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Follistatin-like protein 1 is elevated in systemic autoimmune diseases and correlated with disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Dawei Li1*, Yuji Wang12*, Nanwei Xu2, Qianghua Wei3, Min Wu4, Xiaofeng Li5, Ping Zheng6, Sai Sun1, Yuli Jin3, Gailian Zhang5, Ruomin Liao7 and Ping Zhang8

Author Affiliations

1 State Key Laboratory of Genetic Engineering, Institute of Genetics, School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, 220 Handan Road, Shanghai, 200433, People's Republic of China

2 Department of Orthopaedics, the Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Changzhou second People's Hospital, 29 Xinglong Alley, Changzhou, 213003, People's Republic of China

3 Department of Rheumatology, Shanghai First People's Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University, 85 Wujin Road, Shanghai, 200080, People's Republic of China

4 Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, The Third Affiliated Hospital, Suzhou University, Changzhou first People's Hospital, 185 Juqian Street, Changzhou, 213003, People's Republic of China

5 Department of Rheumatology, the Second Hospital, Shanxi Medical University, 382 Wuyi Road, Taiyuan, 030001, People's Republic of China

6 Department of Gastroenterology, Shanghai First People's Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University, 85 Wujin Road, Shanghai, 200080, People's Republic of China

7 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Shanghai First People's Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University, 85 Wujin Road, Shanghai, 200080, People's Republic of China

8 Clinical laboratory, the Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Changzhou Second People's Hospital, 29 Xinglong Alley, Changzhou, 213003, People's Republic of China

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Arthritis Research & Therapy 2011, 13:R17  doi:10.1186/ar3241

Published: 8 February 2011

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Supplementary data. Figure S1. Distribution of serum follistatin-like protein 1 (FSTL1) levels in the different groups including the healthy controls and the patients with systemic autoimmune diseases. Table S1. Descriptive statistics of serum follistatin-like protein 1 (FSTL1) levels in the different groups including the healthy controls and the patients with systemic autoimmune diseases.

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