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Articles by M Zhou
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  B Xiang , M Yi , L Wang , W Liu , W Zhang , J Ouyang , Y Peng , W Li , M Zhou , H Liu , M Wu , R Wang , X Li and G. Li

Oxidored-nitro domain containing protein 1 (NOR1) gene is a novel nitroreductase gene first isolated from nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). It plays an important role in the formation of chemical carcinogen and the carcinogenesis of NPC for its nitrosation function. Overexpression of the wild-type NOR1 gene in nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells is effective to inhibit cell growth and proliferation. In this study, for the first time, we generated a highly specific NOR1 antibody and analyzed NOR1 distribution in the human tissues and NPC biopsies. The results showed that NOR1 protein is predominantly expressed in human nasopharynx and tracheal tissues. Human heart, liver, spleen, stomach, colon, kidney, skeletal muscle, thymus, and pancreas are all deficient of NOR1 protein. More importantly, we performed immunohistochemistry assay of NOR1 protein expression in the NPC tissues, and the result showed that NOR1 protein is frequently down-expressed in NPC. These data shed light on the selectivity of potential physiological functions of NOR1 and provides an indispensable reference to the carcinogenesis process of NPC and to identify or validate tissue-specific drug targets.

  P. J Davis , F. B Davis , H. Y Lin , S. A Mousa , M Zhou and M. K. Luidens

A thyroid hormone receptor on integrin vβ3 that mediates cell surface-initiated nongenomic actions of thyroid hormone on tumor cell proliferation and on angiogenesis has been described. Transduction of the hormone signal into these recently recognized proliferative effects is by extracellular-regulated kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2). Other nongenomic actions of the hormone may be transduced by phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) and are initiated in cytoplasm or at the cell surface. PI3K-mediated effects are important to angiogenesis or other recently appreciated cell functions but apparently not to tumor cell division. For those actions of thyroid hormone [l-thyroxine (T4) and 3,3'-5-triiodo-l-thyronine (T3)] that begin at the integrin receptor, tetraiodothyroacetic acid (tetrac) is an inhibitor of and probe for the participation of the receptor in downstream intracellular events. In addition, tetrac has actions initiated at the integrin receptor that are unrelated to inhibition of the effects of T4 and T3 but do involve gene transcription in tumor cells. Discussed here are the implications of translating these nongenomic mechanisms of thyroid hormone analogs into clinical cancer cell biology, tumor-related angiogenesis, and modulation of angiogenesis that is not related to cancer.

  L Xia , M Zhou , T. F Kalhorn , H. T. B Ho and J. Wang

Plasma membrane monoamine transporter (PMAT) is a novel polyspecific organic cation transporter that transports organic cations and the purine nucleoside, adenosine. PMAT is expressed in the kidney, but the specific localization and function of this transporter in renal cells are unclear. In this study, we developed a polyclonal antibody toward a 14-amino acid sequence in the last intracellular loop of PMAT and determined the precise cellular localization of PMAT in human and rat kidneys. Surprisingly, we found that the PMAT protein was predominantly expressed in the glomerulus with minimal expression in tubular cells. Within the glomerulus, dual-color immunofluorescence labeling showed that the PMAT protein was specifically localized to the visceral glomerular epithelial cells, i.e., podocytes. There was no significant PMAT immunoreactivity in mesangial or glomerular endothelial cells. We further showed that puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN), a classic podocyte toxin that induces massive proteinuria and severe glomerulopathy, is transported by PMAT. Expression of PMAT in Madin-Darby canine kidney cells significantly increased cell sensitivity to PAN. Decynium 22, a potent PMAT inhibitor, abolished PAN toxicity in PMAT-expressing cells. Together, our data suggest that PMAT is specifically expressed in podocytes and may play an important role in PAN-induced kidney injury.

  L Wang , B Wu , Y Sun , T Xu , X Zhang , M Zhou and W. Jiang

Previous studies have indicated that protein kinase C (PKC) may enhance endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activation, although the detailed mechanism(s) remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the roles of PKC isoforms in regulating propofol-induced eNOS activation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs).


We applied western blot (WB) analysis to investigate the effects of propofol on Ser1177 phosphorylation-dependent eNOS activation in HUVECs. Nitrite (NO2) accumulation was measured using the Griess assay. The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt (PI3K/Akt) pathway was examined by WB assay. Propofol-induced translocation of individual PKC isoforms in subcellular fractions in HUVECs was analysed using WB assay.


In HUVECs, protocol treatment (1–100 µM) for 10 min induced a concentration-dependent increase in phosphorylation of eNOS at Ser1177. The NO production was also increased accordingly. PKC inhibitors, bisindolylmaleimide I (0.1–1 µM), and staurosporine (20 and 100 nM), effectively blocked propofol-induced eNOS activation and NO production. Further analyses in fractionated endothelial lysate showed that short-term propofol treatment (50 µM) led to translocation of PKC-, PKC-, PKC-, PKC-, and PKC- from cytosolic to membrane fractions, which could also be inhibited by both PKC inhibitors. These data revealed that the differential redistribution of these isozymes is indispensable for propofol-induced eNOS activation. In addition, Akt was not phosphorylated in response to propofol at Ser473 or Thr308.


Propofol induces the Ser1177 phosphorylation-dependent eNOS activation through the drug-stimulated translocation of PKC isoforms to distinct intracellular sites in HUVECs, which is independent of PI3K/Akt-independent pathway.

  L Zhang , T Deng , X Li , H Liu , H Zhou , J Ma , M Wu , M Zhou , S Shen , Z Niu , W Zhang , L Shi , B Xiang , J Lu , L Wang , D Li , H Tang and G. Li

microRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs and have been implicated in the pathology of various diseases, including cancer. Here we report that the miRNA profiles have been changed after knockdown of one of the most important oncogene c-MYC or re-expression of a candidate tumor suppressor gene SPLUNC1 in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cells. Both c-MYC knockdown and SPLUNC1 re-expression can down-regulate microRNA-141 (miR-141). miR-141 is up-regulated in NPC specimens in comparison with normal nasopharyngeal epithelium. Inhibition of miR-141 could affect cell cycle, apoptosis, cell growth, migration and invasion in NPC cells. We found that BRD3, UBAP1 and PTEN are potential targets of miR-141, which had been confirmed following luciferase reporter assays and western blotting. BRD3 and UBAP1 are both involved in NPC carcinogenesis as confirmed through our previous studies and PTEN is a crucial tumor suppressor in many tumor types. BRD3 is involved in the regulation of the Rb/E2F pathway. Inhibition of miR-141 could affect some important molecules in the Rb/E2F, JNK2 and AKT pathways. It is well known that carcinogenesis of NPC is involved in the networks of genetic and epigenetic alteration events. We propose that miR-141- and tumor-related genes c-MYC, SPLUNC1, BRD3, UBAP1 and PTEN may constitute a gene–miRNA network to contribute to NPC development.

  J Lim , M Zhou , T. D Veenstra and D. K. Morrison

Protein scaffolds play an important role in signal transduction, regulating the localization of signaling components and mediating key protein interactions. Here, we report that the major binding partners of the Connector Enhancer of KSR 1 (CNK1) scaffold are members of the cytohesin family of Arf guanine nucleotide exchange factors, and that the CNK1/cytohesin interaction is critical for activation of the PI3K/AKT cascade downstream from insulin and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) receptors. We identified a domain located in the C-terminal region of CNK1 that interacts constitutively with the coiled-coil domain of the cytohesins, and found that CNK1 facilitates the membrane recruitment of cytohesin-2 following insulin stimulation. Moreover, through protein depletion and rescue experiments, we found that the CNK1/cytohesin interaction promotes signaling from plasma membrane-bound Arf GTPases to the phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate 5-kinases (PIP5Ks) to generate a PIP2-rich microenvironment that is critical for the membrane recruitment of insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS1) and signal transmission to the PI3K/AKT cascade. These findings identify CNK1 as a new positive regulator of insulin signaling.

  M Zhou , H. J He , M Hirano , M Sekiguchi , O Tanaka , K Kawahara and H. Abe

ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channel subunits were investigated in rat submandibular gland (SMG). RT-PCR detected the presence of mRNA transcripts of the Kir6.1, Kir6.2, SUR2A, and SUR2B in the SMG, whereas SUR1 mRNA was barely detected. Western blot analysis provided the evidence that these four KATP channel subunits are expressed in rat SMG. Immunostaining detected that these four KATP channel subunits are widely distributed, with different intensities, in myoepithelial cells, epithelial cells of intercalated ducts, granular convoluted tubules, striated ducts, and excretory ducts. Immunofluorescence double staining showed that Kir6.1 and Kir6.2 colocalized with SUR2A in the myoepithelial cells, granular convoluted tubules, striated ducts, and excretory ducts. Kir6.1 and Kir6.2 also colocalized with SUR2B, mainly in the duct system, e.g., the granular convoluted tubules, striated ducts, and excretory ducts. Taken together, these results indicate that the KATP channels in SMG may consist of Kir6.1, Kir6.2, SUR2A, and SUR2B, with various combinations of colocalization with each other, and may play important roles in rat SMG during salivary secretion. (J Histochem Cytochem 58:499–507, 2010)

  M Zhou , F Carlotti and Y. Zhu

A zooplankton closure model is developed by combining the size-based growth and mortality rates and size (biomass) spectrum theory. The new growth rate model, developed based on both Huntley and Boyd [(1984) Food-limited growth of marine zooplankton. Am. Nat., 124, 455–478.] and Hirst and Bunker [(2003) Growth of marine planktonic copepods: Global rates and patterns in relation to chlorophyll a, temperature, and body weight. Limnol. Oceanogr., 48, 1988–2010.], avoids overestimating zooplankton growth at the high temperature and food concentration condition; the mortality rate model developed based on the slope of observed biomass spectra and assimilation efficiency; and the biomass spectrum theory is a conservation equation of biomass fluxes between size classes in terms of growth and mortality. The zooplankton closure model is applied to simulate particular organic carbon and mesozooplankton biomass concentrations from 5 January 1999 to 12 July 2007 forced by temperature and chlorophyll, all of which were observed at the Service d'Observation du Frioul du Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille (SOFCOM) long-term monitoring station in the Gulf of Lions, northwestern Mediterranean Sea. The modelled zooplankton biomass and size spectra imitate the seasonal variations and responses of zooplankton communities to phytoplankton blooms. The carbon fluxes of total grazing, grazing on phytoplankton, feeding on zooplankton and removal from the zooplankton community are analyzed equal to 78, 40, 38 and 14 mg C m–3 day–1, respectively. This zooplankton closure model is intended to provide a link between lower and higher trophic level models in ecosystem modelling.

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