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Shi M.,First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College
Lin chuang er bi yan hou tou jing wai ke za zhi = Journal of clinical otorhinolaryngology, head, and neck surgery | Year: 2012

To investigate the characteristics and significant of mutations of GJB2 gene, SLC26A4 gene and mitochondrial 12S rRNA in deaf children who received cochlear implantation (CI) in Yunnan and to provide the data for diagnoses and research of recovery in C1 children. Genomic DNA was extracted from the peripheral blood samples collected from 46 children and their parents (110 cases). All the children received the CI. Their parents had normal auditory phenotype. PCR was performed and the products were sequenced by automated DNA sequencer to detect the hot spots of mutations. The detection rates of GJB2 235delC (13.0%) and 109G>A (24.0%) mutations were significantly higher than other mutations. SLC26A was the secondary major mutation (13.0%). We found out that no patient carried the mitochondrial 12S rRNA mutations. Leukoencephalopathy, hyperbilirubinemia and hypoxic-ischemic injure were disclosed in 7 patients (15.2%). The rate of mutations in parents was 36.0% (23/64). There had no difference between Han and other racial minorities (P>0.05). The CI recipients in Yunnan with a high frequency of 235 delC and 109 G>A mutation, IVS7-2A>G (6.5%) is also a common mutation related hearing loss; aminoglycoside antibiotics may not be the main reason which induced congenital deaf in CI children; environment facts was suggested to contribute another important cause. The hot-spots gene screening for the C1 children could offer an accurate genetic counseling for early diagnosis and treatment, it also provide evidences for the clinical analysis between mutations and curative effect. Source


Duan Z.L.,First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College
Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University | Year: 2010

To explore the effect of Beclin1 overexpression on the growth of ovarian carcinoma cell line SKOV3 in vitro and in vivo. The recombinant plasmid pcDNA3.1/Beclin1 was constructed and transfected into SKOV3 cells via lipofectamine 2000. MTT assay was used to evaluate the effect of Beclin1 overexpression on the proliferation and growth of the transfected cells, whose apoptosis and autophagy were analyzed by flow cytometry. SKOV3 cells transfected with the plasmids pcDNA3.1/Beclin1 or pcDNA3.1 were inoculated subcutaneously in nude mice, and their carcinogenic and growth activities in vivo were evaluated. MTT assay showed that transfection with pcDNA3.1/Beclin1 significantly inhibited the proliferations of SKOV3 cells, with a cell inhibition rate of 58.68% (P<0.05). The transfection also resulted in a cell apoptosis rate of (21.26-/+3.89)%, significantly higher than that of pcDNA3.1 trasnfection (P<0.05). Flow cytomerty showed that pcDNA3.1/Beclin1 transfection of SKOV3 cells produced a significantly higher MDC fluorescent intensity than pcDNA3.1 transfection. The SKOV3 cells transfected with vector pcDNA3.1/Beclin1 also showed decreased carcinogenic activity in nude mice, with a growth inhibition rate of 50.27%. Beclin1 overexpression can inhibit the proliferation and growth of SKOV3 cells in vitro and vivo, suggesting its potential role in gene therapy of ovarian carcinoma. Source


Bian H.,First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College
Dong wu xue yan jiu = Zoological research / "Dong wu xue yan jiu" bian ji wei yuan hui bian ji | Year: 2012

To investigate a simple and effective intraocular xenotransplant technique of rhesus monkey neural progenitor cells to rats, mechanical injury was induced in the rat's right retina. And the GFP-labeled rhesus monkey neural progenitor cells suspension was slowly injected into the vitreous space of the right injured and left control eye. Confocal image suggested that the xenografted cells survived in both the injured and control eye, meanwhile the cells integrated in the injured right retina. The results demonstrated that intravitreal xenotransplant could be adopted as a simple and reliable method. Source


Chen X.S.,First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College
Zhonghua zheng xing wai ke za zhi = Zhonghua zhengxing waike zazhi = Chinese journal of plastic surgery | Year: 2012

To report the operative techniques and clinical results of specially designed sural neurocutaneous vascular flap pedicled on a dominant perforator (the diameter > or = 0.8 mm) of the peroneal artery for coverage of soft tissue defects overlying the Achilles tendon. An approximately rectangular sural neurocutaneous vascular flap pedicled on the lowest dominant perforator arising from the peroneal artery was designed and harvested to repair defects over the Achilles tendon. The pedicle was located at a certain part of the flap, which divided the flap into the distal and the proximal parts. After the tendon was repaired, the flap was rotated 180 degrees based on the perforator and the position of the distal and proximal parts of the flap was changed to cover the defects and part of the donor site respectively. In most cases, skin graft was not needed. The modified flaps were applied in 15 cases. All flaps (ranged from 13 cm x 15 cm - 18 cm x 9 cm ) were transplanted successfully without necrosis, and no vascular problems occurred. Following up for 10-17 months showed both satisfactory functional and cosmetic results. The modified flap has reliable blood supply and the special design provides nearly normal outline of the ankle which favorites shoe wearing. It' s an excellent option for covering defects overlying the Achilles tendon. Source


Qian J.,University of Texas Medical Branch | Qian J.,First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College | Ling S.,University of Texas Medical Branch | Castillo A.C.,University of Texas Medical Branch | And 4 more authors.
American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology | Year: 2012

Phosphatase and tensin homolog on chromosome 10 (PTEN) is downregulated during hypertrophic and cancerous cell growth, leading to activation of the prosurvival Akt pathway. However, PTEN regulation in cardiac myocytes upon exposure to hypoxia remains unclear. We explored the role of PTEN in response to hypoxia/ischemia in the myocardium. We validated that PTEN is a transcriptional target of activating transcription factor 2 (ATF-2) and is positively regulated via a p38/ATF-2 signaling pathway. Accordingly, hypoxia-induced upregulation of phosphorylation of ATF-2 and PTEN were reversed by a dominant negative mutant p38. Inhibition of PTEN in cardiomyocytes attenuated hypoxiainduced cell death and apoptosis. Cardiac-specific knockout of PTEN resulted in increased phosphorylation of Akt and forkhead box O 1 (forkhead transcription factors), limited infarct size in animals exposed to ischemia-reperfusion injury, and ameliorated deterioration of left ventricular function and remodeling following permanent coronary artery occlusion. In addition, the activation of Bim, FASL, and caspase was coupled with PTEN activation, all of which were attenuated by PTEN inhibition. In conclusion, cardiomyocyte-specific conditional PTEN deletion limited myocardial infarct size in an in vivo model of ischemia-reperfusion injury and attenuated adverse remodeling in a model of chronic permanent coronary artery ligation. © 2012 the American Physiological Society. Source

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