Ming-Fuu Wang

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Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an autoimmune disease, and the imbalance of peripheral tolerance is involved in its pathogenesis. Importantly, the negative signal of activated T cells plays a crucial role in the balance of peripheral tolerance. It has been postulated that human protein tyrosine phosphatase nonreceptor 22 (PTPN22) and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte(More)
BACKGROUND Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is a risk factor for asthma. Importantly, cigarette smoke can decrease the adherence of epithelial cells and increase detachment. The adhesion molecule E-cadherin (CDH1) has an essential role in the formation of epithelial junction. Turnover of the extracellular matrix, which is characterized by airway(More)
BACKGROUND Asthmatic children have been reported to complain about poor sleep quality. Recent research has demonstrated a relationship between sleep and circulating cytokines. This study aimed to assess the relationship between serum cytokine levels and sleep quality in asthmatic children. METHODS After an initial screening phase at allergy clinic visits,(More)
Exposure to pesticides has the capacity to cause mitochondrial dysfunction. An increase mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content has also been suggested to relate with DNA damaging agent. In mitochondria, the manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) is a scavenger of reactive oxygen species, and the 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase (OGG1) is the major DNA glycosylase(More)
OBJECTIVE Interleukin 23 (IL-23) stimulates the differentiation of T helper 17 (Th17) cells, which are involved in the pathogenesis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Binding of IL-23 to the IL-23 receptor complex activates Janus kinases 2 and tyrosine kinase 2, which phosphorylate IL-23R and subsequently promote the transcription of the IL-17 gene. IL-12B(More)
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