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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-913071

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Objective To evaluate the performance of FibroTouch in combination with four hepatic fibrosis biomarkers for assessment of the degree of hepatic fibrosis among patients with chronic schistosomiasis-induced liver disorders. Methods A total of 63 patients with chronic schistosomiasis-induced liver diseases admitted to The Third People’s Hospital of Kunshan City from January to March 2021 were enrolled as the observation group, while 50 healthy volunteers receiving health examinations in the hospital during the study period were randomly selected as the control group. The liver stiffness measurement (LSM) was determined using the FibroTouch technique, and the serum levels of four hepatic fibrosis biomarkers were detected using chemilumi-nescence immunoassay, including type IV collagen (IV-C), type III procollagen (PC-III), hyaluronidase (HA) and laminin (LN). The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves of LSM and four hepatic fibrosis biomarkers alone and in combination for assessing the degree of hepatic fibrosis among patients with chronic schistosomiasis-induced liver disorders were plotted and the area under the ROC curve (AUC) was estimated to examine the value of LSM and four hepatic fibrosis biomarkers alone and in combination for assessing the degree of hepatic fibrosis. Results There were 63 subjects in the observation group, including 28 men and 35 women, and the participants had a mean age of (65.34 ± 12.56) years and a mean body mass index (BMI) of (24.47 ± 11.05) kg/m2. There were 50 subjects in the control group, including 22 men and 28 women, and the participants had a mean age of (64.28 ± 13.10) years and a mean BMI of (25.12 ± 11.64) kg/m2. There were no significant differences between the observation and control groups in terms of gender ratio (χ2 = 0.002, P > 0.05), age (t = 0.437, P > 0.05) or BMI (t = 0.303, P > 0.05). The LSM [(8.65 ± 5.22) vs. (3.24 ± 1.10) kPa; t = 8.013, P < 0.05], IV-C [(51.80 ± 9.45) vs. (30.10 ± 10.34) ng/L; t = 11.506, P < 0.05], PC-III [(77.28 ± 17.22) vs. (48.62 ± 9.54) ng/L; t = 11.224, P < 0.05], HA [(39.55 ± 5.32) vs. (84.89 ± 10.34) ng/L; t = 30.158, P < 0.05] and LN [(99.47 ± 7.37) vs. (61.93 ± 9.80) ng/L; t = 22.496, P < 0.05] were significantly greater in the observation group than in the control group, and Spearman correlation analysis showed that the degree of liver fibrosis positively correlated with LSM (rs = 0.675, P < 0.01), IV-C (rs = 0.421, P < 0.01), PC-III (rs = 0.517, P < 0.01), HA (rs = 0.550, P < 0.01) and LN (rs = 0.539, P < 0.01) among patients with chronic schistosomiasis-induced liver diseases. ROC curve analysis revealed that the AUC of LSM for assessment of the hepatic fibrosis degree was 0.884 (P < 0.001), and the LSM cutoff, sensitivity and specificity were 11.75 kPa, 71.43% and 84.00% at the highest Youden index, respectively. In addition, the AUC of four hepatic fibrosis biomarkers for assessment of the hepatic fibrosis degree was 0.577 to 0.670, with 70.174 to 115.237 ng/L cutoff values, 17.46% to 68.25% sensitivity and 71.01% to 96.00% specificity. In addition, the sensitivity and specificity of LSM combined with four hepatic fibrosis biomarkers were 92.06% and 95.07% for assessment of the hepatic fibrosis degree among patients with chronic schistosomiasis-induced liver diseases. Conclusion FibroTouch in combination with detection of four hepatic fibrosis biomarkers has a high sensitivity and specificity for assessing the degree of hepatic fibrosis among patients with chronic schistosomiasis-induced liver diseases, which deserves widespread clinical uses.

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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-888084

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Bupleuri Radix, serving as the sovereign medicinal in many antidepressant compound preparations, has been proved effective in treating depression in mice, but its effect on the intestinal flora remains unclear. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of Bupleurum chinense(one of the original materials of Bupleuri Radix) on the behaviors and the diversity of intestinal flora of depressed mice. A depression mouse model was induced by repeated social defeat stress. Specifically, C57 BL/6 J male mice were exposed to the attack from the CD-1 mice. Then, C57 BL/6 J male mice were divided into a depression group and a B. chinense group, with normal saline and B. chinense administered(ig) respectively. Sucrose preference test and tail suspension test were conducted during and after the experiment respectively, to analyze the effects of B. chinense on the behaviors of the depressed mice. The feces were collected after the experiment. The V3-V4 16 S rDNA regions of intestinal flora of mice in each group were sequenced by Ion S5 TMXL for the analysis of the number of operational taxonomic units(OTUs), richness, alpha and beta diversity indexes, and differential phyla and genera. The results indicated that B. chinense could decrease depressive-like behaviors of mice, increase sucrose preference, and shorten the time of immobility in tail suspension test. After B. chinense intervention, the relative abundance of Firmicutes was significantly decreased, while that of Bacteroidetes was increased at the phylum level. At the genus level, the relative abundance of Lactobacillus and Lachnoclostridium decreased(P<0.05), while that of Bacteroides, Alistopes, etc. was elevated(P<0.05). The findings demonstrate that B. chinense can regulate the intestinal flora and improve the depressive-like behaviors of mice with depression.


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Animals , Bupleurum , Feces , Gastrointestinal Microbiome , Lactobacillus , Mice , Mice, Inbred C57BL
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-912877

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Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic massage (tuina) for treating knee osteoarthritis (KOA). Methods: Six English and Chinese databases, including Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wanfang Academic Journal Full-text Database (Wanfang), Chongqing VIP Database (CQVIP), China Biology Medicine Disc (CBM), Cochrane Library and PubMed databases, were independently searched to identify appropriate randomized controlled trials (RCTs) studying therapeutic massage for KOA compared to oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone. The main outcome measures were total effectiveness and the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities osteoarthritis index (WOMAC) score. Results: A total of 8 RCTs were included and they were of average quality. The results showed that therapeutic massage was more effective than NSAIDs comparing total effectiveness [risk ratio (RR)=1.14, 95% confidence interval (CI) (1.07, 1.21), P<0.0001]; compared with NSAIDs, therapeutic massage produced more significant improvements in pain [mean difference (MD)=-2.06, 95%CI (-2.75, -1.36), P<0.00001], stiffness intensity [MD=-0.90, 95%CI (-1.05, -0.75), P<0.00001] and joint function [MD=-12.48, 95%CI (-13.91, -11.05), P<0.00001]. Conclusion: Therapeutic massage was more effective than oral NSAIDs in treating KOA. In relieving pain and stiffness and improving the function of knee joint, therapeutic massage was superior to NSAIDs.

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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-912451

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Objective:To evaluate the measurement agreement of Roche 25(OH)D immunoassay(evaluation method) with LC-MS/MS (reference method).Methods:A total of 909 residual serum samples from routine health check participants were collected from May to June in 2019. 25(OH)D concentrations were measured by evaluation method and LC-MS/MS, respectively. Passing-bablok regression, intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), Bland Altman plots and Kappa test were used to analyze the consistency and bias on the results derived from the two measurement methods.Results:The 25(OH)D concentration derived from evaluation method was significantly different from those from LC-MS/MS method ( P<0.001). Slope of regression for evaluation method and LC-MS/MS was 0.962(95% CI 0.919-1.007), while intercept was -0.185 (95% CI -1.191-0.745). The ICC was 0.765 (95% CI 0.735-0.792). Altman plot showed that the average deviation between evaluation method and LC-MS/MS was -0.902 ng/ml (0.300%). The coincidence rate of evaluation method′s judgment of vitamin D sufficiency, insufficiency and deficiency with LC-MS/MS was 83.39%, and the weighted Kappa values was 0.790. Conclusion:Roche automatic 25(OH)D immunoassay shows acceptable correlation and agreement with LC-MS/MS, however, it is to note that the deviation between immunoassay and LC-MS/MS may lead to wrong judgment of vitamin D nutritional status. It is recommended that each laboratory should establish own corresponding reference values for 25(OH)D concentrations derived from these two methods.

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Journal of Chinese Physician ; (12): 982-986,991, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-909652

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Objective:To investigate the correlation between multiple parameters of islet function evaluation and atherogenic index (AIP) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).Methods:A cross-sectional study was conducted to observe 216 T2DM patients hospitalized in Tianjin Medical University Chu Hsien-I Memorial Hospital in 2019. They were divided into non atherogenic phenotype group (N Group, AIP<0.06) and atherogenic phenotype group (A group, AIP≥0.06) with AIP=0.06 as the cut-off point. The general clinical indexes and evaluation indexes of oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), such as insulin action index (IAI), quantitative insulin sensitivity check index (QUICKI), homeostasis model of insulin resistance index (HOMA-IR), homeostasis model assessment-β (HOMA-β), C peptide insulin resistance index (HOMA IR-CP) and C peptide islet function index suitable to diabetes patients (HOMA islet-CP DM) were compared between two groups. Pearson correlation analysis and multiple stepwise regression analysis were performed.Results:Compared with the N group, the very low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (VLDL-C), ln (HOMA IR-CP) and ln (HOMA islet-CP DM) in A group were higher ( P<0.01), while ln (QUICKI) was lower ( P<0.05), with statistical significance. AIP was positively correlated with VLDL-C ( r=0.765), ln (HOMA-IR) ( r=0.257), ln (HOMA-β) ( r=0.189), ln (HOMA IR-CP) ( r=0.418) and ln (HOMA islet-CP DM) ( r=0.377, P<0.01), and negatively correlated with IAI ( r=-0.145, P<0.05) and ln (QUICKI) ( r=-0.254, P<0.01). Multiple stepwise regression analysis showed that VLDL-C and ln (HOMA IR-CP) were independent influencing factors of AIP in type 2 diabetic patients ( P<0.01) . Conclusions:AIP is positively correlated with insulin resistance and negatively correlated with insulin sensitivity. VLDL-C and HOMA IR-CP are independent predictors of AIP.

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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-906511

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Objective:To observe the effect of Zuoguiwan on bone metabolism and Wnt/<italic>β</italic>-catenin signaling pathway in ovariectomized osteoporotic rats model, and to explore the molecular biological mechanism of Zuoguiwan in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Method:The rat model of postmenopausal osteoporosis was established by bilateral ovariectomy, 60 female SD rats were randomly divided into sham operation group, model group, positive group (estradiol valerate tablet 0.05 mg·kg<sup>-1</sup>·d<sup>-1</sup>) and low, middle and high dose groups of Zuoguiwan (5.5,11,22 g·kg<sup>-1</sup>·d<sup>-1</sup>).After successful establishment of the model in the 13<sup>th</sup> week, intragastric administration (<italic>ig</italic>) was given once a day for a total of 12 weeks. After administration, the histomorphological changes of femur in rats were observed by hematoxylin-eosin (HE) staining, the bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral content(BMC) of femur were measured by dual energy X-ray apparatus, and the biomechanical properties of bone were measured by MTS Acumen3 biomechanical testing system. The contents of bone alkaline phosphatase (BALP), bone glaprotein(BGP),estradiol (E<sub>2</sub>) ,and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP), type Ⅰ procollagen N-terminal propeptide (PINP) in serum were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Western blot was used to detect the protein level of Wnt2,<italic>β</italic>-catenin,low density lipoprotein related receptor protein 5 (LRP5) and the phosphorylation level of glycogen synthase kinase-3<italic>β</italic>(GSK-3<italic>β</italic>) in rat tibia. Result:Compared with sham operation group, the maximum load and stiffness of BMD,BMC, in the model group decreased significantly(<italic>P</italic><0.01), the contents of E<sub>2</sub> and PINP in serum decreased significantly(<italic>P</italic><0.01), the content of BALP,BGP,TRAP increased significantly(<italic>P</italic><0.01), the expression levels of Wnt2,p-GSK-3<italic>β </italic>Ser9,LRP5 and <italic>β</italic>-catenin protein in bone tissue decreased significantly(<italic>P</italic><0.01), the trabecula of femur became thinner and thinner, the number of bone trabeculae decreased. Compared with model group, the maximum load and stiffness of BMD,BMC, in estradiol group and Zuoguiwan group were significantly increased (<italic>P</italic><0.05,<italic>P</italic><0.01), the contents of serum E<sub>2</sub> and PINP were significantly increased (<italic>P</italic><0.05,<italic>P</italic><0.01), the content of BALP,BGP,TRAP was significantly decreased (<italic>P</italic><0.01), and the expression level of Wnt2,p-GSK-3<italic>β</italic> Ser9,LRP5, <italic>β</italic>-catenin protein in bone tissue was significantly increased (<italic>P</italic><0.05,<italic>P</italic><0.01) , the trabeculae of femur became thicker, the number increased, the structure was basically clear. Conclusion:Zuoguiwan has a certain preventive and therapeutic effect on osteoporosis in ovariectomized rats, and its mechanism may be related to increasing the level of estrogen, activating Wnt/<italic>β</italic>-catenin signaling pathway, up-regulating the expression of Wnt2 and LRP5 protein, inhibiting the activity of GSK-3<italic>β</italic>, reducing the degradation of <italic>β</italic>-catenin, coordinating the dynamic coupling balance between bone formation and bone resorption, correcting the disorder of bone metabolism and improving bone morphology.

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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-906308

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Objective:To investigate bonding ability between 4-sulfonylcalix [6] arene (SCA6) and 15 alkaloids (matrine, allomatrine, dauricine, daurisoline, quinidine, quinine, crotaline, vincristine, gelsemine, koumine, tetrandrine, aloperine, oxymatrine, sophocarpine and sinomenine), and to evaluate viability<italic> in vitro</italic> of HepG2 and H9c2 cells with 12 alkaloids/SCA6 bonding systems (except allomatrine, oxymatrine, sinomenine). Method:Fluorescence competitive titration was used to determine the binding constants of alkaloids and SCA6, the inhibitory effect of alkaloid/SCA6 complex on proliferation of HepG2 and H9c2 cells was investigated by cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8). Result:All the 15 alkaloids had good bonding with SCA6 at the ratio of 1∶1 (the binding constants >1×10<sup>5</sup> mol·L<sup>-1</sup>, <italic>R</italic><sup>2</sup>>0.98), the aloperine (quinolizidine alkaloids) and SCA6 had the biggest binding constant (20.55×10<sup>6</sup> mol·L<sup>-1</sup>). In addition to gelsemine, crotaline, matrine and sophocarpine, 8 alkaloids (including aloperine, tetrandrine, dauricine, daurisoline, quinidine, quinine, vincristine and koumine) exhibited significant anti-tumor effects on HepG2 cells. Except for daurisoline, the anti-proliferation effect of the other 11 alkaloids before and after binding with SCA6 had no difference in HepG2 cells. In addition to gelsemine, crotaline, matrine and sophocarpine, the anti-proliferation effect of the other 8 alkaloids before and after binding with SCA6 had no difference in H9c2 cells. Conclusion:SCA6 shows intense binding ability with bisbenzylisoquinoline, quinolizidine and indole alkaloids. It can improve the solubility of alkaloids without affecting their anti-tumor activity, which provides a reference for subsequent related applications of SCA6 as a drug delivery carrier.

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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-906032

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Objective:To investigate the expression of the cell cycle mitotic spindle checkpoint serinel/threonine kinase (BUB1) gene in breast cancer and its relationship with the prognosis,and further explore the intervention effect of japonicone A on BUB1 gene in breast cancer cells. Method:Through Oncomine,GEPIA,GEO database,bc-GenExMiner v4.5 and Kaplan-Meier Plotter database, in-depth mining was conducted for BUB1 gene expression-related data,in order to explore the difference in the expression of BUB1 gene in breast cancer tissues and normal breast tissues and its relationship with patient prognosis. Encyclopedia of Cancer Cell Lines (CCLE) was used to analyze the expression of BUB1 in T cells and B cells of breast cancer tissues,STRING database was used to draw BUB1-related protein network diagram and gene ontology(GO) function annotation and analyze relevant pathways in Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG). The tumor immune assessment resource(TIMER) database was used to analyze the expression of BUB1 in immune infiltrates and its impact on the survival and prognosis of patients with gastric cancer. Finally, the effect of japonicone A on the expression level of BUB1 gene in breast cancer cells was further analyzed. Result:①The mRNA level of BUB1 in breast cancer tissues was significantly higher than that of normal tissue samples, but the expression levels of BUB1 in breast cancer patients with different molecular subtypes varied. ② Increased expression of BUB1 could lead to longer distant metastasis-free survival(DMFS),overall survival(OS),and recurrence free survival(RFS) in luminal A subtypes. ③ BUB1 was positively correlated with structural maintenance of chro-mosome 4(SMC4) mRNA expression level, and might be interacted with 10 proteins, such as NUF2, with the strongest interaction relationship. ④ The high expression of BUB1 mRNA in CD8<sup>+ </sup>T cells and neutrophils in breast invasive carcinoma(BRCA) and BRCA-basal had a better two-year survival prognosis than the low expression group;the low expression of BUB1 mRNA in B cells in BRCA-Her2 had a better two-year survival prognosis than the high expression group. ⑤ GEO database analysis data set GSE85871 found that japonicone A could down-regulate the expression of BUB1 gene in breast cancer MCF7 cells. Conclusion:BUB1 gene is highly expressed in breast cancer tissues and related to the prognosis of breast cancer and immune cell infiltration. This may be a new potential therapeutic target for japonicone A to intervene breast cancer cells.

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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-905894

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Objective:To observe the clinical therapeutic effect of Suanzaoren Tang combined with fluoxetine in the treatment of patients with depression of liver stagnation and blood deficiency accompanied by insomnia. Method:The patients with depression of liver stagnation and blood deficiency accompanied by insomnia (120 cases) were randomly divided into an observation group and a control group, with 60 cases in each group. The patients in the observation group received Suanzaoren Tang combined with fluoxetine, and those in the control group received fluoxetine. The course of treatment was eight weeks. The clinical efficacy was evaluated with Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index(PSQI), and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) score. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used to determine the plasma levels of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), norepinephrine (NE),brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), neuron-specific enolase (NSE), and S100<italic>β</italic>. Result:After eight weeks of treatment, the scores of HAMD and PSQI were reduced(<italic>P</italic><0.01), while the scores of ADL were elevated(<italic>P</italic><0.01),and the levels of 5-HT, NE, GDNF and BDNF were up-regulated (<italic>P</italic><0.01) in the plasma of patients in the observation group as compared with those before treatment. After treatment, compared with the control group, the observation group showed increased total effective rate(<italic>P</italic><0.01), decreased scores of HAMD and PSQI (<italic>P</italic><0.01), elevated score of ADL(<italic>P</italic><0.01), up-regulated levels of 5-HT, NE, GDNF and BDNF in plasma, and declining NSE and S100<italic>β</italic>(<italic>P</italic><0.01). Conclusion:Suanzaoren Tang combined with fluoxetine is superior to fluoxetine alone in treating the depression of liver stagnation and blood deficiency accompanied by insomnia. Its therapeutic effect is achieved by increasing the release of monoamine neurotransmitters and promoting the secretion of BDNF and GDNF in the brain.

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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-905893

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Objective:To observe the effect of Sinisan on the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)/tyrosine kinase receptor B (TrKB), 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)/5-HT1A receptor (5-HT1AR), and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in depressed rats, and explore the antidepressant mechanism of Sinisan based on BDNF/TrKB, 5-HT/5-HT1AR, and HPA axis. Method:A total of 120 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into a normal group, a model group, a fluoxetine (0.01 g·kg<sup>-1</sup>) group, and low- (1.25 g·kg<sup>-1</sup>), medium- (2.5 g·kg<sup>-1</sup>), and high-dose (5 g·kg<sup>-1</sup>) Sinisan groups, with 20 rats in each group. The depression model was induced by isolation combined with chronic unpredictable mild stimulation(CUMS) in rats except for those in the normal group for 21 days. Rats were then treated correspondingly once a day for 21 days by gavage. Those in the normal group and the model group received an equal volume of normal saline. During the intervention, the model rats were stimulated continuously. The depressive state of CUMS model rats was evaluated by sucrose preference test and open field test. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used to determine the levels of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), and corticosterone (CORT) in the plasma and BDNF and 5-HT levels in the hippocampal homogenate. The mRNA expression of hippocampal TrKB, 5-HT1AR, glucocorticoid receptor (GR), and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) was detected by real-time fluorescence-based quantitative polymerase chain reaction (Real-time PCR). The protein expression of hippocampal TrKB, 5-HT1AR, GR, and MR was detected by Western blot. The histomorphological changes of the hippocampus were observed by hematoxylin-eosin (HE) staining. Result:Compared with the normal group, the model group showed decreased sucrose preference rate (<italic>P</italic><0.01), reduced horizontal and vertical scores in the open field test (<italic>P</italic><0.01), increased plasma content of CRH, ACTH, and CORT (<italic>P</italic><0.01), declining content of BDNF and 5-HT in the hippocampus (<italic>P</italic><0.01), dwindled mRNA and protein expression levels of TrKB, 5-HT1AR, and GR (<italic>P</italic><0.01), elevated mRNA and protein expression of MR (<italic>P</italic><0.01), and damaged hippocampal neurons revealed by HE staining. Compared with the model group, the groups with drug intervention showed increased sucrose preference rate (<italic>P</italic><0.01) and horizontal and vertical scores in the open field test (<italic>P</italic><0.05, <italic>P</italic><0.01), decreased content of plasma CRH, ACTH, and CORT (<italic>P</italic><0.05, <italic>P</italic><0.01), elevated content of hippocampal BDNF and 5-HT (<italic>P</italic><0.05, <italic>P</italic><0.01), elevated mRNA and protein expression levels of hippocampal TrKB, 5-HT1AR, and GR (<italic>P</italic><0.05, <italic>P</italic><0.01), reduced mRNA and protein expression levels of hippocampal MR (<italic>P</italic><0.05, <italic>P</italic><0.01), and recovered hippocampal neurons as revealed by HE staining. Conclusion:Sinisan can exert a significant antidepressant effect by increasing hippocampal BDNF and 5-HT content, up-regulating TrKB, 5-HT1AR, and GR mRNA and protein expression, down-regulating MR mRNA and protein expression, inhibiting HPA axis hypertrophy, and enhancing the regeneration and repair of hippocampal neurons.

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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-905892

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Objective:To investigate the effect and mechanism of Chaihu Jia Longgu Mulitang (CJLM) on hippocampal NOD-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3)inflammasome pathway in rats with depression. Method:Sixty male SD rats were randomly divided into a normal group,a model group, a MCC950 (1 mg·kg<sup>-1</sup>) group, and high- (13 g·kg<sup>-1</sup>), medium- (6.5 g·kg<sup>-1</sup>), and low-dose (3.25 g·kg<sup>-1</sup>) Chaihu Jia Longgu Mulitang groups, with 10 rats in each group.The depression model was induced by isolation combined with chronic unpredictable mild stimulation(CUMS) in rats except for those in the normal group. Rats were treated correspondingly for 21 days by intraperitoneal injection in the MCC950 group and gavage in other groups. The normal group and the model group received an equal volume of normal saline. The depression-like behaviors of rats were observed by sucrose preference test (SPT) and novelty-suppressed feeding test. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used to determine the levels of interleukin-1<italic>β </italic>(IL-1<italic>β</italic>) and IL-18 in the hippocampus of depressed rats. Western blot was used to detect the protein levels of NLRP3, apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a C-terminal caspase recruitment domain (ASC), and Caspase-1. Result:Compared with the normal group, the model group showed decreased sucrose preference rate (<italic>P</italic><0.01), prolonged novelty-suppressed feeding time (<italic>P</italic><0.01), enhanced protein expression of NLRP3,ASC, and caspase-1<italic> </italic>(<italic>P</italic><0.05, <italic>P</italic><0.01), and elevated expression of IL-1<italic>β</italic> and IL-18 (<italic>P</italic><0.01). Conclusion:CJLM can alleviate depression-like behaviors in CUMS-induced model rats, and the underlying mechanism is related to the inhibition of the NLRP3 inflammasome pathway.

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International Eye Science ; (12): 2113-2117, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-904685

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@#AIM: To assess and compare the effectiveness of selective laser trabeculoplasty(SLT)in preventing primary open angle glaucoma(POAG)with various stages.<p>METHODS: Fifty-one eyes of 27 patients 51 eye with POAG were included in this retrospective study. All the cases were divided into three groups depending on the mean deviation(MD): the early stage group(MD>-6dB, 15 eyes), middle stage group(-12dB≤MD≤-6dB, 15 eyes)and late stage group(MD<-12dB, 21 eyes). All subjects underwent SLT on 360° of the angle between July 2018 to March 2020. The laser parameters of a 532nm, Q-switched, frequency-doubled Nd: YAG laser, with 3ns pulse time, 400μm spot diameter were set to selectively target pigmented trabecular meshwork cells without visible damage to the adjacent non-pigmented tissue. Intraocular pressure(IOP)reduction was observed at 1h, 1d, 1, 3, 6 and 12mo after the laser procedure. Meanwhile, the ratio of the IOP reduction, visual field index(VFI), MD, medication, adverse reactions and efficiency were assessed as well.<p>RESULTS: Within the 12mo post-SLT, there were no statistically significant differences for the IOP and IOP decline rate between each group(all <i>P</i>>0.05). There were significant differences in VFI and MD among early, middle and late groups(<i>P</i><0.001), within the 12mo post-SLT, no statistically significant differences were detected for the decline of VFI and MD in each group. In terms of the early stage group, the effective rates of SLT at 1, 3, 6 and 12mo after treatment were 100%, 93%, 87%, 67%, respectively. For the middle stage group and late stage group, the effective rates were 87%, 80%, 93%, 60%, and 67%, 71%, 62%, 19%, respectively. <p>CONCLUSION: SLT was an effective treatment for POAG patients in various stages, while the effective rate decreased with time.

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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-904482

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Objective:To analyze the trend of mortality from lung cancer in urban and rural areas of Chinese mainland from 2004 to 2018. Methods:Cancer cases from 2004 to 2018 coded as C33-C34 according to the International Classification of Diseases-10th Revision (ICD-10) were collected from the Chinese national mortality surveillance system. The crude mortality rate (CMR), age-standardized mortality (ASMR) and annual percentage change (APC) were calculated to analyze the mortality trend of lung cancer in rural and urban areas. Results:From 2004 to 2018, the CMR of lung cancer was 41.11/105, and the ASMR was 27.91/105, with no significant tendency of upward or downward. The CMR of lung cancer in urban areas was 46.03/105, and the ASMR was 30.33/105, with an APC of -0.82%. The CMR of lung cancer in rural areas was 38.54/105, and the ASMR was 26.66/105, with an APC of 1.73%. The difference between urban and rural CMR was significant. The CMR of lung cancer in urban eastern, central and western areas were 50.27/105, 44.59/105 and 40.64/105, respectively. The APC of eastern and central urban areas were -1.05% and -1.08%, respectively. The CMR of lung cancer in rural eastern, central and western areas were 45.82/105, 38.26/105 and 28.90/105, respectively, with an increasing trend. The CMR of lung cancer was significantly different between urban and rural areas of eastern, central and western areas of China. The CMR of lung cancer in urban males and females were 63.17/105 and 28.42/105, respectively. The CMR of lung cancer in rural males and females were 52.83/105 and 23.62/105, respectively. The ASMR of lung cancer in rural men and women increased by 1.18% and 1.09%, respectively. The ASMR of lung cancer in urban men and women decreased by 0.61% and 1.35%, respectively. The CMR of lung cancer between males and females in urban and rural was significantly different. The CMR rate of lung cancer increased with age, with the peak in the age group above 60 years old. The ASMR rate of lung cancer showed a decreasing trend in the group under 60 years old in both urban and rural areas. While in rural areas, the ASMR of lung cancer showed an increasing trend in the group over 60 years old. There were significant variations in lung cancer CMR between rural and urban areas in groups aged 0-19, 40-59, and over 60 years. Conclusion:The CMR of lung cancer in China is different between urban and rural areas from 2004 to 2018, which may be affected by smoking, ageing, industrialization and gender. Identifying high-risk populations, especially those in rural areas and providing early intervention can help to reduce the mortality rate of lung cancer.

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Journal of Medical Biomechanics ; (6): E790-E795, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-904473

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Objective The ileum of porcine intestines with radiofrequency (RF) energy was fused through a novel linkage-type pressure controlled electrode, so as to verify feasibility and security of intestinal reconstruction in the RF energy tissue fusion technology. Methods Fresh porcine intestines were fixed on negative electrode in the order of ‘mucosa-serosa’, and then different compressive pressures (497,796,995,1 194,1 492 kPa)and RF energy were applied to the tissues through positive electrode of pressure cone to complete intestinal anastomosis. Biomechanical properties of the fused area were studied by tensile strength and bursting pressure test, and the thermal diffusion and tissue microstructure also studied. ResultsThe anastomotic tensile strength and bursting pressure could reach (8.73±1.11) N and (8.29±0.41) kPa, respectively, when the energy output power, pressure and welding time were 160 W, 995 kPa and 13 s, respectively, and an intact microstructure with little free collagen in the fused area could be observed. Conclusions The technology of RF energy-based tissue fusion could accomplish fast and stable intestinal tract reconstruction, showing great potential in clinical application. It is of great significance to shorten the operation time, simplify the operation process and improve the operation quality.

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Chinese Medical Journal ; (24): 2091-2101, 2021.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-887631

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BACKGROUND@#Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) actin filament-associated protein 1 antisense RNA 1 (AFAP1-AS1) functions as a competing endogenous RNA to regulate target genes expression by sponging microRNAs (miRs) to play cancer-promoting roles in cancer stem cells. However, the regulatory mechanism of AFAP1-AS1 in cervical cancer (CC) stem cells is unknown. The present study aimed to provide a new therapeutic target for the clinical treatment of CC.@*METHODS@#Hyaluronic acid receptor cluster of differentiation 44 variant exon 6 (CD44v6)(+) CC cells were isolated by flow cytometry (FCM). Small interfering RNAs of AFAP1-AS1 (siAFAP1-AS1) were transfected into the (CD44v6)(+) cells. The levels of AFAP1-AS1 were measured by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR). Sphere formation assay, cell cycle analysis, and Western blotting were used to detect the effect of siAFAP1-AS1. RNA pull-down and luciferase reporter assay were used to verify the relationship between miR-27b-3p and AFAP1-AS1 or vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C.@*RESULTS@#CD44v6(+) CC cells had remarkable stemness and a high level of AFAP1-AS1. However, AFAP1-AS1 knockdown with siAFAP1-AS1 suppressed the cell cycle transition of G(1)/S phase and inhibited self-renewal of CD44v6(+) CC cells, the levels of the stemness markers octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (OCT4), osteopontin (OPN), and cluster of differentiation 133 (CD133), and the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-related proteins Twist1, matrix metalloprotease (MMP)-9, and VEGF-C. In the mechanism study, miR-27b-3p/VEGF-C signaling was demonstrated to be a key downstream of AFAP1-AS1 in the CD44v6(+) CC cells.@*CONCLUSIONS@#LncRNA AFAP1-AS1 knockdown inhibits the CC cell stemness by upregulating miR-27b-3p to suppress VEGF-C.


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Cell Line, Tumor , Cell Proliferation/genetics , Female , Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic , Humans , MicroRNAs/genetics , RNA, Long Noncoding/genetics , Uterine Cervical Neoplasms/genetics , Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A/genetics , Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor C
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Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica ; (12): 1856-1864, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-887003

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Increasing research have found a high correlation between senescence and tumor. Cellular senescence can inhibit tumorigenesis while the cellular microenvironment altered by senescent cells can promote the proliferation and metastasis of tumor cells. Some cellular signaling pathways are commonly involved in aging process and carcinogenesis. The deregulation and imbalance of these pathways results into senescence and tumor development. Thus, agents that balance these pathways may effective for anti-aging and anti-tumor. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used for the activation of multiple signaling pathways and molecular targets both associated with aging and tumor, with few side effects. Therefore, the article reviewed the cellular signalings that cross between the aging and tumors, and on this basis, summarized the current effective components of TCM with anti-aging and anti-cancer properties, as well as the potential mechanisms of these components in the cross signalings, to provide new research strategies and perspectives for effective components of TCM to treat aging and tumors.

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Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica ; (12): 2577-2583, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-886940

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The molecular identification of Fritillaria taibaiensis and its relatives was studied by real-time PCR with a TaqMan-MGB probe. DNA was extracted from F. taibaiensis and its relatives. According to the sequence of ITS1 region, the mutation sites of F. taipaiensis and its related species were identified by MEGA7.0 software. The specific primers (a pair) and a TaqMan-MGB probe were designed by Primer Premier 6.0 software. In the Roche LightCycler 96 system, the lowest limit of detection for F. taipaiensis DNA template was 0.002 39 ng·μL-1, and the optimal Tm value range was 60 and 61 ℃. Specificity identification showed that the method had good specificity for F. taipaiensis, as it could be distinguished from other 13 different Fritillaria species including F. unibracteata. Since this method could accurately identify F. taipaiensis and its related species, it provides technical support for rational development of F. taipaiensis resources, management of Chinese medicinal market and supervision of raw materials in Chinese medicine manufacturing enterprises.

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Cancer Research and Clinic ; (6): 334-338, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-886058

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Objective:To investigate the expressions of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9), matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2), migration-inducing protein 7 (MIG-7) and filamin A (FLNa) in colon cancer tissues and their effects on prognosis.Methods:The tumor specimens and corresponding adjacent normal tissues of 899 colon cancer patients undergoing surgical resection in the Affiliated Huai'an No. 1 People's Hospital of Nanjing Medical University from January 2013 to December 2015 were collected. The expression levels of MMP-9, MMP-2, MIG-7 and FLNa in colon cancer tissues and adjacent normal tissues were measured by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and the relationship between their expression levels and clinicopathological characteristics as well as prognosis of colon cancer was analyzed.Results:The expression levels of MMP-2, MMP-9 and MIG-7 in colon cancer tissues were (481±69) ng/ml, (262±85) ng/ml,(156±23) ng/ml, respectively, which were higher than those in adjacent normal tissues [(136±33) ng/ml, (191±21) ng/ml, (98±18) ng/ml], and the differences were statistically significant ( t was 41.591, 120.224, 59.896, all P < 0.01); the expression level of FLNa in colon cancer tissues was (19.5±3.2) ng/ml, which was lower than that in adjacent normal tissues [(65.4±8.3) ng/ml], and the difference was statistically significant ( t = 154.902, P < 0.05). The expression levels of MMP-9, MMP-2, MIG-7 and FLNa in colon cancer tissues were correlated with tumor diameter, Dukes stage, lymph node metastasis and degree of differentiation (all P < 0.05). Cox multivariate analysis showed that the high expressions of MMP-9, MMP-2, and MIG-7 and the low expression of FLNa were independent factors affecting the prognosis of patients (all P < 0.05). Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that the median overall survival time of patients with low expression of MMP-9, MMP-2 and MIG-7 was 55 months (95% CI 25-78 months), 56 months (95% CI 26-79 months) and 54 months (95% CI 25-78 months), respectively, which were longer than those with high expression, while the median overall survival time of patients with high expression of FLNa was 58 months (95% CI 27-80 months), which was longer than those with low expression, and the difference was statistically significant ( P < 0.05). Conclusions:MMP-9, MMP-2, MIG-7 and FLNa are closely related to the occurrence and progression of colon cancer. The high expression levels of MMP-9, MMP-2 and MIG-7 and the low expression level of FLNa have influences on the prognosis of colon cancer patients, and it can be used as important indicators for clinical prognosis judgement.

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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-884176

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Objective:To analyze the clinical characteristics and causes of death of 80 dead cases with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).Methods:The clinical data of 80 dead patients with COVID-19 who were admitted to Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University from January 11 to February 11, 2020 were retrospectively analyzed.The laboratory examination indexes (including white blood cells, lymphocytes, procalcitonin (PCT), lactic acid, D-dimmer, fibrinogen degradation products, N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (N-proBNP), ultra sensitive-troponin I, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and CD4 + T lymphocyte) of the patients at the time of admission were compared with the indexes at the last time before death. Statistical analysis was conducted by using paired t test or Wilcoxon′s signed rank test. Results:The median age was 72 years old of the 80 patients, and 78.75%(63/80) of them were older than 60 years. Thirty-six cases (45.00%) were severe and 44(55.00%) were critical at admission. Fifty-eight cases (72.50%) had underlying diseases. The common underlying diseases were hypertension, diabetes mellitus, coronary atherosclerotic heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Comparing the patients′ first laboratory tests at admission with those before death, white blood cells increased (8.01(4.86, 12.29)×10 9/L vs 12.55(8.25, 17.66)×10 9/L), lymphocytes decreased (0.70(0.46, 0.88)×10 9/L vs 0.54(0.39, 0.75)×10 9/L), PCT increased (0.20(0.11, 0.74) μg/L vs 1.00(0.20, 1.99) μg/L), lactic acid increased (2.10(1.40, 3.10) mmol/L vs 3.10(2.60, 4.10) mmol/L), D-dimmer increased (4.33(0.97, 18.98) mg/L vs 15.29(5.17, 53.44) mg/L), fibrinogen degradation products increased (15.90(3.58, 76.60) mg/L vs 63.14(21.23, 110.67) mg/L), N-proBNP increased (1 078.00(347.35, 2 996.50) ng/L vs 3 439.50(1 576.00, 9 281.50) ng/L), ultra-sensitive troponin I increased (0.08(0.03, 0.17) μg/L vs 0.33(0.14, 2.47) μg/L), LDH increased (397.00(327.00, 523.50) U/L vs 624.00(481.00, 854.00) U/L) and CD4 + T lymphocyte decreased (137.00(104.00, 168.00)/μL vs 97.00(67.00, 128.00)/μL). The differences between the two groups were all statistically significant ( W=238.00, 1 053.50, 150.00, 152.00, 192.00, 190.00, 108.00, 57.00, 53.00 and 40.00, respectively, all P<0.05). All patients received antiviral and respiratory-support therapy and the main cause of death was respiratory failure caused by intractable hypoxemia and multiple organ failure. Among them, seven cases died in one day hospitalization, and 66 cases died in seven days hospitalization. Conclusions:Elderly patients with a variety of chronic underlying diseases have poor prognosis. It′s essential to pay more attention and deal with the above clinical characteristics at an early stage to improve the outcome of the COVID-19 patients.

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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-881081

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Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is regarded as the most common liver disease with no approved therapeutic drug currently. Silymarin, an extract from the seeds of Silybum marianum, has been used for centuries for the treatment of various liver diseases. Although the hepatoprotective effect of silybin against NAFLD is widely accepted, the underlying mechanism and therapeutic target remain unclear. In this study, NAFLD mice caused by methionine-choline deficient (MCD) diet were orally administrated with silybin to explore the possible mechanism and target. To clarify the contribution of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα), PPARα antagonist GW6471 was co-administrated with silybin to NAFLD mice. Since silybin was proven as a PPARα partial agonist, the combined effect of silybin with PPARα agonist, fenofibrate, was then evaluated in NAFLD mice. Serum and liver samples were collected to analyze the pharmacological efficacy and expression of PPARα and its targets. As expected, silybin significantly protected mice from MCD-induced NAFLD. Furthermore, silybin reduced lipid accumulation via activating PPARα, inducing the expression of liver cytosolic fatty acid-binding protein, carnitine palmitoyltransferase (Cpt)-1a, Cpt-2, medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase and stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1, and suppressing fatty acid synthase and acetyl-CoA carboxylase α. GW6471 abolished the effect of silybin on PPARα signal and hepatoprotective effect against NAFLD. Moreover, as a partial agonist for PPARα, silybin impaired the powerful lipid-lowering effect of fenofibrate when used together. Taken together, silybin protected mice against NAFLD via activating PPARα to diminish lipid accumulation and it is not suggested to simultaneously take silybin and classical PPARα agonists for NAFLD therapy.

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