Jinhua Xu

Fudan University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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    ABSTRACT: Background Occupational toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) related to Dalbergia cochinchinensis has seldom been reported in the past. Its clinical characteristic needs to be investigated. This study reports eight cases of such disease in China.Methods Eight patients with occupational TEN admitted from 2003 to 2012 were retrospectively analyzed and compared with 15 patients admitted with TEN caused by drugs as controls. Patients all received combination therapy of corticosteroid and intravenous immunoglobulin. The times for bullous ceasing, tapering of corticosteroid, and total hospitalization were compared between the two groups of patients. SCORTEN, a severity-of-illness scoring system for TEN prognosis, was applied to evaluate clinical outcome.ResultsThe three time measurements in occupational TEN were longer than those in control, and the differences were statistically significant (P = 0.0023, 0.026, 0.0017), which means the total dose of corticosteroid needed in occupational TEN was higher than that in the control. There were no deaths in the two groups, although expected deaths were 0.612 and 0.836, respectively.DiscussionOccupational TEN has a longer progression than TEN caused by drugs, and there is more difficulty in its treatment. Clinicians should pay attention to this disease. However, its mechanism and target therapy remain unclear.
    International journal of dermatology 05/2015; DOI:10.1111/ijd.12784 · 1.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: GPP, generalized pustular psoriasis; LD, linkage disequilibrium; MAF, minor allele frequency; OR, odds ratio; PV, psoriasis vulgaris; SNP, single nucleotide polymorphism
    Journal of Investigative Dermatology 03/2015; DOI:10.1038/jid.2015.111 · 6.37 Impact Factor
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 03/2015; 12(3):3232-3245. DOI:10.3390/ijerph120303232 · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have reproducibly associated ∼40 susceptibility loci with psoriasis. However, the missing heritability is evident and the contributions of coding variants have not yet been systematically evaluated. Here, we present a large-scale whole-exome array analysis for psoriasis consisting of 42,760 individuals. We discover 16 SNPs within 15 new genes/loci associated with psoriasis, including C1orf141, ZNF683, TMC6, AIM2, IL1RL1, CASR, SON, ZFYVE16, MTHFR, CCDC129, ZNF143, AP5B1, SYNE2, IFNGR2 and 3q26.2-q27 (P<5.00 × 10(-08)). In addition, we also replicate four known susceptibility loci TNIP1, NFKBIA, IL12B and LCE3D-LCE3E. These susceptibility variants identified in the current study collectively account for 1.9% of the psoriasis heritability. The variant within AIM2 is predicted to impact protein structure. Our findings increase the number of genetic risk factors for psoriasis and highlight new and plausible biological pathways in psoriasis.
    Nature Communications 01/2015; 6:6793. DOI:10.1038/ncomms7793 · 10.74 Impact Factor
  • Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy 11/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.pdpdt.2014.11.001 · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Icariside II (IS) is a metabolite of icariin, which is derived from Herba Epimedii. In the present study, the antiproliferative effects of IS on A375 human melanoma cells were examined in vitro and a possible mechanism through the ROS‑p38‑p53 pathway is discussed. A cell WST‑8 assay revealed that treatment with IS markedly reduced cell viability from 77 to 21% (25 and 100 µM, respectively), and cell counting demonstrated that IS treatment reduced cell proliferation. IS treatment also induced cell cycle arrest of A375 cells at the G0/G1 and G2/M transitions and inhibited the expression of cell‑cycle related proteins, including cyclin E, cyclin‑dependent kinase 2 (CDK2), cyclin B1 and phosphorylated cyclin‑dependent kinase 1 (P‑CDK1). In this study, it was determined that IS inhibits cell proliferation and induces cell cycle arrest through the generation of reactive oxygen species and activation of p38 and p53. These findings were further supported by the evidence that pretreatment with N‑acetyl‑L‑cysteine, SB203580 or pifithrin‑α significantly blocked IS‑induced reduction of cell viability, increase of cell death and cell cycle arrest. In conclusion, IS inhibits cell proliferation and induces cell cycle arrest. Crucially, it was confirmed that these effects were mediated at least in part by activating the ROS‑p38‑p53 pathway.
    Molecular Medicine Reports 10/2014; 11(1). DOI:10.3892/mmr.2014.2701 · 1.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA), a precursor of heme biosynthesis, plays a fundamentally important role in aerobic energy metabolism. Heme oxygenase (HO)-1 cleaves heme to form biliverdin, carbon monoxide (CO) and iron (Fe2+). The anti-inflammatory properties of biliverdin and CO help to alleviate ischemia/reperfusion injury as well as acute and/or chronic allograft rejection. We herein investigated whether 5-ALA and Fe2+ exerts salutary effects in the setting of organ transplantation. Methods An in vitro mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) assay and cardiac allotransplantation model (CBA to C57BL/10) were used to evaluate the effects of 5-ALA and Fe2+ on transplantation tolerance. Results Treatment with 5-ALA and sodium ferrous citrate (SFC) resulted in permanent acceptance in the murine cardiac allografts in a dose-, SFC- and HO-1-dependent manner. The number of graft infiltrating CD8 T cells and the survival response of the recipient spleen T cells to the donor type alloantigens were lower than those observed in the control recipients; however, the number of both regulatory T cells and dendritic cells was significantly increased in the 5-ALA/SFC-treated recipients. Conclusions These data indicate that 5-ALA/SFC inhibits T cell proliferation in response to alloantigens and an increased number of regulatory cells, resulting in permanent cardiac allograft acceptance in mice. These findings highlight the important roles of CO and/or HO-1 in inducing tolerance and imply that 5-ALA/SFC may become a clinically effective treatment for allograft rejection.
    The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 10/2014; 34(2). DOI:10.1016/j.healun.2014.09.037 · 5.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cyclin D1 is a member of the G1 cyclin family that regulates the transition through the G1 phase of the cell cycle and is involved in the neoplastic transformation of certain tumors. This study was designed to investigate the expression of cyclin D1 in Bowen's disease (BD) and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Biopsies of 30 cases with BD and 24 cases with SCC confirmed by histopathology were obtained from the Department of Dermatology of Huashan Hospital, Shanghai, China. EnVision immunohistochemical technology with a semiquantitative immunohistochemical score was applied to detect the expression of cyclin D1. Of the 24 specimens with SCC, cyclin D1 was found to be positive in 17 (70.8%), whereas of the 30 specimens with BD, cyclin D1 was found to be positive in 13 (43.3%). The expression of cyclin D1 was significantly higher in the SCC compared to that in the BD group. We did not observe a significant association of cyclin D1 expression with different pathological grades of SCC. In conclusion, cyclin D1 plays a significant role as a diagnostic marker in skin tumors and its overexpression was not found to be correlated with the degree of differentiation of SCC.
    Molecular and Clinical Oncology 07/2014; 2(4):545-548. DOI:10.3892/mco.2014.273
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    ABSTRACT: Regulatory dendritic cells (DCregs) represent a potential therapeutic tool for assessing a variety of immune overreaction conditions; however, current approaches for generating DCregs for therapeutic purposes are limited. We attempted to generate and characterize DCregs from murine induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. The iPS cells co-cultured with OP9 cells displayed mesodermally differentiated flat colonies. GM-CSF drove most of the colonies exhibiting a differentiated morphology. Thereafter, cells became morphologically heterologous under the effects of TGF-β and IL-10. Most of the floating cells developed an irregular shape with areas of protrusion. The generated iPS-DCregs demonstrated high CD11b/c and low CD40, CD80, CD86 and MHC-II expressions with a high antigen uptake ability and poor T-cell stimulatory function. Importantly, iPS-DCregs showed immune responsiveness regulation effects both in vitro and in vivo and the ability to generate regulatory T-cells in vitro. Our result illustrates a feasible approach for generating functional DCregs from murine iPS cells.
    Scientific Reports 02/2014; 4:3979. DOI:10.1038/srep03979 · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In a previous large-scale exome sequencing analysis for psoriasis, we discovered seven common and low-frequency missense variants within six genes with genome-wide significance. Here we describe an in-depth analysis of noncoding variants based on sequencing data (10,727 cases and 10,582 controls) with replication in an independent cohort of Han Chinese individuals consisting of 4,480 cases and 6,521 controls to identify additional psoriasis susceptibility loci. We confirmed four known psoriasis susceptibility loci (IL12B, IFIH1, ERAP1 and RNF114; 2.30 × 10(-20)≤P≤2.41 × 10(-7)) and identified three new susceptibility loci: 4q24 (NFKB1) at rs1020760 (P=2.19 × 10(-8)), 12p13.3 (CD27-LAG3) at rs758739 (P=4.08 × 10(-8)) and 17q12 (IKZF3) at rs10852936 (P=1.96 × 10(-8)). Two suggestive loci, 3p21.31 and 17q25, are also identified with P<1.00 × 10(-6). The results of this study increase the number of confirmed psoriasis risk loci and provide novel insight into the pathogenesis of psoriasis.
    Nature Communications 01/2014; 5:4331. DOI:10.1038/ncomms5331 · 10.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Icariin is the major active ingredient of Herba Epimedii. Icaritin (ICT) is a hydrolytic product of Icariin. In the present study, we investigated the protective role of ICT against cigarette smoke extract (CSE)-mediated oxidative stress in human lung epithelial A549 cells. As demonstrated by the WST-8 assay, exposure to CSE (2.5%, 5%, and 10%) reduced the cell viability of A549 cells (84%, 64% and 53%) in a dose-dependent manner and treatment with ICT10μM dramatically attenuated CSEinduced cytotoxicity (73% and 64%). The MFI data suggested that CSE induced oxidative stress by generating ROS(230)and 10μM ICT treatment attenuated CSE-induced ROS production(90). 10μM ICT treatment resulted in significant AKT activation, Nrf2 nuclear translocation, increased GCL transcription and GSH levels, as compared with CSE exposure alone. However, ICT-mediated upregulation of GCL transcription in CSE-treated cells were lost in Nrf2 siRNA-transfected cells. Furthermore, inhibition of PI3K/AKT signaling by LY294002 partially prevents ICT-induced nuclear translocation of Nrf2 and GCL transcription. These findings suggest that ICT attenuates CS-induced oxidative stress by quenching ROS and also by upregulating GSH via a PI3K-AKT-Nrf2-dependent mechanism. Further studies are required to confirm that a similar protective effect of ICT occurs in the lungs in vivo in response to CS exposure.
    Food and chemical toxicology: an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association 12/2013; 64. DOI:10.1016/j.fct.2013.12.006 · 2.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the contribution of functional coding variants to psoriasis, we analyzed nonsynonymous single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) across the genome by exome sequencing in 781 psoriasis cases and 676 controls and through follow-up validation in 1,326 candidate genes by targeted sequencing in 9,946 psoriasis cases and 9,906 controls from the Chinese population. We discovered two independent missense SNVs in IL23R and GJB2 of low frequency and five common missense SNVs in LCE3D, ERAP1, CARD14 and ZNF816A associated with psoriasis at genome-wide significance. Rare missense SNVs in FUT2 and TARBP1 were also observed with suggestive evidence of association. Single-variant and gene-based association analyses of nonsynonymous SNVs did not identify newly associated genes for psoriasis in the regions subjected to targeted resequencing. This suggests that coding variants in the 1,326 targeted genes contribute only a limited fraction of the overall genetic risk for psoriasis.
    Nature Genetics 11/2013; DOI:10.1038/ng.2827 · 29.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Melanoma is the deadliest cutaneous malignancy because of its high incidence of metastasis. Melanoma growth and metastasis relies on sustained angiogenesis; therefore, inhibiting angiogenesis is a promising approach to treat metastatic melanoma. JWA is a novel microtubule-associated protein and our previous work revealed that JWA inhibited melanoma cell invasion and metastasis. However, the role of JWA in melanoma angiogenesis and the prognostic value are still unknown. Here, we report that JWA in melanoma cells significantly inhibited the tube formation of endothelial cells. In addition, JWA regulated ILK through intergrin αVβ3 and such regulation was achieved through the transcription factor Sp1. Notably, both in vitro and in vivo angiogenesis assays revealed that JWA dramatically suppressed melanoma angiogenesis by inhibiting ILK signaling. Furthermore, we examined the expression of JWA protein in a large set of melanocytic lesions (n=505) at different stages by tissue microarray and found an inverse correlation between JWA expression and melanoma progression (P=5×10(-6)). Importantly, reduced JWA expression was correlated with a poorer overall, and disease-specific, 5-year survival of patients (P=0.001 and 0.007, respectively). Multivariate Cox regression analyses indicated that JWA was an independent prognostic marker for melanoma patients. Moreover, we found a significant negative correlation between JWA and ILK in melanoma biopsies, and their concomitant expression was closely correlated with melanoma patient survival (P=0.004), further indicating the regulation of ILK expression by JWA is critical in melanoma. Taken together, our data highlight the function of JWA in melanoma angiogenesis and reveal the clinical prognostic value of JWA.
    Carcinogenesis 09/2013; DOI:10.1093/carcin/bgt318 · 5.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the epidemic trends of syphilis and to investigate syphilis infections after exposure to infectious patients. A total of 17 211 syphilis patients from the period January 1999 to September 2012 were enrolled in this study. A variety of syphilis prevalence measures were evaluated. We analyzed the characteristics of 2954 cases using available information. Of these patients, 535 early syphilis cases were identified as index patients and the status of their sexual partners was monitored. All sexual partners were followed for 6 months to 1 year through serological testing and clinical examinations. The proportion of syphilis-positive clients at the sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic increased annually, with a five-fold increase from 1999 to 2011 (from 6.1% to 30.0%). The highest increase in syphilis infection occurred among patients in the 20-29 years age group. Male and female cases increased at the same rate between 1999 and 2007, but female cases increased at a greater rate than male cases from 2008 to 2012. Of the 535 sexual partners in the study, 330 (61.7%) were infected with syphilis and 205 (38.3%) were seronegative without any symptoms. Gender may influence disease infection rates (p=0.008), but not at different stages of early syphilis. There was an increasing trend of syphilis infection in Hefei, China. A proportion of highly exposed individuals could be resistant to syphilis infection.
    International journal of infectious diseases: IJID: official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases 07/2013; 17(11). DOI:10.1016/j.ijid.2013.05.007 · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Improvements in skin cancer treatment are likely to derive from novel agents targeting the molecular pathways that promote tumor cell growth and survival. Icariside II (IS) is a metabolite of icariin, which is derived from Herba Epimedii. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the antitumor effects of IS and to determine the mechanism of apoptosis in A431 human epidermoid carcinoma cells. A431 cells were treated with IS (0‑100 µM) for 24 or 48 h and cell viability was detected using the WST‑8 assay. Apoptosis was measured by the Annexin‑V/propidium iodide (PI) flow cytometric assay. Western blot analysis was used to measure the expression of cleaved caspase‑9, cleaved poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP), phosphorylated signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (P‑STAT3), phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase (P‑ERK), and P‑AKT. A431 cells were also pretreated with IS (0‑100 µM) 2 h prior to treatment with epidermal growth factor (EGF; 100 ng/ml) for 10 min. Phosphorylated EGF receptor (P‑EGFR), P‑STAT3, P‑ERK and P‑AKT were detected by western blot analysis. The results demonstrated that IS inhibited the cell viability of the A431 cells in a dose‑dependent manner. Pretreatment with LY294002 [a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor], EGF (an EGFR agonist) and AG1478 (an EGFR inhibitor) partially reversed IS‑induced decreases in cell viability. Treatment with 50 µm IS resulted in an increased number of apoptotic cells mirrored by increases in cleaved caspase‑9 and cleaved PARP. In addition, treatment with 50 µM IS significantly inhibited the activation of the Janus kinase (JAK)‑STAT3 and mitogen‑activated protein kinase (MAPK)‑ERK pathways, but promoted the activation of the PI3K‑AKT pathway. Furthermore, IS effectively inhibited the EGF-induced activation of the EGFR pathways. In conclusion, IS inhibited the cell viability of the A431 cells through the regulation of apoptosis. These effects were mediated, at least in part, by inhibiting the activation of the EGFR pathways.
    Molecular Medicine Reports 06/2013; 8(2). DOI:10.3892/mmr.2013.1557 · 1.48 Impact Factor
  • International journal of cardiology 05/2013; 168(3). DOI:10.1016/j.ijcard.2013.04.094 · 6.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: CD4+ T cells DNA hypomethylation is involved in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Recent studies showed that ultraviolet B (UVB, 290-320nm) might induce the exacerbation of SLE by decreasing the DNA methylation level. However, the role of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) in the UVB-induced CD4+ T cells DNA hypomethylation remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the role of DNMT1 in lupus CD4+ T cells global DNA hypomethylation enhanced by UVB. METHODS: 35 SLE patients and 15 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. CD4+ T cells from SLE patients and healthy controls exposed to different dosages of UVB were analyzed. The global DNA methylation measurement, real-time PCR, Western blotting and DNMT1 catalytic activity detection were employed. RESULTS: The level of global DNA methylation and DNMT1 mRNA expression in CD4+ T cells from SLE patients were significantly lower than those from the control group. DNA methylation was decreased after UVB exposure in a dosage-dependent manner in SLE patients, but not in the control group. DNMT1 mRNA and protein expression level were not affected by UVB exposure in both SLE patients and healthy controls. DNMT1 catalytic activity was significantly decreased in CD4+ T cells from SLE patients after UVB exposure in a dosage-dependent manner. DNMT1 catalytic activity was lower and more sensitive to UVB exposure in CD4+ T cells from active SLE patients that from stable ones. CONCLUSION: UVB enhanced DNA hypomethylation of CD4+ T cells in SLE via inhibiting DNMT1 catalytic activity in a dosage-dependent manner.
    Journal of dermatological science 05/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.jdermsci.2013.04.022 · 3.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure on DNA methylation in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and its significance in the pathogenesis of SLE. T cells from 35 SLE patients and 21 healthy individuals were cultured and irradiated with UVB. The global DNA methylation profiles of the T cells obtained from the patients and controls following irradiation with UVB were assessed using specific monoclonal antibodies for 5-methylcytosine and analyzed quantitatively through flow cytometry. Real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to analyze the levels of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) and methyl CpG binding domain protein 2 (MBD2) in T cells from the patients and controls following UVB irradiation. Significant global DNA hypomethylation was observed in the SLE patients compared with the controls (P<0.01). The SLE patients also had significantly lower levels of DNMT1 mRNA expression (P<0.01) and significantly higher levels of MBD2 mRNA compared with the controls (P<0.01). DNA methylation was decreased following UVB irradiation at two different dosages and the DNA methylation levels of the patients with active SLE were more sensitive to UVB. The level of DNMT1 mRNA was decreased following UVB irradiation at the higher dosage in the patients with active SLE, but no significant difference was observed in MBD2 mRNA expression. UVB exposure is able to inhibit DNA methylation and DNMT1 mRNA expression, which is subsequently involved in the epigenetic mechanism of SLE. The process by which DNA hypomethylation occurs in patients with SLE is complicated and the multiple factors that are involved in DNA methylation and demethylation events require further study.
    Experimental and therapeutic medicine 04/2013; 5(4):1219-1225. DOI:10.3892/etm.2013.960 · 0.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Extramammary Paget's disease (EMPD) is a rare cutaneous malignant neoplasm. The genetic alterations underlying its pathogenesis have less been described. Therefore, we analyzed the possible mutations in the KRAS, HRAS, NRAS, BRAF, ARAF, RAF1, PIK3CA, AKT1, CTNNB1 and APC genes as well as methylation and expression of CDH1 in 144 EMPD cases and 42 matched normal skin tissues. A distinct mutation profile was identified in EMPDs with 27 (19%) cases mutant for RAS and RAF genes and 50 (35%) cases harboring oncogenic mutations in PIK3CA and AKT1. Moreover, a mutually exclusive pattern was observed in the genetic variants in these two signaling pathways. No mutation was detected in CTNNB1 and APC genes. High prevalence of low expression and hypermethylation of CDH1 gene was detected in 33 and 48% of the EMPD cases, respectively. Furthermore, PIK3CA and AKT1 mutations were significantly correlated with CDH1 hypermethylation which could explain why the majority of EMPD cases with mutant PIK3CA and AKT1 were invasive. Our study demonstrates that genetic variants associated with constitutive activation of RAS/RAF and PI3K/AKT pathways are involved in the pathogenesis of EMPD. This may represent novel therapeutic targets for this skin cancer.
    International Journal of Cancer 02/2013; 132(4). DOI:10.1002/ijc.27738 · 5.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study evaluated the antitumor effects of icariside II (IS), isolated from Herba Epimedii, on in vitro and in vivo models of melanoma and determined its mechanism of apoptosis. Mouse (B16) and human (A375, SK-MEL-5) melanoma cell lines were treated with IS at different concentrations (0-100 μM). Cell viability and proliferation was detected by WST-1 assay and with the xCELLigence system, respectively. Apoptosis was measured by the annexin-V/PI flow cytometric assay. Western blot was used to measure cleaved caspase 3, survivin, P-STAT3, P-ERK and P-AKT. B16 and A375 cells were injected subcutaneously into C57BL/6J and BALB/c-nu mice, respectively. After 1 wk, IS solution at (50 mg/kg, 100 mg/kg) was administered by intraperitoneal injection 3 times for a week. Tumor size was measured with an electronic digital caliper. IS inhibited the proliferation of melanoma cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Treatment of A375 cells with IS resulted in an increased number of apoptotic cells ranging from 5.6% to 26.3% mirrored by increases in cleaved caspase-3 and a decrease in survivin expression. IS significantly inhibited the activation of the JAK-STAT3 and MAPK pathways but promoted an unsustained activation peak of the PI3K-AKT pathway. IS administration (50 mg/kg) resulted in a 47.5% decreased tumor volume in A375 bearing mice. Furthermore, IS administration (50 mg/kg, 100 mg/kg) resulted in 41% and 49% decreased tumor volume in B16 bearing mice, respectively. IS dramatically inhibited the proliferation of melanoma cells in vivo and in vitro through the regulation of apoptosis. These effects demonstrate the ability of IS to effectively overcome the survival signals of tumor cells, which support further preclinical evaluation of IS in cancer as a new potential chemotherapeutic agent.
    Nutrition and Cancer 01/2013; 65(1):110-117. DOI:10.1080/01635581.2013.741745 · 2.47 Impact Factor

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  • 2011–2015
    • Fudan University
      • Department of Integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2013
    • Anhui Medical University
      Luchow, Anhui Sheng, China