Publications by authors named "Na Qiang"

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Acquisition of mesenchymal-like phenotypes and overproduction of angiogenic factors in lenvatinib-resistant hepatocellular carcinoma cells.

Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2021 Apr 3;549:171-178. Epub 2021 Mar 3.

Department of Gastroenterology, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan.

Lenvatinib is one of the first-line drugs for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and widely used around the world. However, the mechanisms underlying resistance to lenvatinib remain unclear. In this study, we conducted characteristic analyses of lenvatinib-resistant HCC cells. Lenvatinib-resistant HCC cell lines were established by exposure to serially escalated doses of lenvatinib over 2 months. The biological characteristics of these cells were examined by in vitro assays. To investigate the cytokine profile of lenvatinib-resistant HCC cells, the supernatant derived from lenvatinib-resistant Huh7 cells was subjected to nitrocellulose membrane-based sandwich immunoassay. Both activation of the MAPK/MEK/ERK signaling pathway and upregulation of epithelial mesenchymal transition markers were observed in lenvatinib-resistant cells. Concordant with these findings, proliferation and invasion abilities were enhanced in these cells compared with control cells. Screening of a cytokine array spotted with 105 different antibodies to human cytokines enabled us to identify 16 upregulated cytokines in lenvatinib-resistant cells. Among them, 3 angiogenic cytokines: vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet-derived growth factor-AA (PDGF-AA), and angiogenin, were increased significantly. Conditioned medium from lenvatinib-resistant cells accelerated tube formation of human umbilical vein cells. In conclusion, lenvatinib-resistant HCC cells were characterized by enhanced proliferation and invasion abilities. These findings might contribute to the establishment of new combination therapies with lenvatinib.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2021.02.097DOI Listing
April 2021

Effect of early enteral nutrition in elderly patients with hip fracture during the perioperative period.

J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil 2020 ;33(1):109-117

Department of Clinical Nutrition, The First Hospital of Yunnan Province, Kunming, Yunnan 650000, China.

Objective: This study aimed to assess the effects of early enteral nutrition (EN) in elderly patients with hip fracture.

Methods: The patients were classified into two groups (with and without EN). We compared the pre- and postoperative albumin (ALB) and inflammatory marker levels of each group and the time spent in bed and quality of life 3 months after surgery between the two groups.

Results: The pre- and postoperative IL-6 levels of the experimental group (61.68 ± 51.80 pg/L) were lower than those of the control group (233.11 ± 206.31 pg/L) (P< 0.001). The experimental group spent a shorter period of time in bed (38.75 ± 14.26 days) in comparison to the control group (99.71 ± 56.87 days) (P< 0.001). Quality of life was better in the experimental group than in the control group (P< 0.001).

Conclusions: Early EN reduced the increment of postoperative IL-6 levels and improved healing postoperatively.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/BMR-181191DOI Listing
August 2020

miR-142-5p in Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Promotes Osteoporosis Involving Targeting Adhesion Molecule VCAM-1 and Inhibiting Cell Migration.

Biomed Res Int 2018 29;2018:3274641. Epub 2018 Mar 29.

Sansom Institute for Health Research, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia.

Osteoporosis is a systemic bone metabolic disease that is highly prevalent in the elderly population, particularly in postmenopausal women, which results in enhanced bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures. However, the underlying molecular pathogenesis mechanisms still remain to be further elucidated. In this study, in a rat ovariectomy- (OVX-) induced postmenopausal osteoporosis model, aberrant expression of a microRNA miR-142-5p and vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1) was found by RNA sequencing analysis and qRT-PCR. Using a dual-luciferase reporter assay, we found that miR-142-5p can bind to and decrease expression of VCAM-1 mRNA. Such reduction was prohibited when the miR-142-5p binding site in VCAM-1 3'UTR was deleted, and Western blotting analyses validated the fact that miR-142-5p inhibited the expression of VCAM-1 protein. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) transfected with miR-142-5p showed a significantly decreased migration ability in a Transwell migration assay. Collectively, these data indicated the important role of miR-142-5p in osteoporosis development involving targeting VCAM-1 and inhibiting BMMSC migration.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2018/3274641DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5896351PMC
September 2018

miR-542-3p prevents ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis in rats via targeting SFRP1.

J Cell Physiol 2018 09 16;233(9):6798-6806. Epub 2018 Apr 16.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, The People's Hospital of Yuxi City, The 6th Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Yuxi, Yunan, China.

Secreted frizzled-related protein-1 (SFRP1) is a negative regulatory molecule of the WNT signaling pathway and serves as a therapeutic target for bone formation in osteoporosis. In this study, we first established an ovariectomized (OVX) rat model to simulate postmenopausal osteoporosis and found significant changes in miR-542-3p and sFRP1 expression by RNA sequencing and qRT-PCR. In addition, there was a significant negative correlation between miR-542-3p and sFRP1 mRNA levels in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. We found that miR-542-3p inhibited the expression of sFRP1 mRNA by luciferase reporter assay. When the miR-542-3p binding site in sFRP1 3'UTR was deleted, it did not affect its expression. Western blot results showed that miR-542-3p inhibited the expression of SFRP1 protein. The expression of SFRP1 was significantly increased in osteoblast-induced mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), whereas the expression of miR-542-3p was significantly decreased. And miR-542-3p transfected MSCs showed a significant increase in osteoblast-specific marker expression, indicating that miR-542-3p is necessary for MSC differentiation. Inhibition of miR-542-3p reduced bone formation, confirmed miR-542-3p play a role in bone formation in vivo. In general, these data suggest that miR-542-3p play an important role in bone formation via inhibiting SFRP1 expression and inducing osteoblast differentiation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcp.26430DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6001432PMC
September 2018

Correlations between the levels of acute infection markers and serum albumin in elderly patients with hip fracture.

Aging Clin Exp Res 2017 Jun 2;29(3):435-441. Epub 2016 Jun 2.

Department of Orthopedics, Yuxi Hospital, Yuxi, 653100, China.

Objective: The aim of this study was to explore a clinical index that could predict the decline of serum albumin (ALB) in elderly patients (over 60 years old) with hip fractures in 2014.

Methods: All the data came from the retrospective survey, and the correlations between the ALB changes and acute infection markers were then analyzed using correlation analysis. The changes of infection markers and ALB before and after surgery were compared using the t test.

Results: There was no correlation of the serum ALB blood with interleukin-6 (IL-6) (r = 0.072, P = 0.588), C-reactive protein (CRP) (r = -0.249, P = 0.057), or calcitonin (PCT) (r = -0.038, P = 0.775) when patients were admitted, but it was negatively correlated with the total amount of infection markers (TAIMs) (r = -0.301, P = 0.020). The postoperative levels of IL-6 (154.23 ± 177.14 pg/mL) (P < 0.001), CRP (69.52 ± 39.84 mg/L) (P < 0.001), and PCT (1.27 ± 2.4 ng/mL) (P < 0.001) were significantly increased than those before surgery [IL-6 (44.96 ± 54.58 pg/mL), CRP (31.78 ± 29.90 mg/L), and PCT (0.42 ± 1.06 ng/mL)]. The postoperative level of serum ALB (29.93 ± 3.02 g/L) was significantly reduced than that before surgery (33.95 ± 3.69 g/L) (P < 0.001). The serum ALB level was negatively correlated with IL-6 (r = -0.333, P = 0.015) before surgery, but not correlated with TAIMs (r = -0.256, P = 0.061). The serum ALB level was negatively correlated with IL-6 (r = -0.292, P = 0.034) and TAIMs (r = -0.271, P = 0.050) after surgery.

Conclusions: The serum IL-6 level could predict the changes of ALB during the disease process.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40520-016-0585-7DOI Listing
June 2017

Synthesis of functional polyester for fabrication of nano-fibrous scaffolds and its effect on PC12 cells.

J Biomater Sci Polym Ed 2016 20;27(3):191-201. Epub 2015 Dec 20.

d Department of Orthopaedics , Guangdong Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine , Guangzhou , China.

An ideal scaffold should mimic the advantageous characteristics of a natural extracellular matrix for cell attachment, proliferation, and differentiation. In this study, well-defined block copolymer with functional groups was synthesized. The structure of the block copolymer was characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance, gel permeation chromatography, and differential scanning calorimetry. Thermally induced phase separation was employed to fabricate nano-fibrous scaffolds based on the synthesized block copolymer. The scaffold, with fiber diameter ranging from 400 to 500 nm, was fabricated for in vitro culture of PC12 cells. The carboxyl groups on the side chain resulted in increased hydrophilicity of nano-fibrous scaffolds and enhanced cell proliferation. In addition, this scaffold structure was beneficial in directing the growth of regenerating axons in nerve tissue engineering. Results of 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and scanning electron microscopy confirmed that the nano-fibrous scaffolds with functional groups were suitable for PC12 cells growth. Moreover, the carboxyl groups were suitable for coupling with biological signals. Thus, the nano-fibrous scaffolds have potential applications in tissue engineering.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09205063.2015.1114308DOI Listing
October 2016

Using genipin-crosslinked acellular porcine corneal stroma for cosmetic corneal lens implants.

Biomaterials 2012 Oct 15;33(30):7336-46. Epub 2012 Jul 15.

State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510060, PR China.

Acellular porcine corneal stroma (APCS) has been proven to maintain the matrix microenvironment and is therefore an ideal biomaterial for the repair and reconstruction of corneal stroma. This study aims to develop a method to prepare cosmetic corneal lens implants for leukoma using genipin-crosslinked APCS (Gc-APCS). The Gc-APCS was prepared from APCS immersed in 1.0% genipin aqueous solution (pH 5.5) for 4 h at 37 °C, followed by lyophilization at -10 °C. The color of the Gc-APCS gradually deepened to dark-blue. The degree of crosslinking was 45.7 ± 4.6%, measured by the decrease of basic and hydroxy amino acids. The porous structure and ultrastructure of collagenous lamellae were maintained, and the porosity and BET SSA were 72.7 ± 4.6% and 23.01 ± 3.45 m(2)/g, respectively. The Gc-APCS rehydrated to the physiological water content within 5 min and was highly resistant to collagenase digestion. There were no significant differences in the areal modulus and curvature variation between Gc-APCS and nature porcine cornea. The dark-blue pigments were stable to pH, light and implantation in vivo. Gc-APCS extracts had no inhibitory effects on the proliferation of keratocytes. Corneal neovascularization, graft degradation and corneal rejection were not observed within 6 months.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2012.06.080DOI Listing
October 2012

Elastic chitosan conduits with multiple channels and well defined microstructure.

Int J Biol Macromol 2012 Jul-Aug;51(1-2):105-12. Epub 2012 Apr 26.

DSAPM Laboratory, PCFM Laboratory, Institute of Polymer Science, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

Four kinds of chitosan conduits with longitudinal multi-channels and controlled internal microstructures were prepared using a special mold and a freeze-drying method. One of the conduits was fabricated from a chitosan solution (ab NC), while the other three groups were made from a pre-gelled chitosan solution using genipin as a chemical cross-linker (ab gNC), dibasic sodium phosphate as a physical cross-linker (ab pNC) or a combined ionic and covalent co-cross-linker (ab gpNC), respectively. The porosity of the chitosan conduits ranged from 88 to 90%. The gpNC showed highly interconnected and uniformly distributed pores compared to NC, the gNC and pNC. In contrast, the gNC and gpNC showed about 10% of the volume swelling ratio in 37°C PBS solution, although the gpNC scaffold's water uptake was the highest, at more than 17 times its original mass. Compressive tests showed that gpNC had significant elasticity and maintained its physical integrity even after compressing them down to 20% of their original height. The elastic modulus of gpNC reached 80 kPa, which was more than twice that of the other groups. Adhesion and proliferation of PC12 cells on chitosan gpNC scaffolds showed excellent properties by MTT and SEM observation, which indicated the potential of gpNC scaffolds for nerve tissue engineering applications.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2012.04.022DOI Listing
October 2012