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OBJECTIVE Recent genome-wide association studies suggested the PRDM1-ATG5 gene region as a systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-associated locus both in Caucasian and Chinese populations; however, the candidate gene was still obscure and the possible functional significance needed to be determined. METHODS In this study, by a multistage integrative(More)
OBJECTIVE Although the number of convincingly established genetic associations with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has increased sharply over the last few years, refinement of these associations is required, and their potential roles in gene-gene interactions need to be further investigated. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in SLE have(More)
OBJECTIVES Hyperplasia of synovial fibroblasts, infiltration with lymphocytes and tissue hypoxia are major characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Extensive data support a key role for toll-like receptors (TLRs) in RA. Little is known regarding the impact of hypoxia on TLR-induced inflammation in RA. The aim of this study was to reveal the effects of(More)
Despite early speculation to the contrary, all tropical forests studied to date display seasonal variations in the presence of new leaves, flowers, and fruits. Past studies were focused on the timing of phenological events and their cues but not on the accompanying changes in leaf area that regulate vegetation-atmosphere exchanges of energy, momentum, and(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, our research group identified the non-deleted (functional) leucocyte immunoglobulin-like receptor A3 (LILRA3) as a new genetic risk for rheumatoid arthritis. OBJECTIVES To further investigate whether the functional LILRA3 is a new susceptibility factor for other autoimmune diseases-for example, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and(More)
Synovial fibroblast hyperplasia, T-cell hyperactivity, B-cell overactivation, and the self-perpetuating interactions among these cell types are major characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The inflamed joints of RA patients are hypoxic, with upregulated expression of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) in RA synovial fibroblasts (RASFs). It remains(More)
The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument provides global imagery at nine discrete viewing angles and four visible/near-infrared spectral bands. MISR standard products include green leaf area index (LAI) of vegetation and fraction of photosynthetically active radiation absorbed by vegetation (FPAR). This paper describes the research basis(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the role of anti-nucleosome antibodies (AnuA) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS IgG anti-nucleosome antibodies were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in the sera of 233 SLE and 220 other rheumatic diseases' patients as well as 31 health controls. The patients were also evaluated for clinical and(More)
BACKGROUND Toll like receptor (TLR) 9 has been shown to play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in animal models. Its pathogenic role in human SLE, however, was poorly elucidated. This study was performed to investigate the role of TLR9 involved in the aberrant signaling pathway and its correlation with disease activity(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the annual direct and indirect costs of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in China and identify the predictors for cost of illness. METHODS A cross-sectional study of cost of illness from the societal perspective was conducted on 829 patients with RA in 21 tertiary care hospitals in China between July 2009 and December 2010. Data on(More)