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Somatostatin: Likely the most widely effective gastrointestinal hormone in the human body 
Xiang-Qian Huang 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):201-204. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.201
Advances and applications of enteroscopy for small bowel 
Dian-Yuan Zhou, Bo Jiang, Xi-Shan Yang 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):205-207. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.205
Original Research
Clinical significance of CD44v mRNA detection by PCR in peripheral blood of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma 
Peng-Fei Liu, Meng-Chao Wu, Han Cheng, Guang-Xiang Qian, Ji-Liang Fu 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):208-209. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.208
Analysis of two constitutive forms of microsomal heme oxygenase in different rat tissues 
Zhen-Wei Xia, Yun-Zhu Li, Shun-Nian Chen, Qing-Xiang Shen, Xiao-Ming Ben, Shan-Chang Yu 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):210-212. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.210
Effects of endotoxin on expression of ras, p53 and bcl-2 oncoprotein in hepatocarcinogenesis induced by thioacetamide in rats 
Jin-Ming Yang, De-Wu Han, Quan-Chen Liang, Jia-Li Zhao, Su-Yuan Hao, Xue-Hui Ma, Yuan-Chang Zhao 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):213-217. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.213
Effects of somatostatin analog on splanchnic hemodynamics and plasma glucagon level in portal hypertensive rats 
Zhi-Yong Wu, Xiao-Jie Zhao, Zhe Jiao, Zhi-Ping Chen, Yao-Ling Kuang 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):218-220. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.218
Overproduction of nitric oxide inhibits vascular reactivity in portal hypertensive rats 
Xi-Ru Li, Jin-Sheng Wu, Ze-Sheng He, Qing-Jiu Ma, De-Ming Gao 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):221-224. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.221
Plasma D (-)-lactate as a new marker for diagnosis of acute intestinal injury following ischemia-reperfusion 
Yong-Ming Yao, Yan Yu, Ye Wu, Lian-Rong Lu, Zhi-Yong Sheng 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):225-227. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.225
Establishment and application of an experimental model of human fetal hepatocytes for investigation of the protective effects of silybin and polyporus umbellalus polysaccharides 
Mao-Rong Wang, Mei-Zhao Le, Jia-Zhang Xu, Chang-Lun He 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):228-230. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.228
Comparative study of different interventional therapies for primary liver cancer 
Qi Liu, Yu-Chen Jia, Jian-Ming Tian, Zhen-Tang Wang, Hua Ye, Ji-Jin Yang, Fei Sun 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):231-233. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.231
Anti-human AFP variant monoclonal antibody in radioimmunodetection of primary hepatocellular carcinoma 
Yang Liu, Meng-Chao Wu, Han Chen, Bai-He Zhang, Guang-Xiang Qian, Wen-Zhou Pan, Mei-Yu Qiang 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):234-235. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.234
Comparative study on proliferation activity in small hepatocellular carcinoma related to hepatitis virus B and C 
Shao-Jun Yu 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):236-237. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.236
Multicenter randomized study on Me-CCNU, 5-FU and ADM vs ACNU, 5-FU and ADM for treatment of advanced gastric cancer 
Shu-Dong Xiao, De-Hua Li, De-Zhong Zhang, Mou-Ji Shen, Xiao-Ting Zhu, Gui-Fen He, Ti-Ping Zhao, Le-Ping Li, Xing-Cun Deng, Min Wang, Xiu-Ling Wang, Qiang Chen, Yong-Ping Zhang, Cui-Ling Yao, Ji-Gui Bao, Guo-Wei Tong, Liang-Fa Zhu, Hao Jiang, Kurihara Minoru 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):238-241. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.238
Comparison of preoperative TN staging of gastric carcinoma by endoscopic ultrasonography with CT examination 
Wen Guo, Ya-Li Zhang, Guo-Xing Li, Dian-Yuan Zhou, Wan-Dai Zhang 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):242-245. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.242
Treatment of cancerous ascites and radical gastrectomy with intraperitoneal hyperthermic double-distilled water and cis-diaminodichloro-platinum perfusion 
Zhi-Xing Chen, Jia-Ping Chen, Zhong Chen, De-Shu Peng, Ji-Xiang Zhen, Jian-San Tan 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):246-248. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.246
Pharmacokinetics of four 5-FU preparations administered rectally to rats and rabbits 
Xiang Zhang, Chong-Shu Wang, Gong-Zhu Wu, Bao-Dong Ling, Ru-Huai Liang, Xue-Sheng Fang, Tian-Yong Xin 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):249-250. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.249
Determination of β-glucuronidase in human colorectal carcinoma cell lines 
Shu Feng, Jin-Dan Song 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):251-252. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.251
Clinical significance of CA19-9 in diagnosis of digestive tract tumors 
Ji-Zong Zhao, Bo-Heng Wu 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):253-254. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.253
Analysis of amino acid constituents of gallstones 
Ying Chen, Lian-Lian Wang, Yu-Xia Xiao, Jing-Hua Ni, Yan Yu 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):255-256. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.255
Comparative study of changing patterns of concanavalin A-binding proteins in early stage of cholesterol gallstone formation 
Yu-Qiang Chen, Duan Cai, Yan-Lin Zhang, Tian-Fang Hua 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):257-259. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.257
Comparative study of biliary trace elements and clinical phenotypes in Wilson’s disease 
Ming-Shan Ren, Yu-Xin Fan, Ren-Min Yang, Yong-Zhu Han, Guo-Jun Wu, Yu-Rong Xin, Long Yu 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):260-262. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.260
Brief Report
Effect of garlic on micronuclei frequency in peripheral blood lymphocytes of rats with N-methyl-N’nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine-induced gastric carcinoma and precancerous lesions 
Qi Su, Zhao-Yang Luo, Yang-Gui Ou, Yi-Qin Li, Jian-Guo Zhou, Dan Zhang 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):237-237. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.237
Radioimmunoassay-detected basal level of epidermal growth factor in gastric juice of 86 healthy Chinese volunteers 
Li Zhang, Ming-Liang Zhang, Yue-Qing Yan, Da-Xing Liang 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):245-245. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.245
Influence of diet intake on liver function test 
Shu-Quan Cheng, Ji-Fang Zhang, Zi-Fu Zhang, Mei-Yan Qian, Xiao-Ling Guo, Wen-Zhang Shang, Duo-Jing Li 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):250-250. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.250
AgNOR and rasp21 expression in gastric mucosal lesions caused by Helicobacter pylori infection 
Heng-Jun Gao, Xiu-Zhen Lu, Xiao-Yong Zhang, Zhi-Quan Zhao 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):252-252. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.252
Altered expression of tumor suppressors p16 and Rb in gastric carcinogenesis 
Qi Zhou, Jian-Xiang Zou, Yu-Long Chen, Hui-Zhen Yu, Li-Dong Wang, Yong-Xin Li, Hua-Qin Guo, Shan-Shan Gao, Song-Lian Qiu 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):262-262. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.262
Influence of fever on biliary elements of guinea pigs 
Hou-Dong Lü, Ming-Guo Tian, Xiao-Peng Zhang, Huai-Lan Li 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):265-265. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.265
Effect of esophageal cancer- and stomach cancer-preventing vinegar on N-nitrosoproline formation in the human body 
Xian-Ke Guo, Ti-Jun Wang, Jing-Fan Gu 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):269-270. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.269
Gastric emptying and plasma levels of gastrointestinal hormones in patients with peptic ulcer 
Jian Chen, Jun-Man Li, Xue-Hui Li, Hong-Sheng Hao, Shu-Hua Fu 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):270-270. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.270
Case Report
Pancreatitis associated with herpes zoster: A case report 
Hong-Guang Wang, Gui-Zhi Yang, Heng-Yan Li 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):248-248. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.248
Integrated Traditional Chinese And Modern Medicine
Seropharmalogical effects of Fuzheng Huayu decoction on rat Ito cell morphology and function in culture 
Cheng-Hai Liu, Cheng Liu, Ping Liu, Lie-Ming Xu 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):263-265. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.263
Clinical and experimental studies on stomach carcinoma treated with Yangwei Kangliu granules 
Wen-Ping Lu, Gui-Zhi Sun, Bing-Kui Piao, Hai-Tao Dong, Zong-Yan Yang, Hong-Sheng Lin 
World J Gastroenterol 3(4):266-268. Published online Dec 15, 1997. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v3.i4.266