Xiangjun Fan

Nantong University, Tungchow, Jiangsu Sheng, China

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    ABSTRACT: Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers, and the aggressiveness of pancreatic cancer is in part due to its intrinsic and extrinsic drug resistance characteristics, which are also associated with the acquisition of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Increasing evidence suggests that EMT-type cells share many biological characteristics with cancer stem-like cells. And miR-200 has been identified as a powerful regulator of EMT. Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) of human pancreatic cancer cell line PANC-1 were processed for CD24, CD44 and ESA multi-colorstaining, and sorted out on a BD FACS Aria IImachine. RT-qPCR was performed using the miScript PCR Kit to assay the expression of miR-200 family. In order to find the role of miR-200a in the process of EMT, miR-200a mimic was transfected to CSCs. Pancreatic cancer cells with EMT phenotype displayed stem-like cell features characterized by the expression of cell surface markers CD24, CD44 and epithelial-specific antigen (ESA), which was associated with decreased expression of miR-200a. Moreover, overexpression of miR-200a was resulted in down-regulation of N-cadherin, ZEB1 and vimentin, but up-regulation of E-cadherin. In addition, miR-200a overexpression inhibited cell migration and invasion in CSCs. In our study, we found that miR-200a played an important role in linking the characteristics of cancer stem-like cells with EMT-like cell signatures in pancreatic cancer. Selective elimination of cancer stem-like cells by reversing the EMT phenotype to mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition (MET) phenotype using novel agents would be useful for prevention and/or treatment of pancreatic cancer.
    BMC Cancer 02/2014; 14(1):85. · 3.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aims The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of PDX-1 (pancreatic and duodenal homeobox-1), NeuroD1 (neurogenic differentiation-1) and MafA (V-maf musculoaponeurotic fibrosarcoma oncogene homolog A) in the differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) into insulin-producing cells and to explore this new approach of cell transplantation therapy for type 1 diabetes in mice. Methods iPSCs were infected with adenovirus (Ad-Mouse PDX-1-IRES-GFP, Ad-Mouse NeuroD1-IRES-GFP and Ad-Mouse Mafa-IRES-GFP) and then differentiated into insulin-producing cells in vitro. RT-PCR was applied to detect insulin gene expression, immunofluorescence to identify insulin protein, and mouse insulin enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used to evaluate the amount of insulin at different concentration of glucose. Insulin-producing cells were transplanted into the liver parenchyma of diabetic mice. Immunohistochemistry, intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT) and fasting blood glucose (FBG) were performed to assess the function of insulin-producing cells. Results Insulin biosynthesis and secretion were induced in iPSCs and insulin-producing cells were responsive to glucose in a dose-dependent manner. Gene expression of the three-gene-modified embryoid bodies (EBs) was similar to the mouse pancreatic β cell line MIN6. Transplantation of insulin-producing cells into type I diabetic mice resulted in hyperglycemia reversal. Conclusions The insulin-producing cells we obtained from three-gene-modified EBs may be used as seed cells for tissue engineering and may represent a cell replacement strategy for the production of β cells for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
    Diabetes research and clinical practice 01/2014; · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pancreatic cancer is notorious for its difficult diagnosis at early stage and poor recurrence-free prognosis. This study aimed to investigate the possible involvement of Oct4 and Nanog in pancreatic cancer. The high expressions of Oct4 and Nanog in human pancreatic cancer tissues were found to indicate a worse prognostic value of patients. The pancreatic cancer stem cells (PCSCs) that isolated from PANC-1 cell line by flow cytometry exhibited high expressions of Oct4 and Nanog. To investigate whether Oct4 and Nanog play crucial role in maintaining the stemness of PCSCs, Double knockdown of Oct4 and Nanog demonstrated that Oct4 and Nanog significantly reduced proliferation, migration, invasion, chemoresistance, and tumorigenesis of PCSCs in vitro and in vivo. The altered expression of the genes related to pancreatic carcinogenesis, metastasis, drug resistance and epithelial-mesenchymal transdifferentiation (EMT) might affect the biological characteristics of PCSCs. Our results suggest that Oct4 and Nanog may serve as a potential marker of prognosis and a novel target of therapy for pancreatic cancer.
    Cancer letters 07/2013; · 5.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Induced pluripotent stem cells have been derived from various cell types via the ectopic expression of a cocktail of transcription factors. Previous studies have reported that induced pluripotent stem cells can be differentiated into multiple somatic cells, providing an invaluable resource in regenerative medicine. In this study, we compared the reprogramming efficiency of mouse embryonic fibroblasts, mouse bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells, and mouse bone marrow mononuclear cells by counting the number of alkaline phosphatase staining positive clones on day 15 after induced pluripotent stem cells induction. We found that a very low number of alkaline phosphatase-staining positive clones were derived from mouse bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. We then evaluated the pluripotency of the clones by detecting the expression of embryonic stem cells markers and assessing their ability to form embryoid bodies and teratomas. Mouse bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells population is more homogeneous than mouse bone marrow mononuclear cells, which includes a variety of cell types. Our study indicated that the extremely low efficiency of mouse bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells induction implies that mouse bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells may not be a suitable cell type for the induction of induced pluripotent stem cells unless the efficiency of induction can be improved.
    In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal 03/2012; 48(4):236-43. · 1.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the effects of intrahepatic autotransplantation of bone-derived Beagle canine mesenchymal stem cells (BcMSCs) containing human insulin and EGFP in diabetic Beagle dogs. BcMSCs were isolated from Beagle canine bone marrow, expanded, and transfected with a recombinant retrovirus MSCV carrying human insulin and EGFP. Animals were made diabetic by an intravenous administration of streptozotocin (STZ, 30 mg/kg) and alloxan (50 mg/kg), followed by intrahepatic autotransplantation of transfected BcMSCs. The variations of body weight, blood glucose, serum insulin levels, and plasma C-peptide were determined after autotransplantation. BcMSCs' survival and human insulin expression in liver and serum were examined by fluorescent microscopy, radioimmunoassay (RIA), and immunohistochemistry (IHC). The body weight of diabetic Beagle dogs received BcMSCs transplantation increased by 11.09% within 16 wk after treatment, and the average blood glucose levels were 19.80±3.13 mmol/L (d 7) and 9.78±3.11 mmol/L (d 112), while in untreated animals, the average values were 21.20±3.26 mmol/L (d 7) and 22.5±3.22 mmol/L (d 112), showing a significant difference (P<0.05). The detection of C-peptide excluded the possible function of regenerative β cells. However, glucose tolerance test revealed BcMSCs group response was not as efficient as that of normal islets, although they could respond to the glucose challenge. Experimental diabetes could be relieved effectively for up to 16 wk by intrahepatic autotransplantation of BcMSCs expressing human insulin, which implies a novel approach of gene therapy for type I diabetes.
    Journal of Surgical Research 06/2011; 168(2):213-23. · 2.02 Impact Factor