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Olmsted syndrome (OS) is a rare congenital disorder characterized by palmoplantar and periorificial keratoderma, alopecia in most cases, and severe itching. The genetic basis for OS remained unidentified. Using whole-exome sequencing of case-parents trios, we have identified a de novo missense mutation in TRPV3 that produces p.Gly573Ser in an individual(More)
The fates of dendritic cells (DCs) after antigen presentation have been studied extensively, but the influence of lymphoid microenvironments on DCs is mostly unknown. Here, using splenic stromal cells to mimic the immune microenvironment, we show that contact with stromal cells promoted mature DCs to proliferate in a fibronectin-dependent way and that both(More)
A large number of extracellular polypeptides bound to their cognate receptors activate the transcription factor STAT3 by phosphorylation of tyrosine 705. Supplemental activation occurs when serine 727 is also phosphorylated. STAT3 deletion in mice leads to embryonic lethality. We have produced mice with alanine substituted for serine 727 in STAT3 (the SA(More)
GABP is an ets transcription factor that regulates genes that are required for myeloid differentiation. The tetrameric GABP complex includes GABPα, which binds DNA via its ets domain, and GABPβ, which contains the transcription activation domain. To examine the role of GABP in myeloid differentiation, we generated mice in which Gabpa can be conditionally(More)
Paraneoplastic pemphigus (PNP) is a life-threatening autoimmune blistering skin disease. Clinically, it is characterized by severe mucosal erosions and various cutaneous lesions associated with lymphoproliferative neoplasmas. Suprabasal acantholysis and clefts with scattered necrotic keratinocytes are the unique histopathological features. PNP patient sera(More)
The terminal alkyne is a functionality widely used in organic synthesis, pharmaceutical science, material science and bioorthogonal chemistry. This functionality is also found in acetylenic natural products, but the underlying biosynthetic pathways for its formation are not well understood. Here we report the characterization of what is to our knowledge the(More)
BACKGROUND Castleman tumor, a rare lymphoproliferative disorder, is one of the associated tumors in paraneoplastic pemphigus. We analyzed the characteristics of a group of patients with Castleman tumor to clearly understand and to improve the prognosis of the disease. OBSERVATIONS Ten cases of paraneoplastic pemphigus associated with Castleman tumor(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Atopic dermatitis (AD) primarily affects infants and young children. Although topical corticosteroids (TCSs) are often prescribed, noncorticosteroid treatments are needed because compliance with TCSs is poor due to concerns about their side effects. In this longest and largest intervention study ever conducted in infants with(More)
BACKGROUND Available biologic agents for the treatment of psoriasis in China are limited. OBJECTIVES The LOTUS study is a phase 3, double-blind, placebo-controlled study that evaluated the efficacy and safety of ustekinumab in Chinese patients with moderate to severe plaque-type psoriasis. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients (n=322) were randomized to receive(More)
Mammalian Argonaute2 (Ago2) protein is the key player of RNA-induced silencing complexes (RISCs), regulating gene function through RNA interference. In this paper, a method to investigate the RNA endonuclease activity of Ago2 is reported using electrochemical technique with G-quadruplex-hemin complexes as signal transduction probes. Experimental results(More)