Jiefei Shen

Sichuan University, Hua-yang, Sichuan, China

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Publications (8)14.28 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: This paper is aimed to investigate the effect of rest-inserted loading on the mechanosensitivity of osteocytes. In the investigation, cultured MLO-Y4 osteocyte-like cells were strained on cyclic compressive force (CCF) by the self-made compressive loading device. Then we observed the effect of different rest periods-inserted loading (5 s, 15 s, 30 s, respectively) on the mechanosensitivity of osteocytes. We then determined the levels of secreted nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) by Griess method and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), respectively. We then stained the cytoskeleton F-actin using immunofluorescence. We found that the expressions of NO and PGE2 in rest-inserted strained groups (> 15 s) were significantly increased compared to those in the continuous strained group. And rest-inserted loading promoted the parallel alignment of stress fibers. It indicates that rest-inserted loading could promote the mechanosensitivity of osteocytes, and this might be related to the parallel alignment of stress fibers.
    06/2014; 31(3):619-24.
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    ABSTRACT: The identification of the neuronal control of bone remodeling has become one of the many significant recent advances in bone biology. Cholinergic activity has recently been shown to favor bone mass accrual by complex cellular regulatory networks. Here, we identified the gene expression of the muscarinic and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (m- and nAChRs) in mice tibia tissue and in osteocytic MLO-Y4 cells. Acetylcholine, which is a classical neurotransmitter and an osteo-neuromediator, not only influences the mRNA expression of the AChR subunits but also significantly induces the proliferation and viability of osteocytes. Moreover, acetylcholine treatment caused the reciprocal regulation of RANKL and OPG mRNA expression, which resulted in a signicant increase in the mRNA ratio of RANKL:OPG in osteocytes via acetylcholine receptors. The expression of neuropeptide Y and reelin, which are two neurogenic markers, was also modulated by acetylcholine via m- and nAChRs in MLO-Y4 cells. These results indicated that osteocytic acetylcholine receptors might be a new valuable mediator for cell functions and even for bone remodeling .
    Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 02/2014; · 4.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, a novel dental composite based on the unsaturated bismethylene spiroorthocarbonate expanding monomer 3,9-dimethylene-1,3,5,7-tetraoxa-spiro[5,5]undecane (BMSOC) and bisphenol-S-bis(3-meth acrylate-2-hydroxypropyl)ether (BisS-GMA) was prepared. CQ (camphorquinone) of 1 wt % and DMAEMA (2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) of 2 wt % were used in a photoinitiation system to initiate the copolymerization of the matrix resins. Distilled water contact angle measurements were performed for the wettability measurement. Degree of conversion, volumetric shrinkage, contraction stress and compressive strength were measured using Fourier Transformation Infrared-FTIR spectroscopy, the AccuVol and a universal testing machine, respectively. Within the limitations of this study, it can be concluded that the resin composites modified by bismethylene spiroorthocarbonate and BisS-GMA showed a low volumetric shrinkage at 1.25% and a higher contact angle. The lower contraction stress, higher degree of conversion and compressive strength of the novel dental composites were also observed.
    International Journal of Molecular Sciences 01/2014; 15(2):2400-12. · 2.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: IL-6 has a dual role in bone remodeling. The ERK1/2 pathway partially upregulated IL-6 secretion in osteocyte-like MLO-Y4 cells exposed to CCF. We have now investigated the possible role of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling pathway in the CCF-induced IL-6 expression. MLO-Y4 cells were treated with CCF 2000 ┬Ástrain, 2 Hz, or 10, 30min, 1, 3 and 6h. IL-6 expression, Akt and ERK1/2 and PI3K/Akt phosphorylation were determined by RT-PCR, ELISA and western blotting. Inihbition of PI3K/Akt with LY294002 or ERK1/2 with PD98059 significantly attenuated IL-6 upregulation, and IL-6 expression was abolished by inhibiting both pathways. Inhibition of one pathway downregulated the other's phosphorylation level. In conclusion, concomitant activation of PI3K/Akt and ERK1/2 pathways mediated IL-6 expression in MLO-Y4 cells under CCF.
    Cell Biology International 12/2013; · 1.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a potent stimulator of osteoclastic bone resorption. Osteocyte secretion of IL-6 plays an important role in bone metabolism. Serotonin (5-HT) has recently been reported to regulate bone metabolism. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of serotonin on osteocyte expression of IL-6. The requirement for the 5-HT receptor(s) and the role of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) in serotonin-induced IL-6 synthesis were examined. In this study, real-time PCR and ELISA were used to analyse IL-6 gene and protein expression in serotonin-stimulated MLO-Y4 cells. ERK1/2 pathway activation was determined by western blot. We found that serotonin significantly activated the ERK1/2 pathway and induced IL-6 mRNA expression and protein synthesis in cultured MLO-Y4 cells. However, these effects were abolished by pre-treatment of MLO-Y4 cells with a 5-HT2B receptor antagonist, RS127445 or the ERK1/2 inhibitor, PD98059. Our results indicate that serotonin stimulates osteocyte secretion of IL-6 and that this effect is associated with activation of 5-HT2B receptor and the ERK1/2 pathway. These findings provide support for a role of serotonin in bone metabolism by indicating serotonin regulates bone remodelling by mediating an inflammatory cytokine.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 11/2013; · 2.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: The local delivery of growth factors such as bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7) into the tissues around dental implants may improve their osseointegration. We have designed a new method of attaching BMP-7 to a titanium surface and assessed both the retention of the BMP-7 and its effect on osteoblast differentiation. DESIGN: Adenoviral vector expressing BMP-7 was attached to dental titanium discs by hexon-specific antibodies in a type I collagen-avidin gel. FITC-labelled secondary antibody was used to measure the continuing adherence of the coating after repeated rinsing. Osteoblasts were harvested and seeded on the titanium discs. Gene transduction efficiency and targeting ability were assessed after 24h. Surface morphology was observed by SEM. Cell proliferation and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activities were measured. RESULTS: The anti-adenohexon antibody adhered strongly to the collagen-avidin gels. BMP-7 gene expression was localized precisely to cells growing on the gels bound by the hexon-specific antibody. Osteoblasts on the titanium containing Ad-BMP-7 had a higher ALP activity than those without Ad-BMP-7. CONCLUSIONS: This study describes a novel technique for the precise attachment of BMP-7 to titanium surfaces. The process may enhance the osseointegration of dental implants.
    Archives of oral biology 06/2013; · 1.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the biomechanical effects of intracellular changes on the voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) on trigeminal ganglion neuron (TRGN). TRGN cells were acutely isolated from the neonatal SD rats. The voltage-dependent currents of the VGSCs on these neurons were elicited and analyzed by whole-cell patch-clamp recordings and the intracellular anisotonicity stimuli was established by adjusting the content of pipette solution. The effects of hypo-(260 mOsm) and hypertonic (350 mOsm) osmolarity on the activation and inactivation kinetics of VGSCs on TRGN were evaluated, compared with the normal intracellular environment. The results demonstrated that intracellular hypotonic stimuli could influence both the activation and inactivation characteristics of VGSCs currents, including the membrane potential at half inactivation (V0.5) of the G-V and inactivation curves had obvious statistics significance (P<0.05) between hypotonicity (260mOsm) and isotonicity (306mOsm). However, only inactivation properties changed under intracellular hypertonic effects, including inactivation rate and k value. It suggests that the kinetics of VGSCs on TRGN can be modulated both by intracellular hypo- and hypertonic with different characteristics.
    Hua xi kou qiang yi xue za zhi = Huaxi kouqiang yixue zazhi = West China journal of stomatology 08/2012; 30(4):338-42.
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    ABSTRACT: Osteocytes that have a dendritic appearance are widely believed to form a complex cellular network system and play crucial roles in mechanotransduction as a principal bone mechanosensor, which is the basis of their neuronallike biology, as previously reported. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) and reelin mRNA, which are brain-specific neurogenic markers, have been identified in osteocytes. However, changes in the production of NPY and reelin in response to specific biochemical stimulation are unknown. In this study, we investigated the in vitro effect of corticosterone, one of the endogenous glucocorticoids, on the expression of NPY and reelin in the MLO-Y4 osteocyte cell line. Cells were treated with corticosterone at different concentrations (10(-9) M-10(-5) M) for 1, 3, 6, 12 and 24 h. As revealed, corticosterone reduced the MLO-Y4 cell viability and proliferation in a dose- and time-dependent manner based on an MTT assay and a Vi-CELL analyzer. The cells were then incubated with corticosterone (10(-6) ╬╝M), and the NPY and reelin expression levels were detected at 1, 3, 6, 12 and 24 h using real-time PCR and Western blot analysis. These results demonstrated that at the gene and the protein levels, corticosterone significantly upregulated the NPY and reelin expression in a time-dependent manner. The application of a glucocorticoid receptor antagonist, RU486, reversed the reduced cell viability and the increased expression of NPY and reelin that were caused by corticosterone. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report to verify that corticosterone regulates the NPY and reelin expression in osteocytes.
    Molecules and Cells 05/2012; 33(6):611-6. · 2.21 Impact Factor