Lang-jing Zhu

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INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease leading to joint destruction and disability. Focal bone erosion is due to excess bone resorption of osteoclasts. Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) is one of the critical mediators both in inflammatory signal pathway and differentiation and resorption activity(More)
OBJECTIVE The efficacy of B cell depletion in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has revitalized interest in the pathogenic role(s) of B cells in RA. We evaluated the distribution of synovial B lineage cells and their correlation with histologic disease activity and joint destruction in RA. METHODS Synovial tissue samples were(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the expression of tumor necrosis factor receptors (TNFR1 and TNFR2) and adapter proteins (TRADD, RIP, and TRAF2) in peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) subsets from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS PBMC were isolated from 45 SLE patients and 25 controls, and stained with labeled antibodies that(More)
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha is not just a proinflammatory cytokine. It has also been proposed to be an immunoregulatory molecule that can alter the balance of T regulatory cells. Anti-TNF-alpha therapies have been provided clinical benefit to many patients and introduced for treating moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, and other(More)
Immune-complex (IC) mediated glomerulonephritis (GN) is a common cause of chronic kidney disease associated with increased levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha in renal cells. TNF-alpha signaling pathways involve complicated interactions between multiple proteins including TNF-receptor-associated factor (TRAF)-2. We have previously found markedly(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine serum glucose-6-phosphate isomerase (GPI) concentrations in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to test whether they correlate with objective measures of disease activity. METHODS Sera from 116 patients with RA, 69 patients with non-RA rheumatic diseases, and 101 healthy controls were analyzed. Levels of soluble serum GPI(More)
The prevalence of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in China is high. Four percent of patients with HBV infection can present with polyarthritis and positive rheumatic factor similar to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Here, we investigated the association between HBV infection and serological, radiological, or histological disease status in RA. According(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the mRNA expression of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-adapter proteins, TNF receptor-associated death domain protein (TRADD), Fas-associated death domain protein (FADD), receptor-interacting protein 1 (RIP-1), and TNF receptor-associated factor-2 (TRAF-2) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from patients with systemic(More)
BACKGROUND Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) play a crucial role in RA through producing inflammatory cytokines and proteases which could cause cartilage destruction. We showed previously that elevated expression of tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) in RA synovium correlated significantly with the(More)