Zhongli Shi

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Nano-hydroxyapatite (nano-HAP) may be a better candidate for an apatite substitute of bone in biomedical applications than micro-sized hydroxyapatite (m-HAP). However, size control is always difficult when synthesizing well-defined nano-HAP particles. In this study, nano-HAP particles with diameters of approximately 20nm (np20) and approximately 80nm (np80)(More)
PURPOSE Matrine, one of the main active components of extracts from the dry roots of Sophora flavescens, has potent anti-tumor activity in various cancer cell lines. However, the activity of matrine against osteosarcoma remains unclear. In the present study, we examined the effects of matrine on human osteosarcoma cells and explored the underlying(More)
Butenolide (BUT), a mycotoxin produced by Fusarium species, was detected often in corns or grains from endemic Kashin-Beck disease (KBD) areas in China. In this study, we evaluated the cytotoxicity of BUT on chondrocytes and the possible toxic mechanism with the aim of understanding the pathogenesis and of directing future therapeutic interventions for KBD.(More)
Promotion of bone regeneration is important for successful repair of bony defects. This study aimed to investigate whether combining bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell (BMSC) sheets with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) gel/calcium phosphate particles could promote bone formation in the femoral bone defects of rats. The proliferation and differentiation of(More)
Osteosarcoma is a primary malignant bone tumor, most prevalent in children and adolescents, and is usually highly aggressive and eventually lethal. Despite multimodal therapies, there is no effective approach to treat this malignant disease. In this study, we observed the biological response of osteosarcoma cells to two kinds of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles(More)
Repair of segmental bone defects remains a major challenge for orthopedic surgeons. This study aimed to investigate whether recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2)-loaded calcium sulfate (CS) combined with mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) sheets could accelerate bone regeneration in ulnar segmental defects of rabbits. In vitro, the osteogenic(More)
Engineering scaffolds combinging natural biomineral and artificially synthesized material hold promising potential for bone tissue regeneration. In this study, novel bioactive calcium sulfate/oyster shell (CS/OS) composites were prepared. Comparing to CS scaffold, the CS/OS composites with a controllable degradation rate displayed enhanced mineral nodule(More)
Genistein, a nontoxic flavonoid compound, has potent antitumor activity in various cancer cells. In the present study, we investigated whether genistein could be employed as a novel strategy to enhance the anti-tumor activity of gemcitabine using human osteosarcoma MNNG/HOS tumor model. In vitro, by MTT, electron microscopy, immunobloting and qRT-PCR assay,(More)
A novel amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP)/poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) material, which can experience morphological variations in the microstructure is supposed to be a suitable candidate as scaffold for cartilage tissue-engineering. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of this scaffold combined with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) to(More)
Plant lignans are converted by the intestinal microflora to the mammalian lignans enterodiol and enterolactone, which are associated with beneficial health effects in humans. The mammalian lignans enterodiol and enterolactone are believed to protect against certain diseases, e.g., breast and prostate cancer as well as coronary heart disease. In this study,(More)