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Lang X.,Academy of Military Medical Science | Wan Z.,Academy of Military Medical Science | Pan Y.,Changchun Stomatological Hospital | Wang X.,Jilin Agricultural University | And 4 more authors.
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine | Year: 2015

Catabolite control protein A (CcpA) serves a key function in the catabolism of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (S. suis 2) by affecting the biological function and metabolic regulatory mechanisms of this bacterium. The aim of the present study was to identify variations in CcpA expression in S. suis 2 using gene expression profile analysis. Using sequencing and functional analysis, CcpA was demonstrated to play a regulatory role in the expression and regulation of virulence genes, carbon metabolism and immunoregulation in S. suis 2. Gene Ontology and Kyto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes analyses indicated that CcpA in S. suis 2 is involved in the regulation of multiple metabolic processes. Furthermore, combined analysis of the transcriptome and metabolite data suggested that metabolites varied due to the modulation of gene expression levels under the influence of CcpA regulation. In addition, metabolic network analysis indicated that CcpA impacted carbon metabolism to a certain extent. Therefore, the present study has provided a more comprehensive analysis of the role of CcpA in the metabolic regulation of S. suis 2, which may facilitate future investigation into this mechanism. Furthermore, the results of the present study provide a foundation for further research into the regulatory function of CcpA and associated metabolic pathways in S. suis 2. © 2015, Spandidos Publications. All rights reserved.

Weifeng T.,Shanghai University | Feng S.,Shanghai University | Xiangji L.,Shanghai University | Changqing S.,Shanghai University | And 8 more authors.
Phytomedicine | Year: 2011

Artemisinin (ART) is isolated from the medicinal plant Artemisia annua L. To determine its effects on the invasion and metastasis of tumors, the human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines HepG2 and SMMC-7721 were treated with different concentrations of ART. Starting at 12.5 μM, ART had inhibitory effects in migration and invasion assays that increased at higher concentrations. The inhibitory effect also became stronger with time, from 24 to 72 h. ART significantly inhibited the in vivo metastatic abilities of the HepG2 HCC cell line. ART inhibited the invasion and metastasis of HCC cells both in vitro and in vivo by reducing the level of the MMP2 metalloproteinase, and by inducing the TIMP2 protein. ART activated Cdc42, which enhanced E-cadherin activity, resulting in greater cell-cell adhesion, and significantly reduced metastasis. Crown Copyright © 2010 Published by Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

Wu H.,Fudan University | Xue R.,Fudan University | Tang Z.,Fudan University | Deng C.,Fudan University | And 4 more authors.
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry | Year: 2010

Gastric cancer screening or diagnosis is mainly based on endoscopy and biopsy. The aim of this study was to identify the difference of metabolomic profile between normal and malignant gastric tissue, and to further explore tumor biomarkers. Chemical derivatization together with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) was utilized to obtain the metabolomic information of the malignant and non-malignant tissues of gastric mucosae in 18 gastric cancer patients. Acquired metabolomic data was analyzed using the Wilcoxon rank sum test to find the tissue metabolic biomarkers for gastric cancer. A diagnostic model for gastric cancer was constructed using principal component analysis (PCA), and was assessed with receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curves. Results showed that 18 metabolites were detected differently between the malignant tissues and the adjacent non-malignant tissues of gastric mucosa. Five metabolites were also detected differently between the non-invasive tumors and the invasive tumors. The diagnostic model could discriminate tumors from normal mucosae with an area under the curve (AUC) value of 0.9629, and another diagnostic model constructed for clinical staging was assessed with an AUC value of 0.969. We conclude that the metabolomic profile of malignant gastric tissue was different from normal, and that the selected tissue metabolites could probably be applied for clinical diagnosis or staging for gastric cancer. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.

Li Z.-G.,Yunnan Normal University | Zeng H.-Z.,Shanghai Sensichip Infotech Co. | Ao P.-X.,Yunnan Normal University | Gong M.,Yunnan Normal University
Acta Physiologiae Plantarum | Year: 2014

Low non-freezing temperature is one of the major environmental factors that affect metabolism, growth, development and geographical distribution of chilling-sensitive plants, Jatropha curcas, a chilling-sensitive plant, which is considered as a sustainable energy plant with great potential for biodiesel production. Our previous studies showed that short-term chilling shock at 5 °C for 4 h and long-term chill hardening at 12 °C 1 or 2 days could improve chilling tolerance of J. curcas seedlings, but lipidomic response to chilling shock and chill hardening has not been elucidated. In this study, membrane lipid composition change in J. curcas seedlings during chilling shock and chill hardening was investigated by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-mass spectrometry (LC–ESI–MS) approach. The results indicated that the relative abundances of nine classes and 72 species of membrane lipids, such as phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylglycerol (PG), phosphatidylinositol (PI), lysophosphatidylcholine (lysoPC) and lysophosphatidylglycerol (lysoPG), two glycolipids digalactosyldiacylglycerol (DGDG) and monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG) and a sulfoquinovosyldiacylglycerol (SQDG), were significantly changed, and the degree of unsaturation of above-mentioned cellular membrane lipids with fatty acid differing in chain lengths and the number of double bonds also increased in varying degrees during chilling shock and chill hardening. These results suggested that remodeling and increase in the degree of unsaturation of membranes lipids may be a common physiological basis for short-term chilling shock- and long-term chill hardening-induced chilling tolerance of J. curcas seedlings. © 2014, Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków.

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