Cheng-han Wu

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OBJECTIVE The molecular basis for spontaneous resolution of acute gouty arthritis (GA) remains unclear. The hypothesis that extracellular and intracellular mechanisms play roles in resolving acute GA was tested. METHODS Synovial fluid (SF) levels of transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1), interleukin 1 (IL-1) receptor antagonist (IL-1ra), IL-10 and soluble(More)
Salamanders are unique among vertebrates in their ability to completely regenerate amputated limbs through the mediation of blastema cells located at the stump ends. This regeneration is nerve-dependent because blastema formation and regeneration does not occur after limb denervation. To obtain the genomic information of blastema tissues, de novo(More)
Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) has been demonstrated to be a novel biomarker in acute and chronic kidney disease. We hypothesized that 24-hour urinary NGAL excretion may be a predictor for renal damage in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Thirty-four SLE patients with renal involvement (SLE-renal group), 8 SLE patients(More)
It is conceivable that a membrane component(s) is transferred from antigen-presenting cells to T cells after antigenic stimulation. However, it is not clear whether a certain membrane component(s) is transferred from polymorphonuclear neturophils (PMN) to T cells for immunomodulation. In the presence study, we cocultured two of the three autologous(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a prototype of systemic autoimmune disease characterized by multiorgan involvement with diverse clinical and serological manifestations, principally affects women in their child-bearing years. Clinically significant hepatic abnormality as the initial presentation of SLE has rarely been reported. (More)
BACKGROUND The outcome of allotransplants in patients with chronic -phase (CP) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who progressed to accelerated phase (AP) or blast phase (BP) following imatinib failure, especially those without preceding suboptimal response, remains unclear. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred and five patients with newly-diagnosed CML-CP were(More)
Our previous studies showed that urinary Tamm-Horsfall glycoprotein (THP) potently enhanced polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) phagocytosis. However, the domain structure(s), signaling pathway and the intracellular events responsible for THP-enhanced PMN phagocytosis remain to be elucidated. THP was purified from normal human urine. The human promyelocytic(More)
Urinary excretion of N-benzoyl-glycyl-Nε-(hexanonyl)lysine, a biomarker of oxidative stress, was higher in 26 patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) than in 11 non-SLE patients with connective tissue diseases and in 14 healthy volunteers. We hypothesized that increased oxidative stress in active SLE might be attributable to deranged(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the neural apoptosis and expression of apoptosis-related genes in brain in order to elucidate the regulation mechanism in the perihematomal region of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) patients. METHODS Specimens of perihematomal region in human brain were obtained from 29 patients undergoing surgical evacuation of an intracerebral(More)
Lupus cystitis was rare but frequently resulted in obstructive uropathy and had a strong association with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. We treated six patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and obstructive uropathy from January 1996 to December 2001 in a university hospital. Evidence of cystitis was obtained from cystoscopic biopsy or the(More)