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Taipei Veterans General Hospital | Date: 2016-02-16

The present invention pertains to a new approach for the treatment of infectious and malignant diseases. The present invention provides new DNA and protein vaccines for the treatment of infectious and malignant diseases through enhancing immune response.

Taipei Veterans General Hospital | Date: 2015-11-23

The present invention relates to a novel method for preparing induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) by introducing four genes, Oct-4, Sox2, Klf4, and Glial, into somatic cells. The present invention also relates to the iPSCs produced by the aforementioned method. Also provided is a process of drug selection for a heritable genetic disease by use of the iPSCs produced by the aforementioned method. In particular, wherein the inherited disease is Fabry disease. The present invention also relates to a method for treating Fabry-associated myocardiopathy in a subject in need thereof, and a method for determining prognosis in a subject with Fabry-associated myocardiopathy.

Taipei Veterans General Hospital | Date: 2017-09-20

The preset invention relates to a novel cell graft suitable for transplantation or cell therapy and the use thereof for treating diseases. In particular, the graft provided herein overcomes concomitant rejection when transplanted onto a patient, which is especially beneficial for the condition where allogeneic cells are used. Also provided is a process for preparing such grafts by culturing at least one cell type under hypoxic or anoxic conditions.

The incidence of symptomatic adjacent segment disease (ASD) after anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion (ACDF) was reported as 2.9%/y in a previous cohort of 374 patients. Few other data corroborate the incidence and natural history of ASD. To calculate the incidence of ASD after ACDF that required secondary fusion surgery. The retrospective study used an 11-year nationwide database to analyze the incidences. All patients who underwent ACDF for cervical disk diseases were identified through diagnostic and procedure codes. Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analyses were performed. From 1997 to 2007, covering 241 800 725.8 person-years, 19 385 patients received ACDF and 568 had ≥ 2 ACDF operations. The incidence of secondary ACDF operations was 7.6 per 1000 person-years. At the end of the 10-year cohort, 94.4% of patients who had received 1 ACDF remained free from secondary ACDF. The average time interval between the first and second ACDF was 23.3 months. After adjustment for comorbidities and socioeconomic status, secondary ACDF operations were more likely performed on male patients (hazard ratio = 1.27; P = .008) 15 to 39 years of age (hazard ratio = 1.45; P = .009) and 40 to 59 years of age (hazard ratio = 1.41, P = .002, respectively). Repeat ACDF surgery for ASD cumulated steadily in an annual incidence of approximately 0.8%, much lower than the reported incidence of symptomatic ASD. However, at the end of this 10-year cohort, a considerable portion of patients (5.6%) received a second operation. Younger and male patients are more likely to receive such second operations.

Lee C.C.,Taipei Veterans General Hospital
Journal of neurosurgery | Year: 2012

The authors retrospectively reviewed the efficacy and safety of Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) in patients with brainstem cavernous malformations (CMs). The CMs had bled repeatedly and placed the patients at high risk with respect to surgical intervention. Between 1993 and 2010, 49 patients with symptomatic CMs were treated by GKS. The mean age in these patients was 37.8 years, and the predominant sex was female (59.2%). All 49 patients experienced at least 2 instances of repeated bleeding before GKS; these hemorrhages caused neurological deficits including cranial nerve deficits, hemiparesis, hemisensory deficits, spasticity, chorea or athetosis, and consciousness disturbance. The mean size of the CMs at the time of GKS was 3.2 cm(3) (range 0.1-14.6 cm(3)). The mean radiation dose directed to the lesion was 11 Gy with an isodose level at 60.0%. The mean clinical and imaging follow-up time was 40.6 months (range 1.0-150.7 months). Forty-five patients participated in regularly scheduled follow-up. Twenty-nine patients (59.2%) were followed up for > 2 years, and 16 (32.7%) were followed up for < 2 years. The pre-GKS annual hemorrhage rate was 31.3% (69 symptomatic hemorrhages during a total of 220.3 patient-years). After GKS, 3 episodes of symptomatic hemorrhage were observed within the first 2 years of follow-up (3.33% annual hemorrhage rate), and 3 episodes of symptomatic hemorrhage were observed after the first 2 years of follow-up (1.74% annual hemorrhage rate). In this study of 49 patients, symptomatic radiation-induced complications developed in only 2 patients (4.1%; cyst formation in 1 patient and perifocal edema with neurological deficits in the other patient). There were no deaths in this group. Gamma Knife surgery is effective in reducing the rate of recurrent hemorrhage. In the authors' experience, it was possible to control bleeding using a low-dose treatment. In addition, there were few symptomatic radiation-induced complications. As a result, the authors believe that GKS is a good alternative treatment for brainstem CMs.

Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a relatively prevalent glomerular disorder that often progresses to end-stage renal disease. Thirty to 80% of kidney transplant (KT) recipients with FSGS will experience recurrence characterized by proteinuria and podocyte damage. We hypothesized that the degree of podocyte foot process (FP) effacement in postreperfusion transplant biopsies can be used to predict the development of clinical recurrence of FSGS. Nineteen pairs of pre- and postreperfusion biopsy specimens were studied. We evaluated the degree of FP effacement in postreperfusion KT biopsies by counting the number of widened FP per capillary loop. Early recurrence of FSGS was defined as development of nephrotic range proteinuria between days 3 and 30 posttransplant. Early recurrence occurred in 7 of 19 grafts (36.8%) at a mean of 4.29±1.89 days. The mean score of FP effacement in postreperfusion allograft biopsies was 0.72±0.31 and 1.35±0.63 in the nonrecurrent and recurrent group, respectively (P=0.039). There was an association between FP effacement and proteinuria (P = 0.04). The FP effacement score predicts early recurrence with a sensitivity of 71.4% and specificity of 91.7%. FP effacement can be observed within minutes after reperfusion in renal transplantation of recipients with FSGS that will ultimately develop recurrent FSGS. This suggests a key role for the podocyte injury in the pathogenesis of recurrent FSGS and further supports the presence of circulating factors causing FP effacement. The FP effacement score in the postreperfusion KT biopsy may become a useful predictive test if validated in larger studies.

Chang F.-Y.,Taipei Veterans General Hospital
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2014

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is common in the society. Among the putative pathogeneses, gut dysmotility results in pain and disturbed defecation. The latter is probably caused by the effect of abnormal gut water secretion. The interaction between abnormal gas accumulation, abdominal pain and bloating remains controversial. Visceral hypersensitivity and its modification along with the central transmission are the characteristics of IBS patients. The identification of biologic markers based on genetic polymorphisms is undetermined. Imbalanced gut microbiota may alter epithelial permeability to activate nociceptive sensory pathways which in turn lead to IBS. Certain food constituents may exacerbate bowel symptoms. The impact of adult and childhood abuses on IBS is underestimated. Using the concept of biopsychosocial dysfunction can integrate multidimensional pathogeneses. Antispasmodics plus stool consistency modifiers to treat the major symptoms and defecation are the first-line drug treatment. New drugs targeting receptors governing bowel motility, sensation and secretion can be considered, but clinicians must be aware of their potential serious side effects. Psychiatric drugs and modalities may be the final options for treating intractable subjects. Probiotics of multi-species preparations are safe and worth to be considered for the treatment. Antibiotics are promising but their longterm safety and effectiveness are unknown. Diet therapy including exclusion of certain food constituents is an economic measure. Using relatively safe complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) may be optional to those patients who failed classical treatment. In conclusion, IBS is a heterogeneous disorder with multidimensional pathogeneses. Personalized medicines with multidisciplinary approaches using different classes of drugs, psychiatric measures, probiotics and antibiotics, dietary therapy, and finally CAMs, can be considered. © 2014 Baishideng Publishing Group Co., Limited. All rights reserved.

Taipei Veterans General Hospital | Date: 2016-05-13

The present invention relates to a method for preparing a multilayered retinal cell implant. The method comprises coating a substrate with laminin to obtain a laminin modified substrate and growing retinal cells derived from stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) on the laminin modified substrate, wherein the retinal cells as grown include multiple layers of retinal cells, and provides properties and efficacy facilitating retinal repair.

Taipei Veterans General Hospital, National Chiayi University and Mackay Memorial Hospital | Date: 2014-11-21

Novel N-substituted norcantharimide derivatives are disclosed herein. The novel N-substituted norcantharimide derivatives are useful as lead compounds for manufacturing a medicament or a pharmaceutical composition for treating cancer, particularly for treating leukemia.

Chang H.Y.,Taipei Veterans General Hospital
Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology | Year: 2013

It remains unclear as to whether regional atrial substrates of certain areas of the atrium in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) can be related to sinoatrial node dysfunction. We investigated the relationship between the biatrial substrate characteristics and sinus node function in these patients. The study enrolled 34 patients (aged 57 ± 11 years old; 20 males) who underwent catheter ablation for symptomatic paroxysmal AF. Sinus node dysfunction was defined as having corrected sinus node recovery time longer than 550 ms. Atrial substrate analyses of both atria and atrial conductive properties were investigated in patients with (Group 1) and without sinus node dysfunction (Group 2). The mean global bipolar voltage of both atria and the atrial refractory period were similar between the two groups. Regional analysis showed that the mean bipolar voltage for patients in Group 1 was lower than in Group 2 (1.0 ± 0.3 vs. 2.1 ± 0.7 mV, P < 0.001) only in the sinus node region, while the electrophysiological properties were similar for both groups in other anatomic regions of both atria. The right atrial total activation time was significantly longer (97 ± 9 vs. 89 ± 10 ms, P = 0.023) and the conduction velocity along the crista terminalis was significantly slower (1.0 ± 0.2 vs. 1.2 ± 0.3 m/s, P = 0.019) in Group 1 patients than in Group 2 patients. In patients with AF, regional atrial remodelling near the sinus node area was associated with sinus node dysfunction.

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