Jiang N.,Sun Yat Sen University |
Hu Y.,Sun Yat Sen University |
Liu X.,First Affiliated Hospital of GuangDong Pharmaceutical |
Wu Y.,Sun Yat Sen University |
And 5 more authors.
Thyroid | Year: 2010
Background: If methods of differentiating stem cells into thyrocytes can be perfected, they may provide a ready source of normal thyrocytes for basic research and clinical application. We developed a novel culture method capable of differentiating mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells into thyroid follicular cells. Methods: E14 mouse ES cells were allowed to differentiate into embryoid bodies and then stimulated with thyroid-stimulating hormone, insulin, and potassium iodide. The resulting differentiated cells were observed for expression of thyrocyte-specific mRNA transcripts with reverse transcriptase (RT)-polymerase chain reaction. To definitively identify thyrocytes, we simultaneously observed the thyrocyte-specific proteins, thyroid transcription factor-1 and PAX-8, with dual-color immunofluorescent labeling. The cells were further characterized by electron microscopy. Results: The ES cells were successfully differentiated into thyrocytes. Differentiated cells expressed PAX-8, thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor, sodium/iodide symporter, thyroperoxidase, and thyroglobulin mRNAs, and coexpressed thyroid transcription factor-1 and PAX-8 proteins. The extent of differentiation was further explored by electron microscopy, which showed that differentiated cells had ultrastructural features similar to adult human thyrocytes, whereas the cells from unstimulated cultures were mostly disintegrated and lacked developed organelle structures. Conclusions: These data show that E14 mouse ES cells can be differentiated into thyrocytes by culturing with thyroid-stimulating hormone, insulin, and potassium iodide. The development of reliable methods to produce thyroid cells from ES cells is important to future research in thyroid biology and medical applications. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Source
Wu W.,Capital Medical University |
Wu W.,Shandong University |
Huo X.,Capital Medical University |
Zhao X.,Capital Medical University |
And 71 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2016
Objective Increased blood pressure (BP) management following acute ischemic stroke (AIS) remains controversial. This study aimed to identify the association between BP and clinical outcomes in AIS patients administered lytic medication in the TIMS-China (thrombolysis implementation and monitor of acute ischemic stroke in China) database. Methods The sample comprised 1128 patients hospitalized within 4.5 hours (h) of AIS for intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (i.v. rt-PA) thrombolysis. Systolic BP (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP) at baseline, 2 h and 24 h after treatment, and changes from baseline were analyzed. The study outcomes comprised a favorable outcome (modified Rankin Scale 0-1 at 90 days) and symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage (SICH), analyzed using logistic regression, with low BP as the reference group. Results Lower BP (baseline, 2 h, and 24 h) was beneficial in AIS patients and significantly related to a favorable outcome (Poutcome (P<0.05). A substantial BP decrease at 24 h after rt-PA thrombolysis was significantly associated with a favorable outcome compared with a moderate BP decrease (P = 0.0298). A SBP >160 mmHg 2 h after rt-PA thrombolysis was significantly associated with SICH compared with a SBP <140 mmHg (P = 0.0238). An increase or no change (>25 mmHg) in SBP was significantly associated with SICH (P = 0.002) compared with a small SBP decrease (1-9 mmHg). © 2016 Wu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Source
Li J.,Guangzhou Medical College |
Huang Y.,Chongqing Medical University |
Lin X.,General Hospital of Shenyang Military Command |
Zhao D.,Nanjing Childrens Hospital |
And 7 more authors.
American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy | Year: 2012
Background: Allergen sensitization is influenced by genetic and environmental factors; however, the factors related to sensitizations in patients with rhinitis and asthma in China are largely unknown. This study investigated the factors associated with allergen sensitizations in patients with asthma and rhinitis in China. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was performed in 6304 patients with asthma and/or rhinitis from four regions of China. Patients completed a standardized questionnaire related to respiratory and allergic symptoms, family history of allergic diseases, smoking history, environmental exposure, and eating behaviors. They underwent skin-prick tests (SPTs) with 13 common aeroallergens. Blood samples were collected from 2268 of patients for specific IgE (sIgE) measurements against 16 common aeroallergens. Results: Patients with both asthma and rhinitis had higher prevalence of SPT and sIgE positivity to most allergens than those with asthma or rhinitis alone (p < 0.0001). Male gender, family history of allergic rhinitis, air-conditioner usage, sleeping on a mattress, and frequently eating meat were associated with increased risk of SPT and sIgE positivity. Using air-conditioner and sleeping on a mattress were further found to be associated with sIgE positivity to mites and molds. However, increased age and fish, fruit, and raw vegetable intake decreased the risk of SPT and sIgE positivity. Conclusion: Family history of allergic rhinitis, male gender, using an air conditioner, sleeping on a mattress, and frequent meat consumption are risk factors for allergen sensitizations, whereas increased age and frequent fish, fruit, and raw vegetable consumption may protect patients with asthma and/or rhinitis from developing sensitizations in China. Copyright © 2012, OceanSide Publications, Inc. Source
Zhang Y.-Q.,Jilin University |
Xu X.-G.,Jilin University |
Zhang M.,Jilin University |
Jiang P.,Jilin University |
And 3 more authors.
American Journal of Dermatopathology | Year: 2011
Sporotrichosis is a chronic fungal infection with a global distribution; both sporadically occurring infections and outbreaks of cases are not uncommon. Sporothrix schenckii, as the causative agent, can be isolated from soil, wood, land, and even marine animals. We present the clinical and histopathological presentations of sporotrichosis collected in our department for about 40 years. A series of interesting pictures illustrating asteroid bodies and organism materials, which are rarely seen, are also showed. Asteroid body is characterized by the presence of radiating star-like asteroid or club-shaped eosinophilic material around spores, and 5 types of asteroid body collected in our department are presented. Copyright © 2011 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source
Lin L.,Xiamen University |
Yu Q.,Xiamen University |
Yan X.,Xiamen University |
Hang W.,Xiamen University |
And 3 more authors.
Analyst | Year: 2010
Serum samples from kidney cancer patients and healthy controls were analyzed by both direct infusion mass spectrometry (DIMS) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) with a high resolution ESI-Q-TOFMS. The classification and biomarker discovery capacities of the two methods were compared, and MS/MS experiments were carried out to identify potential biomarkers. DIMS had comparable classification and prediction capabilities to LC-MS but consumed only ∼5% of the analysis time. With regard to biomarker discovery, twenty-three variables were found as potential biomarkers by DIMS, and 48 variables were obtained by LC-MS. DIMS is recommended to be a fast diagnostic method for kidney cancer, while LC-MS is necessary when comprehensive screening of biomarkers is required. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Source