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Severe asthma is a chronic airway disease characterized by the Th2/Th17-polarized inflammation along with permanent airway remodeling. Despite past extensive studies, the exact role for Th2 and Th17 cytokines in asthmatic pathoetiology, particularly in the pathogenesis of bronchial epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), is yet to be fully addressed. We(More)
Previous studies have consistently demonstrated that dopamine D1-like receptor (D1-like-R) signalling is implicated in the pathogenesis of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and type I diabetes. Given that allergic asthma shares certain disease aetiology similarities with autoimmune diseases, we conducted studies in OVA-induced mice aiming to address(More)
Despite decades of extensive studies, the morbidity and mortality for acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS) remained high. Particularly, biomarkers essential for its early diagnosis and prognosis are lacking. Recent studies suggest that alveolar macrophages (AMs) at the exudative phase of ALI/ARDS initiate, amplify and perpetuate(More)
In recent years, accumulating evidence suggests that atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), a hormone widely known as a result of its significant effects on the cardiovascular system mediated by natriuretic peptide receptor A (NPRA), may play a nonnegligible role in the regulation of immune responses. In this study, we firstly investigated whether ANP signaling(More)
OBJECTIVES Sepsis is a lethal and complex clinical syndrome caused by infection or suspected infection. Cold-inducible RNA-binding protein (CIRP) is a widely distributed cold-shock protein that plays a proinflammatory role in sepsis and that may induce organ damage. However, clinical studies regarding the use of CIRP for the prognostic evaluation of sepsis(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic persistent asthma is characterized by airway remodeling, in which epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) may play a significant role. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a steroid hormone and testosterone analog, is considered as an important immunomodulating hormone. However, its role in EMT remains unclear. We sought to investigate whether(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the clinical characteristic, main treatment, and prognosis for the sake of more effective treatments for critically ill patients with H1N1 influenza. METHODS Eight critically ill patients with H1N1 influenza in intensive care unit were retrospectively studied, including clinical characteristics, indexex of correlation, and(More)
A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) is widely used in transfusion therapy and for monitoring many kinds of diseases, especially in critically ill patients. Compared with other catheters, it has a lower risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections. Aeromonas Hydrophila (AH) is a kind of opportunistic pathogen, vibrionaceae aeromonas, and(More)
Tui-na is a very important component of Chinese medicine. It is a well-respected treatment modality known to be helpful and safe for a wide range of conditions. It can be considered as a certain kind of massage which is performed at acupoints, meridians, and collaterals by pushing, finger twisting, grasping thumb waving pressing, patting, palm twisting, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the change of peripheral blood Th17 cells and relationship between the severity and Th17 cells in patients with acute asthma. METHODS We recruited patients with mild acute asthma(n=10) and severe acute asthma(n=10), and healthy volunteers(n=10). T-lymphocytes were collected from the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). Flow(More)
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