Publications by authors named "Wen-Bin Liu"

193 Publications

Klotho deficiency causes cardiac ageing by impairing autophagic and activating apoptotic activity.

Eur J Pharmacol 2021 Oct 9;911:174559. Epub 2021 Oct 9.

Cardiology Department, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, 58 Zhongshan 2nd Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong, PR China. Electronic address:

Objective: In this study, it was hypothesized that klotho deficiency plays an essential role in cardiac ageing in vivo and demonstrated that supplementation with exogenous klotho protects against cardiomyocyte ageing in vitro.

Methods: We measured the lifespan of wild-type (WT) and klotho-hypomorphic mutant (KL-/-) mice and recorded the cardiac function of the mice through echocardiography. We used immunofluorescence staining to detect the LC3B (microtubule-associated protein light chain 3 B), Beclin 1, Bax and Bcl 2 proteins. In vitro, H9c2 cells were incubated with different levels of D-galactose (D-gal) with or without klotho. SA-β-galactosidase staining and western blotting were performed to detect ageing-associated proteins (P53, P21 and P16), autophagy-associated proteins (LC3 II/LC3 I and Beclin 1) and apoptosis-associated proteins (Bax and Bcl 2). Moreover, one-step TUNEL apoptosis, CCK-8, cell morphology, Hoechst 33258 staining, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release, and caspase-3 activity assays were performed, and intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels were measured.

Results: Genetic klotho deficiency decreased lifespan and cardiac function in mice, impaired autophagic activity and increased apoptotic activity. Exogenous klotho attenuated cardiomyocyte ageing and reversed changes in autophagic and apoptotic activity caused by D-gal. Moreover, klotho supplementation prevented D-gal-induced oxidative stress and cytotoxicity.

Conclusions: Klotho might have a protective effect on cardiac ageing via autophagy activation and apoptosis inhibition.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejphar.2021.174559DOI Listing
October 2021

Clinical value of laboratory indicators for predicting disease progression and death in patients with COVID-19: a retrospective cohort study.

BMJ Open 2021 10 1;11(10):e043790. Epub 2021 Oct 1.

Department of Gastroenterology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Objectives: As early prediction of severe illness and death for patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is important, we aim to explore the clinical value of laboratory indicators in evaluating the progression and prognosis of patients with COVID-19.

Design: Retrospective cohort study.

Setting: Hospital-based study in China.

Participants: Adult patients with COVID-19 from December 15, 2019 to March 15, 2020.

End Point: Disease severity and mortality.

Methods: Clinical data of 638 patients with COVID-19 were collected and compared between severe and non-severe groups. The predictive ability of laboratory indicators in disease progression and prognosis of COVID-19 was analysed using the receiver operating characteristic curve. The survival differences of COVID-19 patients with different levels of laboratory indicators were analysed utilising Kaplan-Meier analysis.

Results: 29.8% (190/638) of patients with COVID-19 progressed to severe. Compared with patients with no adverse events, C reactive protein (CRP), neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and D-dimer were significantly higher in severe patients with adverse events, such as acute myocardial injury, respiratory failure, acute kidney injury, mechanical ventilation, intensive care unit admission, multiple organ dysfunction syndromes and death (all p<0.05). The multivariate logistic analysis suggested that CRP, NLR and D-dimer were independent risk factors for the disease progression of COVID-19 (all p<0.05). The model combining all of them owned the highest area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) predicting disease progression and death of COVID-19, with AUC of 0.894 (95% CI 0.857 to 0.931) and 0.918 (95% CI 0.873 to 0.962), respectively. Survival analysis suggested that the patients with a high level of CRP, NLR or D-dimer performed shorter overall survival time (all p<0.05).

Conclusions: The combination of CRP, NLR and D-dimer could be an effective predictor for the aggravation and death in patients with COVID-19. The abnormal expression of these indicators might suggest a strong inflammatory response and multiple adverse events in patients with severe COVID-19.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043790DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8488281PMC
October 2021

Gene expression network related to DNA methylation and miRNA regulation during the process of aflatoxin B1-induced malignant transformation of L02 cells.

J Appl Toxicol 2021 Sep 24. Epub 2021 Sep 24.

Institute of Toxicology, College of Preventive Medicine, Third Military Medical University (Army Medical University), Chongqing, China.

Aflatoxin is a secondary metabolite secreted by Aspergillus flavus, parasitic Aspergillus, and other fungi through the polyketone pathway, and it can be detected in many foods. Aflatoxin has strong toxicity and carcinogenicity, and many studies have shown that aflatoxin is highly associated with liver cancer. In the present study, malignant transformation of L02 cells was induced by aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), and the gene expression, miRNA expression, and methylation level were detected by high-throughput sequencing. The gene and miRNA expression results showed that 2547 genes and 315 miRNAs were changed in the AFB1-treated group compared with the DMSO group. Among them, RSAD2 and SCIN were significantly upregulated, whereas TRAPPC3L and UBE2L6 were significantly downregulated. Has-miR-33b-3p was significantly upregulated, whereas Has-miR-3613-5p was significantly downregulated. The methylation results showed that 2832 CpG sites were methylated on the promoter or coding DNA sequence (CDS) of the gene, whereas the expression of DNMT3a and DNMT3b was significantly upregulated. Moreover, hypermethylation occurred in TRAPPC3L, CDH13, and SPINK13. The results of GO and KEGG pathway analyses showed that significantly changed genes and miRNAs were mainly involved in tumor formation, proliferation, invasion, and migration. The results of network map analysis showed that Hsa-miR-3613-5p, Hsa-miR-615-5p, Hsa-miR-615-3p, and Hsa-miR-3158-3p were the key miRNAs for malignant transformation of L02 cells induced by AFB1. In addition, the expression of ONECUT2, RAP1GAP2, and FSTL4 was regulated by DNA methylation and miRNAs. These results suggested that the gene expression network regulated by DNA methylation and miRNAs may play a vital role in AFB1-induced hepatocellular carcinoma.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jat.4233DOI Listing
September 2021

Toward a global DNA barcode reference library of the intolerant nonbiting midge genus Brundin, 1956.

Ecol Evol 2021 Sep 4;11(17):12161-12172. Epub 2021 Aug 4.

Crowther Lab Institute of Integrative Biology ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich Switzerland.

Environmental DNA metabarcoding is becoming a predominant tool in biodiversity assessment, as this time- and cost-efficient tactics have the ability to increase monitoring accuracy. As a worldwide distributed genus, Brundin, 1956 still does not possess a complete and comprehensive global DNA barcode reference library for biodiversity monitoring. In the present study, we compiled a cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI) DNA barcode library of with 434 barcodes around the world, including 121 newly generated DNA barcodes of 32 morphospecies and 313 public barcodes. Automatic Barcode Gap Discovery (ABGD) was applied on the 434 COI barcodes to provide a comparison between the operational taxonomic units (OTU) number calculated from the Barcode Index Number (BIN) with the "Barcode Gap Analysis" and neighbor-joining (NJ) tree analysis. Consequently, these 434 COI barcodes were clustered into 78 BINs, including 42 new BINs. ABGD yielded 51 OTUs with a prior intraspecific divergence of  = 7.17%, while NJ tree revealed 52 well-separated clades. Conservatively, 14 unknown species and one potential synonym were uncovered with reference to COI DNA barcodes. Besides, based on our ecological analysis, we discovered that annual mean temperature and annual precipitation could be considered as key factors associated with distribution of certain members from this genus. Our global DNA barcode reference library of provides one fundamental database for accurate species delimitation in Chironomidae taxonomy and facilitates the biodiversity monitoring of aquatic biota.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.7979DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8427567PMC
September 2021

NLRP3 inflammasome activation contributes to the pathogenesis of cardiocytes aging.

Aging (Albany NY) 2021 08 25;13(16):20534-20551. Epub 2021 Aug 25.

Cardiology Department, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China.

Objective: The NOD-like receptor protein 3 (NOD-like receptor protein 3, NLRP3) inflammasome is associated with many physiological processes related to aging. We investigated whether NLRP3 inflammasome activation contributes to the pathogenesis of cardiocytes aging dissected the underlying mechanism.

Methods: H9c2 cells were treated with different concentrations of D-galactose (D-gal, 0, 2, 10 and 50 g/L) for 24 hours. The cytochemical staining, flow cytometry and fluorescence microscope analysis were employed to detect the β-galactosidase (β-gal) activity. Western blot analysis was used to detect the age-associated proteins (P53, P21) and NLRP3 inflammasome proteins [NLRP3, apoptosis-associated speck-like protein (ASC)]. Confocal fluorescent images were applied to capture the colocalization of NLRP3 and caspase-1. Intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) was measured using 2'7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) by flow cytometry and visualized using a fluorescence microscope. The IL-1β, IL-18 and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release were also detected.

Results: D-gal induced-H9c2 cells caused cardiocytes' aging changes (β-gal staining, CellEvent™ Senescence Green staining, P53, P21) in a concentration-dependent manner. NLRP3 inflammasomes were activated, IL-1β, IL-18 and LDH release and ROS generation were increased in the cardiocytes aging progress. When MCC950 inhibited NLRP3 inflammasomes, it attenuated the cardiocytes aging, yet the ROS generation was similar. Inhibition of ROS by NAC attenuated cardiocytes aging and inhibited the NLRP3 inflammasome activation at the same time. NLRP3 inflammasome activation by nigericin-induced cardiocytes cells aging progress.

Conclusions: NLRP3 inflammasome activation contributes to the pathogenesis of cardiocytes aging, and ROS generation may serve as a potential mechanism by which NLRP3 inflammasome is activated.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.18632/aging.203435DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8436929PMC
August 2021

Long non-coding RNA HOTAIRM1-1 silencing in cartilage tissue induces osteoarthritis through microRNA-125b.

Exp Ther Med 2021 Sep 1;22(3):933. Epub 2021 Jul 1.

Department of Joint Surgery, Tianjin Hospital, Tianjin 300211, P.R. China.

Aberrations in long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) expression have been recognized in numerous human diseases. In the present study, the of role the long noncoding RNA HOX antisense intergenic RNA myeloid 1 variant (HOTAIRM1-1) in regulating the pathological progression of osteoarthritis (OA) was investigated. The aberrant expression of HOTAIRM1-1 in OA was demonstrated, but the molecular mechanisms require further analysis. The aim of the present study was to explore the function of miR-125b in modulating chondrocyte viability and apoptosis, and to address the functional association between HOTAIRM1-1 and miR-125b as potential targets. A miR-125b inhibitor was used, which laid the foundation for the following investigation. The study confirmed that HOTAIRM1-1 and miR-125b are inversely expressed in chondrocytes. The expression of HOTAIRM1-1 was downregulated and the expression of miR-125b was upregulated in tissues from patients with OA. HOTAIRM1-1 directly interacted with miR-125b in chondrocytes. HOTAIRM1-1 knockdown was associated with chondrocyte proliferation and extracellular matrix degradation. Furthermore, miR-125b reversed the effect of HOTAIRM1-1 on cell proliferation and apoptosis. In conclusion, the present study indicates that the loss of HOTAIRM1-1 function leads to aberrant increases in the proliferation and apoptosis of chondrocytes. miR-125b may be a potential downstream mechanism that regulates the function of HOTAIRM1-1, and this finding provides a therapeutic strategy for OA.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3892/etm.2021.10365DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8280714PMC
September 2021

Stenochironomus zhengi sp. nov. from Dawei Mountain National Park, Yunnan, China (Diptera: Chironomidae).

Zootaxa 2021 May 14;4970(2):385390. Epub 2021 May 14.

Tianjin Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Animal Diversity, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin, 300387, P. R. China.

A new species, Stenochironomus zhengi Lin Liu sp. nov., is described and illustrated as adult males. An updated key to males of Stenochironomus from China is presented.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4970.2.10DOI Listing
May 2021

Enhanced Immune Response Improves Resistance to Cadmium Stress in Triploid Crucian Carp.

Front Physiol 2021 4;12:666363. Epub 2021 Jun 4.

State Key Laboratory of Developmental Biology of Freshwater Fish, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China.

Previous research has indicated that triploid crucian carp (3n fish) have preferential resistance to cadmium (Cd) compared to . (2n fish). In this article, comparative research is further conducted between the 2n and 3n fish in terms of the immune response to Cd-induced stress. Exposure to 9 mg/L Cd for 96 h changed the hepatic function indexes remarkably in the 2n fish, but not in the 3n fish. In the serum of Cd-treated 2n fish, the levels of alanine amino transferase, aspartate aminotransferase, adenosine deaminase, and total bilirubin significantly increased, while the levels of total protein, albumin, lysozyme, and anti-superoxide anion radicals decreased demonstrating hepatotoxicity. By analysis of transcriptome profiles, many immune-related pathways were found to be involved in the response of 3n fish to the Cd-induced stress. Expression levels of the immune genes, including the interleukin genes, tumor necrosis factor super family member genes, chemokine gene, toll-like receptor gene, and inflammatory marker cyclooxygenase 2 gene were significantly enhanced in the hepatopancreas of the Cd-treated 3n fish. In contrast, the expression levels of these genes decreased in the 2n fish. This research provides a theoretical basis for polyploid fish breeding and is helpful for the ecological restoration of water due to pollution.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2021.666363DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8213368PMC
June 2021

New or little-known (Diptera, Chironomidae) in China inferred from morphology and DNA barcodes.

Zookeys 2021 28;1040:187-200. Epub 2021 May 28.

Tianjin Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Animal Diversity, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin, 300387, China Tianjin Normal University Tianjin China.

The male adult of Lin & Liu, is described and illustrated based on material collected in China. Associated morphological characteristics and reference to its DNA barcode are provided. (Sasa & Okazawa, 1992) is newly recorded from China based on both a male and female, with additional associated data on the DNA barcode of the male adult. A neighbor-joining tree based on available DNA barcodes and a key to the adults of from China are given.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1040.66527DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8178290PMC
May 2021

Acute exposure to microcystin-LR induces hepatopancreas toxicity in the Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis).

Arch Toxicol 2021 07 11;95(7):2551-2570. Epub 2021 May 11.

Key Laboratory of Aquatic Nutrition and Feed Science of Jiangsu Province, National Experimental Teaching Center for Animal Science, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, No. 1 Weigang Road, Nanjing, 210095, Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China.

The Chinese mitten crab is an important economic species in the Chinese aquaculture industry due to its rich nutritional value and distinct flavor. The hepatopancreas is a popular edible part of the Chinese mitten crab, and therefore, hepatopancreatic health directly determines its quality. However, a large-scale outbreak of hepatopancreatic necrosis syndrome ("Shuibiezi" disease in Chinese), which is caused by abiotic agents correlated with cyanobacteria bloom outbreaks, adversely affects the Chinese mitten crab breeding industry. Cyanobacterial blooms that occur in high-density farming ponds can produce microcystin-LR (MC-LR), which is hepatotoxic in fish and mammals. Hepatopancreas toxicity of MC-LR (0, 25, 50 and 75 μg/kg) was investigated after 48 h of exposure. The MC-LR can cause hepatopancreatic injury by inducing hepatopancreatic structural damage, subcellular structural changes, and cell apoptosis, followed by enhanced lipid peroxidase, reactive oxygen species, and apoptosis-related enzyme (Caspase 3, 8, and 9) activities. These in turn promote gene and protein expression of apoptosis-associated proteases (Caspase 3, 7, and 8, Bcl-2, and Bax), and alter antioxidant system responses (superoxide dismutase, glutathione S-transferase, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase activities, and glutathione content). The present study is the first report on MC-LR hepatotoxicity in the Chinese mitten crab and confirms hepatopancreas toxicity, providing a theoretical basis for enhancing MCs resistance and developing preventive and curative measures against hepatopancreatic disease in the Chinese mitten crab breeding industry.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00204-021-03061-9DOI Listing
July 2021

Utilization of pelleted and extruded feed by blunt snout bream Megalobrama amblycephala: Insights from growth performance, health status and feed cost.

J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl) 2021 Mar 26. Epub 2021 Mar 26.

College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, China.

The present study was conducted to evaluate the utilization of both pelleted feed (PF) and extruded feed (EF) by blunt snout bream Megalobrama amblycephala based on growth performance, stress responses, innate immunity and disease resistance. Both the PF and EF were prepared with the same formula. Fish were divided randomly into 2 groups, including one fed the PF continuously and one offered the EF continuously. The whole feeding trial lasted 8 weeks, after which fish were subjected to Aeromonas hydrophila infection. The results showed that the feed intake, feed conversion ratio, hepatic total superoxide dismutase activity and glutathione content, plasma complement 3 and complement 4 levels as well as myeloperoxidase activity of the EF group were all significantly lower than those of the PF group, while the opposite was true for the condition factor, the viscera index, the abdominal fat percentage, nitrogen and energy retention, hepatic malondialdehyde content, plasma levels of cortisol, glucose, lactate, total protein and globulin as well as the activities of plasma alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase. In addition, the EF group also obtained relatively low activities of hepatic glutathione peroxidase and plasma acid phosphatase as well as high cumulative mortality rates at 24-96 h after Aeromonas hydrophila challenge. Furthermore, the feed cost of culturing this species with EF is lower than that with PF. These findings indicated that compared with PF, EF could increase the feed utilization and economic benefits of blunt snout bream, but reduce its anti-stress ability, non-specific immunity, A. hydrophila resistance and feed cost.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpn.13538DOI Listing
March 2021

Interactions between dietary carbohydrate and thiamine: implications on the growth performance and intestinal mitochondrial biogenesis and function of .

Br J Nutr 2021 Mar 22:1-14. Epub 2021 Mar 22.

College of Marine Sciences, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou510642, People's Republic of China.

A12-week experiment was conducted to evaluate the influences of thiamine ongrowth performance, and intestinal mitochondrial biogenesis and function of Megalobramaamblycephala fed a high-carbohydrate (HC) diet. Fish (24·73 (sem 0·45) g) were randomly assigned to one of four diets: two carbohydrate (CHO) levels (30 and 45 %) and two thiamine levels (0 and 1·5 mg/kg). HC diets significantly decreased DGC, GRMBW, FIMBW, intestinal activities of amylase, lipase, Na+, K+-ATPase, CK, complexes I, III and IV, intestinal ML, number of mitochondrial per field, ΔΨm, the P-AMPK: T-AMPK ratio, PGC-1β protein expression as well as the transcriptions of AMPKα1, AMPKα2, PGC-1β, mitochondrial transcription factor A, Opa-1, ND-1 and COX-1 and 2, while the opposite was true for ATP, AMP and reactive oxygen species, and the transcriptions of dynamin-related protein-1, fission-1 and mitochondrial fission factor. Dietarythiamine concentrations significantly increased DGC, GRMBW, intestinal activities of amylase, Na+, K+-ATPase, CK, complexes I and IV, intestinal ML, number of mitochondrial per field, ΔΨm, the P-AMPK:T-AMPK ratio, PGC-1β protein expression as well as the transcriptions of AMPKα1, AMPKα2, PGC-1β, Opa-1, ND-1, COX-1 and 2, SGLT-1 and GLUT-2. Furthermore, a significant interaction between dietary CHO and thiamine was observed in DGC, GRMBW, intestinal activities of amylase, CK, complexes I and IV, ΔΨm, the AMP:ATP ratio, the P-AMPK:T-AMPK ratio, PGC-1β protein expression as well as the transcriptions of AMPKα1, AMPKα2, PGC-1β, Opa-1, COX-1 and 2, SGLT-1 and GLUT-2. Overall, thiamine supplementation improved growth performance, and intestinal mitochondrial biogenesis and function of M. amblycephala fed HC diets.
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March 2021

Identification of SRY-box 30 as an age-related essential gatekeeper for male germ-cell meiosis and differentiation.

Aging Cell 2021 05 15;20(5):e13343. Epub 2021 Mar 15.

Institute of Toxicology, College of Preventive Medicine, Army Medical University, Chongqing, China.

Although important factors governing the meiosis have been reported in the embryonic ovary, meiosis in postnatal testis remains poorly understood. Herein, we first report that SRY-box 30 (Sox30) is an age-related and essential regulator of meiosis in the postnatal testis. Sox30-null mice exhibited uniquely impaired testis, presenting the abnormal arrest of germ-cell differentiation and irregular Leydig cell proliferation. In aged Sox30-null mice, the observed testicular impairments were more severe. Furthermore, the germ-cell arrest occurred at the stage of meiotic zygotene spermatocytes, which is strongly associated with critical regulators of meiosis (such as Cyp26b1, Stra8 and Rec8) and sex differentiation (such as Rspo1, Foxl2, Sox9, Wnt4 and Ctnnb1). Mechanistically, Sox30 can activate Stra8 and Rec8, and inhibit Cyp26b1 and Ctnnb1 by direct binding to their promoters. A different Sox30 domain required for regulating the activity of these gene promoters, providing a "fail-safe" mechanism for Sox30 to facilitate germ-cell differentiation. Indeed, retinoic acid levels were reduced owing to increased degradation following the elevation of Cyp26b1 in Sox30-null testes. Re-expression of Sox30 in Sox30-null mice successfully restored germ-cell meiosis, differentiation and Leydig cell proliferation. Moreover, the restoration of actual fertility appeared to improve over time. Consistently, Rec8 and Stra8 were reactivated, and Cyp26b1 and Ctnnb1 were reinhibited in the restored testes. In summary, Sox30 is necessary, sufficient and age-associated for germ-cell meiosis and differentiation in testes by direct regulating critical regulators. This study advances our understanding of the regulation of germ-cell meiosis and differentiation in the postnatal testis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acel.13343DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8135013PMC
May 2021

Carbonyl cyanide 3-chlorophenylhydrazone induced the imbalance of mitochondrial homeostasis in the liver of Megalobrama amblycephala: A dynamic study.

Comp Biochem Physiol C Toxicol Pharmacol 2021 Jun 19;244:109003. Epub 2021 Feb 19.

Key Laboratory of Aquatic Nutrition and Feed Science of Jiangsu Province, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, No. 1 Weigang Road, Nanjing 210095, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

Carbonylcyanide-3-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) is a protonophore, which causes uncoupling of proton gradient in the inner mitochondrial membrane, thus inhibiting the rate of ATP synthesis. However, this information is manly derived from mammals, while its effects on the mitochondrial homeostasis of aquatic animals are largely unknown. In this study, the mitochondrial homeostasis of a carp fish Megalobrama amblycephala was investigated systematically in a time-course manner by using CCCP. Fish was injected intraperitoneally with CCCP (1.8 mg/kg per body weight) and DMSO (control), respectively. The results showed that CCCP treatment induced hepatic mitochondrial oxidative stress, as was evidenced by the significantly increased MDA and PC contents coupled with the decreased SOD and MnSOD activities. Meanwhile, mitochondrial fission was up-regulated remarkably characterized by the increased transcriptions of Drp-1, Fis-1 and Mff. However, the opposite was true for mitochondrial fusion, as was indicative of the decreased transcriptions of Mfn-1, Mfn-2 and Opa-1. This consequently triggered mitophagy, as was supported by the accumulated mitochondrial autophagosomes and the increased protein levels of PINK1, Parkin, LC3-II and P62 accompanied by the increased LC3-II/LC3-I ratio. Mitochondrial biogenesis and function both decreased significantly addressed by the decreased activities of CS, SDH and complex I, IV and V, as well as the protein levels of PGC-1β coupled with the decreased transcriptions of TFAM, COX-1, COX-2 and ATP-6. Unlikely, DMSO treatment exerted little influence. Overall, CCCP treatment resulted in the imbalance of mitochondrial homeostasis in Megalobrama amblycephala by promoting mitochondrial oxidative stress, fission and mitophagy, but depressing mitochondrial fusion, biogenesis and function.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpc.2021.109003DOI Listing
June 2021

A new species of () (Diptera, Chironomidae) from Oriental China.

Zookeys 2021 22;1011:139-148. Epub 2021 Jan 22.

College of Life Sciences, Nankai University, Tianjin, 300071, China Nankai University Tianjin China.

Polypedilum (Cerobregma) huapingensis Liu & Lin, is described and illustrated based on an adult male from Huaping National Nature Reserve, Guangxi, China. A DNA barcode analysis, including the known partial COI sequences of species in the subgenus, was conducted. An updated key to adult males of the subgenus Cerobregma is provided.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1011.59554DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7847467PMC
January 2021

DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation associated with gene expression regulatory network during 3-methylcholanthrene induced lung cell malignant transformation.

Sci Total Environ 2021 Jun 23;771:144839. Epub 2021 Jan 23.

Institute of Toxicology, College of Preventive Medicine, Third Military Medical University (Army Medical University), Chongqing 400038, PR China. Electronic address:

3-methylcholanthrene (3-MCA) is a typical representative PAH. It has strong toxicity and is a typical chemical carcinogen. However, the epigenetic mechanisms underlying 3-MCA-induced tumourigenesis are largely unknown. In this study, a model of the 3-MCA-induced malignant transformation of human bronchial epithelial (HBE) cells was established successfully. The profiles of gene expression and DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation were obtained and analysed with an Illumina HiSeq 4000. A total of 707 genes were found to be significantly up-regulated, and 686 genes were found to be significantly down-regulated. Compared to control cells, 8545 mRNA-associated differentially methylated regions and 15,121 mRNA-associated differentially hydroxymethylated regions in promoters were found to be significantly altered in transformed cells. By using mRNA expression and DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation interaction analysis, 99 differentially expressed genes were identified. Among them, CA9 and EGLN3 were verified to be significantly down-regulated, and CARD6 and LCP1 were shown to be significantly up-regulated, and these genes mainly participated in cell growth, migration and invasion, indicating that these genes were key genes involved in the 3-MCA-induced malignant transformation of HBE cells. Gene ontology (GO) analysis and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway analysis showed that a large number of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were involved mainly in RNA polymerase II transcription factor activity, chemical carcinogenesis, base-excision repair (BER), cytokine-cytokine receptor interactions, glycerolipid metabolism, steroid hormone biosynthesis, cAMP signalling pathways and other signalling pathways. Our study suggested that characteristic gene alterations associated with DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation could play important roles in environmental 3-MCA-induced lung carcinogenesis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144839DOI Listing
June 2021

Epigenetic silencing of TET1 mediated hydroxymethylation of base excision repair pathway during lung carcinogenesis.

Environ Pollut 2021 Jan 15;268(Pt B):115860. Epub 2020 Oct 15.

Institute of Toxicology, College of Preventive Medicine, Third Military Medical University (Army Medical University), Chongqing, 400038, PR China. Electronic address:

The methylcytosine dioxygenase Ten-eleven translocation 1 (TET1) is an important regulator for the balance of DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation through various pathways. Increasing evidence has suggested that TET1 probably involved in DNA methylation and demethylation dysregulation during chemical carcinogenesis. However, the role and mechanism of TET1 during lung cancer remains unclear. In this study, we found that TET1 expression was significantly down-regulated and the methylation level was significantly up-regulated in 3-methylcholanthrene (3-MCA) induced cell malignant transformation model, rat chemical carcinogenesis model, and human lung cancer tissues. Demethylation experiment further confirmed that DNA methylation negatively regulated TET1 gene expression. TET1 overexpression inhibited cell proliferation, migration and invasion in vitro and in vivo, while knockdown of TET1 resulted in an opposite phenotype. DNA hydroxymethylation level in the promoter region of base excision repair (BER) pathway key genes XRCC1, OGG1, APEX1 significantly decreased and the degree of methylation gradually increased in malignant transformed cells. After differential expression of TET1, the level of hydroxymethylation, methylation and expression of these genes also changed significantly. Furthermore, TET1 binds to XRCC1, OGG1, and APEX1 to maintain them hydroxymethylated. Blockade of BER pathway key gene alone or in combination significantly diminished the effect of TET1. Our study demonstrated for the first time that TET1 expression is regulated by DNA methylation and TET1-mediated hydroxymethylation regulates BER pathway to inhibit the proliferation, migration and invasion during 3-MCA-induced lung carcinogenesis. These results suggested that TET1 gene can be a potential biomarker and therapy target for lung cancer.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115860DOI Listing
January 2021

Comparison between epsilon-aminocaproic acid and tranexamic acid for total hip and knee arthroplasty: A meta-analysis.

J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong) 2020 Sep-Dec;28(3):2309499020959158

Department of Joint Surgery, 74768Tianjin Hospital, Tianjin, People's Republic of China.

Background: The aim was to compare the efficacy and safety of epsilon-aminocaproic acid (EACA) and tranexamic acid (TXA) in total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

Methods: Potential academic articles were identified from the Cochrane Library, Springer, PubMed, and ScienceDirect databases from inception to December 2019. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and non-RCTs involving EACA and TXA in THA or TKA were included. Pooled data were analyzed using RevMan 5.1.

Results: Three RCTs and three non-RCTs met the inclusion criteria. The present meta-analysis reveals that EACA is associated with significantly more blood loss than TXA. No significant differences were identified in terms of blood transfusion rate, transfusion units, hemoglobin (Hb) level at discharge, operation time, length of hospital stay, deep venous thrombosis (DVT), or 30-day readmission.

Conclusions: Compared with TXA, EACA led to more blood loss in patients undergoing THA or TKA. However, there was no significant difference in the blood transfusion rate, transfusion units, Hb level at discharge, operation time, length of hospital stay, DVT, or 30-day readmission between groups.
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April 2021

Regulation of growth, intestinal microflora composition and expression of immune-related genes by dietary supplementation of Streptococcus faecalis in blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala).

Fish Shellfish Immunol 2020 Oct 8;105:195-202. Epub 2020 Jul 8.

Key Laboratory of Aquatic Nutrition and Feed Science of Jiangsu Province, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, No. 1 Weigang Road, Nanjing, 210095, People's Republic of China.

A 10-week feeding trial was performed to investigate the effects of Streptococcus faecalis on the growth, intestinal microflora composition and expression of immune-related genes of blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala). Fish (46.32 ± 0.09 g) were fed four experimental diets containing 0 cfu/g (SF0, control), 1 × 10 cfu/g (SF1), 1 × 10 cfu/g (SF2) and 1 × 10 cfu/g (SF3) of S. faecalis, respectively. Results showed that daily growth index (DGI), feed efficiency ratio (FER), plasma glucose level, plasma contents of total protein and albumin as well as intestinal serous layer (SL), muscular layer (ML), submucous layer (SML), villi thickness (VT) and lamina propria (LP) were all no significant difference among all the treatments, whereas their (except plasma albumin content and intestinal ML) relatively high values were found in the SF2 group. Meanwhile, the intake of the SF2 diets significantly increased plasma globulin content and intestinal digestive enzymes activities, the opposite was true for the activities of plasma aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT). In addition, the analysis of the intestinal microbiota showed that fish fed the SF2 diet have the highest values of intestinal alpha diversity and intestinal abundances of Actinobacteria, Chlamydiae, Firmicutes, Planctomycetes, Verrucomicrobia, Clostridium and Synechococcus, while the opposite was true for intestinal abundances of Acinetobacter, Anoxybacillus, Flavobacterium, Planctomyces, Plesiomonas, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus and Clostridium perfringens. At the molecular level, the expression levels of tumour necrosis factor α (TNF α), interleukin 1β (IL 1β) and heat shock proteins 7 (HSP 70) in head kidney and spleen were all decreased significantly with the increasing S. faecalis levels up to 1 × 10 cfu/g, and then they were increased with further increasing S. faecalis levels. Overall, dietary supplementation of S. faecalis at 1 × 10 cfu/g could improve the intestinal health and innate immunity of blunt snout bream.
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October 2020

[Distribution, Sources, and Risk Assessment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Tributary Waters of the Lower Reaches of the Yangtze River, China].

Huan Jing Ke Xue 2020 May;41(5):2221-2228

Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085, China.

The lower reaches of the Yangtze River are a typical gathering place of chemical industrial parks in China. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) emitted in the production process of chemical enterprises enter the tributary water body through atmospheric deposition and surface runoff, and finally merge into the Yangtze River. In this study, the distribution characteristics, source analysis, and ecological risk assessment of PAHs in a series of typical water samples collected in the tributary waters of the Yangtze River were studied. PAH monomers in the samples were mainly low-ring. The total concentration of PAHs was in the range of 37.27 to 285.88 ng·L with a mean value of 78.31 ng·L, while the monomer concentration of PAHs ranged from 0 to 61.35 ng·L. The lowest detection rate was benzo[k] fluoranthene and benzo[a] pyrene at 75%. As a toxic PAH monomer, the concentration of benzo[a] pyrene ranged from 0 to 11.08 ng·L. According to "Water Quality Standards for Drinking Water Sources (CJ 3020-1993)" of China, the concentration of benzo[a] pyrene in a water sample (S12) located near Wuxi City exceeded the limit of drinking water standards (10 ng·L). Compared with the total concentration of PAHs in rivers in some typical regions of the world, the concentration of PAHs in this study was generally at low to moderate levels. According to the source analysis results of the ratio method and principal component analysis, the concentration of PAHs in water was mainly affected by fossil combustion, automobile exhaust, and chemical emissions. To assess the potential ecosystem risk of PAHs in the investigated area, the risk quotient (RQ) was used. In addition to the DBA monomer, the relative quantities (RQs) (replication) of the remaining monomers were greater than 1, and the RQ (MPCs) values in all the monomers were less than 1, indicating that the ecological risk of water samples was at a medium level. From the perspective of long-term environmental exposure, appropriate control measures should be considered to prevent further pollution. The results can provide reference for PAH risk assessment and pollution control of chemical industrial parks in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.
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May 2020

Evaluation of antioxidant capacity and immunomodulatory effects of yeast hydrolysates for hepatocytes of blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala).

Fish Shellfish Immunol 2020 Nov 12;106:142-148. Epub 2020 Jun 12.

National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center of Animal Science, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, 210095, PR China.

An in-vitro study was carried out to examine the effects of yeast hydrolysate (YH) on antioxidant capacity and innate immunity of blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) hepatocytes. Fish primary hepatocytes were seeded at a density of 3 × 10 cells mL in 6-well tissue culture plates and treated with two different media including: 1) DMEM/F12 medium (control), and 2) YH medium [DMEM/F12 + 0.1 g L YH]. After incubation for 24 h, the culture medium and primary hepatocytes were collected for subsequent analyses. The results showed no significant (P > 0.05) effect of YH on aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activities and urea nitrogen (UN) concentration in the conditioned medium. However, significantly (P < 0.05) higher ALT and AST activities were found in YH treated hepatocytes compared to control. Moreover, YH supplementation led to significant enhancement of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), alternative complement pathway (ACH50) and glutathione peroxidase (GPX) activities and reduction of malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration in the conditioned medium. Furthermore, YH application upregulated the expression of SOD, CAT and NOX2 genes and downregulated mRNA levels of Keap1, Nrf2 and Bach1 in hepatocytes. Also, markedly higher lysozyme activity and albumin concentration were found in the conditioned medium of YH group compared to the control. Additionally, expression of immune-related genes such as antimicrobial peptides 1 (Leap 1) and Leap 2 were significantly upregulated by YH application. Down-regulated expression of NADPH oxidase-2 (NOX2), Kelch-like-ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1), NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and BTB and CNC homolog 1 (Bach1) were observed in YH treated hepatocytes. To conclude, YH supplementation improved antioxidant capacity and innate immunity of blunt snout bream hepatocytes.
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November 2020

Corrigendum to "Dietary glutathione supplementation enhances antioxidant activity and protects against lipopolysaccharide-induced acute hepatopancreatic injury and cell apoptosis in Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis" [Fish Shellfish Immunol. 97 (2020) 440-454].

Fish Shellfish Immunol 2020 May 23;100:496-497. Epub 2020 Mar 23.

Key Laboratory of Aquatic Nutrition and Feed Science of Jiangsu Province, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, No. 1 Weigang Road, Nanjing, 210095, Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

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May 2020

Using the spike protein feature to predict infection risk and monitor the evolutionary dynamic of coronavirus.

Infect Dis Poverty 2020 Mar 25;9(1):33. Epub 2020 Mar 25.

Institute of Computing Science and Technology, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510006, China.

Background: Coronavirus can cross the species barrier and infect humans with a severe respiratory syndrome. SARS-CoV-2 with potential origin of bat is still circulating in China. In this study, a prediction model is proposed to evaluate the infection risk of non-human-origin coronavirus for early warning.

Methods: The spike protein sequences of 2666 coronaviruses were collected from 2019 Novel Coronavirus Resource (2019nCoVR) Database of China National Genomics Data Center on Jan 29, 2020. A total of 507 human-origin viruses were regarded as positive samples, whereas 2159 non-human-origin viruses were regarded as negative. To capture the key information of the spike protein, three feature encoding algorithms (amino acid composition, AAC; parallel correlation-based pseudo-amino-acid composition, PC-PseAAC and G-gap dipeptide composition, GGAP) were used to train 41 random forest models. The optimal feature with the best performance was identified by the multidimensional scaling method, which was used to explore the pattern of human coronavirus.

Results: The 10-fold cross-validation results showed that well performance was achieved with the use of the GGAP (g = 3) feature. The predictive model achieved the maximum ACC of 98.18% coupled with the Matthews correlation coefficient (MCC) of 0.9638. Seven clusters for human coronaviruses (229E, NL63, OC43, HKU1, MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2) were found. The cluster for SARS-CoV-2 was very close to that for SARS-CoV, which suggests that both of viruses have the same human receptor (angiotensin converting enzyme II). The big gap in the distance curve suggests that the origin of SARS-CoV-2 is not clear and further surveillance in the field should be made continuously. The smooth distance curve for SARS-CoV suggests that its close relatives still exist in nature and public health is challenged as usual.

Conclusions: The optimal feature (GGAP, g = 3) performed well in terms of predicting infection risk and could be used to explore the evolutionary dynamic in a simple, fast and large-scale manner. The study may be beneficial for the surveillance of the genome mutation of coronavirus in the field.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7093988PMC
March 2020

Dietary reduced glutathione supplementation can improve growth, antioxidant capacity, and immunity on Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis.

Fish Shellfish Immunol 2020 May 3;100:300-308. Epub 2020 Mar 3.

Key Laboratory of Aquatic Nutrition and Feed Science of Jiangsu Province, National Experimental Teaching Center for Animal Science, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, No. 1 Weigang Road, Nanjing, 210095, Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

Eriocheir sinensis is an important aquaculture species in China, and its yield and quality are threatened by oxidative stress caused by deteriorating water conditions. Reduced glutathione (GSH) is an endogenous antioxidant, but whether dietary GSH can increase the resistance of E. sinensis to environmental stress remains unclear. Therefore, in this study, crabs were fed with dietary GSH (0, 300, 600, 900, and 1200 mg/kg diet weight) for up to 10 weeks to determine the effects of different dietary GSH concentrations on growth, antioxidant capacity, and immunity of E. sinensis. The results showed that the weight gain rate and survival rate increased significantly as dietary GSH levels increased from 0 to 900 mg/kg, but decreased at 1200 mg/kg. Compared with the control group, the diet supplemented with 900 mg/kg GSH not only increased the concentration of GSH in the haemolymph and hepatopancreas, but also enhanced the activity of glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) (p < 0.05). Diets supplemented with 600 or 900 mg/kg GSH significantly increased the enzymes activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), lysozyme (LZM), alkaline phosphatase, and acid phosphatase, and significantly decreased the content of malondialdehyde. To understand the changes in the activity of these enzymes further, the expression of related genes was detected. Diets supplemented with 600 or 900 mg/kg GSH significantly upregulated the genes expressions of cytosolic manganese SOD, mitochondrial manganese SOD, copper, zinc-SOD, GSH-Px, LZM, and prophenoloxidase activating factor, and significantly down regulated the expression of Toll-like receptor 1, Toll-like receptor 2, Dorsal, and the myeloid differentiation factor 88. However, a diet supplemented with 1200 mg/kg GSH decreased those positive indicators. Overall, our results demonstrated that an appropriate diet supplemented with 600 or 900 mg/kg GSH enhances antioxidant capacity and immunity, which will enhance the general health of E. sinensis.
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May 2020

SOX30 is a prognostic biomarker and chemotherapeutic indicator for advanced-stage ovarian cancer

Endocr Relat Cancer 2020 Feb 1;27(2):X1-X2. Epub 2020 Feb 1.

Institute of Toxicology, College of Preventive Medicine

The authors and journal apologize for errors in the above paper, which appeared in volume 26 part 3, pages 303–319. The errors relate to the legend of Fig. 1A on page 307 and the artwork of Fig. 8D on page 316:
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February 2020

Molecular characterization and expression pattern of inositol-requiring enzyme 1 (IRE1) in blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala): its role of IRE1 involved in inflammatory response induced by lipopolysaccharide.

Fish Physiol Biochem 2020 Jun 24;46(3):843-860. Epub 2020 Jan 24.

Key Laboratory of Aquatic Nutrition and Feed Science of Jiangsu Province, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, No.1 Weigang Road, Nanjing, 210095, People's Republic of China.

This study aimed to characterize the full-length cDNA of IRE1 from fish Megalobrama amblycephala and investigate its role in the pro-inflammatory response. A full-length cDNA coding IRE1 was cloned from blunt snout bream by RT-PCR and RACE approaches. The cDNA obtained covered 3665 bp with an open reading frame of 3096 bp encoding 1031 amino acids. Sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis revealed a high degree of conservation (74-92%) among various species, retaining one signal peptide, one luminal domain, one serine/threonine kinase domain, one RNase domain, one activation loop, two N-linked glycosylation sites, and several phosphorylation sites. The highest IRE1 expression was observed in the trunk kidney followed by the brain and spleen, whereas relatively low expression levels were detected in the liver, intestine, adipose, skin, and heart. After lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge, the expressions of glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78), inositol-requiring enzyme 1 (IRE1), spliced X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1s), C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP), nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) all increased remarkably in the spleen and brain at different sampling time points, while LPS also upregulated all the genes tested in the intestine except C/EBP homologous protein. Overall, the results indicated that the IRE1 gene of Megalobrama amblycephala shared a high similarity compared with other vertebrates including several bony fish species. Its expression in three tissues was induced remarkably by the LPS challenge, which indicated that IRE1 played a vital role in LPS-induced inflammation on fish.
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June 2020

Evaluation of antioxidant capacity and immunomodulatory effects of cottonseed meal protein hydrolysate and its derivative peptides for hepatocytes of blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala).

Fish Shellfish Immunol 2020 Mar 3;98:10-18. Epub 2020 Jan 3.

National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center of Animal Science, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, 210095, PR China. Electronic address:

Two in vitro trials were conducted to identify a peptide with antioxidant activity and immunoenhancement from cottonseed meal protein hydrolysate (CPH) for fish. Primary hepatocytes of Megalobrama amblycephala were treated with CPH. In experiment 1, CPH significantly increased aspartate aminotransferase (GOT), alanine aminotransferase (GPT), total superoxide dismutase (t-SOD), catalase (CAT), and lysozyme activities, as well as up-regulated SOD, CAT, antimicrobial peptides 1 (Leap 1) and Leap 2 mRNA levels (p < 0.05). However, CPH significantly down-regulated the expression of NADPH oxidase-2 (NOX2), Kelch-like-ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1), NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and BTB and CNC homolog 1 (Bach1) mRNA (p < 0.05) in fish hepatocytes. Experiment 2 showed that the molecular mass of CPH was distributed mainly in the 700-1024 Da range. Peptide 1 (P1) and P2 significantly decreased GOT and GPT activities in conditioned medium (p < 0.05); however, P4 and P6 did not affect GOT and GPT activities (p > 0.05). Furthermore, P4 significantly increased hepatocyte GOT, GPT, t-SOD, CAT levels and lysozyme activities (p < 0.05), up-regulated SOD, CAT, Leap1 and Leap2 mRNA expression levels, and down-regulated the expression of Nrf2 and NOX2 mRNA (p < 0.05) in fish hepatocytes. The above results indicated that CPH and P4 enhanced hepatocyte metabolism, as well as improved antioxidant capacities and innate immunity of blunt snout bream hepatocytes.
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March 2020

Influences of glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) dietary supplementation on growth, feed utilization, and expression of lipid metabolism genes in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) fed a high-fat diet.

Fish Physiol Biochem 2020 Apr 2;46(2):653-663. Epub 2020 Jan 2.

Key Laboratory of Aquatic Nutrition and Feed Science of Jiangsu Province, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, 210095, China.

An 8-week feeding trial was performed to test the effects of glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) on growth and some gene expression of hepatic lipid metabolism in channel catfish (initial body weight, 3.5 ± 0.02 g) fed high-fat diets. Fish were fed the control diet, high-fat diet (HFD), and HFD supplemented with 0.4, 0.8, and 1.2 mg/kg GA in 15 tanks at a stocking density of 21 fish/tank. Fish fed HFD were significantly lower in body weight gain and specific growth rate but higher in feed intake and feed conversion ratio in comparison to the control. Supplement of GA at 1.2 mg/kg remarkably improved these parameters as compared to the control diet. High levels of cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in plasma were observed in fish fed HFD; the opposite was observed for fish fed HFD supplemented with GA. The transcription of fatty acid synthase (FAS), sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1 (SREBP1), liver X receptor alpha (LXRα), and hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL) was upregulated, while that of carnitine palmitoyltransferase I (CPT1), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors alpha (PPARα), acyl-CoA oxidase (ACO), and microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTTP) mRNA expression were downregulated in fish fed HFD. The opposite was observed in fish fed HFD supplemented with GA as well as the control group. In conclusion, supplementing the HFD with GA at 1.2 mg/kg could improve the growth performance and lipid metabolism of channel catfish consuming HFD.
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April 2020

Erratum: Amino-Functionalized Lead Phthalocyanine-Modified Benzoxazine Resin: Curing Kinetics, Thermal, and Mechanical Properties. Polymers 2019, 11, 1855.

Polymers (Basel) 2019 12 18;12(1). Epub 2019 Dec 18.

Institute of Composite Materials, College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001, China.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7023540PMC
December 2019
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