Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Molecular Medicine

Nanjing, China

Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Molecular Medicine

Nanjing, China
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Jin J.-L.,Nanjing University | Liu Z.,Nanjing University | Liu Z.,Nanjing Medical University | Lu Z.-J.,Nanjing University | And 11 more authors.
Current Neurovascular Research | Year: 2013

Hereditary spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is a devastating, incurable disease. Stem-cell-based therapies represent new promise for clinical research in neurology. The objectives of this study were to assess the feasibility, efficacy, and potential toxicity of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UCMSCs) therapy in patients with SCA. Sixteen genomically diagnosed SCA patients were enrolled and received intravenous and intrathecal infusion of UCMSCs. Clinical, laboratory, and radiographic evaluations were conducted to assess the safety of UCMSC therapy. Efficacy was evaluated by the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) and International Cooperative Ataxia Rating Scale (ICARS) scores. Among the 16 cases, there were no serious transplant-related adverse events happened in 12 months follow-up. The majority of patients showed improved BBS and ICARS scores continuing for at least 6 months which indicated UCMSC therapy could alleviate SCA symptoms. This study suggested that UCMSC transplantation was safe and might delay the progression of SCA. This may represent a new therapeutic strategy for SCA and other genetic neurological diseases. Copyright © 2012 Bentham Science Publishers.

Zhang Z.,Nanjing Medical University | Zhang Z.,Xuzhou Medical College | Wu Z.,Nanjing Medical University | Zhu X.,Nanjing Medical University | And 6 more authors.
Neuroscience Letters | Year: 2014

Inflammation is an important contributor to the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Anti-inflammatory medication may offer promising treatment for AD. Hydroxy-safflor yellow A (HSYA), a chemical component of the safflower yellow pigments, has been reported to exert potent immunosuppressive effects. This study examined the anti-inflammatory effects of HSYA in Aβ1-42-treated BV-2 microglia cells. The mRNA levels of IL-1β, IL-4, IL-10, TNF-α, COX-2 and iNOS were detected by real-time PCR. Western blotting was used to determine the protein expression of COX-2, TNF-α, iNOS, Janus Kinase 2 (JAK2), p-JAK2, signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 (STAT3) and p-STAT3. BV2-conditioned medium was used to treat SH-SY5Y cells and primary neuronal cells in indirect toxicity experiments. Cell viability and apoptosis were assessed using MTT assay and Annexin V/PI staining respectively. The results demonstrated that HSYA significantly reduced the expression of the pro-inflammatory mediators and inhibited Aβ1-42-induced neuroinflammation. Moreover, HSYA protected primary cortical neurons and SH-SY5Y cells against microglia-mediated neurotoxicity. HSYA also enhanced the phosphorylation of JAK2/STAT3 pathway and inhibition of JAK2 by AG 490 attenuated the anti-inflammatory effects of HSYA. Overall, our findings suggested that HSYA inhibited Aβ1-42-induced inflammation and conferred neuroprotection partially through JAK2/STAT3 pathway, indicating that HSYA could be a potential drug for the treatment of AD. © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Pan J.-S.,Nanjing Medical University | Pan J.-S.,Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Molecular Medicine | Zhang K.,Nanjing Medical University | Zhou J.,Nanjing Medical University | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Microbiology | Year: 2010

The diagnosis of recent hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection depends on serologic testing for anti-HEV IgM; however, false-positive results may occur. In the present study, we cloned the ORF2 fragment of genotype 4 HEV and demonstrated that a subregion covering amino acids 459 to 607 in ORF2 forms the immunodominant B-cell epitopes, as it does in genotype 1 viruses. Truncation of several residues from either the N or C terminus of the polypeptide abolished the reactivity of anti-HEV from naturally infected persons. By the combination of high reactivity of the immunodominant polypeptide and poor reactivity of the truncated polypeptide, we established an indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect anti-HEV IgM. In this assay, all 37 sera that were HEV RNA positive reacted with the immunodominant polypeptide but not with the truncated one, and none of 159 sera from healthy persons reacted with either of the polypeptides. In retesting of 117 sera that originally tested positive for anti-HEV IgM, using a Genelabs kit, only 34 were positive and 83 were negative. Western blot analyses and other experiments strongly indicated that these 83 discordant sera were negative for anti-HEV IgM. Furthermore, among the 117 sera, 5 reacted with both the immunodominant and truncated polypeptides, with comparable optical densities at 450 nm. However, their reactivity was demonstrated to result from nonspecific binding. Together, the data indicate that the poor reactivity of a truncated ORF2 polypeptide can be used to exclude nonspecific binding in the detection of anti-HEV IgM. Copyright © 2010, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

Zhang Z.-H.,Nanjing Medical University | Zhang Z.-H.,Xuzhou Medical College | Yu L.-J.,Nanjing Medical University | Hui X.-C.,Nanjing Medical University | And 9 more authors.
Brain Research | Year: 2014

Beta-amyloid (Aβ)-mediated inflammation plays a critical role in the initiation and progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Anti-inflammatory treatment may provide therapeutic benefits. In this study, the effect of hydroxy-safflor yellow A (HSYA) on Aβ1-42-induced inflammation in AD mice was investigated and the underlying mechanisms were explored. Aβ1-42 was injected into bilateral hippocampi of mice to induce AD models in vivo. Spatial learning and memory of mice were investigated by the Morris water maze test. Activated microglia and astrocytes were examined by immunofluorescence staining for ionized calcium-binding adapter molecule-1 (Iba-1) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). The mRNA of inflammatory cytokines were measured using real-time PCR. NF-κB p65 translocation was analyzed by western blotting and immunostaining. IκB and phosphorylation of JAK2 and STAT3 were tested by western blotting. The results showed that HSYA ameliorated the memory deficits in Aβ1-42-induced AD mice. HSYA suppressed Aβ1-42-induced activation of microglia and astrocytes and reduced the mRNA expression of pro-inflammatory mediators. HSYA up-regulated the JAK2/STAT3 pathway and inhibits the activation of NF-κB signaling pathways. Pharmacological inhibition of STAT3 by AG490 reversed the inactivation of p65 and anti-inflammatory effects of HSYA. In conclusion, these results suggest that HSYA protects Aβ1-42-induced AD model through inhibiting inflammatory response, which may involve the JAK2/STAT3/NF-κB pathway. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

Zhang M.,Nanjing Medical University | Han L.,Nanjing Medical University | Xu Y.,Nanjing Medical University | Xu Y.,Nanjing University | Xu Y.,Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Molecular Medicine
Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology | Year: 2012

1. Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART), first isolated from the ovine hypothalamus, is a potential neurotransmitter widely distributed throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as in endocrine cells in the pituitary and adrenal glands, pancreatic islets and stomach. 2. Numerous studies have established the role of CART in food intake, maintenance of bodyweight, stress control, reward and pain transmission. Recently, it was demonstrated that CART, as a neurotrophic peptide, had a cerebroprotective against focal ischaemic stroke and inhibited the neurotoxicity of β-amyloid protein, which focused attention on the role of CART in the central nervous system (CNS) and neurological diseases. 3. In fact, little is known about the way in which CART peptide interacts with its receptors, initiates downstream cascades and finally exerts its neuroprotective effect under normal or pathological conditions. The literature indicates that there are many factors, such as regulation of the immunological system and protection against energy failure, that may be involved in the cerebroprotection afforded by CART. 4. The present review provides a brief summary of the current literature on CART synthesis and active fragments, its distribution in the CNS and, in particular, the role of CART peptide (and its receptors and signalling) in neurological diseases. © 2011 The Authors. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Chen Z.-B.,Nanjing Medical University | Huang D.-Q.,Nanjing Medical University | Niu F.-N.,Nanjing Medical University | Zhang X.,Nanjing Medical University | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism | Year: 2010

The purpose of this study is to investigate the possible mechanism and the neuroprotective effect of human urinary kallidinogenase (HUK) in cerebral ischemia. The mouse middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model was used. Mice were treated with HUK (20 PNAU/g per day, intravenous) or saline as control, from the beginning of reperfusion to 72 h. Neurological deficits, infarct size, and BWC were measured at 6, 24, 48, and 72 h after MCAO, respectively. Pathological changes of brain were observed by TUNEL assay. Inflammatory factors were measured by real-time PCR and western blotting. Activation of MAPKs, Akt, and nuclear factor-B (NF-κB) was detected by western blotting. Our results indicated that HUK significantly improved neurofunction, decreased infarct size, and suppressed edema, as well as inflammatory mediators as compared with the vehicle group. Furthermore, HUK inhibited the NF-κB pathway and activated the MAPK/ERK pathway in this neuroprotection. © 2010 ISCBFM All rights reserved.

Zhu H.-R.,Nanjing University | Wang Z.-Y.,Nanjing University | Wang Z.-Y.,Nanjing Medical University | Zhu X.-L.,Nanjing University | And 7 more authors.
Neuropharmacology | Year: 2010

Icariin (ICA) has neuroprotection in oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) neurons by increasing Sirtuin1 (SIRT1). However, little is known about the role of ICA on stroke. SIRT1 is a class III histone deacetylase and activates peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1α (PGC-1α) which stimulates mitochondrial activity. This study aims to investigate the expression of SIRT1 and PGC-1α during ICA's neuroprotection against ischemia. In vivo, behavioral test, infarct size and brain water content were evaluated on middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) mouse models treated by ICA/saline. In vitro, primary cortical neurons were tortured by OGD in the presence of ICA or SIRT1 inhibitor III or PGC-1α siRNA. Cell viability and mortality were measured by MTT and flow cytometer assay. Knockdown efficiency of PGC-1α siRNA was measured by real time PCR. Expressions of SIRT1 and PGC-1α were also investigated. In result, neurological scores, infarct size and brain edema were all significantly improved, the cortical expressions of SIRT1 and PGC-1α were higher with ICA compared to the control (P<0.05), and reversed by SIRT1 inhibitor III/PGC-1α siRNA. In conclusion, ICA protects against brain ischemic injury by increasing the SIRT1 and PGC-1α expression, potentially to be a neuroprotectant for ischemic brain injury. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Hou S.-Z.,Nanjing University | Hou S.-Z.,Ningxia Medical University | Li Y.,Ningxia Medical University | Zhu X.-L.,Nanjing University | And 5 more authors.
Brain Research | Year: 2012

The present study investigated the neuroprotective potential of Diammonium Glycyrrhizinate (DG) in focal cerebral ischemic-reperfusion (IR) injury in mice. The middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model of the mouse was used. Mice were treated with DG (20 mg/kg per day, intraperitoneal injection) or saline as control, from the beginning of the reperfusion to 7 days. The focal cerebral IR injury resulted in significant neurological deficits, infarct size, and brain water content (BWC) at 1 day, 3 days and 7 days after MCAO. A significant increase in various inflammatory mediators like interleukin-1 (IL-1), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and astrocytic glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) was also observed in the IR challenged brains. The DG treatment significantly improved neurofunction, decreased infarct size, and suppressed edema in the focal cerebral IR injury. The neuroprotective effect of DG was found to be associated with significant reduction in the IL-1, TNF-α, COX-2, iNOS, NF-κB and GFAP levels. In summary, this study suggested that DG has a neuroprotective effect on cerebral IR injury and this effect is likely related to DG's anti-inflammatory function. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Zhao H.,Nanjing University | Zhao H.,Nanjing Medical University | Wang S.-L.,Nanjing University | Qian L.,Nanjing Medical University | And 7 more authors.
CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics | Year: 2013

Background and purpose: Beta-amyloid (Aβ)-mediated inflammation contributes to the progression and chronicity of Alzheimer's disease (AD), although the exact mechanism remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate whether diammonium glycyrrhizinate (DG) could inhibit Aβ-induced inflammation in vitro and in vivo and to explore the underlying mechanisms. Methods: Aβ1-42 was injected to bilateral hippocampus of mice to make the AD models in vivo. The levels of mRNA and protein of inflammatory cytokines were measured by real-time PCR and Western blotting, respectively. The viability of SH-SY5Y and HT-22 cells was determined by MTT. NF-κB p65 translocation was analyzed by Western blotting and immunostaining. Phosphorylation of ERK, p38, and JNK was tested by Western blotting. Results: DG suppressed Aβ1-42-induced activation of microglia and inflammation in vitro and in vivo. The media from Aβ1-42-activated microglia decreased the viability of SH-SY5Y and HT-22 cells, but it was rescued when pretreated with DG. DG could inhibit the activation of MAPK and NF-κB signaling pathways and attenuate the memory deficits in Aβ1-42-induced AD mice. Conclusions: DG protects Aβ1-42-induced AD models in vitro and in vivo through reducing activation of microglia and inflammation, which may be involved in MAPK and NF-κB pathways. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Qian L.,Nanjing University | Ding L.,Peoples Hospital of Jiangyan | Cheng L.,Fourth Peoples Hospital of Wuxi | Zhu X.,Nanjing University | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Neurology | Year: 2012

The aim of this study was to investigate whether some biomarkers could predict cognitive impairment after stroke. One hundred fifty-two first-ever stroke patients were recruited within 6-72 h after the onset of symptoms. Blood was drawn within 1 h after admission for determining biomarkers. Cognitive function was assayed 2 weeks after stroke. The patients were divided into four groups: stroke, vascular cognitive impairment with no dementia (VCIND), vascular dementia (VaD), and mixed dementia (MD). Forty healthy subjects were used as controls. The results indicated that lower soluble receptor levels for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE) and higher β-secretase enzyme (BACE1) and neprilysin (NEP) levels were found in the VCIND, VaD, and MD groups. In addition, the percentages of ε3/ε4 genotypes and ε4 alleles in the VCIND, VaD, and MD groups were higher than in the stroke group. Correlation analysis determined that sRAGE, BACE1, and NEP were significantly related to the results of neuropsychological assessments. Logistic regression analysis, however, suggested that only sRAGE and BACE1 changed ahead of cognitive impairment after stroke. In conclusion, only BACE1 and sRAGE, not NEP or APOE genotypes, may be biomarkers diagnosing poststroke cognitive impairment. © Springer-Verlag 2012.

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