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Chinese herbal remedy Tripterygium wilfordii Hook. f. (TWHF) has been reported to be therapeutically efficacious in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but its in vivo actions have not been clarified. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of triptolide, a diterpenoid triepoxide extracted from TWHF, on inflammation and cartilage(More)
Traditional Chinese medicine, including herbal medicine and acupuncture, as one of the most important parts in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), plays the key role in the formation of integrative medicine. Why do not the modern drugs targeting the specificity of diseases produce theoretical effects in clinical observation? Why does not the(More)
The lack of a specific marker differentiating early mycosis fungoides (eMF) from benign inflammatory dermatitis presents significant difficulties in the assessment and management of suspected MF patients, which often leads to delayed diagnosis and improper medical approaches. To address this, an investigation was carried out to characterize positive(More)
Pb2+ is a common pollutant that causes a wide variety of detrimental effects on developing central nervous system, including cognitive deficit. However, the mechanisms of Pb2+ neurotoxicity remain to be elucidated. GABAergic synaptic transmission in hippocampus is implicated in learning and memory. In the present study, we examined the effects of Pb2+ on(More)
Androgens have been linked to the onset, severity, and progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the most common pattern in RA is kidney deficiency, which partly corresponds to a low sex hormone state. In this study, TCM kidney deficiency was induced in male Sprague-Dawley rats with castration surgery, and a TCM(More)
BACKGROUND Complex chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis have become a major challenge in medicine and for the pharmaceutical industry. New impulses for drug development are needed. OBJECTIVE : A systems biology approach is explored to find subtypes of rheumatoid arthritis patients enabling a development towards more personalized medicine. (More)
Ferritin is a ubiquitous intracellular protein that can store and release iron and act as a buffer against iron deficiency and iron overload. Ferritin is widely used as a clinical biomarker to evaluate iron status. Increased serum ferritin concentrations have been reported to be associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS) features. However, serum ferritin(More)
The research is aimed to explore the distinct molecular signatures in discriminating the rheumatoid arthritis patients with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cold pattern and heat pattern. Twenty patients with typical TCM cold pattern and heat pattern were included. Microarray technology was used to reveal gene expression profiles in CD4+ T cells. The(More)
Clinical manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are diversified, and based on the manifestations, the patients with RA could be classified into different patterns under traditional Chinese medicine. These patterns decide the selection of herbal prescription, and thus they can help find a subset of rheumatoid arthritis patients for a type of therapy. In(More)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a heterogeneous disease, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can be used to classify RA into different patterns such as cold and hot based on its clinical manifestations. The aim of this study was to investigate potential network-based biomarkers for RA with either a cold or a hot pattern. METHOD Microarray(More)