Autophagy, a cellular process for organelle and protein turnover, regulates innate immune responses. Here we demonstrate that depletion of the autophagic proteins LC3B and beclin 1 enhanced the activation of caspase-1 and secretion of interleukin 1β (IL-1β) and IL-18. Depletion of autophagic proteins promoted the accumulation of dysfunctional mitochondria… (More)
The authors describe a patient with primary Sjögren's syndrome who developed pachymeningitis, hypopituitarism, and central diabetes insipidus. The patient improved with corticosteroid pulse therapy.
Genetic studies have shown that the tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) 1-TSC2-mammalian target of Rapamycin (mTOR) and the Hippo-Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP) pathways are master regulators of organ size, which are often involved in tumorigenesis. The crosstalk between these signal transduction pathways in coordinating environmental cues, such as nutritional… (More)
Possible masking of tuberculosis (TB) in treatment of community-acquired respiratory infection by newer fluoroquinolones has not been examined in randomised controlled trials. We undertook a randomised, open-label controlled trial involving adults with community-acquired pneumonia or infective exacerbation of bronchiectasis encountered in government chest… (More)
Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a 21-residue peptide isolated from the conditioned medium of cultured porcine endothelial cells and is widely distributed throughout the body, with relatively high levels in the kidney and lung. Animal studies have revealed that the lung appears to have the largest capacity for ET-1 removal from the blood stream. In this study we have… (More)
Autophagy, a cellular process for organelle and protein turnover, regulates innate immune responses. We demonstrate that depletion of autophagic proteins microtubule associated protein-1 light chain 3B (LC3B) and Beclin 1 enhances caspase-1 activation and secretion of interleukin-1β and interleukin-18. Autophagic protein depletion promoted accumulation of… (More)
The presence of immunoreactive endothelin (IR-ET) in human saliva and rat parotid gland was investigated by radioimmunoassay. The IR-ET concentration (mean +/- SEM) in saliva taken from normal volunteers was 2.0 +/- 0.2 pmol/l (n = 15). The IR-ET concentration in rat parotid gland was 19.2 +/- 2.2 fmol/g wet weight (n = 10). Fast protein liquid… (More)