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Zhu S.,University of Sichuan | Zhu S.,Key Laboratory of Bone Marrow Stem Cell | Zhu S.,Xuzhou Medical College | Wan L.,University of Sichuan | And 3 more authors.
Protein Expression and Purification | Year: 2016

The CD40-mediated immune response contributes to a wide variety of chronic inflammatory diseases. CD40 antagonists have potential as novel therapies for immune disorders. However, the CD40 pathway has not been well characterized in the rhesus monkey Macaca mulatta, which is a valuable animal model for human immune disease. An 834 bp transcript was cloned from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of rhesus monkey using specific primers designed according to the predicted sequence of M. mulatta CD40 (mmCD40) in GenBank. Sequence analysis demonstrated that mmCD40 is highly homologous to human CD40 (hCD40), with an amino acid sequence identity of 94%. Genes encoding the extracellular domain of mmCD40 and the Fc fragment of the hIgG1 were inserted into a pPIC9K plasmid to produce mmCD40Ig by Pichia pastoris. Approximately 15-20 mg of the mmCD40Ig protein with ∼90% purity could be recovered from 1 L of culture. The purified mmCD40Ig protein can form dimers and can specifically bind CD40L-positive cells. Additionally, the mmCD40Ig protein can bind hCD40L protein in phosphate buffered saline and form a stable combination in a size-exclusion chromatography assay using a Superdex 200 column. Moreover, mmCD40Ig is as efficient as M. mulatta CTLA4Ig (mmCTLA4Ig) to suppress Con A-stimulated lymphocyte proliferation. Additionally, mmCD40Ig only showed mild immunosuppressive activity in a one-way mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) system. These results suggest that mmCD40Ig secreted by P. pastoris was productive and functional, and it could be used as a tool for pathogenesis and therapies for chronic inflammatory diseases in a M. mulatta model. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Chen W.,Xuzhou Medical College | Chen W.,Key Laboratory of Bone Marrow Stem Cell | Li M.,Xuzhou Childrens Hospital | Su G.,Xuzhou Medical College | And 12 more authors.
Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics | Year: 2015

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a promising candidate for cellular therapies. Co-transplantation of MSCs and hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) promotes successful engraftment and improves hematopoietic recovery. In this study, the effects of co-transplantation of HSCs and mouse bone marrow (BM)-derived MSCs overexpressing CXCR4 (CXCR4-MSC) on CXCR4-MSC homing capacity and the reconstitution potential in lethally irradiated mice were evaluated. Recovery of donor-derived peripheral blood leukocytes and platelets was accelerated when CXCR4-MSCs were co-transplanted with BM cells. The frequency of c-kit+Sca+Lin− HSCs was higher in recipient BM following co-transplantation of CXCR4-MSCs compared with the EGFP-MSC control and the BMT only groups. Surprisingly, the rate of early engraftment of donor-derived BM cells in recipients co-transplanted with CXCR4-MSCs was slightly lower than in the absence of MSCs on day 7. Moreover, co-transplantation of CXCR4-MSCs regulated the balance of T helper cells subsets. Hematopoietic tissue reconstitution was evaluated by histopathological analysis of BM and spleen. Co-transplantation of CXCR4-MSCs was shown to promote the recovery of hematopoietic organs. These findings indicate that co-transplantation of CXCR4-MSCs promotes the early phase of hematopoietic recovery and sustained hematopoiesis. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Fu C.,Xuzhou Medical College | Fu C.,Key Laboratory of Bone Marrow Stem Cell | Gong Y.,Xuzhou Medical College | Shi X.,Xuzhou Medical College | And 6 more authors.
Oncology Reports | Year: 2016

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common leukemia in Western countries, and mainly originates from an accumulation of abnormal B cells caused by the dysregulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis. The aberration of proliferation-related gene in CLL cells induces cell arrest at G0/G1 phase, or a small section shows rapid cell growth, which further complicates the pathogenesis of CLL. The constitutively photomorphogenic 1 (COP1), as an E3 ubiquitin ligase, is involved in many biological processes in mammalian cells, but its role in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) progression remains unclear. In the present study, we analyzed the expression of COP1 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 23 CLL patients and 3 healthy donors. The observed upregulated expression of COP1 in CLL patients was positively correlated with CLL clinical stage and ZAP-70 expression, but not del(13q14) and del(17q-). Overexpression of COP1 significantly promoted cell colony formation and proliferation, especially contributing to the accumulation of cells in S-phase by inhibition of FoxO1 and p21. Moreover, overexpression of COP1 accelerated tumorigenicity of HG3 cells and promoted xenograft growth. Therefore, the present study revealed that COP1 plays an important role in CLL cell proliferation and tumorigenicity, and may be a useful indicator of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia processes.

Zhao K.,Xuzhou Medical College | Zhao K.,Key Laboratory of Bone Marrow Stem Cell | Yin L.-L.,Xuzhou Medical College | Zhao D.-M.,Xuzhou Medical College | And 12 more authors.
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine | Year: 2014

Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a clonal disease from hematopoietic stem cells. Surviving leukemia stem cells (LSCs) and progenitor cells are a potential source for CML relapse and progression. Recent data reported that IL-1 receptor accessory protein (IL1RAP) gene was differentially expressed in CML versus normal stem and progenitor cells. However, whether the level of IL1RAP is associated with clinical phases of CML, and correlations between IL1RAP expression and detections of diagnosis is still unclear. Here we demonstrated that IL1RAP was up-regulated in CD34+ and CD34+CD38- cells which highly enriched with stem cells. Furthermore, IL1RAP expression in CD34+CD38- cells was tightly consistent with the generation of BCR-ABL fusion gene and Philadelphia chromosome. Importantly, we found that the level of IL1RAP increased with disease progression from chronic phase (CP) into accelerated phase (AP) and blast phase (BP), which was investigated not only in new diagnosed CML patients but also in patients treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) and hydroxyurea. Negative correlation was detected between IL1RAP expression and neutrophil (NE), whereas no relation was found in white blood cell (WBC), lymphocyte (LY), red blood cell (RBC), platelet (PLT), age or gender of CML patients. In conclusion, we identified IL1RAP as a surface marker of LSCs may be a potential indicator for CML clinical phases. © 2014, Int J Clin Exp Med. All rights reserved.

Qiao J.,Xuzhou Medical College | Qiao J.,Key Laboratory of Bone Marrow Stem Cell | Qi K.,Xuzhou Medical College | Chu P.,Xuzhou Medical College | And 14 more authors.
Liver International | Year: 2015

Background & Aims: Injury to liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs) is thought to be the initial factor for Hepatic veno-occlusive disease, a severe complication after haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) have the capacity to differentiate into endothelial cells and play a critical role in vasculogenesis, tissue regeneration and repair. Whether EPCs infusion ameliorates LSECs injury remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of EPCs on liver injury in mice after HSCT. Methods: Mice received HSCT without or with EPCs infusion (HSCT + EPCs). Untreated mice were used as control. Liver and whole blood were collected post HSCT and used for the analysis of pathology of liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs) and hepatocytes, liver ultrastructure, function, level of IL-6, TNF-α and platelet activation. Results: Severe LSECs injury, hepatocyte damage, abnormal liver function was observed in HSCT group. In addition, increased P-selectin expression and secretion of IL-6, TNF-α was also found. However, all the above changes were alleviated in HSCT + EPCs at all the time points and normalized at the endpoint. Meanwhile, EPCs-induced repair of LSECs and hepatocytes was totally inhibited by the addition of anti-VE-cadherin antibody. Conclusions: EPCs infusion ameliorated the damage to LSECs and hepatocytes as well as reduced secretion of IL-6, TNF-α and inhibited platelet activation after HSCT, leading to improved liver function, suggesting EPCs might be a new therapeutic strategy in the prophylaxis of liver injury after HSCT. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

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