Hua Wu

Lanzhou University, Kao-lan-hsien, Gansu Sheng, China

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Publications (8)16.2 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Two new phenolic compounds 4-(4'-hydroxybenzyl) phenyl glucoside (gastrodin B, 1) and 1'-hydroxymethyl-phenyl 4-hydroxy-3-(4″-hydroxybenzyl) benzyl ether (gastrol B, 2) were isolated from the rhizomes of Gastrodia elata. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic data and chemical reaction. All compounds exhibited potent neuroprotective activity against H2O2-induced PC12 cell damage.
    Journal of Asian natural products research 05/2013; · 0.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There is evidence suggesting that genetic variants of Nodal signaling may be associated with risk of congenital heart diseases (CHDs), in which several polymorphisms, such as Nodal rs1904589, have been considered to be implicated in the accumulation of the genetic burden of CHD risk with interacting genes. We hypothesized that genetic variants of GDF1, a protein that heterodimerizes with Nodal, may be related to increased CHD susceptibility. In this study, four tagSNPs of GDF1 were genotyped in 310 non-syndromic CHD patients and 320 healthy controls by using PCR-based DHPLC and RFLP. The results showed no statistically significant differences in genotype and allele frequencies between CHDs and controls with any of the analyzed variants of GDF1. However, a weak statistical association existed between GDF1 rs4808870 and conotruncal defects (CTDs) (uncorrected P = 0.027). Further stratified analysis for subtype revealed the SNP AA genotype and A allele have statistical significance in pulmonary atresia (PA) (corrected P = 1.01 × 10(-3) and 0.015, respectively), especially in pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (PA + IVS) (corrected P = 1.67 × 10(-3) and 0.034, respectively). Furthermore, two haplotypes, TGGT and CAGT, were found to be significantly associated with increased CHD susceptibility (corrected P = 3.20 × 10(-3) and 2.73 × 10(-7), respectively). In summary, our results provide evidence that genetic variations of the Nodal-like factor, GDF1 may be associated with CHD risk, and these variations contribute at least in part to the development of some subtypes of CTD in the Chinese Han population.
    Molecular Biology Reports 10/2012; · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The association between the signal transducer and activator of transcription 4 (STAT4) gene rs7574865 single nucleotide polymorphism and different autoimmune diseases remains controversial and ambiguous. We conducted this study to investigate whether combined evidence shows the association between STAT4 rs7574865 polymorphism and autoimmune diseases. Comprehensive Medline search and review of the references were used to get the relevant reports published before September 2011. Meta-analysis was conducted for genotype T/T (recessive effect), T/T + G/T (dominant effect) and T allele in random effects models. 40 studies with 90 comparisons including 32 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 19 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 3 type 1 diabetes (T1D), 11 Systemeric Sclerosis (SSc), 4 inflammatory bowed diseases (IBD), 3 Primary Sjogren's syndrome (pSS), 4 juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), 2 Primary antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), 1 Autoimmune thyroid diseases, 1 multiple sclerosis, 1 Psoriasis, 1 Wegener's granulomatosis, 1 Type 2 diabetes, and 1 giant cell arteritis disease were available for this meta-analysis. The overall odds ratios for rs7574865 T-allele significantly increased in SLE, RA, T1D, SSc, JIA, and APS (OR = 1.56, 1.25, 1.13, 1.34, 1.25, and 2.15, respectively, P < 0.00001) and in IBD-UC and pSS (OR = 1.11 and 1.33, respectively, P < 0.05). This meta-analysis demonstrates that the STAT4 rs7574865 T allele confers susceptibility to SLE, RA, T1D, SSc, JIA, APS, IBD-UC, and pSS patients, supporting the hypothesis of association between STAT4 gene polymorphism and subgroup of autoimmune diseases.
    Molecular Biology Reports 06/2012; 39(9):8873-82. · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Nonsyndromic cleft lip and/or cleft palate (NSCLP) are common congenital anomalies in humans, the etiologies of which are complex and associated with both genetic and environmental factors. Previous data suggested single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of rs1546124, rs4783099, and rs16974880 of the CRISPLD2 gene were associated with an increased risk of NSCLP; however, subsequent studies have yielded conflicting results. This study aims to evaluate the associations of the aforementioned polymorphisms with NSCLP in a Northwestern Chinese population. Three CRISPLD2 SNPs were genotyped in a case-control study (n = 907), including 444 NSCLP patients and 463 healthy individuals, using polymerase chain reaction-denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography (PCR-DHPLC). The genotype and allele frequencies of rs1546124 (odds ratio [OR], 2.30; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.58-3.34; p = 1 × 10(-5) ) and rs4783099 (OR, 0.73; 95% CI, 0.54-1.00; p = 0.05) were different in NSCLP patients compared with controls. Furthermore, the CC genotype at rs1546124 was associated with increased risk for cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P; OR, 2.11; 95% CI, 1.41-3.15; p(correct) = 1.5 × 10(-4) ) and for cleft palate only (CPO; OR, 2.93; 95% CI, 1.69-5.07; p(correct) = 5.4 × 10(-4) ), whereas the T allele of rs4783099 was associated with decreased risk for CPO. Further gender stratification showed that the statistical association of these two loci is mainly in the male patients, and not in female patients. Our results suggest that the CRISPLD2 gene contributes to the etiology of NSCLP in the Northwestern Chinese population. SNP rs1546124 is significantly related to NSCLP, associated with both CL/P and CPO groups, and SNP rs4783099 is significantly associated with CPO.
    Birth Defects Research Part A Clinical and Molecular Teratology 07/2011; 91(10):918-24. · 2.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Signal transducer and activator of transcription 4 (STAT4) gene encode a transcriptional factor that transmits signals induced by several key cytokines which play important roles in the development of autoimmune diseases. Recently, several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in STAT4 gene have been reported to be significantly associated with Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in different ethnic populations. We undertook this study to investigate whether the association of STAT4 genetic polymorphisms with RA is present in Northwestern Chinese Han population. A case-control association study in individuals with RA (n=208) and healthy controls (n=312) was conducted. Four SNPs (rs7574865, rs8179673, rs10181656, rs11889341) in STAT4 gene were genotyped by using polymerase chain reaction followed by denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography (PCR-DHPLC) and DNA sequencing. The genotype and allele distributions of four polymorphisms were significantly different in individuals with RA compared to controls, with SNP rs7574865 T allele and T/T genotype showing the most significant association with susceptibility to RA (uncorrected P=1×10(-4), OR=1.645, 95% CI=1.272-2.129; uncorrected P=4.8×10(-5), OR=3.111, 95% CI=1.777-5.447, respectively). Stratification studies showed that STAT4 gene polymorphisms were significantly associated with anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) positive subgroup in Northwestern Chinese Han population. These findings strongly suggest that STAT4 genetic polymorphisms are associated with RA in Northwestern Chinese Han population, and support the hypothesis of STAT4 gene polymorphisms increasing the risk for RA across major populations.
    Life sciences 06/2011; 89(5-6):171-5. · 2.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of present study was to evaluate the association of common polymorphisms detected in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) D-loop region (mononucleotide repetitive D310, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) D16521) with susceptibility to gastric cancer (GC) in northwestern Chinese population. A total of 180 GC patients and 218 healthy controls were investigated by using PCR- denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) assay. Genotype and allele distributions and haplotype construction were analyzed in case-control study. We found D310 and D16521 heteroplasmy were significantly different between GC cases and controls (p < 0.05), and D16521 homoplasmy showed association with histological grade of GC (p < 0.05). Haplotype 7C/T, 8C/C and 9C/C had significant association with GC risk implied from analysis of D310 and D16521. Taken together, these findings suggested that mtDNA D-Loop polymorphisms and haplotypes may contribute to genetic susceptibility to GC in Chinese population.
    Pathology & Oncology Research 04/2011; 17(3):735-42. · 1.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Polymorphisms in the Fc receptor-like 3 (FCRL3) gene have been reported to be associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Japanese populations. However subsequent studies have yielded conflicting results. Hence the aim of present study was to clarify whether these genetic variants in FCRL3 gene are associated with RA in a Chinese population. We conducted a case-control study of 234 RA patients and 260 controls by genotyping four polymorphisms in FCRL3. The genotype and allele distributions of four polymorphisms were significantly different in RA patients compared with controls (uncorrected p = 0.021 and p = 0.031; 0.027 and 0.008; 0.028 and 0.042; and 0.019 and 0.029, respectively). The FCRL3-169 C allele was significantly associated with rheumatoid factor (RF) and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP)-positive RA, but no association was detected for RF and anti-CCP-negative RA. Furthermore, the frequency of the -169C allele was increased disproportionately in female patients, and the resulting odds ratio for female homozygote was increased to 2.375 (uncorrected p = 0.006). Haplotype analysis showed that the most common haplotype TGGG was associated with decreased risk of RA (uncorrected p = 0.001, odds ratio = 0.656). However CACA appeared to be a risk haplotype for RA cases (uncorrected p = 0.031, odds ratio = 1.398). Taken together, these results suggest that FCRL3 polymorphisms and haplotypes may contribute to genetic susceptibility to RA in Chinese population.
    Human immunology 12/2010; 71(12):1203-8. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: non-syndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCLP) is one of the most common birth defects all over the world. Both genetic and environmental factors may contribute to NSCLP. Recent studies have demonstrated that Wnt/β-catenin signalling pathway is required for lip and palate formation. WNT family may play an important role in the development of NSCLP. This study aimed to evaluate the association between Wnt3A gene polymorphisms and NSCLP in Chinese population from Northwest China. 216 patients with NSCLP and 233 normal controls were genotyped for two SNPs of Wnt3A by PCR-RFLP. Both SNPs genotype frequencies were analysed between cases group and controls group. the frequencies of rs752107 TT and rs3121310 AA were significantly higher in NSCLP cases group (7.4%, 15.3%) than that in controls group (2.1%, 9.5%) with p-value=0.013, 0.014, corrected p value (p-corr) <0.05 and with odds ratio (OR)=3.49, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.244-9.79, OR=2.27, 95% CI: 1.17-4.38, respectively; the frequency of rs3121310 GA was also higher in NSCLP cases group (57.4%) than in controls group (52.0%) with p-value=0.042 and OR=1.56 (95% CI: 1.02-2.39). And the frequency of rs752107 TT of Wnt3A showed higher risk in female patients, while the frequency of A allele of rs3121310 showed stronger association in male patients. this is the first report that two SNPs of Wnt3A (rs752107 and rs3121310) are significantly associated with NSCLP in Chinese population. These findings provide a context for understanding the genetic aetiology of NSCLP.
    Archives of oral biology 10/2010; 56(1):73-8. · 1.65 Impact Factor