Hong Shang

Southern Medical University, Shengcheng, Guangdong, China

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  • Zhaoxue Tong, Bin Zhao, Guojie Zhao, Hong Shang, Yifu Guan
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    ABSTRACT: Induction of endonucleolytic DNA cleavage is an essential event that links the initiating stimuli to the final effects of cells. The cleavage efficiency and thus the final yield could be affected by many factors, including structures of DNA substrates, composite structures of enzymes-substrates or enzymes-nucleic analogs and so on. However, it is not clear whether a nucleotide derivative-substituted in DNA substrates can influence the efficiency of enzymatic cleavage. To investigate the effect of sugar pucker conformation on DNA-protein interactions, we used 2'-O-methyl modified nucleotides (OMeN) to modify DNA substrates of isocaudemers BamHI and BglII in this study, and used FRET assay as an efficient method for analysis of enzyme cleavage. Experimental results demonstrated that OMeN-substituted recognition sequences influenced the cleavage rates significantly in a position-dependent manner. OMeN substitutions can reduce the cleavage as expected. Surprisingly, OMeN substitutions can also enhance the cleavage rates. The kinetics parameters of Vmax and Km have been obtained by fitting the Michaelis-Menten kinetic equation. These 2'- OMe nucleotides could behave as a regulatory element to modulate the enzymatic activity in vitro, and this property could enrich our understanding about the endonuclease cleavage mechanism and enhance our ability to regulate the enzymatic cleavage efficiency for applications in synthetic biology.
    Journal of biosciences. 09/2014; 39(4):621-30.
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    ABSTRACT: We have developed a rapid and high-throughput assay based on rolling circle amplification, to distinguish individual strand cleavage of DNA duplexes by restriction endonucleases. As an illustration, we analyzed nicking activity of Nb.BbvCI and uneven cleavage of LNA modified DNA by EcoRI. This assay has potential for analyzing protein-DNA interactions.
    Chemical Communications 08/2014; · 6.38 Impact Factor
  • Bin Zhao, Zhaoxue Tong, Guojie Zhao, Runqing Mu, Hong Shang, Yifu Guan
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    ABSTRACT: To further understand the ligation mechanism, effects of 2'-O-methyl nucleotide (2'-OMeN) on the T4 DNA ligation efficiency were investigated. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer assay was used to monitor the nick-joining process by T4 DNA ligase. Results showed that substitutions at 5'- and 3'-ends of the nick decreased the ligation efficiency by 48.7 ± 6.7% and 70.6 ± 4.0%, respectively. Substitutions at both 5'- and 3'-ends decreased the ligation efficiency by 76.6 ± 1.3%. Corresponding kinetic parameters, Vmax, Km, and kcat, have been determined in each case by using the Michaelis-Menten equation. The kinetic data showed that the 2'-OMeN substitutions reduced the maximal initial velocity and increased the Michaelis constant of T4 DNA ligase. Mismatches at 5'- and 3'-ends of the nick have also shown different influences on the ligation. Results here showed that the sugar pucker conformation at 3'-end impairs the ligation efficiency more profoundly than that at 5'-end. Different concentrations of Mg(2+), Ca(2+), K(+), Na(+), and ATP were also demonstrated to affect the T4 DNA ligase activity. These results enriched our knowledge about the effects of 2'-OMeN substitutions on the T4 DNA ligase.
    Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica 07/2014; · 1.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Currently there are no reference intervals (RIs) of sodium (Na), potassium (K), and chlorine (Cl) on Chinese population. Two kinds of ion-selective electrode (ISE) methods were commonly used to determine K, Na, and Cl levels in China, the difference between these two methods needs to be evaluated.MethodsA total of 4,524 healthy participants (1,916 males and 2,608 females) between 20–79 years old from six cities in China were selected by strict criteria. Serum K, Na, and CL were tested on Roche Modular analyzers in six assigned laboratories. According to EP-9A2, using Roche Modular analyzer (indirect ISE) as comparative method, Olympus AU 5400 analyzer (indirect ISE) and Johnson&Johnson Fusion 5.1 analyzer (direct ISE) were evaluated.ResultsIn Chinese population, the RIs for K, Na, and CL are 3.6–5.2, 136–146, and 99–110 mmol/l, respectively. Compared to the Roche indirect ISE method, Johnson direct ISE method showed a positive bias; and Olympus indirect ISE method just showed a very slight bias.Conclusion The RIs of K, Na, and Cl of Han Chinese healthy adult population were found to be smaller than those provided by the manufacturer. By a criteria of biological variations for CV, the differences of Na and K between Roche analyzer and Johnson analyzer were not acceptable for clinical application, while the differences of Na, K, and Cl between Roche and Olympus analyzers were acceptable for clinical application.
    Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis 05/2014; · 1.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Background: Defining common reference intervals (RIs) are encouraging. The aim of this study is to establish RIs for complete blood count (CBC) in a Chinese Han population and probe their age- and sex-related CBC trends. Additionally, we will compare the CBC RIs of Han with those of other races. Methods: In total 1259 Han individuals (584 male and 675 female) were recruited in North China. CBC was processed on Sysmex XE-2100, Coulter LH750 and Mindray BC5800 whose traceability was well verified. The non-parametric 2.5th-97.5th percentiles RIs were calculated. Results: The RIs for CBC parameters did not show apparent analyzer-specificity, apart from mean cellular volume (MCV), mean platelet volume (MPV), plateletcrit (PCT) and platelet distribution width (PDW). Red blood cell (RBC), hemoglobin (HBG), hematocrit (HCT), mean cellular hemoglobin (MCH), and mean cellular hemoglobin concentration (MGHC) are higher in males; and their male mean values tend to drop after 40 years; conversely, the female mean values tend to rise. Platelet (PLT) is higher in females and tends to drop after 40 years in both sexes. White blood cell (WBC) and absolute count of neutrophils (NE) and monocytes (MO) are higher in males, but there is no apparent change with age. Lymphocytes (LY) absolute count declines with age in males, but the same change in females is not obvious. RIs for HBG and HCT are similar among Han, Nordic, US European and US Mexican populations and are lower in US Africans. WBC RIs for Han and US African populations are lower than that for US Europeans and US Mexicans. Conclusion: RIs for major blood cell parameters are not method-dependent; variations obviously exist in age, sex and race. Consequently, common RIs for most CBC parameters appear inapplicable.
    Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 02/2014; · 3.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV are two worldwide public health concerns. Co-infection of these two diseases has been considered to be a major obstacle for the global efforts in reaching the goals for the prevention of HIV and TB. A comprehensive cross-sectional study was conducted to recruit TB patients in three provinces (Guangxi, Henan and Sichuan) of China between April 1 and September 30, 2010. A total of 1,032 consenting TB patients attended this survey during the study period. Among the participants, 3.30% were HIV positive; about one quarter had opportunistic infections. Nearly half of the participants were 50 years or older, the majority were male and about one third were from minority ethnic groups. After adjusting for site, gender and areas of residence (using the partial/selective Model 1), former commercial plasma donors (adjusted OR [aOR] = 33.71) and injecting drug users(aOR = 15.86) were found to have significantly higher risk of being HIV-positivity. In addition, having extramarital sexual relationship (aOR = 307.16), being engaged in commercial sex (aOR = 252.37), suffering from opportunistic infections in the past six months (aOR = 2.79), losing 10% or more of the body weight in the past six months (aOR = 5.90) and having abnormal chest X-ray findings (aOR = 20.40) were all significantly associated with HIV seropositivity (each p<0.05). HIV prevalence among TB patients was high in the study areas of China. To control the dual epidemic, intervention strategies targeting socio-demographic and behavioral factors associated with higher risk of TB-HIV co-infection are urgently called for.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(2):e89723. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective. To investigate the prevalence of recreational drug use and its relationship with HIV infection among Chinese MSM. Methods. A cross-sectional study of 625 MSM was conducted in Shenyang, China. Questionnaires were administered to collect information on recreational drug use and sexual behaviors. Blood specimens were collected to test for HIV and syphilis antibodies. Results. Nearly a quarter (23.2%, 145/625) of participants reported ever using recreational drugs, among which alkyl nitrites (poppers) was the most frequently used drug (19.2%), followed by methylmorphine phosphate (5.1%), methamphetamine (4.0%), and ketamine (0.8%). The overall prevalence of HIV and syphilis was 9.6% and 10.4%, respectively. Multivariate logistic analysis showed that recreational drug use was significantly correlated with age ≤25 year (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] = 1.6, 95% CI, 1.1-2.9), single marital status (aOR = 2.1, 95% CI, 1.2-3.6), and seeking male sexual partners mainly through Internet (aOR = 1.8, 95% CI, 1.8-2.8). Recreational drug use was independently associated with an increased risk of HIV infection (aOR = 3.5, 95% CI, 2.0-6.2). Conclusions. Our study suggests that recreational drug use is popular among Chinese MSM and is associated with significantly increased HIV infection risk. HIV prevention intervention programs should reduce both drug use and risky sexual behaviors in this population.
    BioMed research international. 01/2014; 2014:725361.
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    ABSTRACT: The HIV-1 epidemic among men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) continues to expand in China. A large-scale national survey we conducted on HIV-1 strains among MSM in 11 provinces in China from 2008 to 2013 (n = 920) identified a novel transmission cluster consisting of six strains (0.7%) that belonged to a new circulating recombinant form (designated CRF59_01B). CRF59_01B contains two subtype B segments of U.S.-European origin (in the pol and vpu-env regions) in a CRF01_AE backbone. CRF59_01B is the second CRF (after CRF55_01B) circulating primarily among MSM in China. CRF59_01B occurs at a low frequency (less than 1%), but it was detected in four different provinces/regions in China: Liaoning (northeast China) (n = 3); Hunan (central China) (n = 1); Guangdong (south China) (n = 1); Yunnan (southwest China) (n = 1). One additional recombinant strain was detected in a heterosexual individual in Liaoning province but is not the focus of this paper. Bayesian molecular clock analyses indicate that CRF59_01B emerged as a result of recombination between CRF01_AE and subtype B around the year 2001. The emergence of multiple forms of recombinants and CRFs reflects the ever-increasing contribution of homosexual transmission in China's HIV epidemic and indicates an active HIV transmission network among MSM in China.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(6):e99693. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: CD3(+)CD56(+) NKT-like cells are one of the critical effectors in the immune response to viral infection and tumors, but the functional features of NKT-like cells in HIV infection have been rarely reported. In this study, we observed and described the state of NKT-like cell functions in primary HIV-infected individuals (PHIs), chronic HIV-infected individuals (CHIs), long-term nonprogressors (LTNPs), and HIV-negative controls (NCs). The results showed that the percentage of IFN- γ (+)CD3(+)CD56(+) NKT-like cells was notably higher in LTNPs compared with CHIs, and the proportion of CD3(+)CD56(+) NKT-like cells with dual function (IFN- γ (+)CD107a(+) NKT-like cells) in LTNPs was also much higher than in CHIs. Additionally, the percentages of IFN- γ (+)CD107a(+) NKT-like cells negatively correlated with viral load. Taken together, our data demonstrated that good functions of CD3(+)CD56(+) NKT-like cells in LTNPs likely occurred as a protective mechanism that slows down HIV disease progression.
    BioMed research international. 01/2014; 2014:863625.
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    ABSTRACT: Sixteen original recombinant pseudoviruses were generated by cloning the reverse transcriptase and protease genes of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 from patients into a plasmid vector (pNL4-3-ΔE-EGFP). By site-directed mutagenesis two restriction endonuclease sites, ApaI and AgeI, were inserted into pNL4-3-ΔE-EGFP. Phenotypic susceptibility of recombinant pseudoviruses to five different classes of antiretroviral drugs was determined using a luciferase reporter assay system. The results were subjected to comparative analyses to detect genotype-phenotype associations. Among 16 strains tested, 12 strains had a discordant genotype-phenotype resistance pattern to at least one drug. In five strains resistance to two, in two strains to three, and in one strain resistance to four drugs was detected. HIV resistance genotyping could predict the phenotype for nevirapine and azidothymidine. For lamivudine, 2'-3'-didehydro-2'-3'dideoxythymidine and didanosine, phenotypic resistance testing was necessary. The study showed that in patients who experienced long-term highly active antiretroviral therapy and virological failure, there is some discordance between genotypic and phenotypic HIV drug resistance. To address the issue of limited resources in China, genotypic and phenotypic resistance testing should be done for different drugs in order to guide clinical therapy more effectively.
    Journal of Basic Microbiology 12/2013; · 1.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cerebral malaria (CM) is associated with excessive host proinflammatory responses and endothelial activation. The hematopoietic hormone erythropoietin (EPO) possesses neuroprotective functions in animal models of ischemic-hypoxic, traumatic and inflammatory injuries. In the Plasmodium berghei ANKA model of experimental CM (ECM), recombinant human EPO (rhEPO) has shown evident protection against ECM. To elucidate the mechanism of EPO in this ECM model, we investigated the effect of rhEPO on host cellular immune responses. We demonstrated that improved survival of mice with ECM after rhEPO treatment was associated with reduced endothelial activation and improved integrity of the blood-brain barrier. Our results revealed that rhEPO down-regulated the inflammatory responses by directly inhibiting the levels and functions of splenic dendritic cells. Conversely, rhEPO treatment led to significant expansion of regulatory T cells and increased production of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. The data presented here provide evidence on the direct effect of rhEPO on host cellular immunity during ECM.
    Infection and immunity 10/2013; · 4.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The aim of this study was to better understand methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at the molecular level by investigating the genotypic characteristics and evolutionary patterns of MRSA clones in Shenyang, China. Methods: We analyzed the molecular epidemiology of 60 MRSA isolates in Shenyang, China, between 2002 and 2008, using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), multilocus sequence typing (MLST), staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) typing, and S. aureus protein A (spa) typing. They were examined for their antimicrobial susceptibilities. Results: Among the 60 isolates, ST239 was identified most frequently (34 isolates; 58%), followed by ST5 (20 isolates; 34%). Nine spa types were obtained and 4 PFGE strain families (A, B, C, and D) were resolved. Spa type t030, which corresponded to PFGE genotypes A1, A3, and A4, constituted 45% (27/60) of all isolates; spa type t037, which corresponded to PFGE type A2, accounted for 13% (8/60) of all isolates. These 2 spa genotypes belonged to ST239 and carried SCCmec type III. Isolates genotyped as spa type t002 comprised 27% (16/60) of the study set and included isolates typed as PFGE B1 and B2, ST5, and SCCmec II. Most of MRSA isolates belonging to ST239 were susceptible to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC50) of vancomycin among MRSA isolates belonging to ST5 (2 mg/l) was higher than that for other isolates (1 mg/l). Conclusions: These data document 2 major epidemic MRSA clones in Shenyang, China: ST239-MRSA-SCCmec type III-t037/t030 and ST5-MRSA-SCCmec type II-t002.
    Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases 09/2013; · 1.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) allele frequencies, which differ among various ethnic populations, may result in population-specific effects on HIV-1 disease progression. No large-scale study has yet been conducted on the Chinese population. In this study, HLA class I antigen specificities were determined in a cohort including 105 long-term non-progressors (LTNPs) and 321 typical progressors (TPs), who were recruited from HIV-1-infected Northern Han Chinese, to determine the associations between certain HLA types and HIV-1 disease progression. The frequencies of HLA class I specificities and haplotypes among the two groups were compared using binary logistic stepwise regression. Results showed that HLA-A∗30-B∗13-C∗06 (OR=0.387, P=0.019) and B∗67 (OR=0.134, P=0.005) were associated with a long-term non-progressing condition, and C∗01 (OR=2.539, P=0.050) was overrepresented in TPs after adjusting for non-genetic factors (sex, age, the location of patients, HIV subtype and the route of infection). The influence of HLA homozygosity on HIV disease progression was also analyzed. However, homozygosity at HLA-A, HLA-B or HLA-C conferred no observable disadvantage in our study population (P=0.730, 0.246 and 0.445, respectively). These findings suggest that the host's genetics make important contributions to HIV viral control and may help to develop peptide-based vaccines for this population.
    Human immunology 09/2013; · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Natural killer (NK) cells are important effectors of the innate immune system that help control viral infections and tumorigenesis. However, the relationship between NK cell function and HIV disease progression remains poorly defined. In this study, we examined the function of NK cells in Chinese patients who were HIV-infected but treatment-naïve. These individuals include primary HIV-infected patients (PHIs), typical progressors (TPs), and long-term nonprogressors (LTNPs). We observed an increase of CD56(dim) NK cells in PHIs, but the production of interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) and CD107a expression in PHIs were not altered compared with normal control subjects (NCs). However, the NK cells from LTNPs exhibited increased activities in IFN-γ production, CD107a expression and granzyme B change after K562 stimulation compared with NCs. Furthermore, the percentage of IFN-γ(+)CD107a(-) NK cells in LTNPs was higher than that in TPs, PHIs and NCs; levels of IFN-γ production in LTNP NK cells exhibited an inverse correlation with viral loads. Similar correlations, however, were not observed in the PHI and TP groups. Taken together, these data demonstrate that enhanced NK cell function may contribute to the control of HIV infection, and increased IFN-γ secretion may be associated with delayed disease progression.
    Journal of Clinical Immunology 09/2013; · 3.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Natural killer (NK) cells have emerged as pivotal players in innate immunity, especially in the defense against viral infections and tumors. Killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) an important recognition receptor expressed on the surface of NK cells regulate the inhibition and/or activation of NK cells after interacting with human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I ligands. Various KIR genes might impact the prognosis of many different diseases. The implications of KIR-HLA interaction in HIV disease progression remains poorly understood. Here, we studied KIR genotypes, mRNA levels, HLA genotypes, CD4 T cell counts and viral loads in our cohort of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected individuals, a group that includes HIV long-term nonprogressors (LTNPs) and typical progressors (TPs). We found that the frequency of KIR3DS1/L1 heterozygotes with HLA-Bw4-80I gene was much higher in LTNPs than in TPs (P=0.001) and that the KIR3DL1 homozygotes without HLA-Bw4-80I gene had higher viral loads and lower CD4 T cell counts (P=0.014 and P=0.021, respectively). Our study also confirmed that homozygosity for the HLA-Bw6 allele was associated with rapid disease progression. In addition to the aforementioned results on the DNA level, we observed that higher level expression of KIR3DS1 mRNA was in LTNP group, and that higher level expression of KIR3DL1 mRNA was in TP group. Our data suggest that different KIR-HLA genotypes and different levels of transcripts associate with HIV disease progression.
    BMC Infectious Diseases 08/2013; 13(1):405. · 3.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In order to obtain adequate information for the treatment of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, it is crucial to identify trends in epidemiological and antimicrobial resistance patterns of local S. aureus strains. Community and hospital acquired S. aureus isolates (n=202) were characterized using staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) typing, pulse field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis, spa typing and minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) determination. The prevalence of the Panton-Valentine leukocidine (pvl) and several antibiotic resistance genes among the isolates were also detected by PCR. All of the S. aureus isolates were susceptible to vancomycin, daptomycin and linezolid. Three hospital isolates were resistant to teicoplanin while 14 showed intermediate resistance to teicoplanin. The resistance patterns of community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) isolates to other antimicrobials were similar to those of hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA) isolates except for clindamycin and gentamicin. There was excellent correlation between phenotypes and genotypes in the determination of S. aureus resistance to erythromycin, gentamicin, and tetracycline. The SCCmec type II and SCCmec type IV were the predominant types detected in hospital and community isolates, respectively. The most frequently encountered spa types were t002 and t030 both in HA- and CA-MRSA isolates. Pulsotype A was the most predominant pulsotype identified among the isolates tested, followed by pulsotype B. Seventy-two hospital isolates (19 HA-MRSA and 53 HA-MSSA) and 10 CA-MRSA were positive for the pvl gene. This study shows that the combination of susceptibility testing and various molecular methods has provided useful information on the antibiotic resistance and molecular diversity of S. aureus in a specific region of China. The high proportion of pvl positive MSSA and MRSA isolates observed in this study indicates that adequate measures are needed to curtail the spread of those MRSA and MSSA clones prevailing both in hospital and the community.
    The Brazilian journal of infectious diseases: an official publication of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases 07/2013; · 1.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Men who have sex with men (MSM) have accounted for an alarmingly increasing proportion of nationally reported human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases recently. While the latest HIV epidemic among this population was not well understood, the underlying reasons for the rapid increase of the HIV epidemic were even more rarely evaluated. This study reviewed all published articles and national surveillance data in recent years to analyze the new HIV epidemic among MSM in China, and this study finally concluded that a culture of risky sexual behaviors, low adoption of HIV testing and a high prevalence of syphilis infection were the major risk factors that predominantly facilitate homosexual HIV transmission. Both HIV infection and homosexuality remain highly stigmatized in China, which further exacerbates attempts at HIV prevention and control. A great deal of work still needs to be done for the national policy makers, programming, research and clinical sectors to help curb the HIV epidemic among Chinese MSM.
    Emerging Microbes & Infections. 07/2013; 2(7).
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    ABSTRACT: Different functions have been attributed to CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T-cells (Tregs) during malaria infection. Herein, we describe the disparity in Treg response and pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines during infection with Plasmodium berghei ANKA between young (3-week-old) and middle-aged (8-month-old) C57BL/6 mice. Young mice were susceptible to cerebral malaria (CM), while the middle-aged mice were resistant to CM and succumbed to hyperparasitemia and severe anemia. The levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF-α, in young CM-susceptible mice were markedly higher than in middle-aged CM-resistant mice. An increased absolute number of Tregs 3-5 days post-inoculation, co-occurring with elevated IL-10 levels, was observed in middle-aged CM-resistant mice but not in young CM-susceptible mice. Our findings suggest that Treg proliferation might be associated with the suppression of excessive pro-inflammatory Th1 response during early malaria infection, leading to resistance to CM in the middle-aged mice, possibly in an IL-10-dependent manner.
    The Korean Journal of Parasitology 06/2013; 51(3):289-95. · 0.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: A substantial percentage (10%-15%) of HIV-infected individuals experience a sharp decline in CD4(+) T-cell counts and progress to AIDS quickly after primary infection. Identification of biomarkers distinguishing rapid progressors (RPs) vs chronic progressors (CPs) is critical for early clinical intervention and could provide novel strategies to facilitate vaccine design and immune therapy.METHODS: mRNA and microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of RPs and CPs were investigated at 111 (22) days [mean (SD)] of HIV infection. The association of mRNA and miRNA expression with disease progression was examined by ROC analysis and Kaplan-Meier survival analysis.RESULTS: Pathway enrichment analysis showed that genes with deregulated expression in RPs were primarily involved in apoptosis pathways. Furthermore, we found that 5 miRNAs (miR-31, -200c, -526a, -99a, and -503) in RPs were significantly decreased compared to those in CPs (P < 0.05). The decreased expression of these miRNAs was associated with a rapid disease of progression of HIV infection with a 94% predictive value as measured by the area under the curve. The upregulated predicted targets from the 5 signature miRNAs and all upregulated genes identified from mRNA microarray analysis converged to the apoptosis pathway. Moreover, overexpression of miR-31 in primary human T cells promoted their survival.CONCLUSIONS: Our results have identified a distinct transcriptomic signature in PBMCs of RPs and provided novel insights to the pathogenesis of HIV infection.
    Clinical Chemistry 04/2013; · 7.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES:: To investigate the epidemiological relationships between HIV-1 strains that are spread among the MSMpopulations of nine cities across China and to analyze the origins and divergence times of the major epidemic strains found in the MSM population. METHODS:: A total of 583 HIV-1-positivesubjects were recruited from high-risk MSM populations in ninecities across China between 2009 and 2011. Nucleotide sequences of 1.0-kb pro-RT regions were amplified and sequenced. Phylogenetic and Bayesian molecular clock analyses were performed. RESULTS:: The overall distribution of HIV-1 genotypes was as follows: CRF01_AE, 62.1%; CRF07_BC, 18.2%; subtype B (US-European), 15.9%; subtype B', 0.7%; other recombinants, 3.1%. In addition to the two distinct CRF01_AE clusters (clusters 1 (n=157: 26.9%) and 2 (n=196: 33.6%)previously reported by our group, we identified a novel CRF07_BC cluster (cluster 3) (n=94: 16.1%) unique to China's MSM population whose strains were homologous and could be detected in all nine cities.These three lineages of HIV-1 strains (clusters 1-3) accounted for 76.7% (447of 583) of infections among MSM in China as a whole. Clusters 1, 2 and 3 were estimated to have been introduced into the MSM population in 1999, 2001 and 2001, respectively,indicating that the newly-identified CRF07_BC cluster 3 is not a young lineage.However,it spread quickly in recent years. CONCLUSIONS:: We identified three distinct HIV-1 lineages (clusters 1-3) responsible for the recent upsurge of the AIDS epidemic among MSM in China. These three HIV-1 variants are spread widely among MSM throughout China, demonstratingremarkable founding effects.
    JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 03/2013; · 4.65 Impact Factor

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  • 2011–2014
    • Southern Medical University
      • Department of Infectious Diseases
      Shengcheng, Guangdong, China
  • 2013
    • Liaoning Medical University
      Liaonan, Jiangxi Sheng, China
  • 2008–2013
    • Chinese Center For Disease Control And Prevention
      • National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention
      Beijing, Beijing Shi, China
  • 2004–2013
    • China Medical University (PRC)
      • Key Laboratory of AIDS Immunology, Ministry of Health
      Shenyang, Liaoning, China
  • 2012
    • Yunnan Center for Disease Control and Prevention
      Yün-nan, Yunnan, China
    • Jiamusi University
      Feng-t’ien, Liaoning, China