Hongchen He

Sichuan University, Hua-yang, Sichuan, China

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    ABSTRACT: The vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms have been reported to be involved in the development of many musculoskeletal disorders, including osteoarthritis (OA). However, results were inconsistent and there is no definite conclusion regarding the association between any VDR polymorphism and the risk of OA. In this study, we conducted a meta-analysis to determine whether BsmI, TaqI, and ApaI polymorphisms in the VDR gene are associated with OA susceptibility. Literature research was performed using PubMed and EMBASE databases. Studies illustrating the association between the three VDR polymorphisms and OA were included, and their qualities were assessed using Newcastle-Ottawa scale. Eight eligible studies, recruiting 1626 cases and 2024 controls were identified. Their methodological qualities were generally good, with scores ranging from 6 to 8 points. However, throughout all summary analyses, which were performed for multiple categories and on four contrasts (allele contrast, contrast of homozygotes, recessive and dominant models), none of the VDR BsmI, TaqI, and ApaI gene polymorphisms were found to be significantly associated with the risk of OA. On the other hand, there was no significant publication bias. Results from this meta-analysis suggested that the VDR BsmI, TaqI, and ApaI gene polymorphisms might not be important predictors of OA. More studies further investigating these associations, especially taking into account of gene-gene, gene-environment interactions, and other confounding factors are warranted.
    Experimental Biology and Medicine 03/2014; · 2.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The therapeutic effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) on osteoporosis have been documented. However, the precise mechanisms by which PEMFs elicit these favorable biological responses are still not fully understood. This study aimed to systematically investigate the effects of PEMFs on bone mass and Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in ovariectomized rats. Thirty 3-month-old female Sprague Dawley rats were randomly assigned to one of three groups: sham-operated control (sham), ovariectomy (OVX), and ovariectomy with PEMFs treatment (PEMFs). One week following ovariectomy surgery, rats in the PEMFs group were exposed to PEMFs for 40 min/day, 5 days/week, for 12 weeks. After 12-week interventions, serum 17β-estradiol and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase levels increased in the PEMFs group. Bone mineral density of the femur and the fifth lumbar vertebral body also increased in the PEMFs group. Histomorphometrical studies showed that PEMFs improved trabecular area, trabecular width, and trabecular number by 77.50%, 17.38% and 51.06%, respectively, and reduced trabecular separation by 44.28% compared with the OVX group. Biomechanical studies showed that PEMFs increased maximum load and energy to failure in the fifth lumbar vertebral body. Quantitative real-time RT-PCR analysis showed that PEMFs increased the mRNA expressions of Wnt3a, low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5(LRP5), β-catenin, c-myc and runt-related gene 2 (Runx2), and reduced dickkopf1 (DKK1) in ovariectomized rats. However, mRNA expression of Axin2 was not affected by PEMFs. PEMFs can prevent ovariectomy-induced bone loss and deterioration of bone microarchitecture and strength, at least partly, through activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway.
    Archives of medical research 06/2012; 43(4):274-82. · 1.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background and objectives: Although several studies have considered obesity as a confounder for female osteoporosis, obesity's role as risk factor or a protective factor is not clear. No conclusion has been made about the correlation between obesity and osteoporosis. In this study, we examined the association between obesity and osteoporosis in Chinese women. Material and methods: 4202 qualified women were enrolled between August 2003 and December 2005. Data on their age, height, weight, basic disease, frequency of exercise and smoking habits were obtained via a questionnaire. Body mass index (BMI) was assessed as a surrogate measurement of fat mass and to describe obesity status in this study. The women were divided into an osteoporosis group or non-osteoporosis group according to the bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar spine (L1-L4), which was assessed by a peripheral dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scanner. A T test was used to determine if the difference between the two groups had statistical significance. The rank sum test was used for ordinal numeration data analysis, and the Chi-squared test was used for unordered categorical data. Multiple logistic regressions were used to analyse the association between BMI and osteoporosis. Results: The logistic regression revealed five independent factors associated with osteoporosis, age, hypertension, smoking, exercise, and BMI, and three risk factors for osteoporosis: age, smoking and BMI. Conclusion: In Southwest China, obesity increases the risk of female osteoporosis. This finding provides a theoretical basis for its prevention in developing countries. Level of evidence: Level III (retrospective study).
    Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 01/2012; 25(3):143-8. · 0.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Previous case-control studies have shown various degrees of inverse correlation between osteoarthritis (OA) and osteoporosis (OP). The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between osteophytes at the cervical , lumbar vertebrae and knee, and the bone mineral density (BMD) of lumbar spine. We analyzed the data on 4091 female patients (aged 13 to 92 years). Osteophyte was defined by X ray examination. BMD of the lumbar spine (LS) was measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (Lunar DPX). The association of osteophytes with BMD and osteophytes at different sites and different degrees were assessed by covariance analysis. Adjustments were made for age and body mass index. The relationship between osteophytes and BMD was analyzed by Binary Logistic Regression. BMD at each site was greater in the female with osteophytes (L4 BMD: P < 0.01, Mean BMD: P < 0.05); the relationship between osteophytes and osteoporosis and that between duration of osteophytes and osteoporosis were inversely correlated (P < 0.01). It confirms the existence of an inverse relationship between osteophytes and OP while a positive relationship is between age, body mass index and osteoporosis.
    Sheng wu yi xue gong cheng xue za zhi = Journal of biomedical engineering = Shengwu yixue gongchengxue zazhi 06/2010; 27(3):586-9.
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    ABSTRACT: There were 482 male patients with non-hyperostosis diagnosed by X-ray among 1207 males who visited West China Hospital because of pain and/or numbness in bone or/and in joints from August 2003 to December 2005; the base-line information in records included age, stature, body weight(calculated BMD, symptoms, co-morbidities, exercise frequency, and smoking. The bone mineral density of lumbar spine was determined and used to judge osteoporosis or non-osteoporosis. Comparison was made on the basic information between osteoporosis group and non-osteoporosis group by t test or chi2 test statistical analysis; the relationship of multiple factors with osteoporosis was analyzed by Logistic Regression. The results of comparison between osteoporosis group and non-osteoporosis group indicated, there were significant differences among BMI, exercise and smoking, but no significant differences were seen among age, complications of hypertension and diabetes mellitus. According to the results of multiple regression analysis, BMI and smoking are the risk factors of osteoporosis, yet exercise is the protection factors of osteoporosis; the risk of osteoporosis increases by 0.654 times in men with BMI scaling up by 1 kg/m2 (P = 0.004). Therefore, we conclude that BMI is a risk factor of osteoporosis in male, and it may be related to body fat distribution.
    Sheng wu yi xue gong cheng xue za zhi = Journal of biomedical engineering = Shengwu yixue gongchengxue zazhi 04/2010; 27(2):311-4.
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    ABSTRACT: From among the patients who visited the Dept. of Rehabilitation of West China Hospital for arthalgia in the period from Aug. 2003 to Dec. 2005, we recruited 566 male patients who were over 40 years of age and did not have hyperostosis in the lumbar spine, and whose T scores were each less than--1. Their ages ranged from 40 to 93 years, and the average age was 62.93 +/- 13.50. The dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry from DMS Company in France was used to measure the bone density of the L2-4 anterior-posterior. The basic data about the subjects, containing the age, height, weight, diabetes mellitus, exercise and smoking or not, were recorded. Then the body mass index were calculated. In accordance to the T score, the subjects were separated into two groups: osteopenia group and osteoporosis group. In comparison of the basic data between groups, BMI of osteoporosis group was significantly higher than that of the osteopenia group, but the number of the subjects who exercised was smaller (P < 0.05). Multiple linear regression analysis revealed that in the case BMI increased by 1 kg/m2, BMD significantly decreased by 0.003 g/cm2 (P = 0.002), and the age negatively correlated with BMD (B = -0.001, P = 0.035). "Exercise or not" was positively related to BMD (B = 0.028, P = 0.000). "Smoking or not" and BMD were not significantly correlated (P = 0.837). In conclusion, increase of BMI, or we may say, increase of fat, would decrease the lumbar spine average BMD in the patients of osteoporosis or osteopenia. Some reports have pointed out that only by increasing BMI with increased amount of muscles, but not with increased amount of fat, would be beneficial to the prevention of osteoporosis. So we concluded that the muscle amount in the subjects should be taken into account when we probe into the relation between BMI and BMD.
    Sheng wu yi xue gong cheng xue za zhi = Journal of biomedical engineering = Shengwu yixue gongchengxue zazhi 02/2010; 27(1):138-41.
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    ABSTRACT: By analyzing the clinical features and risk factors in female patients with musculoskeletal symptoms of Southwest China, this report presents the initial analysis of characteristics in this region and compared with international evaluative criteria. Diagnosis of osteoporosis (OP) was made in female hospital patients age > or = 18 years admitted from January 1998 to December 2008 according to WHO definition. Case data were analyzed by symptoms, age, disease course and risk factors to reveal correlation with diagnosis of OP. Logistic regression was used to identify the risks of osteoporosis. A total of 4382 patients were included in the analysis of the baseline characteristics, among which 1455 in the OP group and 2927 in the non-OP group. The morbidity of OP is significantly increased in females' > or = 50 years. Both groups had symptoms related to pain and numbness; no significant difference was found in reported upper and lower back pain, or leg pain between two groups (p > 0.05). Neck, shoulder and arm pain, leg and arm numbness were more common in the non-osteoporosis group (p < 0.05, OR < 1, and upper limit of 95% CI of OR < 1). Hypertension, diabetes, hyperostosis were major risk factors for the patients with OP. The most common lifestyle-related risk factors for osteoporosis were smoking, body mass index, lack of physical activity and menopause. The present study offers the first reference data of the relationship between epidemiologic distribution of osteoporosis and associated factors in adults Chinese women. These findings provide a theoretical basis for its prevention and treatment in developing country.
    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 01/2010; 11:183. · 1.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: For the purpose of identifying the effect of body mass index on bone mineral density, an investigation was made in regard to the relationship between body mass index (BMI), bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral content (BMC) of lumbar vertebrals of men without osteoporosis. 838 male patients were diagnosed and treated in West China Hospital of Sichuan University because of ostealgia and arthralgia from Aug. 2003 to Dec. 2005. They were examined by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, their L2-L4 bone mineral density being < -2.5SD. Then they were graded by body mass index (Kg/m2) [1st group BMI > or =23, 454 cases (Group A BMI > or = 29, 46 cases; Group B 25 < or = BMI < 28.9, 201 cases; Group C 23 < or = BMI < 24, 9193 cases); 2nd group 18.5 < BMI < 22.9, 311 cases; 3rd group BMI < or = 18.5, 68 cases]. The relationships between BMI and BMD of lumbar spine were analyzed using SPSS 13.0. The results revealed their positions in series: (1) Among Groups 1-3, BMD, average BMD and aBMC of L2-L4 being 3rd group > 2nd group > 1st group, the differencs are statistically significant (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01); BMC, aBMC of L3 and L4 and aBMC of L2 being 3rd group > 2nd group > 2nd group, the differences are significant (P < 0.01); besides BMC of L2 and T-score,the differencs among three groups are not statistically significant (P > 0.05); (2) Among the 1st group, BMD and average BMD of L2-L4 being Group C > Group B > Group A,the differencs are significant (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01); BMC, aBMC of L and I being Group C > Group B > Group A,the differences among the three groups are significant (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01); BMC, aBMC of L3 and L4 and aBMC of L2 being Group C > Group B > Group A, the differences are significant, besides BMC of L2 and T-score,the differences among three groups are not significant (P > 0.05), (3) BMI correlated negatively (P < 0.01, r = -0.189) to the average BMD of lumbar spine. The average BMD of lumbar spine decreases when BMI increases in males without osteoporosis. When obesity is more obvious, the decrease in average BMD of lumbar spine bone is more evidently decreased. The decrease of BMD, BMC and total BMC in L3 and L may be greater than that in L2.
    Sheng wu yi xue gong cheng xue za zhi = Journal of biomedical engineering = Shengwu yixue gongchengxue zazhi 08/2009; 26(4):852-5, 860.
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    ABSTRACT: Observe pulse electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) effects on ovariectomized (OVX) rats, to study the mechanisms of PEMFs therapy for postmenopausal osteoarthritis. Forty-eight female rats were exposed to PEMFs (PEMFs group), administrated E2 and placebo PEMFs (E group), or were treated with placebo PEMFs (OVX and Sham groups). The treatment duration was 30 days after which serum E2 levels, chondrocyte morphology, chondrocyte apoptosis and matrix metalloproteinases-13 expression in knee joint was analyzed. We observed differential chondrocyte formation in each group, and serum E2 content in the PEMFs and E group were significantly higher than the OVX group. The apoptosis index of chondrocytes and the positive index of MMP13 expression in the PEMFs group and E group were significantly lower than the OVX group. PEMFs has a systemic effect on estrogen metabolism in ovariectomized rats, then inhibit chondrocyte apoptosis and downregulate MMP13 expression of knee joint cartilage. It may be the mechanisms by which PEMFs therapy works for on postmenopausal osteoarthritis.
    Rheumatology International 01/2009; 29(8):927-35. · 2.21 Impact Factor