Wen-Zheng Qin

Fudan University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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Publications (16)36.28 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The main cause of death in colorectal carcinoma (CRC) patients is tumor metastasis; however, the underlying molecular mechanisms are largely unknown. In the present study, a novel metastasis-related gene, fibrinogen-like protein 2 (FGL2), was characterized for its role in CRC metastasis and underlying molecular mechanisms. The clinical significance of FGL2 was investigated using tissue microarray analysis of samples from 82 patients with CRC. The molecular effects of FGL2 in CRC cells were determined using RNA interference and ectopic expression of FGL2. The overexpression of FGL2 was examined by immunohistochemistry in 82 CRC patients, and it was determined to be an independent predictor of overall survival (P < 0.05). The depletion of FGL2 expression inhibited tumor progression and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in vitro and in vivo, while ectopic overexpression of FGL2 enhanced cell invasion and induced EMT in vitro. Our results suggest that FGL2 plays an important oncogenic role in CRC aggressiveness by inducing EMT, and FGL2 could be employed as a novel prognostic marker and effective therapeutic target for CRC.
    Medical oncology (Northwood, London, England). 09/2014; 31(9):181.
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    ABSTRACT: Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) has been developed to provide a less-invasive myotomy for achalasia in adults but seldom has been used in pediatric patients.
    Gastrointestinal endoscopy. 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: To compare the clinical value of narrow band imaging(NBI) and iodine staining for margin determination of early esophageal cancer during endoscopic submucosal dissection(ESD). Clinical data of 87 patients with early esophageal cancers undergoing endoscopic submucosal dissection(ESD) were analyzed retrospectively. Patients were assigned to NBI group and iodine staining group according to the staining method before ESD operation. Clinicopathological features, esophageal spasm ratio, operation time, en bloc resection rate, complications, local recurrence, and distant metastases were compared between the two groups. There were 37 patients in NBI group while 50 patients in iodine staining group. Location and size of the lesions between two groups were not significantly different. The ratio of moderate-severe esophageal spasm in NBI group was significantly lower as compared to iodine staining group[10.8%(4/37) vs. 32.0%(16/50), P<0.05]. The average operation time in NBI group was significantly shorter than that in iodine staining group[(42.2±19.5) min vs. (53.3±30.9) min, P<0.05). All the tumors were resected in an en bloc fashion and the R0 resection rate was 100%. Perforations in 2 patients and delayed bleeding in 1 patient were successfully treated by endoscopic methods. Esophageal strictures occurred in 3 patients of NBI group and 4 patients of iodine staining group, who were treated by endoscopic dilation and retrievable stents. During mean 13.2 months(range 4 to 20 months) follow-up periods, local recurrence occurred in 2 patients of NBI group and 2 patients of iodine staining group. These patients received ESD or other surgery. Compared with iodine staining, using NBI for margin determination of early esophageal cancer during ESD is more convenient and fast because of distinctly lower degree of esophageal spasm.
    Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery 12/2013; 16(12):1138-41.
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    ABSTRACT: A circular muscle myotomy preserving the longitudinal outer esophageal muscular layer is often recommended during peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for achalasia. However, because the longitudinal muscle fibers of the esophagus are extremely thin and fragile, and completeness of myotomy is the basis for the excellent results of conventional surgical myotomy, this modification needs to be further debated. Here, we retrospectively analyzed our prospectively maintained POEM database to compare the outcomes of endoscopic full-thickness and circular muscle myotomy. According to the myotomy depth, 103 patients with full-thickness myotomy were assigned to group A, while 131 patients with circular muscle myotomy were assigned to group B. Symptom relief, procedure-related parameters and adverse events, manometry outcomes, and reflux complications were compared between groups. The mean operation times were significantly shorter in group A compared with group B (p = 0.02). There was no increase in any procedure-related adverse event after full-thickness myotomy (all p < 0.05). During follow-up, treatment success (Eckardt score ≤ 3) persisted for 96.0% (95 of 99) of patients in group A and for 95.0% (115 of 121) of patients in group B (p = 0.75). There were no statistically significant differences in pre- and post-treatment D-value of symptom scores and lower esophageal sphincter pressures between groups (both p > 0.05). The overall clinical reflux complication rates were also similar (21.2% vs 16.5%, p = 0.38). Short-term symptom relief and manometry outcomes of each method were comparable. Full-thickness myotomy significantly reduced the procedure time but did not increase the procedure-related adverse events or clinical reflux complications.
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 07/2013; · 4.50 Impact Factor
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy 05/2013; · 6.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for foregut neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). From April 2008 to December 2010, patients with confirmed histological diagnosis of foregut NETs were included. None had regional lymph node enlargement or distant metastases to the liver or lung on preoperative computerized tomography scanning or endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS). ESD was attempted under general anesthesia. After making several marking dots around the lesion, a mixture solution was injected into the submucosa. The mucosa was incised outside the marking dots. Dissection of the submucosal layer beneath the tumor was performed under direct vision to achieve complete en bloc resection of the specimen. Tumor features, clinicopathological characteristics, complete resection rate, and complications were evaluated. Foregut NETs were graded as G1, G2, or G3 on the basis of proliferative activity by mitotic count or Ki-67 index. All patients underwent regular follow-up to evaluate for any local recurrence or distant metastasis. Those treated by ESD included 24 patients with 29 foregut NETs. The locations of the 29 lesions are as follows: esophagus (n = 1), cardia (n = 1), stomach (n = 23), and duodenal bulb (n = 4). All lesions were found incidentally during routine upper gastrointestinal endoscopy for other indications, and none had symptoms of carcinoid syndrome. Preoperative EUS showed that all tumors were confined to the submucosa. Among the 24 gastric lesions, 16 lesions in 11 patients were type I gastric NETs arising in chronic atrophic gastritis with hypergastrinemia, while the other 8 solitary lesions were type III because of absence of atrophic gastritis in these cases. All of the tumors were removed in an en bloc fashion. The average maximum diameter of the lesions was 9.4 mm (range: 2-30 mm), and the procedure time was 20.3 min (range: 10-45 min). According to the World Health Organization 2010 classification, histological evaluation determined that 26 lesions were NET-G1, 2 gastric lesions were NET-G2, and 1 esophageal lesion was neuroendocrine carcinoma (NEC). Complete resection was achieved in 28 lesions (28/29, 96.6%), and all of them were confined to the submucosa in histopathologic assessment with no lymphovascular invasion. The remaining patient with NEC underwent additional surgery because the resected specimens revealed angiolymphatic and muscularis invasion, as well as incomplete resection. Delayed bleeding occurred in 1 case 3 d after ESD, which was managed by endoscopic treatment. There were no procedure-related perforations. During a mean follow-up period of 24.4 mo (range: 12-48 mo), local recurrence occurred in only 1 patient 7 mo after initial ESD. This patient successfully underwent repeat ESD. Metastasis to lymph nodes or distal organs was not observed in any patient. No patients died during the study period. ESD appears to be a safe, feasible, and effective procedure for providing accurate histopathological evaluations and curative treatment for eligible foregut NETs.
    World Journal of Gastroenterology 10/2012; 18(40):5799-806. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the clinical application and indication of endoscopic dissection technique for submucosal tumors(SMTs) of the esophagogastric junction(EGJ) originating from the muscularis propria. A total of 143 SMTs of the EGJ were treated by endoscopic resection in the Endoscopy Center of Zhongshan Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University between March 2007 and June 2011. The clinical and histopathologic feature, surgical approach, en bloc resection rate, complications, and postoperative follow up were evaluated. There were 74 males and 69 females with a mean age of 49.1 years old. The en bloc resection rate was 94.4%(135/143). There were 126 patients who underwent endoscopic submucosal excavation in an en bloc fashion. Six patients underwent endoscopic full-thickness resection without laparoscopic assistance. Three patients underwent submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection. The other 8 SMTs were partially resected for histological evaluation and the residual tumors were further treated with nylon snare ligation. The mean lesion size was 17.6 mm. The mean procedure time was 45.1 minutes and the mean intraoperative bleeding was 50.0 ml. Perforations occurred in 6 patients and metal clips were used to close the defect. One patient with Mallory-Weiss syndrome was successfully treated with conservative treatment. Pathological examination showed that the lesions were leiomyoma(n=121), gastrointestinal stromal tumor (n=20), granulosa cell tumor(n=1), and intermuscular lipoma(n=1). No local recurrence and distant metastasis were noted during the follow-up(range, 3-48 months). Endoscopic resection technique is safe and effective, and should be selected for each patient individually.
    Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery 09/2012; 15(9):901-5.
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: This study aims to investigate the clinicopathological features of specific subtypes of laterally spreading tumor (LST) and assessed the outcome of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) based upon subdifferentiation status. METHODS: A total of 137 LSTs were present in 135 patients; 96 were granular and 41 exhibited a nongranular pattern. Granular LSTs, subdivided into homogeneous and nodular mixed, and nongranular LSTs, subdivided into flat-elevated and pseudodepressed, were retrospectively evaluated with respect to clinicopathological features and results of ESD (en bloc R0 curative resection, procedure time, complication, and recurrence rate) according to specific subtype. RESULTS: The distribution of high-grade intraepithelial neoplasia and submucosal carcinomas was more prominent among granular nodular mixed tumors than among granular homogeneous tumors (P = 0.007), whereas there was no significant difference between nongranular pseudodepressed tumors and flat-elevated tumors. The frequency of en bloc R0 curative resection did not differ significantly among specific subtypes. For nodular mixed and pseudodepressed lesions, the median tumor size was significantly larger (P < 0.001 for each) and mean procedure time was also longer (P < 0.05 for each) than for the other two subtypes. All complications, which included three perforations, five episodes of postoperative bleeding, and one recurrence, occurred in granular nodular mixed and nongranular pseudodepressed tumors. CONCLUSION: The risk of cancer varies with the subtypes of LSTs. ESD is an effective treatment for LSTs, however ESD is more technically demanding and carries more complications in pseudodepressed and granular mixed subtypes.
    International Journal of Colorectal Disease 07/2012; · 2.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To prospectively evaluate the clinical value of different magnifying chromoendoscopic(MCE) methods in screening gastric precancerous lesions and early cancers. Between March 2010 and October 2011, among all the patients aged over 40 who received esophagogastroduodenoscopy at Zhongshan hospital, Fudan University, suspicious lesion was detected in 699 patients, who were randomly assigned to three groups: epinephrine dye(n=240), indigo carmine dye(n=246), and acetic acid-indigocarmine mixture dye(n=213). Diagnosis was made according to surface patterns and microvessels of the lesion. Pathological diagnosis was used as the gold standard. The concordance between endoscopic diagnosis and pathological diagnosis was evaluated through the agreement(Kappa) test. McNemar Paired chi-square test was used to compare the concordance of three MCE methods, regular white light, magnification alone, and NBI magnifier before and after MCE. Pathological examination showed inflammatory lesions in 415 patients, intestinal metaplasia in 190, low grade intra-epithelial neoplasia in 17, and high grade intra-epithelial neoplasia or early cancer in 77. The percentage of patients with consistent endoscopic and pathological diagnosis was 77.1%(185/240) for epinephrine dye, 80.5%(198/246) for indigo carmine dye, and 81.2%(173/213) for acetic acid-indigocarmine mixture dye. Kappa values were 0.579, 0.502, and 0.667 respectively(all P<0.01). For the screening of high grade intra-epithelial neoplasia or early cancer, the diagnostic sensitivities were 84.0%, 83.3%, and 92.9%, respectively, and the specificities were 98.6%, 97.3%, and 98.4%. All the three chromoendoscopic methods improved the diagnostic accuracy for precancerous lesions compared with conventional gastroscopic observation with white light(all P<0.01). Indigo carmine and acid-indigocarmine mixture dye improved the diagnostic accuracy of magnification alone(both P<0.05). There was no significant difference in diagnostic accuracy between each MCE method and magnifying NBI observation(all P>0.05). NBI magnification and all the three MCE methods may improve the diagnostic accuracy of early gastric cancer and precancerous lesions.
    Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery 07/2012; 15(7):662-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Given the high morbidity and mortality rates for surgery and the diminishment of quality of life caused by operative resection of the gastric cardia, a minor invasive treatment without loss of curability is desirable for submucosal tumors (SMTs) of the esophagogastric junction (EGJ). Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) has been used successfully for the removal of esophageal or gastric SMTs; however, the EGJ has been regarded as a difficult location for ESD because of its narrow lumen and sharp angle. To evaluate the clinical impact of ESD for SMTs of the EGJ arising from the muscularis propria layer. Single-center, prospective study. Academic medical center. 143 patients with 143 SMTs of the EGJ originating from the muscularis propria layer. ESD. Complications, en bloc resection rate, local recurrence, and distant metastases. The average maximum diameter of the lesions was 17.6 mm (range 5 - 50 mm). The en bloc resection rate was 94.4% (135/143). All en bloc resection lesions showed both lateral and deep tumor-free margins, including 20 GI stromal tumors. Perforations occurred in 6 patients (4.2%, 6/143), and metal clips were used to occlude the defect. Four pneumoperitoneum and 2 pneumothorax caused by perforations were resolved with nonsurgical treatment. Local recurrence and distant metastasis have not occurred during a 2-year follow-up. Single-center, short follow-up. ESD appears to be a safe, feasible, and effective procedure for providing accurate histopathologic evaluations, as well as curative treatments for SMTs of the EGJ originating from the muscularis propria layer.
    Gastrointestinal endoscopy 03/2012; 75(6):1153-8. · 6.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for gastrointestinal stromal tumor(GIST) in the esophagogastric junction(EGJ). Twenty patients with pathologically confirmed GIST in the EGJ were screened from all the patients undergoing ESD between November 2007 and June 2011. The clinicopathological and postoperative follow up data were analyzed. There were 11 males and 9 females with the age ranging from 29 to 67 years(mean, 54.1 years). The maximum diameter of the lesions ranged from 8 to 20 mm(mean,14.8 mm). Fifteen patients underwent endoscopic submucosal excavation, 4 patients underwent endoscopic full-thickness resection, and 1 patient underwent submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection. The operative time ranged from 15 to 90 min(mean, 47.8 minutes). The estimated blood loss was 5 to 200 ml. The en bloc resection rate was 100%. Perforations occurred in 4 patients, pneumoperitonium in 3 patients, cardia mucosal tear in 1 patient. All the complications were successfully managed with endoscopic intervention and conservational therapy. The post-operative follow up ranged from 3 to 36 months(mean, 13.2 months). No local recurrence or distant metastasis occurred. ESD is a safe and effective procedure for GIST in the EGJ.
    Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery 03/2012; 15(3):236-9.
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy 11/2011; 75(1):195-9. · 6.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study was designed to evaluate the clinical efficacy, safety, and feasibility of endoscopic full-thickness resection (EFR) for gastric submucosal tumors (SMTs) originated from the muscularis propria. Twenty-six patients with gastric SMTs originated from the muscularis propria were treated by EFR between July 2007 and January 2009. EFR technique consists of five major procedures: (1) injecting normal saline into the submucosa and precutting the mucosal and submucosal layer around the lesion; (2) a circumferential incision as deep as muscularis propria around the lesion by the endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) technique; (3) incision into serosal layer around the lesion with Hook knife; (4) completion of full-thickness incision to the tumor including the serosal layer with Hook, IT, or snare by gastroscopy without laparoscopic assistance; (5) closure of the gastric-wall defect with metallic clips. EFR was successfully performed in all 26 patients without laparoscopic assistance. The complete resection rate was 100%, and the mean operation time was 105 (range, 60-145) min. The mean resected lesion size was 2.8 (range, 1.2-4.5) cm. Pathological diagnosis of these lesions included gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) (16/26), leiomyomas (6/26), glomus tumors (3/26), and Schwannoma (1/26). No gastric bleeding, peritonitis sign, or abdominal abscess occurred after EFR. No lesion residual or recurrence was found during the follow-up period (mean, 8 months; range, 6-24 months). EFR seems to be an efficacious, safe, and minimally invasive treatment for patients with gastric SMT, which makes it possible to resect deep gastric lesion and provide precise pathological diagnosis of it. With the development of EFR, the indication of endoscopic resection may be expanded.
    Surgical Endoscopy 03/2011; 25(9):2926-31. · 3.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is a new, widely accepted method for the treatment of early gastric cancer and was developed to increase the en bloc resection rate. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ESD compared with conventional endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) for small rectal carcinoid tumors. A retrospective study was carried out that included 43 patients with small rectal carcinoid tumors (< 10 mm). The cohort comprised two groups: Group A (N = 23) underwent conventional EMR from January 2004 to August 2005, while group B (N = 20) underwent ESD with needle-knife from September 2005 to December 2006. The rate of curative en bloc resection, the procedure time, and the incidence of complications were evaluated. The en bloc resection rate and the rate of completeness of resection of group B were higher than those of group A (100 vs. 87%, 100 vs. 52.5%, respectively). The average operation time required for resection was significantly longer in group B (28.4 ± 17.2 min) compared with group A (12.3 ± 15.4 min) (p < 0.05). None of the patients had immediate or delayed bleeding during the procedure. Perforation occurred in one case of group B and the patient recovered after several days of conservative treatment. Three patients had local recurrence after EMR, while no patient experienced recurrence after ESD. ESD, compared with conventional EMR, increased en bloc and histologically complete resection rates and may reduce local recurrence rate for small rectal carcinoid tumors. Increased operation time and complication risks with ESD remain problematic. Further technique and investigation are required to confirm the safety and to assess the long-term prognosis of ESD.
    Surgical Endoscopy 04/2010; 24(10):2607-12. · 3.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the long-term efficacy of endoscopic excision for rectal carcinoids. Clinical data of 91 patients with rectal carcinoids treated by endoscopic excision from 2000 to 2007 were analyzed retrospectively. The average size of the primary tumor was 0.8 cm(range 0.3 to 2.3 cm). All the tumors were localized within the submucosal layer showing typical histology without lymphatic or vessel infiltration. Follow-up was available for 80 patients with mean 32.5 months (range 6 to 96 months). There was no recurrence in 65 patients with tumor size < 1.0 cm. Recurrence occurred in 3 cases among 25 patients with tumor size from 1.0 to 2.0 cm, and 1 died of hepatic metastasis. The 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates of the patients were 100%, 98.0%, and 91.4% respectively. Tumor size and depth of invasion are two important prognostic factors of rectal carcinoids. Endoscopic excision is useful for rectal carcinoid patients with tumor size < 1.0 cm and located within the submucosal layer.
    Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery 10/2008; 11(5):421-3.
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 75(4):AB133.