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OBJECTIVES To analyse the clinical features and outcomes of gouty patients with concomitant septic arthritis in a medical centre. METHODS From the hospital database, we collected 30 hospitalized cases with concomitant septic arthritis and gouty arthritis from 1987 to 2001. All patients had positive bacterial culture and monosodium urate crystals in the(More)
From 1977 till 1991, the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus was made on 137 children aged 18 years or under in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. The medical records were reviewed and the clinical data were analysed with emphasis on the morbidity and mortality of this disease. The clinical and laboratory characteristics were similar to the findings from(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in the elderly is uncommon and rarely reported with disease onset at age 65 and older. The aim of this study is to retrospectively analyze the influence of age at disease onset on the clinical features and prognosis of SLE. From 1988 to 1998, we encountered 21 lupus patients with disease onset at age 65 and older (all are(More)
Acute myocardial infarction is an important and sometimes fatal complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We describe a case of acute myocardial infarction in a 23-year-old woman with SLE. Angiography revealed coronary ectasia in the left main and proximal circumflex coronary arteries, as well as a stenotic lesion in the left anterior descending(More)
1. Regulation of the increase in inositol phosphates (IPs) production and intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i by protein kinase C (PKC) was investigated in canine cultured tracheal epithelial cells (TECs). Stimulation of TECs by bradykinin (BK) led to IPs formation and caused an initial transient [Ca2+]i peak in a concentration-dependent manner. 2.(More)
Aim of the study was to explore the influence of hypoxia on multidrug resistance related genes and the potential role of hypoxia-inducible factor-1-alpha (HIF-1alpha) in formation of multidrug resistance in HepG2 human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line. HepG2 cells were subjected to hypoxia in a cohort of exposed time. A cell model stably expressing(More)
A previous article described the isolation of several lambdagt22A cDNA clones expressing the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana) Cr-PI allergens recognized by both human atopic IgE antibodies and anti-Cr-PI monoclonal antibodies (Wu, C. H., Lee, M. F., and Liao, S. C.(1995) J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 96, 352-359). This article presents the nucleotide(More)
The causes of observed deficiencies to the humoral immune response in aged humans are unknown. Since a major source of antibody diversity is generated at the VH-D-JH junctional regions of the immunoglobulin heavy chain, we determined whether differences in junctional diversity are manifested with aging. We compared the CDR3 regions of IgM heavy chain(More)
Many cancers are chemotherapy-resistant. Chemotherapy combined with immunotherapy offers a potential avenue for the treatment of chemotherapy-resistant cancers. In this study, we investigated the apoptotic pathways induced by combined interferon-gamma/adriamycin treatment in Hep G2 cells. Our data showed that Hep G2 cells treated with combined(More)