[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Various angiogenesis-related self-molecules have been considered to be therapeutic targets. However, the direct use of self-molecules as vaccines is not recommended because of the inherent ability of the host to develop immune tolerance. Antigen 43 (Ag43) is a surface protein found in E. coli and contains an α and a β subunits, which contains multiple T epitopes in α subunit. Here we construct a novel Ag43 surface display system (Ag43 system) to express Ag43 chimeric proteins to disrupt immune tolerance against self-molecules. The Ag43 system was constructed from an Escherichia coli strain Tan109, derived from JM109, in which the Ag43 gene was deleted and a recombinant plasmid (pETAg43') expressing a partial Ag43 gene was introduced. The extracellular domain of angiogenesis-related endoglin gene was then subcloned into plasmid pETAg43', resulting in a recombinant plasmid pETAg43'/END(e) which was then used to transform Tan109 for protein expression. We found that Ag43 and endoglin chimeric protein (Ag43'/END(e) ) was expressed on the bacterial surface. The chimeric protein could be separated from the bacterial surface by heating to 60°C and yet retain activity. We used Ag43'/END(e) as a protein vaccine and found that it could disrupt immune tolerance against endoglin by inducing significant antitumor activities and inhibit angiogenesis in several tumor models without significant side effects. These data suggest that Ag43'/END(e) chimeric protein is a potential model vaccine for active tumor immunotherapy, and that Ag43 system could be an effective tool for novel vaccine preparation to break immune tolerance to other angiogenesis-related self-molecules for cancer therapy.
International Journal of Cancer 10/2013; · 6.20 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cytochalasin D (CytD) targets actin, a ubiquitous protein in eukaryotic cells. Previous studies have focused mainly on the antitumor effects of CytD. We previously found CytD to promote lung metastasis in B16 melanoma cells, which we had not anticipated, and, therefore, in the present study we investigated the possible underlying mechanisms. B16 melanoma cells were co-cultured with CytD and other agents and used to establish a lung metastatic model. In this B16 melanoma metastatic model, significantly increased lung metastasis and lung weight were found in CytD-treated mice, which was almost completely suppressed by tissue factor (TF) RNA interference expressed via lentivirus. The results of northern and western blot, and real-time RT-PCR analysis showed that the expression of TF was significantly upregulated in B16 cells treated with CytD but was significantly inhibited by TF RNA interference. In addition, upregulation and phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinase p38 were also found in the metastatic lung tissues treated with CytD and in the B16 cells co-cultured with CytD and factor VIIa (FVIIa), but not in cells cultured with CytD, dimethyl sulfoxide or FVIIa alone. These results indicate that CytD stimulates the expression of TF in B16 melanoma cells, activating both coagulation-dependent and -independent pathways via binding to FVIIa, eventually promoting lung metastasis. TF interference is a potential approach to the prevention of B16 melanoma metastasis.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Novel antibacterial agents against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) are crucial due to the high infection and mortality rates associated with the disease. Our previous study confirmed that aptamers from a whole bacterium obtained by the Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment method specifically bound to the MTB virulent strain (H37Rv). In the present study, the function of aptamers against MTB in a mouse model was further determined. It was demonstrated that the NK2 aptamer has marked inhibitory effects on the adhesion/invasion of H37Rv to macrophages in vitro and stimulates intracellular IFN-γ production in CD4+ T-cells. The aptamer pool exhibited the strongest inhibitory effect on H37Rv adhesion/invasion to CD8+ T-cells in vitro compared with all aptamers-treated and control groups. Histopathological examination of lung biopsy specimens revealed a correlation between aptamer presence and lower pulmonary alveoli fusion, swelling and more prominent air spaces. Acid-fast staining of biopsy specimens from the lungs of the mice demonstrated parallel treatment effects. Results of the present study indicate that the 10th pool aptamers and NK2 may play an active role against H37Rv, however, the effect was different in vivo and in vitro. The treatment effect of 10th pool aptamers was found to be better in comparison to NK2 in vivo. Additional target sites involved in pathogenicity of H37Rv were also revealed and the NK2 binding site and aptamers, including the 10th pool aptamers, may antagonize these sites. Further studies are required to screen for other valuable aptamers which may be used as therapeutic drugs in combination with NK2.
Molecular Medicine Reports 12/2012; · 1.17 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To study the antitumor efficacy of an immunoconjugate composed of adriamycin (ADM) and downsized Fab fragment of mouse anti-Endoglin monoclonal antibody.
The Fab fragment of mouse anti-Endoglin monoclonal antibody was downsized and conjugated with ADM by m-Maleimidobenzoyl-N-hydroxysuccinimide ester (MBS). The antitumor effect of the conjugate was tested in mice bearing subcutaneous injection of H22 tumor in vivo.
The molecular ratio of Fab:ADM in conjugate was approximately 1:2. The Fab-ADM conjugate inhibited the growth of H22 by 91.94% on day 14 after injection at the dose of 0.4 mg/ kg, much higher the inhibition rate of 25.00% by the equivalent dose of free ADM. The median survival time of the mice treated with the conjugate was longer than those treated with free ADM. The Fab-ADM conjugate was significantly more effective than free ADM in tumor suppression and life span prolongation.
Fab -ADM displayed more significant antitumor efficacy than free ADM in vivo and might be a novel candidate for cancer treatment.
Sichuan da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Sichuan University. Medical science edition 05/2012; 43(3):340-3.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cytochalasin D targets actin and is ubiquitous in eukaryotic cells. When cytochalasin D is used as a cytotoxic agent in cancer therapy, it causes significant side effects. To prevent this, cytochalasin D can be encapsulated in polyethylene liposomes. In this study, high-performance liquid chromatography observation of the biodistribution of pegylated liposomal cytochalasin D in tumour-bearing mice showed that liposomal cytochalasin D could be conveniently dissolved in water for i.v. injection and that it specifically accumulated in tumour tissues, more than natural cytochalasin D did. The half-time of liposomal cytochalasin D in the plasma was also significantly longer than that of natural cytochalasin D (4h versus 10 min). MTT 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay showed that liposomal cytochalasin D treatment could cause significant inhibition of cell proliferation in vitro in a manner similar to that of natural cytochalasin D. The antitumour activities of liposomal cytochalasin D were investigated in B16 melanoma, CT26 colorectal carcinoma and H22 hepatoma models, and the results indicated that liposomal cytochalasin D could significantly inhibit tumour growth and prolong survival in a manner similar to that of cisplatin. TUNEL-based apoptosis assays showed that liposomal cytochalasin D induced significant tumour cell apoptosis. Significant inhibition of tumour angiogenesis was observed in mice treated with liposomal cytochalasin D. In addition, no significant side effects were observed in mice treated with liposomal cytochalasin D. Our results show that liposomal cytochalasin D increases solubility and bioavailability, a lower incidence of side effects and improves antitumour effects, indicating its potential as a chemical agent for cancer therapy.
European journal of cancer (Oxford, England: 1990) 01/2012; 48(14):2260-9. · 4.12 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Toxicarioside A is a cardenolide isolated mainly from plants and animals. Emerging evidence demonstrate that cardenolides not only have cardiac effects but also anticancer effects. In this study, we used in vivo models to investigate the antitumor activities of toxicarioside A and the potential mechanisms behind them. Murine colorectal carcinoma (CT26) and Lewis lung carcinoma (LL/2) models were established in syngeneic BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice, respectively. We found that the optimum effective dose of toxicarioside A treatment significantly suppressed tumor growth and angiogenesis in CT and LL/2 tumor models in vivo. Northern and Western blot analysis showed significant inhibition of endoglin expression in toxicarioside A-treated human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro and tumor tissues in vivo. Toxicarioside A treatment significantly inhibited cell proliferation, migration and invasion, but did not cause significant cell apoptosis and affected other membrane protein (such as CD31 and MHC I) expression. In addition, TGF-β expression was also significantly inhibited in CT26 and LL/2 tumor cells treated with toxicarioside A. Western blot analysis indicated that Smad1 and phosphorylated Smad1 but not Smad2/3 and phosphorylated Smad2/3 were attenuated in HUVECs treated with toxicarioside A. Smad1 and Smad2/3 signaling remained unchanged in CT26 and LL/2 tumor cells treated with toxicarioside A. Endoglin knockout by small interfering RNA against endoglin induced alternations in Smad1 and Smad2/3 signaling in HUVECs. Our results indicate that toxicarioside A suppresses tumor growth through inhibition of endoglin-related tumor angiogenesis, which involves in the endoglin/TGF-β signal pathway.
PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(11):e50351. · 3.73 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate the association between apolipo-protein E (APOE) polymorphisms and insulin resistance and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) syndromes in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) with macroangiopathy, 60 patients with T2DM macroangiopathy were enrolled and divided into three groups: dryness-heat due to deficiency of yin, Qi-Yin deficiency, and Yin-Yang deficiency, according to the TCM syndromes, with a control group of 20 healthy individuals. APOE genotype analysis was performed with polymerase chain reaction amplification and restriction fragment length polymorphism, and the results showed that the proportion of the ε4/4 and ε3/4 genotypes and frequencies of the ε4 and ε3 alleles were higher in the Qi-Yin deficiency group (P<0.05). Among the T2DM macroangiopathy patients, the E4 group had the largest number of cases, as well as a significantly longer disease course compared to the E2 group (P<0.05). The insulin resistance index (IRI), insulin action index and body mass index (BMI) of patients in the Yin-Yang deficiency group were significantly different from those of patients with dryness-heat due to deficiency of yin and Qi-Yin deficiency. Furthermore, correlation analysis of the BMI and IRI of patients in the Yin-Yang deficiency group revealed a correlation coefficient r=0.696 (P<0.01) and a typical correlation between them. In conclusion, the Qi-Yin deficiency in T2DM patients with macroangiopathy is associated with the APOE E4 and E3 genotypes. Thus, the APOE gene polymorphism can, to some degree, reflect the TCM syndrome types of T2DM patients with macroangiopathy. Insulin resistance plays an important role in the occurrence of T2DM macroangiopathy and is closely associated with the Yin-Yang deficiency according to the TCM differentiating types.
Molecular Medicine Reports 08/2011; 4(6):1219-23. · 1.17 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Interleukin-5 (IL-5) involves in the development of airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness through activation of eosinophils. Thus, inhibition of IL-5 expression seems to be an attractive approach for asthma therapy. In this study, an antisense IL-5 gene transferred by recombinant adeno-associated virus (asIL-5) was constructed to transfect murine allergic asthma model. Our results showed that asIL-5 efficiently inhibited the IL-5 mRNA expression and significantly attenuated the inflammation in lung tissues. Significant decreasing of eosinophils and inflammatory cells were found in peripheral blood and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF). In addition, significant inhibition of airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) was also found in the mice treated with asIL-5. These observations demonstrate that antisense oligonucleotid against IL-5 delivered by adeno-associated virus system is possibly an efficacious therapeutic strategy for allergic asthma and other eosinophil-related disorders.
Asian Pacific journal of allergy and immunology / launched by the Allergy and Immunology Society of Thailand 04/2009; 27(1):35-41. · 0.79 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Interleukin-5 (IL-5) accompanies the development of airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness through the activation of eosinophils. Therefore, interference of IL-5 expression in lung tissue seems to be an accepted approach in asthma therapy. In this study, we designed a small interfering RNA (siRNA) to inhibit the expression of IL-5. The siRNAs against IL-5 were constructed in a lentivirus expressing system, and 1.5x10(6) IFU (inclusion-forming unit) lentiviruses were administered intratracheally to ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized murine asthmatic models. Our results show that lentivirus-delivered siRNA against IL-5 efficiently inhibited the IL-5 messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) expression and significantly attenuated the inflammation in lung tissue. Significant decrease of eosinophils and inflammatory cells were found in peripheral blood, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), and lung tissue. In addition, significant inhibition of airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) was found in the mice treated with siRNA against IL-5. These observations demonstrate that siRNA delivered by means of the lentivirus system is possibly an efficacious therapeutic approach for asthma.
Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B 01/2009; 10(1):22-8. · 1.11 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Induction of tumor vasculature occlusion by targeting a thrombogen to newly formed blood vessels in tumor tissues represents an intriguing approach to the eradication of primary solid tumors. In the current study, we construct and express a fusion protein containing vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and tissue factor (TF) to explore whether this fusion protein has the capability of inhibiting tumor growth in a colon carcinoma model. The murine cDNA of VEGF A and TF were amplified by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and then cloned into prokaryotic expression plasmid pQE30 with a linker. The expression product recombinant VEGF-TF (rVEGF-TF) was purified and proved to have comparable enzyme activity to a commercial TF and the capability of specific binding to tumor vessels. Significant decrease of tumor growth was found in the mice administered with rVEGF-TF on Day 6 after initiated rVEGF-TF treatment (P<0.05), and the tumor masses in 2 of 10 mice were almost disappeared on Day 14 after the first treatment. In addition, valid thrombogenesis and tumor necrosis were observed in the tumor tissues injected with rVEGF-TF. Our results demonstrate that occlusion of tumor vasculature with rVEGF-TF is potentially an effective approach for cancer therapy.
Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B 08/2008; 9(8):602-9. · 1.11 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Eosinophils play a pivotal role in the generation of asthma inflammation. Interleukin (IL)-5 is the major activator of eosinophils. We hypothesize that modulating IL-5 activity could be an effective strategy for asthma therapy. In this study, we tested whether the plasmid encoding human IL-5 as a xenogeneic DNA vaccine could induce the production of autoantibodies, and be used for asthma treatment.
A eukaryotic plasmid encoding the human IL-5 was constructed, and used as a DNA vaccine. A mouse model of asthma was established to observe its antiasthma activities. Eosinophils in tissue, blood and the bronchoalveolar lavage were stained and counted. Airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) was determined by whole body plethysmography. Antibody characters and cytokines were detected with immunological methods.
Immunization with a plasmid encoding the human IL-5 as DNA vaccine reduced airway inflammation, reversed Th2 cytokines, and decreased AHR in mice. In addition, this immunization induced the production of polyclonal antibodies that were cross-reactive with native murine IL-5, and IgG1 and IgG2a were the major subclasses. Adoptive transfer of the purified antibodies from the sera of mice immunized with the plasmid encoding the human IL-5 resulted in similar antiasthma effects.
Our results suggest that active vaccination against IL-5 may be a rational therapeutic approach for the treatment of asthma and potentially other eosinophilic disorders.
International Archives of Allergy and Immunology 02/2008; 145(4):313-23. · 2.25 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Eosinophils are highly related to allergic asthma inflammation. Interleukin (IL)-5 is the major chemokine of eosinophils, inhibition of the activity of IL-5 thus seems to be a potential approach to asthma therapy. The current study was performed to determine whether a recombinant human IL-5 protein as a xenogeneic vaccine has the capability of inducing anti-asthma activities.
Recombinant human IL-5 was used as a protein vaccine. Mouse asthma model was established to observe the anti-asthma activities. Lung histology was observed; eosinophils in blood and bronchoalveolar lavage were stained and counted. Airway hyperresponsiveness was determined by whole body plethysmograph. Antibody characters and cytokines were detected with enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and Western blot assay.
Vaccination with recombinant human IL-5 protein as vaccine significantly reduced airway inflammation and airway hyperresponsiveness, and shifted the cytokine production from Th2 (IL-4) to Th1 (INF-gamma) in mice allergic-asthma model. Immunization with recombinant human IL-5 protein vaccine bypassed the immunological tolerance and induced production of polyclonal antibodies that were cross-reactive with murine IL-5.
Active immunization with xenogeneic homologous IL-5 may be a possible therapeutic approach to the treatment of asthma and potentially of other eosinophilic disorders.
Chinese medical journal 10/2007; 120(17):1517-22. · 0.90 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To explore the capability of a monoclonal antibody (mAb) against murine endoglin to inhibit tumor angiogenesis and suppression of hepatoma growth in murine models.
A monoclonal antibody against murine endoglin was purified by affinity chromatography and passively transfused through tail veins in two murine hepatoma models. Tumor volume and survival time were observed at three-day intervals for 48 d. Microvessels in tumor tissues were detected by immunohistochemistry against CD31, and angiogenesis in vivo was determined by alginate encapsulated assay. In addition, tumor cell apoptosis was detected by TUNEL assay.
Passive immunotherapy with anti-endoglin mAb could effectively suppress tumor growth, and prolonged the survival time of hepatoma-bearing mice. Angiogenesis was apparently inhibited within the tumor tissues, and the vascularization of alginate beads was also reduced in the mice passively transfused with anti-endoglin mAb. In addition, increased apoptotic cells were observed within the tumor tissues from the mice passively transfused with anti-endoglin mAb.
Passive immunotherapy with anti-endoglin mAb effectively inhibits tumor growth via inhibiting tumor angiogenesis and increasing tumor cell apoptosis, which may be highly correlated with the blockage of endoglin-related signal pathway induced by anti-endoglin mAb.
World Journal of Gastroenterology 06/2007; 13(17):2479-83. · 2.55 Impact Factor