Zhong-Xing Peng

Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Shengcheng, Guangdong, China

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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to identify aberrant transcripts of the new splice-site mutation c.3244-2A>C in the Wilson disease (WD) gene (ATPase, Cu++ transporting, beta polypeptide, ATP7B) and discuss its genotype and clinical phenotype. DNA and RNA were extracted from peripheral blood lymphocytes, amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and nested reverse transcription PCR (RT-nested PCR) to characterize the aberrant transcripts. RT-nested PCR product sequencing comparison showed that c.3244-2A>C splice-site mutation caused aberrant transcripts and formatted a new splice acceptor. Patient carrying the splice-site mutation c.3244-2A>C presented early onset age, severe clinical manifestations, and poor prognosis. WD patients with the splice-site mutation show severe clinical manifestations, indicating that aberrant transcripts have important implications for WD phenotype.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate whether a super-high dose (SHD) of methylprednisolone (MP) improves its efficacy or induces glucocorticoid (GC) resistance, and to explore the potential mechanisms of GC resistance in experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE). The therapeutic effects of SHD and low-dose MP were evaluated in EAE by analyzing clinical scores, pathological changes and cytokine production. Immunohistochemistry and RT-PCR were used to investigate the expression of GC receptor (GR) isoforms and splicing factor SRp30c. Both MP doses had similar therapeutic effects. The ratio of GRα to GRβ was positively correlated with clinical score changes. However, there was no difference in the GRα/GRβ ratio between SHD and low-dose MP groups. SRp30c mRNA was correlated with GRβ expression. This study indicates that the GRα/GRβ ratio is associated with GC sensitivity, and SRp30c may play an important role in promoting alternative splicing of GR pre-mRNA to generate GRβ in EAE rats. Compared with low-dose MP, SHD MP does not improve efficacy or induce GC resistance.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2011 · NeuroImmunoModulation