Xin-ming Chen

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BACKGROUND Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic inflammatory disease with different clinical presentations that can be classified as reticular, atrophic or erosive. Although OLP is a relatively common disorder, the reports comprising large numbers of OLP patients with specific character are lacking in the literature. The purpose of this paper was to(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this paper was to compare clinical features among 3 patterns of ranula and the recurrence rates of each when treated by different surgical methods. METHODS A retrospective review of clinical and pathologic records in 580 ranulas was undertaken. Ranulas were classified into 3 clinical types according to sites of the primary(More)
BACKGROUND Cellular sodium and water transport are dysregulated in diabetes mellitus. Synthetic peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-gamma) agonists are currently used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, but their use is limited by fluid retention. Recent data suggest that PPAR-gamma agonists stimulate distal tubular epithelial Na(More)
It is well known that TGF-β1 plays a central role in renal fibrosis due in large part to stimulation of inflammatory responses. KCa3.1, a potassium channel protein, has been suggested as a potential therapeutic target for diseases such as sickle cell anemia, autoimmunity, atherosclerosis and more recently, kidney fibrosis. Blockade of KCa3.1 has been shown(More)
Early detection of oral precancerous and malignant lesions is still a diagnostic challenge for most of clinicians, and ideal adjuncts for detection of these lesions are currently unavailable. Our preliminary study has indicated that rose bengal (RB) staining might have the potency as a diagnostic aid; however, its clinical significance and reliability in(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) comprise of a novel class of endogenous small noncoding RNAs that frequently downregulate the expression of target genes. Recent reports suggest that miRNA-200b prevents epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in cancer cells by targeting the E-box binding transcription factors Zinc finger E-box-binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1) and Zinc(More)
Chronic kidney fibrosis is the unifying pathological feature of diverse renal disease leading to a progressive decline in renal function and eventually end-stage kidney failure. Many growth factors are able to induce an imbalance of extracellular matrix production and degradation, leading to excessive matrix and fibrosis in both glomeruli and in the(More)
Krüppel-like factor 6 (KLF6) is a DNA-binding protein containing a triple zinc-fingered motif and plays a key role in the regulation of cell proliferation, differentiation, and development. More recently it has been implicated in hepatic fibrosis via its binding to the transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta control element. In the kidney,(More)
BACKGROUND Caveolin-1, which has been proposed as a candidate tumor suppressor, plays a regulatory role in several signaling pathways. The importance of caveolin-1 in endothelial cells in angiogenesis has been confirmed. The clinicopathologic significance of caveolin-1 expression and its correlation with angiogenesis remains unknown in mucoepidermoid(More)
The Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel KCa3.1 mediates cellular signaling processes associated with dysfunction of vasculature. However, the role of KCa3.1 in diabetic nephropathy is unknown. We sought to assess whether KCa3.1 mediates the development of renal fibrosis in two animal models of diabetic nephropathy. Wild-type and KCa3.1(-/-) mice, and secondly(More)