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Autosomal dominant periodic fever syndromes are characterized by unexplained episodes of fever and severe localized inflammation. In seven affected families, we found six different missense mutations of the 55 kDa tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR1), five of which disrupt conserved extracellular disulfide bonds. Soluble plasma TNFR1 levels in patients(More)
INTRODUCTION Increasing evidence indicates that microRNAs (miRNAs) play a critical role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases. The aim of the study was to investigate the expression pattern and function of miRNAs in CD4+ T cells from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS The expression profile of miRNAs in CD4+ T cells from synovial(More)
OBJECTIVE Abnormal myelination is a major pathological sequela of chronic periventricular white matter injury in survivors of premature birth. We tested the hypothesis that myelination failure in chronic hypoxia-ischemia-induced periventricular white matter injury is related to persistent depletion of the oligodendrocyte (OL) precursor pool required to(More)
Shiverer-immunodeficient (Shi-id) mice demonstrate defective myelination in the central nervous system (CNS) and significant ataxia by 2 to 3 weeks of life. Expanded, banked human neural stem cells (HuCNS-SCs) were transplanted into three sites in the brains of neonatal or juvenile Shi-id mice, which were asymptomatic or showed advanced hypomyelination,(More)
A single inertial BAM neural network with time-varying delays and external inputs is concerned in this paper. First, by choosing suitable variable substitution, the original system can be transformed into first-order differential equations. Then, we present several sufficient conditions for the global exponential stability of the equilibrium by using matrix(More)
Few data are available to clarify whether changes in albuminuria over time translate to changes in cardiovascular risk. The aim of the present study was to examine whether changes in albuminuria during 4.8 years of antihypertensive treatment were related to changes in risk in 8206 patients with hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy in the Losartan(More)
The hepatoprotective effects and molecular mechanisms of baicalein on acute liver failure induced by d-galactosamine (d-GalN)/lipopolysaccharides (LPS) were investigated in vivo. Mice were administered with different doses of baicalein (50, 100 or 150mg/kg, p.o.) 1h before injection of d-GalN (700mg/kg)/LPS (10μg/kg) and then sacrificed 6h after treatment(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of malnutrition among patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and determine the associations between malnutrition and non-motor symptoms (NMS). METHODS We conducted a cross-sectional assessment of 117 consecutive outpatients with PD and their respective caregivers. The participants were(More)
The mir-34/449 family consists of six homologous miRNAs at three genomic loci. Redundancy of miR-34/449 miRNAs and their dominant expression in multiciliated epithelia suggest a functional significance in ciliogenesis. Here we report that mice deficient for all miR-34/449 miRNAs exhibited postnatal mortality, infertility and strong respiratory dysfunction(More)