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Vemurafenib (PLX4032), a selective inhibitor of Braf, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma in patients with Braf(V600E) mutations. Many patients treated with vemurafenib initially display dramatic improvement, with decreases in both risk of death and tumor progression. Acquired(More)
This study aimed to identify the role and regulation of thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) in asthmatic airway remodelling. To identify the expression of TSLP, α smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and collagen I in bronchial tissues, bronchial biopsy specimens were collected from patients with asthma and healthy controls and stained with specific antibodies,(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the function of interleukin-33 (IL-33) in the asthmatic airway remodeling and the relationship between IL-33 and asthma severity. METHODS IL-33 levels, sputum eosinophils percentage (EOS%), pulmonary function and total immunoglobulin (IgE) were measured for 45 patients with asthma and 40 non-allergic controls. Asthma severity was(More)
This study aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of thrombolytic and anticoagulant therapy for acute submassive pulmonary embolism (PE). A retrospective evaluation was performed on 25 consecutive inpatients with acute submassive PE treated by thrombolytic therapy and 25 earlier consecutive inpatients with acute submassive PE treated by anticoagulant(More)
BACKGROUND Airway remodeling is a repair process that occurs after injury resulting in increased airway hyper-responsiveness in asthma. Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), a vital cytokine, plays a critical role in orchestrating, perpetuating and amplifying the inflammatory response in asthma. TSLP is also a critical factor in airway remodeling in asthma.(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the IL-33-induced production of fibronectin 1 (FN1) and type 1 collagen (Col1) from human lung fibroblasts (HLF-1). METHODS The study enrolled 28 patients with asthma (asthma group) and 25 healthy controls. The IL-33 in serum was measured by ELISA. Airway remodeling and the expression of IL-33 were observed by HE staining and(More)
BACKGROUND Eosinophilic airway inflammation can predict the exacerbation of asthma, and we can improve the management of asthma by monitoring the eosinophilic airway inflammation. Although induced sputum and sputum eosinophil count is the gold standard test for diagnosing eosinophilic asthma, a more accessible and receptive method is needed for clinical(More)
Found in inflammatory zone 1 (FIZZ1) plays a vital role in pulmonary inflammation and angiogenesis. In addition, FIZZ1 plays a role in the early stages of airway remodeling in asthma by increasing the expression of α smooth muscle actin (α‐SMA) and type I collagen. However, the role of FIZZ1 in the airway remodeling of asthma remains unclear. In the present(More)
MAPK-activating death domain protein (MADD) binds to the tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) receptor and acts as a key downstream mediator in the TRAIL-induced apoptosis pathway. The aim of this study was to evaluate the expression of MADD in normal human and adenocarcinoma tissues of the lungs and its influence on proliferation(More)
The aim of our study was to elucidate the function and signaling pathway of found in inflammatory zone 1 (FIZZ1) in airway remodeling in asthma. We used a mice model sensitized and challenged by ovalbumin (OVA) to evaluate the expression of FIZZ1, type I collagen, and fibronectin-1 in the airway in asthma. To investigate the signaling pathway regulated by(More)