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Clin Rheumatol ; 2020 Jan 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31950440


The first name of the co-author of the above article was presented incorrect in the published version. The author name "Miangliang Qiu" should read "Mingliang Qiu" as mentioned above.

Clin Rheumatol ; 2019 Dec 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31879859


OBJECTIVE: miR-150-5p has been implicated in the regulation and onset of immune diseases. We investigated the effects of miR-150-5p on the functions of RA synovial fibroblasts (RASFs). METHOD: The binding site between suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 (SOCS1) and miR-150-5p was analyzed using European Bioinformatics Institute database, and the 3' UTR of SOCS1 mRNA, including the binding site, was amplified and ligated to the 3'-end of LUC2 gene in the pmirGL0 dual-luciferase vector. The pmirGL0 vector and corresponding mimics were subsequently co-transfected into 293T cells to compare the relative fluorescence intensity of LUC2 between the miR-150-5p mimics and the negative control (NC) mimics groups. Further, the RASF cell line MH7A was transfected with miR-150-5p or NC mimics and subjected to flow cytometric analysis, cell counting kit-8 assay, western blot analysis, qPCR, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent (ELISA) assay 48 h after transfection. RESULTS: miR-150-5p mimics resulted in a lower cell apoptotic rate and proportion of cells in the S phase. Using a dual-luciferase reporter gene assay, we then found that SOCS1 is a potential target of miR-150-5p. Compared with NC mimics, miR-150-5p mimics significantly decreased the protein and mRNA expression levels of SOCS1. ELISA assay showed that miR-150-5p mimics increased interleukin-6 level in the cell culture medium but did not influence tumor necrosis factor-alpha levels. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, the growth-promoting effect of miR-150-5p on MH7A cells may be attributed to the miR-150-5p-induced degradation of SOCS1 mRNA, suggesting a potential therapeutic target for RA.Key Points• SOCS1 is a potential target of miR-150-5p.• miR-150-5p promoted the growth of RASF cell line MH7A.• miR-150-5p increased the secretion of IL-6 but did not significantly affect TNF-α levels in MH7A cells.

Mikrochim Acta ; 186(8): 594, 2019 08 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31372831


A method is described for the colorimetric determination of the activity of CpG methyltransferase (M.SssI). It is based on (a) the crosslinking effect between dsDNA-modified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and graphene oxide (GO), and (b) an amplification reaction with the aid of a nicking enzyme. To avoid the aggregation of AuNPs (which would produce false signals), a hairpin DNA was connected to the AuNPs. Thus, the red color of the solution (measured at 530 nm) increases linearly with the activity of M.SssI from 0.2 to 60 U·mL-1, and the limit of detection is 67 U·mL-1. This is superior to some reported strategies. The method was successfully applied to analyze spiked serum samples. Conceivably, it represents a powerful tool for use in drug development and diagnosis. Graphical abstracts A method based on the conjugated cross-linking effect between dsDNA modified Au NPs and GO coupled with an amplification reaction of nicking enzyme has been developed for colorimetric detection of the activity of CpG methyltransferase (M.SssI).

Anal Sci ; 34(8): 959-964, 2018.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30101892


DNA methyltransferase (MTase) is related to transcriptional repressor activity in biological functions. It is an essential for cancer diagnosis and therapeutics to detect DNA MTase activity sensitively. Here, a fluorescent system based on polymerase amplification has been developed to detect DNA adenine MTase (Dam) activity sensitively. The amplification is triggered by the probe DNA regions a, which are the primes of a polymerase-induced replicated reaction. They come from methylation and a digestion reaction of DNA S1-S1, including a 5'-GATC-3' sequence recognized by Dam MTase and methylation sensitive restriction endonuclease Dpn I. The intensities of fluorescence are dependent on the Dam MTase activity. The method shows fine sensitivity with a detection limit of 3.2 × 10-4 U mL-1 and specificity for Dam MTase. In human serum samples, the method has been successfully applied, and it has also been used to screen the inhibitors, which means that the developed method can be a powerful and potential tool for drug development and clinical diagnosis in the future.

Técnicas Biossensoriais , Ensaios Enzimáticos/métodos , Fluorescência , Técnicas de Amplificação de Ácido Nucleico/métodos , DNA Metiltransferases Sítio Específica (Adenina-Específica)/análise , DNA Metiltransferases Sítio Específica (Adenina-Específica)/metabolismo , Sondas de DNA/química , Sondas de DNA/metabolismo , Humanos , Espectrometria de Fluorescência
Anal Chim Acta ; 1016: 12-18, 2018 Aug 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29534800


In this work, a newly developed surface plasma resonance (SPR) system for the sensitive detection of M.SssI activity has been designed based on double signal amplification with DNA chain cyclic reactions and AuNPs. In the absence of M.SssI, hairpin DNA 1 (HP1) can be cleaved into s1 fragments catalyzed by HpaII. The s1 fragments can then trigger a recycling process of hairpin DNA 2 (HP2) hybridization and subsequently release massive s2 and s3 in the solution of Nt.AlwI and HPII. AuNPs-DNA can be captured on gold film by the released s2 and s3 to produce a strong SPR signal. Whereas in the presence of M.SssI, methylated HP1 cannot be cleaved by HpaII, thus produce a weak SPR signal. The SPR signals are dependent on the M.SssI concentration in the range from 0.5 to 50 U/mL. The successful detection of M.SssI activity in clinical serum samples and inhibition of M.SssI using 5-Aza and 5-Aza-dC indicate a great potential of this strategy for building new monitoring platform in bioanalysis and clinical biomedicine.

Metiltransferases/sangue , Ressonância de Plasmônio de Superfície , Técnicas Eletroquímicas , Ouro/química , Humanos , Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Propriedades de Superfície
Biosens Bioelectron ; 68: 668-674, 2015 Jun 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25660511


Herein, a sensitive and selective sensor for biothiols based on colorimetric assay is reported. S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM) could induce the selective aggregation of unmodified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) by electrostatic interaction. In the presence of biothiols, such as glutathione (GSH), homocysteine (Hcy), and cysteine (Cys), AuNPs prefer to react with thiols of biothiols rather than SAM due to the formation of Au-S bond. Thus, the AuNPs turn from the aggregation to the dispersion state, and the corresponding color variation in the process of anti-aggregation of AuNPs can be used for the quantitative screening of biothiols through UV-vis spectroscopy or by the naked eye. Under optimized conditions, a good linear relationship in the range of 0.4-1.2 µM is obtained for Cys, 0.2-0.9 µM for GSH, and 0.6-3.0 µM for Hcys. The detection limits of this assay for GSH, Cys and Hcys are 35.8 nM, 21.7 nM, and 62.4 nM, respectively. This colorimetric assay exhibits rapid operation (within 5 min), high selectivity and sensitivity towards biothiols with tunable dynamic ranges.

Técnicas Biossensoriais , Cisteína/isolamento & purificação , Glutationa/isolamento & purificação , Homocisteína/isolamento & purificação , Colorimetria , Ouro/química , Humanos , Limite de Detecção , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Metionina/análogos & derivados , Metionina/química