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Successful limb lengthening requires serial radiological evaluation of the progression of healing of the regenerate bone. However, there is no radiographic classification system that shows how the regenerate should progress during treatment in adults. The study aimed to address this need.A series of radiographs were studied from 92 patients (125 segments)(More)
INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a T-cell-mediated systemic autoimmune disease, characterized by synovium inflammation and articular destruction. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) could be effective in the treatment of several autoimmune diseases. However, there has been thus far no report on umbilical cord (UC)-MSCs in the treatment of RA.(More)
Sulforaphane (SFN) is an organosulfur compound present in vegetables and has potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. This study was aimed at investigating the effect of treatment with SFN on inflammation and oxidative stress, and the potential mechanisms underlying the action of SFN in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in C57BL/6(More)
It has been debated how different farming systems influence the composition of soil bacterial communities, which are crucial for maintaining soil health. In this research, we applied high-throughput pyrosequencing of V1 to V3 regions of bacterial 16S rRNA genes to gain further insight into how organic and conventional farming systems and crop rotation(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the potential role of Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to evaluate the effect of a tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) inhibitor (infliximab) and an interleukin 1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra; anakinra) on DKK-1 secretion in patients with RA. METHODS Serum samples were collected from 100 patients with RA, 100 patients(More)
To investigate the effects of altered collagen II (CII) peptide ligands in collagen-induced arthritis (CIA), CIA rats were subcutaneously injected with an altered CII263-272 peptide ligand (APL, 100, 10, and 1 microg/dose, six dose each, twice a week), which had been identified by us as an inhibitory effect on CII-specific T-cell activation in vitro in(More)
Acetyl-CoA (AcCoA) synthetase (Acs) catalyzes the conversion of acetate into AcCoA, which is involved in many catabolic and anabolic pathways. Although this enzyme has been studied for many years in many organisms, the properties of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Acs and the regulation of its activity remain unknown. Here, the putative acs gene of M.(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was to screen for the miRNAs differently expressed in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of RA, to further identify the expression of miR-155 in RA PBMC and fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS), and to evaluate the function of miR-155 in RA-FLS. METHODS Microarray was used to screen for differentially expressed miRNAs in RA PBMC.(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the genetic abnormality responsible for osteoarthritis (OA), avascular necrosis (AVN) of the femoral head, and Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease in a single family, and to determine factors responsible for the distinct phenotypes manifested by different family members. METHODS Forty-two members of a 5-generation family were recruited and(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease mediated by T cells. Collagen type II (CII) is one of the autoantigens associated with RA. CII263-272 is a predominant CII antigenic peptide that can induce T-cell activation upon binding to MHC and interaction with the appropriate T-cell receptor (TCR). Altered CII263-272 peptides with substitution(More)