Publications by authors named "Bojun Xu"

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Investigation of the Mechanism of Complement System in Diabetic Nephropathy via Bioinformatics Analysis.

J Diabetes Res 2021 24;2021:5546199. Epub 2021 May 24.

Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, 610072 Sichuan, China.

Objectives: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a major cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) throughout the world, and the identification of novel biomarkers via bioinformatics analysis could provide research foundation for future experimental verification and large-group cohort in DN models and patients.

Methods: GSE30528, GSE47183, and GSE104948 were downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database to find differentially expressed genes (DEGs). The difference of gene expression between normal renal tissues and DN renal tissues was firstly screened by GEO2R. Then, the protein-protein interactions (PPIs) of DEGs were performed by STRING database, the result was integrated and visualized via applying Cytoscape software, and the hub genes in this PPI network were selected by MCODE and topological analysis. Gene Ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway enrichment analyses were carried out to determine the molecular mechanisms of DEGs involved in the progression of DN. Finally, the Nephroseq v5 online platform was used to explore the correlation between hub genes and clinical features of DN.

Results: There were 64 DEGs, and 32 hub genes were identified, enriched pathways of hub genes involved in several functions and expression pathways, such as complement binding, extracellular matrix structural constituent, complement cascade related pathways, and ECM proteoglycans. The correlation analysis and subgroup analysis of 7 complement cascade-related hub genes and the clinical characteristics of DN showed that C1QA, C1QB, C3, CFB, ITGB2, VSIG4, and CLU may participate in the development of DN.

Conclusions: We confirmed that the complement cascade-related hub genes may be the novel biomarkers for DN early diagnosis and targeted treatment.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2021/5546199DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8169258PMC
May 2021

Based on Network Pharmacology Tools to Investigate the Molecular Mechanism of Cordyceps sinensis on the Treatment of Diabetic Nephropathy.

J Diabetes Res 2021 5;2021:8891093. Epub 2021 Feb 5.

Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, 610072 Sichuan, China.

Background: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the most common complications of diabetes mellitus and is a major cause of end-stage kidney disease. Cordyceps sinensis (Cordyceps, Dong Chong Xia Cao) is a widely applied ingredient for treating patients with DN in China, while the molecular mechanisms remain unclear. This study is aimed at revealing the therapeutic mechanisms of Cordyceps in DN by undertaking a network pharmacology analysis.

Materials And Methods: In this study, active ingredients and associated target proteins of Cordyceps sinensis were obtained via Traditional Chinese Medicine Systems Pharmacology Database (TCMSP) and Swiss Target Prediction platform, then reconfirmed by using PubChem databases. The collection of DN-related target genes was based on DisGeNET and GeneCards databases. A DN-Cordyceps common target interaction network was carried out via the STRING database, and the results were integrated and visualized by utilizing Cytoscape software. Gene Ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway enrichment analyses were performed to determine the molecular mechanisms and therapeutic effects of Cordyceps on the treatment of DN.

Results: Seven active ingredients were screened from Cordyceps, 293 putative target genes were identified, and 85 overlapping targets matched with DN were considered potential therapeutic targets, such as TNF, MAPK1, EGFR, ACE, and CASP3. The results of GO and KEGG analyses revealed that hub targets mainly participated in the AGE-RAGE signaling pathway in diabetic complications, TNF signaling pathway, PI3K-Akt signaling pathway, and IL-17 signaling pathway. These targets were correlated with inflammatory response, apoptosis, oxidative stress, insulin resistance, and other biological processes.

Conclusions: Our study showed that Cordyceps is characterized as multicomponent, multitarget, and multichannel. Cordyceps may play a crucial role in the treatment of DN by targeting TNF, MAPK1, EGFR, ACE, and CASP3 signaling and involved in the inflammatory response, apoptosis, oxidative stress, and insulin resistance.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7884116PMC
February 2021