G-H Yuan

Renji Hospital, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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Publications (6)16.7 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Anemia is a common hematologic abnormality in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). An inadequate erythropoietin (EPO) response in SLE patients with anemia has been described that may be due to the presence of antibodies to EPO in SLE patients. However, whether anemia in patients with SLE is related to antibodies to EPO receptor (EPOR) has not yet been investigated. We enlisted 169 consecutive patients with SLE and 45 normal individuals to investigate the existence and importance of circulating autoantibodies to EPOR in sera from patients with SLE. In all patients with SLE, the disease activity was evaluated by using the SLE disease activity index SLEDAI. Anti-EPOR antibodies were detected by using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). A higher frequency of anti-EPOR antibodies was observed in SLE patients than in healthy controls (18.3% vs 2.2%, p = 0.007). Moreover, anti-EPOR antibodies were detected in 22 of 69 (31.9%) SLE patients with anemia and in only nine of 100 (9.0%, p < 0.001) in those without. Furthermore, the patients with anti-EPOR antibodies exhibited more severe anemia and often presented as microcytic anemia (p = 0.001). Finally, anti-EPOR antibodies seemed more likely to occur in patients with rash (p = 0.008), lower levels of C(3) component (p = 0.01), higher titer of anti-dsDNA antibodies (p < 0.001) and higher disease activity scores (p = 0.024). The results of this study suggest that anti-EPOR antibodies might play a vital role in SLE patients developing anemia because of the higher incidence of antibodies to EPOR found in SLE patients with anemia. Thus, there might be clinical value in detecting anti-EPOR antibodies in SLE patients with anemia. Therefore, the pathologic role of the antibodies in inducing anemia needs to be established in future studies.
    Lupus 10/2012; · 2.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: CXCL12, also known as stromal cell-derived factor (SDF-1), is a CXC chemokine. Recent reports have shown that CXCL12 might play key roles in a murine model of lupus and in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). A common variant at position 801 in 3'-untranslated region in CXCL12 gene (designated CXCL12-3'G801A) has been reported in association with autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes and systemic sclerosis. We investigated the influence of CXCL12-3'G801A polymorphism on susceptibility to SLE by genotyping this single nucleotide polymorphism in 422 SLE patients and 374 healthy controls. The frequency of G/G homozygote was observed in 60.0% of SLE patients and in 52.7% of healthy individuals (χ(2 )= 4.275, p = 0.039). Compared with patients with G/A and A/A genotype, SLE patients with G/G genotype were also more prone to developing photosensitivity (χ(2 )= 6.778, p = 0.034), renal damage (χ(2 )= 6.388, p = 0.041) and to producing antibodies against nucleosomes (χ(2 )= 8.341, p = 0.015). Moreover, the plasma level of CXCL12α was also significantly increased in patients with G/G homozygote than in healthy controls carrying the same genotype [(4067.0 ± 1092.3) pg/ml vs. (3278.5 ± 547.4) pg/ml, p = 0.002]. Our results suggest that polymorphism in CXCL12-3'G801A might be a genetic risk factor for developing SLE. The association of G/G homozygote with nephritis and skin damage developed in SLE patients might be due to its effects upon the production of auto-antibodies and CXCL12 protein.
    Lupus 02/2012; 21(6):604-10. · 2.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene is a candidate gene for susceptibility to autoimmune disorders. Association studies of VDR polymorphisms and risk of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have often produced conflicting results in different ethnic backgrounds. The aim of this study is to test the association between VDR gene BsmI polymorphism and the genetic susceptibility to SLE in a Han Chinese population. Three hundred and thirty-seven patients with SLE and 239 healthy controls were genotyped for the VDR gene BsmI polymorphism (rs1544410) by polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis in this study, after which the relationship between BsmI polymorphisms and the mRNA expression of VDR, as well as clinical manifestations in patients with SLE, was evaluated. It was found that the frequency of B allele was significantly increased in SLE relative to the control group (χ(2) = 4.681, p = 0.031), although the distribution of VDR BsmI polymorphism genotype frequencies did not differ significantly between patients and controls (χ(2) = 4.098, p = 0.129). Moreover, VDR B allele was found to be associated with lupus nephritis (p = 0.027) and also with production of anti-nucleosome antibodies (p = 0.037). The mRNA of VDR was markedly down-regulated in patients with VDR B allele compared with that in patients without B allele (p = 0.016). Our results indicate a possible role of genetic factors (the VDR B allele) in influencing disease susceptibility in Han Chinese patients. Also, VDR B allele is associated with the development of nephritis and the down-regulation of VDR mRNA expression in SLE.
    Lupus 01/2012; 21(1):53-9. · 2.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: HLA-G is a non-classical HLA-class Ib molecule with multiple immunoregulatory properties. A 14-bp insertion/deletion polymorphism in the HLA-G gene has been suggested to influence the expression of HLA-G and to associate with certain pathological conditions, including autoimmune diseases. We investigated the influence of the 14-bp insertion/deletion polymorphism in the HLA-G gene on disease susceptibility in systemic lupus erythematosus by genotyping this polymorphism in 231 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and 367 healthy controls and analyzing the levels of soluble HLA-G in a subset of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and healthy subjects from a Han Chinese population. No statistically significant differences were observed in the frequencies of the 14-bp insertion/deletion HLA-G alleles or genotypes between controls and patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. However, a significant increased expression of soluble HLA-G was noted in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (mean value = 230.2 U/ml vs 118.3 U/ml in controls, p = 0.0001). Moreover, patients with high levels of soluble HLA-G presented with higher disease activity and had more neurological involvement. Our results do not support the HLA-G 14-bp insertion/deletion polymorphism as a genetic factor influencing systemic lupus erythematosus susceptibility. It is possible that the expression of soluble HLA-G in systemic lupus erythematosus is enhanced as part of a mechanism to try to restore the tolerance process towards auto-antigens and to counteract inflammation. However, the participation of this molecule in the pathological process of the disease also could not be excluded.
    Lupus 11/2009; 18(14):1259-66. · 2.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this article is to compare the prevalence of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients with and without arthritis and in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Anti-CCP antibodies were measured using ELISA in 159 SLE patients with arthritis (12 patients with erosive arthritis), 108 SLE patients without arthritis, 76 RA patients, and 87 healthy subjects (controls). The following had anti-CCP antibodies above the cut-off level (5 U/ml): 27.3% of SLE patients, 42.1% SLE patients with arthritis, 5.6% SLE patients without arthritis, 85.5% RA patients and 1.1% controls. The mean titre of anti-CCP antibodies in the SLE group was much lower than that in the RA group (33 +/- 72 vs. 160 +/- 125 U/ml), but higher in SLE patients with erosive arthritis than those with non-erosive arthritis (221 +/- 88 vs. 32 +/- 42 U/ml). Hand poly-arthritis occurred more frequently in anti-CCP-positive SLE patients with erosive arthritis than those with non-erosive arthritis. Anti-CCP antibodies were prevalent in some SLE patients, more prevalent in SLE patients with arthritis than those without arthritis. Anti-CCP-positive SLE patients were more likely associated with hand poly-arthritis, and high titre of anti-CCP antibodies might be used as a predictor for the complication of erosive arthritis.
    Lupus 02/2009; 18(8):713-7. · 2.78 Impact Factor
  • Y Qing, J-G Zhou, G Yuan
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    ABSTRACT: A 37-year-old man presented with sweating, confusion, palpitations, hunger and tremor of 3 months duration. The symptoms disappeared after ingestion of food. After 3 months, he suffered from irregular fever, arthritis, rash, photosensitivity, and was admitted to the hospital. His antinuclear antibody, anti-double stranded DNA antibody, anti-smith antibody and lupus erythematosus cell phenomenon were all positive. Urine analysis showed albuminuria; his 24-h urine protein was 4.7 g. During hospitalisation, the patient presented with loss of consciousness three times because of hypoglycaemia. His serum insulin level during the hypoglycaemic episode was high at 490-1080 mmol/L (normal range: 6.00-27.00 mmol/L). He had never received an insulin rejection. Both insulin autoantibody and insulin receptor antibody were positive. Investigations confirmed systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with autoimmune hypoglycaemia. High-dose of corticosteroids, chloroquine and cyclophosphamide therapy had resulted in remission of hypoglycaemia associated with resolution of circulating antibodies to insulin and insulin receptor, and improvement in clinical and laboratory features of SLE.
    Lupus 02/2009; 18(5):457-9. · 2.78 Impact Factor

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34 Citations
16.70 Total Impact Points

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  • 2012
    • Renji Hospital
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
    • Sichuan University
      Hua-yang, Sichuan, China
  • 2009–2012
    • North Sichuan Medical College
      Shun’tsin, Sichuan, China