Lifang Tian

Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi Sheng, China

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    ABSTRACT: T-2 toxin (T-2), one of the most important and toxic trichothecene mycotoxins, can cause many medical problems, such as diarrhea, nervous disorders, immunodepression and death, and is also believed as an etiological factor of Kashin-Beck disease, an endemic osteochondropathy prevailing in North China. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying T-2 effects on tissue damage remain elusive. We differentiated ATDC5 chondrogenic cells into hypertrophic chondrocytes, and found that T-2 reduced the expression of anabolic genes, and increased the expression of catabolic genes. To uncover the mechanism that T-2 influenced metabolic homeostasis of hypertrophic chondrocytes, we observed that T-2 increased the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the degradation of IκB-α, and up-regulated the expression of hypoxia-induced factor-2α (HIF-2α). Bay11-7085 (an inhibitor of NF-κB pathway) inhibited the up-regulation of HIF-2α, and N-acetyl-l-cysteine (a ROS scavenger) inhibited both the decrease of IκB-α and the up-regulation of HIF-2α. Our results demonstrate that ROS-NF-κB-HIF-2α pathway participates in the effects of T-2 on hypertrophic chondrocytes, and HIF-2α plays an important role as a key mediator in this process.
    Toxicology in Vitro 07/2012; 26(7):1106-13. · 3.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recently, two genome scan meta-analysis studies have found strong evidence for the association of loci on chromosome 8p with schizophrenia. The early growth response 3 (EGR3) gene located in chromosome 8p21.3 was also found to be involved in the etiology of schizophrenia. However, subsequent studies failed to replicate this finding. To investigate the genetic role of EGR3 in Chinese patients, we genotyped four SNPs (average interval ∼2.3 kb) in the chromosome region of EGR3 in 470 Chinese schizophrenia patients and 480 healthy control subjects. The SNP rs35201266 (located in intron 1 of EGR3) showed significant differences between cases and controls in both genotype frequency distribution (P = 0.016) and allele frequency distribution (P = 0.009). Analysis of the haplotype rs35201266-rs3750192 provided significant evidence for association with schizophrenia (P = 0.0012); a significant difference was found for the common haplotype AG (P = 0.0005). Furthermore, significant associations were also found in several other two-, and three-SNP tests of haplotype analyses. The meta-analysis revealed a statistically significant association between rs35201266 and schizophrenia (P = 0.0001). In summary, our study supports the association of EGR3 with schizophrenia in our Han Chinese sample, and further functional exploration of the EGR3 gene will contribute to the molecular basis for the complex network underlying schizophrenia pathogenesis.
    PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(1):e30237. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Primary OA and Kashin-Beck disease (KBD) show similar pathological changes in articular cartilage. The objective was to screen differentially expressed genes between OA and normal cartilage, confirm the candidate gene expression among OA, KBD and normal cartilage, and then clarify its role in vitro. Differentially expressed genes in OA cartilage were screened by suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) and verified by real-time quantitative PCR (Q-PCR) analysis. Heparan sulphate 6-O-sulphotransferase 2 (HS6ST2) expression was identified by Q-PCR and immunohistochemistry. After suppressing HS6ST2 by RNA interference in C28/I2 human chondrocyte line, the effects were analysed through determining the cell viability by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT), the aggrecan contents by toluidine blue staining and the mRNA expression levels of SRY-type high mobility group box 9 (SOX9), AGC1, MMP3, a disintegrin and metalloproteinase domain with thrombospondin motifs 4 (ADAMTS4) and ADAMTS5 by Q-PCR. HS6ST2 in the reverse subtraction library was identified as a down-regulated gene in OA and KBD at both mRNA and protein levels. The percentage of safranion O staining area was correlated positively with the percentage of HS6ST2-positive chondrocytes in OA and KBD cartilage. After HS6ST2-specific short interfering RNA (siRNA) transfection to C28/I2 cells, the cell viability was inhibited significantly, and the mRNA expression levels of SOX9 and AGC1 were reduced markedly, while MMP3 expression was increased significantly. CONCLUSION; HS6ST2 down-regulation was identified in both OA and KBD cartilage. The findings first suggest that HS6ST2 may participate in the pathogenesis of OA and KBD by influencing aggrecan metabolism.
    Rheumatology (Oxford, England) 12/2011; 50(12):2176-86. · 4.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To examine plasma levels of arthritis-related autoantibodies and inflammatory factors in Kashin-Beck disease (KBD) patients compared with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, osteoarthritis (OA) patients, and healthy controls, the plasma levels of autoantibodies to types II, IX, and XI collagen and cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) and immunoglobulin (Ig)-G and IgM rheumatoid factors (IgG-RF and IgM-RF) from 45 KBD patients, 39 RA patients, 46 OA patients, and 30 healthy controls were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The plasma concentrations of nitric oxide (NO) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) were measured using the Griess method and bioassay, respectively. Statistical analysis was performed using one-way analysis of variance followed by the least significant difference t test for differences among groups. Results indicated that the plasma levels of collagen IX antibodies, IgG-RF, and NO significantly increased in KBD patients compared with patients with RA and OA and the control group. The levels of collagen XI antibodies, CCP antibodies, and IgM-RF but not collagen II antibodies and TNF-α were significantly increased in the plasma of the KBD group compared with that of the control group. We conclude that autoimmunity and inflammation may be involved in the pathogenesis of KBD, in particular in the advanced stage.
    Human immunology 06/2011; 72(10):812-6. · 2.55 Impact Factor