First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College

Kunming, China

First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College

Kunming, China
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Wang D.,CAS Kunming Institute of Zoology | Wang D.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences | Feng J.-Q.,CAS Kunming Institute of Zoology | Feng J.-Q.,Liaoning Normal University | And 6 more authors.
Human Genetics | Year: 2012

Leprosy is an ancient infectious disease, with over 200,000 affected people (mainly in Asia and Africa) being registered annually. Genetic factors may confer susceptibility to this disease. In the present study, we genotyped 12 genetic variants of the MRC1 gene and the IFNG gene in 527 Han Chinese with leprosy and 583 healthy individuals from Yunnan, China, to discern potential association of these two genes with leprosy. In particular, we aimed to validate the recently reported association of MRC1 variant rs1926736 (p.G396S) and IFNG variant rs2430561 (+874 T>A) with leprosy, which were initially observed in Vietnamese and Brazilian populations, respectively. Our results failed to confirm the reported association between variants rs1926736 and rs2430561 and leprosy in Han Chinese. However, we found that variants rs692527 (P = 0.022) and rs34856358 (P = 0.022) of the MRC1 gene were associated with paucibacillary leprosy, and rs3138557 of the IFNG gene was significantly associated with multibacillary leprosy. The exact role of the MRC1 gene and the IFNG gene in leprosy awaits future study. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Lin W.-M.,CAS Kunming Institute of Zoology | Karsten U.,Glycotope GmbH | Goletz S.,Glycotope GmbH | Cheng R.-C.,First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College | Cao Y.,CAS Kunming Institute of Zoology
International Journal of Experimental Pathology | Year: 2011

The cancer-initiating capacity of most malignant tumours is considered to reside in a small subpopulation of cells. Therapeutical interventions should target these cells rather than the tumour mass. Numerous studies have shown that the carbohydrate antigen structure CD176 (Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen, core-1) is present in many types of cancer and absent in normal adult human tissues. In this study, we assessed whether CD176 is co-expressed with CD44 or CD133 [markers of cancer-initiating cells (CIC)] in human lung, breast and liver carcinoma. A variety of human cancer cell lines and surgical specimens of these malignancies were examined. It was found that in most cases the majority of tumour cells stained strongly for CD44 by immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry, whereas CD133 expression was found on a smaller, but varying proportion of cells. Co-expression of CD176 with CD44 was found at a surprisingly high percentage of cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. Co-expression of CD176 with CD133 was also detected, although at a lower rate. Tamoxifen treatment of MDA-435 breast cancer cells enhanced the CD44+/CD176+ phenotype. Evidence is provided through a new sandwich solid-phase enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) suggesting that CD44 is a carrier molecule for CD176 not only in colorectal cancer as previously reported, but also in lung, breast and liver cancer. The expression of CD176 in CIC suggests that it may represent an effective target for tumour therapies. © 2010 The Authors. International Journal of Experimental Pathology © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Lin H.,University of Texas Medical Branch | Qian J.,University of Texas Medical Branch | Qian J.,First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College | Castillo A.C.,University of Texas Medical Branch | And 4 more authors.
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science | Year: 2011

Purpose. Micro(mi)RNAs negatively regulate a wide variety of genes through degradation or posttranslational inhibition of their target genes. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of miR-23a in modulating RPE cell survival and gene expression in response to oxidative damage. Methods. The expression level of miR-23a was measured in macular retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells of donor eyes with aged-related macular degeneration (AMD) and age-matched normal eyes by using qRT-PCR. Cultured human ARPE-19 cells were transfected with miR-23a mimic or inhibitor. Cell viability was assessed by the MTT assay. Apoptosis was determined by incubating cells with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) or t-butylhydroperoxide (tBH). Caspase-3 activity and DNA fragmentation were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. The protein relevant to apoptosis, such as Fas expression level, was analyzed by Western blot analysis. Results. miR-23a expression was significantly downregulated in macular RPE cells from AMD eyes. H2O2-induced ARPE-19 cell death and apoptosis were increased by an miR-23a inhibitor and decreased by an miR-23a mimic. Computational analysis found a putative target site of miR-23a in the 3′UTR of Fas mRNA, which was verified by a luciferase reporter assay. Forced overexpression of miR-23a decreased H2O2 or tBH-induced Fas upregulation, and this effect was blocked by downregulation of miR-23a. Conclusions. The protection of RPE cells against oxidative damage is afforded by miR-23a through regulation of Fas, which may be a novel therapeutic target in retinal degenerative diseases. © Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.


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.


Qian J.,University of Texas Medical Branch | Qian J.,First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College | Keyes K.T.,University of Texas Medical Branch | Long B.,University of Texas Medical Branch | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Cellular Biochemistry | Year: 2011

In addition to cholesterol-lowering effect, HMG-CoA reductase inhibition by statins has been shown to have protective effect in many cells type. The loss of vision in retinal degeneration disease associates with oxidative stress and apoptosis in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cell. This study was designed to examine the effect of statins on oxidant-induced damage in human RPE cells. Cultured human ARPE-19 (ARPE) cells were challenged with hydrogen peroxide (H 2O 2) plus tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) in the presence or absence of statins or various stress signaling inhibitors, including anti-oxidants N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase inhibitor diphenylene iodonium (DPI), and the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) inhibitor SB203580. Apoptosis was evaluated by TUNEL analysis and cell viability was determined by MTT assay. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) were detected by 2′,7′- dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (H 2DCFH-DA). Expression of p-p38 MAPK protein was measured by Western blot analysis. Our findings indicate that statins treatment significantly suppressed oxidant-induced ROS accumulation and RPE apoptosis. Statins increased cell viability in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, statins treatment prevented the activation of NADPH oxidase and p38 MAPK signaling induced by oxidative stress. These results suggest that statins protects ARPE cells from oxidative stress via an NADPH oxidase and/or p38 MAPK-dependent mechanisms, which may contribute to statins-induced beneficial effects on RPE function. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.


Bi R.,CAS Kunming Institute of Zoology | Bi R.,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences | Li W.-L.,First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College | Chen M.-Q.,First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College | And 2 more authors.
Mutation Research - Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis | Year: 2011

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) somatic mutations have been identified in nearly all kinds of cancer during the past decade. Normally one need to determine the complete mtDNA sequences from both cancerous and normal tissues of the same patient to score the somatic mutation in cancer. In this study, we intended to explore a strategy to quickly identify somatic mutations in the entire mtDNA genome based on its phylogeny. The principal assumption for this strategy is that somatic mutations, as recently accumulated in cancerous tissue, have younger age and will be located in the terminal branches of mtDNA phylogenetic tree. In contrast, the haplogroup-specific variants, which appear as germline variants and have ancient age, will be located in the basal or intermediate-node branches of the tree, depending on their relative age. When the complete mtDNA sequence of the cancerous tissue is determined and is classified relative to the available mtDNA phylogeny, we only need to screen the variants that are located in the terminal branch in the paracancerous tissue or other normal tissue from the same patient to identify somatic mutations in cancer. We validated this strategy by using paired gastric cancer tissue and paracancerous tissue or blood from 10 Chinese patients (including one with gastric stromal tumor). A total of seven somatic mutations were identified in the cancerous tissues from four patients. Our result suggests that employing mtDNA phylogenetic knowledge facilitates rapid identification of mitochondrial genome somatic mutations in cancer. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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