Lijian Yang

Jinan University (Guangzhou, China), Shengcheng, Guangdong, China

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  • Shaohua Chen, Xianfeng Zha, Li Shi, Zhou Lingling, Lijian Yang, Bo Li, Xiuli Wu, Jun Zhong, Tao Zhang, Yuhong Lu, Kanger Zhu, Yangqiu Li
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies indicated that upregulating TCRζ partially recovers T cell function in patients with leukemia. In this study, we characterized the cytokine profile of TCRζ-transfected T cells from acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients by Quantibody®Array Glass Chip. Firstly, the significantly lower expression of TCRζ in CD3(+)/TCRζ(+) cells from AML patients was found. Increased secretion of IL-2, IL-8, IL-10, IL-13, IFN-γ, TNF-α, GM-CSF, growth-regulated oncogene (GRO), MIP-1b, and regulated on activation, normal T cell expressed and secreted (RANTES) could be detected in T cells from AML patients after TCRζ upregulating. We concluded that upregulating TCRζ in T cells from AML can alter the secretion profile of cytokines and chemokine which are involved in T cell proliferation and activation.
    Journal of Hematology & Oncology 06/2015; 8(1):72. DOI:10.1186/s13045-015-0170-0 · 4.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Defective T cell receptor (TCR) signaling resulting in lower T cell function plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of T cell immunodeficiency in leukemia. Previous studies have indicated that lower TCRζ levels are a common characteristic of patients with leukemia, and upregulating TCRζ could partially recover T cell function. In this study, we characterized the effect of the stimulating factor induction on the TCRζ, Zap-70, and FcɛRIγ levels, IFN-γ secretion, and the distribution and clonal expansion of TCR Vβ subfamilies in CD3(+) T cells sorted from peripheral blood from acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. The induction included single stimulating factor or a combination with different cytokines (IL-2, IL-7, IL-2+IL-7, IL-7+IL-12, CD3, CD3+CD28 antibody, CD3+CD28 antibody+IL-2, and CD3+CD28 antibody+IL-7) at 72 h. The results showed that increased TCRζ and Zap-70 levels with deceased FcɛRIγ in T cells after induction, and different responses to cytokine in T cell from different cases may indicate the heterogeneity of T cells and different immune statuses in different AML cases. Increased IFN-γ levels in T cells from AML patients were detected after induction in the IL-12+IL-7, CD3+CD28+IL-2, and CD3+CD28+IL-7 groups. Moreover, the number of TCR Vβ subfamily T cells expressed was increased; however, all of the TCR Vβ subfamily T cells in the AML patients could not be completely recovered after induction. In conclusion, the cytotoxicity and activation function of T cells could be enhanced after induction by different stimuli accompanied by an increase in TCRζ and Zap-70 and recovery of the TCR Vβ repertoire in AML patients.
    DNA and Cell Biology 03/2015; DOI:10.1089/dna.2015.2810 · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Kruppel-like factor 4 (KLF4) induces tumorigenesis or suppresses tumor growth in a tissue-dependent manner. However, the roles of KLF4 in hematological malignancies and the mechanisms of action are not fully understood.Methods Inducible KLF4-overexpression Jurkat cell line combined with mouse models bearing cell-derived xenografts and primary T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) cells from four patients were used to assess the functional role of KLF4 in T-ALL cells in vitro and in vivo. A genome-wide RNA-seq analysis was conducted to identify genes regulated by KLF4 in T-ALL cells. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) PCR was used to determine direct binding sites of KLF4 in T-ALL cells.ResultsHere we reveal that KLF4 induced apoptosis through the BCL2/BCLXL pathway in human T-ALL cell lines and primary T-ALL specimens. In consistence, mice engrafted with KLF4-overexpressing T-ALL cells exhibited prolonged survival. Interestingly, the KLF4-induced apoptosis in T-ALL cells was compromised in xenografts but the invasion capacity of KLF4-expressing T-ALL cells to hosts was dramatically dampened. We found that KLF4 overexpression inhibited T cell-associated genes including NOTCH1, BCL11B, GATA3, and TCF7. Further mechanistic studies revealed that KLF4 directly bound to the promoters of NOTCH1, BCL2, and CXCR4 and suppressed their expression. Additionally, KLF4 induced SUMOylation and degradation of BCL11B.Conclusions These results suggest that KLF4 as a major transcription factor that suppresses the expression of T-cell associated genes, thus inhibiting T-ALL progression.
    Molecular Cancer 02/2015; 14(1):26. DOI:10.1186/s12943-014-0285-x · 5.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abnormal expression of key signaling molecules and defective T-cell function play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of T-cell immunodeficiency in hematological malignancies. To understand the molecular basis of T-cell signaling abnormalities and TCRζ chain deficiencies in T- and NK/T-cell lymphoma, the expression level of the TCRζ, ZAP-70, and FcɛRIγ genes in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 25 patients with T-cell lymphoma, 16 patients with NK/T-cell lymphoma (NK/T-CL), and 26 healthy individuals was determined. In addition, their relationship with disease stage and TCRζ 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) splice variants was analyzed in this study. The expression level of all three genes was significantly altered with disease progression, and a decreasing trend was found in patients compared with healthy controls. TCRζ and ZAP-70 were significantly positively related in all samples, and a negative relationship between TCRζ and FcɛRIγ was significantly lost in NK/T-CL patients. Moreover, distinct expression patterns were defined for patient groups with different TCRζ 3'UTR isoforms. In conclusion, a lower expression pattern for all three genes may indicate a weaker immune status based on reduced TCRζ and ZAP-70 expression without the complementary effects of FcɛRIγ, while aberrant TCRζ 3'UTR splicing may contribute to T-cell receptor (TCR) signaling regulation in T cells from patients with T- and NK/T-cell lymphoma.
    DNA and Cell Biology 12/2014; 34(3). DOI:10.1089/dna.2014.2693 · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Knowledge of the oncogenic signaling pathways of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) remains limited. Constitutive aberrant activation of the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) signaling pathway has been detected in various lymphoid malignancies and plays a key role in the development of these carcinomas. The zinc finger-containing protein, A20, is a central regulator of multiple NF-κB-activating signaling cascades. A20 is frequently inactivated by deletions and/or mutations in several B-and T-cell lymphoma subtypes. However, few A20 mutations and polymorphisms have been reported in T-ALL. Thus, it is of interest to analyze the expression characteristics of A20 and its regulating factors, including upstream regulators and the CBM complex, which includes CARMA1, BCL10, and MALT1. Methods The expression levels of CARMA1, BCL10, MALT1, A20, and NF-κB were detected in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 21 patients with newly diagnosed T-ALL using real-time PCR, and correlations between the aberrant expression of these genes in T-ALL was analyzed. Sixteen healthy individuals, including 10 males and 6 females, served as controls. Results Significantly lower A20 expression was found in T-ALL patients (median: 4.853) compared with healthy individuals (median: 8.748; P = 0.017), and significantly increased expression levels of CARMA1 (median: 2.916; P = 0.034), BCL10 (median: 0.285; P = 0.033), and MALT1 (median: 1.201; P = 0.010) were found in T-ALL compared with the healthy individuals (median: 1.379, 0.169, and 0.677, respectively). In contrast, overexpression of NF-κB (median: 0.714) was found in T-ALL compared with healthy individuals (median: 0.335; P = 0.001). A negative correlation between the MALT1 and A20 expression levels and a positive correlation between CARMA1 and BCL10 were found in T-ALL and healthy individuals. However, no negative correlation was found between A20 and NF-κB and the MALT1 and NF-κB expression level in the T-ALL group. Conclusions We characterized the expression of the CARMA-BCL10-MALT1-A20-NF-κB pathway genes in T-ALL. Overexpression of CARMA-BCL10-MALT in T-ALL may contribute to the constitutive cleavage and inactivation of A20, which enhances NF-κB signaling and may be related to T-ALL pathogenesis.
    European journal of medical research 12/2014; 19(1):62. DOI:10.1186/s40001-014-0062-8 · 1.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Treatment with imatinib mesylate (IM) (a tyrosine kinase inhibitor) is the first line of standard care for patients newly diagnosed with CML. Despite the success of IM and other tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) remains largely incurable, and a number of CML patients die due to Abl mutation-related drug resistance and blast crisis. 3, 5-Dihydroxy-6, 7, 3'4'-tetramethoxyflavone (DHTMF) is a polymethoxyflavone isolated from Laggera pterodonta which is a herbal medicine used to treat cancer in the Chinese folk. In the previous study, we found DHTMF demonstrated good antiproliferative activities against a number of cancer cell lines and induced the apoptosis of CNE cells in vitro in a time- and dose-dependent manner while exhibiting low cytotoxicity in the two normal cell lines Vero and EVC304. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the proliferation inhibition and apoptosis induced by DHTMF alone and in combination with IM in the IM-resistant CML cell line K562R. Cell proliferation was assayed with the cell counting kit-8 (CCK8) method. The apoptosis percentage was determined by flow cytometry (FCM). Mitochondrial transmembrane potential was detected using FCM and confocal laser-scanning microscopy. The level of proteins involved in apoptosis was detected by Western blotting. DHTMF suppressed K562R cell viability in both time- and dose-dependent manners. DHTMF combined with IM enhanced the inhibitory effects and apoptosis in K562R cells as compared with DHTMF alone. DHTMF alone and in combination with IM significantly decreased the mitochondrial membrane potential and increased the levels of cleaved caspase-9, caspase-7, caspase-3, and PARP in K562R cells. We demonstrated that DHTMF could inhibit IM-resistant K562R cell proliferation and induces apoptosis via the intrinsic mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. These results suggest that DHTMF may be a potential therapeutic drug with lower side effects against IM resistance in CML cells.
    Cancer Cell International 12/2014; 14(1):137. DOI:10.1186/s12935-014-0137-1 · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is characterized by the reciprocal translocation t(15;17), which fuses PML with retinoic acid receptor alpha (RARalpha). Although PML-RARalpha is crucially important for pathogenesis and responsiveness to treatment, the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which PML-RARalpha exerts its oncogenic potential have not been fully elucidated. Recent reports have suggested that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) contribute to the precise control of gene expression and are involved in human diseases. Little is known about the role of lncRNA in APL.
    BMC Cancer 09/2014; 14(1):693. DOI:10.1186/1471-2407-14-693 · 3.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The miR-29 family have been demonstrated acting as vital tumor suppressor in multiple cancers as well as regulators in the adaptive immune system. Little is known about their role in leukemogenesis. The purpose of this study is to analyze the expression pattern of miR-29a/29b and its target genes Mcl-1 (myeloid cell leukemia sequence 1) and B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) in myeloid leukemia.
    07/2014; 3:17. DOI:10.1186/2162-3619-3-17
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    ABSTRACT: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disorder; abnormal T cell immunity plays a critical role in the development of RA. Recently, A20 was identified as a key negative regulator for T cell activation and inflammatory signaling and may be involved in RA pathogenesis. In this study, we analyzed the expression level of A20, NF-κB, and A20 regulatory factor mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma translocation gene 1 (MALT1) in patients with RA. Real-time PCR was used to determine the expression level of MALT1, MALT-V1, A20, and NF-κB genes in RA and healthy individuals (HI). Significantly lower A20 expression was found in RA patients compared with those in the healthy group, while NF-κB overexpression could be detected in patients with RA. Moreover, the MALT1 and MALT1-V1 expression level was downregulated in RA patients. A positive correlation between MALT1 and A20 and MALT1-V1 and A20 was found in patients with RA, and a tendency towards a negative correlation was found between MALT1 and NF-κB, MALT1-V1 and NF-κB, and A20 and NF-κB. In conclusion, we first characterized the alternative expression pattern of MALT1, A20, and NF-κB in RA, which may be related to abnormal T cell activation.
    Research Journal of Immunology 05/2014; 2014:492872. DOI:10.1155/2014/492872
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    ABSTRACT: Cell-mediated immunity is often suppressed in patients with hematological malignancies. Recently, we found that low T cell receptor (TCR)-CD3 signaling was related to abnormal expression of the negative regulator of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) A20 in acute myeloid leukemia. To investigate the characteristics of T cell immunodeficiency in lymphomas, we analyzed the expression features of A20 and its upstream regulating factor mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma translocation gene 1 (MALT1) and genes downstream of NF-κB in patients with different lymphoma subtypes, including T cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (T-NHL), B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) and NK/T cell lymphoma (NK/T-CL). Real-time PCR was used to determine the expression level of the MALT1, MALT-V1 (variant 1), A20 and NF-κB genes in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 24 cases with T-NHL, 19 cases with B-NHL and 16 cases with NK/T-CL, and 31 healthy individuals (HI) served as control. Significantly lower A20 and NF-κB expression was found in patients with all three lymphoma subtypes compared with the healthy controls. Moreover, the MALT1 expression level was downregulated in all three lymphoma subtypes. A significant positive correlation between the expression level of MALT1 and A20, MALT1-V1 and A20, MALT1-V1 and NF-κB, and A20 and NF-κB was found. An abnormal MALT1-A20-NF-κB expression pattern was found in patients with lymphoma, which may result a lack of A20 and dysfunctional MALT1 and may be related to lower T cell activation, which is a common feature in Chinese patients with lymphoma. This finding may at least partially explain the molecular mechanism of T cell immunodeficiency in lymphomas.
    Cancer Cell International 04/2014; 14:36. DOI:10.1186/1475-2867-14-36 · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Previous studies have shown that occupational lead (Pb) exposure might influence human T-lymphocyte function, including such as changes in T-cell receptor (TCR) Vβ and Vγ repertoire and in expression of the TCRζ gene. Thus, the study here further investigated expression of TCRζ-related factors and the FcεRIγ gene (whose product has a functional role complementary to the TCRζ chain) and the Elf-1 gene whose product is involved in regulation of TCR expression. Quantitative real-time RT-PCR was used to measure expression of TCRζ, FcεRIγ, and Elf-1 genes in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) isolated from 17 Pb-exposed workers. Samples were collected before and after the workers had undergone chelation therapy regimens. Twenty-three healthy individuals served as controls. The results showed that TCRζ, FcεRIγ, and Elf-1 gene expression in Pb-exposed workers before chelation therapy was significantly lower than in PBMC from healthy individuals. After chelation therapy, expression of TCRζ appeared to trend toward normal levels; in comparison, lower expressions of FcεRIγ and Elf-1 persisted. In conclusion, the previously-documented impairment of T-lymphocyte functions and T- lymphocyte-mediated immune responses seen previously in response to occupational Pb exposure might be attributable, in part, to effects on TCR signaling pathways - including those related to TCRζ and FcεRIγ - and to any down-regulation of membrane TCRζ expression/activity that might be associated with Pb-induced effects on Elf-1 expression.
    Journal of Immunotoxicology 04/2014; 12(1). DOI:10.3109/1547691X.2014.899412 · 1.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A20 is a repressor of NF-κB and was recently shown to be frequently inactivated by deletions or mutations in several types of lymphomas including T-cell lymphoma. Little is known about the characteristics of A20 mutations in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). In this study, we analyzed A20 polymorphisms and characterized their features in 11 cases with T-ALL, 30 samples from healthy Chinese individuals, and 3 cells lines including CCRF-CEM, Molt-4, and Toledo cells. Two frequent A20 polymorphisms were found: a CCT deletion at position 12384 and a nucleotide exchange (A to C) at position 13751 (rs2307859 and rs661561). The homozygous form (CC) of rs661561 was detected in all 10 cases with detectable T-ALL, while only 80% (24/30) of the healthy controls had this genotype. We found one T-ALL case without the above frequent single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in which a T to G mutation at position 12486 was found, which results in an amino acid exchange (Phe127Cys; rs2230926). Similar results were found in Molt-4 cells, which lack the frequent SNPs but have a heterozygous polymorphism at position 13749 (C > T) (rs5029948). Interestingly, the T-ALL case with the Phe127Cys mutation and Molt-4 cells demonstrated a high A20 copy number as measured by real-time polymerase chain reaction amplification with three primer sets that cover different regions of the A20 gene, corresponding to a high A20 and low NF-κB expression level. In conclusion, we characterized the features of A20 polymorphisms in T-ALL, and found that a low frequency A20 mutation, which was thought to be involved in malignant T-ALL development, might function differently in T cell lymphomas.
    Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 03/2014; DOI:10.1179/1607845414Y.0000000160 · 1.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Graft versus host disease (GVHD) is the main complication following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Recent data indicated that regulatory T (Treg) cells might relate to GVHD, and such functions might be mediated by certain T-cell receptor (TCR) subfamily of Treg cells. Thus, we analyzed the distribution and clonality of the TCR Vα and Vβ repertoire of Treg cells from leukemia patients with and without GVHD after allo-HSCT. Numerous TCR Vα subfamilies, including Vα1, Vα9, Vα13, Vα16-19, and Vα24-29, were absent in Treg cells after allo-HSCT. The usage numbers for the TCR Vα and Vβ subfamilies in Treg cells from patients without GVHD appeared more widely. The expression frequencies of Vα10 or Vα20 between both groups were significantly different. Moreover, the expression frequency of TCR Vβ2 subfamily in patients without GVHD was significantly higher than that in patients with GVHD. Oligoclonally expanded TCR Vα and Vβ Treg cells were identified in a few samples in both groups. Restricted utilization of the Vα and Vβ subfamilies and the absence of some important TCR rearrangements in Treg cells may be related to GVHD due to a lower regulating function of Treg subfamilies.
    DNA and cell biology 01/2014; DOI:10.1089/dna.2013.2277 · 1.99 Impact Factor
  • BMC Biophysics 01/2014; 7(1):7. DOI:10.1186/s13628-014-0007-1 · 2.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite significant improvement in our understanding of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) biology and pathogenesis, many questions remain unanswered. In previous studies, we found a T-ALL case with two malignant T-cell clones with Vδ1Dδ2Dδ3Jδ1 and Vδ2Dδ3Jδ2 rearrangements. In this study, we further characterized T-ALL cases with two malignant clones containing Vδ1Dδ3Jδ1 and Vδ2Dδ1Jδ1 rearrangements using fine-tiling array comparative genomic hybridization, ligation-mediated polymerase chain reaction (LM-PCR), sequencing, and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis. We further analyzed the distribution and clonality of the T-cell receptor (TCR) Vγ and Vδ subfamily T cells in the two T-ALL cases by RT-PCR and GeneScan. Monoclonal Vδ1 and Vδ2 subfamilies were confirmed in both samples, the Vδ3 through Vδ7 subfamilies could not be detected in the T-ALL samples, whereas the oligoclonal Vδ8 subfamily could be identified. Based on the clinical finding that both of the T-ALL cases with two malignant T-cell clones had a poor outcome, we attempted to compare the expression pattern of genes related to T-cell activation and proliferation between cases with the malignant Vδ1 and Vδ2 T-cell clones and T-ALL cases with a mono-malignant Vα T-cell clone. We selected two T-ALL cases with VαJα rearrangements and analyzed the expression level of Notch1, TAL1, and the CARMA-BCL10-MALT-A20-NF-κB pathway genes by real-time PCR. A20 had significantly higher expression in the biclonal compared with the monoclonal T-ALL group (p=0.0354), and there was a trend toward higher expression for the other genes in the biclonal group with the exception of TAL1, although the differences were not statistically significant. In conclusion, we identified two T-ALL cases with biclonal malignant T-cell clones and described the characteristics of the biclonal T-ALL subtype and its gene expression pattern. Thus, our findings may improve the understanding of biclonal T-ALL.
    DNA and cell biology 12/2013; DOI:10.1089/dna.2013.2199 · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    Li Shi, Shaohua Chen, Lijian Yang, Yangqiu Li
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    ABSTRACT: T-cell activation and dysfunction relies on direct and modulated receptors. Based on their functional outcome, co-signaling molecules can be divided as co-stimulators and co-inhibitors, which positively and negatively control the priming, growth, differentiation and functional maturation of a T-cell response. We are beginning to understand the power of co-inhibitors in the context of lymphocyte homeostasis and the pathogenesis of leukemia, which involves several newly described co-inhibitory pathways, including the programmed death-1 (PD-1) and PD-1 ligand (PD-L1) pathway. The aim of this review is to summarize the PD-1 and PD-L1 biological functions and their alterative expression in hematological malignancies. The role of PD-1 and PD-L1 in T-cell immune suppression and the potential for immunotherapy via blocking PD-1 and PD-L1 in hematological malignancies are also reviewed.
    Journal of Hematology & Oncology 09/2013; 6(1):74. DOI:10.1186/1756-8722-6-74 · 4.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite the success of imatinib and other tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) remains largely incurable, and a number of CML patients die due to Abl mutation-related drug resistance and blast crisis. The aim of this study was to evaluate proliferation inhibition and apoptosis induction by down-regulating PPP2R5C gene expression in the imatinib-sensitive and imatinib-resistant CML cell lines K562, K562R (imatinib resistant without an Abl gene mutation), 32D-Bcr-Abl WT (imatinib-sensitive murine CML cell line with a wild type abl gene) and 32D-Bcr-Abl T315I (imatinib resistant with a T315I Abl gene mutation) and primary cells from CML patients by RNA interference. PPP2R5C siRNAs numbered 799 and 991 were obtained by chemosynthesis. Non-silencing siRNA scrambled control (SC)-treated, mock-transfected, and untreated cells were used as controls. The PPP2R5C mRNA and protein expression levels in treated CML cells were analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR and Western blotting, and in vitro cell proliferation was assayed with the cell counting kit-8 method. The morphology and percentage of apoptosis were revealed by Hoechst 33258 staining and flow cytometry (FCM). The results demonstrated that both siRNAs had the best silencing results after nucleofection in all four cell lines and primary cells. A reduction in PPP2R5C mRNA and protein levels was observed in the treated cells. The proliferation rate of the PPP2R5C-siRNA-treated CML cell lines was significantly decreased at 72 h, and apoptosis was significantly increased. Significantly higher proliferation inhibition and apoptosis induction were found in K562R cells treated with PPP2R5C-siRNA799 than K562 cells. In conclusion, the suppression of PPP2R5C by RNA interference could inhibit proliferation and effectively induce apoptosis in CML cells that were either imatinib sensitive or resistant. Down-regulating PPP2R5C gene expression might be considered as a new therapeutic target strategy for CML, particularly for imatinib-resistant CML.
    Journal of Hematology & Oncology 09/2013; 6(1):64. DOI:10.1186/1756-8722-6-64 · 4.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recently, alterations in the expression pattern of PPP2R5C associated with malignant transformation have been characterized, and PPP2R5C overexpression was demonstrated in leukemias. To confirm the role of PPP2R5C in proliferation and its molecular mechanism, three PPP2R5C-siRNAs and a scrambled nonsilencing siRNA control were used to treat Molt-4 and Jurkat T cells. After nucleofection, PPP2R5C expression and biological consequences based on a highly efficient and specific PPP2R5C-siRNA were demonstrated by qRT-PCR, CCK-8 assay, Annexin V/PI, and flow cytometry. The global gene expression profile of PPP2R5C-siRNA-treated Jurkat T cells was established. A significant reduction in the PPP2R5C mRNA level was observed at 24 to 72 h in Molt-4 and Jurkat T cells with all of the PPP2R5C-siRNAs. The proliferation rate of Molt-4 and Jurkat T cells transfected with different PPP2R5C-siRNAs was significantly decreased at 72 h compared with the control (p<0.05). However, the transfected cells did not show a significant increase in Annexin V/PI-positive cells (apoptosis). The highly efficient PPP2R5C-siRNA2 was used to treat Jurkat T cells for gene expression profile analysis. In total, 439 genes were upregulated, and 524 genes were downregulated at least twofold in PPP2R5C-siRNA-treated Jurkat T cells. Changes in signaling pathway genes closely related to the TCR, Wnt, calcium, MAPK, and p53 signaling pathways were observed. In conclusion, the suppression of PPP2R5C by RNA interference could effectively inhibit the proliferation of leukemic T cells, the PPP2R5C-siRNA treatment altered gene expression profiles, and the differential expression of the glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (GSK-3β), ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM), and Mdm2 p53 binding protein homolog (MDM2) genes may play an important role in the effects of PPP2R5C knockdown in Jurkat T cells.
    DNA and cell biology 08/2013; DOI:10.1089/dna.2013.2138 · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective To investigate c-Cbl and Cbl-b gene expressions in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from multiple myeloma (MM) patients. Methods SYBR(R); Green PCR technique was used to detect c-Cbl and Cbl-b gene expressions in PBMCs from 23 MM patients and 22 healthy individuals, and RT-PCR and DNA sequence analysis were performed to analyze the mutations of 7-10 exons of c-Cbl. Results The expression of c-Cbl gene in MM patients (median: 0.798%) significantly decreased as compared with that in healthy controls (median: 2.443%) (P<0.05). The expression of Cbl-b gene in MM patients (median: 0.714%) also dropped significantly as compared with that in healthy controls (median: 2.179%) (P<0.05). The 7-10 exons of c-Cbl gene had two different sizes of fragments in 2 MM patients: 483 bp and 148 bp which were wild-type and deletion mutants type of c-Cbl gene. c-Cbl gene mutations were not found in all MM patients. Conclusion The expressions of c-Cbl and Cbl-b genes in PBMCs from MM patients are down-regulated.
    Xi bao yu fen zi mian yi xue za zhi = Chinese journal of cellular and molecular immunology 08/2013; 29(8):842-5.
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    ABSTRACT: To improve the outcome of patients with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), characterization of the biological features of T-ALL blast cells and the immune status of patients with T-ALL is needed to identify specific therapeutic strategies. Using a novel approach based on the combination of fine-tiling comparative genomic hybridization (FT-CGH) and ligation-mediated PCR (LM-PCR), we molecularly identified a malignant gammadelta + T cell clone with a Vdelta5Ddelta2Jdelta1 rearrangement that was paired with a T cell receptor (TCR) VgammaI and comprised a Vgamma1Vdelta5 T cell clone in a relapse T-ALL patient. This malignant Vdelta5 T cell clone disappeared after chemotherapy, but the clone was detected again when disease relapsed post allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) at 100 weeks. Using PCR and GeneScan analyses, the distribution and clonality of the TCR Vgamma and Vdelta subfamilies were examined before and after allo-HSCT in the patient. A reactive T cell clone with a Vdelta4Ddelta3Jdelta1 rearrangement was identified in all samples taken at different time points (i.e., 4, 8, 68, 100 and 108 weeks after allo-HSCT). The expression of this Vdelta4+ T cell clone was higher in the patient during complete remission (CR) post allo-HSCT and at disease relapse. This study established a sensitive methodology to detect T cell subclones, which may be used to monitor minimal residual disease and immune reconstitution.
    Molecular Cancer 07/2013; 12(1):73. DOI:10.1186/1476-4598-12-73 · 5.40 Impact Factor

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  • 2004–2015
    • Jinan University (Guangzhou, China)
      • Department of Biochemistry
      Shengcheng, Guangdong, China
  • 2009–2014
    • University of Jinan (Jinan, China)
      Chi-nan-shih, Shandong Sheng, China
  • 2012
    • Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences and General Hospital
      Shengcheng, Guangdong, China
  • 2011
    • Guangzhou University
      Shengcheng, Guangdong, China