Kyong-Hee Jung

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OBJECTIVE To investigate whether plasma levels of matrix metalloproteinases 3 (MMP-3, stromelysin), MMP-1 (collagenase), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 1 (TIMP-1), and MMP1/TIMP-1 complex (MT complex) are specifically elevated in erosive joint diseases compared to nonerosive rheumatic diseases, and to assess how these markers reflect the clinical(More)
Angioimmunoblastic T cell lymphoma (AITL) is a rare non-Hodgkin lymphoma that presents with profound immune dysfunction and immunodeficiency. The clinical and laboratory findings associated with AITL are similar to those of rheumatic disease, and AITL has been reported to be concurrent in patients with several rheumatic diseases. We present one case of AITL(More)
BACKGROUNDS Patients who develop an active tuberculosis infection during tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor treatment typically discontinue TNF inhibitor and receive standard anti-tuberculosis treatment. However, there is currently insufficient information on patient outcomes following resumption of TNF inhibitor treatment during ongoing anti-(More)
The object of this study was to evaluate the effect of uric acid lowering therapy in reducing the new development of comorbidities and the frequency of acute attacks in gout patients. We retrospectively reviewed patients who were diagnosed to have gout with at least 3 yr of follow up. They were divided into 2 groups; 53 patients with mean serum uric acid(More)
OBJECTIVE Genetic factors account for more than 90% of overall susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and recent studies have focused on non-major histocompatibility complex genes. Vitamin D binding protein (DBP) is a highly polymorphic protein that transports vitamin D and its metabolites. In addition to its sterol binding capacity, DBP has many(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether skin temperature measurement by digital thermography on hands and feet is useful for diagnosis of Raynaud's phenomenon (RP). Fifty-seven patients with RP (primary RP, n = 33; secondary RP, n = 24) and 146 healthy volunteers were recruited. After acclimation to room temperature for 30 min, thermal imaging of(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate natural killer (NK) cell proportions, NK cell cytotoxicity, and interleukin 18 (IL-18) expression, in patients with adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). METHODS Forty-five patients with AOSD (active = 22, inactive = 23) and 32 healthy controls were included. The proportions of NK cells among peripheral blood mononuclear cells were(More)
Monckeberg’s sclerosis (MS) is one of the non-inflammatory vascular diseases characterized by calcification of the media of small and medium-sized muscular arteries, but is distinct from atherosclerosis. We present a case of MS that was incidentally detected by plain X-ray in a patient with systemic sclerosis. We took CT angiographs of the patient’s lower(More)
OBJECTIVES The full effect of anti-TNF therapy on new bone formation is still in debate in spondylitis fields. We sought to obtain circulating osteoblast-lineage cells in peripheral blood from ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients and healthy control subjects, and to evaluate the effect of before and after anti TNF-α therapy on osteoblastogenesis in patients(More)