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Scleroderma (systemic sclerosis, SSc) is a complex autoimmune disease caused by progressive fibrotic replacement of normal tissue architecture, a progressive and ultimately fatal process that currently has no cure. Although dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) is known to be involved in a variety of pathophysiologic processes, the role of miRNAs in SSc is(More)
Uncontrolled fibrosis in multiple organs is the main cause of death in systemic sclerosis (SSc), and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) activation plays a fundamental role in the process. Our previous study demonstrated that miR-21 was significantly up-regulated in SSc fibroblasts. Here, we found that TGF-β regulated the expression of miR-21 and(More)
AIM To explore the association between the Arg(972) insulin receptor substrate (IRS)-1 polymorphism (rs1801278) and the risk and disease activity/severity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHOD We genotyped the Arg(972) IRS-1 polymorphism in 871 pairs of age-, sex-, body mass index-, residence area- and current smoking status-matched RA patients and(More)
The presence of Arg972 insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) is associated with impaired insulin/IRS-1 signaling to activate phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K). Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), an inflammatory cytokine with a central role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), induces apoptosis in osteoblasts, which are the principal cell type(More)
Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) comprises a group of rare systemic diseases characterized by progressive weakness of the symmetrical proximal limb muscles, elevated muscle enzymes, inflammation or necrosis on muscle biopsy. IIM may impair the function of multiple organs, particularly the heart. However, it rarely manifests as acute myocardial(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the effect of unmethylated CpG motif containing oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG ODN) on the function of dendritic cells (DCs) in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). METHODS DCs were obtained from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of 15 CHB patients, 12 hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriers, and 10 healthy controls. The expressions(More)
The aim of the study was to measure the diagnostic values of biomarkers of bacterial infection in idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) patients. The serum and clinical data of 82 IIM patients with/without bacterial infection were collected. Concentrations of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR), soluble triggering receptor expressed on(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the clinical characteristics of invasive fungal infection secondary to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS We observed the clinical features and experimental examination in 91 patients treated in Xiangya Hospital in recent years, of which 48 patients with invasive fungal infection and 41 patients without invasive fungal(More)
INTRODUCTION Bowel-associated dermatosis-arthritis syndrome is rare systemic diseases characterized by a prodrome of fever, chills, and influenza-like symptoms with subsequent skin eruptions, myalgias, and polyarthralgias. It is reported to be occurred in Intestinal bypass surgery and inflammatory bowel disease. CASE DESCRIPTION Herein, we described a(More)
Multicentric reticulohistiocytosis (MRH) is a rare and debilitating systemic disorder characterized by cutaneous nodules and destructive polyarthritis. Due to its unknown etiology, the treatment of MRH varies with different rates of success, which causes treatment options to be rather independent and empirical. In the present study, a case of a 48‑year‑old(More)
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