Xiang-ming Qi

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Previously it was shown that treatment with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) attenuated renal inflammation and glomerular injury in a model of diabetes. However, the mechanism involved in the renoprotective effects of MMF in experimental diabetes has not been clearly delineated. Diabetes was induced by injection of streptozotocin (STZ) after uninephrectomy.(More)
TGP, extracted from the traditional Chinese herb root of Paeonia lactiflora pall, has been shown to have therapeutic effect in experimental diabetic nephropathy. However, its mechanism is not fully understood. In this study, the effects of TGP on oxidative stress were investigated in the kidney of diabetic rats induced by streptozotocin. TGP (50, 100,(More)
Calcineurin (CaN) plays an important role in glomerular hypertrophy and extracellular matrix accumulation in early diabetic nephropathy. Cyclosporine (CSA), a CaN inhibitor, has been shown to reduce renal injury in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. We examined whether FK506, which immunosuppressive action was 10-100 times of CSA, inhibits progression of(More)
Total glucosides of paeony (TGP) is the major active constituent of Paeonia lactiflora Pall., which has shown renoprotection in experimental diabetic nephropathy. Activation of Janus kinase/signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK/STAT) is an important mechanism by which hyperglycemia contributes to renal damage. Macrophages also play an(More)
TLRs are a family of receptors that play a critical role in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. TGP have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and immuno-regulatory activities. However, the relation between TGP and TLRs on diabetic nephropathy remains unknown. In this study, we examined effects of TGP on immune regulatory TLR2 and 4 in the kidney from(More)
As lung impairment is an indicator of increased morbidity and mortality in patients receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), the risk factors associated with impaired lung function are of great significance. The aim of this study is to elucidate the effects of inflammatory biomarkers and dialysis adequacy on pulmonary function, in CAPD(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Paeoniflorin(PF), extracted from the root peeled of Paeonia lactiflora Pall(Family: Ranunculaceae), has therapeutic potential in many animal models of inflammatory diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY Although the anti-inflammatory efficacy of PF has been well illustrated in several animal models, whether it could attenuate diabetic(More)
The physicochemical and functional properties of tree peony seed protein were investigated. Tree peony seed protein with a favourable amino acid profile was composed of a 60kDa protein with two subunits of 38 and 23kDa. The isoelectric points of the two subunits were 3.6 and 9.0. Moreover, acid-Schiff staining indicated both of them were glycoproteins.(More)
Breviscapine is a flavonoid extracted from a Chinese herb Erigeron breviscapus, previously it was shown that treatment with breviscapine attenuated renal injury in the diabetic rats. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether breviscapine combined with enalapril (an ACE inhibitor) have superior renoprotective effects against diabetic nephropathy.(More)
A novel isoelectric precipitation of proteins in a pressurized carbon dioxide-water-ethanol system was developed where carbon dioxide was used as a volatile acid. The pH-pressure curves of the system with the absence and presence of proteins were investigated. By introducing the pressurized carbon dioxide to a solution containing protein, the pH value in(More)