Department of Ophthalmology, Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, 2nd Military Medical University, Shanghai, China.
This study was conducted to detect microbial pathogens in conjunctival mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma specimens in an attempt to determine possible associations between conjunctival MALT lymphoma and microbial infections.
Using PCR technique, freshly obtained tumor specimens from 16 cases of conjunctival MALT lymphoma, as confirmed by postoperative pathology, were analyzed for DNA of Chlamydia psittaci (C. psittaci), Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis), Chlamydia pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Synthetic C. psittaci, C. trachomatis, C. pneumoniae and H. pylori DNA were used as positive control, and blank plasmid DNA as negative control.
Electrophoresis showed that no bands corresponding to the positive control were observed in the specimens, indicating that no DNA of the 4 microorganisms was detected in the specimens of the 16 cases of conjunctival MALT lymphoma.
The PCR technique was able to detect the positive control quickly and accurately, but the results of PCR in analyzing the 16 specimens were negative, indicating that there is no association between conjunctival MALT lymphoma and the 4 microorganisms in Chinese patients.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.