Jian-Feng Li

Shandong University, Chi-nan-shih, Shandong Sheng, China

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Publications (4)8.67 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Accumulating evidences indicate that killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) and their corresponding specific HLA-C ligands contribute to the pathogenesis of multiple autoimmune diseases via the modulation of natural killer (NK) cell and T cell functions. The present study was performed to investigate whether the polymorphism of KIR genes and HLA ligands associates with the susceptibility of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Previous studies have demonstrated a strong association between HLA-B27 gene and the pathogenesis of AS. In this study, 115 unrelated HLA-B27-positive AS patients and 119 HLA-B27-positive healthy controls were recruited. Polymerase chain reaction using sequence-specific primers was used to determine the genotypes of KIR genes and HLA-C alleles. The results showed that the frequencies of KIR2DL1 and KIR2DL5 were significantly higher in the AS patient group than those in the control group (p = 0.012 and p = 0.009, respectively). Meanwhile, individuals with AS showed an increased frequency of HLA-Cw*08 (p = 0.001, p c = 0.008) compared with that in controls. Our findings indicate that with the genetic background of HLA-B27, variation at the KIRs and their corresponding specific HLA-C ligands may influence the ability of NK cells and T cells to recognize and lyse targets in immune responses, which thereby contributes to pathogenesis of AS.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2010 · Journal of Clinical Immunology
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the association of killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) genotype and haplotype with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Peripheral blood samples were collected from 105 AS patients, 62 patients of osteoarthritis (OA), and 412 randomly selected healthy controls. Polymerase chain reaction with sequence-specific primers (PCR-SSP) was used to detect the KIR genotype and haplotype. The genotype frequency of 3DL3-2DL3-2DL1-2DP1-2DL4-3DL1-2DS4-3DL2 (6.67%) was significantly lower in the AS patients than in the control subjects (20.15%) and OA patients (17.74%, P = 0.001, 0.037 respectively). The genotype frequency of 3DL3-2DL3-2DL2-2DL1-2DP1-2DLA-3DL1-2DL5-2DS1-2DS2-2DS3-2DS4-2DS5-3DS1-3DL2 and 3DL3-2DL3-2DL2- 2DL1-2DP1-2DL4-3DL1-2DL5-2DS1-2DS4-3DL2 of the AS patients (9.52%, 5.71%)was significantly higher than that of the controls(2.18%, 0.49%; P = 0.001, 0.001), and these two genotypes were not detected in the OA patients. There were not significant differences in the haplotypes A and B among the AS patients, OA patients, and healthy controls. KIR genotypes may be associated with the susceptibility to AS.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2009 · Zhonghua yi xue za zhi
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    ABSTRACT: An emerging body of evidence is accumulating to suggest that killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I ligands contribute to the pathogenesis of diverse kinds of autoimmune diseases. However, the functional effects of their polymorphism remain largely unknown to date. Thus, the present study was undertaken to determine the association of the polymorphisms KIRs gene and HLA-C alleles with the susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis (AS) by means of polymerase chain reaction/sequence-specific primers for genotyping KIRs from genomic DNA of 119 patients with AS together with 128 healthy donors as a control group. We found that the frequencies of KIR3DS1 and KIR2DL5 were statistically significantly higher in the patient group than those in the control group (P = 0.016 and P = 0.003, respectively). Meanwhile, the percentage of patients, who were carrying two or more of the activating KIRs, was higher than that of control group. With respect to HLA-C alleles, individuals with AS showed an increased frequency of HLA-Cw02. If HLA-C was divided into group 1 or group 2 based on whether there was an asparagine or lysine present at position 80 of the alpha-chain, HLA-C group 2 was more common in subjects with AS compared to control subjects. The genotype 2DS1+/HLA-C lys(80)+ was more common in subjects with AS. Moreover, the CD69 expression, a NK activation marker, remarkably increased in patient with AS. In conclusions, this study suggests that KIR3DS1 may severe as AS susceptive genes to trigger continuous injury of arthrosis. The imbalance of activating and inhibitory KIR as well as HLA-C group 1 and group 2 may be the key factor, which influences the pathogenesis of AS. Moreover, KIR2DS1 might associate with the susceptibility of AS by influencing NK cell activity once group 2 HLA-C ligands are present.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2008 · Journal of Clinical Immunology
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    ABSTRACT: Accumulating evidence indicates natural killer (NK) cells play crucial roles in successful pregnancy. To investigate whether the killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) gene polymorphism and the corresponding specific HLA ligands in parent couples possessing a susceptibility to unexplained recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA), we searched 73 pairs of childless couples with three or more abortions characterized as unexplained RSA and 68 pairs of healthy control couples. Peripheral blood was drawn to obtain genomic DNA which was used for a polymerase chain reaction using sequence-specific primers (PCR-SSP) in order to determine whether 15 selected KIR genes and two groups of HLA-C alleles were present. Our result showed that gene frequency of KIR2DS1 was higher in patients with RSA compared to that of control subjects (P =0.029). Increased numbers of activating KIR genes was observed in patients (P =0.041). Women who possessed more than two activating KIR genes were found more frequently in patients than those in control subjects (P =0.018). From a cohort of husband and wife couples, the women with a KIR2DS1 gene, and with a decreased group 2 HLA-C allele for the homologous inhibitory receptor KIR2DL1, had a tendency to fall into the RSA group (P =0.004). The results suggest that a genetic variation at the KIR locus influences the susceptibility to unexplained RSA in the Chinese Han population. Moreover, decreased ligands for inhibitory KIRs could potentially lower the threshold for NK cell activation, mediated through activating receptors, thereby contributing to pathogenesis of RSA.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2007 · Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

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101 Citations
8.67 Total Impact Points


  • 2008-2009
    • Shandong University
      Chi-nan-shih, Shandong Sheng, China
  • 2007
    • Shandong Cancer Hospital (Shandong Provincial Institute of Cancer Prevention and Treatment)
      Chi-nan-shih, Shandong Sheng, China