Suzi Hong

Title(s)Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health
SchoolHealth Sciences
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0725
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Dr. Hong was born and raised in South Korea. After she obtained a master’s degree in exercise psychology at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, she received her doctorate in the areas of psychoneuroimmunology and exercise immunology from the University of Georgia. She completed her post-doctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology and behavioral medicine research in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hong’s research interests include neuroendocrine and immune cell activation, exercise and immune system activation and adaptation, and inflammation and its cognitive and psychological impact. Her NIH-funded studies focus on immune cell activation and endothelial inflammation under sympathoadrenal activation among prehypertensive individuals and their implications for vascular pathology. She has been and is the PI of a number of other grants and a co-investigator of NIH-funded studies with their focuses on inflammation and depression in heart failure, effects of a TaiChi intervention in heart failure, and immune activation and neurocognitive impairment in HIV patients. Dr. Hong utilizes various cellular immunology methods in her research and is the Director of UCSD Hillcrest Flow Cytometry and Cellular Immunology Core.

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    Multisystem risk profile of older adults to predict cognitive function and impairment
    NIH/NIA R03AG063328Apr 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Autonomic and Immuno-vascular Mechanisms of Antihypertensive Effects of Taichi
    NIH/NHLBI R01HL126056Aug 1, 2015 - Apr 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Obesity, vascular inflammation, and immune cell activation in prehypertension
    NIH/NHLBI R01HL090975Feb 1, 2009 - Jun 30, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Inflammation at the interface of physical and neuropsychiatric outcomes: Investigation of neuroendocrine regulatory pathways to inform therapeutics. Brain Behav Immun. 2020 Apr 27. Hong S. PMID: 32353522.
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    2. Are we facing a crashing wave of neuropsychiatric sequelae of COVID-19? Neuropsychiatric symptoms and potential immunologic mechanisms. Brain Behav Immun. 2020 07; 87:34-39. Troyer EA, Kohn JN, Hong S. PMID: 32298803.
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    3. Effects of Caloric Intake and Aerobic Activity in Individuals with Prehypertension and Hypertension on Levels of Inflammatory, Adhesion and Prothrombotic Biomarkers-Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. J Clin Med. 2020 Feb 28; 9(3). Wagner EN, Hong S, Wilson KL, Calfas KJ, Rock CL, Redwine LS, von Känel R, Mills PJ. PMID: 32121255.
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    4. Differing salivary microbiome diversity, community and diurnal rhythmicity in association with affective state and peripheral inflammation in adults. Brain Behav Immun. 2020 Jul; 87:591-602. Kohn JN, Kosciolek T, Marotz C, Aleti G, Guay-Ross RN, Hong SH, Hansen S, Swafford A, Knight R, Hong S. PMID: 32061904.
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    5. Higher soluble CD14 levels are associated with lower visuospatial memory performance in youth with HIV. AIDS. 2019 12 01; 33(15):2363-2374. Kim-Chang JJ, Donovan K, Loop MS, Hong S, Fischer B, Venturi G, Garvie PA, Kohn J, Rendina HJ, Woods SP, Goodenow MM, Nichols SL, Sleasman JW. PMID: 31764101.
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    6. Self-reported sleep disturbances are associated with poorer cognitive performance in older adults with hypertension: a multi-parameter risk factor investigation. Int Psychogeriatr. 2019 Oct 24; 1-11. Kohn JN, Troyer E, Guay-Ross RN, Wilson K, Walker A, Spoon C, Pruitt C, Lyasch G, Pung MA, Milic M, Redwine LS, Hong S. PMID: 31647051.
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    7. COMT Val158Met Polymorphism, Cardiometabolic Risk, and Nadir CD4 Synergistically Increase Risk of Neurocognitive Impairment in Men Living With HIV. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 08 15; 81(5):e148-e157. Saloner R, Marquine MJ, Sundermann EE, Hong S, McCutchan JA, Ellis RJ, Heaton RK, Grant I, Cherner M. PMID: 31107306.
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    8. Sex-specific roles of cellular inflammation and cardiometabolism in obesity-associated depressive symptomatology. Int J Obes (Lond). 2019 10; 43(10):2045-2056. Kohn JN, Cabrera Y, Dimitrov S, Guay-Ross N, Pruitt C, Shaikh FD, Hong S. PMID: 31089263.
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    9. Elevated Markers of Vascular Remodeling and Arterial Stiffness Are Associated With Neurocognitive Function in Older HIV+ Adults on Suppressive Antiretroviral Therapy. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2017 Feb 01; 74(2):134-141. Montoya JL, Iudicello J, Fazeli PL, Hong S, Potter M, Ellis RJ, Grant I, Letendre SL, Moore DJ. PMID: 27828873.
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    10. Inflammation and exercise: Inhibition of monocytic intracellular TNF production by acute exercise via ß2-adrenergic activation. Brain Behav Immun. 2017 Mar; 61:60-68. Dimitrov S, Hulteng E, Hong S. PMID: 28011264.
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    11. Inflammation in Schizophrenia: Cytokine Levels and Their Relationships to Demographic and Clinical Variables. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 01; 25(1):50-61. Lee EE, Hong S, Martin AS, Eyler LT, Jeste DV. PMID: 27840055.
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    12. Abnormalities in chemokine levels in schizophrenia and their clinical correlates. Schizophr Res. 2017 03; 181:63-69. Hong S, Lee EE, Martin AS, Soontornniyomkij B, Soontornniyomkij V, Achim CL, Reuter C, Irwin MR, Eyler LT, Jeste DV. PMID: 27650194.
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    13. Glucocorticoid mediated regulation of inflammation in human monocytes is associated with depressive mood and obesity. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 Apr; 66:195-204. Cheng T, Dimitrov S, Pruitt C, Hong S. PMID: 26829709.
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    14. Beta-adrenergic receptor mediated inflammation control by monocytes is associated with blood pressure and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Brain Behav Immun. 2015 Nov; 50:31-38. Hong S, Dimitrov S, Cheng T, Redwine L, Pruitt C, Mills PJ, Ziegler MG, Green JM, Shaikh F, Wilson K. PMID: 26300225.
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    15. Progenitor cells are mobilized by acute psychological stress but not beta-adrenergic receptor agonist infusion. Brain Behav Immun. 2015 Oct; 49:49-53. Riddell NE, Burns VE, Wallace GR, Edwards KM, Drayson M, Redwine LS, Hong S, Bui JC, Fischer JC, Mills PJ, Bosch JA. PMID: 25747743.
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    16. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) CD8+ T-cells that express interferon-gamma contribute to HIV associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). PLoS One. 2015; 10(2):e0116526. Schrier RD, Hong S, Crescini M, Ellis R, Pérez-Santiago J, Spina C, Letendre S. PMID: 25719800.
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    17. Leukocyte ß-adrenergic receptor sensitivity and depression severity in patients with heart failure. Psychosom Med. 2014 Nov-Dec; 76(9):726-31. Redwine LS, Hong S, Rutledge T, Wentworth B, Pung M, Ziegler MG, Maisel A, Greenberg B, Mills PJ. PMID: 25373889.
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    18. Role of the immune system in HIV-associated neuroinflammation and neurocognitive implications. Brain Behav Immun. 2015 Mar; 45:1-12. Hong S, Banks WA. PMID: 25449672.
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    19. Measures of adiposity predict interleukin-6 responses to repeated psychosocial stress. Brain Behav Immun. 2014 Nov; 42:33-40. McInnis CM, Thoma MV, Gianferante D, Hanlin L, Chen X, Breines JG, Hong S, Rohleder N. PMID: 25107874.
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    20. Benefit of physical fitness against inflammation in obesity: role of beta adrenergic receptors. Brain Behav Immun. 2014 Jul; 39:113-20. Hong S, Dimitrov S, Pruitt C, Shaikh F, Beg N. PMID: 24355098.
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    21. Longitudinal muscle dysfunction in achalasia esophagus and its relevance. J Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2013 Apr; 19(2):126-36. Mittal RK, Hong SJ, Bhargava V. PMID: 23667744.
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    22. Differential TNF production by monocyte subsets under physical stress: blunted mobilization of proinflammatory monocytes in prehypertensive individuals. Brain Behav Immun. 2013 Jan; 27(1):101-8. Dimitrov S, Shaikh F, Pruitt C, Green M, Wilson K, Beg N, Hong S. PMID: 23046723.
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    23. Effects of Aerobic Fitness and Adiposity on Coagulation Biomarkers in Men vs. Women with Elevated Blood Pressure. Eur J Cardiovasc Med. 2012 Sep; 2(2):122-128. Wilson KL, Tomfohr L, Edwards K, Knott C, Hong S, Redwine L, Calfas K, Rock CL, von Känel R, Mills PJ. PMID: 23105963.
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    24. A pilot study exploring the effects of a 12-week t'ai chi intervention on somatic symptoms of depression in patients with heart failure. J Altern Complement Med. 2012 Aug; 18(8):744-8. Redwine LS, Tsuang M, Rusiewicz A, Pandzic I, Cammarata S, Rutledge T, Hong S, Linke S, Mills PJ. PMID: 22845485.
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    25. Can we jog our way to a younger-looking immune system? Brain Behav Immun. 2011 Nov; 25(8):1519-20. Hong S. PMID: 21878385.
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    26. Stress, exercise, and Alzheimer's disease: a neurovascular pathway. Med Hypotheses. 2011 Jun; 76(6):847-54. Nation DA, Hong S, Jak AJ, Delano-Wood L, Mills PJ, Bondi MW, Dimsdale JE. PMID: 21398043.
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    27. Depression as a potential modulator of Beta-adrenergic-associated leukocyte mobilization in heart failure patients. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 Nov 16; 56(21):1720-7. Redwine LS, Wirtz PH, Hong S, Bosch JA, Bosch J, Ziegler MG, Greenberg B, Mills PJ. PMID: 21070923.
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    28. Increases in B-type natriuretic peptide after acute mental stress in heart failure patients are associated with alcohol consumption. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2010 Sep; 71(5):786-94. Wirtz PH, Redwine LS, Hong S, Rutledge T, Dimsdale JE, Greenberg BH, Mills PJ. PMID: 20731986.
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    29. Inflammation as a psychophysiological biomarker in chronic psychosocial stress. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2010 Sep; 35(1):115-21. Hänsel A, Hong S, Cámara RJ, von Känel R. PMID: 20026349.
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    30. Longitudinal platelet reactivity to acute psychological stress among older men and women. Stress. 2009 Sep; 12(5):426-33. Aschbacher K, von Känel R, Mills PJ, Roepke SK, Hong S, Dimsdale JE, Mausbach BT, Patterson TL, Ziegler MG, Ancoli-Israel S, Grant I. PMID: 19096987.
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    31. A potential shift from adaptive immune activity to nonspecific inflammatory activation associated with higher depression symptoms in chronic heart failure patients. J Card Fail. 2009 Sep; 15(7):607-15. Redwine LS, Wirtz PH, Hong S, Pandzic I, Cammarata S, Tafur J, Carter SM, Greenberg B, Mills PJ. PMID: 19700138.
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    32. Circulating levels of soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) independently predict depressive symptom severity after 12 months in heart failure patients. Brain Behav Immun. 2010 Mar; 24(3):366-9. Wirtz PH, Redwine LS, Linke S, Hong S, Rutledge T, Greenberg BH, Mills PJ. PMID: 19217936.
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    33. Prolonged platelet activation in individuals with elevated blood pressure in response to a moderate exercise challenge. Psychophysiology. 2009 Mar; 46(2):276-84. Hong S, Adler KA, Von Känel R, Nordberg J, Ziegler MG, Mills PJ. PMID: 19170949.
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    34. Depressive symptoms are associated with soluble P-selectin reactivity to acute exercise in heart failure. Biol Psychiatry. 2009 May 01; 65(9):801-7. Wirtz PH, Hong S, Redwine LS, Tafur J, Rutledge T, Ziegler MG, Greenberg B, Mills PJ. PMID: 19118820.
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    35. Predictors of fatigue in obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Breath. 2008 Nov; 12(4):397-9. Mills PJ, Kim JH, Bardwell W, Hong S, Dimsdale JE. PMID: 18516635.
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    36. Brief report: Characteristics of antidepressant use in patients with heart failure. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2008 Feb 02; 2:333-6. Mills PJ, Dimsdale JE, Hong S, Van Den Brande G, Redwine L, Greenberg BH, Rutledge T. PMID: 19920980.
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    37. Effects of an exercise challenge on mobilization and surface marker expression of monocyte subsets in individuals with normal vs. elevated blood pressure. Brain Behav Immun. 2008 May; 22(4):590-9. Hong S, Mills PJ. PMID: 18242048.
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    38. Reduction of plasma sCD40L and stimulated MIP-1-alpha production by in vivo beta-adrenergic stimulation. Neuroimmunomodulation. 2007; 14(5):266-71. Edwards KM, Hong S, Woods BG, Mills PJ. PMID: 18196935.
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    39. Effects of depressive and anxious symptoms on norepinephrine and platelet P-selectin responses to acute psychological stress among elderly caregivers. Brain Behav Immun. 2008 May; 22(4):493-502. Aschbacher K, Mills PJ, von Känel R, Hong S, Mausbach BT, Roepke SK, Dimsdale JE, Patterson TL, Ziegler MG, Ancoli-Israel S, Grant I. PMID: 18054198.
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    40. Combination of caregiving stress and hormone replacement therapy is associated with prolonged platelet activation to acute stress among postmenopausal women. Psychosom Med. 2007 Dec; 69(9):910-7. Aschbacher K, von Känel R, Mills PJ, Hong S, Roepke SK, Mausbach BT, Patterson TL, Ziegler MG, Dimsdale JE, Ancoli-Israel S, Grant I. PMID: 17991824.
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    41. Predictors of inflammation in response to anthracycline-based chemotherapy for breast cancer. Brain Behav Immun. 2008 Jan; 22(1):98-104. Mills PJ, Ancoli-Israel S, Parker B, Natarajan L, Hong S, Jain S, Sadler GR, von Känel R. PMID: 17706918.
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    42. Association of blood pressure and fitness with levels of atherosclerotic risk markers pre-exercise and post-exercise. Am J Hypertens. 2007 Jun; 20(6):670-5. von Känel R, Hong S, Pung MA, Mills PJ. PMID: 17531926.
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    43. Cardiac-related hospitalization and/or death associated with immune dysregulation and symptoms of depression in heart failure patients. Psychosom Med. 2007 Jan; 69(1):23-9. Redwine LS, Mills PJ, Hong S, Rutledge T, Reis V, Maisel A, Irwin MR. PMID: 17244845.
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    44. Effects of perceived stress and uplifts on inflammation and coagulability. Psychophysiology. 2007 Jan; 44(1):154-60. Jain S, Mills PJ, von Känel R, Hong S, Dimsdale JE. PMID: 17241151.
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    45. The association between fatigue and inflammatory marker levels in cancer patients: a quantitative review. Brain Behav Immun. 2007 May; 21(4):413-27. Schubert C, Hong S, Natarajan L, Mills PJ, Dimsdale JE. PMID: 17178209.
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    46. Correlates of physical activity level in breast cancer survivors participating in the Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) Study. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2007 Jan; 101(2):225-32. Hong S, Bardwell WA, Natarajan L, Flatt SW, Rock CL, Newman VA, Madlensky L, Mills PJ, Dimsdale JE, Thomson CA, Hajek RA, Chilton JA, Pierce JP. PMID: 17028988.
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    47. The association of social status and blood pressure with markers of vascular inflammation. Psychosom Med. 2006 Jul-Aug; 68(4):517-23. Hong S, Nelesen RA, Krohn PL, Mills PJ, Dimsdale JE. PMID: 16868259.
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    48. Physical fitness attenuates leukocyte-endothelial adhesion in response to acute exercise. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2006 Sep; 101(3):785-8. Mills PJ, Hong S, Redwine L, Carter SM, Chiu A, Ziegler MG, Dimsdale JE, Maisel AS. PMID: 16728524.
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    49. Age and ethnicity differences in short-term heart-rate variability. Psychosom Med. 2006 May-Jun; 68(3):421-6. Choi JB, Hong S, Nelesen R, Bardwell WA, Natarajan L, Schubert C, Dimsdale JE. PMID: 16738074.
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    50. The association of obesity, cytokine levels, and depressive symptoms with diverse measures of fatigue in healthy subjects. Arch Intern Med. 2005 Apr 25; 165(8):910-5. Lim W, Hong S, Nelesen R, Dimsdale JE. PMID: 15851643.
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    51. The association between interleukin-6, sleep, and demographic characteristics. Brain Behav Immun. 2005 Mar; 19(2):165-72. Hong S, Mills PJ, Loredo JS, Adler KA, Dimsdale JE. PMID: 15664789.
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    52. Relation of nocturnal blood pressure dipping to cellular adhesion, inflammation and hemostasis. J Hypertens. 2004 Nov; 22(11):2087-93. von Känel R, Jain S, Mills PJ, Nelesen RA, Adler KA, Hong S, Perez CJ, Dimsdale JE. PMID: 15480091.
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    53. Attenuation of T-lymphocyte demargination and adhesion molecule expression in response to moderate exercise in physically fit individuals. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2005 Mar; 98(3):1057-63. Hong S, Johnson TA, Farag NH, Guy HJ, Matthews SC, Ziegler MG, Mills PJ. PMID: 15501922.
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    54. Effects of regular exercise on lymphocyte subsets and CD62L after psychological vs. physical stress. J Psychosom Res. 2004 Mar; 56(3):363-70. Hong S, Farag NH, Nelesen RA, Ziegler MG, Mills PJ. PMID: 15046975.
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    55. Immune cell CD62L and CD11a expression in response to a psychological stressor in human hypertension. Brain Behav Immun. 2003 Aug; 17(4):260-7. Mills PJ, Farag NH, Hong S, Kennedy BP, Berry CC, Ziegler MG. PMID: 12831828.
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    56. Physical activity and perception of energy and fatigue in obstructive sleep apnea. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2003 Jul; 35(7):1088-92. Hong S, Dimsdale JE. PMID: 12840627.
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    57. Systemic vs. local cytokine and leukocyte responses to unilateral wrist flexion exercise. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2002 Aug; 93(2):546-54. Nemet D, Hong S, Mills PJ, Ziegler MG, Hill M, Cooper DM. PMID: 12133863.
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