Yi Li

Sun Yat-Sen University, Shengcheng, Guangdong, China

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    ABSTRACT: The preoperative and intraoperative diagnosis of parotid gland tumors is difficult, but is important for their surgical management. In order to explore an intraoperative diagnostic method, Raman spectroscopy is applied to detect the normal parotid gland and tumors, including pleomorphic adenoma, Warthin's tumor and mucoepidermoid carcinoma. In the 600–1800 cm−1 region of the Raman shift, there are numerous spectral differences between the parotid gland and tumors. Compared with Raman spectra of the normal parotid gland, the Raman spectra of parotid tumors show an increase of the peaks assigned to nucleic acids and proteins, but a decrease of the peaks related to lipids. Spectral differences also exist between the spectra of parotid tumors. Based on these differences, a remarkable classification and diagnosis of the parotid gland and tumors are carried out by support vector machine (SVM), with high accuracy (96.7~100%), sensitivity (93.3~100%) and specificity (96.7~100%). Raman spectroscopy combined with SVM has a great potential to aid the intraoperative diagnosis of parotid tumors and could provide an accurate and rapid diagnostic approach.
    Laser Physics 08/2014; 24(11):115601. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Multiple myeloma (MM) is a malignant plasma cells proliferative disease. The intricate cross-talk of myeloma cells with bone marrow microenvironment plays an important role in facilitating growth and survival of myeloma cells. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) are important cells in MM microenvironment. In solid tumors, BMMSCs can be educated by tumor cells to become cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) with high expression of fibroblast activation protein (FAP). FAP was reported to be involved in drug resistance, tumorigenesis, neoplastic progression, angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis of tumor cells. However, the expression and the role of FAP in MM bone marrow microenvironment is still less known. The present study is aimed to investigate the expression of FAP, the role of FAP and its relevant signaling pathway in regulating apoptosis induced by bortezomib in MM cells. In this study, our data illustrated that the expression levels of FAP were not different between the cultured BMMSCs isolated from MM patients and normal donors. The expression levels of FAP can be increased by TCCM stimulation or coculture with RPMI8226 cells. FAP has important role in BMMSCs mediated protecting MM cell lines from apoptosis induced by bortezomib. Further study showed that this process may likely through β-catenin signaling pathway in vitro. The activation of β-catenin in MM cell lines was dependent on direct contact with BMMSCs other than separated by transwell or additional condition medium from BMMSCs and cytokines.
    Cancer biology & therapy 07/2014; 15(10). · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Several genome-wide association studies have revealed that HLA-DP/DQ, STAT4 and IL-28B associated with liver diseases. But due to population heterogeneity, different races would have different causative polymorphisms. Therefore, in this study, we included Chinese Tibetans and Uygurs to examine the roles of these genes on HBV natural clearance.
    Liver international: official journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver 07/2014; · 3.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, sodium taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide (NTCP) was newly identified as a hepatitis B virus (HBV) receptor, which partly shed light on the reason for HBV hepatotropism and its host specificity. However, the related researches were limited to in-vitro or animal experiments. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the association of NTCP polymorphisms with HBV natural course in humans.
    Infection, genetics and evolution: journal of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics in infectious diseases 07/2014; · 3.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To explore the correlation of blood-cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) barrier (BCB) dysfunction with the therapeutic effect of antitubercular agents and their resistance, hoping to provide theoretical evidence for improvement of the therapeutic effect. Methods: Albumin in CSF and serum was assayed by IMMAGE. The CSF/serum albumin ratio (QALB) was used to evaluate the permeability of the BCB. Real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR was used to detect the amount of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA, and an MTBDRplus reagent kit was used to determine the type of drug resistance of the M. tuberculosis. Results: The correlation analysis showed that significant correlation existed between the grade of severity of tuberculous meningitis and the QALB, and the grade of severity and the total leukocyte count in the CSF, for which the correlation coefficients were 0.366 (p < 0.05) and 0.365 (p < 0.05), respectively. The QALB in the group of patients who recovered was significantly higher than that in those patients who experienced disease progression (p = 0.019). Conclusions: Our study showed that the permeability of the BCB correlated with the cure rate in tuberculous meningitis. Specifically, in the treatment of tuberculous meningitis, it is of key importance to utilize the benefit of the permeability of the BCB to achieve a better outcome. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    European Neurology 04/2014; 71(5-6):331-336. · 1.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In past 2 decades, nonmedical consumption of cough mixture has become a serious social problem in certain regions of China. Cough mixture abuse causes psychiatric symptoms. Moreover, there has been an increasing concern about the physical disorders associated with cough mixture abuse. A retrospective chart review of hypokalemia related to cough mixture abuse between January 2009 and December 2012 was conducted in Guangzhou Brain Hospital, China. The charts were reviewed for 34 subjects with cough mixture abuse. Seven of 34 cough mixture abusers (20.6%) presented hypokalemia, with symptoms ranged from mild to severe limb weakness. Hypokalemia in these patients reduced after normalization of potassium. A high incidence of hypokalemia presents in cough mixture abusers. Cough mixture abuse might be one of the secondary causes of hypokalemia paralysis in young patients presenting to emergency departments.
    Journal of Addiction Medicine 04/2014; · 1.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, a combination of recombinant adenoviral p53 (rAd-p53) gene therapy and intra-arterial delivery of chemotherapeutic agents for treatment of oral squamous cell carcinoma was evaluated. In total, 99 patients with stage III or IV oral carcinoma who had refused or were ineligible for surgery were enrolled in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, phase III clinical trial. They were randomly assigned to group I (n = 35; intra-arterial infusion of rAd-p53 plus chemotherapy), group II (n = 33; intra-arterial infusion of rAd-p53 plus placebo chemotherapy), or group III (n = 31; intra-arterial infusion of placebo rAd-p53 plus chemotherapy). The median length of follow-up was 36 months (range, 3 to 86 months). During follow-up, 16 patients in group I, 20 in group II, and 22 in group III died. Group I (48.5%) had a higher complete response rate than groups II (16.7%) and III (17.2%) (P = 0.006). The rate of non-responders in group I was significantly lower than that in groups II and III (P < 0.020). A log-rank test for survival rate indicated that group I had a significantly higher survival rate than group III (P = 0.019). The survival rate of patients with stage III but not stage IV oral cancer was significantly higher in group I than in group III (P = 0.015, P = 0.200, respectively). The survival rate of patients with stage IV did not differ significantly among the three groups. Or the 99 patients, 63 patients experienced adverse events of either transient flu-like symptoms or bone marrow suppression, while 13 patients had both these conditions together. No replication-deficient virus was detected in patient serum, urine, or sputum. rAd-p53 treatment increased Bax expression in the primary tumor of 80% of patients, as shown by immunohistochemical staining. Intra-arterial infusion of combined rAd-p53 and chemotherapy significantly increased the survival rate of patients with stage III but not stage IV oral cancer, compared with intra-arterial chemotherapy. Intra-arterial infusion of combined rAd-p53 and chemotherapy may represent a promising alternative treatment for oral squamous cell carcinoma.Trial registration: ChiCTR-TRC-09000392(Date of registration: 2009-05-18;
    BMC Medicine 01/2014; 12(1):16. · 6.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Astaxanthin is a strong antioxidant with the ability of reducing the markers of inflammation. To explore the protective effect of astaxanthin on maternal ethanol induced embryonic deficiency, and to investigate the underlying mechanisms, we detected the morphology, expression of neural marker genes, oxidative stress indexes, and inflammatory factors in mice model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder with or without astaxanthin pretreatment. Our results showed that astaxanthin blocked maternal ethanol induced retardation of embryonic growth, and the down-regulation of neural marker genes, Otx1 and Sox2. Moreover, astaxanthin also reversed the increases of malondialdehyde (MDA), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and the decrease of glutathione peroxidase (GPx) in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. In addition, maternal ethanol induced up-regulation of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), and the down-streaming myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88), NF-κB, TNF-α, and IL-1β in embryos, and this was inhibited by astaxanthin pretreatment. These results demonstrated a protective effect of astaxanthin on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and suggested that oxidative stress and TLR4 signaling associated inflammatory reaction are involved in this process.
    Neuropharmacology 01/2014; 84:13–18. · 4.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The successful gene delivery into the brain is a major challenge due to the presence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In order to transport plasmid DNA across the BBB and target the brain glioma, the PEGylated liposomes (PLs) modified with OX26 and chlorotoxin (CTX) were developed as a dual-targeting gene delivery system, and the therapeutic efficacy of OX26/CTX-PL/pC27 against glioma was evaluated using in vitro and in vivo experimental models.
    Molecular cancer. 01/2014; 13(1):191.
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) affects 400 million people and is the most common cause of liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) worldwide. Cellular immune regulation plays an important role in determining the infection outcome. Co-signal molecules and Th17/Treg were studied to explore their association with the progression of HBV infection.Ninety-four HBV-infected patients were categorized into three groups: 31 patients with LC caused by CHB, 30 with HCC caused by CHB and 33 with HCC caused by CHB. Co-signal molecules, Th17/Treg, and Stat3 and Stat5 were analyzed by flow cytometry.CHB patients who progressed to LC or HCC showed a significantly higher level of co-inhibitory molecules such as BTLA and PD-1, while there was no significant difference in co-stimulatory molecules among LC, HCC and CHB. Stat3 and Stat5 were significantly increased in LC and HCC compared to CHB patients.Co-inhibitory molecules play more important roles than co-stimulatory molecules. Increased PD-1 and BTLA/HVEM inhibited immune cells and the immune process. At the same time activated Stat3 and Stat5 stimulate the key factors in differentiation of Th17 and Treg, thus leading to imbalanced expansion of Th17 and Treg; immune tolerance was induced and HBV persistent. This resulted in hepatic inflammation that progressed to cirrhosis and carcinoma.
    Hepatology International 01/2014; 8(1). · 2.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Whether clopidogrel should be added to aspirin for stroke prevention remained controversial for the risk of hemorrhagic complications. This meta-analysis was aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of adding clopidogrel to aspirin on stroke prevention in high vascular risk patients, and to provide evidence for a suitable duration of dual antiplatelet therapy.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(8):e104402. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective In recent years, sodium taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide (NTCP) was newly identified as a hepatitis B virus (HBV) receptor, which partly shed light on the reason for HBV hepatotropism and its host specificity. However, the related researches were limited to in-vitro or animal experiments. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the association of NTCP polymorphisms with HBV natural course in humans. Methods According to their serological and clinical characteristics, 933 Chinese Han individuals were divided into two major groups, 352 viral clearance controls and 581 persistently infected patients. The latter one included 186 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and 395 non-HCC subjects. A total of five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were selected from HapMap dataset and genotyped by high resolution melting (HRM) curve method. Results The rs7154439 AA genotype was observed slightly more common in viral clearance group than in persistently infected group [16 (4.5%) subjects versus 10 (1.7%) subjects. p=0.008, adjusted odds ratio (AOR)=0.33, 95% confidence interval (CI)=0.15–0.75 in a codominant model; and p=0.006, AOR=0.32, 95% CI=0.14–0.72 in a recessive model]. While the rs4646287 AA genotype was observed slightly more frequent in HCC group than in non-HCC group [6 (3.2%) subjects versus 1 (0.3%) subject. p=0.018, AOR=15.74, 95% CI=1.59–155.54 in a codominant model; and p=0.018, AOR=15.91, 95% CI=1.61–157.01 in a recessive model]. There were no statistically significant differences of allele or haplotype distribution between any two groups. Conclusions This study suggests that polymorphisms in the NTCP region may be associated with the natural course of HBV infection. The rs7154439 AA genotype was associated with HBV clearance, while the rs4646287 AA genotype was associated with HCC occurrence. However, considering the sample size is relatively small, larger studies, especially through multicenter collaboration will be needed to fully validate the significance of these findings.
    Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Noradrenergic pathways and glucocorticoid-mediated signal pathways have been implicated in the growth and progression of oral cancer. Patients with oral neoplasms can have high psychological distress levels, but the effects of stress-related hormones on oral neoplasm growth are unknown.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(7):e99179. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 27-kDa C-terminal fragment of human telomerase reverse transcriptase, hTERTC27, has previously been reported to inhibit the growth and tumorigenicity of HeLa human cervical cancer cells and U87-MG human glioblastoma multiforme cells. However, the antitumor effects of hTERTC27 in hepatoma and its underlying mechanisms are unclear. In the current study, the therapeutic effect of hTERTC27, mediated by recombinant adenovirus, in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was explored in vitro and in vivo to investigate the possible mechanisms. The results indicated that recombinant adenovirus carrying hTERTC27 (rAdv-hTERTC27) effectively inhibited the growth and induced apoptosis of the Hepa 1-6 HCC cells. Dendritic cells transduced with rAdv-hTERTC27 were highly effective at inducing antigen-specific T cell proliferation and increasing the activated cytotoxicity of T cells against Hepa 1-6 cells. HCC was inhibited significantly when a single dose of 5×10(7) pfu rAdv-hTERTC27 was administered intravenously. In summary, the results of this study demonstrated that rAdv-hTERTC27 may serve as a reagent for intravenous administration when combined with telomerase-based gene therapy and immunotherapy for cancer.
    Oncology letters 09/2013; 6(3):748-752. · 0.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The safety of rAd5-hTERTC27, a replication defective adenovirus vector carrying hTERTC27 for possible use against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was assessed. In single-dose evaluations, intravenous dose levels of up to 2×10(11)VP/kg in rats and 9×10(10)VP/kg in monkeys were well tolerated with no abnormal changes in general signs, body weight and food consumption, and no significant differences in biochemical parameters, urinalysis, ECG, and systemic necropsy observations between the rAd5 groups and solvent control group except that slight hematological change was observed. No hemolytic effect using rabbit blood, local perivasculitis following intravenous injection in rabbits or systemic anaphylaxis in guinea pigs following intravenous dosing was seen. No effects on the central nervous system of mice occurred following intravenous dosing with the exception of an increase in sleep duration at the dose of 1.2×10(11)VP/kg (p<0.05) but not at lower doses of 2×10(10) and 6×10(10) VP/kg in the hypnotic synergism test. These results demonstrate that administration of rAd5-hTERTC27 was well tolerated in an initial set of safety studies as part of an evaluation to allow human trials for the treatment of HCC.
    Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 07/2013; · 2.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Our objectives are to investigate the role of MMP-9 in cold exposure-induced stroke and assess the preventive effect of doxycycline, a total of 200 rats were assigned to a control group, sham group, 2-kidney, 2-clip (2K-2C) group, and doxycycline-received 2K-2C group (2K-2C + doxy) (N = 50, each), and subsequently, each group were randomly assigned to 2 groups: acute cold exposure (ACE) and nonacute cold exposure (NACE) (N = 25, each). After the blood pressure was stabilized, rats were maintained on a 12-h light (22°C)/dark (4°C) cycle (ACE group) or a 12-h light (22°C)/dark (22°C) cycle (NACE group) for 3 cycles. The results showed that ACE upregulated Ang II and MMP-9 protein levels in brains and aortas and considerably enhanced stroke incidence in 2K-2C rats. In contrast, doxycycline treatment prevented upregulation of MMP-9 protein expression and activity in brains and aortas in response to ACE and significantly decreased stroke incidence. These findings suggest that cold exposure-induced MMP-9 via activation of RAS might play a critical role in the initiation of cold exposure-induced stroke during chronic hypertension and doxycycline shows protective effects against cold exposure-induced stroke.
    Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases: the official journal of National Stroke Association 06/2013;
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 05/2013; · 9.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy is the standard radical treatment for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and may cause radiation-induced brain injury (RI). Treatment for RI remains a challenge. We conducted this study to investigate the indications of neurosurgery, operation time and prognosis of patients with RI after NPC radiotherapy who underwent neurosurgical management. METHODS: This was a follow-up study between January 2005 and July 2011. Fifteen NPC cases of RI who underwent neurosurgery were collected. Brain Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), surgery and histology were studied. The outcome was assessed by LENT/SOMA scales and modified Rankin scale. RESULTS: Brain lesion resection (86.7%) was more common than decompressive craniotomy (13.3%). According to LENT/SOMA scale before and six months after surgery, 13 of 15, 12 of 15, 14 of 15, and 14 of 15 cases showed improvement at subjective, objective, management and analytic domains, respectively. 12 of 15 patients showed improvement of modified Rankin scale after surgery. Three patients who underwent emergency surgery showed significant improvement (average score increment of 2, 2.7, 2.7, 3 and 2 at LENT/SOMA scale subjective, objective, management, analytic, and modified Rankin scale, respectively), as compared with 12 cases underwent elective surgery (average score increment of 1, 1, 1.4, 1.8 and 1 at LENT SOMA scale subjective, objective, management, analytic, and modified Rankin scale, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: Neurosurgery, including brain necrotic tissue resection and decompressive craniotomy, improves the prognosis for RI patients, especially for those with indications of emergency surgery.
    Radiation Oncology 04/2013; 8(1):88. · 2.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Clinical trials of immunotherapy in mantle cell lymphoma have not yet delivered desirable results, partly due to the inhibitory machinery of tumor and its microenvironment. Here we investigated the role of B7-H1, a member of the B7 family of co-stimulatory/co-inhibitory ligands, in mantle cell lymphoma -mediated immunosuppression. Allogeneic CD3+, CD4+ and CD8+ T cells were purified and cocultured with irradiated mantle cell lymphoma cells. Mantle cell lymphoma -reactive T-cell lines from HLA-A*0201+ healthy blood donors were generated after in vitro restimulation, and were subjected to functional tests. Our results showed that B7-H1 expressed on mantle cell lymphoma cells was able to inhibit T-cell proliferation induced by the tumor cells, impair the generation of antigen-specific T-cell responses, and render mantle cell lymphoma cells resistant to T cell-mediated cytolysis. Blocking or knocking down B7-H1 on mantle cell lymphoma cells enhanced T-cell responses and restored tumor-cell sensitivity to T cell-mediated killing in vitro and in vivo. Knocking down B7-H1 on mantle cell lymphoma cells primed more CD4+ or CD8+ memory effector T cells. Our study demonstrates for the first time that lymphoma cell-expressed B7-H1 may lead to the suppression of host anti-tumor immune responses in mantle cell lymphoma and targeting tumor cell B7-H1 may represent a novel approach to improve the efficacy of immunotherapy in mantle cell lymphoma patients.
    Haematologica 03/2013; · 5.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is the most common complication after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. To clarify the role of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), which is a major receptor for bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS), in the development of acute GVHD, we used a TLR4-knockout (TLR4(-/-)) mouse GVHD model and analyzed the underlying immunological mechanisms. When TLR4(-/-) mice were used as bone marrow and splenocyte cell graft donors or recipients, GVHD symptom occurrence and mortality were delayed compared to wild-type (TLR4(+/+)) mice. In addition, histopathological analyses revealed that in TLR4(-/-)→BALB/c chimeras, liver and small intestine tissue damage was reduced with minimal lymphocytic infiltration. In contrast to TLR4(+/+), TLR4(-/-) mice dendritic cells did not express CD80, CD86, CD40, MHC-II or IL-12 during LPS induction and remained in an immature state. Furthermore, the ability of TLR4(-/-) mice spleen dendritic cells to promote allogeneic T-cell proliferation and, in particular, T-helper cell 1 (Th1) development was obviously attenuated compared with TLR4(+/+) mice dendritic cells, and the levels of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and IL-10, Th2-cell specific cytokines, were significantly higher in the serum of TLR4(-/-)→BALB/c than in TLR4(+/+)→BALB/c chimeric mice. Overall, our data revealed that TLR4 may play a role in the pathogenesis of GVHD and that targeted TLR4 gene therapy might provide a new treatment approach to reduce the risk of GVHD.Cellular & Molecular Immunology advance online publication, 24 December 2012; doi:10.1038/cmi.2012.58.
    Cellular & molecular immunology 12/2012; · 3.42 Impact Factor

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  • 2008–2014
    • Sun Yat-Sen University
      • School of Life Sciences
      Shengcheng, Guangdong, China
  • 2007–2014
    • Sichuan University
      • • Department of Laboratory Medicine
      • • Biomedical Engineering Unit
      • • Department of Immunology
      Hua-yang, Sichuan, China
  • 2012
    • Zhejiang University
      • School of Medicine
      Hang-hsien, Zhejiang Sheng, China
  • 2008–2011
    • East Tennessee State University
      • Department of Internal Medicine
      Johnson City, TN, United States
  • 2010
    • Peking University People's Hospital
      Peping, Beijing, China