Shihoko Tanigawa

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Elevated concentrations of IL-6 (interleukin-6) and sIL-6r (soluble IL-6 receptor) in the synovial fluid and serum of patients with arthritis have been implicated in joint cartilage destruction. This study examined the effects of IL-6 and sIL-6r on the expression of MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases), TIMPs (tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases), the(More)
Interleukin (IL)-17, a proinflammatory cytokine, is produced primarily by activated Th17 cells. IL-17 consists of six ligands that signal through five receptors (IL-17Rs); IL-17A and IL-17F share the highest homology in the family. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) degrade the extracellular matrix during cartilage remodeling whereas tissue inhibitor of(More)
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