Publications by authors named "Shaofu Hong"

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Diagnostic performance of elastography for breast non-mass lesions: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Eur J Radiol 2021 Oct 2;144:109991. Epub 2021 Oct 2.

Department of Ultrasound, Shenzhen People's Hospital (The Second Clinical Medical College, Jinan University, The First Affiliated Hospital, Southern University of Science and Technology), Shenzhen 518020, Guangdong, China. Electronic address:

Purpose: This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of ultrasound elastography in the differentiation of benign and malignant breast non-mass lesions (NMLs).

Methods: PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Embase databases were searched for eligible studies up to end of June 2021. The diagnostic performance of elastography for NMLs was investigated using pooled sensitivity and specificity, likelihood ratio, diagnostic odds ratio (DOR), post-test probability, and the area under hierarchical summary receiver operating characteristic curve (HSROC).

Results: Eleven studies involving 812 NMLs (malignant 414) were included. The pooled sensitivity, specificity, DOR, positive likelihood ratio, and negative likelihood of elastography for the differentiation of benign and malignant breast NMLs were 79% (95 %CI: 71-85), 86% (95 %CI: 79-91), 23.32 (95 %CI: 13.38-40.66), 5.67 (95 %CI: 3.79-8.47), and 0.24 (95 %CI: 0.17-0.34), respectively. No significant publication bias existed. The area under the HSROC curve was 90% (95 %CI: 87-92). Fagan plots demonstrated good clinical utility. However, substantial heterogeneity existed. Country, measurement index, and number of lesions served as potential sources of heterogeneity.

Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that elastography has high diagnostic accuracy in differentiating between malignant and benign NMLs. Elastography can be a feasible and non-invasive tool for breast NMLs.
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October 2021

Synergistic effects of negative-charged nanoparticles assisted by ultrasound on the reversal multidrug resistance phenotype in breast cancer cells.

Ultrason Sonochem 2017 01 11;34:448-457. Epub 2016 Jun 11.

Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Cancer Immunotherapy, Cancer Research Institute, School of Basic Medical Science, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China. Electronic address:

We have fabricated a negative-charged nanoparticle (Heparin-Folate-Tat-Taxol NP, H-F-Tat-T NP) with dual ligands, tumor targeting ligand folate and cell-penetrating peptide Tat, to deliver taxol presenting great anticancer activity for sensitive cancer cells, while it fails to overcome multidrug resistance (MDR) in MCF-7/T cells (taxol-resistant breast cancer cells). Ultrasound (US) can increase the sensitivity of positive-charged NPs thereby making it possible to reverse MDR through inducing NPs' drug release. However, compared with the negative-charged NPs, positive-charged NPs may cause higher toxic effect. Hence, the combination of negative-charged NPs and US may be an efficient strategy for overcoming MDR. The conventional procedure to treat with NPs followed by US exposure possibly destruct multifunctional NPs resulting in its bioactivity inhibition. Herein, we have further improved the operating approach to eliminate US mechanical damage and keep the integrity of negative-charged NPs: cells are exposed to US with microbubbles (MBs) prior to the treatment of H-F-Tat-T NPs. Superior to the conventional method, US sonoporation affects the physiological property of cancer cells while preventing direct promotion of drug release from NPs. The results of the present study displayed that US in condition (1MHz, 10% duty cycle, duration of 80s, US intensity of 0.6W/cm and volume ratio of medium to MBs 20:1) combined with H-F-T-Tat-T NPs can achieve optimal reversal MDR effect in MCF-7/T cells. Mechanism study further disclosed that the individual effect of US was responsible for the enhancement of cell membrane permeability, inhibition of cell proliferation rate and down-regulation of MDR-related genes and proteins. Simultaneously, US sonoporation on resistant cancer cells indirectly increased the accumulation of NPs by inducing endosomal escape of negative-charged NPs. Taken together, the overcoming MDR ability for the combined strategy was achieved by the synergistic effect from individual function of NPs, physiological changes of resistant cancer cells and behavior changes of NPs caused by US.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ultsonch.2016.06.012DOI Listing
January 2017

Response of heterogeneous cancer cells on targeted nanoparticles.

Nanomedicine 2016 10 1;12(7):2127-2137. Epub 2016 Jun 1.

Guangdong Provincial Key laboratory of cancer immunotherapy Research, Guangzhou Key Laboratory of Tumor Immunology Research, Cancer Research Institute, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Southern Medical University.

Heterogenous cancer cells possess cancer multidrug resistance (MDR) due to their relative quiescence and ABC-transporter expression. Heterogenous cancer cells can be detected by an Rh123 exclusion assay for identifying Rh123 population. In the present study, we fabricated targeted nanoparticles entrapped with Rh123 (Rh123 NPs) to investigate the effect of these targeted nanoparticles on an Rh123 population. The Rh123 population stained by Rh123 NPs exhibited similar heterogeneity to that stained by Rh123. In addition, the ABC-transporters did not contribute to the uptake of Rh123 or Rh123 NPs. Interestingly, ABC-transporters in the Rh123 population stained by Rh123 were possibly responsible for Rh123 efflux, while Rh123 NPs were not susceptible to ABC-transporters in the Rh123 population. It is plausible that the synergistic effect of NPs caused a targeted and endocytic effect which promoted the cellular uptake of Rh123 NPs, and the targeted effect played a more important role.
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October 2016
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