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Xu F.,PLA 302 Hospital | Li S.,PLA 302 Hospital | Ma Y.,PLA 304 Hospital | Zhao N.,Air Force General Hospital | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Surgical Research | Year: 2014

Background Inflammatory pain is one of the most common clinical symptoms, mechanical allodynia and thermal hypersensitivities are associated with proinflammatory cytokines, and proinflammatory cytokine antagonists could alleviate the hypersensitivity. Previous studies showed that a traditional Chinese medicine ingredient, triptolide could inhibit inflammatory cytokines; however, it was still unknown whether triptolide had beneficial effects on treating inflammatory pain. Materials and methods The effects of triptolide on Complete Freund's Adjuvant-induced acute inflammatory pain were investigated using behavioral tests. The activation of spinal glia was morphologically observed by immunofluorescent histochemistry. The levels of OX42, glia fibrillary acidic protein, and phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase in the spinal cord were detected by Western blot, and the messenger RNA levels of interleukin 1β, interleukin 6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha were detected by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results These results demonstrate that the triptolide effectively attenuates inflammatory pain induced by Complete Freund's Adjuvant, the underlying mechanism may regulate the phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase signaling pathway and inhibit the spinal glia activation, and then downregulate the proinflammatory cytokines; the triptolide may be clinically useful as a drug of anti-inflammatory pain. Conclusions In the present study, we first reported that repeated systemic administration of triptolide could safely prevent and reverse inflammatory pain. The triptolide may serve as a new potential compound for developing safe therapeutics for patients suffering inflammatory pain. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

Mei K.,Shanghai University | Zhao S.,Shanghai University | Qian L.,Naval General Hospital | Li B.,Shanghai University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Dermatological Treatment | Year: 2014

Background: Radiation therapy produced unwanted side effect on normal tissues, such as radiodermatitis. Hydrogen was previously shown capable of radiation protective in both animals and cell cultures. The effect of hydrogen was now to be investigated on radiation-induced cutaneous. Objective: Development of dermatitis is a frequent side effect of radiotherapy of patients with head-and-neck cancer. Here we analyzed the radioprotective efficacy of hydrogen under conditions of local, single-dose or fractionated radiation treatment, and its possible molecular mechanisms. Methods: Rats received either single-dose or fractioned irradiation of the head-and-neck area with or without subcutaneous injection of hydrogen solution before irradiation. In vitro, the effect of hydrogen medium on radiation-induced cell viability, apoptosis, and biochemical assays was measured. Result: Hydrogen significantly reduced the severity of dermatitis, accelerated tissue recovery, and reduced the extent of radiation-induced weight loss in rats after a single dose of 15 or 20 Gy but not 25 Gy of radiation. Hydrogen was also protective from cumulative doses of 30 Gy delivered in three fractions, respectively. Hydrogen also protect HaCaT cells from radiation-induced injury, it could significantly inhibit ionizing injury. Conclusion: These results suggest that hydrogen has a positive effect on acute radiodermatitis. © 2014 Informa Healthcare USA on behalf of Informa UK Ltd. Source

Qian L.,Naval General Hospital | Mei K.,Shanghai University | Shen J.,Naval General Hospital | Cai J.,Shanghai University
Transplantation | Year: 2013

Background. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a potentially curative therapy for many malignant and nonmalignant hematologic diseases. However, acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) is a lethal complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, which limits its application. Cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-6 play an extremely important role in the formation and development of aGVHD. Reactive oxygen species, such as hydroxyl radicals, also play an important role in the formation and development of aGVHD. In recent years, hydrogen was reported to have an ability to inhibit the levels of cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor and interleukin-6 in vivo, and it also has a strong selective free radicalYscavenging ability. Therefore, we hypothesized that hydrogen may have therapeutic effects on aGVHD. Methods. To determine whether hydrogen could protect mice from lethal GVHD in a major histocompatibility complexYincompatible murine bone marrow transplantation (BMT) model, survival rates of mice were calculated and leukocyte counts were also determined after BMT. We also examined serum cytokine levels and scored clinical signs of GVHD mice after BMT. Results and Conclusion. This article demonstrated that the administration of hydrogen-rich saline increased the survival rate and clinical score of aGVHD mice. Administration of hydrogen-rich saline after transplantation also promoted the recovery of white blood cells of aGVHD mice. However, there was no report on the therapeutic effects of hydrogen on aGVHD. It is suggested that hydrogen has a potential as an effective and safe therapeutic agent on aGVHD. Copyright © 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

Zhang G.-H.,PLA Fourth Military Medical University | Lv M.-M.,PLA Fourth Military Medical University | Wang S.,PLA Fourth Military Medical University | Chen L.,Naval General Hospital | And 7 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2011

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication of herpes zoster (HZ), plays a major role in decreased life quality of HZ patients. However, the neural mechanisms underlying PHN remain unclear. Here, using a PHN rat model at 2 weeks after varicella zoster virus infection, we found that spinal astrocytes were dramatically activated. The mechanical allodynia and spinal central sensitization were significantly attenuated by intrathecally injected L-α-aminoadipate (astrocytic specific inhibitor) whereas minocycline (microglial specific inhibitor) had no effect, which indicated that spinal astrocyte but not microglia contributed to the chronic pain in PHN rat. Further study was taken to investigate the molecular mechanism of astrocyte-incudced allodynia in PHN rat at post-infection 2 weeks. Results showed that nitric oxide (NO) produced by inducible nitric oxide synthase mediated the development of spinal astrocytic activation, and activated astrocytes dramatically increased interleukin-1β expression which induced N-methyl-D-aspartic acid receptor (NMDAR) phosphorylation in spinal dorsal horn neurons to strengthen pain transmission. Taken together, these results suggest that spinal activated astrocytes may be one of the most important factors in the pathophysiology of PHN and "NO-Astrocyte-Cytokine-NMDAR-Neuron" pathway may be the detailed neural mechanisms underlying PHN. Thus, inhibiting spinal astrocytic activation may represent a novel therapeutic strategy for clinical management of PHN. © 2011 Zhang et al. Source

Cheng L.-F.,Chinese Peoples Liberation Army | Wang Z.-Q.,Chinese Peoples Liberation Army | Li C.-Z.,Chinese Peoples Liberation Army | Lin W.,Shijitan Hospital | Jin B.,Naval General Hospital
Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology | Year: 2010

Background & Aims: Endoscopic variceal obturation with tissue adhesive is used to control gastric variceal bleeding. We investigated the prevalence of serious complications from this therapy. Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of complications that occurred in 753 patients with gastric variceal hemorrhages who were hospitalized in 2 tertiary referral hospitals. All patients received N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate as therapy for endoscopic variceal obturation. Results: Complications occurred in 51 patients. Thirty-three patients experienced rebleeding because of early-onset (within 3 months) extrusion of the N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate glue cast (4.4%), 10 patients developed sepsis (1.3%), and 5 patients developed distant embolisms (0.7%; 1 pulmonary, 1 brain, and 3 splenic). One patient had major gastric variceal bleeding after endoscopic variceal obturation (0.1%), 1 developed a large gastric ulcer (0.1%), and 1 had mesentery hematoma, hemoperitoneum, and infection in the abdominal cavity (0.1%). The complication-related mortality was 0.53% (3 deaths from sepsis and 1 death from rebleeding after early-onset glue cast extrusion). Conclusions: The occurrence of complications after endoscopic variceal obturation with N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate in gastric varices treatment is rare. © 2010 AGA Institute. Source

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