Zhigang Song

Columbia University, New York City, New York, United States

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Publications (4)51.77 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The risk of pancreatic cancer is increased in both Snus (the Swedish variant of oral smokeless tobacco) users and, to a greater extent, in cigarette smokers. Concurrent chronic pancreatitis further increases the risk in cigarette smokers. Little is known about the mechanism by which cigarette smoke or Snus increase the risk of pancreatic cancer in individuals with chronic pancreatitis. This study examined the carcinogenic effects of an aqueous extract of cigarette smoke (tobacco smoke, TS) or Snus in an Elastase-IL-1beta transgenic mouse model of chronic pancreatitis. Both transgenic and wild-type (WT) mice were fed diluted TS water or Snus-containing diet for up to 15 months, and monitored for phenotypic and molecular changes in the pancreas. Both TS- and Snus-treated Elastase-IL-1beta mice, but not WT mice, developed significant pancreatic ductal epithelial flattening and severe glandular atrophy compared with untreated transgenic mice. Ductal epithelial cells displayed a high proliferative index, minimal apoptosis, and induction of COX-2 in the setting of chronic inflammation. Up-regulation of TNF-alpha correlated with the onset of severe glandular atrophy. In comparison with Snus-treated mice, TS-Elastase-IL-1beta mice had an earlier onset and a greater extent of phenotypic changes, which were associated with up-regulation of TNF-alpha and increased expression of IL-6, TGF-beta, and SDF-1. Collectively, these findings provide new insights into the mechanism by which tobacco products are likely to promote carcinogenesis in the setting of chronic pancreatitis.
    Laboratory Investigation 03/2010; 90(3):426-35. DOI:10.1038/labinvest.2009.145 · 3.68 Impact Factor

  • Gastroenterology 05/2009; 136(5). DOI:10.1016/S0016-5085(09)60642-9 · 16.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic pancreatitis is a known risk factor for pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Recent work has pointed to a role for bone marrow-derived progenitor cells (BMDCs) in chronic inflammation-based carcinogenesis. Consequently, the role of BMDCs in chronic pancreatitis was investigated. The fate of BMDCs was followed using green fluorescent protein and the Y chromosome as bone marrow markers in gender-mismatched transplanted mice treated with repeated injections of cerulein for up to 45 weeks. The phenotype of engrafted BMDCs was assessed based on the co-expression of bone marrow and pancreatic markers. After 45 weeks of cerulein treatment, mice developed severe chronic pancreatitis but no preneoplastic lesions. BMDCs did engraft in the pancreas. Most of the BMDCs were desmin positive and contributed to 5.12% (1.12%) (mean (SEM)) of the pancreatic stellate cell population. Pancreatic stellate cells derived from the bone marrow could be activated, as demonstrated by alpha-smooth muscle actin expression, suggesting a role in tissue repair. BMDCs could also be found in pancreatic ducts, based on dolichos biflorus agglutinin and cytokeratin 19 stainings, but at a much lower frequency (0.62% (0.11%)). BMDCs contribute to the pancreatic stellate cell population, suggesting a role in pancreatic tissue repair. In the absence of preneoplastic lesions, BMDCs contribute at a very low level to the ductal epithelium of the chronically inflamed pancreas. The role of BMDCs in pancreatic carcinogenesis remains to be defined.
    Gut 09/2008; 57(8):1113-20. DOI:10.1136/gut.2007.143271 · 14.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic pancreatitis is a significant cause of morbidity and a known risk factor for pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Interleukin-1beta is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in pancreatic inflammation. We sought to determine whether targeted overexpression of interleukin-1beta in the pancreas could elicit localized inflammatory responses and chronic pancreatitis. We created a transgenic mouse model (elastase sshIL-1beta) in which the rat elastase promoter drives the expression of human interleukin-1beta. Mice were followed up for up to 2 years. Pancreata of elastase sshIL-1beta mice were analyzed for chronic pancreatitis-associated histologic and molecular changes. To study the potential effect of p53 mutation in chronic pancreatitis, elastase sshIL-1beta mice were crossed with p53(R172H) mice. Three transgenic lines were generated, and in each line the pancreas was atrophic and occasionally showed dilation of pancreatic and biliary ducts secondary to proximal fibrotic stenosis. Pancreatic histology showed typical features of chronic pancreatitis. There was evidence for increased acinar proliferation and apoptosis, along with prominent expression of tumor necrosis factor-alpha; chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 1; stromal cell-derived factor 1; transforming growth factor-beta1; matrix metallopeptidase 2, 7, and 9; inhibitor of metalloproteinase 1; and cyclooxygenase 2. The severity of the lesions correlated well with the level of human interleukin-1beta expression. Older mice displayed acinar-ductal metaplasia but did not develop mouse pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia or tumors. Elastase sshIL-1beta*p53(R172H/+) mice had increased frequency of tubular complexes, some of which were acinar-ductal metaplasia. Overexpression of interleukin-1beta in the murine pancreas induces chronic pancreatitis. Elastase sshIL-1beta mice consistently develop severe chronic pancreatitis and constitute a promising model for studying chronic pancreatitis and its relationship with pancreatic adenocarcinoma.
    Gastroenterology 08/2008; 135(4):1277-87. DOI:10.1053/j.gastro.2008.06.078 · 16.72 Impact Factor