[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is rare in Chinese mainland. We present two cases of CF patients diagnosed by gene analysis. Their clinical manifestations and genetic mutation features are analyzed in this article. It will be of special interest to pediatricians in recognition of CF.
The clinical material of two CF patients who were diagnosed by gene analysis was retrospectively analyzed.
The first patient is a 13-year-old girl. She had a complaint of recurrent fever and cough for 6 months, expectoration for 2 months and hemoptysis for 20 days. After 3 months of her birth, she was operated on for bullae of lung. She was susceptible to upper respiratory tract infection. There was no family history of recurrent wheeze and other special diseases. Aspergillus fumigatus specific IgE was at grade 3 and aspergillus fumigatus IgG was high. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was positive in sputum culture. Sweat testing was performed and Na+ was higher. Pulmonary CT indicated bronchiectasis. Nasal sinus CT showed optical density of soft tissue within maxillary sinus and chronic bilateral sinusitis. The electron microscopy of cilia suggested immobile cilia syndrome. A heterozygotic mutation (263T > G, 2909G > A) was found after CFTR genetic mutation analysis. Both her parents were carriers. She was treated with inhalation of nebulized hypertonic saline and postural drainage for a long time. And she got better during a follow up period of 1 year. The second patient was a 10-year-old girl who complained of recurrent expectoration for 3 years and shortness of breath for half a year. She had a history of sinusitis and steatorrhea. The family history was normal. Both the lipase and insulin level in blood serum was lower.Pseudomonas aerugino and Aspergillus fumigatus were both positive in sputum culture. Aspergillus fumigatus IgE was normal. Pulmonary CT indicated bronchiolitis and bronchiectasis. Nasal sinus CT showed bilateral maxillary sinusitis. CFTR genetic mutation analysis revealed a homozygous mutation (3196C > T). Her parents and relatives did not participate in this study. Unfortunately, this child died of respiratory failure 3 months after discharge.
CFTR gene mutation was a main cause of CF. Common symptoms are those of bronchiectasis, pancreatitis and sinusitis. The two Chinese patients were diagnosed by gene analysis. One had a heterozygous mutation (263T > G, 2909G > A) and the other had a homozygous mutation (3196C > T), not ΔF508 which is common in western countries.
No preview · Article · Nov 2012 · Zhonghua er ke za zhi. Chinese journal of pediatrics
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: It is supposed that bronchial epithelial cells responses to the environmental stimuli are different between asthmatic and non-asthmatic individuals, which contribute to the pathogenesis of asthma. These different responses produce different mediators. If differential gene expressions are found in bronchial epithelial cells of asthmatic and non-asthmatic individuals after the same stimuli in vitro, and these genes are overexpressed in asthmatic children in vivo, then it is concluded that these genes may be associated with asthma. Therefore the authors analyzed the differential gene expressions in the bronchial epithelium cells of asthmatic and non-asthmatic children after RSV infection in vitro. Among these genes, Galectine-7 (lectin, galactoside-binding, soluble, 7, Galectin-7) was 8 times up-regulated in asthmatic children. Galectine-7 was associated with skin keratinocyte apoptosis. The authors hypothesized that Galectin-7 may also be associated with bronchial epithelial cell apoptosis in asthmatic children. The aim of this study was to understand the role of Galectine-7 in bronchial epithelial cell apoptosis in asthma.
The bronchial mucosae of one asthmatic child and one non-asthmatic child were obtained by biopsy and cultured in vitro. The bronchial epithelial cells were infected by RSV. The differential gene expressions were analyzed with micro array. Among those differentially expressed genes, Galectin-7 was 8 times up-regulated in asthmatic children. The bronchial mucosae from 10 asthmatic children and 17 non-asthma children were investigated for cell DNA break, Galectine-7 and mRNA expression, Caspase-3 expression by TUNEL, hybridization in situ and immunochemistry. Image analysis was used for quantitative assessment.
Galectine-7 gene was 8 times up-regulated in bronchial epithelial cells from asthmatic children after RSV infection in vitro. Galectin-7 and mRNA were overexpressed in bronchial epithelial cells in asthma in vivo. Bronchial epithelial cell apoptosis increased in asthma in vivo.
Galectin-7 may be associated with bronchial epithelial cell apoptosis in asthma.
No preview · Article · Aug 2006 · Zhonghua er ke za zhi. Chinese journal of pediatrics