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Articles by X Ren
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  X Gong , W Ye , H Zhou , X Ren , Z Li , W Zhou , J Wu , Y Gong , Q Ouyang , X Zhao and X. Zhang
 

Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) expression may be induced during apoptosis in various cell types. Here, we used the C-terminal of AChE to screen the human fetal brain library and found that it interacted with Ran-binding protein in the microtubule-organizing center (RanBPM). This interaction was further confirmed by coimmunoprecipitation analysis. In HEK293T cells, RanBPM and AChE were heterogeneously expressed in the cisplatin-untreated cytoplasmic extracts and in the cisplatin-treated cytoplasmic or nuclear extracts. Our previous studies performed using morphologic methods have shown that AChE translocates from the cytoplasm to the nucleus during apoptosis. Taken together, these results suggest that RanBPM is an AChE-interacting protein that is translocated from the cytoplasm into the nucleus during apoptosis, similar to the translocation observed in case of AChE.

  X Ren , J Zhang , X Gong , X Niu , X Zhang , P Chen and X. Zhang
 

The kidney is formed from two tissue populations derived from the intermediate mesoderm, the ureteric bud, and the metanephric mesenchyme. Metanephric mesenchyme is a pluripotent renal stem population, and conversion of renal mesenchyme into epithelia depends on the ureteric bud in vivo and in vitro. Embryonic stem (ES) cells have been induced to differentiate into a broad spectrum of specialized cell types in vitro, including hematopoietic, pancreatic, and neuronal cells. Such ES-derived cells can provide a valuable source of progenitor cells. However, whether ES cells can be stimulated by factors secreted from the fetal renal cells to differentiate into renal precursor cells in vitro has not been reported. In this study, we showed that murine ES cells can give rise to embryoid bodies in the absence of leukemia inhibitory factor. Culture conditions were optimized [6 days, 10 ng/ml activin and 10–7 M retinoic acid (RA)] to generate maximal mesoderm populations specifically expressing Pax2 and brachyury. Results showed that 72% of the cells were brachyury positive by fluorescent activated cell sorter on Day 6 of EB cell differentiation. Conditioned medium collected from cultures of ureteric bud cells from renal cells of a 13-day-old fetus was added to the culture medium. Mesoderm cells were cultured for up to 10 days before showing expression of renal markers, initiation of nephrogenesis (WT-1 and Pax2), and terminally differentiated renal cell types (POD-1 and E-cadherin). This study suggests that ES cells pre-treated by RA and activin can interact with secreted molecules of the fetal renal cells to specifically differentiate into renal precursor cells. Our results provide an experimental basis for the development of in vitro assays to steer differentiation of ES cells toward renal lineages.

  J Qian , X Ren , X Wang , P Zhang , W. K Jones , J. D Molkentin , G. C Fan and E. G. Kranias
 

Rationale: The levels of a small heat shock protein (Hsp)20 and its phosphorylation are increased on ischemic insults, and overexpression of Hsp20 protects the heart against ischemia/reperfusion injury. However, the mechanism underlying cardioprotection of Hsp20 and especially the role of its phosphorylation in regulating ischemia/reperfusion–induced autophagy, apoptosis, and necrosis remain to be clarified.

Objective: Herein, we generated a cardiac-specific overexpression model, carrying nonphosphorylatable Hsp20, where serine 16 was substituted with alanine (Hsp20S16A). By subjecting this model to ischemia/reperfusion, we addressed whether: (1) the cardioprotective effects of Hsp20 are associated with serine 16 phosphorylation; (2) blockade of Hsp20 phosphorylation influences the balance between autophagy and cell death; and (3) the aggregation pattern of Hsp20 is altered by its phosphorylation.

Methods and Results: Our results demonstrated that Hsp20S16A hearts were more sensitive to ischemia/reperfusion injury, evidenced by lower recovery of contractile function and increased necrosis and apoptosis, compared with non-TG hearts. Interestingly, autophagy was activated in non-TG hearts but significantly inhibited in Hsp20S16A hearts following ischemia/reperfusion. Accordingly, pretreatment of Hsp20S16A hearts with rapamycin, an activator of autophagy, resulted in improvement of functional recovery, compared with saline-treated Hsp20S16A hearts. Furthermore, on ischemia/reperfusion, the oligomerization pattern of Hsp20 appeared to shift to higher aggregates in Hsp20S16A hearts.

Conclusions: Collectively, these data indicate that blockade of Ser16-Hsp20 phosphorylation attenuates the cardioprotective effects of Hsp20 against ischemia/reperfusion injury, which may be attributable to suppressed autophagy and increased cell death. Therefore, phosphorylation of Hsp20 at serine 16 may represent a potential therapeutic target in ischemic heart disease.

 
 
 
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