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Pulmonary sequestration in children: a clinical analysis of 48 cases
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Background: This study aimed to explore clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of children’s pulmonary sequestration (PS) to reduce misdiagnosis. Methods: Clinical records of 48 children with PS in Children’s Hospital of Chongqing Medical University between April 1994 and April 2013 were retrieved, and the literature was reviewed. Results: 48 cases were collected, 30 cases confirmed (Group A) and 18 suspicious cases (Group B). In Group A, 16 cases were confirmed before operation by 64-row enhanced CT (4 cases), enhanced CT combined with three-dimensional reconstruction (9 cases), and digital subtraction angiography (3 cases). Misdiagnosis rate was 36.7%, while missed diagnosis rate 10%. 26 cases received surgery and were confirmed finally. Aberrant arterial supply mainly originated from thoracic aorta (22 cases) and abdominal aorta (5 cases). Hypoplasia and chronic inflammation were shown by postoperative histopathological examinations in all children with surgery. There was no operative mortality. Encapsulated pleural effusion occurred in one patient as only post-operation complication. All were discharged after successful treatment. Conclusion: Chest X-ray and color Doppler ultrasound can be used for routine screening for PS. Technique of choice for confirmation is three-dimensional chest CT. Identifying anomalous systemic artery is key for confirmed diagnosis. Surgery is recommended as early as possible. X-ray plus ultrasound as routine screening combined with three-dimensional CT for definitive diagnosis and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery might be best choice for PS in future.
Children; pulmonary sequestration; diagnosis; treatment
Hepatitis B viral core protein disrupts human host gene expression by binding to promoter regions
The core protein (HBc) of hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been implicated in the malignant transformation of chronically-infected hepatocytes and displays pleiotropic functions, including RNA- and DNA-binding activities. However, the mechanism by which HBc interacts with the human genome to exert effects on hepatocyte function remains unknown. This study investigated the distribution of HBc binding to promoters in the human genome and evaluated its effects on the related genes’ expression.
Whole-genome chromatin immunoprecipitation microarray (ChIP-on-chip) analysis was used to identify HBc-bound human gene promoters. Gene Ontology and pathway analyses were performed on related genes. The quantitative polymerase chain reaction assay was used to verify ChIP-on-chip results. Five novel genes were selected for luciferase reporter assay evaluation to assess the influence of HBc promoter binding. The HBc antibody immunoprecipitated approximately 3100 human gene promoters. Among these, 1993 are associated with known biological processes, and 2208 regulate genes with defined molecular functions. In total, 1286 of the related genes mediate primary metabolic processes, and 1398 encode proteins with binding activity. Sixty-four of the promoters regulate genes related to the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, and 41 regulate Wnt/beta-catenin pathway genes. The reporter gene assay indicated that HBc binding up-regulates proto-oncogene tyrosine-protein kinase (SRC), type 1 insulin-like growth factor receptor (IGF1R), and neurotrophic tyrosine kinase receptor 2 (NTRK2), and down-regulates v-Ha-ras Harvey rat sarcoma viral oncogene (HRAS).
HBc has the ability to bind a large number of human gene promoters, and can disrupt normal host gene expression. Manipulation of the transcriptional profile in HBV-infected hepatocytes may represent a key pathogenic mechanism of HBV infection.
Hepatitis B virus; Hepatitis B core protein; Chromatin immunoprecipitation microarray; ChIP-on-chip; Gene expression; DNA-protein interaction
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