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Sui X.,Zhejiang University | Sui X.,Biomedical Research Center | Sui X.,University of Toronto | Ma J.,Nankai Hospital | And 12 more authors.
Oncotarget | Year: 2015

The programmed death-1 (PD-1), a coinhibitory receptor expressed on activated T cells and B cells, is demonstrated to induce an immune-mediated response and play a critical role in tumor initiation and development. The cancer patients harboring PD-1 or PD ligand 1 (PD-L1) protein expression have often a poor prognosis and clinical outcome. Currently, targeting PD-1 pathway as a potential new anticancer strategy is attracting more and more attention in cancer treatment. Several monoclonal antibodies against PD-1 or PD-L1 have been reported to enhance anticancer immune responses and induce tumor cell death. Nonetheless, the precise molecular mechanisms by which PD-1 affects various cancers remain elusive. Moreover, this therapy is not effective for all the cancer patients and only a fraction of patients respond to the antibodies targeting PD-1 or PD-L1, indicating these antibodies may only works in a subset of certain cancers. Thus, understanding the novel function of PD-1 and genetic determinants of response to anti-PD-1 therapy will allow us to develop a more effective and individualized immunotherapeutic strategy for cancer.

Wang L.,Tianjin 5th center Hospital | Wang X.,Nankai Hospital | Su H.,University of California at San Francisco | Han Z.,Tianjin Medical University | And 5 more authors.
Translational Stroke Research | Year: 2014

Previous studies show that circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) promote angiogenesis, which is a process associated with improved recovery in animal models of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and that recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) plays a protective role following stroke. Thus, it was hypothesized that rhEPO would enhance recovery following brain injury in a rat model of TBI via an increase in the mobilization of EPCs and, subsequently, in angiogenesis. Flow cytometry assays using CD34- and CD133-specific antibodies were utilized to identify alterations in EPC levels, CD31 and CD34 antibody-stained brain tissue sections were used to quantify angiogenesis, and the Morris water maze (MWM) test and the modified Neurological Severity Score (mNSS) test were used to evaluate behavioral recovery. Compared with saline treatment, treatment with rhEPO significantly increased the number of circulating EPCs on days 1, 4, 7, and 14 (P < 0.05), improved spatial learning ability on days 24 and 25 (P < 0.05), and enhanced memory recovery on day 26 (P < 0.05). Moreover, rhEPO treatment decreased mNSS assessment scores on days 14, 21, and 25 (P < 0.05). There was a strong correlation between levels of circulating EPCs and CD34- and CD31-positive cells within the injured boundary zone (CD34+r = 0.910, P < 0.01; CD31+r = 0.894, P < 0.01) and the ipsilateral hippocampus (CD34+r = 0.841, P < 0.01; CD31+r = 0.835, P < 0.01). The present data demonstrate that rhEPO treatment improved functional outcomes in rats following TBI via an increase in the mobilization of EPCs and in subsequent angiogenesis. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Yu X.-Y.,Nankai Hospital | Zou C.-L.,Tianjin Medical University | Zhou Z.-L.,Nankai Hospital | Shan T.,Nankai Hospital | And 2 more authors.
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2014

Aim: To investigate the phasic alteration of intestinal homeostasis in an experimental model of intestinal obstruction. Methods: A rabbit model of intestinal obstruction was established by transforming parts of an infusion set into an in vivo pulled-type locking clamp and creating a uniform controllable loop obstruction in the mesenteric non-avascular zone 8 cm from the distal end of the ileum. The phasic alteration of intestinal homeostasis was studied after intestinal obstruction. The changes in goblet cells, intraepithelial lymphocytes, lamina propria lymphocytes, and intestinal epithelium were quantified from periodic acid-Schiff-stained sections. Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) activity and serum citrulline levels were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography. Claudin 1 mRNA expression was examined by real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis. Intestinal microorganisms, wet/dry weight ratios, pH values, and endotoxin levels were determined at multiple points after intestinal obstruction. Furthermore, the number and ratio of CD3+, CD4+ and CD8+ T cells were determined by flow cytometry, and secretory IgA levels were measured with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results: A suitable controllable rabbit model of intestinal obstruction was established. Intestinal obstruction induced goblet cell damage and reduced cell number. Further indicators of epithelial cell damage were observed as reduced serum citrulline levels and claudin 1 gene expression, and a transient increase in ODC activity. In addition, the wet/dry weight ratio and pH of the intestinal lumen were also dramatically altered. The ratio of Bacillus bifidus and enterobacteria was reversed following intestinal obstruction. The number and area of Peyer's patches first increased then sharply decreased after the intestinal obstruction, along with an alteration in the ratio of CD4/CD8+ T cells, driven by an increase in CD3+ and CD8+ T cells and a decrease in CD4+ T cells. The number of lamina propria lymphocytes also gradually decreased with prolonged obstruction. Conclusion: Intestinal obstruction can induce disruption of intestinal homeostasis. © 2014 Baishideng Publishing Group Inc. All rights reserved.

Ma S.,Nankai Hospital | Duan J.,Nankai Hospital | Li W.,Endoscopy Center | Zhang H.,Nankai Hospital | Hou Z.,Tianjin Medical University
Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine and Biotechnology | Year: 2016

This paper aims to provide an effective, accurate, and specific diagnostic method for the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. It discusses the diagnostic value of magnetic res retrograde cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) combined with the detection of tumor marker carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9) for pancreatic cancer. A group of confirmed cases of pancreatic cancer in some hospitals were randomly selected and subjected to an MRCP examination as well as serological CA19-9 detection. In addition, a group of patients whose pancreatic cancer was confirmed by surgery and pathology, and who underwent MRCP without the detection of the tumor marker CA19-9, were also selected for research. The experiment found that the rate of accuracy for the group that underwent MRCP combined with CA19-9 detection showed a higher positive value in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer than in the group that underwent MRCP alone. Therefore, this paper proposes that MRCP combined with CA19-9 detection can be taken as the reliable and effective means for diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Copyright © 2014 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

Yu X.,Nankai Hospital | Cui Z.,Tianjin Medical University | Zhou Z.,Nankai Hospital | Shan T.,Nankai Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine | Year: 2014

Intestinal obstruction is a common disease requiring abdominal surgery with significant morbidity and mortality. Currently, an effective medical treatment for obstruction, other than surgical resection or decompression, does not exist. Si-Jun-Zi Decoction is a famous Chinese medicine used to replenish qi and invigorate the functions of the spleen. Modern pharmacological studies show that this prescription can improve gastrointestinal function and strengthen immune function. In this study, we investigated the effects of a famous Chinese herbal formula, Si-Jun-Zi Decoction, on the restoration of intestinal function after the relief of obstruction in a rabbit model. We found that Si-Jun-Zi Decoction could reduce intestinal mucosal injury while promoting the recovery of the small intestine. Further, Si-Jun-Zi Decoction could regulate the intestinal immune system. Our results suggest that Si-Jun-Zi Decoction promotes the restoration of intestinal function after obstruction by regulating intestinal homeostasis. Our observations indicate that Si-Jun-Zi Decoction is potentially a therapeutic drug for intestinal obstruction. © 2014 Xiangyang Yu et al.

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