Hui-Bin Liu

Harbin Medical University, Charbin, Heilongjiang Sheng, China

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    ABSTRACT: Aberrant hedgehog signaling contributes to the development of various malignancies, including glioblastoma (GBM). However, the potential mechanism of hedgehog signaling in GBM migration and invasion has remained to be elucidated. The present study showed that enhanced hedgehog signaling by recombinant human sonic hedgehog N‑terminal peptide (rhSHH) promoted the adhesion, invasion and migration of GBM cells, accompanied by increases in mRNA and protein levels of matrix metalloproteinase‑2 (MMP‑2) and MMP‑9. However, inhibition of hedgehog signaling with cyclopamine suppressed the adhesion, invasion and migration of GBM cells, accompanied by decreases in mRNA and protein levels of MMP‑2 and ‑9. Furthermore, it was found that MMP‑2- and MMP‑9-neutralizing antibodies or GAM6001 reversed the inductive effects of rhSHH on cell migration and invasion. In addition, enhanced hedgehog signaling by rhSHH increased AKT phosphorylation, whereas blockade of hedgehog signaling decreased AKT phosphorylations. Further experiments showed that LY294002, an inhibitor of phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K), decreased rhSHH‑induced upregulation of MMP‑2 and ‑9. Finally, the protein expression of glioblastoma-associated oncogene 1 was positively correlated with levels of phosphorylated AKT as well as protein expressions of MMP‑2 and ‑9 in GBM tissue samples. In conclusion, the present study indicated that the hedgehog pathway regulates GBM-cell migration and invasion by increasing MMP-2 and MMP-9 production via the PI3K/AKT pathway.
    Molecular Medicine Reports 08/2015; 12(5). DOI:10.3892/mmr.2015.4229 · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) is expressed in vascular endothelial cells and is a negative modulator of vasodilation. However, the role of endothelial ENaC in salt-sensitive hypertension remains unclear. We would investigate how endothelial ENaC responds to high-salt (HS) challenge in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat. The blood pressure (BP) and plasma aldosterone levels were measured. We used patch-clamp technique to record ENaC, for the first time, in split-open mesenteric arteries (MAs). Western blot and Griess assay were used to detect expression of α-ENaC, eNOS and nitric oxide (NO). Vasodilatation in 2(nd) -order MAs was measured with wire myograph assays. Functional ENaC was observed in endothelial cells, and its activity was significantly decreased one week after HS diet. Three weeks after HS diet, ENaC expression was also reduced. When either ENaC activity or expression was reduced, endothelium-dependent relaxation (EDR) of MAs was enhanced, as tested by acetylcholine (ACh), and this enhancement of EDR was mimicked by amiloride, an ENaC blocker. On the other hand, HS diet significantly increased contractility of MAs, due to the decreased eNOS activity and NO levels; however, ACh-induced percent increment of NO was much higher in MAs isolated from HS rats compared to that from NS rats. HS intake significantly increased the BP of SD rats, but simultaneously enhanced EDR by reducing ENaC activity and expression due to the feedback inhibition. Therefore, ENaC may play an important role in endothelial cells for vasculature to adapt to HS challenge. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    British Journal of Pharmacology 05/2015; DOI:10.1111/bph.13185 · 4.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: β-elemene, extracted from herb medicine Curcuma wenyujin has potent anti-tumor effects in various cancer cell lines. However, the activity of β-elemene against glioma cells remains unclear. In the present study, we assessed effects of β-elemene on human glioma cells and explored the underlying mechanism. Human glioma U87 cells were used. Cell proliferation was determined with MTT assay and colony formation assay to detect the effect of β-elemene at different doses and times. Fluorescence microscopy was used to observe cell apoptosis with Hoechst 33258 staining and change of glioma apoptosis and cell cycling were analyzed by flow cytometry. Real-time quantitative PCR and Western-blotting assay were performed to investigated the influence of β-elemene on expression levels of Fas/FasL, caspase-3, Bcl-2 and Bax. The experiment was divided into two groups: the blank control group and β-elemne treatment group. With increase in the concentration of β-elemene, cytotoxic effects were enhanced in the glioma cell line and the concentration of inhibited cell viability (IC50) was 48.5 μg/mL for 24h. β-elemene could induce cell cycle arrest in the G0/G1 phase. With Hoechst 33258 staining, apoptotic nuclear morphological changes were observed. Activation of caspase-3,-8 and -9 was increased and the pro-apoptotic factors Fas/FasL and Bax were upregulated, while the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 was downregulated after treatment with β-elemene at both mRNA and protein levels. Furthermore, proliferation and colony formation by U87 cells were inhibited by β-elemene in a time and does- dependent manner. Our results indicate that β-elemene inhibits growth and induces apoptosis of human glioma cells in vitro. The induction of apoptosis appears to be related with the upregulation of Fas/FasL and Bax, activation of caspase-3,-8 and -9 and downregulation of Bcl-2, which then trigger major apoptotic cascades.
    Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 01/2014; 15(23):10407-12. DOI:10.7314/APJCP.2014.15.23.10407 · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Regenerative medicine techniques to recover cardiac and vascular function are being increasingly investigated as management strategies for cardiovascular diseases. Circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) derived from bone marrow are immature cells capable of differentiating into mature endothelial cells and play a role in vascular reparative processes and neoangiogenesis. The potency of EPCs for cardiovascular regeneration has been demonstrated in many preclinical studies and therapeutic utility of EPCs has been evaluated in early-phase clinical trials. However, the regenerative activity and efficiency of the differentiation of EPCs are still limited, and a directed differentiation method for EPCs cells has not been fully demonstrated. In this review, we introduce the role of circulating EPCs as biomarkers of cardiovascular diseases and medical applications of EPCs for cardiovascular regeneration.
    12/2013; 1(1):9. DOI:10.1186/2050-490X-1-9
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    ABSTRACT: Vascular endothelial cells line the luminal surface of blood vessels, which are exposed constantly to mechanical stimuli, such as fluid shear stress, cyclic strain,and blood pressure. In recent years, more and more evidence indicate that endothelial cells (ECs) sense these mechanical stimuli and subsequently convert mechanical stimuli into intracellular signals. The properties of ECs, that sense the mechanical stimuli, are defined as mechanosensors. There are a variety of mechanosensors have been identified in ECs. These mechanosensors play an important role in regulating function of endothelium and vascular function, including blood pressure. This review focus on the mechanosensors that have been identified in ECs and on what roles mechanosensors play in regulation of endothelium function, as well as in regulation of vascular function.
    Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology 02/2013; 61(6). DOI:10.1097/FJC.0b013e31828c0933 · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Identifying the key factor mediating pathological cardiac hypertrophy is critically important for developing the strategy to protect against heart failure. Bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP4) is a mechanosensitive and proinflammatory gene. In this study, we investigated the role of BMP4 in cardiac hypertrophy, apoptosis, and fibrosis in experimentally pathological cardiac hypertrophy. The in vivo pathological cardiac hypertrophy models were induced by pressure-overload and angiotensin (Ang) II constant infusion in mice, and the in vitro model was induced by Ang II exposure to cultured cardiomyocytes. The expression of BMP4 increased in pressure overload, Ang II constant infusion-induced pathological cardiac hypertrophy, but not in swimming exercise-induced physiological cardiac hypertrophy in mice. BMP4 expression also increased in Ang II-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy in vitro. In turn, BMP4 induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, apoptosis, and cardiac fibrosis, and these pathological consequences were inhibited by the treatment with BMP4 inhibitors noggin and DMH1. Moreover, Ang II-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy was inhibited by BMP4 inhibitors. The underlying mechanism that BMP4-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and apoptosis was through increasing NADPH oxidase 4 expression and reactive oxygen species-dependent pathways. Lentivirus-mediated overexpression of BMP4 recapitulated hypertrophy and apoptosis in cultured cardiomyocytes. BMP4 inhibitor DMH1 inhibited pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy in mice in vivo. The plasma BMP4 level of heart failure patients was increased compared with that of subjects without heart failure. In summary, we conclude that BMP4 is a mediator and novel therapeutic target for pathological cardiac hypertrophy.
    Hypertension 12/2012; 61(2). DOI:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.111.00562 · 6.48 Impact Factor
  • Chao-Wei Hu · Yue Sheng · Qin Zhang · Hui-Bin Liu · Xin Xie · Wen-Chao Ma · Rong Huo · De-Li Dong ·
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    ABSTRACT: Curcumin is reported to exert antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-tumor activities. The human ether-a-go-go related gene (hERG) encodes the rapid component of the delayed rectifier K⁺ currents. Inhibition of hERG K⁺ channels leads to cardiac repolarization prolongation, which contributes to either the anti-arrhythmic effects of anti-arrhythmic drugs, or the pro-arrhythmic effects (induction of long QT syndrome) of some drugs not used for anti-arrhythmias. Since curcumin shows multiple beneficial effects and clinical significance, the aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of curcumin on hERG K⁺ channels, elucidating its potential cardiac therapeutic or toxic effects. In whole-cell patch-clamp experiments, we found that curcumin inhibited hERG K⁺ currents in HEK293 cells stably expressing hERG channels in a dose-dependent manner, with IC₅₀ value of 5.55 μM. The deactivation, inactivation and the recovery time from inactivation of hERG channels were significantly changed by acute treatment of 10 μM curcumin. Incubation of 20 μM curcumin for 24h reduced the HEK293 cell viability. Intravenous injection of maximal amount of curcumin in rabbits (20 mg/animal) did not affect the cardiac repolarization manifested with QTc value. We conclude that curcumin inhibits hERG K⁺ channels in vitro.
    Toxicology Letters 11/2011; 208(2):192-6. DOI:10.1016/j.toxlet.2011.11.005 · 3.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Heme oxygenase-1(HO-1) has been reported to protect against cardiac hypertrophy in cultured neonatal cardiomyocytes treated with HO-1 inducer, cardiac specific HO-1 transgenic mice, or animals treated with HO-1 inducer. The aim of the present study is to examine the effects of systemic HO-1 transgenic overexpression on pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy in mice. Pressure-overload cardiac hypertrophy was induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC) in WT (wild type) and systemic HO-1 transgenic overexpression (TG) mice. We found that systemic HO-1 transgenic overexpression aggravated pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy. Pressure-overload induced the more increases of heart weight/ body weigh index, left ventricular weight/ body weight index, β-MHC protein expression, cardiac interstitial fibrosis in TG mice than in WT mice. Pressure-overload increased cardiac HO-1 protein expression in WT but not TG mice, but the cardiac HO-1 protein level was still higher in TAC-treated TG mice than in TAC-treated WT mice. The basal cardiac calcineurin protein level in TG mice was lower than that in WT mice. Pressure-overload increased calcineurin protein expression in both WT and TG mice; however, pressure-overload induced more calcineurin protein expression in TG mice than in WT mice. This study shows for the first time that systemic HO-1 transgenic overexpression aggravates pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy.
    Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry 08/2011; 28(1):25-32. DOI:10.1159/000331710 · 2.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: HIV-infected patients have a high prevalence of long QT syndrome (LQTs). hERG K(+) channel encoded by human ether-a-go-go related gene contributes to IKr K(+) currents responsible for the repolarization of cardiomyocytes. Inhibition of hERG K(+) channels leads to LQTs. HIV Tat protein, the virus transactivator protein, plays a pivotal role in AIDS. The aim of the present study is to examine the effects of HIV Tat protein on hERG K(+) channels stably expressed in HEK293 cells. The hERG K(+) currents were recorded by whole-cell patch-clamp technique and the hERG channel expression was measured by real-time PCR and Western blot techniques. HIV Tat protein at 200 ng/ml concentration showed no acute effect on hERG currents, but HIV Tat protein (200 ng/ml) incubation for 24 h significantly inhibited hERG currents. In HIV Tat incubated cells, the inactivation and the recovery time from inactivation of hERG channels were significantly changed. HIV Tat protein incubation (200 ng/ml) for 24h had no effect on the hERG mRNA expression, but dose-dependently inhibited hERG protein expression. The MTT assay showed that HIV Tat protein at 50 ng/ml and 200 ng/ml had no effect on the cell viability. HIV Tat protein increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and the inhibition of hERG channel protein expression by HIV Tat protein was prevented by antioxidant tempol. HIV Tat protein in vivo treatment reduced IKr currents and prolonged action potential duration of guinea pig cardiomyocytes. We conclude that HIV Tat protein inhibits hERG K(+) currents through the inhibition of hERG protein expression, which might be the potential mechanism of HIV infection induced LQTs.
    Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 07/2011; 51(5):876-80. DOI:10.1016/j.yjmcc.2011.07.017 · 4.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) shows multiple beneficial effects on cardiovascular diseases. However, the effect of HO-1 on the injury of artery has never been identified. In the present study, we established systemic HO-1 overexpression transgenic mice and investigated the effect of HO-1 on the injury of artery induced by electric stimulation and pressure-overload in transgenic mice. Artery injury was induced by electric stimulation and pressure overload. The contractive function, endothelium-dependent and -independent relaxation of arteries were measured through an isometric force transducer connected to a multichannel acquisition and analysis system. Western blot results showed that HO-1 protein level in transgenic mice arteries was significantly higher than that in wild type mice arteries, while no difference of HO-2 protein level in the arteries of transgenic and wild type mice. Arterial reendothelialization after electric injury was accelerated in transgenic mice. No significant difference in contractive function, endothelium-dependent and -independent relaxation of arteries was observed between wild type and transgenic mice at day 7 after electric injury and 4 weeks after pressure overload. We concluded that HO-1 overexpression accelerated the reendothelialization, but did not prevent the functional impairment of injured artery in mice.
    European journal of pharmacology 03/2011; 659(2-3):199-205. DOI:10.1016/j.ejphar.2011.03.021 · 2.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Calcineurin is a cytoplasmic Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein phosphatase that contributes to cardiac hypertrophy. Numerous studies have demonstrated that calcineurin/nuclear factor of activated T cell pathway affects the architecture of the heart under pathologic conditions, and the effects of calcineurin/nuclear factor of activated T cell pathway on cardiac hypertrophy have been well reviewed. Cardiac electrical remodeling is generally accompanied with the cardiac hypertrophy, and alteration of cardiac ion channel activity also leads to the changes of calcineurin activity and cardiac hypertrophy. Many studies have linked calcineurin with changes of a variety of ion channels, but the therapeutic approaches to target calcineurin for correcting cardiac electrical disturbance have not been formulated. Here, we review the recent progress in calcineurin and electrical remodeling in pathologic cardiac hypertrophy.
    Trends in cardiovascular medicine 07/2010; 20(5):148-53. DOI:10.1016/j.tcm.2010.12.003 · 2.91 Impact Factor