Publications by authors named "Junxiong Cao"

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Mannosylated gelatin nanoparticles enhanced inactivated PRRSV targeting dendritic cells and increased T cell immunity.

Vet Immunol Immunopathol 2021 May 5;235:110237. Epub 2021 Apr 5.

College of Life Science and Technology, Dalian University, Dalian, 116622, PR China; Institute of Immunology, Dalian University, Dalian, 116622, PR China. Electronic address:

The objective of the present work was to evaluate the efficacy of a novel antigen carrier using mannosylated gelatin nanoparticles with entrapped inactivated porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) in inducing T cell mediated immunity in vitro. Gelatin nanoparticles (GNP) were modified with mannose to form mannosylated gelatin nanoparticles (MnGNP), which can efficiently and specifically target monocyte derived dendritic cells (MoDCs). The inactivated PRRSV was encapsulated in the MnGNP and GNP, referred to as MnGNP-PRRSV and GNP-PRRSV, respectively. All these prepared nanometer particles were characterized for size, surface charge, drug encapsulation efficiency, and drug release. The efficacy of MnGNP in targeting MoDCs was investigated, as well as the subsequent MoDCs maturation and T cell mediated cytotoxicity. The developed MnGNP-PRRSV particle was characterized with a nanometric size of 302.67 ± 3.2 nm, surface charge of 23.81 ± 1.26 mV, and PRRSV encapsulation efficiency of 63.2 ± 1.85 %. The maximum uptake of MnGNP in MoDCs in vitro was 15.5 times higher than GNP with a shorter reaction time that peaked 4 h earlier. The uptake of MnGNP-PRRSV induced maturation of MoDCs and significantly enhanced expression of SWC-3a, CD80, CD1, SLA I, SLA II on MoDCs, compared to PRRSV (p < 0.001). The cytokine secretion of IL-1β, IL-6, IL-10, and IL-12 was also increased in MoDCs when treated with MnGNP-PRRSV, compared to PRRSV (p < 0.05). The matured MoDCs triggered T lymphocytes in autologous peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) activation, proliferation, and differentiation into effector cytotoxic T lymphocyte, suggesting increased amount of activated T cells after MnGNP-PRRSV treatment. Additionally, the function of T cells to kill PRRSV infected cells was 83.98 ± 2.62 % when triggered by MnGNP-PRRSV, compared to 60 ± 4.7 % in PRRSV group (p < 0.001). These results indicate that MnGNP with entrapped inactivated PRRSV can effectively and specifically target dendritic cells for maturation and activation, and subsequently improve T cell activation, proliferation and function to kill PRRSV infected cells.
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May 2021

Improved Transcatheter aortic valve implantation for aortic regurgitation using a new-type stent: the first preclinical experience.

J Cardiothorac Surg 2020 Sep 29;15(1):276. Epub 2020 Sep 29.

Department of Cardiology, The 903 Hospital of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, No. 40 JiChang Road, Jianggang District, Hangzhou, 310004, Zhejiang Province, China.

Background: In this study, we sought to evaluate the feasibility of improved transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in noncalcified aortic valve by using the novel concept of double-layer ChenValve prosthesis. TAVI was initially considered as an alternative treatment for high-risk patients with aortic stenosis. However, non noncalcified aortic valve disease was considered as a contraindication to TAVI.

Methods: ChenValve prosthesis, which consisted of a self-expanding Nitinol ring, a balloon-expandable cobalt-chromium alloy stent and a biological valve, was implanted at the desired position under fluoroscopic guidance in a transapical approach through a 20F sheath in 10 goats. Aortic angiography was performed to measure the diameter of the aotic annulus and assess the performance of the artificial valve. The ultrasound was used to evaluate the regurgitation or paravalvular leakage and trans-prosthetic vascular flow velocity postoperatively. The aortogram and transthoracic echocardiography were applied to observe whether the valve stent was implanted at the desired position.

Results: ChenValve prosthesis was successfully transppical implanted in all animals. The aortogram and transthoracic echocardiography performed immediately after implantation revealed that the valve stent was implanted at the desired position. There was no significant paravalvular leakage, obstruction of coronary artery ostia, stent malpositioning or dislodgement occurred.

Conclusions: This preliminary trial with the novel double-layer ChenValve prosthesis demonstrated the feasibility of improved TAVI in noncalcified aortic valve. The mechanism of Nitinol ring-guided locating the aortic sinus enables us to anatomically correct position the artifact valve. This improved strategy seems to make the TAVI process more safe and repeatable in noncalcified aortic valve.
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September 2020