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Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an autoimmune disease, and the imbalance of peripheral tolerance is involved in its pathogenesis. Importantly, the negative signal of activated T cells plays a crucial role in the balance of peripheral tolerance. It has been postulated that human protein tyrosine phosphatase nonreceptor 22 (PTPN22) and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte(More)
Akt has been reported to suppress p27(Kip1) promoter activity through Forkhead box O (FOXO) in different kinds of cells. Previous studies indicated that anti-inflammatory drugs up-regulated p27(Kip1), and this effect might play an important role in anti-inflammatory drug-induced cell cycle arrest of human osteoblasts (hOBs). In this study, we hypothesized(More)
BACKGROUND Expression of placenta growth factor (PlGF) is found to correlate with the progression and prognosis of several human cancers. METHODS This study used an immunohistochemical technique to examine the expression of PlGF in 100 specimens of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). RESULTS We found that the higher mean PlGF labeling index was(More)
OBJECTIVE Bone loss is a recognized feature of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The binding of microRNA-21 (miR-21) to programmed cell death 4 (PDCD4) could inhibit the expression of PDCD4 and further induce the activation of osteoclasts. In the present study, we compared the difference in miR-21 expression between patients with AS and healthy controls, and(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) correlates with progression and prognosis of several human cancers. The main purposes of this study were to assess expression of VEGF in specimens of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and to evaluate the possible influence of VEGF on the progression and prognosis of OSCC in Taiwan.(More)
BACKGROUND Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is the sixth and fourth most common cause of cancer death in men worldwide and in Taiwan, respectively. AURKA, which encodes a centrosome-related serine/threonine kinase, is frequently amplified and overexpressed in many human cancers, particularly advanced OSCC. We conducted a hospital-based case-control study(More)
The P-glycoprotein, encoded by the multidrug resistance (MDR)1 gene, extrudes fat-soluble compounds to the extracellular environment. However, the DNA damage of pesticides in subjects with genetic variation in MDR1 has not been investigated. In this study, the comet assay was applied to examine the extent of DNA damage in the peripheral blood of 195 fruit(More)
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