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BACKGROUND A growing body of evidence has shown that microRNA-29 (miR-29) plays a central role in the progression of fibrosis. However, the mechanisms underlying the role of miR-29 in keloid fibrogenesis remain unknown. AIM To investigate the roles of miR-29 in dermal fibroblasts in the pathogenesis of keloids. METHODS Primary fibroblasts from 9(More)
PURPOSE To explore cancer stem cell susceptibility to a host's cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL)-mediated immune response. METHODS We compared the susceptibility of putative CSC generated from cancer cell lines to immunologic recognition and killing by alloantigen-specific CD8(+) CTL. CSC-enriched spheroid culture-derived cells (SDC) exhibited higher(More)
BACKGROUND Programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression has been reported in several malignancies, but the expression of PD-L1 in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) has been characterized rarely. The aim of this study was to assess the significance of PD-L1 expression and its associations with clinicopathologic factors and disease outcome in PTC. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have suggested that caveolin-1 (cav-1) plays an important role in the regulation of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 signalling and participates in the pathogenesis of tissue fibrosis. However, its effects on dermal fibrosis keloids are unknown. OBJECTIVES To investigate the effect of cav-1 in the pathogenesis of tissue(More)
BACKGROUND Vitamin D and its metabolites play an important role in calcium homeostasis, bone remodelling, hormone secretion, cell proliferation and differentiation. Recent studies also suggest a beneficial role of vitamin D in slowing the progression of tissue fibrosis. However, their effects on dermal fibrosis and keloids are unknown. Objectives  To(More)
Previous studies have revealed that marital status influences the prognosis of patients with various types of cancer. We evaluated the influence of marriage on the survival outcomes in differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). The Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database between 2002 and 2012 was used to compare cancer-specific mortality in(More)
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) participate in cancer cell tumorigenesis, cell cycle control, migration, proliferation, apoptosis, metastasis and drug resistance. The BRAF-activated non-coding RNA (BANCR) functions as both an oncogene and a tumor suppressor. Here, we investigated BANCR's role in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) by assessing BANCR levels in(More)
OBJECTIVE Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is a known thyroid growth factor, but the pathogenic role of TSH in thyroid tumorigenesis is controversial. The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between preoperative TSH and differentiated thyroid microcarcinoma (DTMC). DATA SOURCES We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Ovid, Web of Science, and the(More)