• Peng Zhang

      Articles written in Journal of Biosciences

    • Proteomic analysis of cervical cancer cells treated with suberonylanilide hydroxamic acid

      Jianxiong He Canhua Huang Aiping Tong Bin Chen Zhi Zeng Peng Zhang Chunting Wang Yuquan Wei

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      Suberonylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA) is an orally administered histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACI) that has shown significant antitumour activity in a variety of tumour cells. To identify proteins involved in its antitumour activity, we utilized a proteomic approach to reveal protein expression changes in the human cervical cancer cell line HeLa following SAHA treatment. Protein expression profiles were analysed by 2-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-DE) and protein identification was performed on a MALDI-Q-TOF MS/MS instrument. As a result, a total of nine differentially expressed proteins were visualized by 2-DE and Coomassie brilliant blue (CBB) staining. Further, all the changed proteins were positively identified via mass spectrometry (MS)/MS analysis. Of these, PGAM1 was significantly downregulated in HeLa cells after treatment with SAHA. Moreover, PGAM1 has been proven to be downregulated in another cervical cancer cell line (CaSki) by western blot analysis. Together, using proteomic tools, we identified several differentially expressed proteins that underwent SAHA-induced apoptosis. These changed proteins may provide some clues to a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying SAHA-induced apoptosis in cervical cancer.

    • 5-Azacytidine and trichostatin A enhance the osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells isolated from steroid-induced avascular necrosis of the femoral head in rabbit


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      Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) play an important role in the process of bone repair. The present studyinvestigated the effect of 5-azacytidine (AZA) and trichostatin A (TSA) on BMSC behaviors in vitro. The role of WNTfamily member 5A (WNT5A)/WNT family member 5A (WNT7A)/b-catenin signaling was also investigated. BMSCs wereisolated from a steroid-induced avascular necrosis of the femoral head (SANFH) rabbit model. The third-generation ofBMSCs was used after identification. The results revealed obvious degeneration and necrosis in the SANFH rabbit model.AZA, TSA and TSA + AZA increased BMSC proliferation in a time-dependent fashion. AZA, TSA and TSA + AZAinduced the cell cycle release from the G0/G1 phase and inhibited apoptosis in BMSCs. AZA, TSA and TSA + AZAtreatment significantly decreased caspase-3 and caspase-9 activities. The treatment obviously increased the activity andrelative mRNA expression of alkaline phosphatase. The treatment also significantly up-regulated the proteins associatedwith osteogenic differentiation, including osteocalcin and runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2), and Wnt/b-cateninsignal transduction pathway-related proteins b-catenin, WNT5A and WNT7A. The relative levels of Dickkopf-relatedprotein 1 (an inhibitor of the canonical Wnt pathway) decreased remarkably. Notably, TSA + AZA treatment exhibited astronger adjustment ability than either single treatment. Collectively, the present studies suggest that AZA, TSA and TSA +AZA promote cell proliferation and osteogenic differentiation in BMSCs, and these effects are potentially achieved via upregulationof WNT5A/WNT7A/b-catenin signaling.

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