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Gao X.-R.,Key Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Disease | Wang C.-M.,Nanjing Southeast University | Wang W.-J.,Key Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Disease | Han G.-R.,Nanjing Southeast University | Zhang J.-Q.,Key Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Disease
Journal of Infection in Developing Countries | Year: 2016

Introduction: Maternal 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] deficiency has a negative influence on the health of the mother and the developing fetus. The aim of this study was to assess serum 25(OH)D status and its relationship to virologic and biochemical parameters in pregnant women with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Methodology: Serum 25(OH)D levels among 142 pregnant women with chronic HBV infection and 251 healthy pregnant women were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results: The mean ± SD values for serum 25(OH)D levels were 13.63 ± 5.5 ng/mL in healthy pregnant women and 12.05 ± 3.3 ng/mL in pregnant women with chronic HBV infection (p < 0.01). Serum 25(OH)D levels were associated with seasonal variation in healthy pregnant women (p = 0.01); however, similar results were not observed in pregnant women with chronic HBV infection (p = 0.10). Furthermore, multivariate analysis indicated that only ALT level was independently associated with severe vitamin D deficiency (p = 0.01). A significant positive correlation was found between serum 25(OH)D level and ALT level in pregnant women with chronic HBV infection (r = 0.32; p < 0.001). Conclusions: Vitamin D levels were lower in pregnant women with chronic HBV infection compared with healthy pregnant women. Vitamin D supplementation can be routinely recommended for pregnant women in China. © 2016 Gao et al.


Fu B.,Key Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Disease | Fu B.,Nanjing Southeast University | Zhang Y.,Key Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Disease | Zhang Y.,Nanjing Southeast University | And 14 more authors.
Biotechnology Letters | Year: 2014

A novel peptide, BRBP1 (MYPWTEPSYLSN), was identified using an in vitro phage biopanning strategy against human brain-seeking breast carcinoma cells (231-BR cells).The peptidephage clone, BRBP1-M13 displaying BRBP1 sequence, specifically bound to 231-BR cells and the binding could be competitively abolished by BRBP1. In vivo distribution studies showed that BRBP1-M13 preferentially homed to the 231-BR tumors. Fluorescently-labeled BRBP1, BRBP1-K(5-TAMRA), preferentially bound to 231-BR cells in a dose dependent and energy-dependent manner and it was efficiently internalized into the cells after 2 h incubation. Near-infrared fluorophores imaging demonstrated the accumulation of Cy5.5-conjugated BRBP1 peptide in the tumors in vivo. Thus, BRBP1 is a promising peptide binding to human brain metastatic breast cancer and it may be applied to targeted delivery of cytotoxic agents to the intended tumor. © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014.


Wang J.,Key Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Disease | Gao X.,Key Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Disease | Wang M.,Bengbu Medical College | Zhang J.,Key Laboratory of Developmental Genes and Human Disease
Tumor Biology | Year: 2015

TCF21 is known to function as a tumor suppressor and deregulated in several types of cancers; however, its role in breast cancer remains poorly understood. The aim of this study was to examine the expression of TCF21 messenger RNA (mRNA) in breast cancer and evaluate its clinical significance and biological role in tumor progression. TCF21 mRNA expression was analyzed in breast cancer cell lines and tissues by qRT-PCR. Overexpression approach was used to investigate the biological functions of TCF21 mRNA in breast cancer cell line (MDA-MB-231). A notably lower level of TCF21 mRNA expression was found in breast cancer cell lines and tissues. Furthermore, the low expression of TCF21 mRNA was associated with large tumor size and positive lymph node metastasis. Functional analysis showed that overexpression of TCF21 mRNA inhibited cell proliferation and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of MDA-MB-231. In conclusion, our data provided the first evidence that TCF21 mRNA is significantly downregulated in breast cancer cell lines and tissues and regulates breast cancer cell proliferation and EMT. Thus, TCF21 may act as a potential therapeutic target for breast cancer intervention. © 2015, International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers (ISOBM).

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