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A pilot study of hydroxychloroquine in treatment of patients with moderate COVID-19
CHEN Jun,LIU Danping,LIU Li,LIU Ping,XU Qingnian,XIA Lu,LING Yun,HUANG Dan,SONG Shuli,ZHANG Dandan,QIAN Zhiping,LI Tao,SHEN Yinzhong,LU Hongzhou
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 215-219.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.03
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Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in the treatment of patients with moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Methods: We prospectively enrolled 30 treatment-naïve patients with confirmed COVID-19 after informed consent at Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. The patients were randomized 1:1 to HCQ group and the control group. Patients in HCQ group were given HCQ 400 mg per day for 5 days plus conventional treatments, while those in the control group were given conventional treatment only. The primary endpoint was negative conversion rate of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid in respiratory pharyngeal swab on days 7 after randomization. This study has been approved by the Ethics Committee of Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center and registered online (NCT04261517). Results: One patient in HCQ group developed to severe during the treatment. On day 7, nucleic acid of throat swabs was negative in 13 (86.7%) cases in the HCQ group and 14 (93.3%) cases in the control group (P>0.05). The median duration from hospitalization to virus nucleic acid negative conservation was 4 (1, 9) days in HCQ group, which is comparable to that in the control group [2 (1, 4) days, Z=1.27, P>0.05]. The median time for body temperature normalization in HCQ group was 1 (0, 2) day after hospitalization, which was also comparable to that in the control group [1 (0, 3) day]. Radiological progression was shown on CT images in 5 cases (33.3%) of the HCQ group and 7 cases (46.7%) of the control group, and all patients showed improvement in follow-up examinations. Four cases (26.7%) of the HCQ group and 3 cases (20%) of the control group had transient diarrhea and abnormal liver function (P>0.05). Conclusions: The prognosis of COVID-19 moderate patients is good. Larger sample size study are needed to investigate the effects of HCQ in the treatment of COVID-19. Subsequent research should determine better endpoint and fully consider the feasibility of experiments such as sample size.

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Management of COVID-19: the Zhejiang experience
XU Kaijin,CAI Hongliu,SHEN Yihong,NI Qin,CHEN Yu,HU Shaohua,LI Jianping,WANG Huafen,YU Liang,HUANG He,QIU Yunqing,WEI Guoqing,FANG Qiang,ZHOU Jianying,SHENG Jifang,LIANG Tingbo,LI Lanjuan
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 147-157.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.02.02
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The current epidemic situation of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) still remained severe. As the National Clinical Research Center for Infectious Diseases, the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine is the primary medical care center for COVID-19 in Zhejiang province. Based on the present expert consensus carried out by National Health Commission and National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, our team summarized and established an effective treatment strategy centered on "Four-Anti and Two-Balance" for clinical practice. The "Four-Anti and Two-Balance" strategy included antivirus, anti-shock, anti-hyoxemia, anti-secondary infection, and maintaining of water, electrolyte and acid base balance and microecological balance. Meanwhile, integrated multidisciplinary personalized treatment was recommended to improve therapeutic effect. The importance of early viralogical detection, dynamic monitoring of inflammatory indexes and chest radiograph was emphasized in clinical decision-making. Sputum was observed with the highest positive rate of RT-PCR results. Viral nucleic acids could be detected in 10%patients' blood samples at acute period and 50%of patients had positive RT-PCR results in their feces. We also isolated alive viral strains from feces, indicating potential infectiousness of feces.Dynamic cytokine detection was necessary to timely identifying cytokine storms and application of artificial liver blood purification system. The "Four-Anti and Two-Balance" strategy effectively increased cure rate and reduced mortality. Early antiviral treatment could alleviate disease severity and prevent illness progression, and we found lopinavir/ritonavir combined with abidol showed antiviral effects in COVID-19. Shock and hypoxemia were usually caused by cytokine storms. The artificial liver blood purification system could rapidly remove inflammatory mediators and block cytokine storm.Moreover, it also favored the balance of fluid, electrolyte and acid-base and thus improved treatment efficacy in critical illness. For cases of severe illness, early and also short period of moderate glucocorticoid was supported. Patients with oxygenation index below 200 mmHg should be transferred to intensive medical center. Conservative oxygen therapy was preferred and noninvasive ventilation was not recommended. Patients with mechanical ventilation should be strictly supervised with cluster ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention strategies. Antimicrobial prophylaxis was not recommended except for patients with long course of disease, repeated fever and elevated procalcitonin (PCT), meanwhile secondary fungal infection should be concerned.Some patients with COVID-19 showed intestinal microbial dysbiosis with decreased probiotics such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, so nutritional and gastrointestinal function should be assessed for all patients.Nutritional support and application of prebiotics or probiotics were suggested to regulate the balance of intestinal microbiota and reduce the risk of secondary infection due to bacterial translocation. Anxiety and fear were common in patients with COVID-19. Therefore, we established dynamic assessment and warning for psychological crisis. We also integrated Chinese medicine in treatment to promote disease rehabilitation through classification methods of traditional Chinese medicine. We optimized nursing process for severe patients to promote their rehabilitation. It remained unclear about viral clearance pattern after the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Therefore, two weeks' quarantine for discharged patients was required and a regular following up was also needed.The Zhejiang experience and suggestions have been implemented in our center and achieved good results. However, since COVID-19 was a newly emerging disease, more work was warranted to improve strategies of prevention, diagnosis and treatment for COVID-19.

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CT imaging features of patients with different clinical types of COVID-19
ZHONG Qi,LI Zhi,SHEN Xiaoyong,XU Kaijin,SHEN Yihong,FANG Qiang,CHEN Feng,LIANG Tingbo
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 198-202.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.05
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Objective: To investigate the CT findings of patients with different clinical types of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Methods: A total of 67 patients diagnosed as COVID-19 by nucleic acid testing were collected and divided into 4 groups according to the clinical stages based on Diagnosis and treatment of novel coronavirus pneumonia (trial version 6). The CT imaging characteristics were analyzed among patients with different clinical types. Results: Among 67 patients, 3(4.5%) were mild, 35 (52.2%) were moderate, 22 (32.8%) were severe, and 7(10.4%) were critical ill. No significant abnormality in chest CT imaging in mild patients. The 35 cases of moderate type included 3 (8.6%) single lesions, the 22 cases of severe cases included 1 (4.5%) single lesion and the rest cases were with multiple lesions. CT images of moderate patients were mainly manifested by solid plaque shadow and halo sign (18/35, 51.4%); while fibrous strip shadow with ground glass shadow was more frequent in severe cases (7/22, 31.8%). Consolidation shadow as the main lesion was observed in 7 cases, and all of them were severe or critical ill patients. Conclusion: CT images of patients with different clinical types of COVID-19 have characteristic manifestations, and solid shadow may predict severe and critical illness.

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Study on the epidemic development of COVID-19 in Hubei province by a modified SEIR model
CAO Shengli,FENG Peihua,SHI Pengpeng
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 178-184.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.02.05
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Objective: To establish a SEIR epidemic dynamics model that can be used to evaluate the COVID-19 epidemic, and to predict and evaluate the COVID-19 epidemic in Hubei province using the proposed model. Methods: COVID-19 SEIR transmission dynamics model was established, which took transmission ability in latent period and tracking quarantine interventions into consideration. Based on the epidemic data of Hubei province from January 23, 2020 to February 24, 2020, the parameters of the newly established modified SEIR model were fitted. By using Euler integral algorithm to solve the modified SEIR dynamics model, the epidemic situation in Hubei province was analyzed, and the impact of prevention and control measures such as quarantine and centralized treatment on the epidemic development was discussed. Results: The theoretical estimation of the epidemic situation by the modified SEIR epidemic dynamics model is in good agreement with the actual situation in Hubei province. Theoretical analysis showed that prevention and control quarantine and medical follow-up quarantine played an important inhibitory effect on the outbreak of the epidemic.The centralized treatment played a key role in the rapid decline in the number of infected people. In addition, it is suggested that individuals should improve their prevention awareness and take strict self-protection measures to curb the increase in infected people. Conclusion: The modified SEIR model is reliable in the evaluation of COVID-19 epidemic in Hubei province, which provides a theoretical reference for the decision-making of epidemic interventions.

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Diagnosis and treatment recommendation for pediatric COVID-19 (the second edition)
CHEN Zhimin,FU Junfen,SHU Qiang,WANG Wei,CHEN Yinghu,HUA Chunzhen,LI Fubang,LIN Ru,TANG Lanfang,WANG Tianlin,WANG Yingshuo,XU Weize,YANG Zihao,YE Sheng,YUAN Tianming,ZHANG Chenmei,ZHANG Yuanyuan
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 139-146.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.02.01
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has caused a global pandemic. All people including children are generally susceptible to COVID-19, but the condition is relatively mild for children. The diagnosis of COVID-19 is largely based on the epidemiological evidence and clinical manifestations, and confirmed by positive detection of virus nucleic acid in respiratory samples. The main symptoms of COVID-19 in children are fever and cough; the total number of white blood cell count is usually normal or decreased; the chest imaging is characterized by interstitial pneumonia, which is similar to other respiratory virus infections and Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections. Early identification, early isolation, early diagnosis and early treatment are important for clinical management. The treatment of mild or moderate type of child COVID-19 is mainly symptomatic. For severe and critical ill cases, the oxygen therapy, antiviral drugs, antibacterial drugs, glucocorticoids, mechanical ventilation or even extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) may be adopted, and the treatment plan should be adjusted timely through multi-disciplinary cooperation.

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Anesthesia management in cesarean section for patient with COVID-19: a case report
KANG Xianhui,ZHANG Rong,HE Huiliang,YAO Yongxing,ZHENG Yueying,WEN Xiaohong,ZHU Shengmei
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 249-252.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.04
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Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) affects the cardio-pulmonary function of pregnant women, the anesthetic management and protection of medical staff in the cesarean section is significantly different from that in ordinary surgical operation. This paper reports a case of cesarean section for a woman with COVID-19, which was successfully performed in the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine on February 8, 2020. Anesthetic management, protection of medical staff and psychological intervention for the pregnant woman during the operation were discussed. Importance has been attached to the preoperative evaluation of pregnant women with COVID-19 and the implementation of anesthesia plan. For moderate patients, intraspinal anesthesia is preferred in cesarean section, and try to reduce its influence in respiration and circulation in both maternal and infant; general anesthesia with endotracheal intubation should be adopted for severe or critically ill patients. Ensure the safety of medical environment, and anesthetists should carry out level-Ⅲ standard protection. Special attention and support should be paid to maternal psychology: fully explanation before operation to reduce anxiety; relieve the discomfort during operation, so as to reduce tension; avoid the bad mood due to pain after operation.

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Dynamic changes of chest CT imaging in patients with COVID-19
WANG Jincheng,LIU Jinpeng,WANG Yuanyuan,LIU Wei,CHEN Xiaoqun,SUN Chao,SHEN Xiaoyong,WANG Qidong,WU Yaping,LIANG Wenjie,RUAN Lingxiang
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 191-197.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.02.03
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Objective: To analyze the dynamic changes of chest CT images of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Methods: Fifty-two cases of COVID-19 were admitted in the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine. The consecutive chest CT scans were followed up for all patients with an average of 4 scans performed per patient during the hospitalization. The shortest interval between each scan was 2 days and the longest was 7 days. The shape, number and distribution of lung shadows, as well as the characteristics of the lesions on the CT images were reviewed. Results: The obvious shadows infiltrating the lungs were shown on CT images in 50 cases, for other 2 cases there was no abnormal changes in the lungs during the first CT examination. Ground-glass opacities (GGO) were found in 48 cases (92.3%), and 19 cases (36.5%) had patchy consolidation and sub-consolidation, which were accompanied with air bronchi sign in 17 cases (32.7%). Forty one cases (78.8%) showed a thickened leaflet interval, 4 cases (7.6%) had a small number of fibrous stripes. During hospitalization, GGO lesions in COVID-19 patients gradually became rare, the fibrous strip shadows increased and it became the most common imaging manifestation. The lesions rapidly progressed in 39 cases (75.0%) within 6-9 days after admission. On days 10-14 of admission, the lesions distinctly resolved in 40 cases (76.9%). Conclusion: The chest CT images of patients with COVID-19 have certain characteristics with dynamic changes, which are of value for monitoring disease progress and clinical treatment.

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Clinical experience of high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy in severe COVID-19 patients
HE Guojun,HAN Yijiao,FANG Qiang,ZHOU Jianying,SHEN Jifang,LI Tong,PU Qibin,CHEN Aijun,QI Zhiyang,SUN Lijun,CAI Hongliu
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 232-239.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.13
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Acute respiratory failure due to acute hypoxemia is the major manifestation in severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Rational and effective respiratory support is crucial in the management of COVID-19 patients. High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) has been utilized widely due to its superiority over other non-invasive respiratory support techniques. To avoid HFNC failure and intubation delay, the key issues are proper patients, timely application and improving compliance. It should be noted that elder patients are vulnerable for failed HFNC. We applied HFNC for oxygen therapy in severe and critical ill COVID-19 patients and summarized the following experiences. Firstly, to select the proper size of nasal catheter, to locate it at suitable place, and to confirm the nose and the upper respiratory airway unobstructed. Secondly, an initial flow of 60 L/min and 37℃ should be given immediately for patients with obvious respiratory distress or weak cough ability; otherwise, low-level support should be given first and the level gradually increased. Thirdly, to avoid hypoxia or hypoxemia, the treatment goal of HFNC should be maintained the oxygen saturation (SpO2) above 95% for patients without chronic pulmonary disease. Finally, patients should wear a surgical mask during HFNC treatment to reduce the risk of virus transmission through droplets or aerosols.

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Clinical analysis of suspected COVID-19 patients with anxiety and depression
LI Xin,DAI Tian,WANG Hong,SHI Junnian,YUAN Wei,LI Jing,CHEN Lijun,ZHANG Tianming,ZHANG Shanshan,KONG Yan,YUE Ning,SHI Hui,HE Yuping,HU Huifang,LIU Furong,YANG Caixia
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 203-208.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.02
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Objective: To explore the risk factors of anxiety and depression in patients with suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) so as to achieve early intervention and better clinical prognosis. Methods: Seventy-six patients with suspected COVID-19 in fever isolation wards of Second Hospital of Lanzhou University were enrolled From January 31, 2020 to February 22, 2020. Their clinical baseline data were collected. The anxiety of patients was assessed by Hamilton Anxiety Scale, and the depression of patients was assessed by Hamilton Depression Scale. Multivariate Logistic regression analysis was performed to explore the risk factors of anxiety and depression in these patients. Results: Female patients are more likely to have anxiety (OR=3.206, 95%CI:1.073-9.583, P < 0.05) and depression (OR=9.111, 95%CI:2.143-38.729, P < 0.01) than male patients; patients with known contact history of epidemic area and personnel in epidemic area are more likely to have depression (OR=3.267, 95%CI:1.082-9.597, P < 0.05). Conclusion: During the isolation treatment of suspected COVID-19 patients, early psychological intervention should be carried out for the female patients with known contact history of epidemic area and personnel in epidemic area, and drug treatment should be given in advance if necessary.

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Pharmaceutical care for severe and critically ill patients with COVID-19
JIANG Saiping,LI Lu,RU Renping,ZHANG Chunhong,RAO Yuefeng,LIN Bin,WANG Rongrong,CHEN Na,WANG Xiaojuan,CAI Hongliu,SHENG Jifang,ZHOU Jianying,LU Xiaoyang,QIU Yunqing
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 158-169.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.01
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Severe and critically ill patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were usually with underlying diseases, which led to the problems of complicated drug use, potential drug-drug interactions and medication errors in special patients. Based on Diagnosis and treatment of novel coronavirus pneumonia (trial version 6), and Management of COVID-19: the Zhejiang experience, we summarized the experience in the use of antiviral drugs, corticosteroids, vascular active drugs, antibacterial, probiotics, nutrition support schemes in severe and critically ill COVID-19 patients. It is also suggested to focus on medication management for evaluation of drug efficacy and duration of treatment, prevention and treatment of adverse drug reactions, identification of potential drug-drug interactions, individualized medication monitoring based on biosafety protection, and medication administration for special patients.

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Pregnant women complicated with COVID-19: a clinical analysis of 3 cases
CHEN Xu,LI Yang,WANG Jinxi,CAI Hongliu,CAO Hongcui,SHENG Jifang
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 240-244.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.08
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Objective: To analyze the clinical characteristics and pregnancy outcomes of pregnant women complicated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Methods: The clinical data of 3 pregnant women with COVID-19 admitted to the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine from January 19 to February 10, 2020 were retrospectively analyzed. Results: There was one case in the first-trimester pregnancy (case 1), one in the second-trimester pregnancy (case 2) and one in third-trimester pregnancy (case 3). Cough, fever, fatigue, lung imaging changes were the main manifestations. The white cell count, lymphocyte percentage had no significantly changes in case 1 and case 3, while the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), IL-6 and IL-10 elevated. The lymphocyte count and lymphocyte percentage decreased and the inflammatory indicators significantly increased in case 2. All patients were treated with antiviral, antitussive, oxygen inhalation; case 3 received glucocorticoids, case 2 with severe illness received glucocorticoids and additionally gamma globulin. All three cases were cured and discharged. Case 1 with early pregnancy chose to terminate pregnancy after discharge; case 2 chose to continue pregnancy without obstetric complications; and case 3 had cesarean section delivery due to abnormal fetal heart monitoring. Conclusion: The report shows that COVID-19 in pregnancy women could be cured with active treatment, and the maternal and fetal outcomes can be satisfactory.

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Clinical observation of 6 severe COVID-19 patients treated with plasma exchange or tocilizumab
LUO Song,YANG Lijuan,WANG Chun,LIU Chuanmiao,LI Dianming
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 227-231.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.06
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Objective: To observe the clinical effect of plasma exchange and tocilizumab in treatment of patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Methods: Six patients with severe COVID-19 admitted in First Affiliated Hospital of Bengbu Medical College from January 25 to February 25, 2020. Three patients were treated with plasma exchange and three patients were treated with tocilizumab. The effect on excessive inflammatory reaction of plasma exchange and tocilizumab was observed. Results: The C-reactive protein (CRP) and IL-6 levels were significantly decreased and the lymphocyte and prothrombin time were improved in 3 patients after treatment with plasma exchange; while inflammation level was not significantly decreased, and lymphocyte and prothrombin time did not improve in 3 patients treated with tocilizumab. Conclusion: For severe COVID-19 patients with strong inflammatory reaction, plasma exchange may be preferred.

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Analysis of medication characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine in treating COVID-19 based on data mining
FAN Tiantian,CHEN Yongcan,BAI Yu,MA Fengqi,WANG Hengcang,YANG Yiping,CHEN Jinxu,LIN Yuqi
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 260-269.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.14
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Objective: To analysis the medication characteristics of the prescriptions issued via open channel by the National and Provincial Health Committee and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine in treating coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Methods: We collected the data of traditional Chinese medicine related to treatment plans published by the National and Provincial Health Committee and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the start of COVID-19 outbreak to February 19, 2020. The frequency analysis, cluster analysis and association analysis were performed. Results: The study collected 4 national and 34 regional prevention and treatment plans, 578 items, 84 traditional Chinese formulations, 60 Chinese patent medicines, and 230 Chinese herbs. The high frequently used herbs were Liquorice, Scutellariabaicalensis, Semen armeniacaeamarae, and Gypsum. The commonly used traditional formulations included Maxing Shigan decoction, Yin Qiao powder, and Xuanbai Chengqi decoction. The Chinese patent drugs included Angong Niuhuang pill, Xuebijing injection, and Lianhua Qingwen capsule. The most common paired medications were Ephedra and Semen armeniacaeamarae, Fructusforsythiae and Liquorice. Two core combinations and one novel formula were discovered in the study. Conclusions: Yin Qiao powder and Huopo Xialing decoction are the basic formulations for Weifen syndrome of COVID-19. In addition, Maxing Shigan decoction, Liang Ge powder, Qingwen Baidu decoction and Da Yuan decoction are the basic formulations for Qifen syndrome of COVID-19. The main medication characteristics are clearing heat, entilating lung, removing toxicity and removing turbidity. It shows that removing toxicity and eliminating evil are the prescription thought in treating epidemic disease of traditional Chinese medicine.

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The role of ferroptosis in chronic diseases
CHEN Junyi,YANG Xiang,FANG Xuexian,WANG Fudi,MIN Junxia
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (1): 44-57.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.02.24
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Recently, ferroptosis, an iron-dependent novel type of cell death, has been characterized as an excessive accumulation of lipid peroxides and reactive oxygen species. Emerging studies demonstrate that ferroptosis not only plays an important role in the pathogenesis and progression of chronic diseases, but also functions differently in the different disease context. Notably, it is shown that activation of ferroptosis could potently inhibit tumor growth and increase sensitivity to chemotherapy and immunotherapy in various cancer settings. As a result, the development of more efficacious ferroptosis agonists remains the mainstay of ferroptosis-targeting strategy for cancer therapeutics. By contrast, in non-cancerous chronic diseases, including cardiovascular & cerebrovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases, ferroptosis functions as a risk factor to promote these diseases progression through triggering or accelerating tissue injury. As a matter of fact, blocking ferroptosis has been demonstrated to effectively prevent ischemia-reperfusion heart disease in preclinical animal models. Therefore, it is a promising field to develope potent ferroptosis inhibitors for preventing and treating cardiovascular & cerebrovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases. In this article, we summarize the most recent progress on ferroptosis in chronic diseases, and draw attention to the possible clinical impact of this recently emerged ferroptosis modalities.

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Analysis of GFM1 gene mutations in a family with combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency 1
SHEN Yaping,YAN Kai,DONG Minyue,YANG Rulai,HUANG Xinwen
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (5): 574-580.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.10.04
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Objective: To analyze the clinical phenotype and genetic characteristics of a family with combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency 1 (COXPD-1). Methods: The whole exome sequencing was performed in parents of the proband; and the genetic defects were verified by Sanger sequencing technology in the dried blood spot of the proband, the amniotic fluid sample of the little brother of proband, and the peripheral blood of the parents. Results: Whole exome sequencing and Sanger validation showed compound heterozygous mutations of GFM1 gene c.688G>A(p.G230S) and c.1576C>T (p.R526X) in both the proband and her little brother, and the c.1576C>T of GFM1 variant was first reported. The two patients were died in early infancy, and presented with metabolic acidosis, high lactic acid, abnormal liver function, feeding difficulties, microcephaly, development retardation and epilepsy. Conclusion: GFM1 gene c.688G>A and c.1576C>T compound heterozygous mutations are the cause of this family of COXPD-1.

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Follow-up testing of viral nucleic acid in discharged patients with moderate type of COVID-19
LI Youjiang,HU Yingying,ZHANG Xiaodong,YU Yuanyuan,LI Bin,WU Jianguo,WU Yingping,XIA Xiaoping,XU Jian
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 270-274.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.11
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Objective: To investigate the clinical outcome of patients with moderate type of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after discharge by retesting viral nucleic acid. Methods: Seven patients with moderate COVID-19 met the discharge criteria enacted by National Health Commission were quarantined in hospital for 7 days, then continuously quarantined at home for 4 weeks after discharged. During the quarantined period, the symptoms and signs were documented, and sputum or nasal swab and feces samples were collected to test SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid by RT-PCR method. Results: There was no symptoms and signs during the quarantine period in all 7 patients. However, respiratory swabs from 3 patients were confirmed positive of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid at 5 to 7 days after they met the discharge criteria. Conclusion: There is a relatively high incidence of positive viral nucleic acid in patients met the discharge criteria, and it is suggested that patients met the current discharge criteria should be quarantined in hospital for another 7 days and the follow-up viral testing is necessary.

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Progress on epigenetic regulation of iron homeostasis
DUAN Lingyan,YIN Xiangju,MENG Hong'en,FANG Xuexian,MIN Junxia,WANG Fudi
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (1): 58-70.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.02.25
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Iron homeostasis plays an important role for the maintenance of human health. It is known that iron metabolism is tightly regulated by several key genes, including divalent metal transport-1(DMT1), transferrin receptor 1(TFR1), transferrin receptor 2(TFR2), ferroportin(FPN), hepcidin(HAMP), hemojuvelin(HJV) and Ferritin H. Recently, it is reported that DNA methylation, histone acetylation, and microRNA (miRNA) epigenetically regulated iron homeostasis. Among these epigenetic regulators, DNA hypermethylation of the promoter region of FPN, TFR2, HAMP, HJV and bone morphogenetic protein 6 (BMP6) genes result in inhibitory effect on the expression of these iron-related gene. In addition, histone deacetylase (HADC) suppresses HAMP gene expression. On the contrary, HADC inhibitor upregulates HAMP gene expression. Additional reports showed that miRNA can also modulate iron absorption, transport, storage and utilization via downregulation of DMT1, FPN, TFR1, TFR2, Ferritin H and other genes. It is noteworthy that some key epigenetic regulatory enzymes, such as DNA demethylase TET2 and histone lysine demethylase JmjC KDMs, require iron for the enzymatic activities. In this review, we summarize the recent progress of DNA methylation, histone acetylation and miRNA in regulating iron metabolism and also discuss the future research directions.

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Diagnostic efficacy of three test kits for SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid detection
SHEN Lihua,HUANG Fei,CHEN Xiang,XIONG Zuan,YANG Xiaoyu,LI Hui,CHENG Feng,GUO Jian,GONG Guofu
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 185-190.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.09
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Objective: To compare the diagnostic efficacy among three RT-PCR test kits for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) nucleic acid detection. Methods: The throat swab samples from 40 hospitalized patients clinically diagnosed as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and 16 hospitalized non-COVID-19 patients were recruited. The SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid was detected in throat swab samples with RT-PCR test kits from Sansure Biotech ("Sansure" for short), Jiangsu Bioperfectus Technologies ("Bioperfectus" for short) and BGI Genomics ("BGI" for short). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV) and Kappa value were analyzed. The viral nucleic acid was extracted from the throat swab samples by one-step cleavage and magnetic bead methods, and the efficacy of two extraction methods was also compared. The results of magnetic bead method for nucleic acid extraction by two different extractors (Sansure Natch CS S12C Fully Automated Nucleic Acid Extraction System vs. Tianlong NP968-C Nucleic Acid Extractor) were also compared. Results: The sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and kappa value were 95.00%, 87.50%, 95.00%, 87.50%and 0.825 for Sansure kit; 90.00%, 87.50%, 94.74%, 77.78%and 0.747 for the Bioperfectus kit, and 82.50%, 81.25%, 91.67%, 65.00%and 0.593 for the BGI kit, respectively. The positive, negative and total coincident rates and kappa value of viral nucleic acid detection results using the samples extracted by one-step cleavage and magnetic bead methods were 95.24%, 100.00%, 96.43%and 0.909, respectively, but the one-step cleavage method took only 25 min, while the magnetic bead method required 180 min. The positive, negative and total coincident rates and kappa value of viral nucleic acid detection results using the samples extracted by the two different nucleic acid extractors were 85.00%, 100.00%, 89.29% and 0.764, respectively. Conclusion: The detection efficacy for SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid by the Sansure kit is relatively higher and the one-step cleavage method has advantages of convenient operation and less time consuming.

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Principles and suggestions on biosafety protection of biological specimen preservation during prevalence of COVID-19
ZHANG Xiaoyan, SUN Wei, SHANG Shiqiang, MAO Jianhua, FU Junfen, SHU Qiang, JIANG Kewen
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 170-177.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.02.04
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a grade B infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). In pace with the spreading of the disease, biosafety risk of the biological specimen preservation in biobanks has been significantly increased and biosafety protection during biological specimen preservation become increasingly important. According to the related national rules and the corresponding guidelines of Chinese Medical Association, this paper introduced the etiology about SARS-CoV-2, epidemiology about COVID-19, and the biosafety protection principles of individuals and biological specimen storage places in the process of personal protection, protection of collection, transport, handling, preservation, detection, post-detection disposal and emergencies of biological specimen. Emphasized to carry out a strict biosafety-risk assessment on biological specimen basing on virus load information, infectivity, and sample type (possible contact transmission, aerosol transmission, and fecal oral transmission).

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Dynamic inflammatory response in a critically ill COVID-19 patient treated with corticosteroids
ZHAGN Sheng,LI Danping,CHEN Huazhong,ZHENG Dan,ZHOU Yiping,CHEN Baoguo,SHI Weiwu,LIN Ronghai
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 220-226.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.10
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Objective: To investigate the effect of corticosteroids therapy on the inflammatory response in a critically ill coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient. Methods: A 55-year old female patient with critical ill COVID-19 was admitted in Taizhou Hospital on January 19, 2020. The patient was treated with methylprednisolone 80 mg on the 2nd day after admission. Thereafter, the dose was adjusted in a timely manner and the therapy lasted for 13 days. The peripheral lymphocyte subsets (CD3+T, CD4+ T, CD8+ T, NK cells, B cells), as well as serum levels of lymphocyte factors (IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, TNF-α, IFN-γ) were dynamically monitored. Results: On D1 of admission, the numbers of peripheral blood CD3+ T, CD4+ T, CD8+ T, and NK cells were significantly lower than the normal range. With the improvement of the disease, the numbers of CD3+ T, CD8+ T and CD4 + T cells gradually recovered and showed a linear growth trend (linear fitting equation: Y=18.59X+109.4, P < 0.05). On D2 of admission, the patient's IL-6 and IL-10 levels were significantly higher than normal values, IFN-γ was at a normal high value, and then rapidly decreased; IL-2, IL-4, and TNF-α were all in the normal range. On the D6 and D7, the IL-6 and IL-10 decreased to the normal range for the first time. On the D18, the sputum virus nucleic acid test was negative for the first time, and the fecal virus nucleic acid test was still positive; on the D20 the sputum and fecal virus nucleic acid test were both negative. On D34, the patient recovered and was discharged. At the discharge the muscle strength score of the patient was 44 and the daily life ability evaluation was 90. Conclusion: In the absence of effective antiviral drugs, early use of appropriate doses of corticosteroids in critically ill patient with COVID-19 can quickly alleviate inflammatory response and improve clinical symptoms, however, it may reduce the number of T cells, and to adjust the dose in time is necessary.

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Management of a colon cancer patient complicated with COVID-19
YE Ziqi,HONG Yun,WU Xiuhua,HONG Dongsheng,ZHANG Yanfang,DONG Xihao,RAO Yuefeng,LU Xiaoyang
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 245-248.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.12
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Objective: To explore the feasibility of radical resection for cancer patients complicated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Methods: The management and clinical outcome of a sigmoid cancer patient with COVID-19 were analyzed. Results: The inflammation indicators and fever of this patient were effectively controlled and the lung lesions remained stable after active anti-viral treatment, then the radical colorectomy was performed after the viral negative conversion for twice. Conclusion: The case indicates that radical resection can be performed in SARS-CoV-2 patients with twice-negative SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid testing results.

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Research progress on macrophage in radiation induced lung injury
LI Mengyao,LIU Pan,KE Yuehai,ZHANG Xue
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (5): 623-628.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.10.12
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Radiation-induced lung injury (RILI), including acute radiation pneumonitis and chronic radiation-induced pulmonary fibrosis (RIPF), is a side effect of radiotherapy for lung cancer and esophageal cancer. Pulmonary macrophages, as a kind of natural immune cells maintaining lung homeostasis, play a key role in the whole pathological process of RILI. In the early stage of RILI, classically activated M1 macrophages secrete proinflammatory cytokines to induce inflammation and produce massive reactive oxygen species (ROS) through ROS-induced cascade to further impair lung tissue. In the later stage of RILI, alternatively activated M2 macrophages secrete profibrotic cytokines to promote the development of RIPF. The roles of macrophage in the pathogenesis of RILI and the related potential clinical applications are summarized in this review.

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A case of Gilbert syndrome caused by UGT1A1 gene compound heterozygous mutations
OU Weijie,LIN Su,WU Yilong,ZHU Yueyong
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (3): 406-409.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.04.13
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A case of Gilbert syndrome (GS) with a heterozygous mutation in the UGT1A1 gene is reported. The patient had no symptoms except for recurrent sclera icterus since childhood. Laboratory examinations revealed an elevated unconjugated bilirubin. Biliary obstruction, hemolysis and other diseases that might cause jaundice were excluded. UGT1A1*28 and c.211G>A heterozygous mutations in UGT1A1 gene were found, which may be another type of mutation causing GS in Chinese population.

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Aromatase inhibitors combined with growth hormone in treatment of adolescent boys with short stature
KONG Yuanmei,CHEN Hong,LIANG Li,ZHENG Maoni,FANG Yanlan,WANG Chunlin
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (3): 283-290.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.04.06
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Objective: To assess the efficacy and safety of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) combined growth hormone in treatment of adolescent boys with short stature. Methods: One hundred and fifty-one short stature pubertal boys with age of 10-14 years and bone age of 13-15 years, who were admitted to the Department of Pediatrics, the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, were included in this trial. According to their own or parents' intention, the children were divided into recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH)+AI group (n=108) and rhGH group (n=43). All children were injected subcutaneously with rhGH 0.15-0.2 IU·kg-1·d-1, and those in rhGH+AI group were additionally given 2.5 mg/d letrozole or 1 mg/d anastrozole, orally for 12 months or longer. The children were followed-up every 3 months. During the follow-up visit, the predicted adult height (PAH), sex hormone level, glucose and lipid metabolism, and other indicators were measured, and adverse reactions were monitored. Results: After intervention, there were significant differences in ΔBA(bone age)/ΔCA(chronological age), ΔHtSDSBA(height standard deviation score based on bone age)and ΔPAH between rhGH+AI group and the rhGH group(P < 0.05 or P < 0.01). During follow-up, 63.9%of the children in the rhGH+AI group had elevated uric acid and 51.9%had decreased high-density lipoprotein (HDL); 25.9%showed severe acne, excitement, hyperactivity and irritability, 11.1%had knee pain; 4.6%had fracture; 2.8%had mild renal dysfunction; 1.9%had inactivity, drowsiness, memory loss and performance decline; 1.9%showed mild abnormal liver function; 0.9%showed impaired fasting glucose; 0.9%showed granulocytopenia. In the rhGH group, 11.6%of the children presented with knee pain and 2.3%with impaired fasting glucose. Conclusions: AI combined with rhGH can delay the growth of BA and effectively improve the PAH of adolescent boys with larger bone age. However, the occurrence of adverse reactions of AI should be closely monitored during treatment.

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Mechanism and intervention of mucosal immune regulation based on "lung and large intestine being interior-exteriorly related" theory of traditional Chinese medicine
LOU Zhaohuan,ZHAO Huajun,LYU Guiyuan
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (6): 665-678.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.12.01
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The "lung and large intestine being interior-exteriorly related" is one of the classical theories in traditional Chinese medicine, which indicates a close correlation between the lung and large intestine in physiology and pathology, and plays a pivotal role in guiding the treatment of the lung and bowel diseases. Modern medicine has revealed some connections between the lung and large intestine in tissue origin and mucosal immunity, and preliminarily illuminated the material basis and possible regulatory mechanism of the theory. Recently, this theory has been applied to guide the treatment of refractory lung and intestine diseases such as COVID-19 and ulcerative colitis and has obtained reliable efficacy. Existing research results show that the anatomical homogeneity of lung and large intestine promotes the correlation between lung-bowel mucosal immunity, and mucosal immunity and migration and homing of innate lymphocytes are one of the physiological and pathological mechanisms for lung and large intestine to share. Under the guidance of this theory, Chinese medicines with heat-clearing and detoxifying or tonic effects are commonly used in the treatment of the lung and intestinal diseases by regulating lung-bowel mucosal immunity and they can be candidate drugs to treat lung/intestinal diseases simultaneously. However, the existing studies on immune regulation are mainly focused on the expression levels of sIgA and cytokines, as well as the changes in the number of immune cells such as innate lymphocytes and B lymphocytes. While the following aspects need further investigation: the airway/intestinal mucous hypersecretion, the functional changes of pulmonary and intestinal mucosal barrier immune cells, the dynamic process of lung/intestinal mucosal immune interaction, the intervention effect of local pulmonary/intestinal microecology, the correlation and biological basis between the heat-clearing and detoxifying effect and the tonic effect, and its regulation of pulmonary/intestinal mucosal immunity. In this paper, we try to analyze the internal relationship between lung and intestine related diseases from the point of view of the common mucosal immune system of lung and intestine, and summarize the characteristics and rules of traditional Chinese medicine compound and its active ingredients, which have regulatory effect on lung and intestine mucosal immune system, so as to further explain the theoretical connotation of "lung and large intestine being interior-exteriorly related" and provide reference for the research and development of drugs for related diseases.

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Astragaloside Ⅳ inhibits inflammation after cerebral ischemia in rats through promoting microglia/macrophage M2 polarization
ZHENG Xintian,GAN Haiyan,LI Lin,HU Xiaowei,FANG Yan,CHU Lisheng
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (6): 679-686.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.12.02
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Objective: To investigate the effects of astragaloside Ⅳ (AS-Ⅳ) on microglia/macrophage M1/M2 polarization and inflammatory response after cerebral ischemia in rats. Methods: Forty eight male SD rats were randomly divided into sham operation control group, model control group and AS-Ⅳ group with 16 rats in each. Focal cerebral ischemia model was induced by occlusion of the right middle cerebral artery (MCAO) using the intraluminal filament. After ischemia induced, the rats in AS-Ⅳ group were intraperitoneally injected with 40 mg/kg AS-Ⅳ once a day for 3 days. The neurological functions were evaluated by the modified neurological severity score (mNSS) and the corner test on d1 and d3 after modelling. The infarct volume was measured by 2, 3, 5-triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining on d3 after ischemia. The expression of M1 microglia/macrophage markers CD86, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and pro-inflammatory factors TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, M2 microglia/macrophages markers CD206, arginase-1 (Arg-1), chitinase-like protein (YM1/2) and anti-inflammatory factors interleukin-10 (IL-10) and transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) was detected by real-time RT-PCR. The expression of CD16/32/Iba1 and CD206/Iba1 was determined by double labeling immunefluorescence method in the peripheral area of cerebral ischemia. Results: Compared with model control group, AS-Ⅳ treatment improved neurological function recovery and reduced infarct volume after ischemia (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01). The qRT-PCR results showed that AS-Ⅳ treatment down-regulated the expression of CD86, iNOS, TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6 mRNA (all P < 0.01), and up-regulated the expression of CD206, Arg-1, YM1/2, IL-10 and TGF-β mRNA (all P < 0.01). Furthermore, the results of immunefluorescence labeling showed that AS-Ⅳ treatment reduced the number of CD16/32+/Iba1+ cells (P < 0.05) and increased the number of CD206+/Iba1+ cells (P < 0.01) after cerebral ischemia. Conclusion: The findings suggest that AS-Ⅳ ameliorates brain injury after cerebral ischemia in rats, which may be related to inhibiting inflammation through promoting the polarization of the microglia/macrophage from M1 to M2 phenotype in the ischemic brain.

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Reconsideration of the third-generation non-steroidal aromatase inhibitors in pediatrics
WANG Chunlin,LIANG Li
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (3): 275-282.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.04.01
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Aromatase is the rate-limiting enzyme in estrogen biosynthesis. The third generation aromatase inhibitors (AIs), represented by letrozoleand and anastrozole, can combine with aromatase, effectively reducing the estrogen level in the body. Because of its high efficiency, selectivity and reversibility, it has been used in the treatment of McCune-Albright syndrome, familial male-limited precocious puberty, gynecomastia, and adolescent boy with short stature. The good efficacy and safety of AIs have been observed. However, so far the drug instructions of AIs usually do not show indications for children; there are risks of adverse reactions involving liver and kidney function, lipid metabolism, hyperandrogenemia and bone metabolism; especially the long-term effects on reproductive system and bone metabolism are still not clear. Therefore, it is necessary to prescribe it carefully and follow up closely. It was not recommended that AIs be routinely used to improve adult height of adolescent boy with short stature. And more clinical evidences are needed for the safety and effectiveness of AIs prescribed in pediatrics.

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Efficacy and safety of letrozole in treatment of McCune-Albright syndrome girls with peripheral precocious puberty
XU De,LU Wenli,WANG Xueqing,WANG Junqi,XIE Yiwen,DONG Zhiya,WANG Wei
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (3): 291-296.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.04.03
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Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of the third-generation aromatase inhibitor letrozole in the treatment of McCune-Albright syndrome (MAS) girls with peripheral precocious puberty. Methods: Twenty-one MAS girls with peripheral precocious puberty treated in Pediatrics Department of Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine from March 2012 to June 2017 were enrolled in the study. Patients presented with repeated vaginal bleeding, premature breast enlargement, café-au-lait spots or dysplasia of bone fibers, and low levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH); and the congenital adrenal hyperplasia, estrogen-producing tumors, and exogenous estrogen intake were excluded. Letrozole were administrated at a dose of 0.5-2 mg·m-2·d-1 for 6 to 12 months. The patients were observed for changes in breast staging, vaginal bleeding, sex hormone levels, liver function and bone age changes, and changes in uterine and ovarian volume. Results: After treatment, bone age/chronological age (BA/CA)was decreased from 1.23±0.30 to 1.11±0.18 (P < 0.01); the predicted adult height (PAH) increased from (156.2±5.9)cm to (158.4±2.1)cm after treatment (P < 0.05); the vaginal bleeding was reduced and the estradiol level decreased, while the teststosterone level and the uterus showed no significant increase, and no adverse reactions such as ovarian torsion and abnormal liver function were observed. Conclusion: Precocious puberty is one of the most common endocrine manifestations in MAS. Our findings suggest that letrozole may be an effective and safe therapy to precocious puberty in girls with McCune-Albright Syndrome.

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Coagulation dysfunction in COVID-19
XU Yiming,LYU Dandan,YING Kejing
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (3): 340-346.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.05.02
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In addition to common clinical features, patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have varying degree of coagulation dysfunction with the risk of thrombosis and/or bleeding. COVID-19 related coagulation dysfunction is a dynamic process, which may be accompanied by the formation of disseminated intravascular coagulation and is related to the severity of the disease. The imbalance of the body's immune and inflammatory response caused by coronavirus infection is an important cause of coagulation dysfunction. Dynamic monitoring as well as early prevention and treatment are of great significance for improving the prognosis of patients. This article reviews the research progress of COVID-19 related coagulation dysfunction, to provide reference for clinical research and management.

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Ultrasound diagnosis of left inferior vena cava and double inferior vena cava in fetus
ZHANG Ziwei,WANG Junmei
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2019, 48 (4): 446-452.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2019.08.16
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Objective: To evaluate the application of ultrasonography in prenatal diagnosis of left inferior vena cava and double inferior vena cava in fetus. Methods: The clinical data and ultrasonographic findings of the fetuses with left inferior vena cava (18 cases) or double inferior vena cava (16 cases) were retrospectively analyzed. Results: The ultrasonographic images of left inferior vena cava showed that in the transverse view of the fetal upper abdomen the inferior vena cava and abdominal aorta were in the normal position; below the level of the hilum, the inferior vena cava was located behind the left side of the abdominal aorta; at the level of the hilum, it crossed the front of the abdominal aorta and run diagonally to the upper right, forming the right inferior vena cava and finally entered into the right atrium. The ultrasonographic images of double inferior vena cava showed that in the transverse view of the fetal lower abdomen, in front of spine there were three transections of blood vessels; in coronal plane of abdomen, the veins run on both sides of the abdominal aorta and entered to the iliac vein of the same side. In 34 cases of abnormal inferior vena cava, there were 17 cases complicated with other system abnormalities, including 13 cases of cardiac anomalies. Conclusions: The left inferior vena cava and double inferior vena cava have characteristic imaging findings, and prenatal diagnosis can be made with ultrasonography. This type of congenital deformity is frequently complicated with other system abnormalities, which should be excluded in fetus, especially for heart system.

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Consensus on diagnosis and treatment of ornithine trans-carbamylase deficiency
Division of Genetics and Metabolism, Child Diseases and Health Care Branch, Chinese Association for Maternal and Child Health
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (5): 539-547.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.04.11
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Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency(OTCD)is a most common ornithine cycle (urea cycle) disorder. It is a X-link inherited disorder caused by OTC gene mutation that in turn leads to reduction or loss of OTC enzyme activity. Its onset time is related to the lack of enzyme activity. Patients with neonatal onset usually have complete absence of OTC enzyme activity, which is mainly associated with male semi-zygotic mutations; and the disease progresses rapidly with high mortality rates. Patients with late onset vary in onset age and clinical manifestations, and the course of disease can be progressive or intermittent. The acute attack mainly manifests neuropsychiatric symptoms accompanied by digestive symptoms like liver function damage or even acute liver failure. Elevated blood ammonia is the main biochemical indicator of OTCD patients. Increased glutamine, decreased citrulline in blood, and increased orotic acid in urine are typical clinical manifestations for OTCD patients. Genetic testing of OTC gene is important for OTCD diagnosis. The goal of treatment is to minimize the neurological damage caused by hyperammonemia while ensuring the nutritional needs for patient development. For patients with poor response to medication and diet, liver transplantation is recommended under the condition of stable metabolic state and absence of severe neurological damage. During long-term treatment, physical growth indicators, nutrition status, liver function, blood ammonia and amino acids should be regularly monitored. This consensus aims to standardize the diagnosis and treatment of OTCD, improve the prognosis, reduce the mortality and disability of patients.

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Targeting Cullin-RING E3 ligases for anti-cancer therapy: efforts on drug discovery
YU Qing, XIONG Xiufang, SUN Yi
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (1): 1-19.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.02.21
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Cullin-RING E3 ligases (CRLs) are the major components of ubiquitin-proteasome system, responsible for ubiquitylation and subsequent degradation of thousands of cellular proteins. CRLs play vital roles in the regulation of multiple cellular processes, including cell cycle, cell apoptosis, DNA replication, signalling transduction among the others, and are frequently dysregulated in many human cancers. The discovery of specific neddylation inhibitors, represented by MLN4924, has validated CRLs as promising targets for anti-cancer therapies with a growing market. Recent studies have focused on the discovery of the CRLs inhibitors by a variety of approaches, including high through-put screen, virtual screen or structure-based drug design. The field is, however, still facing the major challenging, since CRLs are a large multi-unit protein family without typical active pockets to facilitate the drug design, and enzymatic activity is mainly dependent on undruggable protein-protein interactions and dynamic conformation changes. Up to now, most reported CRLs inhibitors are aiming at targeting the F-box family proteins (e.g., SKP2, β-TrCP and FBXW7), the substrate recognition subunit of SCF E3 ligases. Other studies reported few small molecule inhibitors targeting the UBE2M-DCN1 interaction, which specifically inhibits CRL3/CRL1 by blocking the cullin neddylation. On the other hand, several CRL activators have been reported, such as plant auxin and immunomodulatory imide drugs, thalidomide. Finally, proteolysis-targeting chimeras (PROTACs) has emerged as a new technology in the field of drug discovery, specifically targeting the undruggable protein-protein interaction. The technique connects the small molecule that selectively binds to a target protein to a CRL E3 via a chemical linker to trigger the degradation of target protein. The PROTAC has become a hotspot in the field of E3-ligase-based anti-cancer drug discovery.

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What is narrative medicine?
GUO Liping
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2019, 48 (5): 467-473.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2019.10.01
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Narrative medicine first entered China in 2011 and has developed rapidly since then. The patient-centered care, shared decision making and relational medicine in the medical sphere, together with patients narrating their illness and narratology contributed to the rise of narrative medicine. Through listening to patients' narratives, paying attention to their emotions, and representing their stories in various ways, clinicians can connect with patients and empathize with them. In this way, affiliation and mutual trust with patients can be established. Patients will feel good in the doctor-patient encounter because of such humane care, and clinicians may get satisfaction from their work. Narrative medicine courses characterized by close reading of literature and writing should be added to the curriculum of medical education as the major content of medical humanities, so as to train narrative competence for the future doctors.

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Chinese medicine Buyang Huanwu decoction promotes neurogenesis and angiogenesis in ischemic stroke rats by upregulating miR-199a-5p expression
ZHUGE Lujie,FANG Yan,JIN Huaqian,LI Lin,YANG Yan,HU Xiaowei,CHU Lisheng
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (6): 687-696.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.12.03
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Objective: To investigate the mechanism of Chinese medicine Buyang Huanwu decoction (BYHWD) promoting neurogenesis and angiogenesis in ischemic stroke rats. Methods: Male SD rats were randomly divided into sham operation group, model group, BYHWD group, antagonist group and antagonist control group with 14 rats in each. Focal cerebral ischemia was induced by occlusion of the right middle cerebral artery for 90 min with intraluminal filament and reperfusion for 14 d in all groups except sham operation group. BYHWD (13 g/kg) was administrated by gastrogavage in BYHWD group, antagonist group and antagonist control group at 24 h after modeling respectively, and BrdU (50 mg/kg) was injected intraperitoneally in all groups once a day for 14 consecutive days. miR-199a-5p antagomir or NC (10 nmol) was injected into the lateral ventricle at d5 after ischemia in antagonist and antagonist control groups, respectively. The neurological deficits were evaluated by the modified neurological severity score (mNSS) and the corner test, and the infract volume was measured by toluidine blue staining. Neurogenesis and angiogenesis were detected by immunofluorescence double labeling method. The expression level of miR-199a-5p was tested by real-time RT-PCR, and the protein expressions of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) were determined by Western blotting. Results: BYHWD treatment significantly promoted the recovery of neurological function (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01), reduced the infarct volume (P < 0.05), increased the number of BrdU+/DCX+, BrdU+/NeuN+ and BrdU+/vWF+ cells (all P < 0.01), upregulated the expression of miR-199a-5p (P < 0.01), and increased the protein expression of VEGF and BDNF at d14 after cerebral ischemia (all P < 0.05). The above effects were reversed by intracerebroventricular injection of miR-199a-5p antagomir. Conclusion: Buyang Huanwu decoction promotes neurogenesis and angiogenesis in rats with cerebral ischemia, which may be related to increased protein expression of VEGF and BDNF through upregulating miR-199a-5p.

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Advances in newborn screening and immune system reconstitution of severe combined immunodeficiency
HUANG Shumin,ZHAO Zhengyan
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2019, 48 (4): 351-357.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2019.08.01
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Severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID) is a group of rare congenital diseases characterized by severe deficiencies in T lymphocyte counts and/or function. The recurrent, persistent and severe infections are its clinical manifestations. Neonatal screening and immune system reconstruction would improve the prognosis of SCID children. Newborn screening programs based on T-cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) quantitative detection have been carried out in clinical practice, however, the methods still have some limitations. Other new methods such as mass spectrometry and T lymphocyte-specific biomarker assays are still under investigation. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and gene therapy are the two main methods for reconstructing immune function in SCID children. Through improving the success rate of transplantation and the long-term safety and stability of viral vectors, some achievements have been made by many centers already. However, large-scale prospective studies are needed for evaluation of the long-term efficacy. In this article, the recent progress in newborn screening and immune reconstitution of SCID is reviewed.

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Mechanical stress promotes cartilage repair in inflammatory environment
YAO Wangxiang,DAI Hanghao,GUI Jianchao
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2019, 48 (5): 517-525.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2019.10.09
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Objective: To investigate the effect and mechanism of mechanical stress on cartilage repair in inflammatory environment. Methods: The chondrogenic progenitor cells (CPCs) were isolated from the knee joint cartilage of patients with osteoarthritis (OA) undergoing total knee arthroplasty. The CPCs were cultured and expanded in a 3-D scaffold constructed with alginate. Intermittent hydrostatic pressure (IHP) was applied in a inflammatory environment induced by IL-1β, and Western blot was used to detect the expression of MAPK signaling pathway proteins. Cell proliferation was detected by CCK-8 method, and the expression of related genes like matrix metallo-proteinases 13 (MMP-13) and a disintegrins and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motif 5 (ADAMTS-5) was detected by real-time RT-PCR. The anterior cruciate ligament of the rats was cut to construct the knee joint OA model, and the appropriate mechanical stress was constructed with external fixation to distract the knee joint in order to observe the repair of the cartilage and to explore its mechanism. Results: Adding 0.01 ng/ml IL-1β in cell culture inhibited the proliferation of CPCs. After IHP application, the expression of MAPK pathway protein was decreased, the mRNA expression of MMP-13 and ADAMTS-5 was reduced. The inhibition of IL-1β on CPCs was counteracted by IHP. Four weeks after the anterior cruciate ligament resected, the articular cartilage degeneration was observed in rats. The Mankin score in the OA treatment (joint distraction) group was lower, and the cartilage repair was better than that of the control group (P < 0.01). Animal experiments found that the suitable mechanical stress reduced the expression of P-p38, MMP-13 and COLL-X, inhibited cartilage cells apoptosis and promoted the repair of OA cartilage. Conclusion: Mechanical stress can promote the proliferation of CPCs, reduce the expression of matrix degrading enzymes, and promote the repair of OA cartilage by inhibiting MAPK signaling pathway.

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Establishment of a rapid identification of adverse drug reaction program in R language implementation based on monitoring data
HONG Dongsheng,NI Jian,SHAN Wenya,LI Lu,HU Xi,YANG Hongyu,ZHAO Qingwei,ZHANG Xingguo
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (2): 253-259.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.07
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Objective: To establish a clinically applicable model of rapid identification of adverse drug reaction program (RiADP) for risk management and decision-making of clinical drug use. Methods: Based on the theory of disproportion analysis, frequency method and Bayes method, a clinically applicable RiADP model in R language background was established, and the parameters of the model were interpreted by MedDRA coding. Based on the actual monitoring data of FDA, the model was validated by the assessing hepatotoxicity of lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r). Results: The established RiADP model included four parameters: standard value of adverse drug reaction signal information, empirical Bayesian geometric mean value, ratio of reporting ratio and number of adverse drug reaction cases. Through the application of R language parameter package "phViD", the model parameters could be output quickly. After being encoded by MedDRA, it was converted into clinical terms to form a clinical interpretation report of adverse drug reactions. In addition, the evaluation results of LPV/r hepatotoxicity by the model were matched with the results reported in latest literature, which also proved the reliability of the model results. Conclusion: In this study, a rapid identification method of adverse reactions based on post marketing drug monitoring data was established in R language environment, which is capable of sending rapid warning of adverse reactions of target drugs in public health emergencies, and providing intuitive evidence for risk management and decision-making of clinical drugs.

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Qualitative study on working experience of COVID-19 care nurses
WANG Jinying,HE Jiangjuan,ZHU Jianmei,QIU Jiangying,WANG Huafen,XU Hongzhen
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (4): 480-486.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.08.07
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Objective: To study the working experience of COVID-19 care nurses. Methods: Twenty two nurses taking care of COVID-19 patients were interviewed by means of descriptive phenomenology. All the data were transcribed and recorded, and then processed into WORD documents. The Colaizzi 7 footwork was used to classify, encode, establish nodes and extract themes based on Nvivo11.0 software. Results: Two main themes were extracted: one is the positive feelings of nurses, including the sense of professional mission and pride, the sense of achievement and happiness, the improvement of self-worth and ability, the powerful support system and the power of role models; the other is the negative experience of nurses, including the worry and anxiety at work, the lack of experience and trust, the difficulty of work, and the inconvenience of isolating life. Conclusions: While fully affirming the work value of nurses, it is necessary for the society, hospitals and patients to give extensive and continuous support, care and respect to nurses, so as to stimulate their working enthusiasm and sense of professional achievement. Hospital managers need to implement all kinds of security work, meet the safety needs of nurses, pay attention to the physical and mental health of nurses, strengthen the training of nursing talents for critical and severe diseases and infectious diseases, improve the allocation of human resources, and enhance the ability of material allocation and reserve for major health events, so as to make adequate preparations for coping with public health events in the future.

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Relationship between sleep quality and bone mineral density in urban residents
XIONG Mingjie,LIU Xiang,YOU Li,CHEN Xiaolin
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (4): 431-438.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.08.01
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Objective: To investigate the relationship between sleep quality and bone mineral density (BMD) in urban residents. Methods: Data of 28 756 Han adults (14 355 males and 14 401 females), who completed both Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI) assessment and radial BMD tests by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry in the Health Management Center of Southwest China University from June 2012 to June 2019 were retrospectively analyzed. The degree of sleep disorder was determined based on PSQI scores, while osteopenia and osteoporosis was diagnosed according to BMD T-value. The χ2 test and multiple regression model were used to investigate the relationship between sleep quality and BMD. Results: The numbers of normal BMD, osteoponia and osteoporosis were 17 039 (59.3%), 7916(27.5%) and 3801(13.2%), respectively. The mean PSQI score was 5.6±1.4 points. According to PSQI scores, there were 15 936 subjects without sleep disorder (55.4%), 5965 with mild (20.7%), 4897 with moderate (17.0%) and 1958 with severe sleep disorder (6.8%), respectively. There was no significant difference in osteoponia/osteoporosis rate between subjects with mild sleep disorder and normal ones (χ2=0.948, P>0.05), while the rate of osteoporosis in moderate sleep disorder group was higher than that in mild group (χ2=525.583, P < 0.01), and the rate of osteoponia/osteoporosis in severe sleep disorder group was much higher than that in moderate group (χ2=1124.877, P < 0.01). Multiple regression results showed that female, elders, mental labor, smoking and higher PSQI scores were independently associated with lower T-value (all P < 0.05), while moderate to intense daily physical activity was associated with higher T-value (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Sleep disturbances may be a major risk factor for BMD loss in urban residents, indicating that it would be a potential target of osteoporosis prevention.

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Mechanisms underlying remyelination with special focus on demyelination models of multiple sclerosis
ZHENG Shuangshuang,ZHAO Jingwei
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (4): 524-530.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.08.12
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Failure to remyelinate and rewrap the demyelinated axons has been revealed as the major hurdle for treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), and the bottleneck is the inability of oligodendrocyte progenitor cell (OPC) to differentiate into mature oligodendrocyte. Remyelination is a spontaneous regenerative process, which includes activation, migration and differentiation of OPC, and is believed to protect the axon and further halt neurodegeneration. In recent years, studies have identified many potential drug targets for efficiently promoting OPC differentiation in in vivo demyelination models, such as metformin, clemostine, and drug targets as myelin transcription factor 1-like protein (Myt1L), N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor, connexin 43 (Cx43), G protein coupled receptor 17 (GPR17), κ opioid receptor (KOR), sterol 14α-demethylase (CYP51), Δ14-sterol reductase (TM7SF2), emopamil-binding protein (EBP). This review summarizes the recent progress on the mechanisms underlying the activation, migration and differentiation of OPC in remyelination with special focus on studies using demyelination models of MS, which may provide insights of further exploring new therapeutic strategies for MS.

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Emerging roles of Hippo signaling pathway in gastrointestinal cancers and its molecular mechanisms
HUANG Yaoping,YANG Feng,ZHOU Tianhua,XIE Shanshan
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (1): 35-43.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.02.23
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Hippo signaling pathway is highly conservative in evolution. MST1/2, LATS1/2, and the effector protein YAP/TAZ are the core members of this signaling pathway in mammalian cells. There have been many studies on YAP/TAZ and its downstream, however, the upstream regulatory factors of the Hippo signaling pathway remain unclear, and become one of the hot research directions of this pathway at present. In addition, Hippo signaling pathway can cross-talk with other signaling pathways such as Wnt and Notch signaling pathways, and plays an important role in controlling organ size, maintaining tissue homeostasis, and promoting tissue repair and regeneration. Abnormal Hippo signaling pathway may lead to the occurrence of a variety of tumors, especially gastrointestinal cancers such as liver cancer, colorectal cancer and gastric cancer. The abnormal expression of its members in gastrointestinal cancers is related to cancer cell proliferation, apoptosis, invasion and migration. Hippo signaling pathway is vital for liver repair and regeneration. Its inactivation will lead to the occurrence of primary liver cancer. The mechanism of YAP in liver cancer mainly depends on TEAD-mediated gene transcription. Hippo signaling pathway is also important for maintaining intestinal homeostasis, and its imbalance can lead to the occurrence and recurrence of colorectal cancer. In primary and metastatic gastric cancer, the expression of YAP/TAZ is significantly up-regulated, but the specific molecular mechanism is unclear. This article summarizes the recent progress on Hippo signaling pathway and its upstream regulatory factors, its roles in the development of gastrointestinal cancers and related molecular mechanisms; and also discusses the future research directions of Hippo signaling pathway.

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Prognosis of fetuses with cystichygroma and nuchal translucency/nuchal fold thickening on prenatal echography
WANG Yayun,CHEN Yuan,YANG Mengmeng,XI Fangfang,ZHAN Qitao,JIANG Ying,ZHAO Baihui,LUO Qiong
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2019, 48 (4): 434-438.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2019.08.14
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Objective: To analyze the prognosis of fetuses with cystic hygroma (CH) or nuchal translucency (NT) or nuchal fold (NF) thickening detected by prenatal echography. Methods: From January 2014 to December 2015, 124 fetuses with CH and NT/NF thickening on prenatal echography were enrolled from Women's Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine. The basic clinical information, ultrasonic results, pregnancy outcomes and newborn follow-ups were analyzed. The cases were grouped by prognosis and the factors affecting prognosis were analyzed with logistic regression. Results: There were 85 cases of labor induction including one stillbirth and 39 cases delivered. Except one infant who died after birth, all live births survived with good prognosis. Univariate analysis showed that the gestational age at diagnosis of poor prognosis group was earlier than that of good prognosis group (P < 0.01); and the former group also had higher hydrops fetalis rate and additional structural anomalies rate (all P < 0.01). Multivariate regression analysis showed that hydrops fetalis (OR=90.105, P < 0.05) and additional structural anomalies (OR=61.854, P < 0.05) were risk factors of poor prognosis in fetuses with CH and NT/NF thickening. Conclusions: Fetuses with diagnosed CH or NT/NF thickening on prenatal ultrasonography are likely to be associated with chromosomal abnormality. Early gestational weeks, hydrops fetalis and additional structural anomalies may indicate poor prognosis.

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Sirt3 gene knockout protects mice from Alzheimer's disease through activating autophagy
SHU Min,ZHANG Wenzhe,JIN Xiangbo,ZENG Linghui,XIANG Yingchun
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (6): 750-757.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.12.10
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Objective: To investigate the protective effect of Sirt3 gene knockout on Alzheimer's disease (AD) in mice. Methods: The animal model of AD was established by intraperitoneal injection of D-galactose and brain-localized injection of amyloid β-protein (Aβ)1-40 in wild type C57BL/6 mice and Sirt3 gene knockout mice. Morris water maze, Y maze and tail suspension test were used to assess the cognitive function and anxiety-like behaviors in mice. Aβ deposition in the hippocampus was detected by immunofluorescent staining. Western blotting analysis was conducted to detect the expression of related proteins in the brain. Mouse cortical primary neurons were cultured and AD cell model was established. MTT assay was used to detect cell viability after modeling. Results: Behavioral results showed that cognitive deficits were found in wide type mice after induction of AD as its prolonged escape latency (P < 0.05) and decreased crossing number of platform and target zone duration (all P < 0.05); while the knockout of Sirt3 alleviated cognitive deficit induced by AD (all P < 0.05). Aβ immunofluorescence staining showed that the deposition of Aβ in the hippocampal region and expression of cleaved caspase 3 in the brain in Sirt3 knockout mice was reduced compared with that of wild type mice (all P < 0.05). The expression of LC3-Ⅱ and P62 increased after AD was induced in wild type mice, while the autophagy in Sirt3 knockout mice was activated as the increase expression of LC3-Ⅱ and decrease expression of P62 (all P < 0.05). In the AD cell model, the results of MTT assay were consistent with the animal experiments, and the protective effect of Sirt3 knockdown was eliminated after the treatment of the autophagy inhibitor chloroquine (all P < 0.05). Conclusion: The knockdown of Sirt3 shows a protective effect on AD induced by D-galactose and Aβ1-40 in mice, which may be related to its function of activating autophagy.

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Research progress on early identification of severe adenovirus pneumonia in children
LIN Jing,CHEN Zhimin
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2019, 48 (5): 567-572.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2019.10.16
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Severe adenovirus pneumonia has a high mortality and incidence of sequelae. Fever and cough are the main symptoms of children's severe adenovirus pneumonia, but such clinical manifestations are lack of specificity. For children with persistent high fever who are in the epidemic age and season, the adenovirus etiology detection, blood routine, cytokines, T cell subsets and imaging examinations are suggested. Children with early manifestations of infiltration of lung segment and lobar parenchyma, obvious emphysema, interstitial pneumonia or a large amount of pleural effusion should be alerted to have severe adenovirus pneumonia. This article reviews the epidemiological characteristics and risk factors of adenovirus pneumonia in different seasons, regions and serology, and the laboratory findings and imaging features of severe adenovirus pneumonia, which would be helpful for the early identification of the disease.

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Advances in treatment of narcolepsy
XU Qinglin,LOU Guodong,WANG Tiantian,ZHANG Lisan
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (4): 419-424.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.08.17
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Narcolepsy is the most common cause of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) following obstructive sleep apnea. Its treatment aims to reduce EDS and cataplexy, improve nighttime sleep disturbance, sleep paralysis and sleep-related hallucinations. Pitolisant (a histamine H3 receptor antagonist) and solriamfetol (a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) have recently been approved effective for narcolepsy in the United States and the European Union. Pitolisant has proved to be effective for both EDS and cataplexy. Besides being effective on EDS, solriamfetol seems to have advantages in abuse potential and withdrawal syndrome. As potential treatments for EDS and cataplexy associated with narcolepsy, several new drugs are being developed and tested. These new drugs include new hydroxybutyrate preparations (controlled release sodium hydroxybutyrate FT218, low sodium hydroxybutyrate JZP-258), selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (AXS-12), and modafinil combined with astroglial junction protein inhibitor (THN102). This paper reviews the recently approved drugs and potential treatments for narcolepsy.

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Artificial intelligence technology in cardiac auscultation screening for congenital heart disease: present and future
XU Weize,YU Kai,XU Jiajun,YE Jingjing,LI Haomin,SHU Qiang
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (5): 548-555.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.10.01
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The electronic stethoscope combined with artificial intelligence (AI) technology has realized the digital acquisition of heart sounds and intelligent identification of congenital heart disease, which provides objective basis for heart sound auscultation and improves the accuracy of congenital heart disease diagnosis. At the present stage, the AI based cardiac auscultation technique mainly focuses on the research of AI algorithms, and the researchers have designed and summarized a variety of effective algorithms based on the characteristics of cardiac audio data, among which the mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC) is the most effective one, and widely used in the cardiac auscultation. However, the current cardiac sound analysis techniques are based on specific data sets, and have not been validated in clinic, so the performance of algorithms need to be further verified. The lack of heart sound data, especially the high-quality, standardized, publicly available heart sound database with disease labeling, further restricts the development of heart sound diagnostic analysis and its application in screening. Therefore, expert consensus is necessary in establishing an authoritative heart sound database and standardizing the heart sound auscultation screening process for congenital heart disease. This paper provides an overview of the research and application status of auscultation algorithm and hardware equipment based on AI in auscultation screening of congenital heart disease, and puts forward the problems to be solved in clinical application of AI auscultation screening technology.

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Progress on evaluation, diagnosis and management of disorders of sex development
CHEN Guangjie,WANG Xiaohao,TANG Daxing
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2019, 48 (4): 358-366.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2019.08.02
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Disorders of sex development (DSD) refer to a group of diseases characterized by abnormal congenital development of chromosomes, gonad or genitals with different pathophysiological changes and clinical manifestations. DSD is more common in neonates and adolescents, and neonates often show genital abnormalities while adolescents show abnormal sexual development during puberty. It is the international consensus that the scope of DSD should include basic clinical evaluation (internal and external genitalia and endocrine hormones), diagnostic confirmation (chromosome, genetic diagnosis), psychological assessment for children and family, treatment (sex assignment, hormone replacement and surgical intervention), potential fertility protection and long-term follow-up, which require the expertise of pediatric endocrinology, pediatric urology, clinical psychology, genetic disciplines, medical images and other related disciplines; that is, individualized management of children with DSD requires an experienced multidisciplinary team (MDT). This article reviews the recent progress on the evaluation, diagnosis and management of disorders of sex development.

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Identification of dynamic co-expression networks in peripheral blood of rats after middle cerebral artery occlusion
PAN Zongfu,HU Xiaoping,ZHANG Yiwen,LI Li,HUANG Ping
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2019, 48 (6): 587-593.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2019.12.01
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Objective: To identify the time dependent profiles of gene expression and featured co-expression network modules in peripheral blood of rats after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Methods: Microarray GSE119121 from GEO database was analyzed by R language to identify the significantly changed genes in peripheral blood at different time points (0, 1, 2, 3, 6 and 24 h) after MCAO. Gene expression patterns at different time courses were screened by STEM tools. Then, function annotation and pathway enrichment of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were performed using the Gene Ontology (GO) database and the Kyoto Gene and Genomic Encyclopedia (KEGG) database. Depending on CEMiTool package, gene expression profile matrix was inputted into R to construct the co-expression networks and to analyze modules, and enrichment analysis was conducted to evaluate the correlation between the modules and different time points. Results: Comparing with gene at 0 h, the numbers of DEGs in peripheral blood at different time points after MCAO were 163 (1 h), 502 (2 h), 527 (3 h), 550 (6 h), and 75 (24 h), respectively. Moreover, a total of 38 gene expression patterns were enriched, and pattern 65 and pattern 34 were specifically up-regulated or down-regulated at 2-6 h. Hp, Nos2, P2ry10, and Klf12 were representative genes of these two models. The co-expression network module analysis showed that the gene status in the early acute phase (1-6 h) was positively correlated with the Module 2. Module 3 and Module 4 was positively correlated with phase phase 1-3 h and 2-6 h, respectively. Noteworthy, Module 6 gradually changed from positive correlation (0-2 h) to negative correlation (3-24 h) with the MCAO time course, and Module 6 was mainly related to viral response and innate immune response. The hub genes of Module 6 included Mx1, Mx2, and Rtp4. Conclusion: Our study has identified the featured genes and dynamic co-expression network modules in peripheral blood after acute ischemic stroke, which provides a potential basis for judging the onset time of ischemic stroke.

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Study on the mechanism of Flos Puerariae and Semen Hoveniae in treatment of alcoholic liver injury based on network pharmacology and molecular docking
WANG Yanan,YAN Xiaoming,ZHANG Qingyu,SONG Aihua,HAN Fei
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (6): 714-724.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.12.06
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Objective: To explore the mechanism of Flos Puerariae and Semen Hoveniae in treatment of alcoholic liver injury (ALI) based on network pharmacology and molecular docking. Methods: The information of chemical constituents and targets of Flos Puerariae and Semen Hoveniae was collected from TCMSP and Swiss databases, and the threshold values of oral bioavailability (OB) ≥ 30%, drug likeness (DL) ≥0.18 were used to screen the potential active compounds. The GeneCard and DrugBank databases were used to obtain the targets corresponding to ALI. The common targets were queried using Venn Diagram, and the network of PPI and Gene Ontology (GO) functional enrichment analysis and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway enrichment analysis were performed through DAVID and Reactome database. Autodock Vina software was used for molecular docking of potential ingredients and key targets. Results: A total of 21 potential active compounds and 431 therapeutic targets were gathered in Flos Puerariae and Semen Hoveniae, which involved 273 biological functions, 90 KEGG pathways and 362 Reactome pathways. The GO functions involved protein binding, ATP binding, etc.; the KEGG pathways mainly included PI3K-Akt signaling pathway and TNF signaling pathway; the Reactome pathways contained signal transduction and immune system, etc. The results of molecular docking showed that 21 potential active ingredients had good affinity with the core targets Akt1, TP53 and IL-6. Conclusion: The network pharmacology and molecular docking analysis demonstrate the synergetic effect of Flos Puerariae and Semen Hoveniae with multi-compounds, multi-targets and multi-pathways in the treatment of ALI; and also predict the possible medicinal substance, key targets and pathways, which provides clues for the new drug development and mechanism research.

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Replication and transmission mechanisms of highly pathogenic human coronavirus
HE Yeyan,ZHENG Chanying
J Zhejiang Univ (Med Sci)    2020, 49 (3): 324-339.   DOI: 10.3785/j.issn.1008-9292.2020.03.16
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The three known highly pathogenic human coronaviruses are severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Human highly pathogenic coronaviruses are composed of non-structural proteins, structural proteins, accessory proteins and ribonucleic acid. Viral particles recognize host receptors via spike glycoprotein (S protein), enter host cells by membrane fusion, replicate in host cells through large replication-transcription complexes, and promote proliferation by interfering with and suppressing the host's immune response. Highly pathogenic human coronaviruses are hosted by humans and vertebrates. Viral particles are transmitted through droplets, contact and aerosols or likely through digestive tract, urine, eyes and other routes. This review discusses the mechanisms of replication and transmission of highly pathogenic human coronaviruses providing basis for future studies on interrupting the transmission and pathogenicity of these pathogenic viruses.

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