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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation of synovium and subsequent joint destruction. Recently, genetic polymorphisms within the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) genes have been reported to be associated with RA. To analyze the association between the genetic polymorphisms within TLR4 gene and the(More)
Toll-like receptor4 (TLR4) plays an important role in the induction and regulation of the innate or adaptive immune responses. Thus, the genetic variation in TLR4 gene may influence the development of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Several studies have investigated the roles of genetic polymorphisms of TLR4 gene in RA, but most of(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of human polyarthritis. Many genetic factors have been implicated in OA. It was reported that a polymorphism in the gene of interleukin-6 (IL-6) was associated with OA of knee. The aim of this study was to determine whether functional IL-6 promoter -174G/C (rs1800795) polymorphisms confer susceptibility(More)
Exon 19 deletion and exon 21 L858R mutation were the most common epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations. We examined the clinical impact of these two mutations in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) after EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment. The outcomes of interest were progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival(More)
BACKGROUND Currently, targeted therapy has shown encouraging treatment benefits in selected patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the comparative benefits of targeted drugs and chemotherapy (CT) treatments in unselected patients are not clear. We therefore conduct a network meta-analysis to assess the relative efficacy and(More)
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) may have effects on the MAPK/ERK/STAT3 signaling pathway, and the resulting phenotypes may influence the response to sunitinib-targeted therapy for renal cell carcinoma. In order to test this hypothesis patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma treated with(More)
OBJECTIVES Tuberculous peritonitis (TBP) mimics peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC). We aimed to investigate the discriminative use of PET/CT findings in the parietal peritoneum. MATERIALS AND METHODS Parietal peritoneal PET/CT findings from 76 patients with TBP (n = 25) and PC (n = 51) were retrospectively reviewed. The lesion locations were noted as right(More)
The aim of the present study was to construct the eukaryotic expression vector pcDNA3.1/15-PGDH. The vector was used to transfect mouse murine forestomach carcinoma (MFC) cancer cells and observe the effects of 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase (15-PGDH) on the proliferation of MFC. pcDNA3.1/15-PGDH was constructed using gene recombination technology(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the differential gene expression profile from patients with Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) by oligonucleotide microarray technique. METHODS Total RNA of 3 probands with BBS and 4 healthy siblings were isolated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells and reverse-transcribed to cDNAs. Then the cDNAs were subjected for microarray(More)
Aberrant microRNA expression is involved in the regulation of various cellular processes, such as proliferation and metastasis in multiple diseases including cancers. MicroRNA-30e-5p (miR-30e) was previously reported as an oncogenic or tumour suppressing miRNA in some malignancies, but its function in lung adenocarcinoma (LAC) remains largely undefined. In(More)