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Manganese Superoxide Dismutase Gene Polymorphisms in Psoriatic Arthritis

The purpose of the present study is to investigate the role of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) gene polymorphisms in the susceptibility to psoriatic arthritis. MnSOD gene polymorphisms were determined by polymerase chain reaction/restriction fragment length polymorphisms method in fifty-two patients with psoriatic arthritis and 90 healthy controls. The genotype frequency...

IκBα Promoter Polymorphisms in Patients with Behçet’s Disease

To investigate the role of IκBα promoter polymorphisms in the development of Behçet’s disease, eighty-six patients with Behçet's disease and 120 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. The IκBα; -881A/G, -826C/T, -550A/T, -519C/T, and -297C/T polymorphisms were measured by the method of polymerase chain reaction/ restriction fragment length polymorphism. This study...

Clinical outcomes and prognostic factors of cyberknife stereotactic body radiation therapy for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma

Background Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) has been an emerging non-invasive treatment modality for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) when curative treatments cannot be applied. In this study, we report our clinical experience with Cyberknife SBRT for unresectable HCC and evaluate the efficacy and clinical outcomes of this highly sophisticated treatment...

Fluoroquinolones versus β-Lactam/β-Lactamase Inhibitors in Outpatients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Pneumonia: A Nationwide Population-Based Study

Background Studies on the association between antibiotic treatment and outcomes in outpatients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia are scarce. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of fluoroquinolones and β-lactam/β-lactamase inhibitors for pneumonia in COPD outpatients. Methods We conducted a retrospective cohort study and identified 4,851...

Application of Plasma Levels of Olanzapine and N-Desmethyl-Olanzapine to Monitor Clinical Efficacy in Patients with Schizophrenia

Background This therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) study aimed to determine the role of olanzapine (OLZ) and N-desmethyl-OLZ (DMO) levels in the therapeutic efficacy of OLZ in patients with schizophrenia. Method Plasma concentrations of OLZ (COLZ) and DMO (CDMO) in schizophrenic patients 12 hours post-dose were assessed. The correlations of COLZ and CDMO with the various scores of...

The efficacy of stereotactic body radiation therapy on huge hepatocellular carcinoma unsuitable for other local modalities

Background and aim To evaluate the safety and efficacy of Cyberknife stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and its effect on survival in patients with unresectable huge hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) unsuitable of other standard treatment option. Methods Between 2009 and 2011, 22 patients with unresectable huge HCC (≧10 cm) were treated with SBRT. dose ranged from 26 Gy to...

Growth Hormone Promotes Hair Cell Regeneration in the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Inner Ear following Acoustic Trauma

Background Previous microarray analysis showed that growth hormone (GH) was significantly upregulated following acoustic trauma in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) ear suggesting that GH may play an important role in the process of auditory hair cell regeneration. Our objective was to examine the effects of exogenous and endogenous GH on zebrafish inner ear epithelia following...

HP1a Targets the Drosophila KDM4A Demethylase to a Subset of Heterochromatic Genes to Regulate H3K36me3 Levels

The KDM4 subfamily of JmjC domain-containing demethylases mediates demethylation of histone H3K36me3/me2 and H3K9me3/me2. Several studies have shown that human and yeast KDM4 proteins bind to specific gene promoters and regulate gene expression. However, the genome-wide distribution of KDM4 proteins and the mechanism of genomic-targeting remain elusive. We have previously...

The Safety and Immunogenicity of Trivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccination: A Study of Maternal-Cord Blood Pairs in Taiwan

Background There are little data about adverse effects and immunogenicity of flu vaccine in Asian pregnant women. Methods This prospective trial (NCT01514708) enrolled 46 pregnant women who received a single intramuscular dose of trivalent flu vaccine (AdimFlu-S®) containing 15 mcg of hemagglutinin for each strain/0.5 mL from influenza A (H1N1), influenza A (H3N2), and influenza...

Determination of Olanzapine and N-desmethyl-olanzapine in Plasma Using a Reversed-Phase HPLC Coupled with Coulochemical Detection: Correlation of Olanzapine or N-desmethyl-olanzapine Concentration with Metabolic Parameters

Background Olanzapine (OLZ) is one of the most prescribed atypical antipsychotic drugs but its use is associated with unfavorable metabolic abnormalities. N-desmethyl-olanzapine (DMO), one of the OLZ metabolites by CYP1A2, has been reported to have a normalizing action on metabolic abnormalities, but this remains unclear. Our aim was to explore the correlation between the...

A pilot newborn screening program for Mucopolysaccharidosis type I in Taiwan

Background Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is a genetic disease caused by the deficiency of α-L-iduronidase (IDUA) activity. MPS I is classified into three clinical phenotypes called Hurler, Scheie, and Hurler-Scheie syndromes according to their clinical severity. Treatments for MPS I are available. Better outcomes are associated with early treatment, which suggests a need...