Songmei Geng

Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi Sheng, China

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Publications (11)24.07 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Hyper IgE syndrome (HIES) is a rare disorder characterized by eczema, recurrent infections of the skin and lungs, typically with Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans and certain viruses, and elevated levels of serum IgE. Other clinical manifestations include characteristic facies (prominent forehead, broad nasal bridge and facial asymmetry), chronic eczematous dermatitis, retained primary dentition, recurrent pathological fractures, hyper-extensibility and scoliosis. The central nervous system (CNS) involvement in HIES has been rarely reported. Here we presented a case of HIES with rare associations of epilepsy in a young patient to raise awareness for this disorder.
    Indian dermatology online journal. 01/2014; 5(1):69-71.
  • The Journal of Dermatology 12/2013; · 2.35 Impact Factor
  • Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 10/2013; 69(4):e184-6. · 5.00 Impact Factor
  • International journal of dermatology 12/2012; · 1.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Increasing evidences have indicated that only a phenotypic subset of cancer cells, termed as the cancer stem cells (CSCs), is capable of initiating tumor growth and provide a reservoir of cells that cause tumor recurrence after therapy. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a cell type change from an epithelial cobblestone phenotype to an elongated fibroblastic phenotype, plays a critical role not only in tumor metastasis but also in tumor recurrence and contributes to drug resistance. Accumulating evidence has shown that cells with an EMT phenotype are rich sources for CSCs, suggesting a biological link between EMT and CSCs; thus study on the link will help understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of tumor metastasis and drug resistance. CD29 is involved in EMT through cross-talk with cadherins and CD44 has been reported as a successful used marker for CSCs. Here, we try to address whether combination of CD29 and CD44 could be used to identify cancer stem-like cells undergoing EMT in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and compare the molecular differences between CD29high/CD44high and CD29low/CD44low cells in SCC. Expression pattern of CD29 and CD44 was analyzed in tissues of skin SCC and cultured A431 cells by immunostaining. Subtype cells of CD29high/CD44high and CD29low/CD44low A431 were sorted by fluorescence-activated cell sorting and proliferating abilities were assayed by cell counting, colony forming and tumorigenicity in NOD/SCID mice. Finally, to probe more deeply into the molecular differences between CD29high/CD44high and CD29low/CD44low A431 cells, gene microarray analysis was applied to compare gene expression profiling. Staining of CD29 and CD44 showed similar heterogeneous expression pattern with positive cells located in the invasion front of SCC tissue as well as in cultured A431 cells. Sorted CD29high/CD44high A431 cells had higher proliferating ability in vitro and in NOD/SCID mice as compared with CD29low/CD44low cells. Gene profiling identified differentiated gene expressions between CD29high/CD44high and CD29low/CD44low A431 cells. These genes are involved in cell cycle, cell malignant transformation, metastasis, drug resistance and EMT, implying that CD29high/CD44high cells have properties of CSCs and EMT. Our present results demonstrated heterogeneous gene expression patterns and different biological behavior in SCC. Combination of CD29 and CD44 can be used as markers to enrich CSCs in human SCC. Moreover, CD29high/CD44high cells exhibit molecular characteristics of EMT, suggesting that CSC-associated pathways were involved in EMT. Studies on correlation of CSCs and the cells undergoing EMT may explain some aspects of tumor progression and drug resistance.
    Archives for Dermatological Research 06/2012; · 2.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Side population (SP) cells have been suggested to be multipotent cancer stem cells. To address whether SP cells exist in epidermal squamous cancer cell line A431, A431 cells dyed with Hoechst 33342 were sorted through flow cytometry. The SP cells were then analyzed by colony-forming and cell proliferation assay. Further, tumorigenicity and microarray analysis were used to compare biological difference between SP and non-SP (NSP) cells. Our results showed that SP cells existed in the A431 cell line, showing higher proliferating and colony-forming ability than NSP cells. Tumors generated from SP cells were larger than those from the NSP cells in NOD/SCID mice. The mRNA microarray profiling revealed that five cancer marker gene expressions were up-regulated and one tumor suppressor gene expression was down-regulated. These findings suggest that SP cells in A431 could contribute to self-renewal, neoplastic transformation, and cancer metastasis of human epidermal squamous cell carcinoma.
    Archives for Dermatological Research 04/2011; 303(3):181-9. · 2.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Human malignant melanoma is notoriously resistant to currently available pharmacological modulation. Our aim was to evaluate the anti-tumor effect of a novel synthetic retinoid 6-[3-(1-adamantyl)-4-hydroxyphenyl]-2-naphthalene carbo-xylic acid (CD437) on melanoma cell line A375. Analysis of cell morphology showed that CD437 promoted marked apoptosis in A375 cells. To explore the mechanisms of CD437-induced apoptosis, an NF-kappaB-luciferase reporter assay was performed, demonstrating that apoptosis induction by CD437 required activation of transcription factor NF-kappaB. Importantly, based on the findings that RIG-I (retinoic acid inducible gene I) can be induced by retinotic acid and can activate NF-kappaB through a CARD-containing adaptor protein VISA, we proposed a hypothesis that RIG-I was involved in the signal pathway of NF-kappaB activation induced by CD437 through the adaptor protein VISA. By specially cleaving VISA with hepatitis C virus (HCV) non-structural (NS)3/4A, the RIG-I pathway was blocked, with subsequent simultaneous inhibition of CD437-induced NF-kappaB activation and cell apoptosis in A375 cells. These results support our hypothesis and suggest that RIG-I may be a useful intermediate biologic marker for retinoid chemoprevention and treatment studies.
    Archives for Dermatological Research 11/2008; 301(1):15-20. · 2.27 Impact Factor
  • International journal of dermatology 03/2008; 47(2):207-9. · 1.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Types I and III collagens are the major collagens comprising skin connective tissue. Defects in these collagens lead to diseases of dermal connective tissue and fibre hyperplasia. RNA interference (RNAi) provides a powerful tool to inhibit specific gene expression. In this study, we generated small interfering RNAs (siRNA) expression cassettes (SECs) by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) as a method to quickly screen the efficacy of siRNAs. We then cloned the most efficient SECs into vectors, using a rapid and novel method intrinsic to the design of the SEC, and transfected human skin fibroblasts (HSF) to generate stable lines. We show that the transfection of SECs into HSFs resulted in specific and effective repression of COL1A1 and COL3A1 expression (5.00% and 6.48% of control levels) provided a rapid method for testing candidate siRNA sequences. We report the use of vector-based RNAi to establish stable HSF cell lines with persistent knockdown over at least 30 days (25.21% and 22.12% of control levels). These stably modified HSF cell lines may be used for the study of other types of collagen or proteins of the extracellular matrix (ECM).
    Experimental Dermatology 08/2007; 16(7):611-7. · 4.12 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Dermatological Science 09/2006; 43(2):143-5. · 3.34 Impact Factor
  • Songmei Geng, Weihui Zeng, Shengshun Tan
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    ABSTRACT: To establish a method of constructing skin-equivalents (SE) by the hair follicle stem cells (HFSC) and the fibroblasts. The K19 immunostaining was employed to localize the HFSC in the human scalp from the cosmetic surgery. The isolated HFSC through the enzyme digestion were seeded on the dermal equivalent (DE) formed by polymerization of the fibroblasts and collagen. After being cultured between the air-liquid interface for 14 days, SE were harvested and used for an evaluation. HFSC were located mainly in the outer root sheath in the hair follicle. Based on DE, the growing HFSC could build a fully-developed and multi-layered epidermis with the basal membrane formed between the epidermis and the dermis. The fibroblasts were active and spread evenly in the collagen matrix. The hair follicle stem cells located in the outer root sheath can be successfully used to construct skin-equivalents in vitro and have a promising clinical use in the treatment.
    Zhongguo xiu fu chong jian wai ke za zhi = Zhongguo xiufu chongjian waike zazhi = Chinese journal of reparative and reconstructive surgery 03/2006; 20(2):165-8.