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The classification system for antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis and polyarteritis nodosa had its limitations due to numerous overlapping features of these disease entities. The aim of this study is to investigate the clinical features and outcome of patients diagnosed with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) according to the(More)
Cyclophilin A (CypA) levels increase in the sera and synovial fluids of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, but the cell types expressing CypA and the function of CypA in the pathogenesis of RA are not known yet. Immunohistochemistry analyses revealed high level CypA staining in the macrophages in the lining layers of human RA and osteoarthritis synovium.(More)
Inadequate apoptosis contributes to synovial hyperplasia in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recent study shows that low expression of Puma might be partially responsible for the decreased apoptosis of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). Slug, a highly conserved zinc finger transcriptional repressor, is known to antagonize apoptosis of hematopoietic progenitor(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of the interferon-γ release assay (IGRA) for the diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in arthritis patients who received tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antagonist in Korea. The study involved 107 consecutive patients: 61 (57%) with ankylosing spondylitis and 46 (43%) with rheumatoid arthritis.(More)
The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of immunosuppressive therapy alone with that of combination therapy involving immunosuppressants and anticoagulation for the treatment of venous thrombosis in Behcet’s disease (BD). A retrospective analysis was made of 37 patients with venous thrombosis in BD. BD patients with venous thrombosis were divided(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to investigate the regulation of VEGF-C production by major proinflammatory cytokines in fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). METHODS The concentrations of VEGF-C, tumor necrosis factor-alpha(More)
Kirner deformity is characterized by volar and radial incurvature of the distal phalanx of the 5th finger. A proposed causative mechanism includes abnormal distal insertion of the flexor digitorum profundus tendon along the volar surface of the distal phalanx of the 5th finger. A chronic inflammatory process or altered vascularisation of the soft tissues(More)
The aim of this study is to compare the expression of TIM-3 from CD4+ T cells from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and healthy controls and to evaluate the effect of galectin-9 (Gal-9) on apoptosis of CD4+ T cells in these patients. CD4+ T cells from RA patients and healthy controls were isolated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells and were(More)
Hughes–Stovin syndrome is an exceedingly rare disorder of unknown etiology, and it is characterized by multiple pulmonary artery aneurysms and peripheral venous thrombosis. We report a case of Hughes–Stovin syndrome with complete resolution of pulmonary artery aneurysm after treatment with cyclophosphamide. A 48-year-old man presented with massive(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the clinical features of elderly-onset rheumatoid arthritis (EORA) and their impact on disease outcome. METHODS A total of 3169 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients were recruited as part of the Korean Observational Study Network for Arthritis, the nationwide cohort of South Korea. Patients were stratified according to age at disease(More)