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1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D(3) (1,25(OH)(2)D(3)) can modulate immune responses, but whether it directly affects B cell function is unknown. Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, especially those with antinuclear Abs and increased disease activity, had decreased 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) levels, suggesting that vitamin D might play a role in regulating autoantibody(More)
AIM Oxidative stress is a key contributor to endothelial dysfunction and associated cardiovascular pathogenesis. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an antioxidant gasotransmitter that protects endothelial cells against oxidative stress. Sirtuin3 (SIRT3), which belongs to the silent information regulator 2 (SIR2) family, is an important deacetylase under oxidative(More)
A simple and rapid method for the simultaneous determination of seven isoquinoline alkaloids, protopine, chelidonine, coptisine, stylopine, sanguinarine, berberine, and chelerythrine, in Chelidonium majus L. (Ch. majus) samples by ultra-performance LC method with photodiode array detection is described. The baseline separation of these compounds was(More)
BACKGROUND Our study explored whether the microRNA-126 (miR-126)-mediated PTEN/PI3K/AKT (phosphatase and tensin homology deleted on chromosome 10/phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase regulatory subunit-β/AKT) signaling pathway by targeting PIK3R2 affects the proliferation, migration, and invasion of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) A549 cells. MATERIALS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertension is common in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and isolated systolic hypertension (ISH) accounts for most patients with inadequate blood pressure (BP) control. However, it remains unclear whether the prevalence of ISH would increase with the advancement of CKD. METHODS CKD patients of stages 3, 4 and 5 were recruited (n =(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Volume overload is believed to play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of hypertension in dialysis patients. Although the extracellular water (ECW) content in hypertensive dialysis patients was significantly higher than in normotensive dialysis patients on the whole, there was considerable overlap in ECW between the two groups. Little is(More)
BACKGROUND Malnutrition is a predictor of cardiovascular disease in dialysis patients, but the mechanisms remain unknown. We investigated links between nutritional markers and arterial stiffness in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients. METHODS We evaluated the relationship between arterial stiffness evaluated by pulse-wave velocity (PWV) and(More)
BACKGROUND While a high blood pressure (BP) in patients receiving maintenance ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) is associated with congestive heart failure and an increased mortality, the relevance of diurnal variations in BP is unknown. METHODS In a prospective study, we enrolled 76 prevalent patients receiving stable CAPD (age 60.4 +/- 13.8 years;(More)
Lung carcinoma is a deadly malignant disease with poor prognosis and increasing incidence in recent years. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the initiation and progression of lung cancer is still not completely elucidated. Recently, myocyte enhancer factor 2D (MEF2D) has been reported to promote the growth of liver cancer, but its implication in(More)
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has been shown to have powerful antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties that can regulate multiple cardiovascular functions. However, its precise role in diabetes-accelerated atherosclerosis remains unclear. We report here that H2S reduced aortic atherosclerotic plaque formation with reduction in superoxide (O2 (-)) generation(More)