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Xiao X.L.,Xi'an Jiaotong University | Ma D.L.,National University of Singapore | Wu J.,Kunming Medical College | Tang F.-R.,National University of Singapore
Brain Research | Year: 2013

Metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) is involved in neural stem cell self-renewal, proliferation, differentiation and survival. In this study, we aimed to further determine the role of mGluR5 in the development of hippocampus using mGluR5 deficit (mGluR5-/-) and wild type (mGluR5+/+) mice at different developmental ages. We showed that the number of BrdU, NeuroD and DCX immunopositive cells was reduced significantly in mGluR5-/- than in mGluR5+/+ mice from postnatal 7 days (P7) to P28, but not at P60. The length and intensity of DCX immunopositive apical dendrites in the dentate gyrus of mGluR5-/- mice were much shorter and lower than in mGluR5+/+ mice respectively at P14, P21 and P28. NeuN immunostaining indicated an accelerated maturation of hippocampal neurons in mGluR5 -/- mice. When mGluR5+/+ mice were treated with 2-methyl-6-(phenylethynyl) pyridine (MPEP), a selective antagonist of mGluR5, decreased proliferation of progenitor cells was observed in the hippocampus at early postnatal developmental stages. At P14, there were more BrdU+ cells in the stratum granulosum and subgranular layer of the dentate gyrus in mGluR5+/+ than in mGluR5-/- mice, but the percentage of BrdU++NeuroD+/BrdU+ in the dentate gyrus did not change significantly between the two genotypes of mice. Western Blot study suggested that programmed neuronal death was p53-dependent apoptosis in the developmental hippocampus in mGluR5+/+ mice. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.


Zhao Q.,Fudan University | Zhao Q.,Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications | Yu M.,Fudan University | Shi L.,Kunming Medical College | And 6 more authors.
Organometallics | Year: 2010

Phosphorescent heavy-metal complexes exhibit relatively long lifetimes and significant Stokes shifts for easy separation of excitation and emission and could be used as promising candidates for fluorescence probes. To date, however, very limited examples of the use of phosphorescent heavy-metal complexes in bioimaging have been reported. Herein, a series of cationic iridium(III) complexes, [Ir(dfpy)2L]+PF6- (dfpy = 2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)pyridine; L denotes a series of N∧N ligands with different conjugated lengths), have been synthesized. By variation of the N∧N ligands, the emission colors of these complexes can be tuned from blue to red, while high quantum efficiencies are retained. Further investigation reveals that these complexes exhibit different excited-state properties, which are responsible for the significant emission color tuning. Moreover, the exclusive staining of cytoplasm and low cytotoxicity were observed for these cationic iridium(III) complexes, as well as good cell membrane permeability, which makes them promising candidates as fluorescent probes for living cell imaging. Furthermore, in order to tune the excitation wavelength to the longer region, another cationic iridium(III) complex with lower singlet and triplet energy levels was also investigated to be used as living cell imaging material, achieving a longer excitation wavelength of 488 nm. © 2010 American Chemical Society.


Miao M.,Pennsylvania State University | Yang Z.,Kunming Medical College | Cui L.,Pennsylvania State University | Ahlum J.,Pennsylvania State University | Huang Y.,Guangxi Centers Foe Disease Control
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene | Year: 2010

Antifolate resistance in Plasmodium vivax is caused by point mutations in genes encoding dihydrofolate reductase (pvdhfr) and dihydropteroate synthase (pvdhps). In this study, we used direct sequencing to survey pvdhfr and pvdhps mutations in 122 clinical P. vivax isolates from a central and a southern province of China. For pvdhfr, 36.9% were wild-type, whereas mutations were detected at four codons (57, 58, 61, and 117). The S117N/T mutation was the most prevalent (48.4%), followed by the T61M mutation (18.9%). Six pvdhfr mutant alleles were found, ranging from 37.7% to 0.8%. The dramatically different pvdhfr allele frequencies between the two P. vivax populations might be caused by different drug histories or intrinsic difference between temperate and subtropical strains. In contrast, except polymorphisms within a repeat region, no resistance-conferring mutations were detected in pvdhps. Our result suggests that P vivax populations in China may be relatively susceptible to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine. Copyright © 2010 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


Li V.C.,University of California at Los Angeles | Wang Q.,Yuxi Municipality Bureau of Agriculture | Xia N.,Yuxi Municipality Bureau of Agriculture | Tang S.,Kunming Medical College
American Journal of Public Health | Year: 2012

In China, approximately 20 million farmers produce the world's largest share of tobacco. Showing that income from crop substitution can exceed that from tobacco growth is essential to persuading farm families to stop planting tobacco, grown abundantly in Yunnan Province. In the Yuxi Municipality, collaborators from the Yuxi Bureau of Agriculture and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Public Health initiated a tobacco crop substitution project. At 3 sites, 458 farm families volunteered to participate in a new, for-profit cooperative model. This project successfully identified an approach engaging farmers in cooperatives to substitute food crops for tobacco, thereby increasing farmers' annual income between 21% and 110% per acre.


Lima M.J.,University of Aberdeen | Docherty H.M.,University of Aberdeen | Chen Y.,University of Aberdeen | Chen Y.,Kunming Medical College | Docherty K.,University of Aberdeen
Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology | Year: 2012

The AR42J-B13 rat pancreatic acinar cell line was used to identify pancreatic transcription factors and exogenous growth factors (GFs) that might facilitate the reprogramming of exocrine cells into islets. Adenoviruses were used to induce exogenous expression of the pancreatic transcription factors (TFs) Pdx1, MafA, Ngn3 and Pax4. Individually Pdx1, MafA and Pax4 had no effect on the expression of endocrine markers, whilst adeno-Ngn3 on its own increased the expression of Pax4, Ngn3 and NeuroD. In combination the four TFs had a significant effect on the expression of insulin 1 and 2 that was associated with a change in cell morphology from a rounded to a spindle-like shape. Amongst a range of growth factors, Betacellulin and Nicotinamide were shown to enhance the effects of the four TFs. The presence of adeno-Pax4 in the differentiation cocktail was important in limiting the expression of glucagon and in generating glucose sensitive insulin secretion. Further experiments asked whether the adenoviral TFs could be replaced by protein transduction domain (PTD)-containing TFs. The results showed that the PTD-TFs could mimic in part the effects of the adeno-TFs, but the resultant cells did not undergo the important morphological change associated with differentiation to endocrine lineages and levels of endogenous markers were very much lower. In summary, the results describe a cocktail of four TFs and two GFs that can be used to induce formation of glucose sensitive insulin secreting cells from ARJ42 cells, and demonstrate that it would be difficult to replace adenoviral transduction with PTD-TFS. © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.


Wang L.-Y.,PLA Fourth Military Medical University | Xu Y.,KunMing Medical College | Lin Z.,PLA Fourth Military Medical University | Zhao N.,University of Sichuan
Journal of Luminescence | Year: 2011

In this paper, a phosphorescent Cu(I) complex of [Cu(POP)(ECI-Phen)]BF 4, where POP=bis[2-(diphenylphosphino)phenyl]ether, and ECI-Phen=1-ethyl-2-(N-ethyl-carbazole-yl-4-)imidazo[4,5-f]1,10-phenanthroline, is incorporated into a polystyrene matrix of polystyrene (PS) to form microfibers membranes. The possibility of using the resulted composite microfibrous membranes as an optical oxygen sensor is explored. Good linearity and short response time are obtained with a sensitivity of 9.8. These results suggest that phosphorescent [Cu(POP)(ECI-Phen)]BF4 is a promising candidate for oxygen-sensors and PS is an excellent matrix for oxygen sensing material because it owns a large surface-area-to-volume ratio and can supply a homogeneous matrix for probe molecules. Further analysis suggests that the molecular structure of diamine ligand in Cu(I) complexes is critical for sensitivity due to the characteristic electronic structure of excited state Cu(I) complexes. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Miao M.,Pennsylvania State University | Yang Z.,Kunming Medical College | Patch H.,Pennsylvania State University | Huang Y.,Guangxi CDC | And 2 more authors.
BMC Evolutionary Biology | Year: 2012

Background: Plasmodium vivax is the most widely distributed human malaria parasite outside of Africa, and its range extends well into the temperate zones. Previous studies provided evidence for vivax population differentiation, but temperate vivax parasites were not well represented in these analyses. Here we address this deficit by using complete mitochondrial (mt) genome sequences to elucidate the broad genetic diversity and population structure of P. vivax from temperate regions in East and Southeast Asia. Results: From the complete mtDNA sequences of 99 clinical samples collected in China, Myanmar and Korea, a total of 30 different haplotypes were identified from 26 polymorphic sites. Significant differentiation between different East and Southeast Asian parasite populations was observed except for the comparison between populations from Korea and southern China. Haplotype patterns and structure diversity analysis showed coexistence of two different groups in East Asia, which were genetically related to the Southeast Asian population and Myanmar population, respectively. The demographic history of P. vivax, examined using neutrality tests and mismatch distribution analyses, revealed population expansion events across the entire P. vivax range and the Myanmar population. Bayesian skyline analysis further supported the occurrence of ancient P. vivax population expansion. Conclusions: This study provided further resolution of the population structure and evolution of P. vivax, especially in temperate/warm-temperate endemic areas of Asia. The results revealed divergence of the P. vivax populations in temperate regions of China and Korea from other populations. Multiple analyses confirmed ancient population expansion of this parasite. The extensive genetic diversity of the P. vivax populations is consistent with phenotypic plasticity of the parasites, which has implications for malaria control. © 2012 Miao et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Shen L.J.,Kunming Medical College
Zhonghua gan zang bing za zhi = Zhonghua ganzangbing zazhi = Chinese journal of hepatology | Year: 2010

To investigate the roles of p38 MAPK in apoptosis of the normal liver cell, the paratumor cirrhosis hepatocellular cell and the hepatocellular carcinoma cell. Three cell lines were adopted (the normal liver cell line HL-7702, the paratumor cirrhosis hepatocellular cell line QSG-7701 and the hepatocellular carcinoma cell line QGY-7703) and treated with Diamminedichloroplatin (DDP, cisplatin) and p38MAPK inhibitor SB203580. The apoptosis and cell cycles were detected by flow cytometry and electromicroscopy. The expressions of p38MAPK, CDC25B, p34cdc2 and cyclinB1 were detected by immunocytochemical staining , confocal microscopy and western blot. The apoptotic rates in all three cell lines pretreated with DDP increased obviously and the rates in normal liver cells and HCC cells increased continuously even after SB203580 treatment, whereas in paratumor cirrhosis cells the rate decreased and the cell cycle stopped at S phase. Cisplatin induces apoptosis in the paratumor cirrhosis hepatocellular cell line QSG-7701 via activation of p38MAPK pathway and it differs in the normal liver cells from the hepatocellular carcinoma cells.


Zeng J.,Kunming Medical College
Zhongguo ji sheng chong xue yu ji sheng chong bing za zhi = Chinese journal of parasitology & parasitic diseases | Year: 2011

To investigate the therapeutic efficacy of ginsenoside Rg3 on hepatic fibrosis in murine schistosomiasis japonica. 54 ICR-strain male mice were divided into 4 groups named as normal control group (A), infected control group (B), praziquantel+Rg3 treated group (C) and praziquantel treated group (D). There were 12 mice in each group, but 18 in group A. Mice in groups B, C, and D were infected with 20 +/- 2 cercariae of Schistosoma japonicum. At ten weeks post-infection, 10 mice of group A and 12 mice of group B were weighed and sacrificed. Specimens from left hepatic lobes were taken and fixed in 10% formaldehyde solution. Mice in groups C and D were treated intragastrically with praziquantel at a single dose of 300 mg/kg. At the second day after praziquantel treatment, each mouse in group C was given 3 mg/(kg x d) ginsenoside Rg3 for 8 weeks. The rest mice were sacrificed on 8 weeks after treatment, and liver tissue samples from left hepatic lobes were prepared. The histological changes and collagen fiber deposition in the liver tissue sections were observed with hematoxylin-eosin staining and van gieson staining. Liver fibrosis was graded according to semi-quantitative scoring system (SSS) method. In group B, many eggs deposited in the hepatic lobules and portal areas, and eosinophilic abscesses and pseudo-tubercles developed in the liver, especially common in portal areas. There were many fibre hyperplasia and deposit inside abbacy and liver flocculus. Pipestem fibrosis formed around the portal areas, and some cord-like fibres extended into hepatic lobules, and formed in the fibrous septa. After 8-week treatment with ginsenoside Rg3, in group C, the livers were initially enlarged, firm and dust-color; and the degree of hepatomegaly varied from mild to marked; but the degree of fibre hyperplasia and inflammatory infiltration were mitigated compared with that of group B. Mean percentage of collagen area in group C [(2.32 +/- 0.99)%] was lower than that of groups B [(11.08 +/- 4.43)%] and D [(11.19 +/- 4.91)%] (P < 0.05). The SSS scores of hepatic fibrosis in group C (2.83 +/- 1.09) was lower than that of groups B (7.42 +/- 1.16) and D (8.08 +/- 1.76) (P < 0.05). Ginsenoside Rg3 shows anti-hepatofibrosis effects in murine schistosomiasis japonica after praziquantel treatment.


Qi J.L.,Kunming Medical College
Zhonghua liu xing bing xue za zhi = Zhonghua liuxingbingxue zazhi | Year: 2012

To understand the status of HIV sexual transmission among HIV-sero-discordant spouses and HIV-sero-accordant spouses in Yunnan province, to discuss the related factors and to provide evidence for HIV prevention and control strategy. Five places with serious epidemic and 3 moderate ones were voluntarily, randomly selected. According to time sequence, 300 spouses (600 people) with stable marriage were interviewed with questionnaire. HIV-sero-accordant spouses occupied for 40.7% of the total spouses under survey, with the others were HIV-sero-discordant ones. Among the ones that had already been diagnosed in the families, sexual transmission was their main mode of transmission, which was accounted for 68.3%, followed by IDU as 19.7%. After disclosed the HIV test outcomes to their spouses, 63.4% HIV-sero-discordant spouses and 47.0% HIV-sero-accordant ones changed their sexual behaviors. The rates of consistent condom use among the HIV-sero-discordant spouses increased from 16.8% to 95.0%, and in HIV-sero-accordant spouses increased from 8.2% to 60.9%. Data were analyzed by multi-factor logistic regression. Factors on influencing the sexual transmission in spouses would include condom use, frequency of sexual contacts and sexual transmission disease (STD) status etc. The main transmission mode for the first HIV infected spouse was sexual transmission. Factors influencing sexual transmission in spouses would include condom use, frequency of sexual contacts, STD situation and husband was the first one being infected in the families, etc. Disclosure of the HIV results to the spouses could make a significant changes in the frequencies of sexual contact as well as the rate of condom use.

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