Qijun Jiang

Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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    ABSTRACT: Aims: High-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels inversely correlate with cardiovascular events due to the protective effects on vascular wall and stem cells, which are susceptible to oxidative modifications and then lead to potential pro-atherosclerotic effects. We proposed that oxidized HDL (ox-HDL) might lead to endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) dysfunction and investigated underlying mechanisms. Results: ox-HDL was shown to increase apoptosis and intracellular reactive oxygen species levels, but to reduce migration, angiogenesis, and cholesterol efflux of EPCs in a dose-dependent manner. p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and NF-κB were activated after ox-HDL stimulation, which also upregulated thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) expression without affecting vascular endothelial growth factor. Effects caused by ox-HDL could be significantly attenuated by pretreatment with short hairpin RNA-mediated CD36 knockdown or probucol. Data of in vivo experiments and the inverse correlation of ox-HDL and circulating EPC numbers among patients with coronary artery diseases (CAD) or CAD and type 2 diabetes also supported it. Meanwhile, HDL separated from such patients could significantly increase cultured EPC's caspase 3 activity, further supporting our proposal. Innovation: This is the most complete study to date of how ox-HDL would impair EPCs function, which was involved with activation of CD36-p38 MAPK-TSP-1 pathways and proved by not only the inverse relationship between ox-HDL and circulating EPCs in clinic but also pro-apoptotic effects of HDL separated from patients' serum. Conclusion: Activation of CD36-p38 MAPK-TSP-1 pathways contributes to the pathological effects of ox-HDL on EPCs' dysfunction, which might be one of the potential etiological factors responsible for the disturbed neovascularization in chronic ischemic disease.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2014 · Antioxidants and Redox Signaling
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    Qijun Jiang · Shifang Ding · Jianxiang Wu · Xing Liu · Zonggui Wu
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    ABSTRACT: Objective During several pathological processes such as cancer progression, thermal injury, wound healing and hindlimb ischemia, the mobilization of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) mobilization was enhanced with an increase of sympathetic nerve activity and norepinephrine (NE) secretion, yet the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the effects of NE on EPCs has less been investigated. Methods and Results EPCs from BMs, peripheral circulation and spleens, the VEGF concentration in BM, skeletal muscle, peripheral circulation and spleen and angiogenesis in ischemic gastrocnemius were quantified in mice with hindlimbs ischemia. Systemic treatment of NE significantly increased EPCs number in BM, peripheral circulation and spleen, VEGF concentration in BM and skeletal muscle and angiogenesis in ischemic gastrocnemius in mice with hind limb ischemia, but did not affair VEGF concentration in peripheral circulation and spleen. EPCs isolated from healthy adults were cultured with NE in vitro to evaluate proliferation potential, migration capacity and phosphorylations of Akt and eNOS signal moleculars. Treatment of NE induced a significant increase in number of EPCs in the S-phase in a dose-dependent manner, as well as migrative activity of EPCs in vitro (p<0.05). The co-treatment of Phentolamine, I127, LY294002 and L-NAME with NE blocked the effects of NE on EPCs proliferation and migration. Treatment with NE significantly increased phosphorylation of Akt and eNOS of EPCs. Addition of phentolamine and I127 attenuated the activation of Akt/eNOS pathway, but metoprolol could not. Pretreatment of mice with either Phentolamine or I127 significantly attenuated the effects of NE on EPCs in vivo, VEGF concentration in BM, skeletal muscle and angiogenesis in ischemic gastrocnemius, but Metoprolol did not. Conclusion These results unravel that sympathetic nervous system regulate EPCs mobilization and their pro-angiogenic capacity via α adrenoceptor, β 2 adrenoceptor and meanwhile Akt/eNOS signaling pathway.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2014 · PLoS ONE
  • Qijun Jiang · Zhigang Gong · Shifang Ding
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    ABSTRACT: Epidemiological and animal studies have suggested that chronic stress promotes tumourigenesis by promoting tumour angiogenesis. However, underlying mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are a group of bone marrow-derived cells that have an important function in neovascularisation of various tumour growths. In this study, chronic stress was hypothesised to increase tumour angiogenesis via sympathetic neurotransmitter-induced activation of EPCs through α1 adrenoreceptor (AR)-extracellular regulated protein kinases and β2 AR-endothelial nitric oxide synthase signal pathways. This hypothesis should be tested in several clinical and animal studies. Results may have implications on the development of new anti-tumour drugs.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2013 · Medical Hypotheses
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    ABSTRACT: Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) play key roles in pathogenesis of diabetes-related vascular complications. AGEs can induce dysfunction in EPCs. The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARgamma) agonists are widely used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and it remains unknown if they could attenuate EPC dysfunction induced by AGEs. EPCs isolated from healthy adults were cultured with various concentrations of AGEs (0, 50, 100 and 200 mg L(-1)) with or without rosiglitazone (10 nM), antibody for the receptors for AGE-human serum albumin (anti-receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE); 50 microg mL(-1)), phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor (LY294002, 5 microM), nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor (L-N(G)-nitro-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), 100 microM) or sodium nitroprusside (SNP, 25 microM). Proliferation, apoptosis, cell adhesion, migration and NO production in EPCs were assessed, and expressions of endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) and Akt were determined. Number, proliferation/migration capacities, eNOS and Akt phosphorylation as well as NO synthesized by EPCs were increased by rosiglitazone and reduced by AGEs. AGEs promoted while rosiglitazone reduced EPC apoptosis. The AGE-induced effects were significantly ameliorated by pre-incubation with rosiglitazone, RAGE antibody and SNP. The beneficial effects of rosiglitazone could be blocked by pretreatment with L-NAME and LY294002. The PPARgamma agonist rosiglitazone increased EPC function and attenuated EPC dysfunction induced by AGEs via upregulating the Akt-eNOS signal pathways of EPCs.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2009 · British Journal of Pharmacology
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    ABSTRACT: Recent studies have demonstrated that palmitic acid (PA) could regulate endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) function (migration, proliferation, survival and angiogenesis) via various signal pathways, but the effect of PA on EPCs apoptosis and associated mechanisms are still elusive. The human EPCs were obtained by Ficoll density gradient centrifugation and cultured in M199 medium containing rh-VEGF (30ng/mL), rh-b-FGF (6ng/mL) and 10% fetal bovine serum for 7 days. The adhesive EPCs were harvested, then challenged with different concentrations of PA (ranging from 0 to 800mumol/L) for 48h and 400 micromol/L PA for different time periods (ranging from 0 to 60h) after 12h synchronization with serum-free medium. The EPCs apoptosis was determined by flow cytometry, expression of caspase-3, phosphorylated ERK1/2, JNK and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) were quantified by Western blot. The effect of PA on caspase-3 activity in the absence or presence of specific MAPK pathway inhibitors was determined by colorimetry. PA increased EPCs apoptosis in a dose- and time-dependent manner, upregulated phosphorylated-p38 and -JNK, caspase-3 expression of EPCs while ERK expression was not affected. PA-induced EPCs apoptosis could be partly ameliorated by p38 inhibitor SB203580 and JNK inhibitor SP600125, but not by ERK1/2 inhibitor PD98059. These findings suggested that PA promoted EPCs apoptosis via p38 and JNK MAPKs pathways.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2009 · Atherosclerosis