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Jin J.,Zhejiang University | Wang J.-X.,Peking Union Medical College | Chen F.-F.,Zhejiang University | Wu D.-P.,Soochow University of China | And 23 more authors.
The Lancet Oncology | Year: 2013

Background: Homoharringtonine-based induction regimens have been widely used in China for patients with acute myeloid leukaemia. However, their efficacy has not been tested in a multicentre randomised controlled trial in a large population. We assessed the efficacy and safety of homoharringtonine-based induction treatment for management of newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukaemia. Methods: This open-label, randomised, controlled, phase 3 study was done in 17 institutions in China between September, 2007, and July, 2011. Untreated patients aged 14-59 years with acute myeloid leukaemia were randomly assigned (by a computer-generated allocation schedule without stratification) to receive one of three induction regimens in a 1:1:1 ratio: homoharringtonine 2 mg/m2 per day on days 1-7, cytarabine 100 mg/m2 per day on days 1-7, and aclarubicin 20 mg/day on days 1-7 (HAA); homoharringtonine 2 mg/m2 per day on days 1-7, cytarabine 100 mg/m2 per day on days 1-7, and daunorubicin 40 mg/m2 per day on days 1-3 (HAD); or daunorubicin 40-45 mg/m2 per day on days 1-3 and cytarabine 100 mg/m2 per day on days 1-7 (DA). Patients in complete remission were offered two cycles of intermediate-dose cytarabine (2 g/m2 every 12 h on days 1-3). The primary endpoints were the proportion of patients who achieved complete remission after two cycles of induction treatment and event-free survival in the intention-to-treat population. The trial is registered in the Chinese Clinical Trial Register, number ChiCTR-TRC-06000054. Findings: We enrolled 620 patients, of whom 609 were included in the intention-to-treat analysis. 150 of 206 patients (73%) in the HAA group achieved complete remission versus 125 of 205 (61%) in the DA group (p=0·0108); 3-year event-free survival was 35·4% (95% CI 28·6-42·2) versus 23·1% (95% CI 17·4-29·3; p=0·0023). 133 of 198 patients (67%) in the HAD group had complete remission (vs DA, p=0·20) and 3-year event-free survival was 32·7% (95% CI 26·1-39·5; vs DA, p=0·08). Adverse events were much the same in all groups, except that more patients in the HAA (12 of 206 [5·8%]) and HAD (13 of 198 [6·6%]) groups died within 30 days than in the DA group (two of 205 [1%]; p=0·0067 vs HAA; p=0·0030 vs HAD). Interpretation: A regimen of homoharringtonine, cytarabine, and aclarubicin is a treatment option for young, newly diagnosed patients with acute myeloid leukaemia. Funding: Chinese National High Tech Programme, Key Special Research Foundation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, National Nature Science Foundation of China, National Clinical Key Specialty Construction Project. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Source


To evaluate the application of pathological diagnosis by rapid paraffin sections in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical diseases. A total of 176 cases from our hospital between September 2009 and January 2010 with abnormal cervical cancer screening (including abnormal cytology result and high-risk HPV continuous positive) were randomly divided into 2 groups. Eighty-seven cases of them whose biopsy were got by Belinson forceps under the direction of colposcopy with rapid paraffin sections by ultrasonic histopathological rapid processor and BT transparent agents were selected as group A, while 89 cases with conventional paraffin sections were selected as group B. The production time and quality for paraffin sections were analyzed in the two groups. Those diagnosed as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) II or even worse and some special patients with CINI in the two groups received surgery, including loop electrosurgical procedure (LEEP), cold knife conization (CKC), hysterectomy or radical hysterectomy. Tissue obtained after surgery was sent for routine pathological examination. If the results of postoperative routine pathological examination were inconsistent with the rapid or routine biopsy pathological examination, the heavier results were regard as the final diagnoses. The pathological results and diagnose accordance rates were recorded and compared between group A and group B. The quality of sections in two groups were all satisfied or basically satisfied to meet the diagnostic requirements. There were statistically significant difference in average production time between group A and B (40 minutes vs 24 hours, P<0.05). Thirty patients in group A and 32 patients in group B received surgery. The coincidence rate of biopsy pathological results and final diagnoses were 93% (28/30) for group A and 91% (29/32) for group B, in which there were not statistically significant difference (P>0.05). Rapid paraffin sections technology is safe, accurate and economical for rapid pathological diagnosis of cervical diseases, which is worthy for being widely used in hospitals. Source


Ma W.-Y.,QiLu Hospital | Jia K.,Shandong University | Zhang Y.,Shandong University
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine | Year: 2016

Psoriasis vulgaris is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by the hyperproliferation and abnormal differentiation of keratinocytes. CCATT/enhancer binding protein α (C/EBPα) is abundant in the epidermis and is associated with the proliferation of keratinocytes. However, the role of C/EBPα in the proliferation of keratinocytes and the pathogenesis of psoriasis vulgaris are yet to be elucidated. In the present study, using two-step immunohistochemistry, the expression levels of C/EBPα and Ki-67 were examined in skin biopsies harvested from 30 patients with psoriasis vulgaris and 30 healthy control subjects. The proliferation index (PI) was calculated and the correlation between C/EBPα expression levels and the PI was assessed using Pearson's correlation coefficient. In addition, the effect on HaCaT immortalized human keratinocytic cells of treatment with various concentrations of interleukin (IL)-17 was investigated. Subsequently, cell proliferation rates were examined using a Cell Counting kit-8 assay and the mRNA and protein expression levels of C/EBPα were analyzed using semiquantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and western blotting, respectively, in order to analyze the effects of IL-17 stimulation on C/EBPα expression levels. C/EBPα expression was predominantly detected in the cytoplasm of the keratinocytes and C/EBPα expression levels were significantly lower in the psoriatic lesions (P<0.05), as compared with the control group. An inverse correlation was detected between the expression levels of C/EBPα and the PI in the psoriatic lesions. Furthermore, a significant increase in the cell proliferation rate and significant reductions in the mRNA and protein expression levels of C/EBPα were detected in HaCaT cells following treatment with IL-17. These results demonstrated that C/EBPα may act as a downstream target of IL-17 and may be associated with the pathogenesis of psoriasis. © 2016, Spandidos Publications. All rights reserved. Source


Feng H.,University of Kentucky | Feng H.,Shandong University | Guo L.,University of Kentucky | Wang D.,Shandong University | And 7 more authors.
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology | Year: 2011

Objective-: Scavenger receptor BI (SR-BI) is a high-density lipoprotein (HDL) receptor. Recent studies revealed that SR-BI protects against sepsis via modulating innate immunity. However, its role in adaptive immunity is unclear. Methods and Results-: SR-BI-null mice exhibited impaired lymphocyte homeostasis as shown by splenomegaly and imbalanced expansion of T and B lymphocytes in the spleens. Importantly, the activated T and B lymphocytes were increased 3-to 4-fold, indicating a heightened active status of T and B lymphocytes. More importantly, in line with the accumulation of the activated T and B lymphocytes, SR-BI-null mice developed systemic autoimmune disorders characterized by the presence of autoantibodies in circulation, the deposition of immune complexes in glomeruli, and the leukocyte infiltration in kidney. Further analyses revealed that SR-BI deficiency enhanced lymphocyte proliferation, caused imbalanced interferon-γ and interleukin-4 production in lymphocytes, and caused elevated inflammatory cytokine production in macrophages. Furthermore, HDL from SR-BI-null mice exhibited less capability of suppressing lymphocyte proliferation. Conclusion-: SR-BI regulates lymphocyte homeostasis, likely through its roles in modulating the proliferation of lymphocytes, the cytokine production by lymphocytes and macrophages, and the function of HDL. Its deficiency leads to impaired lymphocyte homeostasis and autoimmune disorders. Our findings reveal a previously unrecognized role of SR-BI in adaptive immunity. © 2011 American Heart Association. All rights reserved. Source


Chen X.,QiLu Hospital | Fan R.,City University of Hong Kong
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy | Year: 2010

This essay illustrates what the Chinese family-based and harmony-oriented model of medical decision making is like as well as how it differs from the modern Western individual-based and autonomy-oriented model in health care practice. The essay discloses the roots of the Chinese model in the Confucian account of the family and the Confucian view of harmony. By responding to a series of questions posed to the Chinese model by modern Western scholars in terms of the basic individualist concerns and values embedded in the modern Western model, we conclude that the Chinese people have justifiable reasons to continue to apply the Chinese model to their contemporary health care and medical practice. © The Author 2010. Published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Inc. All rights reserved. Source

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