Publications by authors named "Wei-ping Kong"

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The complete chloroplast genome of () and its phylogenetic implication.

Mitochondrial DNA B Resour 2020 Jan 16;5(1):654-655. Epub 2020 Jan 16.

Gansu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Vegetable Research Institute, Lanzhou, China.

The genus contains 52 species, including two economically significant crops, cucumber and melon, as well as other important species. is a wild relative of , native to Africa. is rich in vitamins and minerals in gherkin fruits and carries broad-spectrum resistance to multiplex biotic and abiotic stress, such as powdery mildew, fusarium wilt, and meloidogyn incognita. provides a valuable gene pool for crop improvement of crops. In this study, the complete chloroplast (cp) genome sequence of was determined using next-generation sequencing. The entire cp genome was determined to be 156,577 bp in length. It contained large single-copy (LSC) and small single-copy (SSC) regions of 85,971 and 18,100 bp, respectively, which were separated by a pair of 26,253 bp inverted repeat (IR) regions. The genome contained 134 genes, including 88 protein-coding genes, 37 tRNA genes, 8 rRNA genes and 1 pseudogene infA. The overall GC content of the genome is 37.0%. A phylogenetic tree reconstructed by 48 chloroplast genomes reveals that is a separate branch in .
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23802359.2019.1711231DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7748529PMC
January 2020

Total glucosides of paeony for rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials.

Complement Ther Med 2017 Oct 26;34:46-56. Epub 2017 Jul 26.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Department of Rheumatism, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Yinghua East Road No. 2, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029, China. Electronic address:

Background: Total glucosides of paeony (TGP) is commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in China. However, clinical practice hasn't been well informed by evidence from appropriately conducted systematic reviews. This PRISMA-compliant systematic review aims at examining the effectiveness and safety of TGP for RA.

Methods: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing TGP with placebo, no treatment, or disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for patients with RA were retrieved by searching seven databases. Primary outcomes included disease improvement and disease remission. Secondary outcomes included adverse effects, pain, health-related quality of life, C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). Data extraction and analyses were conducted according to the Cochrane standards. We assessed risk of bias for each included studies and quality of evidence on pre-specified outcomes.

Results: Eight studies enrolling 1209 patients with active RA were included in this systematic review. On the basis of traditional DMARD(s), TGP might be beneficial for patients with RA in improvement of American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 20 response rate, ACR 50 response rate, ACR70 response rate, and in reduction of adverse effects, compared with no treatment. The overall methodological quality of included studies and the quality of evidence for each outcome were limited.

Conclusions: Current trials suggested potential benefits of TGP for RA on the basis of traditional DMARD(s). Therefore, TGP may be a good choice for RA as an adjuvant therapy. However, considering the limited methodological quality and strength of evidence, high-quality RCTs are warranted to support the use of TGP for RA.
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October 2017

[Effect of Bushen Qiangdu Recipe on Histomorphology and Wnt Pathway of DBA/1 Mice].

Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 2017 01;37(1):94-100

Objective To observe the effect of Bushen Qiangdu Recipe (BQR) on the entheses ossification histomorphology of articular ligament of DBA/1 mice with spontaneous ankylosing spondylitis (AS) , and to study its mechanism for prevention and treatment of AS. Methods Thirty 12-week old male DBA/1 mice were randomly divided into the model group, the positive drug group, low, medium, high dose BQR groups, 6 in each group. Another 6 C57BLE mice of the same age were recruited as a blank control group. BQR containing 11. 25, 22. 50, 45.00 g/kg crude drugs was respectively adminis- tered to mice in low, medium, high dose BQR groups by gastrogavage, 0. 2 mL for each mouse, once per day. Celecoxib Capsule (0. 2 mL/0. 8 mg for each mouse, once per day) was administered to mice in the positive drug group by gastrogavage. Equal volume of normal saline was administered to mice in the model group and the blank control group by gastrogavage. All mice were fed and intragastically adminis- tered for 12 successive weeks. Body weight, diet, stools, and hair were routinely observed. Signs of ar- thritis were evaluated once per two weeks. Mice were sacrifice, and then general observation of achilles tendon was performed. The achilles tendon tissue was HE stained. Protein expressions of alkaline phos- phatase (ALP) , bone gamma-carboxyglutamic-acid-containing proteins (BGP) , Dickkopfl (DKK1) , and Wnt5a in the achilles tendon were detected using immunohistochemical method. Results Compared with the blank control group, the scoring of arthritis obviously increased in the model group (P <0. 05). But the scoring of arthritis was obviously lower in the 3 BQR groups and the positive drug group than in the model group (P <0. 05). Histopathological results of achilles tendon tissue showed that no infiltration of inflammatory cells or fibroblasts occurred in the normal group. Their histomorphological structures were normal. Cartilage formation and bone formation at various degrees occurred in the model group. Filtration of fibroblast-like cells occurred in inflammatory cells and attachment points. Scattered lymphocyte infiltra- tion was often seen in the achilles tendon tissue of each medicated group. Cartilage formation and bone formation were rarely seen. Compared with the blank control group, the scoring of arthritis increased in the model group (P <0. 05). Compared with the model group, the scoring of arthritis was decreased in the 3 BQR groups and the positive drug group (P <0. 05). Compared with the blank control group, protein expression of DKK1 decreased and protein expression of Wnt5a increased in the model group (P <0. 05). Compared with the model group, protein expression of DKK1 increased and protein expression of Wnt5a decreased in middle and high dose BQR groups (P <0. 05). Conclusion BQR could delay the occur- rence and development of arthritis and ossification in DBA/1 mice of spontaneous AS model possibly by inhibiting classical Wnt pathway.
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January 2017

Total glucosides of paeony for rheumatoid arthritis: a protocol for a systematic review.

BMJ Open 2016 Mar 9;6(3):e010116. Epub 2016 Mar 9.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Department of Rheumatism, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing, China.

Introduction: Total glucosides of paeony (TGP) is a natural plant extract, which is widely used in China for treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Many relevant randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of TGP for RA are available, but they have not been systematically reviewed. This systematic review aims to examine the effectiveness and safety of TGP in patients with RA.

Methods And Analyses: We will search for RCTs of TGP in the treatment of RA, performed up until February 2016, in PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and four Chinese databases (Chinese Biomedical Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Database and Chinese Scientific Journal Database). Trial registers and reference lists of retrieved articles will also be searched to identify potential articles. RCTs comparing TGP with placebo, no treatment, or disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs for patients with RA will be retrieved. The primary outcomes will be disease improvement and disease remission. The secondary outcomes will be surrogate outcomes, symptoms, adverse effects, and quality of life. Two reviewers will independently extract data on participants, interventions, comparisons, outcomes, etc. The methodological quality of each included study will be evaluated using the Cochrane risk of bias tool, and the strength of evidence on prespecified outcomes will be assessed in accordance with the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) approach. Review Manager 5.3 software will be used for data analyses. Meta-analyses will be performed if the data are sufficiently homogeneous, both statistically and clinically. Possible publication bias will also be checked using funnel plots once the number of included studies is sufficient.

Ethics And Dissemination: Ethics approval is not required, as this study will not involve patients. The results of this study will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication, to inform both clinical practice and further research.

Trial Registration Number: CRD42015026345.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010116DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4785289PMC
March 2016

[Efficacy and Safety Evaluation of Bushen Shuji Granule in Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis Patients: a Clinical Study].

Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 2015 Jun;35(6):673-7

Objective: To evaluate the short-term efficacy and safety of Bushen Shuji Granule (BSG) in treating ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients.

Methods: A prospective randomized controlled clinical trial was carried out in 62 active stage AS patients with Shen deficiency Du-channel cold syndrome (SDDCS), who were randomly assigned to the BSG group (treated with BSG) and the control group (treated with Celecoxib Capsule). Twelve weeks consisted of one therapeutic course. Therapeutic effects were evaluated by ASAS20 and ASAS40 (set by Assessments in Ankylosing Spondylitis working group) , BASDA150, Chinese medical (CM) syndrome efficacy evaluation standards. BASDAI, the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI), the Bath AS Metrology Index (BASMI), scores for spine pain, scores for pain at night, patient global assessment (PGA) , erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) , and C reactive protein (CRP) were observed before and after treatment.

Results: After three-month treatment by BSG, ASAS20 standard rate was 63. 33% (19/30 cases) in the BSG group and 66.67% (20/30 cases) in the control group with no significant difference between the two groups (χ2 = 0.073, P > 0.05). The efficacy for CM syndromes was 70.00% (21/30 cases) in the BSG group, higher than that in the control group [40.00% (12/30 cases), χ2 = 5.455, P < 0.05]. Scores for CM syndromes, BASDAI, night pain index, spinal pain index, PGA, CRP were improved in the BSG group (P < 0.05, P < 0.01). The incidence of adverse events in the BSG group was lower than that of the control group.

Conclusion: BSG based on Shen supplementing, Du-channel strengthening, blood activating, and channels dredging method had good short-term clinical efficacy and safety in treating AS.
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June 2015

[Effects of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on environmental phytoremediation in coal mine areas].

Huan Jing Ke Xue 2013 Nov;34(11):4455-9

College of Geoscience and Surveying Engineering, China University of Mining & Technology, Beijing 100083, China.

To resolve the key environmental problems in coal mine areas of environmental phytoremediation, symbiosis of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and Amorpha fruticosa was investigated. Effects of AMF on the root growth of Amorpha fruticosa and degenerated soil in coal mining subsidence area were studied. Results showed that after 5 months inoculation, AMF improved the shoot and root growth of Amorpha fruticosa. After inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) for 5 months, the inoculation significantly increased root colonization of Amorpha fruticosa. Total glomalin and easily extractable glomalin were increased significantly in the incubated soil. The content of phosphorus and organic matter were increased in the rhizosphere soil. Population of microorganism increased obviously. All the above results show that their ecological effects are significantly improved. AM would promote rhizosphere soil that will help the sustainability of ecological systems in mining area. It is really of great significance to keep the ecological system stability.
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November 2013

[Effect of bushen qiangdu recipe on osteoporosis and bone loss of patients with ankylosing spondylitis].

Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 2011 Apr;31(4):471-5

Department of Rhumatology, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing.

Objective: To observe the therapeutic effect of Bushen Qiangdu Recipe (BSQDR) on osteoporosis and bone loss in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

Methods: Patients with AS were randomly assigned to two groups. The 288 patients in the treatment group received BSQDR (consisting of cibotii rhizoma, antler, prepared rehmannia root, epimedium herb, rhizoma drynariae, teasel root, eucommia bark, pangolin scales, etc., one dose daily, taken in two portions, once in the morning and once in the evening). The 72 patients in the control group received SIDSM and sulfasalazine. The therapeutic course for both was six months. Clinical symptoms, pillow distance from the wall, hand distance from the ground, jaw distance from the handle, chest mobility, Schober test, spinal mobility and other signs of disease activity indices (ESR and CRP) were observed in patients before and after treatment. The bone mineral density (BMD) testing was performed in the lumbar spine, the femur, the forearm, and the heels, etc. Osteocalcin (BGP), calcitonin, parathyroid hormone (PTH), etc. bone metabolic indices were detected.

Results: BASFI, BASDAI, the overall assessment, the spinal pain, pillow distance from the wall, hand distance from the ground, jaw distance from the handle, chest mobility, Schober test, spinal mobility, and so on were all improved to some extent when compared with before treatment in the treatment group (P<0.05). The ESR and CRP decreased to various degrees, showing statistical significance when compared with before treatment (P <0.01). BGP increased and PTH decreased, showing statistical difference when compared with before treatment (P<0.05). The BMD in patients' lumbar spine, femoral neck, Ward's triangle, femoral trochanter increased to various degrees. The calcaneal intensity index, blood uric acid (BUA) and SOS values also increased more than before treatment, showing statistical significance (P<0.05). Long-term oral administration of BSQDR was safe, with no obvious adverse reaction.

Conclusions: BSQDR showed significant effect in treatment of AS. It could regulate the bone metabolic level in patients, attenuate the immune inflammatory response, improve the spine and joint activities functions, increase bone formation, reduce bone resorption, thereby, enhancing the BMD, showing significant therapeutic effect on osteoporosis in AS patients.
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April 2011

[Clinical research of qingkailing soft capsules in treating acute upper respiratory infection].

Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi 2005 Nov;30(21):1692-5

Xiyuan Hospital, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100091, China.

Objective: To discuss the efficacy of Qingkailing soft capsules in treating acute fever, and the relationship between symptoms-effect and time effect.

Method: Qingkailing soft capsules was taken orally, 4 times a day, 1.6 g each time. Shuanghuanglian kou fu liquid was taken as control. 129 patients with acute upper respiratory tract infection were recruited.

Result: There were 73.34% of patients cured by Qingkailing soft capsules and 43.59% cured by Shuanghuanglian kou fu liquid. The efficacy of the former was better than that of the latter (P < 0.05). The efficacy of Qingkailing soft capsules in treating Fengrexing was better than that in Fenghanxing (P < 0.05). The efficacy of Qingkailing soft capsules in reducing rapid pulse and adding moderate pulse was more remarkable than Shuanghuanglian kou fu liquid (P < 0.05). Taking Qingkailing soft capsules seldom induced mild gastrointestinal disturbance.

Conclusion: Qingkailing soft capsules showed good result in the treatment of acute upper respiratory tract infection with less adverse effect.
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