Publications by authors named "Liu-Wang Nie"

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Pubertal exposure to acrylamide disrupts spermatogenesis by interfering with meiotic progression in male mice.

Toxicol Lett 2022 Apr 29;358:80-87. Epub 2022 Jan 29.

Life Science College of Anhui Normal University, Provincial Key Lab of the Conservation and Exploitation Research of Biological Resources in Anhui, Wuhu, 241000, China. Electronic address:

Teenagers are a major group likely to love junk foods, such as potato chips and bread items, which contain high levels of acrylamide (AA). The increasing evidence suggests that AA exposure may be associated with decreased reproductive capacity in humans and animals. However, the reproductive toxicity of AA in pubertal males has not been fully elucidated. In this study, we evaluated the effects of pubertal AA exposure on adult spermatogenesis in male mice. Mice were exposed to AA at 0, 5, 10, 20, and 40 mg/kg/day by gavage from postnatal day 28 (PND28) to PND56. Our results showed that pubertal AA exposure increased apoptosis of germ cells in seminiferous tubules, decreased sperm concentration, and caused defects in sperm of adult mice. To explore the possible mechanisms of AA on spermatogenesis, the meiotic process was analyzed. The ratio of leptotene and zygotene spermatocytes increased, while the pachytene and diplotene spermatocytes decreased in AA-treated mice. Further analysis revealed that AA exposure disrupted the pattern of H2AX phosphorylation expansion, synapsis, and the crossover formation during meiotic prophase I (MPI). Taken together, these results indicate that pubertal AA exposure affects the spermatogenesis may be by disrupting the MPI progression of male mice.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.toxlet.2022.01.014DOI Listing
April 2022

A new species of the Genus Pelodiscus Fitzinger, 1835 (Testudines: Trionychidae) from Huangshan, Anhui, China.

Zootaxa 2021 Oct 28;5060(1):137-145. Epub 2021 Oct 28.

Anhui Province Key Laboratory of the Conservation and Exploitation of Biological Resource, College of Life Sciences, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, 241000, China.

A new species of the soft-shelled turtle genus Pelodiscus is described based on seven specimens from Huangshan, southern Anhui Province, China. The new species, Pelodiscus huangshanensis sp. nov., is distinguished from other species in the genus Pelodiscus by the following characteristics: (1) Small size (maximum carapace length of 101.16 mm and maximum body length of 190 mm); (2) keel high; (3) tiny yellowish-white spots on the throat; (4) no black pinstripes around the eyes; (5) white longitudinal bands on both sides of the neck in juveniles, absent in adults; (6) plastron yellowish-white, and only a dark patch on each side of the armpit; (7) many tubercles on the dorsal surface, but indistinct in the center; and (8) entoplastron ⌒ shaped. The phylogenetic relationships of the species in Pelodiscus were reconstructed using the sequences of cytochrome b (cyt b) and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 4 (ND4) genes. The new species formed a monophyletic clade with strong support. The uncorrected pairwise distances between the new species and other representatives of Pelodiscus ranged from 5.4% to 9.2% for cyt b and 4.1% to 7.6% for ND4. The new species brings the number of species of the genus Pelodiscus to six; five species are distributed in China, with three species endemic to China.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5060.1.7DOI Listing
October 2021

Acrylamide impairs the developmental potential of germinal vesicle oocytes by inducing mitochondrial dysfunction and autophagy/apoptosis in mice.

Hum Exp Toxicol 2021 Dec 25;40(12_suppl):S370-S380. Epub 2021 Sep 25.

12514Life Science College of Anhui Normal University, Provincial Key Lab. of the Conservation and Exploitation Research of Biological Resources in Anhui, Wuhu, China.

Acrylamide (ACR), an important endogenous contaminant in carbohydrate-rich foods, has been involved in various negative effects on multiple organ networks, including the reproductive system. Previous studies have reported that ACR affects oocyte quality and fertility.  This study aimed to explore the toxic effects and regulatory mechanisms of ACR on mouse germinal vesicle (GV) oocytes. In this study, adult female mice were exposed to ACR at 10 mg/kg/day/body weight through their drinking water continuously for 4 weeks. The mitochondrial function, autophagy/apoptosis, and development potential of GV oocytes were investigated. The results showed that ACR reduced the oocyte diameter, sperm-binding ability, parthenogenetic activation and fertilization (IVF) rate, and development potential of pre-implantation embryos. We also found that ACR exposure disrupted chromatin configuration, mitochondrial distribution, and membrane potential (Δφm) of oocytes. Actin filament expression was significantly reduced in both the membrane and cytoplasm of mouse oocytes. Moreover, ACR exposure increased LC3-positive signals, early apoptosis rate, aberrant , , , , and mRNA expression. These results suggest that ACR exposure can affect the developmental potential of GV oocytes by inducing mitochondrial dysfunction, actin filament assembly, and autophagy/apoptosis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/09603271211045956DOI Listing
December 2021

[Effect of exercise on adiponectin in aged obese rats].

Zhongguo Ying Yong Sheng Li Xue Za Zhi 2018 Apr;34(4):345-349

The provincial Key Lab of the Conservation and Exploitation Research of Biological Resources in Anhui, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241003, China.

Objective: To explore effects of exercise on the expression of adiponectin mRNA and protein in visceral adipose tissue, plasma adiponectin concentration, and insulin resistance of aged obese rats.

Methods: Male SD rats age to 21 days old were fed with high-fat diet (fat percentage was 36.3% to 40.0%) for three stages of adolescence, maturity and old age to establish elderly obesity rats model. When the rats aged to 60 weeks old, natural growing elderly rats were randomly divided into control group (C) and aged exercise group (AE), =6; elderly obesity rats were randomly divided into obesity control group (OC) and obesity exercise group (OE), =6. The treadmill grade was 0°, the exercise speed and time were 15 m/min×15 min, 4 groups each time, between consecutive groups the rats had 5 minutes rest, the rats were exercised for 60 minutes every day, five days a week, continuous exercise for 8 weeks. Then, the expressions of adiponectin mRNA and protein in visceral adipose tissue were determined. The concentrations of blood glucose, plasma adiponectin and insulin were measured. Insulin resistance was calculated.

Results: Comparison with control group, the expressions of adiponectin mRNA and protein were obviously decreased, the concentration of blood glucose and insulin resistance were significantly increased in obesity control group, while the expressions of adiponectin mRNA and protein were obviously increased. Comparison with obesity control group, the expressions of adiponectin mRNA and protein, the concentration of plasma adiponectin were obviously increased, the concentration of blood glucose and insulin resistance were significantly decreased in obesity exercise group.

Conclusions: Adiponectin mRNA and protein expression in visceral adipose tissue is decreased and accompanied by high blood glucose and insulin resistance in elderly obesity rats. Exercise can increase the adiponectin mRNA and protein expression in visceral adipose tissue, elevate levels of plasma adiponectin, and decrease the level of blood glucose and insulin resistance in elderly obesity rats.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.12047/j.cjap.5660.2018.079DOI Listing
April 2018

[The expression and significance of CD151 in pituitary adenomas].

Zhongguo Ying Yong Sheng Li Xue Za Zhi 2015 Mar;31(2):182-5

Objective: To investigate the expression and significance of CD151 in pituitary adenomas.

Methods: Thirty-six pituitary adenomas were collected immediately after surgery together with five normal pituitary tissue. Real time-PCR, Western blot and immunohistochemistry analysis were performed to detect the expression of CD151 mRNA and protein in thirty-six pituitary adenomases and five normal pituitary tissues.

Results: The expression of CD151 in all pituitary adenomases was observed to be significantly higher than that in normal pituitary tissues by Western blot, real time PCR, and immunohistochemistry analysis (P < 0.01). The expression levels of protein and mRNA in invasive pituitary adenomas were much higher than those in non-invasive pituitary adenomas (P < 0.01).

Conclusion: The results suggested that the expression of CD151 was closely correlated with malignant degree of pituitary adenomas, which indicated the expression of CD151 was intimately correlated with occurrence and development of pituitary adenomas. Detecting CD151 might be a vital index to predict prognosis of pituitary adenomas.
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March 2015

Complete sequence and gene organization of the mitochondrial genome of Podocnemis unifilis (Pleurodira: Podocnemididae).

Mitochondrial DNA A DNA Mapp Seq Anal 2016 27;27(2):869-70. Epub 2014 May 27.

a Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology , Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences , Beijing , China .

The mitochondrial genome of Podocnemis unifilis (Pleurodira: Podocnemididae) is 16,493 bp in length, which contains 13 protein-coding genes, 2 ribosomal RNAs, 22 transfer RNAs, and a control region. The A+T content of the overall base composition of H-strand is 61.7% (T: 27.7%, C: 25.5%, A: 34.0%, G: 12.8%). ATP6, ATP8, CO3, ND4-6 and Cyt b genes begin with ATG as start codon, ND1, ND2 and ND4L begin with ATT, CO1 starts with GTG, CO2 starts with ATA, ND3 starts with ATC. ATP6, CO2, ND4L and ND5 genes are terminated with TAA as stop codon, ND1, ND2, ND3, ND6 and CO1 end with TAG, and the other four protein-coding genes end with an incomplete stop codon (a single stop nucleotide T or TA). A long unit repeat region is found in the control region.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.919481DOI Listing
September 2016

The complete mitochondrial genome of the brown leg mite, Aleuroglyphus ovatus (Acari: Sarcoptiformes): evaluation of largest non-coding region and unique tRNAs.

Exp Appl Acarol 2014 Oct 29;64(2):141-57. Epub 2014 Apr 29.

The Provincial Key Lab of the Conservation and Exploitation Research of Biological Resources in Anhui, Life Science College, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, 241000, People's Republic of China.

The circular mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of Aleuroglyphus ovatus was sequenced. It was 14,328 bp long, and consisted of 37 coding genes including 13 protein-coding genes, two ribosomal RNA genes, and 22 transfer RNA genes. This is the first description of the complete mitogenome of a species in the Acaridae (Acari: Sarcoptiformes). The mtDNA gene order for A. ovatus is identical to those of Dermatophagoides farinae and D. pteronyssinus, but distinctly different from the mtDNA of other Acari. Most inferred tRNA genes of A. ovatus are extremely truncated (48-62 bp), lack stem-loops on either the T- or D-arm (except the trnK), and are unable to fold into the canonical tRNA cloverleaf structure. The largest non-coding region (378 bp) contained several conserved sequences involved in the regulation of mitogenome replication, including one core sequence (ACAT) associated with termination of the J-strand replication and several hypothetical stem-loop structures. The microsatellite-like (AT)n sequence in the largest non-coding region was observed in two other Astigmata species, but it has not been found in other Acari.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10493-014-9816-9DOI Listing
October 2014

The complete mitochondrial genome of the large-headed frog, Limnonectes bannaensis (Amphibia: Anura), and a novel gene organization in the vertebrate mtDNA.

Gene 2009 Aug 3;442(1-2):119-27. Epub 2009 May 3.

Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, PR China.

We determined the complete nucleotide sequence of the mitochondrial (mt) genome of the large-headed frog, Limnonectes bannaensis (Amphibia, Anura) by using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The entire mtDNA sequence is 16,867 bp in length with a novel case of tRNAs in vertebrates. This mt genome is characterized by three distinctive features: (1) a tandem duplication of tRNA(Met) gene is observed, (2) the tRNA(Ala), tRNA(Asn), tRNA(Cys) and tRNA(Glu) genes coded on the L-strand are absent from the L. bannaensis mtDNA, the tRNA(Cys) and tRNA(Glu) genes change into tRNA pseudogenes by reason of degenerative anticodon, and a noncoding sequence of 206 nt long (NC1) has replaced the original position of other two tRNAs, (3) besides NC1, another three noncoding spacers (NC2-4) longer than 50 bp are found in the broken WANCY region and the region NC3-ND5-NC4-ND6-PsiE-Cytb-CR of the new sequence. These features could be explained by a model of gene duplication and deletion. The new sequence data was used to assess the phylogenetic relationships among 25 species of Anura using neighbor-joining, Bayesian, and maximum likelihood methods, and the phylogenetic tree shows the rice frog Fejervarya limnocharis is closest to L. bannaensis in the study.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gene.2009.04.018DOI Listing
August 2009

Analysis of SOX4 gene mutation in non-small cell lung cancer tissues.

Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue Za Zhi 2007 Oct;24(5):505-9

Bio-electronic Centre of Shanghai University, Shanghai, 200072 PR China.

Objective: To investigate the mutation of SOX4 gene in the different tumor tissues with pathological stages and types of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and to explore its roles in the progression of lung carcinoma.

Methods: The SOX4 gene HMG-box of lung cancer tissues and paracancerous tissues were amplified by PCR, 20 cases shown difference by single strand conformation polymorphyism analysis were sequenced. The DNA sequences were compared with normal sequences by software Clustal and DNAStar.

Results: In the 90 NSCLCs, 18 cases were found with mutations of SOX4 gene and were sequenced, and there were 2 mutational points. Seven were detected from squamous cell carcinoma, five from adenocarcinoma and six from adeno-squamous. Three were obtained from tissues in stage I, five in stage II, six in stage III, and four in stage IV. The mutation rate in stage II, III and IV was significantly higher than that in stage I.

Conclusion: SOX4 gene mutation is not associated with pathology histological types of tumor, but it is significantly associated with pathological stages and the mutation rate increases gradually, which has relation with advanced pathological stages in NSCLC. The results indicate that the SOX4 gene mutations might be related in the lung carcinogenesis and tumor metastasis. The study also provides molecular data for study the links between the mutation of SOX gene and human oncogenesis.
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October 2007

[Effects of aniline and phenol on freshwater algae growth].

Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao 2007 Jan;18(1):219-23

Provincal Key Laboratory of Biotic Environment and Ecological Safety, College of Life Sciences, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241000, Anhui, China.

By the methods of bioassay, this paper studied the effects of aniline or phenol on the growth of Chlorella pyrenoidosa and Scenedesmus obiquus. The results showed that these two compounds had evident effects on the growth of test algae species. For the same species, aniline was more toxic. Under the same concentration of the compounds, S. obiquus was more sensitive than C. pyrenoidosa. These two algae species could degrade or absorb parts of the compounds, and phenol in particular, when their concentrations were lower.
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January 2007

Complete mitochondrial genome of Chinese big-headed turtle, Platysternon megacephalum, with a novel gene organization in vertebrate mtDNA.

Gene 2006 Sep 28;380(1):14-20. Epub 2006 Apr 28.

College of Life Sciences, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu, Anhui 241000, PR China.

The mitochondrial genome of the Chinese big-headed turtle, Platysternon megacephalum, was obtained using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The entire mtDNA sequence, the longest mitochondrial genome in turtles reported so far, is 19161 bp. This mitochondrial genome exhibits a novel gene order, which greatly differs from that of any other vertebrates. It is characterized by four distinctive features: 1) the translocation of a gene cluster including three tRNA genes (tRNAHis, tRNASer, tRNALeu(CUN)) and ND5 gene, 2) two tRNAThr pseudogenes, 3) a duplication of pseudo tRNAThr/tRNAPro/D-loop region and 4) 3 non-coding spacers. These unique identities represent a new mitogenomic gene order in vertebrates. The TDRL model was proposed to account for the generation of the gene order in P. megacephalum.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gene.2006.04.001DOI Listing
September 2006
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