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BACKGROUND The main risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is cigarette smoking. However, only 10% - 20% of chronic heavy smokers develop systematic COPD. We hypothesized that the inheritance of gene polymorphisms could influence the development of COPD, which was investigated by studying two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in(More)
Many studies have reported that polymorphisms of the mannose-binding lectin (MBL) gene are associated with autoimmune disease. Here, we investigate the relationship between MBL gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in a Han-nationality population from the Hubei province of China. PCR-restriction fragment length(More)
Lynch syndrome (or HNPCC) is a colorectal cancer syndrome caused by germline mutations in either one of the DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes hMLH1, hMSH2, hMSH6 or hPMS2. Mutations in hMLH1 and hMSH2 are most prevalent. Here we aimed to determine the cancer risk of MMR gene mutation carriers and, in addition, the efficacy of colonoscopy surveillance in(More)
Cigarette smoking is one of the risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this study, we investigated the effects of thromboxane A2 (TxA2) receptor antagonists on airway mucus production induced by cigarette smoke. Rats were exposed to cigarette smoke 1h/day, 6 days/week for 4 weeks. Seratrodast (2, 5, 10mg/kg day) was administered(More)
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