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1.  Impact of liver fibrosis on prognosis following liver resection for hepatitis B-associated hepatocellular carcinoma 
British Journal of Cancer  2013;109(3):573-581.
Background:
This study aims to evaluate the impact of liver fibrosis severity on prognosis following liver resection among HBV–HCC patients.
Methods:
Data were extracted from a prospective database of 189 HBV–HCC patients treated at Mount Sinai between 1995 and 2008. Fibrosis staging of each surgical resection specimen using the modified Ishak method was performed by a single liver pathologist.
Results:
A wide range of Ishak fibrosis stage was observed among this patient population, with 29% having established cirrhosis (Ishak stage 6). Ishak stage 6 was independently associated with poor overall and recurrence-free survival. In patients with Ishak stage 1–5, Ishak stage did not affect survival; rather, tumour size was associated with poor overall survival, and tumour size, histologic activity index and serum AFP>20 ng ml−1 were associated with poor recurrence-free survival. In patients with Ishak stage 6, poorly differentiated histology and tumour size were associated with poor overall survival, and tumour size was associated with poor recurrence-free survival.
Conclusion:
HBV–HCC develops with varying degrees of underlying liver fibrosis; however, progressive liver fibrosis does not affect the outcomes following resection until cirrhosis is reached. Established cirrhosis, as defined histologically by Ishak stage 6, is an independent predictor of poor overall and recurrence-free survival among these patients.
doi:10.1038/bjc.2013.352
PMCID: PMC3738114  PMID: 23846171
Ishak stage; hepatitis B; hepatocellular carcinoma; prognosis; resection
2.  Radiofrequency ablation combined with transcatheter arterial embolisation in rabbit liver: investigation of the ablation zone according to the time interval between the two therapies 
The British Journal of Radiology  2012;85(1019):e987-e994.
Objectives
This study was designed to evaluate the extent of the radiofrequency ablation zone in relation to the time interval between transcatheter arterial embolisation (TAE) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and, ultimately, to determine the optimal strategy of combining these two therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma.
Methods
15 rabbits were evenly divided into three groups: Group A was treated with RFA alone; Group B was treated with TAE immediately followed by RFA; and Group C was treated with TAE followed by RFA 5 days later. All animals underwent perfusion CT (PCT) scans immediately after RFA. Serum liver transaminases were measured to evaluate acute liver damage. Animals were euthanised for pathological analysis of ablated tissues 10 days after RFA. Non-parametric analyses were conducted to compare PCT indices, the RFA zone and liver transaminase levels among the three experimental groups.
Results
Group B showed a significantly larger ablation zone than the other two groups. Arterial liver perfusion and hepatic perfusion index represented well the perfusion decrease after TAE on PCT. Although Group B showed the most elevated liver transaminase levels at 1 day post RFA, the enzymes decreased to levels that were not different from the other groups at 10 days post-RFA.
Conclusions
When combined TAE and RFA therapy is considered, TAE should be followed by RFA as quickly as possible, as it can be performed safely without serious hepatic deterioration, despite the short interval between the two procedures.
doi:10.1259/bjr/90024696
PMCID: PMC3500822  PMID: 22674711
3.  Small hypervascular hepatocellular carcinomas: value of diffusion-weighted imaging compared with “washout” appearance on dynamic MRI 
The British Journal of Radiology  2012;85(1018):e879-e886.
Objective
To compare the value of diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) with the venous “washout” appearance during dynamic MRI for the assessment of small arterial hypervascular lesions in cirrhotic liver.
Methods
After exclusion of benign hypervascular lesions, including haemangiomas and subcapsular non-tumorous arterioportal shunts, indicated by typical imaging features, a total of 109 small arterial hypervascular lesions (0.5–3.0 cm in the longest diameter) in 65 patients with cirrhosis who underwent gadopentetate dimeglumine-enhanced dynamic MRI and DWI (b=50, 400, 800 s mm−2) at 1.5 T during a 16-month period were retrospectively analysed to determine the presence of venous washout during dynamic imaging or sustained hyperintensity upon increasing the b factor size on DWI.
Results
Among the 99 hypervascular hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs), sustained hyperintensity on DWI (92/99, 93%) was more prevalent than the washout appearance (72/99, 72%) on dynamic MRI (p<0.001). Depending on the lesion size, subcentimetre-sized HCCs had a significantly lower prevalence of venous washout (13/30, 43%) than the sustained hyperintensity on DWI (27/30, 90%) (p=0.001). In all 10 hypervascular benign conditions, there was no venous washout on dynamic MRI and no sustained hyperintensity on DWI. Sensitivity and specificity for diagnosis of hypervascular HCCs were 92.9% and 100% in DWI and 72% and 100% in dynamic MRI, respectively.
Conclusion
Compared with the venous washout during dynamic imaging, DWI provides more reliable information in the MRI assessment of small hypervascular HCCs, distinguishing them from atypical hypervascular benign or pseudolesions. DWI could complement the early diagnosis of small hypervascular HCCs that do not display venous washout during dynamic imaging.
doi:10.1259/bjr/23975164
PMCID: PMC3474029  PMID: 22573299
4.  Enhancement patterns of hepatocellular carcinomas on multiphasic multidetector row CT: comparison with pathological differentiation 
The British Journal of Radiology  2012;85(1017):e573-e583.
Objective
The objective of this study was to determine the incidence of typical and atypical enhancement patterns of hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) on multiphasic multidetector row CT (MDCT) and to correlate the enhancement patterns and morphological image findings of HCC with the degree of tumour differentiation.
Methods
MDCT images of 217 patients with 243 surgically proven HCCs were evaluated through consensus reading by two radiologists. Our MDCT protocol was composed of precontrast, arterial, portal and delayed phases. The reviewers analysed the CT images for degree of attenuation; relative timing of washout; presence of dysmorphic intratumoral vessels, aneurysms and necrosis; tumour size; tumour margin; presence of pseudocapsule; intratumoral heterogeneity; and determined enhancement pattern. The imaging features were correlated with tumour differentiation using Fisher's exact test or the χ2 test.
Results
Among 243 HCCs, 137 (56.4%) showed the typical enhancement pattern of HCC, which is arterial enhancement and washout on portal or equilibrium phase images. In the arterial phase, 190 of 243 (78.2%) HCCs showed hypervascularity, with approximately three quarters of poorly differentiated (PD) (34 of 45, 75.6%) and moderately differentiated (MD) HCCs (92 of 123, 74.8%) showing washout during the portal or delayed phases, vs only 50% of well-differentiated (WD) HCCs (11 of 22; p<0.048). The presence of intratumoral vessels and aneurysms, tumour necrosis, attenuation of precontrast, the relative timing of washout, intratumoral attenuation heterogeneity, tumour margin and tumour size were correlated with the pathological differentiation of HCCs (p<0.05).
Conclusion
A typical enhancement of HCCs on MDCT was not unusual (43.6%) and WD and PD HCCs account for most of the atypical enhancement patterns. Early washout favoured MD and PD HCCs rather than WD HCCs, whereas in our study the presence of intratumoral aneurysm was a highly specific finding for PD HCC.
doi:10.1259/bjr/86767895
PMCID: PMC3487070  PMID: 22919011
5.  Protein Profile in Corpus Luteum during Pregnancy in Korean Native Cows 
Steroidogenesis requires coordination of the anabolic and catabolic pathways of lipid metabolism, but the profile of proteins associated with progesterone synthesis in cyclic and pregnant corpus luteum (CL) is not well-known in cattle. In Experiment 1, plasma progesterone level was monitored in cyclic cows (n = 5) and pregnant cows (n = 6; until d-90). A significant decline in the plasma progesterone level occurred at d-19 of cyclic cows. Progesterone level in abbatoir-derived luteal tissues was also determined at d 1 to 5, 6 to 13 and 14 to 20 of cyclic cows, and d-60 and -90 of pregnant cows (n = 5 each). Progesterone level in d-60 CL was not different from those in d 6 to 13 CL and d-90 CL, although the difference between d 6 to 13 and d-90 was significant. In Experiment 2, protein expression pattern in CL at d-90 (n = 4) was compared with that in CL of cyclic cows at d 6 to 13 (n = 5). Significant changes in the level of protein expression were detected in 32 protein spots by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-DE), and 23 of them were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). Six proteins were found only in pregnant CL, while the other 17 proteins were found only in cyclic CL. Among the above 6 proteins, vimentin which is involved in the regulation of post-implantation development was included. Thus, the protein expression pattern in CL was disorientated from cyclic luteal phase to mid pregnancy, and alterations in specific CL protein expression may contribute to the maintenance of pregnancy in Korean native cows.
doi:10.5713/ajas.2012.12294
PMCID: PMC4093032  PMID: 25049514
Corpus Luteum; Korean Native Cows; Pregnancy; Progesterone; Proteome Analysis
6.  MRI features of serous oligocystic adenoma of the pancreas: differentiation from mucinous cystic neoplasm of the pancreas 
The British Journal of Radiology  2012;85(1013):571-576.
Objectives
The purpose of this study was to describe the MRI features of the benign pancreatic neoplasm serous oligocystic adenoma (SOA) that differ from those of mucinous cystic neoplasm (MCN), a neoplasm with the potential for malignant degeneration.
Methods
Seven patients with SOA (seven women; mean age 36.6 years) and eight patients with MCN (eight women: mean age 39.9 years) were included. Several imaging features were reviewed: mass size, location, shape, wall thickness, cyst configuration (Type I, unilocular; Type II, multiple clustered cyst; Type III, cyst with internal septation) and signal intensity of the lesion with heterogeneity.
Results
SOA lesions were smaller (3.4 cm) than those of MCN (9.3 cm) (p=0.023). The commonest lesion shape was lobulated (85.7%) for SOA, but oval (50.0%) or lobulated (37.5%) for MCN (p=0.015). The most common cyst configuration was Type II (85.7%) for SOA and Type III (75.0%) for MCN (p=0.008). Heterogeneity of each locule in T1 weighted images was visible in all cases of MCN, but in no case for SOA (p=0.004).
Conclusion
SOA could be differentiated from MCN by identifying the imaging features of lobulated contour with multiple clustered cyst configurations and homogeneity of each locule in T1 weighted MR images.
doi:10.1259/bjr/42007785
PMCID: PMC3479889  PMID: 21304008
7.  Colour Doppler sonography of hepatic haemangiomas with arterioportal shunts 
The British Journal of Radiology  2012;85(1010):142-146.
Objectives
To determine the frequency of intratumoural flow and peritumoural hepatofugal portal flow using colour Doppler sonography (CDS) on hepatic haemangiomas with arterioportal shunt (APS), and to investigate possible factors that may affect the capability of CDS to depict such findings.
Methods
The study included 45 patients (35 men, 10 women; mean age, 56 years) with hepatic haemangiomas with APS on CT or MRI. Locating the tumour on greyscale sonography, the depth, size and echogenicity of the tumour were evaluated. CT or MR images were evaluated for fatty liver. CDS was performed to determine the presence of intratumoural flow and peritumoural hepatofugal portal flow. Differences in frequency of intratumoural flow and peritumoural hepatofugal portal flow according to the depth, size, echogenicity and fatty liver were evaluated by Student’s t-test and Fisher’s exact test.
Results
On CDS, intratumoural flow and peritumoural hepatofugal portal flow were found in 66.7% and 60%, respectively. The tumour depth was the significant variable that affected the capability of CDS to depict such findings. The frequencies of intratumoural flow and peritumoural hepatofugal portal flow were as high as 88% and 80% for shallow (≤30 mm) lesions, and they were 40% and 35% for deep (>30 mm) lesions (p=0.0012; p=0.0051).
Conclusion
CDS can commonly depict intratumoural flow and peritumoural hepatofugal portal flow in patients with hepatic haemangiomas with APS. Therefore, CDS should be routinely performed when an incidental mass is encountered during the screening sonography, especially when the lesion is shallow.
doi:10.1259/bjr/96605786
PMCID: PMC3473947  PMID: 21385916
8.  Acinar cell carcinoma with fatty change arising from the pancreas 
The British Journal of Radiology  2011;84(1008):e226-e228.
Acinar cell carcinoma of the pancreas is a rare malignant tumour developing from acinar cells, accounting for approximately 1% of pancreatic exocrine tumours. We experienced a case of an acinar cell carcinoma with fatty change. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of an acinar cell carcinoma with fatty change in the clinical literature.
doi:10.1259/bjr/15914752
PMCID: PMC3473822  PMID: 22101587
9.  MRI findings of uncommon non-hepatocyte origin primary liver tumours with pathological correlation 
The British Journal of Radiology  2010;83(996):1080-1086.
The objective of this article was to illustrate the MRI findings of uncommon non-hepatocyte origin primary liver tumours, correlate them with the pathological features and discuss differential diagnoses. In conclusion, the MRI findings of uncommon benign and malignant non-hepatocyte-origin primary liver tumours vary. Awareness of characteristic MRI features can aid differential diagnosis and prevent unnecessary surgery.
doi:10.1259/bjr/61140265
PMCID: PMC3473623  PMID: 20923912
10.  Development of a Decision Support Model for Screening Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with Actigraph-based Measurements of Classroom Activity 
Applied Clinical Informatics  2010;1(4):377-393.
Objective
Questionnaire-based ADHD screening tests may not always be objective or accurate, owing to both subjectivity and prejudice. Despite attempts to develop objective measures to characterize ADHD, no widely applicable index currently exists. The principal aim of this study was to develop a decision support model for ADHD screening by monitoring children’s school activities using a 3-axial actigraph.
Methods
Actigraphs were placed on the non-dominant wrists of 153 children for 3 hours, while they were at school. Children who scored high on the questionnaires were clinically examined by child psychiatrists, who then confirmed ADHD. Mean, variance, and ratios of low-level (0.5-1.0G) and high-level (1.6-3.2G) activity were extracted as activity features from 142 children (10 ADHD, 132 non-ADHD). Two decision-tree models were constructed using the C5.0 algorithm: [A] from whole hours (class + playtime) and [B] during classes. Accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity were evaluated. PPV, NPV, likelihood ratio, and AUC were also calculated for evaluation.
Results
[Model A] One child without ADHD was misclassified, resulting in an accuracy score of 99.30%. Sensitivity and NPV were 1.0000. Specificity and PPV were 0.992 and 0.803-0.909, respectively. [Model B] Two children without ADHD were misclassified, resulting in an accuracy score of 98.59%. Specificity and PPV were scored at 0.985 and 0.671-0.832, respectively.
Conclusion
The selected features were consistent with the findings of previous studies. Objective screening of latent patients with ADHD can be accomplished with a simple watch-like sensor, which is worn for just a few hours while the child attends school. The model proposed herein can be applied to a great many children without heavy cost in time and manpower cost, and would generate valuable results from a public health perspective.
doi:10.4338/ACI-2010-05-RA-0033
PMCID: PMC3633315  PMID: 23616848
Attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity; actigraphy; activities of daily living; mass screening
11.  Double contrast-enhanced MRI of viral hepatitis-induced cirrhosis: correlation of gross morphological signs with hepatic fibrosis 
The British Journal of Radiology  2010;83(987):212-217.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic ability of the expanded gallbladder fossa and right posterior hepatic notch signs for hepatic fibrosis determined by double contrast-enhanced MRI. For patients with chronic viral hepatitis B (n = 96) or hepatitis C (n = 13) who underwent gadopentate dimeglumine-enhanced dynamic MRI followed by ferucarbotran-enhanced gradient-echo imaging, the degree of parenchymal fibrosis was categorised into three groups based on the extent of reticulation and nodularity: (1) pre-cirrhotic or minimal fibrosis; (2) mild to moderate fibrosis; (3) advanced cirrhosis. Each group was evaluated for the presence of a sharp notch in the posterior–medial surface of the right lobe of the liver and expanded gallbladder fossa. The expanded gallbladder fossa sign gradually increased with an increasing degree of fibrosis (Group 1, 50%; Group 2, 61%; Group 3, 78%), and there was no significant difference (p>0.5) between hepatitis B (67%) and C (73%). In the case of the right posterior hepatic notch sign, only 6% of Group 1 and Group 2 patients were positive; 27% of hepatitis B patients and 90% of hepatitis C patients in Group 3 exhibited the sign (p<0.05). Owing to its low prevalence, even in advanced cirrhosis, the right posterior hepatic notch sign is of little value in the diagnosis of cirrhosis due to chronic hepatitis B virus infection, whereas an expanded gallbladder fossa could be used as a non-specific indicator of early fibrosis before the gross appearance of advanced hepatic fibrosis.
doi:10.1259/bjr/70974553
PMCID: PMC3473544  PMID: 19505965
12.  Haemodynamic events and localised parenchymal changes following transcatheter arterial chemoembolisation for hepatic malignancy: interpretation of imaging findings 
The British Journal of Radiology  2010;83(985):71-81.
Following transcatheter arterial chemoembolisation (TACE), the appearances on CT or MR images are largely related to the chemical and ischaemic insults to the portal tract. Understanding the mechanism of TACE-induced changes is essential for radiologists in order to determine the therapeutic effect as well as to distinguish these changes from recurrent tumours. This pictorial review illustrates the haemodynamic and substantial parenchymal changes related to TACE for hepatic malignancy.
doi:10.1259/bjr/82377365
PMCID: PMC3487253  PMID: 19581309
13.  Identification of angiogenic properties of insulin-like growth factor II in in vitro angiogenesis models 
British Journal of Cancer  2000;82(2):385-391.
Insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II), highly expressed in a number of human tumours, has been recently known to promote neovascularization in vivo. Yet, the detailed mechanism by which IGF-II induces angiogenesis has not been well defined. In the present study, we explored an angiogenic activity of IGF-II in in vitro angiogenesis model. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) treated with IGF-II rapidly aligned and formed a capillary-like network on Matrigel. In chemotaxis assay, IGF-II remarkably increased migration of HUVECs. A rapid and transient activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) and p125 focal adhesion kinase (p125FAK) phosphorylation was detected in HUVECs exposed to IGF-II. IGF-II also stimulated invasion of HUVECs through a polycarbonate filter coated with Matrigel. Quantitative gelatin-based zymography identified that matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) activity generated from HUVECs was increased by IGF-II. This induction of MMP-2 activity was correlated with Northern blot analysis, showing in HUVECs that IGF-II increased the expression of MMP-2 mRNA, while it did not affect that of TIMP-2, a tissue inhibitor of MMP-2. These results provide the evidence that IGF-II directly induces angiogenesis by stimulating migration and morphological differentiation of endothelial cells, and suggest that IGF-II may play a crucial role in the progression of tumorigenesis by promoting the deleterious neovascularization. © 2000 Cancer Research Campaign
doi:10.1054/bjoc.1999.0931
PMCID: PMC2363289  PMID: 10646893
insulin-like growth factor II; tube formation; migration; invasion; HUVECs
14.  Toxic amebic colitis coexisting with intestinal tuberculosis. 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  2000;15(6):708-711.
A patient with a fulminant amebic colitis coexisting with intestinal tuberculosis had a sudden onset of crampy abdominal pain, mucoid diarrhea, anorexia, fever and vomiting with signs of positive peritoneal irritation. Fulminant amebic colitis occurring together with intestinal tuberculosis is an uncommon event and may present an interesting patho-etiological relationship. The diagnosis was proven by histopathologic examination of resected specimen. Subtotal colectomy including segmental resection of ileum, about 80 cm in length, followed by exteriorization of both ends, was performed in an emergency basis. Despite all measures, the patient died on the sixth postoperative day. The exact relationship of fulminant amebic colitis and intestinal tuberculosis is speculative but the possibility of a cause and effect relationship exists. Fulminant amebic colitis may readily be confused with other types of inflammatory bowel disease, such as idiopathic ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, perforated diverticulitis and appendicitis with perforation. This report draws attention to the resurgence of tuberculosis and amebiasis in Korea, and the need for the high degree of caution required to detect it.
PMCID: PMC3054704  PMID: 11194200
15.  Different protein-binding patterns in the P3 promoter region of the human insulin-like growth factor II gene in the human liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma tissues. 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  1998;13(2):171-178.
The P3 promoter of the human insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II) is the major IGF-II promoter in fetal liver (FL) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, little information is available on the transcriptional factors (TFs) controlling IGF-II gene expression in human liver cirrhosis (LC) and HCC tissues. To evaluate the protein-binding patterns in the P3 promoter region, we performed electromobility shift assay (EMSA) and DNase I footprinting assay using nuclear extracts from human FL, LC and HCC tissues. EMSA showed considerable differences in binding patterns of proteins to P3 promoter region according to different nuclear extracts used in this study. By footprinting assay, eight footprints were observed in extracts. In addition, LC extract showed two specific binding at L1 [-80:+30] and L2 [-126:-80] regions, and HCC showed two specific binding at H1 [-176:-120] and H2 [-210:-177] as well as two liver specific binding (L1 and L2). Footprinting after immunoprecipitation indicates that Egr1, Egr2 and Sp1 could bind to P3 promoter directly, while c-jun and c-fos could not bind to these region directly. Further study is required to determine the function of these proteins.
PMCID: PMC3054476  PMID: 9610618
16.  Lack of colocalization of HBxAg and insulin like growth factor II in the livers of patients with chronic hepatitis B, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  1997;12(6):523-531.
To evaluate the possibility that HBxAg is related to an enhanced expression of IGF-II, immunohistochemical staining was performed for distribution and colocalization of HBxAg and IGF-II in liver tissues from 40 chronic active hepatitis (CAH-B), 51 cirrhosis and 46 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients using polyclonal rabbit anti HBxAg raised against full length-recombinant HBxAg and monoclonal mouse anti IGF-II. HBxAg in CAH-B, cirrhosis and HCC tissues was detected in 95%, 39% and 17%, whereas IGF-II in the same tissues was seen in 0%, 92% and 100%, respectively. There was a gradual decrease in the prevalence of HBxAg expression in cirrhosis and HCC, as compared to CAH-B tissues. All of the cirrhosis and HCC samples with positive staining for HBxAg expressed IGF-II. However, 55% of cirrhosis and 100% of HCC samples without HBxAg staining also expressed IGF-II. Moreover, colocalization at neighboring sections, even in both HBxAg and IGF-II positive samples, was not regularly observed. It is concluded that HBxAg expression in CAH-B may play a role in the pathogenesis of CAH-B. Although HBxAg may be related to the expression of IGF-II in some cirrhotic and HCC tissues, IGF-II expression in a large majority of these cases may be related to other factor(s) than HBxAg.
PMCID: PMC3054315  PMID: 9443091
17.  Cowden's disease--a report on the first case in Korea and literature review. 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  1997;12(6):570-575.
Cowden's disease, or multiple hamartoma syndrome, is an uncommon condition with characteristic mucocutaneous lesions associated with abnormalities of the breast, thyroid, and gastrointestinal tract. We describe a 32-year-old man with oral mucosal papillomatosis and plantar hyperkeratosis as a definite case of Cowden's disease according to the criteria proposed by Salem and Steck. The patient also had a thyroid mass and numerous gastrointestinal polyps endoscopically. Histologically the polyps were hamartomatous or hyperplastic polyps. The oral papillary lesions were fibroepithelial polyps and the thyroid mass was a follicular adenoma. We review the literature on this entity and summarize the pertinent findings. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first documented case of Cowden's disease in a Korean.
PMCID: PMC3054322  PMID: 9443100
18.  Peripheral neuroepithelioma of the kidney. 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  1995;10(6):457-461.
Peripheral neuroepithelioma is a rare tumor, comprising less than 1% of all soft tissue malignancies arising from the peripheral nonautonomic nervous system. Most peripheral neuroepitheliomas reported were located in the extremities, thoraco-pulmonary region, and pelvic areas, and as many as 30% of cases were associated with peripheral nerve. We report one case of peripheral neuroepithelioma arising in the kidney, mimicking renal cell carcinoma on the CT scan.
PMCID: PMC3053887  PMID: 8924233
19.  A case of abdominal cocoon. 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  1995;10(3):220-225.
Abdominal cocoon is a rare disease of the peritoneum and almost invariably presents as an acute or subacute intestinal obstruction with or without a mass. The etiology of this disease is largely unknown and abdominal cocoon of unknown etiology has been limited to the tropical and subtropical zones and primarily affects young adolescent females. In the temperate zone, only one case has been reported from the United Kingdom, but the patient was also born in Pakistan. No case of abdominal cocoon purely developed in the temperate zone has been reported. Recently, we experienced a case of abdominal cocoon in a 34-year-old female patient(Korean) who had never been abroad. The diagnosis was made postoperatively by reviewing the literature. We herein report this rare condition developed in an unusual geographical location with a brief review of the literature.
PMCID: PMC3054113  PMID: 8527051
20.  Duodenal ectopic pancreas complicated by chronic pancreatitis and pseudocyst formation--a case report. 
Ectopic pancreas is no longer a rare clinical condition, but its unusual clinical manifestations, locations or complications are of clinical interest. We experienced a case (a 48 year-old male patient) of duodenal ectopic pancreas complicated by chronic pancreatitis and pseudocyst formation of which preoperative imaging findings mimicked a large duodenal submucosal tumor with cystic degeneration such as a leiomyosarcoma. Simultaneous chronic pancreatitis was also demonstrated in the isotopic pancreas of the patient postoperatively. Herein we report a rare clinical condition occurring in an ectopic pancreas with a brief review of the literature.
PMCID: PMC3054104  PMID: 7848585
21.  Apolipoprotein E genotypes of normal and hyperlipidemic subjects. 
Apolipoprotein E (apo E) plays a role in the regulation of the lipid metabolism of humans. Apo E, 229 amino acid polypeptide, is classified into three major isoform (E2, E3, E4) according to the differences of amino acid in position 112 and 158. In the normal population apo E3 isoform is most prevalent and apo E2 or E4 is frequently associated with hyperlipoproteinemia. To find out the frequency of apo E isoform distribution in the Korean population, apo E genotyping was performed. After amplification of apoE gene by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), restriction isotyping was done by cleavage with restriction enzyme Hha I and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The apo E allele frequency in 73 normal subjects was 4.8% for E2, 84.9% for E3 and 10.3% for E4. In diabetic patient with hyperlipoproteinemia, the frequency of apo E allele was 6.3% for E2, 81.0% for E3 and 12.7% for E4. There was no significant difference in apo E isoform distribution between diabetics and normal populations. But in patients with cardiovascular disease with hyperlipidemia, the apo E4 allele frequency was significantly higher than normal (20.0% vs 10.3%, p < 0.005). Apo E3 was the most common isoform in normal and diabetic subjects and apo E2 isoform was rather low frequency compared to Caucasians. This pattern is similar to the Japanese population but somewhat different from other populations. From the data of a high association of apo E4 allele and cardiovascular disease with hypercholesterolemia, apo E isoform may be one of the determinants of hyperlipoproteinemia. The PCR method may be useful in apo E genotyping.
PMCID: PMC3053758  PMID: 8198763
22.  Effect of glucose on the expression of c-myc gene in cultured RINm5F cell. 
The study was designed to examine the effect of glucose on the expression of c-myc gene in cultured RINm5F cells. After monolayer culture was established in RPMI 1640 media supplemented with 10% fetal calf serum (FCS), the cells were cultured in various concentrations of glucose and 1 or 10% FCS for another 24 hours. A mRNA was extracted from the cultured cells by a single step method, and Northern analysis was done to detect RNA band. A 0.5 kilobase single band was detected as c-myc mRNA. The expression of c-myc gene mRNA was reduced with increased concentration of glucose with 1% FCS. However, supplementation of 10% FCS abolished the effect of glucose on expression of c-myc gene. These findings suggested that glucose in conjunction with other growth promoting factors played an important role in expression of oncogene and cell growth in RINm5F cells.
PMCID: PMC3049701  PMID: 1777128
23.  Nodular hepatocellular carcinoma--treatment with intraarterial injection of I-131 Lipiodol. 
Twenty four patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who refused surgery or had unresectable tumor ranging 2.5 to 8.0 cm in size were treated with intrahepatic arterial injection of iodine-131-labeled iodized oil (I-131 Lipodol) in an attempt to achieve internal radiation of tumor. 555-2,220 MBq in 3-8 ml of I-131 Lipiodol was injected into the hepatic artery or proximal to the tumor feeding vessel depending on the tumor size. Tumor size reduction was observed in 88.9% of tumor smaller than 4.0 cm in diameter, 65.5% between 4.1 to 6.0 cm, and 25.0% of larger than 6.1cm, respectively. The tumor size reduction was corresponded to the gradual drop of serum AFP levels, decreased uptake on gallium-67 scintigraphy, and devascularization on follow-up angiography. Tumors having significant A-V shunts revealed further tumor growth. Adverse reactions from the treatment include fever, mild abdominal pain, nausea and elevation of transaminases. These have been mild and well-tolerated by the patients. This method was able to provide long term local control without complications related to thyroid, lung, GI tract and bone marrow.
PMCID: PMC3053730  PMID: 2177607
24.  Asparaginase II of Saccharomyces cerevisiae: positive selection of two mutations that prevent enzyme synthesis. 
Journal of Bacteriology  1984;157(3):958-961.
A positive selection method, D-aspartic acid beta-hydroxamate resistance, was used to isolate Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains lacking the ability to synthesize asparaginase II. Of 100 such mutant strains, 93 exhibited mutations which were allelic with asp3, a previously characterized mutation. The other seven strains carried a new mutation, asp6. The asp6 mutation segregated 2:2 in asp6 X wild-type crosses and assorted from the asp3 mutation in asp6 X asp3 crosses. All seven asp6 mutant isolates reverted at a relatively high frequency, whereas the asp3 mutant isolates did not revert under the same conditions. Various independent asp3 isolates were mated to give heteroallelic diploids, which when sporulated and spread on D-asparagine medium yielded no recombinant strains.
PMCID: PMC215357  PMID: 6365897

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