Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Brain Function and Brain Disease

Hefei, China

Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Brain Function and Brain Disease

Hefei, China
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Bao D.,Anhui Medical University | Bao D.,Anhui Provincial Stereotactic Neurosurgical Institute | Bao D.,Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Brain Function and Brain Disease | Cheng C.,Anhui Medical University | And 13 more authors.
Oncotarget | Year: 2017

The incidence of glioma in men is higher than that in women; however, little is known about the expression and basic function of the androgen receptor (AR) in gliomas. AR inhibited the small VCP/p97-interacting protein (SVIP) on the transcriptional level was previously reported. The present study shows that the protein level of AR is highly expressed in cell lines of the nervous system. Moreover, the AR expression is increased while SVIP expression is decreased in tumor tissue of glioma patients, which is in agreement with the progressing WHO grades. A statistically significant increase in serum testosterone level of glioma patients compared with that of non-cancer patients was also detected. Furthermore, it has been proved that SVIP is down-regulated as well as AR is up-regulated in glioma cell lines with R1881 treatment. Interestingly, the depletion of SVIP using siRNA facilitated cell proliferation and decreased p53 expression. In addition, overexpression of SVIP increased cell death only in p53wt cell lines. Moreover, U87MG cells, p53wt cell line was susceptible to AR antagonists in vitro and in vivo. The current study provides insight into the biological role of AR in suppressing SVIP and p53 and promoting the progression of glioma as well as the clinical treatment of glioma patients.


Qin Y.,Anhui University of Science and Technology | Chen W.,Anhui University of Science and Technology | Liu B.,Anhui University of Science and Technology | Zhou L.,Anhui University of Science and Technology | And 9 more authors.
Theranostics | Year: 2017

We attempt to demonstrate the regulatory role of miR-200c in glioma progression and its mechanisms behind. Here, we show that miR-200c expression was significantly reduced in the glioma tissues compared to paratumor tissues, especially in malignant glioma. Exogenous overexpression of miR-200c inhibited the proliferation and invasion of glioma cells. In addition, the in vivo mouse xenograft model showed that miR-200c inhibited glioma growth and liver metastasis, which is mainly regulated by targeting moesin (MSN). We demonstrated that the expression of MSN in glioma specimens were negatively correlated with miR-200c expression, and MSN overexpression rescued the phenotype about cell proliferation and invasion induced by miR-200c. Moreover, knockdown of MSN was able to mimic the effects induced by miR-200c in glioma cells. These results indicate that miR-200c plays an important role in the regulation of glioma through targeting MSN. © Ivyspring International Publisher.


Chen P.,Anhui Medical University | Chen P.,Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Brain Function and Brain Disease | Chen P.,Anhui Provincial Stereotactic Neurosurgical Institute | Wang G.,Anhui Medical University | And 13 more authors.
Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience | Year: 2016

Recent studies have provided evidence that there are two possible systems for empathy: affective empathy (AE) and cognitive empathy (CE). Neuroimaging paradigms have proven that the insular cortex is involved in empathy processing, particularly in AE. However, these observations do not provide causal evidence for the role of the insula in empathy. Although impairments in empathy have been described following insular damage in a few case studies, it is not clear whether insular cortex is involved in CE and whether these two systems are impaired independently or laterally in patients with insular gliomas. In this study, we assessed 17 patients with an insular glioma, 17 patients with a noninsular glioma, and 30 healthy controls using a method that combined a self-report empathy questionnaire with the emotion recognition task, assessment of empathy for others’ pain, and the emotional perspective-taking paradigm. We found that patients with an insular glioma had lower scores for empathic concern and perspective taking than did either healthy controls or lesion controls. The patients’ abilities to recognize facial emotions, perceive others’ pain, and understand the emotional perspectives of others were also significantly impaired. Furthermore, we did not observe a laterality effect on either AE or CE among those with insular lesions. These findings revealed that both AE and CE are impaired in patients with an insular glioma and that the insular cortex may be a central neuroanatomical structure in both the AE and CE systems. © 2016, Psychonomic Society, Inc.


Niu C.S.,Anhui Provincial Hospital | Niu C.S.,Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Brain Function and Brain Disease | Niu C.S.,Anhui Provincial Stereotactic Neurosurgical Institute | Yang Y.,Anhui Provincial Hospital | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Oncology | Year: 2013

MiR-134 is a brain-enriched miRNA that plays an essential role in the development of the embryonic stem cell-orientated differentiation to central nervous system by suppression of Nanog and neural development (including neurons, cylindraxile and dendrites) and has been shown to be downregulated in oligodendrogliomas (ODG) and glioblastomas (GBM), suggesting its possible involvement in brain tumor progression. In this study, we defined the expression and function of miR-134, which we found to be downregulated in glioma samples and the glioblastoma cell line U87 by SYBR green real-time quantitative reverse transcription-PCR (real-time PCR). Early reports have characterized Nanog as a direct target of miR-134 by a dual-luciferase reporter assay in 293T cells. In our study, overexpression of miR-134 in U87 glioblastoma cells resulted in significant downregulation of Nanog mRNA levels as well as protein levels. miR-134 overexpression reduced the proliferation, invasiveness and migration capability of U87 cells while promoted apoptosis of these cells in vitro and suppressed the growth of tumor xenografts in vivo. These findings demonstrated that miR-134 deregulation is common in human gliomas. Restoration of its function inhibits cell proliferation, invasion and migration capability and promotes apoptosis, which could be partly due to its inhibitory effect on Nanog protein expression in glioblastoma cells. MiR-134 could play an important role as a tumor suppressor relying on its direct translational attenuation of Nanog.


Yang Y.,Anhui Medical University | Yang Y.,Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Brain Function and Brain Disease | Niu C.-S.,Anhui Medical University | Niu C.-S.,Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Brain Function and Brain Disease | And 3 more authors.
Oncology Reports | Year: 2013

The stemness gene Nanog has been shown to play an important role in tumor development, including glioma. Nanog is phosphorylated at multiple Ser/Thr-Pro motifs, which promotes the interaction between Nanog and the prolyl isomerase Pin1, leading to Nanog stabilization by suppressing its ubiquitination. The present study investigated the expres sion and relationship of Pin1 and Nanog in human gliomas. Significantly higher mRNA and protein expression levels of Pin1 and Nanog were demonstrated in 120 glioma specimens of different pathological grades by RT-PCR, immunohis tochemistry staining and western blot analysis. The relative levels of Pin1 expression, as well as Nanog expression, were significantly positively correlated with pathological grade. Moreover, a positive correlation of Pin1 and Nanog expres sion in human gliomas was noted. Co-localization of Pin1 and Nanog was observed in the perinuclear space in the cytoplasm of glioma cells detected by immunofluorescence staining. Significantly positive correlation between Pin1 and Nanog in gliomas indicated that Pin1 and Nanog may be related to tumorigenesis and development of glioma cells.


Cheng C.,Anhui Medical University | Cheng C.,Anhui Provincial Stereotactic Neurosurgical Institute | Cheng C.,Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Brain Function and Brain Disease | Niu C.,Anhui Medical University | And 5 more authors.
Oncology Reports | Year: 2013

The human herpesvirus-associated ubiquitin-specific protease (HAUSP) deubiquitinating enzyme has been shown to regulate many proteins involved in the cell cycle, as well as tumor suppressors and oncogenes. However, the expression pattern of HAUSP in glioma patients is still unclear. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the expression pattern and prognostic significance of HAUSP in patients with glioma. Eighty glioma specimens and 10 normal control samples were obtained. Immunohistochemical assay, quantitative real-time PCR and western blot analysis were carried out to explore the expression of HAUSP. Additionally, the association of HAUSP expression with clinicopathological parameters and the survival of glioma patients were analyzed. Our results showed that HAUSP expression levels were increased from grade I to grade IV in the tumors of the glioma patients. Moreover, the survival rate of patients with HAUSP-positive tumors was lower when compared to that of patients with HAUSP-negative tumors. We further confirmed that high expression of HAUSP was a significant and independent prognostic indicator in glioma by multivariate analysis. Our data provide convincing evidence for the first time that the overexpression of HAUSP at the gene and protein levels is correlated with poor outcome in patients with glioma in China. HAUSP may play an important oncogenic role in glioma progression, and it is a potential diagnostic and therapeutic target.

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