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Li Z.,Chinese PLA General Hospital | Guo Y.,Zhongshan Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Guangdong Province | Lu Y.,Chinese PLA General Hospital | Li J.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | And 6 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Tectorial membrane, an extracellular matrix of the cochlea, plays a crucial role in the transmission of sound to the sensory hair cells. Alpha-tectorin is the most important noncollagenous component of the tectorial membrane and the otolith membrane in the maculae of the vestibular system. Defects in TECTA, the gene encodes alpha-tectorin, are cause of both dominant (DFNA8/12) and recessive (DFNB21) forms of deafness. Here, we report a three-generation Chinese family characterized by prelingual progressive sensorineural hearing impairment. We mapped the disease locus to chromosome 11q23-24 region, overlapping with the DFNA8/12 locus. Sequencing of candidate gene TECTA revealed a heterozygous c.5945C>A substitution in exon 19, causing amino acid substitution of Ala to Asp at a conservative position 1982. The A1982D substitution is consistent with hearing loss in this Chinese family and has not been found in 200 random control chromosomes. To our knowledge, this is the first TECTA mutation identified in Chinese population. Our data provides additional molecular and clinical information for establishing a better genotype-phenotype understanding of DFNA8/12. © 2013 Li et al. Source

Zheng X.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | Huang H.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | Zheng X.,Fujian Medical University | Li B.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine | Year: 2016

The present study was designed to evaluate the effect of olive oil on bone and uterus in ovariectomized rats. A total of 34 surgically ovariectomized or sham-operated virgin Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: i) Sham-operated control rats (sham group); ii) Ovariectomized rats (OVX group); iii) Olive oil-supplemented ovariectomized rats (olive group); and iv) Diethylstilbestrol-supplemented ovariectomized rats (E2 group). At 12 weeks following left ventricular blood sacrificed to detect plasma estradiol (E2), interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and IL-6 levels. Bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar spine was evaluated using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, and the left femur proximal 1/3 slices were observed using transmission electron microscopy. Uterine wet weight and the uterus index (ratio of uterine wet weight and body weight) were compared, and the uterine endometrium was observed using a light microscope. In the OVX group, serum E2 was significantly lower and IL-1β and IL-6 levels were significantly higher compared with the sham group. By contrast, serum E2 levels increased and IL-1β levels decreased in the olive group, but showed no significant difference compared with the sham group. The lumbar spine BMD in the olive group was increased compared with OVX group. Electron microscopy revealed sparse collagen fibers in the OVX group, with decreased density and multi-cavity, showing pathological features of osteoporosis. By contrast, the situation was improved in the E2 and olive groups, in which organelles such as the rough endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria and Golgi apparatus were visible and active. Compared with the sham group rats, the uterine wet weight and uterine index decreased in the OVX and olive groups; however, no statistically significant difference was observed in the E2 group. Furthermore, endometrial hyperplasia was not observed in the olive group, which were apparently different from E2 group. The present results suggest that olive oil can effectively reduce bone loss in ovariectomized rats, and with no or only mild effects on the uterine endothelium. © 2016, Spandidos Publications. All Rights Reserved. Source

Chi J.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | Chi J.,Xiamen University | Lin B.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | Liu Z.-H.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | And 2 more authors.
Chinese Traditional and Herbal Drugs | Year: 2015

Objective: To investigate the immunosuppressive components in Leigongteng Duogan Tablet (LDT). Methods: High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was applied to establish the fingerprint for LDT from seven manufactures. The immunosuppressive effect of LDT was observed on Con A-induced mice spleen cells, and the cell proliferation and contents of IFN-γ were recorded. Then the partial least squares regression (PLSR) analysis was used to investigate its spectrum-effect relationship. Results: The HPLC fingerprint for LDT from seven manufactures was established, and 18 characteristic peaks were confirmed. The in vitro cell experimental results showed that the proliferation of mice spleen cells and secretion of IFN-γ were inhibited by all LDT significantly compared with the control group. According to the results of PLSR, No. 1, 2, 6, 7, 17, and 18 peaks were strongly related to the proliferation inhibition of mice spleen cells and No. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, and 13 peaks were related to the secretion of IFN-γ. Conclusion: The No. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 17, and 18 peaks are the principal immunosuppressive substances in LDT. © 2015, Editorial Office of Chinese Traditional and Herbal Drugs. All right reserved. Source

Luo H.-C.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | Lei Y.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | Cheng H.-H.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | Fu Z.-C.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | And 8 more authors.
Medicine (United States) | Year: 2016

The aim of our study was to investigate the relationship between cancer-related fatigue and clinical parameters, and the effect factors of fatigue for the prostate cancer patients. Long-term follow-up is performed using the Fatigue Symptom Inventory before treatment (A), at the end of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (B), and 3 months (C), 12 months (D), 24 months (E), 36 months (F), and 48 months (G) after the end of intensity-modulated radiotherapy. Three dimensions of fatigue are assessed during follow-up: severity, perceived interference with quality of life, and duration in the past week. In all, 97 patients with locally advanced prostate cancer were enrolled in the study. Median follow-up time was 43.9 months. The fatigue index was significantly higher in the prostate-specific antigen >20ng/mL, Gleason score >8, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group scores, and the higher education. The most severe fatigue occurred at time points B and C. The score for duration of fatigue fluctuated across the time points, with significantly increased scores at time points D, E, and F. In conclusion, we show that cancer-related fatigue is the important symptom which affects the quality of life for the prostate cancer patients. For patients with locally advanced prostate cancer with a high Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group score, a Gleason score of >8 points, prostate-specific antigen levels of >20ng/mL, and high education, attention should be paid to the interference of fatigue with quality of life, especially general level of activity, ability to concentrate, and mood, after radiotherapy combined with hormonal therapy. © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Source

Zhu L.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | Zhu L.,Binzhou Medical University | Zhang J.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | Song H.,Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Command PLA | And 4 more authors.
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine | Year: 2015

The aim of this study was to establish clinical and genetic factors-based individual administration model of tacrolimus for Chinese Han patients after renal transplantation (RT). The genetic polymorphisms of CYP3A4, CYP3A5 and MDR1 in 216 RT patients were detected by PCR-RFLP, the genetic and clinical factors and blood con­centration/dose × body weight (C/D) values of tacrolimus were performed the single factor correlation analysis, and established the dose prediction algorithm of tacrolimus by stepwise multiple regression analysis. CYP3A5*3, hematocrit and albumin were correlated with the C/D values of tacrolimus, the best regression model could explain 28.3% reason of individual dose differences of tacrolimus, among which CYP3A5*3 polymorphism could explain 23.5%. The genetic factors played an important role in the dose differences of tacrolimus, the patients should be checked CYP3A5*3 genotype before administration of tacrolimus to predict the tacrolimus doses, thus helping to improve the safety and effectiveness of tacrolimus application. © 2015, E-Century Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved. Source

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