Osteoarthritis

Protein-protein interaction network analysis of osteoarthritis-related differentially expressed genes

Y. C. Zhu, Deng, B. Y., Zhang, L. G., Xu, P., Du, X. P., Zhang, Q. G., and Yang, B., Protein-protein interaction network analysis of osteoarthritis-related differentially expressed genes, vol. 13, pp. 9343-9351, 2014.

The purpose of this study was to identify genes and pathways for osteoarthritis (OA) diagnosis and therapy. We downloaded the gene expression profile of OA from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database including 10 early OA, 9 late OA, and 5 normal control samples. Next, we screened differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between early- and late-stage OA samples comparing with healthy control samples.

Increased serum ADAMTS-4 in knee osteoarthritis: a potential indicator for the diagnosis of osteoarthritis in early stages

W. Li, Du, C., Wang, H., and Zhang, C., Increased serum ADAMTS-4 in knee osteoarthritis: a potential indicator for the diagnosis of osteoarthritis in early stages, vol. 13, pp. 9642-9649, 2014.

We compared serum levels of a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs (ADAMTS)-4, ADAMTS-5, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, and MMP-3 in patients with different stages of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and investigated the clinical significance of diagnosing OA in early stages. OA patients were divided into 2 groups: early OA group (44 cases), intermediate and advanced OA group (26 cases). The healthy control group included 30 samples. ADAMTS-4, ADAMTS-5, MMP-1, and MMP-3 levels in the serum were tested using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.

Association between hypoxia-inducible factor-1a levels in serum and synovial fluid with the radiographic severity of knee osteoarthritis

H. Chu, Xu, Z. M., Yu, H., Zhu, K. J., and Huang, H., Association between hypoxia-inducible factor-1a levels in serum and synovial fluid with the radiographic severity of knee osteoarthritis, vol. 13, pp. 10529-10536, 2014.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is primarily characterized by articular cartilage degradation. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1a (HIF-1a), a subunit of the basic helix-loop-helix-containing PER-ARNT-SIM (PAS) domain transcription factors, plays a vital role in the survival of articular chondrocytes to the hostile hypoxic microenvironment and complicates the progression of OA. In this study, we examined whether HIF-1a levels in the serum and synovial fluid (SF) of patients with knee OA were increased and whether the increase was correlated with the radiographic severity of the disease.

Protein interaction and microRNA network analysis in osteoarthritis meniscal cells

M. Wang, Liu, C., Zhang, Y., Hao, Y., Zhang, X., and Zhang, Y. M., Protein interaction and microRNA network analysis in osteoarthritis meniscal cells, vol. 12, pp. 738-746, 2013.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis among elderly adults. Herein, we performed protein-protein interaction (PPI) and miRNA network analysis to evaluate the global correlation between miRNA regulation and the PPI network in human osteoarthritis. Our results showed that desmoplakin (DSP), cystatin A (CSTA), calmodulin 1, tyrosine kinase endothelial, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), IGF-binding protein 7 (IGFBP7), syndecan 1 (SDC1), ephrin type-A receptor 4, and PDZ and LIM domain protein 1 were associated with osteoarthritis.

Comparative genome-wide gene expression analysis of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis

C. Q. Yi, Ma, C. H., Xie, Z. P., Cao, Y., Zhang, G. Q., Zhou, X. K., and Liu, Z. Q., Comparative genome-wide gene expression analysis of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, vol. 12, pp. 3136-3145, 2013.

Both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) are complex diseases. Studies and treatment of RA and OA have mainly focused on individual factors. However, there is still no clear understanding of their causes and adequate treatment alternatives are still being sought. We applied gene set-enrichment analysis to microarray datasets of RA and OA to look for regulatory mechanisms. We found 32 highly significant pathways, including 18 downregulated and 14 upregulated pathways associated with RA.

ADAMTS14 gene polymorphism associated with knee osteoarthritis in Thai women

T. Poonpet, Honsawek, S., Tammachote, N., Kanitnate, S., and Tammachote, R., ADAMTS14 gene polymorphism associated with knee osteoarthritis in Thai women, vol. 12, pp. 5301-5309, 2013.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent form of arthritis in the elderly. This disease is characterized by breakdown and loss of articular cartilage due to genetic, mechanical and environmental factors. Although the pathophysiology of OA is not completely known, several candidate genes have been reported to be associated with OA susceptibility. We assessed the association between genetic variation in the ADAMTS14 region and knee osteoarthritis susceptibility in the Thai population.

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