Zhongren Zhou

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Endothelin-1 (ET-1) causes pain through activation of nociceptors, by either direct depolarization or increased excitability. Here we examined the effect of ET-1 on nociceptor-associated tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-R) sodium currents using whole-cell voltage clamp of acutely dissociated rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons. DRG neurons that responded had(More)
The HER2 oncogene was recently reported to be amplified and overexpressed in esophageal adenocarcinoma. However, the relationship of HER2 amplification in esophageal adenocarcinoma with prognosis has not been well defined. The scoring systems for clinically evaluating HER2 in esophageal adenocarcinoma are not established. The aims of the study were to(More)
BACKGROUND High expression of Bmi-1, a key regulatory component of the polycomb repressive complex-1, has been associated with many solid and hematologic malignancies including esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. However, little is known about the role of Bmi-1 in esophageal adenocarcinoma. The aim of this study is to investigate the amplification and high(More)
UNLABELLED Vascular invasion provides a direct route for tumor metastasis. The degree to which microRNA (miRNA) expression plays a role in tumor vascular invasion is unclear. Here, we report that miR-494 is up-regulated in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tumors with vascular invasion and can promote HCC cell invasiveness by gene inactivation of(More)
A reliable and cost-effective laboratory method for diagnosing early bacterial infection is needed. The purpose of this study is to compare the sensitivity and specificity of the mean neutrophil volume (MNV) and neutrophil volume distribution width (NDW) parameters with manual band counts, as well as absolute neutrophil count (ANC) and Creactive protein(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of pancreatic tumors is often complicated because of sampling and interpretive challenges. The current study was performed to determine the rates, types, and causes of diagnostic discrepancies. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed cytology cases from 2004 to 2010 using matched surgical resection cases as the gold standard.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine and compare the frequency of cancer-associated genetic abnormalities in esophageal metaplasia biopsies with and without goblet cells. BACKGROUND Barrett's esophagus is associated with increased risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), but the appropriate histologic definition of Barrett's esophagus is debated. Intestinal metaplasia(More)
Cancer stem cells (CSC) are unique subpopulations that have the capacity to drive malignant progression and mediate radio/chemoresistance. The role of nestin as a CSC marker in gastric adenocarcinoma is largely unknown. Our objective was to evaluate immunoexpression of CSC markers CD44 and nestin in gastric adenocarcinoma versus non-neoplastic gastric(More)
PURPOSE Chromosomal gain at 7q21 is a frequent event in esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC). However, this event has not been mapped with fine resolution in a large EAC cohort, and its association with clinical endpoints and functional relevance are unclear. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We used a cohort of 116 patients to fine map the 7q21 amplification using SNP(More)
Patients with gastric and esophageal (GE) adenocarcinoma tumors in which the oncogene ERBB2 has been amplified are routinely treated with a combination of cytotoxic chemotherapy and the ERBB2-directed antibody trastuzumab; however, the addition of trastuzumab, even when tested in a selected biomarker-positive patient population, provides only modest(More)