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Articles by R Tang
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  H Wang , W Zhang , R Tang , R. P Hebbel , M. A Kowalska , C Zhang , J. D Marth , M Fukuda , C Zhu and Y. Huo

Objective— Core2 1 to 6-N-glucosaminyltransferase-I (C2GlcNAcT-I) plays an important role in optimizing the binding functions of several selectin ligands, including P-selectin glycoprotein ligand. We used apolipoprotein E (ApoE)-deficient atherosclerotic mice to investigate the role of C2GlcNAcT-I in platelet and leukocyte interactions with injured arterial walls, in endothelial regeneration at injured sites, and in the formation of arterial neointima.

Methods and Results— Arterial neointima induced by wire injury was smaller in C2GlcNAcT-I-deficient apoE–/– mice than in control apoE–/– mice (a 79% reduction in size). Compared to controls, apoE–/– mice deficient in C2GlcNAcT-I also demonstrated less leukocyte adhesion on activated platelets in microflow chambers (a 75% reduction), and accumulation of leukocytes at injured areas of mouse carotid arteries was eliminated. Additionally, endothelial regeneration in injured lumenal areas was substantially faster in C2GlcNAcT-I-deficient apoE–/– mice than in control apoE–/– mice. Endothelial regeneration was associated with reduced accumulation of platelet factor 4 (PF4) at injured sites. PF4 deficiency accelerated endothelial regeneration and protected mice from neointima formation after arterial injury.

Conclusions— C2GlcNAcT-I deficiency suppresses injury-induced arterial neointima formation, and this effect is attributable to decreased leukocyte recruitment to injured vascular walls and increased endothelial regeneration. Both C2GlcNAcT-I and PF4 are promising targets for the treatment of arterial restenosis.

  C. C Yeh , C. Y Lai , L. L Hsieh , R Tang , F. Y Wu and F. C. Sung

Oxidative stress has been associated with the carcinogenesis of colorectal cancer. Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) modulate the elimination of free radical. We conducted a case–control study to examine the interaction between oxidative stress and GSTs polymorphisms on colorectal cancer risk. This study recruited 727 pathologically confirmed colorectal adenocarcinoma cases and 736 sex- and age-matched controls. Plasma protein carbonyls, as a parameter of oxidative stress, were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Genotypes of GSTM1, GSTT1 and GSTP1 genes were determined using polymerase chain reaction methods. The protein carbonyl levels were significantly higher in cases than in controls and exerted a dose-response relationship (P for trend < 0.001). Compared with the first carbonyl quartile subjects, those in the second, third and fourth quartiles had odds ratios (ORs) of 1.54 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.13–2.10], 1.52 (95% CI = 1.11–2.07) and 1.98 (95% CI = 1.46–2.67), respectively. This effect was significantly modified by GSTM1 genotype (P for interaction = 0.037). The three-way interaction analysis revealed that interactions between GSTM1 genotype and cigarette smoking and between GSTT1 genotype and alcohol drinking further modified the oxidative stress contribution for colorectal cancer (p for interaction were 0.067 and 0.054, respectively). The impact of oxidative stress was more prominent among ever-smokers with GSTM1-null genotype (OR = 3.45, 95% CI = 1.70–6.97) and ever-drinkers with GSTT1-present genotype (OR = 3.87, 95% CI = 1.82–8.25). Our results indicate that interaction between oxidative stress and GSTs polymorphisms may play an important role in the pathogenesis of colorectal cancer.

  A Zanchetti , M Hennig , R Hollweck , G Bond , R Tang , C Cuspidi , G Parati , R Facchetti and G. Mancia

Background— Baseline carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaques are considered predictors of cardiovascular events, but whether they maintain predictive value in treated hypertensive patients and whether time-related (or treatment-induced) IMT changes are additional predictors are unknown.

Methods and Results— Analyses were performed of the data from the European Lacidipine Study on Atherosclerosis (ELSA), a large, randomized, intervention trial in which 2334 hypertensive patients from 7 European countries were followed up under effective antihypertensive treatment for 3.75 years. Kaplan–Meier curves indicated progressively lower survival free of any type of outcome except stroke, with increasing baseline IMT quartiles or increasing IMT values, even after adjustment for major baseline risk factors. Incidence of any outcome except stroke also was related to baseline number of carotid plaques. However, when both baseline and on-treatment IMT values were entered in Cox proportional-hazards models, differences in IMT compared with baseline did not predict cardiovascular outcomes. Although on-treatment rather than baseline IMT values significantly entered some of the proportional-hazards models, baseline and on-treatment IMTs were highly correlated, and therefore these results are inconclusive.

Conclusions— ELSA shows that carotid intima-media thickening and plaques are important added risks of cardiovascular outcomes in a treated hypertensive population independently of blood pressure and traditional risk factors. However, the analysis failed to show a predictive role of treatment-dependent IMT changes. These negative conclusions should be tempered by the limitations inherent in the smallness of these changes compared with the large individual differences in baseline IMTs.

  M. M Hossain , T Hosono Fukao , R Tang , N Sugaya , T. H van Kuppevelt and S. D Rosen

Heparan sulfates (HS) bind a diversity of protein ligands on the cell surface and in the extracellular matrix and thus can modulate cell signaling. The state of sulfation in glucosamines and uronic acids within the chains strongly influences their binding. We have previously cloned and characterized two human extracellular endoglucosamine 6-sulfatases, HSulf-1 and HSulf-2, which selectively liberate the 6-O sulfate groups on glucosamines present in N, 6-O, and 2-O trisulfated disaccharides of intact HS and heparins. These enzymes serve important roles in development and are upregulated in a number of cancers. To determine whether the Sulfs act on the trisulfated disaccharides that exist on the cell surface, we expressed HSulfs in cultured cells and performed a flow cytometric analysis with the RB4CD12, an anti-HS antibody that recognizes N- and O-sulfated HS saccharides. The endogenously expressed level of the cell surface RB4CD12 epitope was greatly diminished in CHO, HEK293, and HeLa cells transfected with HSulf-1 or HSulf-2 cDNA. In correspondence with the RB4CD12 finding, the N, 6-O, and 2-O trisulfated disaccharides of the HS isolated from the cell surface/extracellular matrix were dramatically reduced in the Sulf-expressed HEK293 cells. We then developed an ELISA and confirmed that the RB4CD12 epitope in immobilized heparin was degraded by purified recombinant HSulf-1 and HSulf-2, and conditioned medium (CM) of MCF-7 breast carcinoma cells, which contain a native form of HSulf-2. Furthermore, HSulf-1 and HSulf-2 exerted activity against the epitope expressed on microvessels of mouse brains. Both HSulf activities were potently inhibited by PI-88, a sulfated heparin mimetic with anti-cancer activities. These findings provide new strategies for monitoring the extracellular remodeling of HS by Sulfs during normal and pathophysiological processes.

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