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Chen J.-P.,Shandong University | Wang J.,General Hospital | Luan Y.,U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention | Wang C.-X.,Shandong University | And 8 more authors.
Cancer Letters | Year: 2015

Our study observed the relationship between transient receptor potential melastatin 7 (TRPM7) expression and the metastatic process of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). We found that TRPM7 was overexpressed in 102 out of 206 (49.5%) human NPC cases and was significantly associated with clinical stage and lymphatic and distant metastasis. The results suggested that TRPM7 promotes NPC cell migration and invasion in vitro. Further, TRPM7 was correlated with poor clinical outcome and was an independent predictor for 5-year overall survival rate (HR, 1.832; 95% CI, 1.237-4.146 [P = 0.041]). In conclusion, TRPM7 promotes the metastasis of NPC and may serve as a prognostic marker in NPC patients. © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Liu X.-S.,Weifang Medical University | Li J.-F.,The 148th Hospital | Wang S.-S.,Weifang Medical University | Wang Y.-T.,Henan University | And 6 more authors.
BioMed Research International | Year: 2014

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative movement disorder that is characterized by the progressive degeneration of the dopaminergic (DA) pathway. Mesenchymal stem cells derived from human umbilical cord (hUC-MSCs) have great potential for developing a therapeutic agent as such. HGF is a multifunctional mediator originally identified in hepatocytes and has recently been reported to possess various neuroprotective properties. This study was designed to investigate the protective effect of hUC-MSCs infected by an adenovirus carrying the HGF gene on the PD cell model induced by MPP+ on human bone marrow neuroblastoma cells. Our results provide evidence that the cultural supernatant from hUC-MSCs expressing HGF could promote regeneration of damaged PD cells at higher efficacy than the supernatant from hUC-MSCs alone. And intracellular free Ca2+ obviously decreased after treatment with cultural supernatant from hUC-MSCs expressing HGF, while the expression of CaBP-D28k, an intracellular calcium binding protein, increased. Therefore our study clearly demonstrated that cultural supernatant of MSC overexpressing HGF was capable of eliciting regeneration of damaged PD model cells. This effect was probably achieved through the regulation of intracellular Ca2+ levels by modulating of CaBP-D28k expression. © 2014 Xin-Shan Liu et al.

Yin H.L.,The 148th Hospital | Wang Y.L.,The 148th Hospital | Li J.F.,The 148th Hospital | Han B.,The 148th Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Genetics and Molecular Research | Year: 2014

Curcumin has been widely used for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), but its mechanism is still not clear. Inhibitory factors of axonal regeneration have been shown to cause a series of pathophysiological changes in the early period of AD. In this study, the co-receptor (Nogo receptor; NgR) of three axonal growth-inhibitory proteins was examined, and effects of curcumin on spatial learning and memory abilities and hippocampal axonal growth were investigated in amyloid β-protein (Aβ)1-40-induced AD rats. Results showed that the expression of NgR in the AD group significantly increased and the number of axonal protein-positive fibers significantly reduced. The spatial learning and memory abilities of AD rats were significantly improved in the curcumin group. Furthermore, hippocampal expressions of NgR mRNA and protein decreased, and the expression of axonal protein significantly increased. There was a negative correlation between the expression of NgR and axonal growth. Together, these results suggested that curcumin could improve the spatial learning and memory abilities of AD rats. The mechanism might be related with its lowering of hippocampal NgR expression and promoting axonal regeneration. © FUNPEC-RP.

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