006) with a trend of lower recurrence-free survival (p = 0.06) after RFA in HCC smaller than = 3 cm. There were fewer major complications after RFA (2% vs. 8%). Conclusion. While SR is superior to RFA for the management of early stage BCLC A disease with smaller than = 5 cm HCC, both appear effective as first-line treatment options for Western patients with small smaller than = 3 cm tumors. Although safer than SR, RFA is associated with higher rates of tumor recurrence and local disease progression. Further prospective randomized controlled trials are warranted to compare these two modalities.”
“The TET family of proteins has been described a
and in normal and malignant development, through the description of TET2 as a tumor suppressor have been documented. The conjunction of these findings has prompted large efforts to understand the biology of these novel entities. Here, we summarize the recent results implicating TET2 in hematological malignancies suggesting that further studies are required to fully understand the role of DNA methylation alterations during transformation. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.”
“Twenty-one hepatitis B virus (HBV) isolates from the state of Haryana (North India) were studied for genotype, subgeno-type, serotype distribution and precore mutations. Assays of alanine aminotransminase (ALT) and HBeAg were performed on all samples. Genotypes, subgenotypes and serotypes were determined by amplification of pre-S1/S2 regions followed by RFLP and also by phylogenetic analysis of amplified products. Mutations were studied by
amplification and sequencing of the precore region. Twenty-four percent of the samples had high ALT levels and 90% were HBeAg negative. It was observed that 90% of the samples were HBV D genotype, (subgenotype D1, serotype ayw2), 5% HBV A genotype (subgenotype A1, serotype adw 2), and the remaining 5% were HBV E genotype (serotype ayw 4). The subgenotype A1 was quite similar to Ilomastat order the South African isolates. Phylogenetic analysis of the HBV isolates, based on the preS1/S2 gene sequences, confirmed genotype E. Amplification and sequencing of the precore region showed 1762(A-T) and 1764(G-A) mutations in 38 and 15% of the samples, respectively. 1809(T) was observed in 5% of the cases under study. This is the first report of the genotype E of hepatitis B virus in the Indian population. Efforts are underway to amplify and sequence the full length of this genotype E isolate. Copyright (C) 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel”
“High beta-glucan (BG) barleys (Hordeum vulgare L.) have major potential as food ingredients due to their well-known health benefits.