Shao-Jiang Zheng

Hainan Medical College, Haikou, Yunnan, China

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Publications (6)8.9 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Objective To understand the role of ANP mRNA transcription regulation in gp130-mediated cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, and the involved mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK)-extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK, also called p42/p44 MAPK) signaling pathway. Methods Isolated neonatal ventricular myocytes were treated with different concentrations of CT-1 (10−9, 10−8and 10−7mol/L). MTT was used to analyze the viability and RT-PCR was used to detect ANP mRNA levels in cardiomyocyte. To inhibit p42/p44 MAPK activity in hypertrophic cardiomyocytes, the cells were pretreated with a specific MEK1 inhibitor. Results CT-1 significantly induced ANP mRNA expression and the viability of cardiomyocytes in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Furthermore, blocking p42/p44 MAPK activity by the special MEK1 inhibitor upregulated the ANP mRNA. Conclusions p42/p44 MAPK have an important role in suppressing ANP mRNA transcription and cell activity in gp130-mediated hypertrophic ventricular myocytes.
    Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine 01/2014; 7(3):216–220. · 0.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Liver fibrosis, a wound healing process following all kinds of liver injuries, is characterized by excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). Our previous study revealed that Notch3 might participate in liver fibrogenesis by regulating the activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). The aim of this study was to assess the effects of Notch3 shRNA on hepatic fibrosis in a rat model induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) and to clarify the mechanisms underlying those effects. Recombinant adeno-associated virus type 1 (rAAV1) vector carrying Notch3 shRNA (rAAV1-Notch3-shRNA) was generated and transferred to rat livers via the tail vein. The expression of Notch3, Jagged1, Hes1 and α-SMA were detected by real-time RT-PCR and immunofluorescence. The effects of rAAV1-Notch3-shRNA on fibrosis was investigated by pathological and immunohistochemical examination. Our findings showed that Notch3, Jagged1, Hes1 and α-SMA were downregulated. This downregulation was accompanied by improved hepatic fibrosis after the inhibition of Notch3 in vivo. rAAV1-Notch3-shRNA treatment reversed the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in fibrotic livers by decreasing the expression of transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) and vimentin in a line with the increased expression of E-cadherin. The inhibition of Notch3 was not found to play a role in hepatocyte proliferation. Rather, it inhibited hepatocyte apoptosis in vivo to some extent. The results of the present study suggest that the inhibition of Notch3 can protect hepatocytes from undergoing apoptosis and attenuate liver fibrogenesis. This may be a viable therapeutic option for hepatic fibrosis.
    Experimental Biology and Medicine 06/2013; 238(6):600-9. · 2.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the role of proto-oncogene Pim-1 in the proliferation and migration of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cells. Pim-1 expressions in NPC cell lines CNE1, CNE1-GL, CNE-2Z and C666-1 were examined by RT-PCR, western blotting and immunoflucesence, respectively. After CNE1, CNE1-GL and C666-1 cells were treated with different concentrations of Pim-1 special inhibitor, quercetagetin, the cell viability, colony formation rate and migration ability were analyzed. Pim-1 expression was negative in well-differentiated CNE1 cells, whereas expressed weakly positive in poor-differentiated CNE-2Z cells and strongly positive in undifferentiated C666-1 cells. Interestingly, CNE1-GL cells that derived from CNE1 transfected with an Epstein Barr virus latent membrane protein-1 over-expression plasmid displayed stronger expression of Pim-1. Treatment of CNE1-GL and C666-1 cells with quercetagetin significantly decreased the cell viability, colony formation rate and migration ability but not the CNE1 cells. These findings suggest that Pim-1 overexpression contributes to NPC proliferation and migration, and targeting Pim-1 may be a potential treatment for anti-Pim-1-expressed NPCs.
    Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine 08/2012; 5(8):645-50. · 0.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the inhibitory role of toxicarioside A on the gastric cancer cell line human gastric cancer cell line (SGC-7901) and determine the underlying molecular mechanism. After SGC-7901 cells were treated with toxicarioside A at various concentrations (0.5, 1.5, 4.5, 9.0 μg/mL) for 24 h or 48 h, cell viability was determined by 3-(4,5-dimethyl-thiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide assay, and the motility and invasion of tumor cells were assessed by the Transwell chamber assay. Immunofluorescence staining, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting were performed to detect the expression of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and fibroblast growth factor receptor-1 (FGFR1), and nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) activation was examined by electrophoretic mobility shift assay. The results showed that toxicarioside A was capable of reducing cell viability, inhibiting cell growth, and suppressing cell migration and invasion activities in a time- and dose-dependent manner in SGC-7901 cells. Further analysis revealed that not only the expression of bFGF and its high-affinity receptor FGFR1 but also the NF-κB-DNA binding activity were effectively blocked by toxicarioside A in a dose-dependent manner compared with the control group (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01). Interestingly, application of the NF-κB specific inhibitor, pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate (PDTC), to SGC-7901 cells significantly potentized the toxicarioside A-induced down-regulation of bFGF compared with the control group (P < 0.05). These findings suggest that toxicarioside A has an anti-gastric cancer activity and this effect may be achieved partly through down-regulation of NF-κB and bFGF/FGFR1 signaling.
    World Journal of Gastroenterology 04/2012; 18(14):1602-9. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate whether the combination of recombinant chicken fibroblast growth factor receptor-1 (FGFR-1) protein vaccine (cFR-1) combined with low-dose gemcitabine would improve anti-tumor efficacy in a mouse CT26 colon adenocarcinoma (CT26) model. The CT26 model was established in BABL/c mice. Seven days after tumor cell injection, mice were randomly divided into four groups: combination therapy, cFR-1 alone, gemcitabine alone, and normal saline groups. Tumor growth, survival rate of tumor-bearing mice, and systemic toxicity were observed. The presence of anti-tumor auto-antibodies was detected by Western blot analysis and enzyme-linked immunospot assay, microvessel density (MVD) of the tumors and tumor cell proliferation were detected by Immunohistochemistry staining, and tumor cell apoptosis was detected by TdT-mediated biotinylated-dUTP nick end label staining. The combination therapy results in apparent decreases in tumor volume, microvessel density and tumor cell proliferation, and an increase in apoptosis without obvious side-effects as compared with either therapy alone or normal control groups. Also, both auto-antibodies and the antibody-producing B cells against mouse FGFR-1 were detected in mice immunized with cFR-1 vaccine alone or with combination therapy, but not in non-immunized mice. In addition, the deposition of auto-antibodies on endothelial cells from mice immunized with cFR-1 was observed by immunofluorescent stain-ing, but not on endothelial cells from control groups. Synergistic indexes of tumor volume, MVD, cell apoptosis and proliferation in the combination therapy group were 1.71 vs 1.15 vs 1.11 and 1.04, respectively, 31 d after tumor cell injection. The combination of cFR-1-mediated anti-angiogenesis and low-dose gemcitabine synergistically enhances the anti-tumor activity without overt toxicity in mice.
    World Journal of Gastroenterology 06/2007; 13(17):2484-9. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: AIM: To evaluate whether the combination of recom- binant chicken fibroblast growth factor receptor -1 (FGFR-1) protein vaccine (cFR-1) combined with low- dose gemcitabine would improve anti-tumor efficacy in a mouse CT26 colon adenocarcinoma (CT26) model. METHODS: The CT26 model was established in BABL/c mice. Seven days after tumor cell injection, mice were randomly divided into four groups: combination therapy, cFR-1 alone, gemcitabine alone, and normal saline groups. Tumor growth, survival rate of tumor-bearing mice, and systemic toxicity were observed. The presence of anti-tumor auto-antibodies was detected by Western blot analysis and enzyme-linked immunospot assay, microvessel density (MVD) of the tumors and tumor cell proliferation were detected by Immunohistochemistry staining, and tumor cell apoptosis was detected by TdT- mediated biotinylated-dUTP nick end label staining. RESULTS: The combination therapy results in apparent decreases in tumor volume, microvessel density and tumor cell proliferation, and an increase in apoptosis without obvious side-effects as compared with either therapy alone or normal control groups. Also, both auto- antibodies and the antibody-producing B cells against mouse FGFR-1 were detected in mice immunized with cFR-1 vaccine alone or with combination therapy, but not in non-immunized mice. In addition, the deposition of auto-antibodies on endothelial cells from mice immunized with cFR-1 was observed by immunofluorescent stain- ing, but not on endothelial cells from control groups. Synergistic indexes of tumor volume, MVD, cell apoptosis and proliferation in the combination therapy group were 1.71 vs 1.15 vs 1.11 and 1.04, respectively, 31 d after tumor cell injection. CONCLUSION: The combination of cFR-1-mediated anti- angiogenesis and low-dose gemcitabine synergistically enhances the anti-tumor activity without overt toxicity in mice.