats with either intrathecal 5-HT or 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine (5,7-DHT; a 5-HT neurotoxin) in addition to systemic infusion with morphine (2 mg x kg(-1) x h(-1)). Continuous infusion of 5-HT (10 microg x 6 microL(-1) x h(-1)) into the(More)
The objective of this paper is to investigate the mesothelin expression level to the clinicopathological features, chemoresponse, and to the outcome of patients with epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC). Mesothelin mRNA was detected by real-time quantitative reverse-transcription PCR in 139 EOC patients. Clinical characteristics, histopathological items,(More)
Telomerase activity is suppressed in normal somatic tissues but is activated in most cancer cells. We have previously found that all six telomerase subunit proteins, including hTERT and hsp90 are needed for full enzyme activity. Telomerase activity has been reported to be upregulated by protein kinase C (PKC), but the mechanism is not clear. In this study,(More)
The conformation and diffusion of a single DNA molecule confined between two parallel plates are examined using both single molecule experiments and Brownian dynamics simulations accounting for hydrodynamic interactions. The degree of chain stretching and the diffusivity are characterized as a function of the chain confinement and the channel geometry. Good(More)
Aging refers to the physical and functional decline of the tissues over time that often leads to age-related degenerative diseases. Accumulating evidence implicates that the senescence of neural stem cells (NSCs) is of paramount importance to the aging of central neural system (CNS). However, exploration of the underlying molecular mechanisms has been(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Outcome evaluation in clinical oncology is conventionally based on long-term volumetric changes in the tumor size. The purpose of this study was to prospectively investigate the usefulness of fDMs in incorporating anisotropic diffusion in the evaluation of early response after radiosurgery in patients with vestibular schwannoma. (More)
In this paper, a scalable photonic crystal cavity array, in which single embedded quantum dots (QDs) are coherently interacting, is studied theoretically. Firstly, we examine the spectral character and optical delay brought about by the coupled cavities interacting with single QDs, in an optical analogue to electromagnetically induced transparency.(More)
Fas-L (CD95L, APO-1L) expresses in a variety of tumours and has been proposed to play a role in tumour formation and metastasis. The contribution of Fas-L to tumour growth, however, is not conclusive especially in systems using cells with over-expressed Fas-L. In this study we down-regulated the expression o Fas-L in human glioma cells by a hammerhead(More)