The calcium-binding protein S100A12 causes inflammation through interaction with the multiligand receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE). Blocking of S100A12 showed promising therapeutic effects in mice. We investigated 31 individuals with Kawasaki disease, and recorded an association between expression of S100A12 and activity of Kawasaki… (More)
Immunosuppressive drugs developed in the past two decades have improved the short-term survival of organ allografts, but tolerance has not been achieved and almost all transplant recipients continue to require drugs throughout life. Graft rejection arises from the cognate interaction of T cells with antigen-presenting cells, the recognition of alloantigen… (More)
Kawasaki disease is a pediatric systemic vasculitis of unknown etiology, for which a genetic influence is suspected. But whether single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of caspase-3 rs72689236 is associated with Kawasaki disease is controversial. The aim of our study is to assess the association between the SNP of caspase-3 and risk for Kawasaki disease. We… (More)
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