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Meng A.,Hebei Medical University | Zhang X.,Hebei Province General Hospital | Wu S.,Hebei Medical University | Wu M.,Hebei Medical University | And 4 more authors.
International Journal of COPD | Year: 2016

Background: Systemic inflammation and steroid resistance are the hallmarks of COPD. We examined the impact of p38 inhibitor (SB203580) in in vitro assays of systemic inflammation using pulmonary cells and patients’ sera. Objective and methods: Data from 66 COPD patients and 15 age-/sex-matched healthy controls were compared. Interleukin-10 (IL-10), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and CCL5 were measured in serum samples and culture media from peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The impact of sera on IL-10 and CCL5 expression in alveolar macrophage cell line (MH-S) was examined. The in vitro effects of SB203580 on lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation were investigated. Results: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) D patients produced more CCL5 and TNF-α, and less IL-10 compared to GOLD A-C patients. SB203580 treatment suppressed CCL5 and TNF-α and stimulated IL-10 production; however, the effect of SB203580 on IL-10 was lower in the COPD group. Culture of MH-S cells with COPD serum showed a significant increase in CCL5 and a significant decrease in IL-10 compared to healthy serum. This effect was not suppressed with SB203580 treatment. Conclusion: COPD serum has a potent proinflammatory effect on pulmonary cells. Inhibition of p38 phoshorylation had a limited effect in restoring impaired lymphocyte function and suppressing inflammation induced by COPD serum, implying important p38-independent inflammatory mechanisms in COPD. © 2016 Meng et al. Source


Yang J.,Hebei Medical University | Kuang X.-R.,Hebei Medical University | Lv P.-T.,Hebei Province General Hospital | Yan X.-X.,Hebei Medical University
Tumor Biology | Year: 2014

Thymoquinone (TQ) is the primary bioactive component of Nigella sativa Linn seed oil and used as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-neoplastic agent. Previous studies have shown that TQ exhibits inhibitory effects on multiple cancers. However, the detailed antineoplastic effects and its molecular mechanisms of TQ on lung cancer are not entirely elucidated yet. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of TQ on cell proliferation, migration, and invasion as well as its underlying anti-metastatic mechanisms in A549 cells. Lung cancer cell line A549 cells were treated with different concentration of TQ for different period of time, and the growth-inhibitory effects of TQ was measured by MTT and cell count assays; cell cycle was determined by flow cytometry; wound healing and transwell assays were used to assess the cell migration and invasion activities; Western blot and real-time quantitative RT-PCR were used to determine the expression of proliferation and invasion associated genes as well as MAPKs pathway molecules; gelatinase activity was estimated using gelatin zymography assay. The results show that TQ played a role in inhibiting the proliferation, migration, and invasion of A549 lung cancer cells, it also inhibited the expression level of PCNA, cyclin D1, MMP2, and MMP9 mRNA and protein in a dose- and time-dependent manner especially at 10, 20, 40 μmol/L concentrations. The cell cycle inhibitor P16 expression and the gelatinase activities of MMP2 and MMP9 were also inhibited by TQ dramatically. TQ reduced phosphorylation of ERK1/2; however, the proliferation and invasion inhibitory effects of TQ on A549 cells were neutralized by ERK1/2 inhibitor PD98059. In conclusion, our study confirmed that TQ could inhibit A549 cell proliferation, migration, and invasion through ERK1/2 pathway, as proposed the therapeutic potential of TQ as an anti-metastatic agent in human lung cancer treatment. © 2014, International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers (ISOBM). Source


Wu G.-L.,Bethune International Peace Hospital of Peoples Liberation Army PLA | Yuan J.-L.,PLA Fourth Military Medical University | Huang X.-D.,Bethune International Peace Hospital of Peoples Liberation Army PLA | Rong J.-F.,Hebei Province General Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Tumor Biology | Year: 2013

Increased expression of CARMA3 has been reported to be involved in tumorigenesis and tumor progression of several cancer types. The aim of our study is to investigate the prognostic role of CARMA3 expression in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Real-time quantitative PCR was performed to detect CARMA3 mRNA expression level in 31 paired samples of RCC and adjacent noncancerous renal tissues. Subsequently, extensive immunohistochemistry was performed to detect CARMA3 protein expression in 114 RCC cases. Clinicopathological data for these patients were evaluated. The prognostic significance was assessed using the Kaplan-Meier survival estimates and log-rank tests. CARMA3 mRNA expression was significantly higher in RCC tissues compared with adjacent noncancerous renal tissues (3.525 ± 1.233 vs. 1.512 ± 0.784, P < 0.001). In addition, high CARMA3 expression in RCC tissues was significantly associated with tumor size (P = 0.026), histological differentiation (P = 0.039), tumor stage (P = 0.006), and the presence of metastasis (P < 0.001). Moreover, Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that patients with high CARMA3 expression also had a significantly poorer prognosis than those with low CARMA3 expression (log-rank test, P < 0.001). Furthermore, multivariate analysis illustrated that CARMA3 overexpression might be an independent prognostic indicator for the survival of patients with RCC. In conclusion, this work shows that CARMA3 may serve as a novel and prognostic marker for RCC and play a role during the development and progression of the disease. © 2013 International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers (ISOBM). Source


Zhang X.,Hebei Medical University | Meng A.,Hebei Medical University | Wang H.,Hebei Province General Hospital | Yan X.,Hebei Medical University
Oncology Letters | Year: 2014

The present study sought to characterize the role of macrophage inflammatory protein-3α (MIP-3α) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with early recurrence or metastasis after primary pulmonary resection. Follow-up examinations were conducted for 203 NSCLC patients with primary pulmonary resection for two years post-operatively, and data was also collected for 20 healthy subjects. Serum MIP-3α levels were determined prior to surgery and at post-operative days (PODs) 30, 90 and 180, and the relevant clinical and operative variables were collected. Serum MIP-3α was measured using a commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. There were no significant differences in age, gender and histological type among all groups (P>0.05). Serum MIP-3α levels on POD 180 were significantly higher in the recurrence group than in the non-recurrence group and healthy subjects (P=0.001). There was no significant difference in the serum MIP-3α level at PODs 90 and 180 in the patients with or without adjuvant chemotherapy (P>0.05). The recurrence rate in the high serum MIP-3α level group was 41.67%, much higher than the 23.53% observed in the low level group (P=0.006). The patients with high serum levels of MIP-3α had a significantly shorter overall recurrence-free time compared with those with low levels (P=0.004). Multivariate Cox's regression analyses showed that only serum MIP-3α level was significant, with a hazard ratio of 1.061, a 95% confidence interval of 1.044-1.078 and a P-value of 0.001. The serum MIP-3α level in the patients with liver and bone metastases were remarkably higher than those with recurrence at other sites. The high post-operative serum MIP-3α levels were associated with an increased risk of post-operative early recurrence or metastasis in the lung cancer patients, specifically in those with bone or liver metastases. Source


Sun Y.,Hebei Province General Hospital | Zhu L.,Zhejiang University | Huang X.,Zhejiang University | Zhou C.,Zhejiang University | Zhang X.,Zhejiang University
European Journal of Histochemistry | Year: 2014

The pseudocapsule surrounding fibroids consists of compressed myometrium containing nerves and blood vessels that continue into adjacent myometrium. Oxytocin (OXT) is thought to affect wound healing after myomec-tomy. We determined the presence of OXT and protein gene product 9.5 (PGP9.5) immunore-active nerve fibers in pseudocapsule compared to adjacent myometrium. Samples (N=106) of pseudocapsule and adjacent myometrium were collected from 57 women with uterine fibroids undergoing myomectomy, and stained with anti-OXT and PGP 9.5 antibodies to demonstrate the presence of nerve fibers. Nerve fibers in the pseudocapsule stained positively with OXT (89/106, 84.0%) and PGP 9.5 (94/106, 88.7%). The densities of nerve fibers staining with PGP 9.5 and OXT in the pseudocapsule were highest in the isthmus (23.68±22.45/ mm2 and 43.35±40.74/mm2, respectively). There were no significant differences in the density of nerve fibers, stained with either OXT or PGP 9.5, between the pseudocapsule, and adjacent normal myometrium regardless of the fibroid location in the uterus (P>0.05). These results suggest that the pseudocapsule should avoid to be damaged during the myomectomy procedure. © Y. Sun et al., 2014. Source

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