Xiao-fei Hu

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BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7) may play an important role in the development of vulnerable carotid plaque. An A-to-G transition (-181A/G) in the promoter region of MMP7 is functional in vitro by altering the transcriptional activity of the gene. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between the MMP7 -181A/G polymorphism and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Sclerostin and Dickkopf-1 (Dkk-1) are potent antagonists of Wnt signalling and might therefore play important roles in cardiovascular disease. We investigated whether serum sclerostin and Dkk-1 levels are associated with acute ischaemic stroke and specific stroke subtypes. METHODS Serum levels of sclerostin and Dkk-1 were measured by(More)
BACKGROUND Cigarette smoke-induced emphysema is associated with overexpression of the chemokine receptor CXCR3 and its ligands. Previously, we have demonstrated that pentoxifylline (PTX) alleviated cigarette smoke-induced emphysema. The aim of this study was to determine if the overexpression of CXCR3 and its ligand interferon-inducible protein-10 (IP-10)(More)
BACKGROUND Angiopoietin-like protein 4 (ANGPTL4) is a central player in lipid metabolism and atherosclerosis and may thus be involved in ischaemic stroke. However, no study in humans has investigated the association of ANGPTL4 gene polymorphisms or serum levels with ischaemic stroke. METHODS We investigated the influence of the tagged single nucleotide(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the association between 2 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located in exonic regions of matrix metalloproteinase-10 (MMP-10) gene and instability of carotid plaques in a Han Chinese population. METHODS Five hundred and eighty-five patients were divided into carotid vulnerable plaque group (n=206) and stable plaque group (n=379)(More)
BACKGROUND MMP 14 is expressed in atherosclerotic plaques and potentially plays an important role in the development of vulnerable carotid plaques. MMP 14 gene polymorphisms can influence the bioactivity or expression of MMP 14. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the association between MMP 14 position + 7096 T > C (NM_004995.2:c.855T> C,(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinase 10 (MMP10) plays an important role in ischemic stroke and has a close relationship with some stroke risk factors. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in the exon regions of the MMP10 gene and atherothrombotic cerebral infarction risk. METHODS Five(More)
Aims. Identification of factors that can predict the subtypes of lung adenocarcinoma preoperatively is important for selecting the appropriate surgical procedure and for predicting postoperative survival. Methods. We retrospectively evaluated 87 patients with lung adenocarcinomas ≤30 mm. Results. Preoperative radiological findings, serum CEA level, serum(More)
The aim of the current study was to explore the possible association of the polymorphism of C(-735)T in MMP-2 with the vulnerable plaque risk in ultrasound-confirmed carotid atherosclerosis cases. Serum MMP-2 levels were measured to investigate the relationship between the MMP-2 level and the genetic variability. The MMP-2 polymorphism was detected by(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of cod skin peptide (CSPE) on chemotherapy-induced toxicity in gastric cancer patients. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN A cohort of 60 gastric cancer patients for chemotherapy was randomly divided into two groups (n=30 per group), who were orally treated with either supplemental(More)