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PubMed | Tongji University, Dongfang Hospital and Shanghai University
Type: | Journal: Nutrition and cancer | Year: 2017

Green tea is a commonly consumed beverage in Asia and has been suggested to have anticarcinogenic properties. To date, epidemiological evidence of the effect of green tea consumption on liver cancer risk remains ambiguous. The aim of this meta-analysis is to evaluate the association between green tea consumption and the risk of liver cancer. The summary relative risk for the highest consumption (5 cups/day) of green tea on liver cancer incidence compared with nondrinkers was 0.62 (95% confidence interval: 0.49-0.79). We also found a trend that the incidence of liver cancer was reduced with the increasing years of green tea intake (significance at >20yr). A significant dose-response association was found between green tea drinking and liver cancer risk. The downward trend was most obvious when the consumption of green tea increased up to about 4 cups/day. The results showed that the increasing green tea intake may have a preventive effect against liver cancer.


PubMed | University of Pennsylvania, Dongfang Hospital and Shanghai University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: PloS one | Year: 2016

An optimal therapeutics to manage opioid withdrawal syndrome is desired for opioid addiction treatment. Down-regulation of endogenous endomorphin-2 (EM2) level in the central nervous system after continuous morphine exposure was observed, which suggested that increase of EM2 could be an alternative novel method for opioid dependence. As a short peptide, the short half-life of EM2 limits its clinical usage through conventional administration. In the present study, we engineered an EM2 gene using a signal peptide of mouse growth factor for an out-secretory expression of EM2 and an adenovirus as a vector, which ultimately sustained the release of EM-2. After administration of the adenovirus in central nervous system, a sustained increase of EM2 level in the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) was observed along with a reduction of morphine withdrawal syndrome. These findings suggest that the engineered EM2 gene delivered to the central nervous system could be a novel therapeutics for withdrawal syndrome in opioid dependent subjects.


PubMed | Fujian Medical University, Tianjin University, Dongfang Hospital and Shanghai JiaoTong University
Type: | Journal: Scientific reports | Year: 2016

The Dishevelled/EGL-10/Pleckstrin (DEP) domain-containing (DEPDC) proteins have seven members. However, whether this superfamily can be distinguished from other proteins based only on the amino acid sequences, remains unknown. Here, we describe a computational method to segregate DEPDCs and non-DEPDCs. First, we examined the Pfam numbers of the known DEPDCs and used the longest sequences for each Pfam to construct a phylogenetic tree. Subsequently, we extracted 188-dimensional (188D) and 20D features of DEPDCs and non-DEPDCs and classified them with random forest classifier. We also mined the motifs of human DEPDCs to find the related domains. Finally, we designed experimental verification methods of human DEPDC expression at the mRNA level in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and adjacent normal tissues. The phylogenetic analysis showed that the DEPDCs superfamily can be divided into three clusters. Moreover, the 188D and 20D features can both be used to effectively distinguish the two protein types. Motif analysis revealed that the DEP and RhoGAP domain was common in human DEPDCs, human HCC and the adjacent tissues that widely expressed DEPDCs. However, their regulation was not identical. In conclusion, we successfully constructed a binary classifier for DEPDCs and experimentally verified their expression in human HCC tissues.


PubMed | Fuyang Peoples Hospital, Dongfang Hospital, Huaibei 1st Peoples Hospital, Chaoyang Hospital and 5 more.
Type: | Journal: Respiratory medicine | Year: 2016

Almost all international guidelines recommend corticosteroids for management of exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), because it leads to improved outcomes of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD). Nevertheless, due to its side effects, there are still concerns regarding the use of systemic corticosteroid (SC). Inhaled corticosteroids (IC) can be used as an alternative to SC, while reducing the risk of occurrence of side effects.To measure the clinical efficacy and side effects of nebulized budesonide and systemic methylprednisolone in AECOPD.Valid data from 410 AECOPD patients in 10 hospitals was collected. Patients were randomly divided into 2 groups; budesonide group, treated with nebulized budesonide (2mg 3 times/day); and methylprednisolone group, treated with intravenously injected methylprednisolone (40mg/day). COPD assessment test (CAT), arterial blood gas analysis, hospitalization days, adverse effects, fasting blood glucose, serum creatinine, alanine aminotransferase levels, and blood drug were measured and analyzed in both groups.Symptoms, pulmonary function and arterial blood gas analysis were significantly improved after treatment in both groups (P<0.05), with no significant differences between them (P>0.05), while incidence of adverse events in the budesonide group was lower (P<0.05). No significant differences in CAT score, days of admission, blood gas analysis results and physiological and biochemical indexes were found between the two groups. Patients treated with methylprednisolone showed a higher degree of PaOResults show that inhalation of budesonide (2mg 3 times/day) and systemic methylprednisolone (40mg/day) had similar clinical outcome in AECOPD. In conclusion, inhaled budesonide is an alternative to systemic corticosteroids in AECOPD treatment.


Gao X.,Changzheng Hospital | Huang L.,Dongfang Hospital | Huang L.,Mount Sinai School of Medicine | Grosjean F.,Mount Sinai School of Medicine | And 11 more authors.
Kidney International | Year: 2011

Dietary protein restriction is an important treatment for chronic kidney disease. Herein, we tested the effect of low-protein or low-protein plus ketoacids (KA) diet in a remnant kidney model. Rats with a remnant kidney were randomized to receive normal protein diet (22%), low-protein (6%) diet (LPD), or low-protein (5%) plus KA (1%) diet for 6 months. Protein restriction prevented proteinuria, decreased blood urea nitrogen levels, and renal lesions; however, the LPD retarded growth and decreased serum albumin levels. Supplementation with KA corrected these abnormalities and provided superior renal protection compared with protein restriction alone. The levels of Kruppel-like factor-15 (KLF15), a transcription factor shown to reduce cardiac fibrosis, were decreased in remnant kidneys. Protein restriction, which increased KLF15 levels in the normal kidney, partially recovered the levels of KLF15 in remnant kidney. The expression of KLF15 in mesangial cells was repressed by oxidative stress, transforming growth factor-Β, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α. The suppressive effect of TNF-α on KLF15 expression was mediated by TNF receptor-1 and nuclear factor-B. Overexpression of KLF15 in mesangial and HEK293 cells significantly decreased fibronectin and type IV collagen mRNA levels. Furthermore, KLF15 knockout mice developed glomerulosclerosis following uninephrectomy. Thus, KLF15 may be an antifibrotic factor in the kidney, and its decreased expression may contribute to the progression of kidney disease. © 2011 International Society of Nephrology.


Si Y.-C.,Beijing University of Chinese Medicine | Li Q.,Beijing University of Chinese Medicine | Xie C.-E.,Dongfang Hospital | Niu X.,Beijing University of Chinese Medicine | And 2 more authors.
Chinese Medicine (United Kingdom) | Year: 2014

Some Chinese herbs are anti-thrombolysis, and anti-inflammatory, improves brain RNA content, promotes brain protein synthesis, enhances dopamine function, regulates brain hormones, and improves microcirculation in central nervous system that might improve, repair and rehabilitation from the stroke and brain injury. Specific Chinese herbs and their components, such as Acanthopanax, Angelica, could maintain the survival of neural stem cells, and Rhodiola, Ganoderma spore Polygala, Tetramethylpyrazine, Gardenia, Astragaloside and Ginsenoside Rg1 promoted proliferation of neural stem cells, and Rhodiola, Astragaloside promoted differentiation of neural stem cell into neuron and glia in vivo. Astragalus, Safflower, Musk, Baicalin, Geniposide, Ginkgolide B, Cili polysaccharide, Salidroside, Astragaloside, Antler polypeptides, Ginsenoside Rg1, Panax notoginseng saponins promoted proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells in vitro. Salvia, Astragalus, Ginsenoside Rg1, P. notoginseng saponins, Musk polypeptide, Muscone and Ginkgolide B promoted neural-directed differentiation of MSCs into nerve cells. These findings are encouraging further research into the Chinese herbs for developing drugs in treating patients of stroke and brain injury. © 2014 Si et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Lai G.,PLA Fourth Military Medical University | Lai G.,Dongfang Hospital | Wu C.,PLA Fourth Military Medical University | Hong J.,Dongfang Hospital | Song Y.,Dongfang Hospital
Journal of Asthma | Year: 2013

Objectives. 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25-(OH)2D3) has immune- and inflammation-modulating properties in asthma, but its possible effects on asthmatic airway remodeling remain uncertain. In this study, we investigated the effects of 1,25-(OH)2D3 on airway remodeling in a murine model of chronic asthma and investigated its role in regulating nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activation. Methods. BALB/c mice were sensitized to ovalbumin (OVA) and subsequently exposed to intranasal OVA challenges for 9 weeks. Some mice also received an intraperitoneal injection of 1,25-(OH)2D3 at the time of challenge. At the end of the challenge period, mice were evaluated for chronic airway inflammation and airway remodeling. Nuclear translocation of NF-κB p65 in lung tissue was examined by Western blot. Inhibitor of NF-κB alpha (IκBα) expression was determined by real-time quantitative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blot. Phosphorylated IκBα protein expression was also determined by Western blot. Results. 1,25-(OH)2D3 treatment reduced OVA-induced chronic inflammation in lung tissue and attenuated established structural changes of the airways, including subepithelial collagen deposition, goblet cell hyperplasia, and increased airway smooth muscle mass. 1,25-(OH)2D3 also inhibited the nuclear translocation of NF-κB p65 in lung tissue. Concurrently, 1,25-(OH)2D3 induced increased IκBα protein levels via inducing increased IκBα mRNA levels and decreased IκBα phosphorylation. Conclusion. 1,25-(OH)2D3 could attenuate asthmatic airway remodeling and its inhibition of NF-κB activation may underlie this protective effect. © 2012 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.


Liu W.,Dongfang Hospital | Zhong S.,Dongfang Hospital | Chen J.,Dongfang Hospital | Yu Y.,Dongfang Hospital
Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology | Year: 2012

GOALS:: To evaluate the HER-2/neu protein level by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and its gene amplification by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in gastric cancer samples, and the relevance to the prognosis of gastric cancer patients. STUDY:: HER-2/neu overexpression and gene amplification were examined with semiquantitative standardized IHC in 775 formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded gastric cancer samples, and 252 of these cases were analyzed with FISH. RESULTS:: Of the 775 gastric cancer samples examined by IHC, a total of 88 (11%) cases were positive for HER-2/neu overexpression at a score of 3+; another 44 (6%) cases were equivocal with a score of 2+; and the rest 643 (83%) cases were negative scored as 0/1+. Intestinal-type and early-stage cancers exhibited higher rate of HER-2/neu overexpression than those of diffuse/mixed-type and advanced cancers (P<0.05). Intestinal-type and early-stage cancers with HER-2/neu overexpression also exhibited short 5 year survival rates (21% vs. 47%, P=0.027; 29% vs. 60%, P=0.037) than HER-2/neu-negative cases, but not in the diffuse/mixed-type and advanced stage cancers. By FISH analysis, it was shown that 70% (60/86) of IHC 3+ had HER-2/neu gene amplication. In contrast, only 14% (6/43) of IHC 2+ cases, and 2.5% (3) of the 120 cases with IHC 0/1+ randomly selected showed HER-2/neu gene amplification. CONCLUSIONS:: HER-2/neu overexpression may be used as an independent prognostic factor for intestinal-type and early-stage gastric cancer patients. IHC 3+ and 2+ cases should be further detected by FISH to assess HER-2/neu gene status. Patients with HER-2/neu amplification also might constitute potential candidates for targeted therapy with trastuzumab. © 2012 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


PubMed | Xuzhou Medical College and Dongfang Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Lymphatic research and biology | Year: 2015

To make a lymphatic specimen of the dorsum of the hand for educational and clinical purposes.A total of four hands from two unembalmed human cadavers were used. Under a surgical microscope, 6% hydrogen peroxide was employed to detect the lymphatic vessels commencing from fingers. A 30-gauge needle was inserted into vessels and injected with a barium sulphate mixture. Each specimen was radiographed, photographed, and dissected to demonstrate the lymphatic vessels on the dorsum of the hand. After being embalmed in 4% formalin for 3 months, specimen was then sealed in a plexiglass container for display.An average of sixteen lymph collecting vessels were found in the subcutaneous tissue of the dorsum of the hand. The diameter of the vessels varied from 0.2 mm to 0.6 mm. Vessels were the continuation of lymph vessels arising from fingers. They travelled meanderingly in the subcutaneous tissue and traversed over or under the veins when they met.Actual and accurate lymphatic distributions of the dorsum of the hand have been described and displayed. The information upgrades our anatomical knowledge and the results will be of benefit for the lymphatic education and clinical application.


PubMed | Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dongfang Hospital, Beijing Jiaotong University and University of Bradford
Type: | Journal: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM | Year: 2015

Background. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an individualized medicine by observing the symptoms and signs (symptoms in brief) of patients. We aim to extract the meaningful herb-symptom relationships from large scale TCM clinical data. Methods. To investigate the correlations between symptoms and herbs held for patients, we use four clinical data sets collected from TCM outpatient clinical settings and calculate the similarities between patient pairs in terms of the herb constituents of their prescriptions and their manifesting symptoms by cosine measure. To address the large-scale multiple testing problems for the detection of herb-symptom associations and the dependence between herbs involving similar efficacies, we propose a network-based correlation analysis (NetCorrA) method to detect the herb-symptom associations. Results. The results show that there are strong positive correlations between symptom similarity and herb similarity, which indicates that herb-symptom correspondence is a clinical principle adhered to by most TCM physicians. Furthermore, the NetCorrA method obtains meaningful herb-symptom associations and performs better than the chi-square correlation method by filtering the false positive associations. Conclusions. Symptoms play significant roles for the prescriptions of herb treatment. The herb-symptom correspondence principle indicates that clinical phenotypic targets (i.e., symptoms) of herbs exist and would be valuable for further investigations.

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