Publications by authors named "Qianlei Ren"

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RhoA/Rock activation represents a new mechanism for inactivating Wnt/β-catenin signaling in the aging-associated bone loss.

Cell Regen 2021 Mar 3;10(1). Epub 2021 Mar 3.

Department of Pharmacology, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, 866 Yuhangtang Road, Hangzhou, 310058, China.

The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway appears to be particularly important for bone homeostasis, whereas nuclear accumulation of β-catenin requires the activation of Rac1, a member of the Rho small GTPase family. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of RhoA/Rho kinase (Rock)-mediated Wnt/β-catenin signaling in the regulation of aging-associated bone loss. We find that Lrp5/6-dependent and Lrp5/6-independent RhoA/Rock activation by Wnt3a activates Jak1/2 to directly phosphorylate Gsk3β at Tyr216, resulting in Gsk3β activation and subsequent β-catenin destabilization. In line with these molecular events, RhoA loss- or gain-of-function in mouse embryonic limb bud ectoderms interacts genetically with Dkk1 gain-of-function to rescue the severe limb truncation phenotypes or to phenocopy the deletion of β-catenin, respectively. Likewise, RhoA loss-of-function in pre-osteoblasts robustly increases bone formation while gain-of-function decreases it. Importantly, high RhoA/Rock activity closely correlates with Jak and Gsk3β activities but inversely correlates with β-catenin signaling activity in bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells from elderly male humans and mice, whereas systemic inhibition of Rock therefore activates the β-catenin signaling to antagonize aging-associated bone loss. Taken together, these results identify RhoA/Rock-dependent Gsk3β activation and subsequent β-catenin destabilization as a hitherto uncharacterized mechanism controlling limb outgrowth and bone homeostasis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13619-020-00071-3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7925793PMC
March 2021

Study on the interaction of anthracenyl-methyl homospermidine conjugate (ANTMHspd) with DNA by spectroscopic methods.

J Photochem Photobiol B 2017 Apr 27;169:27-34. Epub 2017 Feb 27.

The Key Laboratory of Natural Medicine and Immuno-Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, China. Electronic address:

The interaction between anthracenyl-methyl homospermidine conjugate (ANTMHspd) with herring sperm DNA was investigated by UV/vis absorption, fluorescent spectra, circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and HNMR under physiological conditions (pH=7.4). The observed hypochromism effect and fluorescence quenching of ANTMHspd by DNA, and the displacement of EB from DNA-EB system by ANTMHspd suggested that ANTMHspd might interact with DNA by the combined mode of intercalation and groove binding. Further fluorescent tests at different temperatures revealed that the quenching mechanism was a static type. The quenching constant, binding constant and thermodynamic parameter obtained from fluorescence showed that the type of interaction force included mainly hydrogen bonding and van der Waals, which promoted the binding process. The CD test revealed that ANTMHspd could cause the B to A-like conformational change while ANTMHspd is not a typical DNA intercalator. The H NMR tests showed that ANTMHspd partially intercalated DNA. The effect of NaCl and KI on ANTMHspd-DNA interaction provided additional evidences of intercalation. Molecular docking simulation was carried out and the docking model in silico suggested that the binding modes of ANTMHspd and DNA were groove binding and intercalation, with the anthracene moiety inserted in DNA base pairs and the polyamine chain embedded in the DNA groove.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2017.02.015DOI Listing
April 2017