Zuoliang Liu

North Sichuan Medical College, Shun’tsin, Sichuan, China

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    ABSTRACT: The minilaparotomy approach is technically feasible for the resection of rectal cancer in selected patients with rapid postoperative recovery and small incision. The study aimed to compare the clinical and oncological outcomes of minilaparotomy and laparoscopic approaches in patients with rectal cancer. The 122 included patients with rectal cancer were assigned to either minilaparotomy group (n=65) or laparoscopic group (n=57) which ran from January 2005 to January 2008. Clinical characteristics, perioperative outcomes, postoperative and long-term complications, pathological results and survival rates were compared between the groups. The demographic data of the two groups were similar. The time to normal diet (P=0.024) and the hospital stay (P=0.043) were less in the laparoscopic group than that in the minilaparotomy group. Compared with the minilaparotomy group, the mean operation time was significantly longer [low anterior resection (LAR), P=0.030; abdominoperineal resection (APR), P=0.048] and the direct costs higher for laparoscopic group (P<0.001). The morbidity and mortality were comparable between the two groups. Local recurrence was similar (5.3% laparoscopic, 1.5% minilaparotomy, P=0.520). The 5-year overall and disease-free survival rates were also similar (overall survival is 87.1% in laparoscopic group, and 82.5%in minilaparotomy group, P=0.425; disease-free survival is 74.2% in the laparoscopic group, and 71.4% in mini- laparotomy group, P=0.633). The minilaparotomy approach was similarly safe and oncologically equivalent to laparoscopic approach for patients with rectal cancer. At the expense of a longer operative time and higher cost, laparoscopic surgery was associated with faster postoperative recovery.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2014 · Journal of gastrointestinal oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Our previous studies show that microRNA-92a (miR-92a) is overexpressed in colorectal cancer (CRC) and is thought to be correlated with the development of the cancer. However, its biological role in CRC remains poorly understood. The aim of the study was to determine the role of miR-92a and to elucidate its regulatory mechanism in CRC. The expression levels of miR-92a and phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN) were detected by qRT-PCR and western blot. MTT, migration and invasion assays were used to examine the proliferation, migration and invasion of pre-miR-92a transfected SW480 cells, and a mouse model was used to investigate tumorigenesis. In addition, the regulation of PTEN by miR-92a was evaluated by qRT-PCR, western blot and luciferase reporter assays. The expression of miR-92a was significantly up-regulated in the tissues of CRC patients with lymph node metastasis. The ectopic expression of miR-92a enhanced CRC cell proliferation, migration and invasion. Similar results were found in xenograft assay performed in nude mice. Up-regulation of miR-92a induced EMT in CRC cells. There was an inverse correlation between the levels of miR-92a and PTEN in CRC tissues. The overexpression of miR-92a in CRC cells decreased PTEN expression at the translational level, and decreased PTEN-driven luciferase-reporter activity. Our results demonstrated that miR-92a induced EMT and regulated cell growth, migration and invasion in the SW480 cells, at least partially, via suppression of PTEN expression. MiR-92a may serve as a novel therapeutic target in colorectal cancer.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2013 · Digestive Diseases and Sciences
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: MicroRNAs regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level and play important roles in cancer development, progression, and metastasis. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of miR-92a in colorectal cancer and the normal adjacent mucosa and its potential relevance to clinicopathological characteristics and patient survival. Methods: Surgical specimens of cancer tissue and adjacent normal mucosa were obtained from 82 patients with colorectal carcinomas. The relative expression levels of miR-92a mRNA in the cancer and the normal adjacent mucosa were measured by quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. We analyzed their correlation with tumor metastasis, clinicopathologic parameters, and clinical outcome. Results: The relative expression levels of miR-92a were significantly higher in colorectal cancer tissues than in the normal adjacent mucosa (p < 0.001), and a high expression of miR-92a correlated with advanced clinical stage (p = 0.025), lymph node metastases (p = 0.015), and distant metastases (p = 0.046). Kaplan-Meier analysis indicated that patients with high miR-92a expression had a poor overall survival (p = 0.001). Moreover, multivariate analysis showed that increased expression of miR-92a was an independent predictor of overall survival. Conclusion: This study revealed that miR-92a overexpression was correlated with specific colorectal cancer biopathologic features, such as TNM stage, lymph node and distant metastases, and poor survival of the patients, indicating that miR-92a may serve as a molecular prognostic marker for colorectal cancer and disease progression.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2012 · International Journal of Colorectal Disease
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    ABSTRACT: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding RNAs that have been shown to be aberrantly expressed in several tumor types. Of these miRNAs, miR-22 as tumor suppressor has been shown to play a crucial role in human carcinogenesis. However, its association with the clinicopathological features of colorectal cancer has yet to be addressed. In this study, we compared the expression of miR-22 between colorectal cancer tissues and the normal adjacent mucosa using a quantitative real-time RT-PCR. The association of miR-22 expression with clinicopathological characters was analyzed by appropriate statistical analysis. Kaplan-Meier analysis and Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to investigate the associations of miR-22 expression with survival of patients. Results showed that the relative expression levels of miR-22 were significantly lower in colorectal cancer tissues than those in the normal adjacent mucosa, and low expression of miR-22 correlated with liver metastasis. Kaplan-Meier analysis indicated that patients with reduced miR-22 had a poor overall survival. Moreover, the multivariate analysis showed that reduced expression of miR-22 was an independent predictor of overall survival. Our data indicate the potential of miR-22 as a novel prognostic biomarker for CRC.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2012 · Medical Oncology