Doctor of Philosophy, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2018)
Master of Science, Chinese Academy Of Sciences (2015)
Joseph Wu, Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
Single-Cell RNA Sequencing (scRNA-seq) in Cardiac Tissue: Applications and Limitations.
Vascular health and risk management
2021; 17: 641-657
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a group of disorders of the blood vessels and heart, which are considered as the leading causes of death worldwide. The pathology of CVDs could be related to the functional abnormalities of multiple cell types in the heart. Single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) technology is a powerful method for characterizing individual cells and elucidating the molecular mechanisms by providing a high resolution of transcriptomic changes at the single-cell level. Specifically, scRNA-seq has provided novel insights into CVDs by identifying rare cardiac cell types, inferring the trajectory tree, estimating RNA velocity, elucidating the cell-cell communication, and comparing healthy and pathological heart samples. In this review, we summarize the different scRNA-seq platforms and published single-cell datasets in the cardiovascular field, and describe the utilities and limitations of this technology. Lastly, we discuss the future perspective of the application of scRNA-seq technology into cardiovascular research.
View details for DOI 10.2147/VHRM.S288090
View details for PubMedID 34629873
Endothelial-Myocardial Angiocrine Signaling in Heart Development.
Frontiers in cell and developmental biology
2021; 9: 697130
Vascular endothelial cells are a multifunctional cell type with organotypic specificity in their function and structure. In this review, we discuss various subpopulations of endothelial cells in the mammalian heart, which spatiotemporally regulate critical cellular and molecular processes of heart development via unique sets of angiocrine signaling pathways. In particular, elucidation of intercellular communication among the functional cell types in the developing heart has recently been accelerated by the use of single-cell sequencing. Specifically, we overview the heterogeneic nature of cardiac endothelial cells and their contribution to heart tube and chamber formation, myocardial trabeculation and compaction, and endocardial cushion and valve formation via angiocrine pathways.
View details for DOI 10.3389/fcell.2021.697130
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In silico analysis of proteins and microRNAs related to human African trypanosomiasis in tsetse fly
COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY
2020; 88: 107347
Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), also known as sleeping sickness, causes millions of deaths worldwide. HAT is primarily transmitted by the vector tsetse fly (Glossina morsitans). Early diagnosis remains a key objective for treating this disease. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are evolutionarily conserved small non-coding RNAs that play key roles in vector-borne diseases. To date, the roles of proteins and miRNAs in HAT disease have not been thoroughly elucidated. In this study, we have re-annotated the function of protein-coding genes and identified several miRNAs based on a series of bioinformatics tools. A batch of 81.1 % of tsetse fly proteins could be determined homology in mosquito genome, suggesting their probable similar mechanisms in vector-borne diseases. A set of 11 novel salivary proteins and 14 midgut proteins were observed in the tsetse fly, which could be applied to the development of vaccine candidates for the control of HAT disease. In addition, 35 novel miRNAs were identified, among which 10 miRNAs were found to be unique in tsetse fly. Pathway analysis of these 10 miRNAs indicated that targets of miR-15a-5p were significantly enriched in the HAT-related neurotrophin signaling pathway. Besides, topological analysis of the miRNA-gene network indicated that miR-619-5p and miR-2490-3p targeted several genes that respond to trypanosome infection, including thioester-containing protein Tep1 and heat shock protein Hsp60a. In conclusion, our work helps to elucidate the function of miRNAs in tsetse fly and establishes a foundation for further investigations into the molecular regulatory mechanisms of HAT disease.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.compbiolchem.2020.107347
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View details for PubMedID 32745971
- High-quality assembly of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus genome and transcriptome reveals a wide range of novel allergens JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY 2018; 141 (6): 2268-2271
High-quality assembly of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus genome and transcriptome reveals a wide range of novel allergens
MOSBY-ELSEVIER. 2018: AB286
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