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Follistatin-like protein 1: a serum biochemical marker reflecting the severity of joint damage in patients with osteoarthritis

Yuji Wang12*, Dawei Li2*, Nanwei Xu1, Weijian Tao3, Ruixia Zhu1, Rongbin Sun1, Weiwei Fan2, Ping Zhang4, Tianhua Dong5 and Long Yu2

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1 Department of Orthopaedics, Changzhou No.2 People's Hospital, the Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, 29 Xinglong Alley, Changzhou, 213003, P. R. China

2 State Key Laboratory of Genetic Engineering, Institute of Genetics, School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, 220 Handan Road, Shanghai, P. R China

3 Department of Orthopaedics, Suzhou Xiangcheng People's Hospital, 1060 Huayuan Road, Suzhou, 215131, P. R. China

4 Clinical laboratory, Changzhou No.2 People's Hospital, the Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, 29 Xinglong Alley, Changzhou, 213003, P. R. China

5 Department of Orthopaedics, the First Affiliated Hospital of Suzhou University, 188 Shizi Street, Suzhou, 215006, P. R. China

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Arthritis Research & Therapy 2011, 13:R193  doi:10.1186/ar3522

Published: 25 November 2011

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Figure 1S. Distribution of serum FSTL1 concentrations in 48 male and 120 female OA patients. Table 1S. Baseline characteristics of 112 female patients with OA of the knee according to serum FSTL1 levels. Table 2S. Baseline characteristics of 46 male patients with OA of the knee according to serum FSTL1 levels.

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