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Publications (8)18.26 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Influenza viruses (IVs) trigger a series of intracellular signaling events and induce complex cellular responses from the infected host cell. Accumulating evidence suggests that host cell proteins play an essential role in viral propagation and represent novel antiviral therapeutic targets. Subcellular proteomic technology provides a method for understanding regional differences at the protein level. The present study, which utilized subcellular proteomic technology, aimed to identify host cell proteins involved in influenza virus (HIN1) infection. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) combined with mass spectrum (MS) was performed on protein extracts from the nuclei, cytoplasm, and mitochondria of infected and control human lung epithelial cells (A549). In total, 112 differentially expressed protein molecules were identified; 80 protein spots were successfully validated using MS. The differential expression of ISG15, MIF, PDCD5, and UCHL1 was confirmed by western blot. Furthermore, antisense oligodeoxyribonucleotide (ODN) targeting ISG15, MIF, PDCD5, and UCHL1 significantly mitigated HIN1 propagation, cytopathic effects, vRNA by RT-qPCR, and rescued cell viability in A549 cells. Taken together, the differentially expressed proteins identified in this study might provide novel targets for anti-influenza drug development.
    Antiviral research 10/2013; · 3.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sirt1, a conserved nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+))-dependent deacetylase, has been implicated in modulating transcriptional silencing and cell survival, and seems to play a key role in carcinogenesis through deacetylation of important regulatory proteins. This makes it a potential target in cancer therapy. The purpose of this study was to determine whether inhibition of Sirt1 by using antisense oligonucleotides (ASODN) induces apoptosis and enhances radiation sensitization in A549 lung cancer cells. Initially, transient transfection of A549 lung cancer cells with ASODN against Sirt1 specifically reduced Sirt1 expression in a dose-dependent and sequence-specific manner, at both mRNA and proteins levels. The inhibition of Sirt1 obviously decreased A549 cells survival, induced G1 arrest as well as apoptosis. Furthermore, the inhibition of Sirt1 by ASODN greatly increased radiation-induced antiproliferation effects involving in increasing acetylation of tumour suppressor p53 and Bax expression in A549 lung cancer cells. In summary, our results indicate that downregulation of Sirt1 by ASODN decreases survival and increases radiation-induced antiproliferation effects of human lung cancer cells and suggest that inhibition of Sirt1 by ASODN may be a potential gene therapy approach to the treatment of lung cancer.
    Lung Cancer 11/2007; 58(1):21-9. · 3.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To identify candidate genes in response to ionizing radiation (IR) and discover new targets for basic research and radiation protection, whole human genome bioarrays were used to examine gene expression profiles in human lymphoblastoid AHH-1 cells exposed to IR. The results were confirmed by semiquantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). In addition, the effects of ionizing radiation on cell growth, cell cycles and apoptosis were also examined. The microarray analysis revealed a set of IR responsive genes, including 906 genes at 4 hours and 789 genes at 24 hours after exposure to 5 Gy IR. The processes of cell cycles, apoptosis, signal transduction, and DNA repair involved a high percentage of IR responsive genes, among which, caspase-4 was most strongly induced by irradiation. Consistent with this, downregulation of caspase-4 expression by antisense oligonucleotides significantly increased cell viability and protected cells from undergoing apoptosis induced by IR. Taken together, the results suggested that caspase-4 plays an important role in radiation-induced apoptosis.
    Oligonucleotides 02/2007; 17(3):314-26. · 2.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: HBx, a transcriptional transactivating protein of hepatitis B virus (HBV), is required for viral infection and has been implicated in virus-mediated liver oncogenesis. However, the precise molecular mechanism remains largely elusive. We used the yeast two-hybrid system to identify that HBx interacts with MIF directly. Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is implicated in the regulation of inflammation, cell growth, and even tumor formation. The interaction between HBx and MIF was verified with co-immunoprecipitation, GST pull-down, and cellular colocalization. The expression of MIF was up-regulated in HBV particle producing cell 2.2.15 compared with HepG2 cell. Both HBx and MIF cause HepG2 cell G(0)/G(1) phase arrest, proliferation inhibition, and apoptosis. However, MIF can counteract the apoptotic effect of HBx. These results may provide evidence to explain the link between HBV infection and hepatocellular carcinoma.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 05/2006; 342(2):671-9. · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Survivin, an inhibitor of apoptosis protein, deserves attention as a selective target for cancer therapy because it is overexpressed in many cancers, including human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Here, we report a novel antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) against survivin for its effectiveness against tumor growth both in vitro and in vivo, and providing evidence in treatment for HCC. Initially, transfection of liver tumor cells HepG2 with ASO resulted in significant cells growth inhibition and reduction expression of survivin mRNA and protein, in a dose-dependent manner. Using caspase-3 protease activation assays, we observed that ASO has induced significantly greater apoptosis rate compared to control oligonucleotides. Furthermore, we used an orthotopic transplant model of HCC in nude mice to investigate the effect of ASO on tumor growth in vivo, and ASO reagents were delivered by intravenous injection. Interestingly, this systemic treatment also resulted in significant inhibition in tumor growth. Tumor growth in mice treated with ASO (50 and 75 mg/kg per day) was significantly inhibited (45.31% and 60.94%, respectively) compared with saline-injected group (p < 0.01), in a dose-dependent manner, and the effect of ASO on tumor growth was associated with downregulation of survivin in tumor xenografts. Moreover, the level of serum alpha-fetoprotein in ASO-treated groups was also decreased in a dose-dependent manner. Taken together, these data suggest that the usefulness of survivin ASO could potentially be a promising gene therapy approach to treatment of HCC.
    Oligonucleotides 02/2006; 16(4):365-74. · 2.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Down regulation of targeted gene by antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) has been an effective approach for molecular therapy and the study of gene function. However, it is difficult to find optimal and effective ASOs. We describe a novel integrated strategy called full length gene targeting (FLGT), involving mRNA accessible site tagging combined with microarray hybridization/RNase H cleavage for screening effective ASOs in full length of target gene. Initially, transcripts representing mRNA (cRNA) were hybridized with randomized oligonucleotides library, then oligonucleotides tags were sequenced, aligned to target mRNA, and found to be able to precisely define the accessible sites of the mRNA by TargetFinder softeware. Further, selected ASO probes were synthesized and used to construct microarrays. Target mRNA labeled alpha-(32)P-UTP was hybridized to the microarrays, and the substrate heteroduplexes were followed by RNase H catalytic reaction on microarrays. Those ASOs with strong signal and shorter T(1/2) (time of 50% heteroduplex cleavage by RNase H) were selected in the combinatorial assays. Survivin, an inhibitor of apoptosis, was chosen as a target to screen ASOs by the FLGT process. Using the integrated strategy, five ASOs against survivin were selected and showed significant down regulation of survivin expression and inhibition of tumor cells growth in vitro. Furthermore, one ASO was used to further investigate its antitumor activity on Human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) orthotopic transplant model in mice. This study demonstrated that FLGT is useful for screening effective ASOs. FLGT may become a useful tool for screening more effective ASOs in full length of target gene.
    Molecular vision 02/2006; 12:1364-71. · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cantide is a 20-mer antisense phosphorothioate oligonucleotide that inhibits telomerase catalytic subunit hTERT, pharmacologic results showed that it had promising antitumor activity. In order to study the pharmacokinetic properties of Cantide, a capillary gel electrophoretic (CGE) method with internal standard was used for the determination of Cantide in rat plasma. Cantide and the internal standard had approximately equal percentage of base composition. Extraction of the phosphorothioate oligonucleotides from plasma was accomplished using two solid-phase extraction columns, a strong anion-exchange column to remove plasma proteins and lipids, followed by a reversed-phase column to remove plasma salts. A second desalting step, achieved by dialysis utilizing a membrane, was required to remove residual ionic material from the extracted sample. The size of the capillary column was 31 cm x 100 microm i.d. with an effective length of 20 cm. The running buffer was a mixture of Tris-boric acid-urea (pH 8.5). The calibration curve was linear in the range of 12.5 - 400 mg/L, with correlation coefficient (r) of 0. 999 8. Intra-day and inter-day relative standard deviations (RSDs) for the extracted samples were 0.398% - 2.46% and 2.75% - 6.07%, respectively. The range of recoveries was 99.53% - 102.1%. The results demonstrate the high accuracy, stability and reproducibility of the procedure.
    Se pu = Chinese journal of chromatography / Zhongguo hua xue hui 08/2005; 23(4):374-7.
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    ABSTRACT: To screen specific antitumor drugs targeting telomerase catalytic subunit (hEST2), 12 differenthEST2 antisense oligonucleotides were designed based on hEST2 mRNA second structure and transfected into tumor cell lines by the lipofectin-mediated method. Cell growth activity was evaluated by MTT assay.hEST212 was picked out and its specificity, antitumor tree and continuous effect were analyzed. The results showed thathEST212 had promising antitumor activityin vitro, hEST2 can be used as a pratical target and an antisense drug candidate for cancer.
    Chinese Science Bulletin 05/2002; 47(12):993-997. · 1.37 Impact Factor