Meng May Chee

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Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by fibrosis of the skin and internal organs that leads to profound disability and premature death. To identify new SSc susceptibility loci, we conducted the first genome-wide association study in a population of European ancestry including a total of 2,296 individuals with SSc and 5,171(More)
The aim of this study was to determine, through a genome-wide association study (GWAS), the genetic components contributing to different clinical sub-phenotypes of systemic sclerosis (SSc). We considered limited (lcSSc) and diffuse (dcSSc) cutaneous involvement, and the relationships with presence of the SSc-specific auto-antibodies, anti-centromere (ACA),(More)
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is complex autoimmune disease affecting the connective tissue; influenced by genetic and environmental components. Recently, we performed the first successful genome-wide association study (GWAS) of SSc. Here, we perform a large replication study to better dissect the genetic component of SSc. We selected 768 polymorphisms from the(More)
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are two archetypal systemic autoimmune diseases which have been shown to share multiple genetic susceptibility loci. In order to gain insight into the genetic basis of these diseases, we performed a pan-meta-analysis of two genome-wide association studies (GWASs) together with a replication(More)
Acute bouts of aerobic exercise are known to mobilize antigen-experienced CD8+ T-cells expressing the cell surface marker of senescence, KLRG1, into the blood. It is not known; however if this is due to a selective mobilization of terminally differentiated T-cells (i.e., KLRG1 +/CD28-/CD57+) or a population of effector memory T-cells (i.e.,(More)
INTRODUCTION CD226 genetic variants have been associated with a number of autoimmune diseases and recently with systemic sclerosis (SSc). The aim of this study was to test the influence of CD226 loci in SSc susceptibility, clinical phenotypes and autoantibody status in a large multicenter European population. METHODS A total of seven European populations(More)
In the past, rheumatologists may have been perceived by some specialist colleagues as purveyors of toxic drugs for only modest benefits. Some physicians may have had the opinion that we treated complex conditions which were poorly understood with potent drugs whose mechanism of action was largely unknown. The withdrawal of several anti-rheumatic drugs over(More)
Results We observed a significant age related telomere attrition in healthy controls and lcSSc patients (Both p< 0.001), but not in dcSSc patients. In the immune cell subset specific analysis we observed significant shorter telomeres in B cells and myeloid dendritic cells of both lcSSc and dcSSc patients (B-Cells p=0.014, p=0.002 & myDCs p=0.019, p=0.004(More)