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Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoimmune subepidermal blistering disease characterized by deposition of autoantibodies at the basement membrane zone. In an experimental BP model in mice, the subepidermal blistering is mediated by antibodies directed against the hemidesmosomal protein BP180 (collagen XVII, BPAG2), and depends on complement activation and(More)
We have identified the key protein substrate of gelatinase B/MMP-9 (GB) that is cleaved in vivo during dermal-epidermal separation triggered by antibodies to the hemidesmosomal protein BP180 (collagen XVII, BPAG2). Mice deficient in either GB or neutrophil elastase (NE) are resistant to blister formation in response to these antibodies in a mouse model of(More)
BACKGROUND Pitavastatin (NK-104) is a novel inhibitor of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme for cholesterol biosynthesis. In clinical trials, pitavastatin has been shown to significantly decrease serum LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels and increase HDL cholesterol. Scavenger receptor-mediated(More)
Recent understanding of the mechanism of immunoglobulin G (IgG) catabolism has yielded new insight into antibody-mediated diseases. We proposed that beta2-microglobulin (beta2m)-deficient mice have been protected from systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE)-like syndromes because they lack the beta2m-associated IgG protection receptor (FcRn) and therefore(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of S100A10 silencing on the inflammatory response in human chondrocytes (HCs).The inflammation induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was investigated in HCs in which the S100A10 was blocked with a lentiviral shRNA vector. A lentiviral shRNA vector targeting S100A10 was constructed and packaged to(More)
This paper considers the two-agent scheduling problems with deteriorating jobs and group technology on a single machine, where the objective is to minimize the total completion time of the first agent with the restriction that the maximum cost of the second agent cannot exceed a given upper bound. Two agents compete to perform their respective jobs on a(More)
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