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INTRODUCTION We previously reported that IL-29, a newly described member of interferon (IFN) family, was overexpressed in blood and synovium of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and triggered proinflammatory cytokine IL-6 and IL-8 mRNA expression in RA synovial fibroblasts (RA-FLS). This suggests that IL-29 has an important role in synovial inflammation.(More)
Cardiac hypertrophy is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) signaling has been considered as a trigger causally contributing to pathological cardiac hypertrophy. Asiatic acid (AA) is a triterpenoid compound extracted from Centella asiatica and exhibits a variety of pharmacological effects. In this study,(More)
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have the potential to differentiate to various types of cardiovascular cells to repair an injured heart. The potential therapeutic benefits of iPS cell based treatment have been established in small-animal models of myocardial infarction (MI). We hypothesize that porcine iPS (piPS) cell transplantation may be an(More)
Neural remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI) may cause malignant ventricular arrhythmia, which is the main cause of sudden cardiac death following MI. Herein, we aimed to examine whether induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSc) transplantation can ameliorate neural remodeling and reduce ventricular arrhythmias (VA) in a post-infarcted swine model. Left(More)
BACKGROUND Activated interleukin (IL)-1β signaling pathway is closely associated with pathological cardiac hypertrophy. This study investigated whether asiatic acid (AA) could inhibit IL-1β-related hypertrophic signaling, and thus suppressing the development of cardiac hypertrophy. METHODS Transverse aortic constriction (TAC) induced cardiac hypertrophy(More)
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