Yu Zhang

Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan, China

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Publications (47)125.26 Total impact

  • Tetrahedron. 11/2014; 70(45):8723–8729.
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    ABSTRACT: Recent publications have found associations between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 8q24 and the risk of breast cancer (BC) in some populations, but the conclusions are inconsistent. In order to further investigate the association between variants in this region and BC risk in Chinese population, we conducted an independent hospital-based case-control study to discern the effects of these SNPs on BC risk. We genotyped three 8q24 SNPs (rs13281615, rs6983267, and rs9642880) in 485 cases and 530 cancer-free controls. The results indicated that the rs13281615 G allele significantly increased BC risk, with an odds ratio (OR) of 1.23 (95 % confidence interval (CI) = 1.03-1.46) under the allelic model. Besides, stratification analysis reported that the significant association remained in the estrogen receptor (ER)+/progesterone receptor (PR)+ subgroup with a P value of 0.007 under the allelic model (OR = 1.33, 95 % CI = 1.08-1.63). For the rs9642880 variant, only a feeble association was observed for the GT genotype compared with the GG genotype (OR = 1.33, 95 % CI = 1.01-1.74). In addition, there was a negligible association between rs6983267 and BC risk in the ER-/PR- subgroup. However, no significant finding was observed in the overall participants. The findings suggested that polymorphisms in 8q24 may contribute to susceptibility to BC risk. However, functional studies are warranted to further elucidate the mechanisms of the association.
    Tumor Biology 01/2014; · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the present study was to explore the risk factors of patients with CL/P in Hubei, China. A hospital-based, matched case-control study was conducted .108 cases with CL/P, and matched by age and sex with 108 normal controls. Their parents were retrospectively interviewed using a questionnaire. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used to calculate relative risk by odds ratio and 95% confidence interval. Univariate analysis identified ten factors as significantly related to CL/P (p<0.05). Conditional multiple logistic regression showed that six of these factors were significantly associated with CL/P. Paternal occupational exposure (OR=13.08, 95% CI: 2.35~72.86),first-trimester maternal illness (OR=36.67,95%CI: 5.37~250.36), first-trimester maternal bad mood (OR=8.69, 95% CI: 1.35~55.84), first-trimester maternal consumption diet of eggs or milk (≥5 meals per week, OR=6.72, 95% CI: 1.23~36.69), and first-trimester maternal sexual activity (OR=5.98, CI 95%:1.14 ~ 31.49) were risk factors of CL/P. In our study, we identified paternal occupational exposure, first-trimester maternal illness, first-trimester maternal bad mood, first-trimester maternal diet of eggs or milk (≥5 meals per week), and first-trimester maternal sexual activities as significantly associated with increased CL/P. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Oral Diseases 10/2013; · 2.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have reported multiple genetic variations at 5p15.33 (TERT-CLPTM1L) associated with risk of lung cancer. However, most of the associated variations identified by GWAS thus far are unlikely to be the actual causal variants, but may be mostly marker-single nucleotide polymorphisms tagging functional variations that influence gene expression. This study aimed to explore the function-validated and potentially functional variations in TERT-CLPTM1L locus conferring susceptibility to lung cancer. A case-control study including 502 cases and 502 controls in Chinese Han population was firstly conducted. Bioinformatic approaches are applied to prioritize genetic variations based on their potential functionality. In the logistic regression analysis, TERT-rs2853669, rs2736108, and CLPTM1L-rs31490 were significant associated with increased risk of lung cancer (OR = 1.46, 95% CI = 1.22-1.75; OR = 1.22, 95% CI = 1.00-1.49 and OR = 1.74, 95% CI = 1.35-2.23 under additive model, respectively). The significant associations were observed in non-small-cell lung cancer but not-in-small-cell lung cancer, and more prominent in adenocarcinoma. Haplotype analysis presented a significant allele-dose effect of haplotypes in increasing risk of lung cancer (P for trend = 1.894 × 10(-6) ). Moreover, significant multiplicative interactions were observed between smoking and these three polymorphisms of TERT-rs2853669, rs2736108, and CLPTM1L-rs31490, even after bonferroni correction for multiple comparisons (Pinteraction = 1.316 × 10(-9) , 3.912 × 10(-4) , and 2.483 × 10(-5) , respectively). These findings indicated that the function-validated and potentially functional variations in TERT-CLPTM1L locus, modified by smoking, may play a substantial role in the susceptibility to lung cancer. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Molecular Carcinogenesis 06/2013; · 4.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The continuing discharge of nitriles in various industrial processes has caused serious environmental consequences of nitrile pollution. Microorganisms possess several nitrile-degrading pathways by direct interactions of nitriles with nitrile-degrading enzymes. However, these interactions are largely unknown and difficult to experimentally determine but important for interpretation of nitrile metabolisms and design of nitrile-degrading enzymes with better nitrile-converting activity. Here, we undertook a molecular modeling study of enzyme-substrate binding modes in the bi-enzyme pathway for degradation of nitrile to acid. Docking results showed that the top substrates having favorable interactions with nitrile hydratase from Rhodococcus erythropolis AJ270 (ReNHase), nitrile hydratase from Pseudonocardia thermophila JCM 3095 (PtNHase), and amidase from Rhodococcus sp. N-771 (RhAmidase) were benzonitrile, 3-cyanopyridine, and L-methioninamide, respectively. We further analyzed the interactional profiles of these top poses with corresponding enzymes, showing that specific residues within the enzyme's binding pockets formed diverse contacts with substrates. This information on binding landscapes and interactional profiles is of great importance for the design of nitrile-degrading enzyme mutants with better oxidation activity toward nitriles or amides in the process of pollutant treatments.
    Applied biochemistry and biotechnology 05/2013; · 1.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thirteen highly oxygenated daphnane diterpenoids, including six known compounds, were isolated from the stems of Trigonostemon lii. The structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic analyses including 2D NMR spectroscopy (HSQC, (1)H-(1)H COSY, HMBC, and ROESY) and mass spectrometry. The absolute stereochemistries of compounds were established on the basis of CD spectra. Four of the compounds showed modest anti-HIV-1 activity (EC50=2.04, 9.17, 11.42, and 9.05μg/ml, TI=26.49, >21.81, 9.32, and 9.56, respectively) in vitro.
    Phytochemistry 04/2013; · 3.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Many studies have accessed the association between methionine synthase (MTR) A2756G polymorphism and neural tube defect (NTD). However, the conclusions are inconsistent. Our study aimed to clarify the nature of the genetic risks contributed by this polymorphism for NTD using meta-analysis. We searched electronic literature from the PubMed, EMBASE, and Medline databases, from which 11 articles were selected according to the inclusion criteria. The meta-analysis was conducted in 3 groups, namely, NTD patients, mothers with NTD offspring and fathers with NTD offspring. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals were used to evaluate the strength of the association and the result was corrected by multiple testing. To sum up, no associations between the MTR A2756G polymorphism and NTD risk were found among the 3 groups in all genetic models. However, as their sample size is not large enough, this result needs further research.
    Gene 02/2013; · 2.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recent genome‐wide association studies (GWAS) have reported multiple genetic variations at 5p15.33 (TERT‐CLPTM1L) associated with risk of lung cancer. However, most of the associated variations identified by GWAS thus far are unlikely to be the actual causal variants, but may be mostly marker‐single nucleotide polymorphisms tagging functional variations that influence gene expression. This study aimed to explore the function‐validated and potentially functional variations in TERT‐CLPTM1L locus conferring susceptibility to lung cancer. A case–control study including 502 cases and 502 controls in Chinese Han population was firstly conducted. Bioinformatic approaches are applied to prioritize genetic variations based on their potential functionality. In the logistic regression analysis, TERT‐rs2853669, rs2736108, and CLPTM1L‐rs31490 were significant associated with increased risk of lung cancer (OR = 1.46, 95% CI = 1.22–1.75; OR = 1.22, 95% CI = 1.00–1.49 and OR = 1.74, 95% CI = 1.35–2.23 under additive model, respectively). The significant associations were observed in non‐small‐cell lung cancer but not‐in‐small‐cell lung cancer, and more prominent in adenocarcinoma. Haplotype analysis presented a significant allele‐dose effect of haplotypes in increasing risk of lung cancer (P for trend = 1.894 × 10−6). Moreover, significant multiplicative interactions were observed between smoking and these three polymorphisms of TERT‐rs2853669, rs2736108, and CLPTM1L‐rs31490, even after bonferroni correction for multiple comparisons (P interaction = 1.316 × 10−9, 3.912 × 10−4, and 2.483 × 10−5, respectively). These findings indicated that the function‐validated and potentially functional variations in TERT‐CLPTM1L locus, modified by smoking, may play a substantial role in the susceptibility to lung cancer. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Molecular Carcinogenesis 01/2013; 52. · 4.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Researchers have provided evidence that telomere dysfunction play an important role in cancer development. MNS16A is a polymorphic tandem repeats minisatellite of human telomerase (hTERT) gene that influences promoter activity of hTERT and thus implicates to relate with risk of several malignancies. However, results on association between MNS16A and cancer risk remain controversial. We therefore conduct a meta-analysis to derive a more precise estimation of association between MNS16A and cancer risk. A systematic literature search was conducted by searching PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge, Human Genome and Epidemiology Network Navigator and Google Scholar digital database for publications on associations between MNS16A and cancer risk. Variants with statistically significant associations by meta-analysis were assessed using Venice criteria. 10 case-control articles enrolling 6101 cases and 10521 controls were brought into our meta-analysis. The relationships were strong epidemiological credibility in cerebral cancer and breast cancer population (P for heterogeneity > 0.1). The cumulative analysis in chronologic order suggested a clear tendency towards a significant association with additional study samples. The results provided a more accurate depiction of the role of MNS16A in cerebral cancer and breast cancer susceptibility. Additional larger studies were warranted to validate our findings.
    PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(8):e73367. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and leading cause of cancer mortality in the world. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), rs402710, located in 5p15.33, was firstly identified to be associated with the lung cancer risk in a genome-wide association study. However, some following replication studies yielded inconsistent results. A case-control study of 611 cases and 1062 controls in a Chinese population was conducted, and then a meta-analysis integrating the current and previously published studies with a total 31811 cases and 36333 controls was performed to explore the real effect of rs402710 on lung cancer susceptibility. Significant associations between the SNP rs402710 and lung cancer risk were observed in both case-control study and meta-analysis, with ORs equal to 0.77 (95%CI = 0.63-0.95) and 0.83 (95%CI = 0.81-0.86) in dominant model, respectively. By stratified analysis of our case-control study, the associations were also observed in never smoker group and non-small cell lung cancer(NSCLC) group with ORs equal to 0.71 (95%CI = 0.53-0.95) and 0.69 (95%CI = 0.55-0.87), which was remarkable that larger effect of the minor allele T was seen in the two groups than that in overall lung cancer. Besides, the sensitive and cumulative analysis indicated the robust stability of the current results of meta-analysis. The results from our replication study and the meta-analysis provided firm evidence that rs402710 T allele significantly contributed to decreased lung cancer risk, and the case-control study implied that the variant may yield stronger effect on NSCLC and never smokers. However, the mechanism underlying the polymorphism conferring susceptibility to lung cancer is warranted to clarify in the follow-up studies.
    PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(10):e76252. · 3.53 Impact Factor
  • Applied Mechanics and Materials 12/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Two new degraded diterpenoids, trigohowilols A (1) and B (2), four new heterodimers, trigohowilols C-F (3-6), one new homodimer, trigohowilol G (7), and three known degraded diterpenoids (8-10) were isolated from the methanol extract of the stems of Trigonostemon howii. Compounds 1-7 were evaluated for their cytotoxic activity against five human tumor cell lines by an MTT assay, and trigohowilols E (5) and F (6) exhibited inhibitory activity with IC(50) values ranging from 2.33 to 12.57 μM. Moreover, compounds 1-6 showed weak antimicrobial activities (MIC values: 6.25-25 μg/mL) against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, MRSA 92(#), and MRSA 98(#) using a 2-fold dilution method.
    Journal of Natural Products 11/2012; · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recent genome-wide association study has identified a genetic variant rs4973768, located in 3'-UTR of solute carrier family 4, sodium bicarbonate cotransporter, member 7 (SLC4A7), was associated with increased risk of breast cancer (BC). However, several following replication studies cannot yield consistent results. We thus conducted a hospital-based case-control study including 485 patients and 514 controls, combined a meta-analysis including 108,632 cases and 135,818 controls to explore the relationship between this variant and BC risk. Our case-control study showed that rs4973768 was significantly associated with increased BC risk with the odds ratio (OR) of 1.29 (95 % confidence interval [CI]: 1.04-1.60) under the allelic model. In addition, the meta-analysis also indicated that the variant slightly increased the risk of BC with the pooled OR of the per-allele effect being 1.08 (95 % CI: 1.04-1.11) although with significant heterogeneity between studies. Stratified analyses showed that ethnicity, sample size, and study design may explain part of the heterogeneity. Moreover, the bioinformatics analysis suggested that this variant may influence the transcriptional capacity of SLC4A7. In summary, our results showed that the SLC4A7 variant, rs4973768, is associated with risk of BC although the underlying biologic mechanism warrants further studies.
    Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 11/2012; · 4.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The investigation of the seeds of Strychnos nux-vomica led to the isolation of two novel indole alkaloids, strynuxlines A (1) and B (2), with an unprecedented 6/5/9/6/7/6 hexacyclic ring system. Their structures and absolute configurations were elucidated on the basis of their MS, NMR, and ECD data. A plausible biosynthesis pathway of 1 and 2 is also proposed.
    Journal of Natural Products 10/2012; · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: Hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) injection during pregnancy and/or after birth is an intervention for preventing mother-to-child transmission of the hepatitis B (HB) virus. However, varying cost-effectiveness ratios among various HBIG therapies remain unclear. This study explored these differences in cost-effectiveness ratios. METHODS: Four districts in Wuhan, China, were selected for the current study using stratified random sampling. Pregnant women who were positive for HB surface antigen (HBsAg) and who received prenatal care in district-level maternal and child health hospitals were interviewed. The mothers and their children underwent follow-up visits from the time of pregnancy until the children were six-and-a-half months old. RESULTS: A total of 324 cases completed the follow-up visits on a voluntary basis. Among the 324 HBsAg-positive pregnant women investigated, 60.49% (196/324) were injected with HBIG at different trimesters. A total of 249 neonates (76.85%) received an HBIG injection within 24 h after birth. The HBsAg-positive rate in infants was 5.56% (18/324). The HBIG-injected mother and infant group had the lowest chronic infection rate among children [odds ratio=0.14, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.02-0.90, P=0.039]. The HBIG-injected infant group exhibited the lowest HBsAb-positive rate (odds ratio=0.07, 95% CI 0.02-0.23). The cost per averted disability-adjusted life years was lowest in the infant group: USD 118.61 (95% CI 105.23-131.99). CONCLUSION: These results indicate that active and passive immunizations (HBIG and HB vaccine) entail the lowest cost in the prevention of chronic HB infection in infants. However, this programme has the lowest HBsAb-positive rate, which possibly prevents children from self-acquiring antibodies.
    European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology 08/2012; · 1.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Nine new phragmalin-type limonoids, heytrijumalins A-I (1-9), together with the known 15-acetyltrichagmalin E (10) were isolated from the branches and leaves of Heynea trijuga. The structures of these new compounds were elucidated on the basis of extensive spectroscopic analysis. Compounds 6 and 10 showed insecticidal activity at 100 ppm, with corrected mortalities of 82.94 % and 96.02 %, respectively. Compounds 2 and 10 showed weak cytotoxicity against HL-60 and A-549 human tumor cell lines, with IC50 values ranging from 14.55 to 25.27 µM.
    Planta Medica 08/2012; 78(15):1676-82. · 2.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Ten new yuzurine-type Daphniphyllum alkaloids, daphmacromines A-J (1-10), along with seven known alkaloids were isolated from the leaves and stems of Daphniphyllum macropodum. Their structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic techniques, including 2D NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, and the structure of 1 was confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The pesticidal and cytotoxic activities of the isolated alkaloids were evaluated in vitro against brine shrimp (Artemia salina) and five human cancer cell lines (HL-60, SMMC-7721, A-549, MCF-7, and SW480), respectively. This study also suggested structural revisions of oxodaphnigracine, oxodaphnigraciline, and epioxodaphnigraciline.
    Journal of Natural Products 05/2012; 75(6):1076-82. · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Three new clerodane-type diterpenoids with a rare sulfoxide group, cleidbrevoids A-C (1-3), were isolated from the twigs and leaves of Cleidion brevipetiolatum. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic methods and the absolute configuration of compounds 1 and 3 was determined by X-ray analysis. Compound 3 showed weak inhibitory against HIV-1.
    Fitoterapia 05/2012; 83(6):1100-4. · 2.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Trigoflavidols A (1) and B (2), tetranorditerpenoid dimers possessing a rearrangement skeleton with a spiroketal core moiety, and trigoflavidol C (3), a hexanorditerpenoid, have been isolated from Trigonostemon flavidus along with two known compounds. Compounds 1 and 2 showed moderate antimicrobial activities (MIC values: 3.12-6.25 μg/mL) against Staphylococcus aureus, 8(#)MRSA, and 82(#)MRSA, and 1, 2, and 5 showed weak activities (IC(50) values: 3.75-28.99 μM) against various human tumor cell lines.
    Journal of Natural Products 05/2012; 75(5):996-1000. · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Effects of Triton X-100 on the removal of aqueous phenol catalyzed by laccase were studied. The optimal concentration of Triton X-100 was 155 μM to improve phenol removal when the concentrations of phenol and laccase were 50 mg/L and 0.05 mg/mL, respectively. Laccase activity was increased with Triton X-100 at concentrations from 31 to 930 μM and the highest increase was about 17% by 930 μM Triton X-100. The removal efficiencies of phenol with 155 μM Triton X-100 were 1.2, 1.6, 3.4, 4.5, and 5.7 fold those of the control after 6h when the initial concentrations of phenol were 50, 100, 200, 400 and 600 mg/L, respectively. Molecular docking method was used to analyze the interactions between laccase and substrates. Docking results showed that phenol formed hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interactions with laccase, whereas Triton X-100 formed hydrophobic interactions with laccase, which may increase the laccase activity and enhance phenol removal. The reaction of phenol removal was also characterized using UV spectra. The results indicated that the presence of low concentrations of Triton X-100 for phenol removal catalyzed by enzymes may be an alternative to the present phenol removal processes in water treatment or remediation.
    Colloids and surfaces B: Biointerfaces 04/2012; 97:7-12. · 4.28 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

142 Citations
125.26 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2012–2013
    • Hunan University
      • College of Environmental Science and Engineering
      Changsha, Hunan, China
    • Huazhong University of Science and Technology
      • School of Public Health
      Wu-han-shih, Hubei, China
    • Tongji Medical University
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2007–2013
    • Kunming University of Science and Technology
      Yün-nan, Yunnan, China
  • 2008
    • Kunming Medical College
      Yün-nan, Yunnan, China