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INTRODUCTION The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α inhibitors on circulating T helper-type 17 (Th17) cells and Th17-related cytokines in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS The frequencies of circulating Th17 cells and serum levels of Th17-related cytokines were determined using flow(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the potential role of Th type 17 (Th17) cells and Th17-related cytokines in the pathogenesis of adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). METHODS The frequencies of circulating Th17 cells in 24 patients with active untreated AOSD, 16 patients with active SLE and 12 healthy volunteers were determined using intracellular cytokine staining(More)
PURPOSE Myeloid differentiation-2 (MD-2) has been associated with endotoxin and inflammatory disorders because it can recognize lipopolysaccharide (LPS) binding and attenuate Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-mediated signaling. However, its role in allergic inflammation has yet to be clarified. We examined whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in MD-2(More)
INTRODUCTION The objective of this study was to investigate the potential role of the Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) signaling pathway in the pathogenesis of adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). METHODS Frequencies of TLR7-expressing precursor of myeloid dendritic cells (pre-mDCs) and mDCs in 28 AOSD patients, 28 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the impact of adalimumab (ADA) dose-halving on therapeutic responses and drug levels, the differences in drug levels among patients with different therapeutic responses and the optimal baseline cut-off ADA levels for predicting persistent remission or low disease activity (LDA) at week 24 of dose-halving therapy in 64 RA patients who(More)
BACKGROUND Suicide is a global health issue, and an increase in suicide risk has been found in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) when compared with the general population. However, only a few studies have described suicide attempts in patients with SLE in detail. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to describe the suicide attempts in(More)
INTRODUCTION The goal of this study was to investigate (1) the associations of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-related inflammation or rheumatoid factor/anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) positivity with lipid profiles and insulin resistance (IR), (2) the effects of biologic therapy on lipid profiles and IR, and (3) potential predictors for the presence(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of disease onset age on mortality and renal survival in female SLE patients. METHODS This nationwide, population-based, retrospective cohort study used data from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan. Female patients newly diagnosed with SLE from 2001 to 2004 were(More)
There are currently no diagnostic methods in vitro for aspirin-induced chronic urticaria (AICU) except for the provocation test in vivo. To identify disease markers for AICU, we investigated the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the promoter loci of high-affinity IgE receptor (FcεRIα) and CD203c expression level in Chinese patients with AICU. We(More)