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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)
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)
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)
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)
1. Extracellular purine and pyrimidine nucleotides have been implicated in the regulation of several cellular functions including mitogenesis. In this study, experiments were conducted to characterize the P2Y receptor on C(6) glioma cells responsible for stimulating cell proliferation associated with mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation. 2.(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)
Elevated levels of several cytokines including interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) have been detected in airway fluid of asthmatic patients. Inhalation of IL-1beta induced a bronchial hyper-reactivity to contractile agonists. However, the implication of IL-1beta in the pathogenesis of bronchial hyper-reactivity is not completely understood. Therefore, we(More)
The elevated levels of inflammatory cytokines such as tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) have been found in the fluid of airways in symptomatic asthmatics. These cytokines have been considered as mitogens to stimulate cell proliferation in tracheal smooth muscle cells (TSMCs). We therefore investigated the effects of(More)