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Primary Sjögren's syndrome is one of the most common autoimmune diseases. So far, genetic studies of Sjögren's syndrome have relied mostly on candidate gene approaches. To identify new genetic susceptibility loci for primary Sjögren's syndrome, we performed a three-stage genome-wide association study in Han Chinese. In the discovery stage, we analyzed(More)
BACKGROUND Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is one of the most important enzymes involved in estrogen metabolism and its functional genetic polymorphisms may be associated with breast cancer (BC) risk. Many epidemiological studies have been conducted to explore the association between the COMT Val158Met polymorphism and breast cancer risk. However, the(More)
The Interleukin-1A (IL-1A) −889C/T polymorphism has been reported to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) susceptibility, but the results of these previous studies have been inconsistent. The aim of this study was to explore whether the IL-1A −889C/T polymorphism confers susceptibility to AD. All studies published up to July 2011 on the association(More)
OBJECTIVE IL-10 is a potent anti-inflammatory cytokine that plays important roles in the pathogenesis of Behçet's disease (BD). Two genome-wide association studies have identified IL10 as a potential risk factor for BD. Here, we investigated the association between IL10 polymorphisms and BD in Chinese Han. METHODS 407 BD patients and 679 healthy controls(More)
The differences of the cytogenotoxicity and proteins expression of human B-cell lymphoblastoid cells exposed to cigarette smoke condensates (CSCs) from two kinds of cigarettes were detected with CCK-8 assay, comet assay, protein microarray and western blot assay in vitro. Human B-cell lymphoblastoid cell line was exposed to CSCs from two cigarettes (which(More)
We performed a meta-analysis to examine the relationship between the human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G) 14 base pairs sequence (14bp) insertion (ins)/deletion (del) polymorphism to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Eligible studies were extracted in PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library and CNKI (Chinese) up to March 31, 2014. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) and 95%(More)
BACKGROUND The association between methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene polymorphisms and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk was inconsistent and underpowered. To clarify the effects of MTHFR gene polymorphisms on the risk of HCC, a meta-analysis of all available studies relating C677T and/or A1298C polymorphisms of MTHFR gene to the risk of(More)
There is an increasing amount of evidence supporting the hypothesis that the pathological stage from hepatitis to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a chronic inflammatory process. Interleukin‑23 (IL‑23) is an important mediator and modulator of inflammation. Specific polymorphisms in the genes encoding subunits of the IL‑23 receptor (IL‑23R) have been(More)
Electroacupuncture (EA) at ST36 is effective for improving gastric motility. However, the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of EA on gastric contraction and to determine whether interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs) are involved. Rats were randomized into control, diabetic (DM), diabetic with(More)
Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) is widely used to select in vitro-fertilized embryos free of chromosomal abnormalities and to improve the clinical outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF). A disadvantage of PGS is that it requires biopsy of the preimplantation human embryo, which can limit the clinical applicability of PGS due to the invasiveness and(More)