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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to document the clinical and radiographic results of a consecutive series of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who had undergone bilaterally primary THA using non-cemented components. METHODS Twenty-six hips of 13 patients with bilateral ankylosis of the hip caused by AS were converted to THA from January(More)
OBJECTIVES Necrosis of femoral head is a severe pathological state with multiple etiologies. This study investigated the association of the 27-bp repeat polymorphism in intron 4 and G894T polymorphism in exon 7 of the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) gene with the pathogenesis of avascular necrosis of femoral head (ANFH). METHODS A total of 125(More)
AIMS Accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) plays a pivotal role in the mechanism by which aging contributes to osteoarthritis (OA). In the present study, we examined the effect of curcumin, a pharmacologically safe phytochemical agent, on AGE-induced tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13) in rabbit(More)
Amelotin is expressed and secreted by ameloblasts in tooth development, but amelotin distribution during enamel development is not clear. In this report, we first investigated amelotin expression in developing teeth by immunohistochemistry. Amelotin was detected in the enamel matrix at the secretion and maturation stages of enamel development. Amelotin was(More)
Accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) which are known to adversely affect cartilage turnover and mechanical properties, provides a molecular mechanism by which aging contributes to the development of osteoarthritis. The objective of the present study was to investigate the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) in(More)
The degenerative joint disease osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent form of chronic musculoskeletal disease worldwide, and it commonly afflicts the elderly population. OA-induced impairment of joint function can debilitate normal physical activity, and in more severe cases, it can lead to complete joint destruction and loss of independence or even(More)
(−)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the most abundant and active polyphenol in green tea, has been demonstrated to have anticancer effects in a wide variety of human cancer. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of short noncoding RNAs and play important role in gene regulation and are critically involved in the pathogenesis and progression of human cancer.(More)
Osteosarcoma is one of the most prevalent primary bone tumors. The pathogenesis and molecular development of this tumor remains elusive. The prognosis is unfavorable due to lack of effective treatment methods. Recent advances in the epigenetics have brought a profound impact on the understanding of molecular mechanisms that lead to osteosarcoma. In this(More)
OBJECTIVES This study examines plasma interleukin 33 (IL-33) levels in patients with osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) and explores the possible use of IL-33 as a marker for early diagnosis and progression of ONFH. METHODS One hundred twenty-five ONFH patients and 126 control subjects were recruited for this study. The plasma IL-33 levels were(More)
SerpinE2 is a member of the Serpins family, which could inhibit serine protease and promote tumor progression, particularly in tumor metastasis. However, at present, its role in the progression of osteosarcoma has not been determined. The present study analyzed the expression profiles of SerpinE2 in cancer tissues, including tissues from osteosarcoma of(More)