Qinghong Wu

Southern Medical University, Shengcheng, Guangdong, China

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    ABSTRACT: To observe the pathological changes in the myocardial and pulmonary tissues in miniature pigs with chronic pulmonary hypertension induced by monocrotaline (MCT). Twelve male miniature pigs (weigh 15.0-18.0 kg, aged 4.0-4.5 months) were examined for baseline mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP), followed by intraperitoneal injection of 10.0 mg/kg MCT in 10 randomly selected pigs. The mean pulmonary artery pressure at 4 and 8 weeks were determined, and the pathological changes in the myocardial and pulmonary tissues were observed. The baseline mPAP of normal miniature pigs was 15.19∓0.70 mmHg. At 4 and 8 weeks after MCT injection, the sPAP and dPAP were 19.69∓2.47 mmHg and 25.62∓4.88 mmHg, respectively, and the mPAP increased significantly compared with that of the normal control group (P<0.01). Obvious pathological changes such as pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular hypertrophy were found in the pigs 4 weeks after MCT injection, and at 8 weeks, significant pathological changes occurred including right ventricular fibrosis and thickening of the tunica media of the pulmonary artery. MCT can cause pulmonary hypertension in miniature pigs 8 weeks after drug administration, shown as increased pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary vascular remodeling.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2012 · Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University
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    ABSTRACT: Multiple genetic modifications in pigs can essentially benefit research on agriculture, human disease and xenotransplantation. Most multi-transgenic pigs have been produced by complex and time-consuming breeding programs using multiple single-transgenic pigs. This study explored the feasibility of producing multi-transgenic pigs using the viral 2A peptide in the light of previous research indicating that it can be utilized for multi-gene transfer in gene therapy and somatic cell reprogramming. A 2A peptide-based double-promoter expression vector that mediated the expression of four fluorescent proteins was constructed and transfected into primary porcine fetal fibroblasts. Cell colonies (54.3%) formed under G418 selection co-expressed the four fluorescent proteins at uniformly high levels. The reconstructed embryos, which were obtained by somatic cell nuclear transfer and confirmed to express the four fluorescent proteins evenly, were transplanted into seven recipient gilts. Eleven piglets were delivered by two gilts, and seven of them co-expressed the four fluorescent proteins at equivalently high levels in various tissues. The fluorescence intensities were directly observed at the nose, hoof and tongue using goggles. The results suggest that the strategy of combining the 2A peptide and double promoters efficiently mediates the co-expression of the four fluorescent proteins in pigs and is hence a promising methodology to generate multi-transgenic pigs by a single nuclear transfer.
    Full-text · Article · May 2011 · PLoS ONE