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Chiu S.C.,Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital | Huang S.Y.,Mackay Memorial Hospital | Chen S.P.,Tzu Chi Stem Cells Center | Su C.C.,Changhua Christian Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases | Year: 2013

BACKGROUND:Tanshinone IIA (Tan-IIA) is one of the major lipophilic components isolated from the root of Salviae Miltiorrhizae Radix. We explored the mechanisms of cell death induced by Tan-IIA treatment in prostate cancer cells in vitro and in vivo.METHODS:Cells were treated with Tan-IIA and growth inhibition was assessed. Cell cycle profiles after Tan-IIA treatment were determined by flow cytometry. Expression levels of cell cycle regulatory proteins and apoptosis-related proteins were determined after Tan-IIA treatment. Expression levels of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-regulated genes were determined to investigate their role in Tan-IIA-induced cell death. GADD153 expression was knocked down by small interfering RNA (siRNA) transfection. Rate of cell death and proliferation was obtained by 3-(4,5-dimethyl thizol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide assay. Antitumor activity of Tan-IIA was performed in LNCaP xenograft model.RESULTS:Our results showed that Tan-IIA caused prostate cancer cell death in a dose-dependent manner, and cell cycle arrest at G0/G1 phase was noted, in LNCaP cells. The G0/G1 phase arrest correlated with increase levels of CDK inhibitors (p16, p21 and p27) and decrease of the checkpoint proteins. Tan-IIA also induced ER stress in prostate cancer cells: activation and nuclear translocation of GADD153/CCAAT/enhancer- binding protein-homologous protein (CHOP) were identified, and increased expression of the downstream molecules GRP78/BiP, inositol-requiring protein-1 and GADD153/CHOP were evidenced. Blockage of GADD153/CHOP expression by siRNA reduced Tan-IIA-induced cell death in LNCaP cells. Tan-IIA also suppressed LNCaP xenograft tumor growth, causing 86.4% reduction in tumor volume after 13 days of treatment.CONCLUSIONS:Our findings suggest that Tan-IIA causes G0/G1 cell cycle arrest in LNCaP cells and its cytotoxicity is mediated at least partly by ER stress induction. These data provide evidence supporting Tan-IIA as a potential anticancer agent by inducing ER stress in prostate cancer. © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved. Source


BACKGROUND: Current consensus does not support the use of a universal booster of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine because there is an anamnestic response in almost all children 15 years after universal infant HBV vaccination. We aimed to provide a booster strategy among adolescents as a result of their changes in lifestyle and sexual activity.METHODS: This study comprised a series of cross-sectional serological surveys of HBV markers in four age groups between 2004 and 2012. The seropositivity rates of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and its reciprocal antibody (anti-HBs) for each age group were collected. There were two parts to this study; age-specific HBV seroepidemiology and subgroup analysis, including effects of different vaccine types, booster response for immunogenicity at 15 years of age, and longitudinal follow-up to identify possible additional protection by HBV booster.RESULTS: Within the study period, data on serum anti-HBs and HBsAg in a total of 6950 students from four age groups were collected. The overall anti-HBs and HBsAg seropositivity rates were 44.3% and 1.2%, respectively. The anti-HBs seropositivity rate in the plasma-derived subgroup was significantly higher in both 15- and 18-year age groups. Overall response rate in the double-seronegative recipients at 15 years of age was 92.5% at 6 weeks following one recombinant HBV booster dose. Among the 24 recipients showing anti-HBs seroconversion at 6 weeks after booster, seven subjects (29.2%) had lost their anti-HBs seropositivity again within 3 years. Increased seropositivity rates and titers of anti-HBs did not provide additional protective effects among subjects comprehensively vaccinated against HBV in infancy.CONCLUSIONS: HBV booster strategy at 15 years of age was the main contributor to the unique age-related phenomenon of anti-HBs seropositivity rate and titer. No increase in HBsAg seropositivity rates within different age groups was observed. Vaccination with plasma-derived HBV vaccines in infancy provided higher anti-HBs seropositivity at 15-18 years of age. Overall booster response rate was 92.5% and indicated that intact immunogenicity persisted at least 15 years after primary HBV vaccination in infancy. Booster vaccination of HBV did not confer additional protection against HBsAg carriage in our study. Source


Wu Y.-J.,Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital | Chou Y.-C.,National Taiwan University Hospital | Chan D.-C.,National Taiwan University Hospital
Journal of Internal Medicine of Taiwan | Year: 2014

As the population aging, the two geriatric syndromes, sarcopenia and frailty, become more prominent. However, the definitions of these two geriatric syndromes are not unified. The core concept of sarcopenia is reduced muscle strength, muscle mass and/or decreased physical performance. Frailty is multi-system impairment associated with decreased physiological reservation and could not maintain one's daily activity compared to individuals of same age. The core presentations include body weight loss, decrease muscle strain and activity. Sarcopenia and frailty have several common causes, and possibly result in clinical adverse outcomes. Currently, adequate nutrition and exercise are effective intervention to prevent and treat these two syndromes. This review will introduce the definition of sarcopenia and frailty, association between them, and appropriate intervention. It also provides internal medicine doctors an understanding of these two syndromes. Source


Tsai P.-R.,Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital | Lee T.-T.,National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences | Lin H.-R.,National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences | Lee-Hsieh J.,National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences | Mills M.E.,University of Maryland, Baltimore
CIN - Computers Informatics Nursing | Year: 2015

Electronic portfolios can be used to record user performance and achievements. Currently, clinical learning systems and in-service education systems lack integration of nurses' clinical performance records with their education or training outcomes. For nurses with less than 2 years' work experience (nursing postgraduate year), use of an electronic portfolio is essential. This study aimed to assess the requirements of using electronic portfolios in continuing nursing education for clinical practices. Fifteen nurses were recruited using a qualitative purposive sampling approach between April 2013 and May 2013. After obtaining participants' consent, data were collected in a conference room of the study hospital by one-on-one semistructured in-depth interviews. Through data analyses, the following five main themes related to electronic learning portfolios were identified: instant access to in-service education information, computerized nursing postgraduate year training manual, diversity of system functions and interface designs, need for sufficient computers, and protection of personal documents. Because electronic portfolios are beginning to be used in clinical settings, a well-designed education information system not only can meet the needs of nurses but also can facilitate their learning progress. © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. Source


Yu T.-C.,Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital | Yang F.-L.,Intensive Care Unit | Hsu B.-G.,Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital | Wu W.-T.,Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Surgical Research | Year: 2014

Background Large-volume, rapid crystalloid infusion may increase endothelial cell damage and induce shear stress, potentially leading to multiple-organ dysfunction syndrome. Limited guideline data for fluid administration are currently available, especially for the aging population. The aim of the present study was to compare the degree of organ damage in conscious aging rats when different resuscitation speeds were used during the treatment of hemorrhagic shock (HS). Methods Eighteen aging male Wistar-Kyoto rats were randomly divided into the following three groups: the control group, 30-min rapid resuscitation group, and 12-h slow resuscitation group. To mimic HS, 40% of the total blood volume was withdrawn. Fluid resuscitation (1:3) was given at 30 min after the blood withdrawal. Blood biochemical parameters including glucose, lactic acid, and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) were measured along with the levels of serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), and interleukin 10 by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The lungs were examined for pathologic changes, and the injury score at 24 h after HS was calculated. Results Compared with slow-rate resuscitation, initially rapid and immediate resuscitation significantly increased the serum levels of glucose, LDH, and proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-α and interleukin 10), and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid levels of white blood cells, TNF-α, and LDH as well as produced pathologic changes in the organ. The lung injury scores were higher after induced HS in aging rats. Conclusions The slow and continuous (12 h) fluid resuscitation rate ameliorated HS-induced organ damage in conscious aging rats. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

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