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OBJECTIVE To study the relationship between azoospermia factor (AZF) microdeletions of the Y-chromosome and recurrent spontaneous abortion. METHODS We collected 26 chorionic villus samples from abortive male embryos and 51 blood samples from the husbands whose wives had recurrent spontaneous abortion, extracted genomic DNA from the samples and detected 12(More)
BACKGROUND Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia tarda (SEDT) is an X-chromosome linked primary skeletal dysplasia characterized by a disproportionate short-trunked short stature, dysplasia of the large joints and flattened thoracic and lumber vertebral bodies. The objective of this study is to describe a large Chinese SEDT family with a milder phenotype and(More)
BACKGROUND Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bone disease, is a rare heterogeneous group of inherited disorders characterized by low bone mass and increased bone fragility. The four major clinical criteria for diagnosis of OI are osteoporosis with abnormal fragility of the skeleton, blue sclera, dentinogenesis imperfecta, and premature(More)
OBJECTIVE Dyschromatosis universalis hereditaria (DUH) is a rare heterogeneous pigmentary genodermatosis, which was first described in 1933. The genetic cause has recently been discovered by the discovery of mutations in ABCB6. Here we investigated a Chinese family with typical features of autosomal dominant DUH and 3 unrelated patients with sporadic DUH.(More)
OBJECTIVE Mutations in the type II collagen gene are associated with certain human disorders, collectively termed type II collagenopathies. They include Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease (LCPD) and avascular necrosis of the femoral head (ANFH). These two diseases are skeletal dysplasias, inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion, characterized by groin pain,(More)
BACKGROUND Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently received wide attention as key molecules that mediate a variety of physiological and pathological processes by regulating gene expression; however, knowledge of lncRNAs in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is limited. Thus, we investigated the lncRNA expression profile in fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs)(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to identity protein expression patterns of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) derived from the synovial tissue of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis. METHODS Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) in combination with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight mass(More)
OBJECTIVES Inhibitor of differentiation 3 (Id3) protein has been implicated in the control of multiple cell death signalling pathways and in aetiology of numerous diseases. The aims of this study were to construct a recombinant eukaryotic expression vector (pEGFP/Id3), containing human Id3 (hId3) fused with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP), and to(More)