Chen-Xia He

Fudan University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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Publications (3)7.65 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: 1. It has been demonstrated that the hydrodynamics-based procedure has high efficiency to deliver foreign genes into the liver. The widespread use of this procedure in gene function studies and as a treatment option for liver and other organ diseases puts considerable importance on the investigation of various conditions that affect hydrodynamics-based gene delivery into mouse liver in vivo. 2. Various conditions, including the volume, speed and solution of the injection and the state, gender and strain of the animal were manipulated to evaluate their effect on the expression levels in mice of human factor IX (hFIX) 8 h after tail vein injection of the plasmid pCMV-hFIX. 3. It was found that an injection volume of 2–2.5 mL and an injection speed of 5–7 s were very effective in delivering DNA into the mouse liver. Using Ringer's solution as an injection fluid increased the efficiency of hFIX expression. 4. Anaesthetized mice expressed higher hFIX than conscious mice. Males expressed higher hFIX than females. The ICR mouse strain demonstrated higher expression of the foreign gene than did the C57 strain. 5. The effects of these specific factors on hFIX expression may be caused by variations in hydrostatic pressure, the degree of liver damage and liver size. 6. It can be concluded that there are optimal conditions for hFIX expression in the liver. This information may be helpful for the application of hydrodynamics-based procedures in the investigation of gene expression and gene therapy.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2005 · Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology
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    ABSTRACT: Transfer and expression of insulin gene in vivo are an alternative strategy to improve glycemic control in type 1 diabetes. Hydrodynamics-based procedure has been proved to be very efficient to transfer naked DNA to mouse livers. The basal hepatic insulin production mediated by this rapid tail vein injection was studied to determine its effect on the resumption of glycemic control in type 1 diabetic mice. Engineered insulin cDNA was inserted into plasmid vectors under a CMV promoter, and transferred into STZ induced diabetic mice by hydrodynamic procedure. Glucose levels, body weight of treated mice, insulin levels, immunohistology of the liver, and quantity of insulin mRNA in the liver were assayed to identify the improvement of hyperglycemic complication after plasmid administration. Sleeping Beauty, a transposon system, was also used to prolong the insulin expression in the liver. After plasmid administration, Plasma insulin was significantly increased in the diabetic mice and the livers were insulin-positive by immunostaining. At the same time the hyperglycemic complication was improved. The blood glucose levels of mice were reduced to normal. Glucose tolerance of the treated diabetic mice was improved. Body weight loss was also ameliorated. The rapid tail vein injection did not cause any fatal result. Our results suggested that insulin gene could be efficiently transferred into the livers of diabetic mice via rapid tail vein injection and it resulted in high level of insulin expression. The basal hepatic insulin production mediated by hydrodynamics-based administration improved the glycemic control in type 1 diabetes dramatically and ameliorated diabetic syndromes. Hydrodynamics-based administration offers a simple and efficient way in the study of gene therapy for type 1 diabetes.
    Preview · Article · Mar 2004 · World Journal of Gastroenterology
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    ABSTRACT: To construct an AAV based vector carrying human endothelial nitric-oxide synthase (eNOS) cDNA and study its expression in vitro for future gene therapy. eNOS cDNA was inserted into the EcoR I site of pSNAV-1 containing the cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter and inverted terminal repeat sequences of adeno-associated virus. The constructed vector was transfected into BHK and C2C12 cells. eNOS cDNA and mRNA were detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR), respectively. By restriction enzyme digestion analysis, it was proved that eNOS cDNA was inserted into pSNAV-1 in a proper direction. PCR detection demonstrated that pSNAV-eNOS was transferred into both BHK and C2C12 cells. RT-PCR analysis showed that these pSNAV-eNOS transfected cells could express eNOS mRNA. pSNAV-eNOS was successfully constructed with the ability to express human eNOS mRNA in cultured mammalian cells.
    Preview · Article · Aug 2003 · Acta Pharmacologica Sinica

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60 Citations
7.65 Total Impact Points


  • 2004-2005
    • Fudan University
      • State Key Laboratory of Genetic Engineering
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2003
    • Second Military Medical University, Shanghai
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China