Rong Quan Zheng

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Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are small peptides found in many organisms defending themselves against pathogens. AMPs form the first line of host defence against pathogenic infections and are key components of the innate immune system of amphibians. In the current study, cDNAs of precursors of four novel antimicrobial peptides in the skin of Paa spinosa(More)
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta has been shown to promote tissue repair and have immunosuppressive actions, and has been proposed to have a role in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Using immunohistochemical techniques with rabbit F(ab')2 antibodies raised against recombinant human TGF-beta 1, we have detected TGF-beta 1 in the synovial tissue and(More)
Human endocrine thyroid epithelial cells have been described to produce cytokines in vitro. In order to determine whether they do so in vivo during thyroiditis, parallel studies on mRNA expression with a non-radioactive in situ hybridization technique and immunohistochemical detection for the protein were performed on frozen sections of thyroid samples from(More)
Tissue factor (TF) is known to be produced by monocytes from human peripheral blood. However the production of this factor by haematopoietic progenitor cells is not yet known. We thus studied human monocyte progenitor cells isolated from bone marrow of normal and diseased individuals. These cells were non-adherent, monocytic and able to phagocytose(More)
Triggering of both the extrinsic and intrinsic coagulation pathways is mediated by the cell surface receptor Tissue Factor (TF). The ability to observe the cell surface TF protein and its mRNA at the single cell level would facilitate our understanding of the cellular biology of TF in health and diseased states. Employing the methods of immuno-gold silver(More)
Human endocrine thyroid epithelial cells (TEC) from autoimmune thyroiditis which express HLA Class II antigens have been shown to present autoantigens to T cells for a TEC-specific immune response. Since the initiation of a specific immune response also involves antigen-receptor independent interactions between accessory molecules, such as lymphocyte(More)
The genus Quasipaa (Family Dicroglossidae) is currently composed of 11 species distributed in China and Southeast Asia: Quasipaa acanthophora (Dubois & Ohler 2009), Q. boulengeri (Günther 1889), Q. courtoisi (Angel 1922), Q. delacouri (Angel 1928), Q. exilispinosa (Liu & Hu, 1975), Q. fasciculispina (Inger 1970), Q. jiulongensis (Huang & Liu, 1985), Q.(More)
We have established previously that human thyroid epithelial cells (TEC) from patients with autoimmune thyroiditis are able to synthesize cytokines, such as interleukin-1 (IL-1) and interleukin-6 (IL-6). This paper examines TEC in sections from autoimmune thyroiditis for the in vivo production of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interferon-gamma(More)
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