Zheng Wang

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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Publications (39)154.21 Total impact

  • Jiahui Li · Zheng Wang · Zheng Wu · Qingyong Ma

    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Pancreatology
  • Lun Zhang · Qingyong Ma · Zheng Wang · Zheng Wu

    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Pancreatology
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    ABSTRACT: In recent decades, because of significant progress in the analysis and detection of trace pollutants, emerging contaminants have been discovered and quantified in living beings and diverse environmental substances; however, the adverse effects of environmental exposure on the general population are largely unknown. This review summarizes the conclusions of the comprehensive epidemic literature and representative case reports relevant to emerging contaminants and the human body to address concerns about potential harmful health effects in the general population. The most prevalent emerging contaminants include perfluorinated compounds, water disinfection byproducts, gasoline additives, manufactured nanomaterials, human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, and UV-filters. Rare but statistically meaningful connections have been reported for a number of contaminants and cancer and reproductive risks. Because of contradictions in the outcomes of some investigations and the limited number of articles, no significant conclusions regarding the relationship between adverse effects on humans and extents of exposure can be drawn at this time. Here, we report that the current evidence is not conclusive and comprehensive and suggest prospective cohort studies in the future to evaluate the associations between human health outcomes and emerging environmental contaminants.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015
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    ABSTRACT: Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. It is suggested that 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK), a tobacco-specific nitrosamine, mediates the carcinogenic action of cigarette smoking by promoting cancer growth. In the present study, we show that smoking, HIF-1α expression and β2-adrenogenic receptor (β2-AR) expression are negatively correlated with the overall survival of pancreatic cancer patients. Moreover, HIF-1α expression and β2-AR expression are positively correlated with smoking status, different histological differentiation and among the tumor node metastasis (TNM) stages in pancreatic cancer patients. NNK increases HIF-1α expression in pancreatic cancer in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, knockdown of HIF-1α and ICI118, 551 (a β2-AR selective antagonist) abrogates NNK-induced pancreatic cancer proliferation and invasion in vitro and inhibits NNK-induced pancreatic cancer growth in vivo. However, using CoCl2 (a HIF-1α stabilizing agent which decreases HIF-1α degradation under normoxia conditions) reverses ICI118, 551 induced effects under NNK exposure. Thus, our data indicate that β2-AR signaling regulates NNK-induced pancreatic cancer progression via upregulation of HIF-1α. Taken together, β2-AR signaling and HIF-1α may represent promising therapeutic targets for preventing smoking induced pancreatic cancer progression.
    Preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Oncotarget
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    ABSTRACT: Pancreatic cancer (PCa), which is now the fourth most frequent cause of cancer-related death, has a median survival of less than 6 months and a 5-year survival rate of <6%. The hallmarks of this cancer include poor outcome, short survival duration, and resistance to therapy. The poor prognosis of PCa is related to its local recurrence, lymph node and liver metastases, and peritoneal dissemination. Recent studies have indicated that resveratrol has cancer-chemopreventive and anticancer activities. In this short review we summarize the chemopreventive and treatment effects of resveratrol in PCa, as follows: resveratrol inhibits the proliferation of pancreatic cancer cells; induces apoptosis and cell cycle arrest; inhibits metastasis and invasion of PCa cells; inhibits the proliferation and viability of PCa stem cells; enhances the chemoradiosensitization of PCa cells; and can affect diabetes mellitus in addition to PCa. On the basis of these data, resveratrol may be considered a potential anticancer agent for the treatment of PCa. © 2015 New York Academy of Sciences.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2015 · Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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    ABSTRACT: MicroRNAs are involved in the initiation and progression of pancreatic cancer. In this study, we showed that miR-221/222 is overexpressed in pancreatic cancer. MiR-221/222 overexpression significantly promoted pancreatic cancer cell proliferation and invasion while inhibiting apoptosis. The expression of the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) MMP-2 and MMP-9 was increased in miR-221/222 mimic-transfected pancreatic cancer cells. Validation experiments identified TIMP-2 as a direct target of miR-221/222. These data indicate that overexpressed miR-221/222 may play an oncogenic role in pancreatic cancer by inducing the expression of MMP-2 and MMP-9, thus leading to cancer cell invasion.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2015 · Oncotarget
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    ABSTRACT: Ginkgolic acid (GA) is a botanical drug extracted from the seed coat of Ginkgo biloba L. with a wide range of bioactive properties, including anti-tumor effect. However, whether GA has antitumor effect on pancreatic cancer cells and the underlying mechanisms have yet to be investigated. In this study, we show that GA suppressed the viability of cancer cells but has little toxicity on normal cells, e.g, HUVEC cells. Furthermore, treatment of GA resulted in impaired colony formation, migration, and invasion ability and increased apoptosis of cancer cells. In addition, GA inhibited the de novo lipogenesis of cancer cells through inducing activation of AMPactivated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling and downregulated the expression of key enzymes (e.g. acetyl-CoA carboxylase [ACC], fatty acid synthase [FASN]) involved in lipogenesis. Moreover, the in vivo experiment showed that GA reduced the expression of the key enzymes involved in lipogenesis and restrained the tumor growth. Taken together, our results suggest that GA may serve as a new candidate against tumor growth of pancreatic cancer partially through targeting pathway driving lipogenesis.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2015 · Oncotarget
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effect of polyenoylphosphatidylcholine (PPC) in rats with severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) and its mechanism. Seventy-two clean, conventional Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 4 groups (SAP; sham operation [SO], SAP + PPC, and SO + PPC; n = 18 per group). The SAP model was induced by injecting 4% sodium taurocholate (1 mL/kg) into the biliopancreatic duct. Animals in the SO groups underwent laparotomy and biliopancreatic duct puncture without fluid injection. Polyenoylphosphatidylcholine (50 mg/kg) was injected through the penis dorsal vein. Pancreatic acinar cell membrane fluidity and pancreatic tissue calcium pump activity were measured through fluorescence polarization and quantization of phosphonium ions, whereas pancreatic tissue superoxide dismutase and malondialdehyde were detected through xanthine oxidase method and thiobarbituric acid colorimetric analysis method, respectively. The SAP + PPC group had significantly improved pathologic pancreas; increased in pancreatic acinar cell membrane fluidity, pancreatic tissue Ca-Mg-ATPase activity, and superoxide dismutase; as well as decreased in malondialdehyde, ascites volume, and serum amylase compared with the SAP group. Polyenoylphosphatidylcholine could reduce the damage to the pancreas through increasing pancreatic acinar cell membrane fluidity and pancreatic tissue calcium pump activity. Polyenoylphosphatidylcholine also scavenges oxygen free radicals and reduces lipid peroxide levels.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2015 · Pancreas
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    ABSTRACT: Perineural invasion (PNI) is considered as an alternative route for the metastatic spread of pancreatic cancer cells; however, the molecular changes leading to PNI are still poorly understood. In this study, we show that the CXCL12/CXCR4 axis plays a pivotal role in the neurotropism of pancreatic cancer cells to local peripheral nerves. Immunohistochemical staining results revealed that CXCR4 elevation correlated with PNI in 78 pancreatic cancer samples. Both in vitro and in vivo PNI models were applied to investigate the function of the CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling in PNI progression and pathogenesis. The results showed that the activation of the CXCL12/CXCR4 axis significantly increased pancreatic cancer cells invasion and promoted the outgrowth of the dorsal root ganglia. CXCL12 derived from the peripheral nerves stimulated the invasion and chemotactic migration of CXCR4-positive cancer cells in a paracrine manner, eventually leading to PNI. In vivo analyses revealed that the abrogation of the activated signaling inhibited tumor growth and invasion of the sciatic nerve toward the spinal cord. These data indicate that the CXCL12/CXCR4 axis may be a novel therapeutic target to prevent the perineural dissemination of pancreatic cancer.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2014 · Oncotarget
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    ABSTRACT: Metastasis is the major cause for the high mortality rate of pancreatic cancer. Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) associated genes frequently correlate with malignant disease progression. Recent studies have demonstrated that the embryonic protein Nodal, which plays a critical role during embryonic development, is re-expressed in several types of tumors and promotes cancers progression. However, little is known about the role of Nodal in pancreatic cancer. Here, we show that Nodal expression is upregulated in human pancreatic cancer tissues. Moreover, Nodal expression levels correlate well with the grade of pancreatic cancer differentiation. In addition, we present clear evidence that Nodal induces signal transduction through the Smad2/3-dependent pathway in vitro. Furthermore, we show that Nodal promotes pancreatic cancer cell migration and invasion, induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and enhances the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2) and CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4). Using an in vivo liver metastasis model of pancreatic cancer, we observed that blocking Nodal signaling activity with the small-molecule inhibitor SB431542 decreases the number and size of liver metastases. Taken together, our results suggest that Nodal overexpression induces a metastatic phenotype in pancreatic cancer cells, and that targeting Nodal signaling may be a promising therapeutic strategy for pancreatic cancer.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2014 · Oncotarget
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    ABSTRACT: Metastasis is the major cause for the high mortality rates of pancreatic cancer. Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) associated genes frequently correlate with malignant disease progression. Recent studies have demonstrated that the embryonic protein Nodal, which plays a critical role during embryonic development, is re-expressed in several types of tumor and promotes cancers progression. However, little is known about the role of Nodal in pancreatic cancer. Here, we show that Nodal expression is upregulated in human pancreatic cancer tissues. Moreover, Nodal expression levels correlate well with the grade of pancreatic cancer differentiation. In addition, we present clear evidence that Nodal induces signal transduction through the Smad2/3-dependent pathway in vitro. Furthermore, we show that Nodal promotes pancreatic cancer cell migration and invasion, induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and enhances the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2) and CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4). Using an in vivo liver metastasis model of pancreatic cancer, we observed that blocking Nodal signaling activity with the small-molecule inhibitor SB431542 decreases the number and size of liver metastases. Taken together, our results suggest that Nodal overexpression induces a metastatic phenotype in pancreatic cancer cells, and that targeting Nodal signaling may be a promising therapeutic strategy for pancreatic cancer.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2014 · Oncotarget
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    Zheng Wang · Jiahui Li · Xin Chen · Wanxing Duan · Qingyong Ma · Xuqi Li
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a type of highly lethal malignant tumor. PDAC is locally invasive and is surrounded by a dense desmoplasia or fibrosis, which can involve adjacent vital structures. Previously, the effect of pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) of stroma in the progression of PDAC has received more attention, and most in vitro and in vivo studies revealed that PSCs appear to confer biological aggressiveness. However, clinical trials targeting desmoplasia or PSCs showed disappointing results. Recent studies found that stromal components, especially activated PSCs, are able to inhibit the occurrence and progression of PDAC. Inhibition of the stroma or desmoplasia through genetic regulations or drugs accelerates the formation and progression of PDAC. Thus, we hypothesized that in various times and spaces, there is a balance between the tumor epithelia and stroma; once the balance is upset, the tumor traits may undergo certain changes. Therefore, finding the key changing points of this relationship to corrupt or influence it, instead of blindly inhibiting the stroma motivation or simply maintaining stroma activation, will destroy the cooperation or promote the competition and antagonism among cells. This approach may render tumors more vulnerable and thus unable to resist anti-cancer therapies.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2014 · Medical science monitor: international medical journal of experimental and clinical research
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Pancreatic cancer is characterized by stromal desmoplasia and perineural invasion (PNI). We sought to explore the contribution of pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) activated by paracrine Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) in pancreatic cancer PNI and progression. Experimental design: In this study, the expression dynamics of SHH were examined via immunohistochemistry, real-time PCR, and Western blot analysis in a cohort of carcinomatous and nonneoplastic pancreatic tissues and cells. A series of in vivo and in vitro assays was performed to elucidate the contribution of PSCs activated by paracrine SHH signaling in pancreatic cancer PNI and progression. Results: We show that SHH overexpression in tumor cells is involved in PNI in pancreatic cancer and is an important marker of biologic activity of pancreatic cancer. Moreover, the overexpression of SHH in tumor cells activates the hedgehog pathway in PSCs in the stroma instead of activating tumor cells. These activated PSCs are essential for the promotion of pancreatic cancer cell migration along nerve axons and nerve outgrowth to pancreatic cancer cell colonies in an in vitro three-dimensional model of nerve invasion in cancer. Furthermore, the coimplantation of PSCs activated by paracrine SHH induced tumor cell invasion of the trunk and nerve dysfunction along sciatic nerves and also promoted orthotropic xenograft tumor growth, metastasis, and PNI in in vivo models. Conclusions: These results establish that stromal PSCs activated by SHH paracrine signaling in pancreatic cancer cells secrete high levels of PNI-associated molecules to promote PNI in pancreatic cancer.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2014 · Clinical Cancer Research
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    ABSTRACT: α -Mangostin, a natural product isolated from the pericarp of the mangosteen fruit, has been shown to inhibit the growth of tumor cells in various types of cancers. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are largely unclear. Here, we report that α -mangostin suppressed the viability and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of pancreatic cancer cells through inhibition of the PI3K/Akt pathway. Treatment of pancreatic cancer BxPc-3 and Panc-1 cells with α -mangostin resulted in loss of cell viability, accompanied by enhanced cell apoptosis, cell cycle arrest at G1 phase, and decrease of cyclin-D1. Moreover, Transwell and Matrigel invasion assays showed that α -mangostin significantly reduced the migration and invasion of pancreatic cancer cells. Consistent with these results, α -mangostin decreased the expression of MMP-2, MMP-9, N-cadherin, and vimentin and increased the expression of E-cadherin. Furthermore, we found that α -mangostin suppressed the activity of the PI3K/Akt pathway in pancreatic cancer cells as demonstrated by the reduction of the Akt phosphorylation by α -mangostin. Finally, α -mangostin significantly inhibited the growth of BxPc-3 tumor mouse xenografts. Our results suggest that α -mangostin may be potentially used as a novel adjuvant therapy or complementary alternative medicine for the management of pancreatic cancers.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is characterized by the excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) which has been thought to contribute to the malignant behaviour. However, the detailed mechanism and the contribution of excessive deposition of ECM in PDAC progression remain unclear. A better understanding of the mechanism involved in this process is essential for the design of new effective therapies. In this study, we demonstrated that pancreatic cancer cells exhibited increased proliferation and decreased apoptosis in response to type I collagen. In addition, exposed to type I collagen, PDAC cells lost the expression of E-cadherin and increased expression of mesenchymal markers, including N-cadherin and vimentin, which is correlated with enhanced cell migration and invasiveness. Conversely, the knockdown of β1-integrin abolished the effects induced by type I collagen. Further investigation revealed that type I collagen activates β1-integrin accompanied with significant up-regulation of Gli-1. siRNA specific to Gli-1 reversed the effects of type I collagen on PDAC invasion and epithelial-mesenchymal transition. These results suggest that there is cross-talk between the β1-integrin signaling pathway and the Hedgehog (HH) pathway in pancreatic cancer and the abnormal activation of the HH pathway plays a key role in the type I collagen-induced effects on pancreatic cancer.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2014 · Current cancer drug targets
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatic stellate cells play a role in the migration process of hepatocellular carcinoma cells. Here, we address the role of the stromal-derived factor-1/CXC chemokine receptor 4 (SDF-1/CXCR4) axis on hepatocellular carcinoma progression. The expression of the SDF-1 and the CXCR4 was determined through western blotting and real-time PCR analysis using hepatic stellate (LX02) and hepatocellular carcinoma (MHCC97, SMMC7721, Hep3B, and HepG2) cell lines depleted of CXCR4 using shRNA. The migration of hepatocellular carcinoma cells following exogenous treatment with SDF-1 or in co-culture cell systems was measured using the Transwell assay. In parallel, the expression of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) markers was also determined. We found that SDF-1 is highly expressed in the hepatic stellate cell line LX02 and that the hepatocellular carcinoma cells express high levels of CXCR4. Co-culturing hepatocellular carcinoma cells with LX02 or exogenous treatment with SDF-1 induced an EMT as shown by increased migration. In contrast, ablation of CXCR4 expression in HepG2 cells attenuated the migration of HepG2 cells and suppressed the EMT. Thus, hepatic stellate cells can promote hepatocellular carcinoma cell invasion through the SDF-1/CXCR4 axis.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2014 · Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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    ABSTRACT: Carcinogenesis is a complex process during which cells undergo genetic and epigenetic alterations. MicroRNAs control gene expression by negatively regulating protein-coding mRNAs. Several reports demonstrated that miR-106a is up-regulated in gastric and colorectal cancers and promotes tumor progression. In contrast, in glioma miR-106a plays the role of a tumor suppressor gene rather than an oncogene. Here we demonstrate that a high level of miR-106a expression is present in pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, our investigation shows that miR-106a has an oncogenic role in pancreatic tumorigenesis by promoting cancer cell proliferation, epithelial-mesenchymal transition and invasion by targeting TIMP-2. MiR-106a could be a critical therapeutic target in pancreatic cancer.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2014 · FEBS letters
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    ABSTRACT: With the monomer [Zn(L-1)(H2O)] (1) complex in situ formed by the deprotonated hexadentate Salen-type Schiff-base ligand H2L1 (H2L1 = N,N'-bis(3-methoxy-salicylidene)cyclohexane-1,2-diamine) and Zn(NO3)(2) as the precursor, series of the hetero-trinuclear ZnLn(2) complexes [ZnLn(2)(L-1)(2)(L-2)(NO3)(2)Cl] (Ln = Nd, 2; Ln = Yb, 3; Ln = Er, 4 or Ln = Gd, 5) were obtained from the further reaction with LnCl(3) (Ln = Nd, Yb Er or Gd) and the second o-vanillin (HL2) ligand, respectively. The photophysical properties of complexes 2-4 showed that the characteristic near-infrared (NIR) luminescence of Ln(3+) ions with two emission centers and emissive lifetimes in microsecond ranges, was sensitized from the excited state (both (LC)-L-1 and (LC)-L-3) of mixed H2L1-HL2 ligands.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2013 · Inorganic Chemistry Communications
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    Zheng Wang · Qingyong Ma · Pei Li · Huanchen Sha · Xuqi Li · Jun Xu
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: The stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1)/C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) axis and Wingless and INT-1 (Wnt)/β-catenin pathway has been related to cancer progression. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of CXCR4 and β-catenin in pancreatic cancer. A total of 48 pancreatic cancer samples and 8 normal pancreatic tissues were selected to detect CXCR4 and β-catenin expression by an immunohistological technique. Spearman and Chi-square analyses were used to study the relation between the protein expression and clinical characteristics. Survival analysis was evaluated by the Kaplan-Meier product limit method. The proportions of CXCR4 and β-catenin expression on pancreatic cancer cells were significantly higher than in normal pancreas tissues. There was a significant difference in CXRC4 expression levels, lymph node metastasis and TNM stage. Clinical Significance was observed for β-catenin expression and lymph node metastasis; Kaplan-Meier curves suggested that clinical prognosis is poor for patients expressing CXCR4. Multivariate analysis showed that CXCR4 expression was an independent prognostic factor for pancreatic cancer. Both CXCR4 and β-catenin are abnormally expressed in pancreatic cancer. CXCR4 may be an important marker for pancreatic cancer progression.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2013 · Anticancer research
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    Pei Li · Juan Yang · Qing-Yong Ma · Zheng Wu · Chen Huang · Xu-Qi Li · Zheng Wang
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To investigate discriminating protein patterns and potential biomarkers in serum samples between pre/postoperative pancreatic cancer patients and healthy controls. Methods: 23 serum samples from PC patients (12 preoperative and 11 postoperative) and 76 from healthy controls were analyzed using matrix-assisted laser desorption and ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) technique combined with magnetic beads-based weak cation-exchange chromatography (MB-WCX). ClinProTools software selected several markers that made a distinction between pancreatic cancer patients and healthy controls. Results: 49 m/z distinctive peaks were found among the three groups, of which 33 significant peaks with a P < 0.001 were detected. Two proteins could distinguish the preoperative pancreatic cancer patients from the healthy controls. About 15 proteins may be potential biomarkers in assessment of pancreatic cancer resection. Conclusion: MB-MALDI-TOF-MS method could generate serum peptidome profiles of pancreatic cancer and provide a new approach to identify potential biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis of this malignancy.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2013 · Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP

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662 Citations
154.21 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2009-2015
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
    • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 2006-2015
    • Xi'an Jiaotong University
      • Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery
      Ch’ang-an, Shaanxi, China
  • 2011
    • Johns Hopkins Medicine
      • Department of Pathology
      Baltimore, MD, United States