Publications by authors named "Shengfeng Zheng"

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Increased SPC24 in prostatic diseases and diagnostic value of SPC24 and its interacting partners in prostate cancer.

Exp Ther Med 2021 Sep 30;22(3):923. Epub 2021 Jun 30.

Scientific Research Center, Guilin Medical University, Guilin, Guangxi 541100, P.R. China.

SPC24 is a crucial component of the mitotic checkpoint machinery in tumorigenesis. High levels of SPC24 have been found in various cancers, including breast cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, osteosarcoma and thyroid cancer. However, to the best of our knowledge, the impact of SPC24 on prostate cancer (PCa) and other prostate diseases remains unclear. In the present study expression of global SPC24 messenger RNA (mRNA) was assessed in a subset of patients with PCa included in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database. Increased levels of SPC24 expression were found in PCa patients >60 years old compared to patients <60 and increased SPC24 expression was also associated with higher levels of prostate specific antigen (P<0.05) and lymph node metastasis (P<0.05). Higher levels of SPC24 expression were associated with negative outcomes in PCa patients (P<0.05). Furthermore, in Chinese patients with prostatitis, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and PCa, SPC24 was expressed at significantly higher levels than that in adjacent/normal tissues, as assessed by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction, immunohistochemistry and western blotting. High expression of SPC24 was associated with high Gleason stages (IV and V; P<0.05). Further analysis, based on Gene Ontology and pathway functional enrichment analysis, suggested that nuclear division cycle 80 (NDC80), an SPC24 protein interaction partner, and mitotic spindle checkpoint serine/threonine-protein kinase BUB1 (BUB1), a core subunit of the spindle assembly checkpoint, may be associated with SPC24 in PCa development. Finally, using binary logistic regression, algorithms combining the receiver operating characteristic between SPC24 and BUB1 or NDC80 indicated that a combination of these markers may provide better PCa diagnosis ability than other PCa diagnosis markers. Taken together, these findings suggest that SPC24 may be a promising prostate disease biomarker.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3892/etm.2021.10355DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8281004PMC
September 2021

Diagnostic potential of trace metals concentration in expressed prostatic secretion and serum of patients with category IV prostatitis.

J Trace Elem Med Biol 2021 Jul 8;68:126819. Epub 2021 Jul 8.

Scientific Research Center, Guilin Medical University, Guilin, Guangxi, China; Guangxi Health Commission Key Laboratory of Disease Proteomics Research, China. Electronic address:

Background: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) category IV prostatitis is a painless prostate gland inflammation, just as its name implies, this type of prostatitis is related with inflammation of the prostate, but most men are not conscious of it. However, category IV prostatitis is fairly common in general populations and reported having indirect relationships with prostate cancer.

Method: We analyzed the concentration of zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) in expressed prostatic secretion (EPS) and serum of patients with category IV prostatitis and healthy controls, investigating the diagnostic potential of different metals in category IV prostatitis using a flame atomic absorption spectrometer (FAAS).

Results: Metal concentration combined clinical characteristics analysis suggested that average level of Zn, Ca, Mg were significantly lower in the EPS of patients with category IV prostatitis (P-value< 0.000), while Cu level raised obviously (P-value< 0.000). And in the serum, mean concentrations of Ca was also found to increase significantly in the patients with category IV prostatitis compared to healthy controls. Moreover, the correlation analysis indicated that age showed a positive correlation with EPS Zn, Ca, Mg concentration (P-value< 0.05), while albumin correlates with EPS Zn, Ca, Mg concentration reversely (P-value< 0.05) in patients with category IV prostatitis.

Conclusion: Our report revealed that determination of the metal elements zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium in the serum and EPS could be a new and promising strategy for the rapid diagnosis of category IV prostatitis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtemb.2021.126819DOI Listing
July 2021

Deciphering the effects of PYCR1 on cell function and its associated mechanism in hepatocellular carcinoma.

Int J Biol Sci 2021 1;17(9):2223-2239. Epub 2021 Jun 1.

Department of pathology, Affiliated hospital of Guilin Medical University, Guilin, 541001, Guangxi, China.

Overexpression of pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase 1 (PYCR1) has been associated with the development of certain cancers; however, no studies have specifically examined the role of PYCR1 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Based on The Cancer Genome Atlas expression array and meta-analysis conducted using the Gene Expression Omnibus database, we determined that was upregulated in HCC compared to adjacent nontumor tissues (P < 0.05). These data were verified using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, western blotting, and immunohistochemistry analysis. Additionally, patients with low PYCR1 expression showed a higher overall survival rate than patients with high expression. Furthermore, PYCR1 overexpression was associated with the female sex, higher levels of alpha-fetoprotein, advanced clinical stages (III and IV), and a younger age (< 45 years old). Silencing of inhibited cell proliferation, invasive migration, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, and metastatic properties in HCC and Using RNA sequencing and bioinformatics tools for data-dependent network analysis, we found binary relationships among PYCR1 and its interacting proteins in defined pathway modules. These findings indicated that PYCR1 played a multifunctional role in coordinating a variety of biological pathways involved in cell communication, cell proliferation and growth, cell migration, a mitogen-activated protein kinase cascade, ion binding, . The structural characteristics of key pathway components and PYCR1-interacting proteins were evaluated by molecular docking, and hotspot analysis showed that better affinities between PYCR1 and its interacting molecules were associated with the presence of arginine in the binding site. Finally, a candidate regulatory microRNA, miR-2355-5p, for mRNA was discovered in HCC. Overall, our study suggests that PYCR1 plays a vital role in HCC pathogenesis and may potentially serve as a molecular target for HCC treatment.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.7150/ijbs.58026DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8241733PMC
June 2021

Nervilifordin F alleviates intestinal ischemia/reperfusion-induced acute lung injury via inhibiting inflammasome and mTOR pathway.

Int Immunopharmacol 2020 Dec 8;89(Pt A):107014. Epub 2020 Oct 8.

College of Pharmacy, Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, Guangxi, China. Electronic address:

Acute lung injury (ALI) is a life-threatening disorder with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Up to now, there are still no effective drugs for its therapies due to the complexity of its etiology and pathogenesis. In this present study, we investigated the protective effect of Nervilifordin F (NF) on ALI induced by intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (II/R) and its related mechanism. Firstly, the ALI model rats were induced through II/R, and treated with NF. Then, the pathological and cytokine level changes in the lung tissue of ALI rats were evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The related genes expression level of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway and inflammasome were measured by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR), western blot and immunohistochemistry. Finally, the NF-protein complexes were predicted by SYBYL-X 2.0. The results indicated that NF can significant reduces the levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-1β, and inhibits the expression of inflammasome related genes (such as toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), p65, NOD-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) and Caspase 1), thereby reduce inflammation in II/R-induced ALI rats. Moreover, NF can activate the expression of FK506 binding protein 25 (FKBP25) and down-regulate the expression of mTOR and p70 ribosomal protein S6 kinase 1 (p70S6K). In addition, molecular docking results showed that NF can be combined well with p70S6K, TLR4, mTOR and NLRP3, which further verified the inhibitory effect of NF on ALI inflammation. Therefore, the findings indicate that NF can alleviates II/R-induced inflammation of ALI rats by inhibiting inflammasome related genes and mTOR pathway, which expected to use as a potential drug for the treatment of ALI.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intimp.2020.107014DOI Listing
December 2020

The impact of MCM6 on hepatocellular carcinoma in a Southern Chinese Zhuang population.

Biomed Pharmacother 2020 Jul 8;127:110171. Epub 2020 May 8.

Scientific Research Center, Guilin Medical University, Guilin, Guangxi, China. Electronic address:

Minichromosome maintenance complex component 6 (MCM6) is involved in tumorigenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Because its effect on different populations remains unclear, this study investigated the impact of MCM6 on HCC in Southern Chinese Zhuang population. In addition to assessing the global mRNA levels of MCM6 based on The Cancer Genome Atlas database (TCGA) and The Gene Expression Omnibus database (GEO), associations between MCM6 mRNA levels and clinicopathological features were analyzed. High MCM6 levels were associated with high alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) (>20 ng/mL in serum) (P < 0.0001) and advanced clinical stage (III + IV) (P < 0.001). Higher MCM6 was associated with poorer outcomes (P < 0.01) in these databases. Furthermore, the mRNA and protein expression of MCM6 in the Guangxi Zhuang population was detected by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), western blot, and immunohistochemistry (IHC). The results showed that MCM6 levels were up-regulated in the Zhuang population with HCC. Higher MCM6 protein levels were correlated with larger tumor size (>5 cm) (P = 0.038) and advanced clinical stage (III + IV) (p = 0.023). Bioinformatic enrichment analysis of MCM6 and its interacting proteins (CDT1,WEE1,TRIM28 and MKI67) suggested that in addition to being involved in the cell cycle process, these complexes could also be involved in protein binding, pre-replication complex assemble, and nucleus metabolism. Based on the protein-protein interaction (PPI) network with module screen, the interactions between MCM6 and its potential interacting proteins were further studied through protein docking with hot spot analysis. Additionally, the results of the algorithms combining the ROC of MCM6 and its interacting proteins showed that combination biomarker analysis has better HCC diagnosis ability than the single MCM6 test. The combination of MCM6 and TRIM28 was more suitable for the Guangxi Zhuang population. Overall, our study suggests that MCM6 plays an important role in the growth of HCC. MCM6 could be an optimal biomarker for diagnosing HCC and a potential molecular target for HCC therapy in the Zhuang population.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopha.2020.110171DOI Listing
July 2020

The clinical significance of PYCR1 expression in renal cell carcinoma.

Medicine (Baltimore) 2019 Jul;98(28):e16384

Department of Urology, The First Affiliated Hospital of GuangXi Medical University, NanNing.

Pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase 1 (PYCR1) is an enzyme involved in cell metabolism and is upregulated in cancer. However, the correlations of PYCR1 expression with the clinicopathological features and prognosis of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to identify the expression of PYCR1 and its clinical relevance in RCC patients.PYCR1 mRNA expression differences between RCC and the adjacent normal renal tissues were assessed using the Cancer Genome Atlas database (TCGA). Subsequently, the expression of PYCR1 mRNA and protein were evaluated by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, Western blot, and immunochemistry using 30 paired frozen samples of RCC and the adjacent normal renal tissues. The protein expression of PYCR1 was evaluated by immunostaining formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections of RCC samples from 96 patients who underwent radical nephrectomy, and its relationship with clinical features were analyzed. Nonpaired t tests were used to statistically analyze the differences between the 2 groups. Cox univariable and multivariable analyses of overall survival (OS) among RCC patients were performed.The expression of PYCR1 mRNA was significantly upregulated in RCC tissues compared to adjacent normal renal tissues in the TCGA database (P < .01). The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve value was 0.748. The expression of PYCR1 mRNA and protein was significantly upregulated in RCC compared with that in paired normal renal tissues (P < .01). Higher PYCR1 levels were associated with metastasis (P < .01). Kaplan-Meier survival curves indicated that higher PYCR1 expression was correlated with poorer OS. Therefore, PYCR1 may act as a novel prognostic marker and therapeutic target in the diagnosis and treatment of RCC.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000016384DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6641676PMC
July 2019
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