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To select candidate genes, we attempted to comparative analysis of protein levels between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and healthy controls by two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). We identified 17 proteins that showed up- or down-regulated spots in RA patients. We(More)
Although the etiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) remains unknown, it has been widely suggested that RA has a genetic background. In humans, a copy number loss of 22q11.2, a region harboring the VPREB1 gene, has been suggested to be associated with several immunologic disorders, but there has been no study on the copy number variation (CNV) of the VPREB1(More)
BACKGROUND Individual differences in susceptibility to asthma would be expected because of common DNA variants of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) across populations. The pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-17F has homology with the IL-17 motif and induces the expression of other inflammatory cytokines in airway epithelial cells. This study aimed to identify(More)
BACKGROUND Even though increasing evidences on miRNA involvement in human pathological responses, the distinct roles and related mechanisms of miRNAs in the pathology of osteoarthritis (OA) are not yet fully understood. METHOD RNA levels or protein levels of Apoptotic genes, HDACs, MMP-13, and miRNAs in human chondrocytes isolated from normal biopsy(More)
Gamma-aminobutyric acid receptor subunit pi (GABRP) is involved in inhibitory synaptic transmission in the central nervous system. This gene encodes multisubunit chloride channels and is also expressed in numerous nonneuronal tissues such as the uterus and the ovaries. This study was aimed to validate whether the polymorphisms in the GABRP gene are(More)
Vertically aligned, laterally spaced nanoscale titanium nanotubes were grown on a titanium surface by anodization, and the growth of chondroprogenitors on the resulting surfaces was investigated. Surfaces bearing nanotubes of 70 to 100 nm in diameter were found to trigger the morphological transition to a cortical actin pattern and rounded cell shape (both(More)
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