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BACKGROUND Kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1) and osteopontin (OPN) play important roles in immune regulation. We hypothesized that serum KIM-1 and OPN might serve as biomarkers for predicting early acute rejection after kidney transplantation (KTx). METHODS We conducted a single-center study of 155 subjects, who were classified into acute rejection group(More)
Cathepsin K (CTSK) is an important protease responsible for degrading type I collagen, osteopontin, and other bone matrix proteins. The mutations in the CTSK gene can cause pycnodysostosis (OMIM 265800), a rare autosomal recessive bone dysplasia. Patients with pycnodysostosis have been reported to present specific dental abnormalities; however, whether(More)
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G plays an important role in promoting transplant tolerance and helping human cytomegalovirus (CMV) to subvert host defenses. Strong evidence suggests that HLA-G 14-bp insertion/deletion polymorphism influences the stability of HLA-G mRNAs and levels of protein expression. We hypothesized that HLA-G 14-bp polymorphism of(More)
Plasma endothelin-1 (ET-1) level was measured with radioimmunoassay in 33 normal subjects and 92 patients with different stages of diabetic nephropathy, consisting of 35 cases of diabetes mellitus with normal urinary albumin excretion (DM), 22 cases of incipient diabetic nephropathy (IDN), 22 cases of overt diabetic nephropathy (ODN), 8 cases with azotemia(More)
Recent clinical studies showed that an independent association between hyper-insulinaemia and coronary heart disease (CHD) in men with normal glucose tolerance. In non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) it is less clear. Therefore, we evaluated insulin-sensitivity index, plasma glucose, insulin, lipoproteins and apolipoproteins in 40 male NIDDM(More)
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