Nan Qin

Carl Gustav Carus-Institut, Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: Context and Objective: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PGLs) are neuroendocrine tumors of sympathetic or parasympathetic paraganglia. Nearly 40% of PGLs are caused by germline mutations. The present study investigated the impact of genetic alterations on metabolic networks in PGLs. Design: Homogenates of 32 sporadic PGLs and 48 PGLs from patients with mutations in SDHB, SDHD, SDHAF-2, VHL, RET and NF-1 were subjected to (1)H-NMR spectroscopy at 500 MHz for untargeted and HPLC tandem mass spectrometry for targeted metabolite profiling. Results: (1)H-NMR spectroscopy identified 28 metabolites in PGLs of which 12 showed genotype-specific differences. Part of these results published earlier reported low complex II activity (p<0.0001) and low ATP/ADP/AMP content (p<0.001) in SDH related PGLs compared to sporadics and PGLs of other genotypes. Extending these results, low levels of N-acetylaspartic acid (NAA, p<0.05) in SDH tumors and creatine (p<0.05) in VHL tumors were observed compared to sporadics and other genotypes. Positive correlation was observed between NAA and ATP/ADP/AMP content (p<0.001) and NAA and complex II activity (p<0.0001) of PGLs. Targeted purine analysis in PPGLs showed low adenine in cluster 1 compared to cluster 2 tumors (SDH p<0.0001; VHL p<0.05) while lower levels (p<0.05) of guanosine and hypoxanthine were observed in RET tumors compared to SDH tumors. Principal component analysis (PCA) of metabolites, could distinguish PGLs of different genotypes. Conclusions: The present study gives a comprehensive picture of alterations in energy metabolism in SDH and VHL related PGLs and establishes the interrelationship of energy metabolism and amino acid and purine metabolism in PGLs.
    The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism. 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Pheochromocytoma is a rare but potentially lethal neuroendocrine tumor arising from catecholamine producing chromaffin cells. Especially for metastatic pheochromocytoma, the availability of animal models is essential for developing novel therapies. For evaluating therapeutic outcome in rodent pheochromocytoma models reliable quantification of multiple organ lesions depends on dedicated small animal in vivo imaging, which is still challenging and only available at specialized research facilities. Here, we investigated whether whole-body fluorescence imaging and monitoring of urinary free monoamines provide suitable parameters for measuring tumor progression in a murine allograft model of pheochromocytoma. We generated an mCherry-expressing mouse pheochromocytoma cell line by lentiviral gene transfer. These cells were injected subcutaneously into nude mice to perform whole-body fluorescence imaging of tumor development. Urinary free monoamines were measured by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. Tumor fluorescence intensity and urinary outputs of monoamines showed tumor growth-dependent increases ( p < .001) over the 30 days of monitoring post tumor engraftment. Concomitantly, systolic blood pressure was increased significantly during tumor growth. Tumor volume correlated significantly ( p < .001) and strongly with tumor fluorescence intensity (r = 0.946) and urinary outputs of dopamine (r = 0.952), methoxytyramine (r = 0.947), norepinephrine (r = 0.756) and normetanephrine (r = 0.949). Dopamine and methoxytyramine outputs allowed for detection of lesions at diameters below 2.3 mm. Our results demonstrate that MPC-mCherry cell tumors are functionally similar to human pheochromocytoma. Both tumor fluorescence intensity and urinary outputs of free monoamines provide precise parameters of tumor progression in this subcutaneous mouse model of pheochromocytoma. This animal model will allow for testing new treatment strategies for chromaffin cell tumors.
    Endocrinology 08/2014; · 4.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Context: Mutations of succinate dehydrogenase A/B/C/D genes (SDHx) increase susceptibility to development of pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs), with particularly high rates of malignancy associated with SDHB mutations. Objective: We assessed whether altered succinate dehydrogenase product-precursor relationships, manifested by differences in tumor ratios of succinate to fumarate or other metabolites, might aid in identifying and stratifying patients with SDHx mutations. Design, Setting and Patients: PPGL tumor specimens from 233 patients, including 45 with SDHx mutations, were provided from eight tertiary referral centers for mass spectrometric analyses of Krebs cycle metabolites. Main outcome measure: Diagnostic performance of the succinate:fumarate ratio for identification of pathogenic SDHx mutations. Results: SDH-deficient PPGLs were characterized by 25-fold higher succinate and 80% lower fumarate, cis-aconitate and isocitrate tissue levels than PPGLs without SDHx mutations. Receiver-operating characteristic curves for use of ratios of succinate to fumarate or to cis-aconitate and isocitrate to identify SDHx mutations indicated areas under curves of 0.94 to 0.96; an optimal cut-off of 97.7 for the succinate:fumarate ratio provided a diagnostic sensitivity of 93% at a specificity of 97% to identify SDHX-mutated PPGLs. Succinate:fumarate ratios were higher in both SDHB-mutated and metastatic tumors than in those due to SDHD/C mutations or without metastases. Conclusions: Mass spectrometric-based measurements of ratios of succinate:fumarate and other metabolites in PPGLs offer a useful method to identify patients for testing of SDHx mutations, with additional utility to quantitatively assess functionality of mutations and metabolic factors responsible for malignant risk.
    The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism. 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: We present a method to efficiently culture primary chromaffin progenitors from the adult bovine adrenal medulla in a defined, serum-free monolayer system. Tissue is dissociated and plated for expansion under support by the mitogen basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF). The cultures, although not homogenous, contain a subpopulation of cells expressing the neural stem cell marker Hes3 that also propagate. In addition, Hes3 is also expressed in the adult adrenal medulla from where the tissue is taken. Differentiation is induced by bFGF withdrawal and switching to Neurobasal medium containing B27. Following differentiation, Hes3 expression is lost, and cells acquire morphologies and biomarker expression patterns of chromaffin cells and dopaminergic neurons. We tested the effect of different treatments that we previously showed regulate Hes3 expression and cell number in cultures of fetal and adult rodent neural stem cells. Treatment of the cultures with a combination of Delta4, Angiopoietin2, and a Janus kinase inhibitor increases cell number during the expansion phase without significantly affecting catecholamine content levels. Treatment with cholera toxin does not significantly affect cell number but reduces the ratio of epinephrine to norepinephrine content and increases the dopamine content relative to total catecholamines. These data suggest that this defined culture system can be used for target identification in drug discovery programs and that the transcription factor Hes3 may serve as a new biomarker of putative adrenomedullary chromaffin progenitor cells.
    Stem cells translational medicine. 05/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Context: About 35% of patients with pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma carry a germ-line mutation in one of the ten main susceptibility genes. The recent introduction of next-generation sequencing will allow the analysis of all these genes in one run. When positive, the analysis is generally unequivocal due to the association between a germ-line mutation and a concordant clinical presentation or positive family history. When genetic analysis reveals a novel mutation with no clinical correlates, particularly in presence of a missense variant, the question arises whether the mutation is pathogenic or a rare polymorphism. Objective: We report a case of a 35 yr old patient operated for a pheochromocytoma who turned out to be carrier of a novel SDHD (succinate-dehydrogenase subunit D) missense mutation. With no positive family history nor clinical correlates, we decided to perform additional analyses to test the mutation clinical significance. Methods: We performed in-silico analysis, tissue LOH analysis, immunohistochemistry, Western blot analysis, SDH enzymatic assay and measurement of the succinate/fumarate concentration ratio in the tumor tissue by tandem mass spectrometry. Results: While the in-silico analysis gave contradictory results according to the different methods, all the other tests demonstrated that the SDH complex was conserved and normally active. We therefore came to the conclusion that the variant was a non-pathogenic polymorphism. Conclusions: Advancements in technology facilitate genetic analysis of patients with pheochromocytoma but also offer new challenges to the clinician who, in some cases, needs clinical correlates and/or functional tests to give significance to the results of the genetic assay.
    The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 04/2014; · 6.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Five new terpenes (1-5) and ten known compounds (6-15) were isolated from Inula japonica, and their structures were identified by spectroscopic analysis. Compounds 3 and 14 showed positive inhibitory effects on nitric oxide production. Furthermore, compound 14 suppressed both leukotriene C4 synthesis and degranulation in c-kit ligand-induced bone marrow-derived mast cells.
    Planta Medica 04/2014; · 2.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Two series of new ionone alkaloid derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for antitumor invasive activities in human MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. The structures of derivatives were elucidated by 1H, 13C NMR and mass spectrometric methods. Ionone alkaloid derivatives 1a, 1c, 1d, 4i, 4j and 4k revealed significant inhibitory effects on the invasion of MDA-MB-231 cells in invasion assay, and compound 4j bearing a 4-fluoro benzene group of ionone alkaloid exhibited potent anti-invasive activity with an IC50 value of 0.054 μM.
    Letters in Drug Design &amp Discovery 03/2014; 11(4). · 0.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Three new pregnane alkaloids, named terminamines H-J (1-3), together with two known alkaloids (4 and 5), were isolated from the ethanol extract of Pachysandra terminalis. The structures of isolated compounds were elucidated by spectroscopic methods, including (1)H and (13)C NMR, 2D NMR, and HR-ESI-MS. Compounds 1, 4, and 5 revealed significant anti-metastasis activities. In addition, compound 1 inhibited the expression of p-PKCζ in MDA-MB-231 cells, and compound 4 inhibited the expressions of p-PKCζ in MDA-MB-231 and A549 cells.
    Journal of Asian natural products research 03/2014; · 0.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs) are catecholamine-producing chromaffin cell tumors with diverse phenotypic features reflecting mutations in numerous genes, including MYC-associated factor X (MAX). To explore whether phenotypic differences among PPGLs reflect a MAX-mediated mechanism and opposing influences of HIF2α and HIF1α, we combined observational investigations in PPGLs and gene-manipulation studies in two pheochromocytoma cell lines. Among PPGLs from 140 patients, tumors due to MAX mutations were characterized by gene expression profiles and intermediate phenotypic features that distinguished these tumors from other PPGLs, all of which fell into two expression clusters: one cluster with low expression of HIF2α and mature phenotypic features and the other with high expression of HIF2α and immature phenotypic features due to mutations stabilizing HIFs. Max-mutated tumors distributed to a distinct sub-cluster of the former group. In cell lines lacking Max, re-expression of the gene resulted in maturation of phenotypic features and decreased cell cycle progression. In cell lines lacking Hif2α, overexpression of the gene led to immature phenotypic features, failure of dexamethasone to induce differentiation and increased proliferation. HIF1α had opposing actions to HIF2α in both cell lines, supporting evolving evidence of their differential actions on tumorigenic processes via a MYC/MAX related pathway. Requirement of a fully functional MYC/MAX complex to facilitate differentiation explains the intermediate phenotypic features in tumors due to MAX mutations. Overexpression of HIF2α in chromaffin cell tumors due to mutations affecting HIF stabilization explains their proliferative features and why the tumors fail to differentiate even when exposed locally to adrenal steroids. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    International Journal of Cancer 03/2014; · 6.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chemical constituents of Inula japonica were isolated and purified by repeated column chromatographies, over silica gel, and Toyopearl HW-40, and preparative HPLC. On the basis of spectral data analysis, including NMR and MS data, the structures of the isolates were elucidated and their anti-inflammatory activities were assayed. Fifteen compounds were isolated from the ethyl acetate extract of I. japonica, and their structures were elucidated as dihydrosyringenin (1), (3S, 5R, 6S, 7E)-5,6-epoxy-3-hydroxy-7-megastigmen-9-one (2), (6R, 7E) -9-hydroxy-4,7-megastigmadien-3-one (3), arnidiol (4), taraxasterol acetate (5), 8,9,10-trihydroxythymol (6), taxifolin (7), luteolin (8), napetin (9), eupatin (10), spinacetin (11), quercetin (12), p-hydroxycinnamic acid (13), caffeic acid (14), and caffeoyl acetate (15). Compounds 1, 2, 7, 13 and 15 were isolated from the genus Inula for the first time, and compounds 3, 4, 9-11 and 14 were isolated from this plant for the first time. The anti-inflammatory activity result showed that compounds 3, 6-12 and 14 exhibited inhibition effect against leukotriene C4 (LTC4) synthesis and degranulation definitely in c-Kit Ligand (KL) induced mast cells, and compound 8 and 12 also had the suppression effect against lipopolysacharide(LPS) induced nitric oxide (NO) activity in RAW264.7 macrophages. It is firstly reported that compounds 7 and 9-11 possessed potent inhibition activities against LTC4 generation and degranulation in mast cells.
    Zhongguo Zhong yao za zhi = Zhongguo zhongyao zazhi = China journal of Chinese materia medica 01/2014; 39(1):83-8.
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    ABSTRACT: Preclinical Research The preparation of novel E-salignone derivatives and their biological evaluation as potential antimetastatic agents is described. The E-salignone amide derivatives were prepared from epiandrosterone and androsterone, and characterized by analytical (1) H NMR, (13) C NMR, and mass spectrometry. The derivatives were evaluated for antimetastatic activity in MDA-MB-231 cells by using a transwell assay. Comparing with the positive control, LY294002, compounds 19b, 19d, and 19e exhibited significant inhibitory effects on the EGF-induced invasion of MB-MDA-231 cells. Moreover, compound 19b also had antimigration effects in wound-healing assay. Compound 19b may represent a novel antimetastatic agent for treating breast cancer.
    Drug Development Research 11/2013; · 0.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PGLs) are neuroendocrine tumors of sympathetic and parasympathetic paraganglia. The present study investigated the relationships between genotype-specific differences in mitochondrial function and catecholamine content in PGL tumors. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Respiratory chain enzyme assays and 1H-NMR spectroscopy at 500 MHz, were performed on homogenates of 35 sporadic PGLs and 59 PGLs from patients with hereditary mutations in SDHB, SDHD, SDHAF-2, VHL, RET, NF1 and MAX. RESULTS: In SDHx related PGLs, a significant decrease in complex II activity (p<0.0001) and a significant increase in complex I, III and IV enzyme activities were observed when compared to sporadic, RET and NF1 tumors. Also, a significant increase in citrate synthase (p<0.0001) enzyme activity was observed in SDHx related PGLs when compared to sporadic, VHL, RET and NF1 related ones. An increase in succinate accumulation (p<0.001) and decrease in ATP/ADP/AMP accumulation (p<0.001) was observed when compared to sporadic PGLs and PGLs of other genotypes. Positive correlations (p<0.01) were observed between respiratory chain complex II activity and total catecholamine content and ATP/ADP/AMP and total catecholamine contents in tumor tissues. CONCLUSIONS: The present study for the first time establishes relationship between determinants of energy metabolism like activity of respiratory chain enzyme complex II, ATP/ADP/AMP content and catecholamine content in PGL tumors. Also, the present study for the first time successfully uses NMR spectroscopy to detect catecholamines in PGL tumors and provides ex vivo evidence for the accumulation of succinate in PGL tumors with a SDHx mutation.
    Clinical Cancer Research 05/2013; · 7.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To study chemical constituents from Pachysandra terminalis. By repeated column chromatography, including silica gel, Toyopearl HW-40, and preparative HPLC, four new (14) and one known (5) compounds were isolated and purified. On the basis of spectral data analysis, the structure of isolated compounds were elucidated as follow: 2-methyl-3-methylenepentane-1, 2, 5-triol (1), 4-methyl-3-methylenepentane-1, 2, 5-triol (2), 4-methyl-3-methylenepentane-1, 2, 5-triol-5-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside (3), 4-methyl-3-methylenep- entane-1, 2, 5-triol-1-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside (4), (7S, 8R, 8' R)-(+)-lariciresinol-9-O-beta-D-glucopyrano-side (5). Compound 5 was isolated from this genus for the first time.
    Zhongguo Zhong yao za zhi = Zhongguo zhongyao zazhi = China journal of Chinese materia medica 02/2013; 38(3):350-3.
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    ABSTRACT: Hypoxia has wide-ranging impact in normal physiology and disease processes. This stimulus evokes changes in gene expression mediated by transcription factors termed hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) that affect numerous processes: angiogenesis, cell survival, cellular metabolism, stem cell self-renewal and multipotency, migration, invasiveness, and metastatic progression in tumor cells. Over the past decade, increasing numbers of reports have emerged documenting differential roles of HIF1α and HIF2α in these processes. In cells of the sympathoadrenal lineage, both HIFs differentially mediate influences of hypoxia on catecholamine synthesis and secretion, but HIF2α signaling has particularly prominent functions in regulating developmental processes of growth and differentiation. This chapter discusses the role of HIF2α and HIF1α in the context of the development, phenotypic features, and functions of chromaffin cells. Moreover, current knowledge about tumor formation in cells of the sympathoadrenal lineage, leading to catecholamine-producing pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas, is analyzed in the light of the HIF2α signaling network.
    Advances in pharmacology (San Diego, Calif.) 01/2013; 68:285-317.
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    ABSTRACT: Pheochromocytoma is a rare but potentially lethal chromaffin cell tumor with currently no effective treatment. Peptide hormone receptors are frequently overexpressed on endocrine tumor cells and can be specifically targeted by various anti-tumor peptide analogs. The present study carried out on mouse pheochromocytoma cells (MPC) and a more aggressive mouse tumor tissue-derived (MTT) cell line revealed that these cells are characterized by pronounced expression of the somatostatin receptor 2 (sst2), growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) receptor and the luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) receptor. We further demonstrated significant anti-tumor effects mediated by cytotoxic somatostatin analogs, AN-162 and AN-238, by LHRH antagonist, Cetrorelix, by the cytotoxic LHRH analog, AN-152, and by recently developed GHRH antagonist, MIA-602, on MPC and for AN-152 and MIA-602 on MTT cells. Studies of novel anti-tumor compounds on these mouse cell lines serve as an important basis for mouse models of metastatic pheochromocytoma, which we are currently establishing.
    Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 12/2012; · 4.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Here, we describe a novel method utilizing double stable isotope ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry to measure tissue contents and activity of phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PNMT), the enzyme responsible for synthesis of the stress hormone, epinephrine. The method is based on measurement of deuterium-labeled epinephrine produced from the reaction of norepinephrine with deuterium-labeled S-adenosyl-L-methionine as the methyl donor. In addition to enzyme activity, the method allows for determination of tissue contents of PNMT using human recombinant enzyme for calibration. The calibration curve for epinephrine was linear over the range of 0.1 to 5,000 pM, with 0.5 pM epinephrine representing the lower limit of quantification. The calibration curve relating PNMT to production of deuterium-labeled epinephrine was also linear from 0.01 to 100 ng PNMT. Intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation were respectively 12.8 % (n = 10) and 10.9 to 13.6 % (n = 10). We established utility of the method by showing induction of the enzyme by dexamethasone in mouse pheochromocytoma cells and strong relationships to PNMT gene expression and tissue epinephrine levels in human pheochromocytomas. Development of this assay provides new possibilities for investigations focusing on regulation of PNMT, the crucial final enzyme responsible for synthesis of epinephrine, the primary fight-or-flight stress hormone.
    Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 12/2012; · 3.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Measurements of plasma normetanephrine and metanephrine provide a useful diagnostic test for phaeochromocytoma, but this depends on appropriate reference intervals. Upper cut-offs set too high compromise diagnostic sensitivity, whereas set too low, false-positives are a problem. This study aimed to establish optimal reference intervals for plasma normetanephrine and metanephrine. METHODS: Blood samples were collected in the supine position from 1226 subjects, aged 5-84 y, including 116 children, 575 normotensive and hypertensive adults and 535 patients in whom phaeochromocytoma was ruled out. Reference intervals were examined according to age and gender. Various models were examined to optimize upper cut-offs according to estimates of diagnostic sensitivity and specificity in a separate validation group of 3888 patients tested for phaeochromocytoma, including 558 with confirmed disease. RESULTS: Plasma metanephrine, but not normetanephrine, was higher (P < 0.001) in men than in women, but reference intervals did not differ. Age showed a positive relationship (P < 0.0001) with plasma normetanephrine and a weaker relationship (P = 0.021) with metanephrine. Upper cut-offs of reference intervals for normetanephrine increased from 0.47 nmol/L in children to 1.05 nmol/L in subjects over 60 y. A curvilinear model for age-adjusted compared with fixed upper cut-offs for normetanephrine, together with a higher cut-off for metanephrine (0.45 versus 0.32 nmol/L), resulted in a substantial gain in diagnostic specificity from 88.3% to 96.0% with minimal loss in diagnostic sensitivity from 93.9% to 93.6%. CONCLUSIONS: These data establish age-adjusted cut-offs of reference intervals for plasma normetanephrine and optimized cut-offs for metanephrine useful for minimizing false-positive results.
    Annals of Clinical Biochemistry 10/2012; · 1.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A chemical investigation of the endemic relict shrub Tetraena mongolica led to the isolation of four new triterpenes: 11α,12α:13β,28-diepoxyoleanane-3β-yl trans-caffeate (1), 3β-hydroxy-11α,12α-epoxyoleanane-28-al (2), olean-11-en-28-al-3β-yl trans-caffeate (3), and 28-acetoxy-olean-12-en-3β-yl trans-caffeate (4). Their structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic methods.
    Journal of Asian natural products research 08/2012; 14(9):838-43. · 0.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To study chemical constituents contained in Phymatopteris hastate and their antioxidant activity. Chemical constituents were separated and purified from P. hastate by using such methods as silica gel, Toyopearl HW-40C and HPLC preparative chromatography. Their structures were identified by spectroscopic methods such as NMR. Furthermore, 1, 1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl(DPPH) method was used to assess the antioxidant activity of each compound. Fourteen compounds were separated and identified as 4-O-beta-D-glucopyranosyl-ethyl-trans-caffeicate (1), kaempferlo-7-O-alpha-L-rhamnopyranside (2), kaempferol-3, 7-di-O-alpha-L-rhamnopyranoside (3), kaempferol-3-O-alpha-L-arabinofuranosyl-7-O-alpha-L-rhamnopyranoside (4), juglanin (5), naringin (6), naringenin-7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside (7), trans-caffeic acid (8), trans-caffeic acid-3-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside (9), trans-cinnamic acid-4-O-beta-D- glucopyranoside (10), trans-melilotoside (11), cis-melilotoside (12), ethyl chlorogenate (13), protocatechuic acid (14). The antioxidation experiment showed an obvious antioxidant activity in compounds 1-9, 13-14. All of the compounds were separated from this genus for the first time. Among them, compound 1 was not seen in literature reports and assumed to be a new artifact derived from compound 9 and ethanol. Compounds 1-9, 13-14 showed a remarkable antioxidant activity.
    Zhongguo Zhong yao za zhi = Zhongguo zhongyao zazhi = China journal of Chinese materia medica 05/2012; 37(10):1402-7.
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    ABSTRACT: The differentiation of dopamine-producing neurons from chromaffin progenitors might represent a new valuable source for replacement therapies in Parkinson's disease. However, characterization of their differentiation potential is an important prerequisite for efficient engraftment. Based on our previous studies on isolation and characterization of chromaffin progenitors from adult adrenals, this study investigates their potential to producedopaminergic neurons and means to enhance their dopaminergic differentiation. Chromaffin progenitors grown in sphere culture showed an increased expression of nestin and Mash1 indicating an increase of the progenitor subset. Pro-neurogenic culture conditions induced the differentiation into neurons positive for neural markers β-III-tubulin, MAP2 and TH accompanied by a decrease of Mash1 and nestin. Furthermore, Notch2 expression decreased concomitantly with a down-regulation of downstream effectors Hes1 and Hes5 responsible for self-renewal and proliferation maintenance of progenitor cells. Chromaffin progenitor-derived neurons secreted dopamine upon stimulation by potassium. Strikingly, treatment of differentiating cells with retinoic and ascorbic acid resulted in a twofold increase of dopamine secretion while norepinephrine and epinephrine were decreased. Initiation of dopamine synthesis and neural maturation is controlled by Pitx3 and Nurr1. Both, Pitx3 and Nurr1 were identified in differentiating chromaffin progenitors. Along with the gained dopaminergic function, electrophysiology revealed features of mature neurons such as sodium channels and the capability to fire multiple action potentials. In summary, this study elucidates the capacity of chromaffin progenitor cells to generate functional dopaminergic neurons indicating their potential use in cell replacement therapies.
    Cell Transplantation 04/2012; · 4.42 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 2014
    • Carl Gustav Carus-Institut
      Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 2013–2014
    • Technische Universität Dresden
      • Institute of Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
      Dresden, Saxony, Germany
  • 2012–2014
    • Tianjin Medical University
      • School of Pharmacy
      T’ien-ching-shih, Tianjin Shi, China
    • Universitätsklinikum Dresden
      Dresden, Saxony, Germany