1. This is the first study to present detailed transplantation procedures of autologous peripheral blood monocyte cells (PBMCs) to cirrhotics through the direct percutaneous needle puncture of portal vein under guidance of ultrasound. 2. Direct portal transplantation of PBMCs for cirrhotic patients is a safe therapeutic modality
1. The S100B/GAPDH mRNA ratio, and S100B protein expression, as a marker of the hepatic nerve, is decreased in patients with chronic liver diseases. 2. Hepatic innervation is decreased in chronic liver disease patients, especially in the lobular portion, compared to the control group and seems to decrease in the early stage of fibrosis progression.
1. Left atrial mechanical functions and left atrial conduction times might be impaired before the development of overt diabetes. 2. A prolonged left atrial electromechanical delay may be both a predictor of atrial fibrillation development and a sign of subclinical cardiac involvement.
1. Serum vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is elevated in stable asthma patients and more elevated in patients with acute exacerbation compared to normal control. 2. The role of VEGF as a biomarker in stable asthma is limited. 3. In patients with acute exacerbation of asthma, VEGF levels correlate with clinical improvements.