Zeng-Jun Wang

Nanjing Medical University, Nan-ching, Jiangsu, China

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    ABSTRACT: Sperm cryopreservation is a method to preserve sperm samples for a long period. However, the fertility of sperm decreases markedly after freezing and thawing in a certain amount of samples. The aim of the present study was to find useful and reliable predictive biomarkers of the capacity to withstand the freeze-thawing process in human ejaculates. Previous researches have shown that enolase1 (ENO1) and glucose-6-phosphate isomerase (GPI) are closely related to spermatozoa quality. We chose the two proteins as probable markers of sperm freezing capacity. Ejaculate samples were separated into good freezability ejaculates (GFE) and poor freezability ejaculates (PFE) according to progressive motility of the sperm after thawing. Before starting cryopreservation protocols, the two proteins from each group were compared using western blot analysis and immunofluorescence. Results showed that normalized content of ENO1 (P<0.05) and GPI (P<0.01) were both significantly higher in GFE than in PFE. The association of ENO1 and GPI with postthaw sperm viability and motility was confirmed using Pearson's linear correlation. In conclusion, ENO1 and GPI can be used as markers of human sperm freezability before starting the cryopreservation procedure. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · Cryobiology
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the safety and feasibility of testis-sparing surgery (TSS) in the treatment of testicular tumor. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 8 cases of benign testicular tumor treated by TSS in our hospital from October 2005 to March 2012. The 8 patients, aged 18-67 (mean 45) years, were preoperatively diagnosed with benign testicular tumor and all underwent partial testis resection. Rapid intraoperative pathology showed the incisal margins to be negative. Postoperative pathological examination confirmed Sertoli cell tumor in 3 cases, adenomatoid tumor in another 3, and mature teratoma in the other 2. The patients were followed up for 6 months to 7 years (mean 4 years), which revealed no relapse and metastasis, nor significant differences from the baseline in the testosterone level, IIEF score, and routine semen parameters. Testis-sparing surgery is one of the effective options for the management of benign testicular tumor, which can maximally preserve the testis tissue and protect the patient's sexual function.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Zhonghua nan ke xue = National journal of andrology
  • Ai-Ming Xu · Bian-Jiang Liu · Zeng-Jun Wang
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    ABSTRACT: DAZL, a member of the DAZ family, plays a key role in human spermatogenesis. It regulates the promoter via genetic modification, especially DNA methylation, promoting the transcription of DAZL. Besides, the relation of DAZL SNPs with male infertility has been a hot spot of research for many years. It is deduced that local and ethnic factors may be associated with the failure of spermatogenesis. This article presents an overview on the results of recent studies, changes in the DNA methylation of DAZL in spermatogenesis, and the association of DAZL SNPs with male infertility, aiming to provide a new theoretical basis and clinical strategy for the treatment of male infertility.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Zhonghua nan ke xue = National journal of andrology
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Deficiencies in tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle enzymes have been shown to cause a wide spectrum of human diseases, including malignancies and neurological and cardiac diseases. In mammalian spermatozoa mitochondria, the TCA cycle is known to be a crucial metabolic pathway that contributes to produce ATP. There is little known about the role and mechanism of mitochondrial aconitase (ACO2), which is an important regulatory enzyme of the TCA cycle, in asthenozoospermia. In the current study, immunofluorescence staining localized ACO2 to the human sperm mid-piece. By immunoblotting, we demonstrated that the level of ACO2 protein in asthenozoospermic samples was significantly decreased compared with that in normal fertile men. Importantly, we first observed that co-incubation of isocitrate with low motile sperm suspensions significantly improved sperm motility, which might be due to elevated intracellular ATP. The improvement of the sperm motility by isocitrate may have important clinical implications in the treatment of asthenozoospermia and certainly warrants further investigation.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2014 · Systems biology in reproductive medicine
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    ABSTRACT: We conducted this study to evaluate whether glans-preserving surgery (GPS) would be more helpful for patients to regain satisfactory sexual competency than conventional partial amputation after operation. From 2004 to 2012 at four centers, 135 cases treated with GPS and 36 with partial amputation were selected for evaluation from 273 consecutive penile cancer cases. Subjective evaluation for patients' sexual performance was investigated using the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)-15. Objective evaluation was carried out by the Audio Visual Sexual Stimulation (AVSS) test with RigiScan-Plus. The degree of satisfaction for penile appearance and patients' confidence and partners' acceptability for intercourse were evaluated by 5-point scales. Patients treated with GPS showed better performances in four IIEF-15 domains (erectile function, orgasmic function, intercourse satisfaction, and overall satisfaction) as well as one RigiScan parameter (tip rigidity) (all p < 0.01) and significantly higher ratios of appearance satisfaction (64.4% vs 13.9%) and intercourse confidence (55.6% vs 5.6%) compared with those undergoing partial amputation. Their sexual partners in glans-preserving group also exhibited significantly higher ratios of appearance satisfaction (51.1% vs 5.6%) and intercourse acceptability (37.8% vs 16.7%) than in partial amputation group. GPS effectively preserves the functional anatomy and cosmetic appearance of the glans penis. Glans preservation contributes to minimize postoperative erectile dysfunction and negative psychological impediments, and promotes a return to satisfactory sexual performance. Patients with glans preservation have more advantages in obtaining sexual acceptance from their partners than those experiencing amputation.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2014 · The Journal of urology
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the clinical effect and application value of the modified method of prepuce-degloving repair (PDR) in the treatment of urethrocutaneous fistula (UCF) following hypospadias surgery. We retrospectively analyzed 87 cases of UCF caused by hypospadias repair from May 2001 to December 2011, of which 61 were treated by simple closure or Y-V plasty of the fistula (group A), and the other 26 by modified PDR (group B). We compared the success rate of surgery and long-term recurrence between the two groups. The total success rates of repair were 78.7 and 96.2% in groups A and B, respectively. Thirteen cases in group A did not respond to surgery, of which 6 failed to be cured by the second operation but later were treated successfully by modified PDR. In comparison, there was only 1 case of failure in group B, which was cured by a second PDR. Modified PDR can significantly improve the success rate and reduce the recurrence rate of UCF after hypospadias surgery, which deserves wide clinical application.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2013 · Zhonghua nan ke xue = National journal of andrology
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the safety of assisted reproductive technology (ART) with donated sperm from the sperm bank and the differences in the pregnancy outcomes of different means of promoting pregnancy. We analyzed and compared the feedback data on promoting pregnancy with donated sperm from the sperm bank by artificial insemination by donor (AID), in vitro fertilization (IVF), and intracytoplasm sperm injection (ICSI). Totally, 13 723 tubes of sperm specimens were used for ART. The number of specimens used differed in different clinical reproductive centers, some using 1 tube and others using 2 tubes per cycle. The 13 723 tubes were used for a total of 7 743 cycles. Among the 7 123 cycles of AID, there were 1 415 clinical pregnancies (19.87%), 1 221 normal births (86.29%), 169 abortions (11.94%), 6 cases of birth defects (0.43%), 19 ectopic pregnancies (1.34%), and 0 sexually transmitted infection. Among the 571 cycles of IVF, there were 367 clinical pregnancies (64.27%), 330 normal births (89.92%), 35 abortions (9.54%), 0 birth defect, 2 ectopic pregnancies (0.54%), and 0 sexually transmitted infection. Among the 49 cycles of ICSI, there were 28 clinical pregnancies (57.14%), 25 normal births (89.29%), 3 abortions (10.71%), 0 birth defect, 0 ectopic pregnancy, and 0 sexually transmitted infection. There were statistically significant differences in the rate of clinical pregnancy among AID, IVF and ICSI (P < 0.05), but not between IVF and ICSI (P > 0.05), nor were there any significant differences in the rates of abortion, birth defects and ectopic pregnancy among AID, IVF and ICSI (P > 0.05). None of the recipients of the donated sperm from the sperm bank was infected with sexually transmitted diseases. AID, IVF and ICSI showed no significant differences from natural conception in the rates of abortion, birth defects and ectopic pregnancy. ART with donated sperm from the sperm bank is safe. IVF and ICSI are associated with a higher rate of pregnancy than AID, though the latter costs less than the former two.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2013 · Zhonghua nan ke xue = National journal of andrology
  • Ninghong Song · Quan Li · Peng-chao Li · Jie Yang · Zeng-jun Wang

    No preview · Article · Apr 2013 · The Journal of Urology
  • Quan Li · Di Qiao · Ning-Hong Song · Yi Ding · Zeng-Jun Wang · Jie Yang · Wei Wang · Chang-Jun Yin
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To investigate the effect of the deleted in azoospermia (DAZ) copy cluster deletion on spermatogenesis in the South Chinese population. Methods: In this study, the prevalence and characteristics of different DAZ copy cluster deletions and their association with spermatogenic failure were analyzed. A total of 186 infertile men with different spermatogenic impairments and 190 normozoospermic fertile men were studied. Three DAZ-specific single nucleotide variant loci and seven AZFc-specific sequence-tagged sites were examined using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism and routine PCR. Results: Gr/gr deletions were observed in a total of 9 of the 190 normozoospermic fertile men, and 11 gr/gr deletions were found in 186 infertile men. In addition, 3 b2/b3 deletions were identified in the infertile, but not in the fertile men. DAZ-SNV loci analysis revealed 4 DAZ copies that had 8 gr/gr-DAZ3/DAZ4 deletions and 1 gr/gr-DAZ1/DAZ2 deletion in the fertile men (8/190 vs. 1/190, p = 0.037). Analysis of DAZ deletion copies in infertile men revealed 10 gr/gr-DAZ1/DAZ2 deletions, 1 gr/gr-DAZ3/DAZ4 deletion (10/186 vs. 1/186, p = 0.011) and 3 b2/b3-DAZ1/DAZ2 deletions (13/186 vs. 1/186, p = 0.002). Conclusions: Analysis of DAZ gene copies in AZFc microdeletions suggests that the contribution of the different deletions to male infertility varies. Removing DAZ1/DAZ2 seems to be associated with spermatogenic impairment, whereas removing DAZ3/DAZ4 seems to have little or no effect on fertility in the South Chinese population.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2013 · World Journal of Urology
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    ABSTRACT: Urethrocutaneous fistula (UCF) is a common complication of hypospadias surgery for severe hypospadias. We report our experience in the management of UCF following hypospadias surgery with a prepuce-degloving method (PDM). Our study included 87 patients who developed UCF after hypospadias repair from May 2001 to December 2011. Either simple closure or PDM was performed to repair the fistula. In total, 61 patients underwent a simple closure or Y-V plasty of the fistula, and 26 underwent a PDM repair. The success rate was 78.7% for simple closure or Y-V plasty and 96.2% for PDM repair (P<0.05). PDM repair represents a good choice for UCF repair after hypospadias, and our high 96.2% success rate demonstrates its applicability.Asian Journal of Andrology advance online publication, 15 October 2012; doi:10.1038/aja.2012.85.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2012 · Asian Journal of Andrology
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the safety and feasibility of glans-preserving surgery in the treatment of superficial penile cancer (SPCa). We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 21 cases of SPCa treated by glans-preserving surgery in our hospital from January of 2003 to March of 2010. The study included 21 SPCa patients aged 36 to 57 (mean 46) years, with superficial lesions involving the glans penis, coronary sulcus or shaft skin. The tumors were staged and graded TaG1 in 6 cases, TaG2 in 5, TisG1 in 2, TisG2 in 4, T1G1 in 3, and T1G2 in 1. All the patients underwent glans-preserving surgery to preserve the normal appearance and functional integrity of the glans penis, and all returned to normal sexual activity 1 month after operation, with good sexual function and sexual satisfaction. Postoperative follow-up lasted 2 to 7 (mean 5) years, and 2 cases of recurrence in situ found at 6 and 9 months, respectively, which were successfully managed by a second glans-preserving surgery. Glans-preserving surgery is an effective method for superficial penile cancer. With proper selection of the patients, this procedure is technically safe, maximally preserves the penile appearance, and least affects the patients' sexual satisfaction.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2012 · Zhonghua nan ke xue = National journal of andrology
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    ABSTRACT: Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) is one of the most abundantly produced endocrine disruptors that leaches out from polyvinyl chloride plastics and can cause hypospadias in male rats during maternal exposure. The objective of this study was to first explore the roles of Wnt/β-catenin pathway in the fetal rat genital tubercle (GT) following in-utero exposure to DBP. Timed-pregnant rats were given DBP by gastric intubation at a dose of 750 mg/kg body weight (bw)/day from gestation day (GD) 14 to GD18 to establish a rat model of hypospadias. On GD19, genital tubercle down-regulation of β-catenin, Phospho-GSK-3β, and up-regulation of GSK-3β (glycogen synthase kinase-3β), NFκB in fetal male rats was observed by western blot analysis. β-catenin was located in the urethral plate epithelium (UPE). Immunochemistry showed that the relative expression of β-catenin decreased in the DBP-treated fetal rat GT compared to the normal control. These findings, for the first time, indicate that DBP may affect the development of GT by down-regulating the Wnt/β-catenin pathway in fetal male rats.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2011 · Systems biology in reproductive medicine
  • Huan Cheng · Zhonglei Deng · Zeng-jun Wang · Wei Zhang · Jian-tang Su
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the value of lateral lymph node dissection( LLND) in the radical surgery of rectal cancer. Methods: The published Chinese and English literature was retrieved. A total of 15 papers fitted the selection criteria, including 4,858 patients. Among them 2,401 were in the LLND group and 2,457 in the non- LLND (NLLND) group. Evaluation parameters included 5-year survival rate recurrence rate, peri-operative outcomes, postoperative urinary and sexual functions. The operating time was significantly shorter in the NLLND group than that in the LLND group (weighted mean difference (WMD)=109 min, 95 confidence interval(CI):90-129, P <0.001). Intra-operative blood loss was greater in the LLND group, but the difference was not significant (WMD=429 mL, 95 CI:325-854, P = 0.05).The frequency of peri-operative morbidity(OR, 1.57 95 CI:1.06-2.33, P = 0.02) was also significantly higher in the LLND group. There were no significant differences in 5-year survival rate and recurrence rate between the two groups. Data from individual studies(three)showed that the frequency of male urinary dysfunction (OR=5.12, 95CI 2.15-12.19, P=0.0002) and sexual dysfunction (P < 0.05) were greatly lower in the NLLND group. Meta analysis showed that LLND did not have specific advantage in decreasing postoperative recurrence and prolonging survival time. Furthermore it was associated with prolonged operation time, increased blood loss and elevated incidence of peri-operative complications and urinary and sexual dysfunction.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2011 · Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP
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    ABSTRACT: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a multifunctional cytokine involved in different physiologic and pathophysiologic processes and plays important roles in the etiology of cancer. The -174G>C polymorphism of the IL-6 gene influences IL-6 transcription and has been implicated in cancer risk. However, published data have been conflicting. To derive a more precise estimation of the relationship, a meta-analysis of 29,377 cancer cases and 37,739 controls from 50 published case-control studies was performed. Odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated to assess the association between -174G>C polymorphism and cancer risk. Overall meta-analysis indicated that no association was found between -174G>C genotypes and cancer risk. However, the positive association was found in bladder cancer (OR=4.33, 95% CI: 1.93-9.71 for CC vs. GC, OR=2.81, 95% CI: 1.39-5.68 for CC vs. GG, and OR=2.19, 95% CI: 1.32-3.64 for CC vs. GG/GC), and among Asians (OR=2.08, 95% CI: 1.07-4.06 for CC vs. GG, and OR=2.20, 95% CI: 1.02-4.74 for CC vs. GG/GC) and Africans (OR=1.61, 95% CI: 1.07-2.42 for GC vs. GG). This meta-analysis showed the evidence that the -174G>C of the IL-6 gene was a low-penetrance susceptibility gene for bladder cancer. Further larger, preferably prospective studies are needed to confirm this relationship.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2010 · Molecular Biology Reports
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the expression pattern of rat Eppin (epididymal protease inhibitor; official symbol Spinlw1), we detected mRNA transcripts and subsequent protein translation of Eppin in several sorts of tissues by RT-PCR and western blotting. Then immunohistochemistry was performed for more detailed observation. The testicular transcription level was monitored by real-time PCR throughout postnatal development. We found that rat Eppin was specifically expressed in the testis and epididymis. The testicular transcription was slight in neonatal (1-day) and infantile stages (5-, 7- and 10-day). It increased sharply thereafter, with maximum expression level (about 38-fold compared with that of 1-day old rat) detected in prepubertal stage (15-day). Then a slightly declined but stable level (about 20-fold compared with that of 1-day old rat) was kept in pubertal-early adult (30-day) and adult (60-day) stages of postnatal maturation. In the adult rat, EPPIN protein was mainly localized in the elongated spermatids and epididymal epithelial cells. Sperm in the epididymal duct were all covered with EPPIN and its level kept constant during incubation under conditions used to achieve capacitation. Its stage-specific expression in the testis suggests that EPPIN may be important during spermatogenesis especially for the spermatid elongation. The abundant production of epididymal EPPIN indicated indirectly that it might play a role in the function of the epididymis.
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  • Bian-Jiang Liu · Shi-Feng Su · Zeng-Jun Wang · Wei Zhang
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    ABSTRACT: There are over 200 secretive proteins in the epididymis. Spermatozoa are generally considered to become mature and full-functional after interacting with secretive proteins in the epididymis. This review is aimed at summarizing some aspects of the biochemical, molecular and functional characterization of some new proteins recently detected in human epididymis, and is expected to contribute to further researches on the mechanism of epididymal reproduction and contraception.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2009 · Zhonghua nan ke xue = National journal of andrology
  • Shi-Feng Su · Zeng-Jun Wang
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    ABSTRACT: Sperm acquires capacity of motility and fertility during the process of semen coagulation and liquefaction. The main coagulative protein is Semenogelin I (Sg I), specifically produced by seminal vesicles, and then decomposed by prostate specific antigens (PSA) in sperm liquefaction into a series of small fragments. These fragments, with a variety of physiological functions, are very important for the regulation of sperm capacity acquisition and progressive movement.
    No preview · Article · May 2009 · Zhonghua nan ke xue = National journal of andrology
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    ABSTRACT: To study the molecular mechanism of epididymal protease inhibitor (Eppin) modulating the process of prostate specific antigen (PSA) digesting semenogelin (Sg). Human Sg cDNA (nucleotides 82-849) and Eppin cDNA (nucleotides 70-723) were generated by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and cloned into pET-100D/TOPO. Recombinant Eppin and Sg (rEppin and rSg) were produced by BL21 (DE3). The association of Eppin with Sg was studied by far-western immunoblot and radioautography. In vitro the digestion of rSg by PSA in the presence or absence of rEppin was studied. The effect of anti-Q20E (N-terminal) and C-terminal of Eppin on Eppin-Sg binding was monitored. Eppin binds Sg on the surface of human spermatozoa with the C-terminal of Eppin (amino acids 75-133). rSg was digested with PSA and many low molecular weight fragments were produced. When rEppin is bound to rSg, then digested by PSA, incomplete digestion and a 15-kDa fragment results. Antibody binding to the N-terminal of rEppin did not affect rSg digestion. Addition of antibodies to the C-terminal of rEppin inhibited the modulating effect of rEppin. Eppin protects a 15-kDa fragment of rSg from hydrolysis by PSA.
    Preview · Article · Sep 2008 · Asian Journal of Andrology
  • Zeng-Jun Wang · Wei Zhang · Hong-Fei Wu · Yuan-Geng Sui
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    ABSTRACT: To produce recombinant human prostate-specific antigen (PSA) by molecular cloning technology and to identify its activity. The human PSA cDNA and PET-12a vector were digested by NdeI and BamH1 before ligated by T4 ligase. The correct sequence was verified and transformed into high competent E. coli BL21 (DE3). Recombinant PSA was expressed and purified by hydrophobic interaction phenyl Sepharose column and activated by trypsin digestion. Enzymatic activation assay was done by hydrolysis of the substrate S-2586 and semenogelin. Non-active recombinant PSA was digested by trypsin and demonstrated enzyme activity. The activated PSA hydrolyzed S-2586 and its physiological substrate semenogelin (Sg). Recombinant pro-PSA can be an active serine protease by trypsin digestion and demonstrate native PSA enzymatic activity.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2008 · Zhonghua nan ke xue = National journal of andrology
  • Zeng-Jun Wang · Wei Zhang
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    ABSTRACT: Seminal vesical secretion is important for male fertility. It affects semen coagulation, sperm motility, stability of sperm chromatin and suppression of the immune activity in the female reproductive tract.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2007 · Zhonghua nan ke xue = National journal of andrology

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55 Citations
28.72 Total Impact Points


  • 2008-2015
    • Nanjing Medical University
      • • Key Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine
      • • Department of Urology
      Nan-ching, Jiangsu, China
  • 2013
    • Government of the People's Republic of China
      Peping, Beijing, China