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INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a T-cell-mediated systemic autoimmune disease, characterized by synovium inflammation and articular destruction. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) could be effective in the treatment of several autoimmune diseases. However, there has been thus far no report on umbilical cord (UC)-MSCs in the treatment of RA.(More)
Although calreticulin (CRT) is a major Ca(2+)-binding luminal resident protein, it can also appear on the surface of various types of cells and it functions as an immunopotentiating molecule. However, molecular mechanisms underlying the potent immunobiological activity of cell surface CRT are still unclear. In the present study, a recombinant fragment(More)
OBJECTIVE Several studies have reported STAT4 polymorphism is strongly associated with increased susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, a study from China showed no association between STAT4 and RA susceptibility in a Chinese Han subpopulation. Since the northern Hans are known to be genetically different from the southern Hans, the aim of(More)
Dichlorodiphenoxytrichloroethane (DDT) is a known persistent organic pollutant and liver damage toxicant. However, there has been little emphasis on the mechanism underlying liver damage toxicity of DDT and the relevant effective inhibitors. Hence, the present study was conducted to explore the protective effects of vitamin C (VC) and vitamin E (VE) on the(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop classification criteria for early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) based on a large cohort of early inflammatory arthritis patients and to evaluate the performance of these criteria. METHODS The study population comprised a cohort of early inflammatory arthritis patients with symptom duration less than one year. Classification criteria of(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the impact of RA on work capacity and identify factors related to work capacity impairment in patients with RA. METHODS A cross-sectional multicentre study was performed in 21 tertiary care hospitals across China. A consecutive sample of 846 patients with RA was recruited, of which 589 patients of working age at disease onset(More)
Phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (PGK1) is an important enzyme in the metabolic glycolysis pathway. In this study, we observed a significant overexpression of PGK1 in liver cancer tissues and a negative correlation between PGK1 expression and liver cancer patient survival. Furthermore, depletion of PGK1 dramatically reduced cancer cell proliferation and(More)
OBJECTIVE Leukocyte immunoglobulin-like receptor A3 belongs to a family of receptors with inhibitory or activating functions. Since Caucasian individuals lacking LILRA3 have been found to be susceptible to multiple sclerosis and Sjögren's syndrome, we undertook this study to examine whether LILRA3 deletion is a novel genetic risk factor for rheumatoid(More)
F-box and WD repeat domain-containing 7 (FBW7) is the substrate recognition component of the Skp1-Cul1-F-box (SCF) ubiquitin ligase complex and functions as a major tumor suppressor by targeting various oncoproteins for degradation. Genomic deletion or mutation of FBW7 has frequently been identified in many human cancers but not in pancreatic ductal(More)
The receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL), as a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) family, plays an essential role in osteoclast differentiation and function. Chemokines and their receptors have recently been shown to play critical roles in osteoclastogenesis, however, whether CXCL16-CXCR6 plays role in RANKL-mediated(More)