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OBJECTIVE To investigate the roles of serum Th1 and Th2 cytokines in Kawasaki disease (KD) and determine whether the Th1/Th2 cytokine profiles in children with KD may be involved in intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) resistance and development of coronary artery lesions (CALs). METHODS Serum Th1 and Th2 cytokines, including interferon-γ (IFNγ), tumor(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyze the clinical characteristics, treatment, and outcomes of Kawasaki Disease (KD) patients associated with macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) and to compare two diagnostic standards (the HLH 2009 and Ravelli׳s criteria). METHODS All of the studied patients with Kawasaki Disease (KD) were treated at The Children׳s Hospital, Zhejiang(More)
BACKGROUND Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is an important enzyme for folate metabolism in humans; it is encoded by the MTHFR gene. Several studies have assessed the association between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and the risk of congenital heart defects (CHDs), while the results were inconsistent. METHODS AND FINDINGS Multiple electronic(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the expression of S100A12 on the surface of circulating endothelial cells (CECs) in children with Kawasaki disease (KD) and the correlations between S100A12 and coronary artery lesions (CALs). The ratio of CECs to mononuclear cells (CECs/MNC), the positive rate of S100A12 on CECs surface (CECs-S100A12/CECs), and(More)
INTRODUCTION Kawasaki disease (KD), an acute febrile disease, characterized by systemic vasculitis, predominantly affects infants and children under 5 years of age. Coronary artery lesions (CALs) are its most critical complication, and the etiology remains unknown yet. In order to explore the value of resistin, S100A12 and soluble receptor for advanced(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) on the surface of circulating endothelial cells (CECs) in patients with Kawasaki disease (KD). METHODS The positive rate of RAGE on the surface of CECs (CECs-RAGE/CECs) and the fluorescence intensity of RAGE on the surface of CECs(More)
The present study aimed to explore the role of the Notch4 signaling pathway in a mouse model of Kawasaki disease (KD) induced by Lactobacillus casei cell wall extract (LCWE). BALB/c male mice (4-6 weeks old) were intraperitoneally injected with 500 µg LCWE in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) or PBS alone (control group). At days 3, 7, 14 and 28, the numbers(More)
Studies on the photosynthetic and respiratory rates, light utilization efficiencies and light compensations of five climbing plants showed that the diurnal variations of photosynthetic rates presented double peak, the first peak was between 10:00 to 12:00, and the second was between 14:00 to 16:00. The phenomenon of "noon break" was obvious. The diurnal(More)
The Notch4 signaling pathway of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) may play a crucial role in Kawasaki disease (KD). We investigated the proliferation, adhesion, migration, angiogenesis, and expression levels of Notch4, recombination signal-binding protein-Jκ (RBP-Jκ), P-selectin, and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) of bone marrow (BM) EPCs in a(More)
Anomalous origin of the pulmonary artery (AOPA) from the aorta is a rare congenital heart malformation. This report describes a case of AOPA from the abdominal aorta in association with an aberrant right subclavian artery and a patent ductus arteriosus, which never has been reported previously in the literature.