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Name: Xia Jian-chuan
Title: Professor
Email: xiajch@sysucc.org.cn
Dr. Jianchuan Xia is professor and director of cell therapy and healthcare research Center. Dr. Xia obtained his PhD at Harbin University of Medical Sciences, P. R. China in 1998. His postdoctoral training at Harvard University provided him with great opportunities to explore the fields of tumor immune therapy and tumorigenesis. He then rejoined the Department of Biotherapy at Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center (SYSUCC) as a Professor in 2003. In 2013, Dr. Xia was appointed Director of Department of Cell therapy and Healthcare Research Center. Dr. Xia has published more than 80 research papers.

(1) Cancer genetics study: Tumor suppressor gene down-regulation may play an important role in tumor progress and development. We investigated several tumor suppressors such as ING2, TESTIN, BATF2, LZAP and BIN1, et al. expression in primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or gastric cancer (GC) and evaluated the relationship between these tumor suppressors’ expression and clinicopathological parameters of HCC or GC. Meanwhile, the prognostic value of these tumor suppressors for HCC or GC patients was also investigated. Furthermore, by examining in vitro proliferation, clone formation, motility, invasion and apoptosis of tumor cell lines, he also study the functional role of these tumor suppressors in the tumorigenesis of HCC or GC.

(2) Cancer Immunotherapy study: Immunotherapy is an important comprehensive treatment method for cancer patient. In Dr. Xia’s group, heinvestigated several immuno-effector cells such as cytokines induced killer cells (CIK), natural killer cells (NK), dendritic cells (DC) and DC-CIK for treatment of cancer patients. Furthermore, he investigated negative regulator such as SOCS1 and IDO for the function of DC, and studied whether silencing these negative regulators could enhance the anti-tumor immunity of DC. More ever, he also investigated that DC/tumor fusion vaccines or genetic modified-DC vaccines for the treatment of cancer patients.

For information on Professor Xia's laboratory, click here and select: Gene function and regulation.

1980-1984 B.S. Biology, Nanchang University, Jiangxi, P.R. China.

1991-1994 M.S. Cancer genetics, Harbin Medical Univercity, Haerbin, P.R.China.

1994-1997 Ph.D. Cancer genetics, Harbin Medical Univercity, Haerbin, P.R.China.

1998-2000 Postdoctoral. Cancer genetics, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, P.R. China.

2000-2003 Postdoctoral. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA


1. Lv L, Pan K, Li XD, She KL, Zhao JJ, Wang W, Chen JG, Chen YB, Yun JP, Xia JC (Corresponding). The Accumulation and Prognosis Value of Tumor Infiltrating IL-17 Producing Cells in Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. PLoS One. 2011 Mar 31;6(3):e18219

2. Liang XT, Pan K, Chen MS, Li JJ, Wang H, Zhao JJ, Sun JC, Chen YB, Ma HQ, Wang QJ, Xia JC (Corresponding). Decreased expression of XPO4 is associated with poor prognosis in hepatocellular carcinoma. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011 Mar;26(3):544-9.

3. Ma H, Liang X, Chen Y, Pan K, Sun J, Wang H, Wang Q, Li Y, Zhao J, Li J, Chen M, Xia J (Corresponding). Decreased expression of BATF2 is associated with a poor prognosis in hepatocellular carcinoma. Int J Cancer. 2011 Feb 15;128(4):771-7.

4. Ma H, Weng D, Chen Y, Huang W, Pan K, Wang H, Sun J, Wang Q, Zhou Z, Wang H, Xia J (Corresponding). Extensive analysis of D7S486 in primary gastric cancer supports TESTIN as a candidate tumor suppressor gene. Mol Cancer. 2010 Jul 13;9:190.

5. Chen JG, Xia JC (Corresponding), Liang XT, Pan K, Wang W, Lv L, Zhao JJ, Wang QJ, Li YQ, Chen SP, He J, Huang LX, Ke ML, Chen YB, Ma HQ, Zeng ZW, Zhou ZW, Chang AE, Li Q. Intratumoral Expression of IL-17 and Its Prognostic Role in Gastric Adenocarcinoma Patients. Int J Biol Sci. 2011 Jan 11;7(1):53-60.

6. Pan K, Zhao JJ, Wang H, Li JJ, Liang XT, Sun JC, Chen YB, Ma HQ, Liu Q, Xia JC (Corresponding). Comparative analysis of cytotoxic T lymphocyte response induced by dendritic cells loaded with hepatocellular carcinoma -derived RNA or cell lysate. Int J Biol Sci. 2010 Oct 13;6(7):639-48.

7. Sun JC, Liang XT, Pan K, Wang H, Zhao JJ, Li JJ, Ma HQ, Chen YB, Xia JC (Corresponding). High expression level of EDIL3 in HCC predicts poor prognosis of HCC patients. World J Gastroenterol. 2010 Sep 28;16(36):4611-5.

8. Wang QJ, Wang H, Pan K, Li YQ, Huang LX, Chen SP, He J, Ke ML, Zhao JJ, Li JJ, Sun JC, Liang XT, Ma HQ, Chen YB, Xia JC (Corresponding). Comparative study on anti-tumor immune response of autologous cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cells, dendritic cells-CIK (DC-CIK), and semi-allogeneic DC-CIK. Chin J Cancer. 2010 Jul;29(7):641-8.

9. Sun JC, Pan K, Chen MS, Wang QJ, Wang H, Ma HQ, Li YQ, Liang XT, Li JJ, Zhao JJ, Chen YB, Pang XH, Liu WL, Cao Y, Guan XY, Lian QZ, Xia JC (Corresponding). Dendritic cells-mediated CTLs targeting hepatocellular carcinoma stem cells. Cancer Biol Ther. 2010 Aug;10(4):368-75.

10. Ma H, Zhang Y, Wang Q, Li Y, He J, Wang H, Sun J, Pan K, Chen M, Xia J (Corresponding). Therapeutic safety and effects of adjuvant autologous RetroNectin activated killer cell immunotherapy for patients with primary hepatocellular carcinoma after radiofrequency ablation. Cancer Biol Ther. 2010 Jun 6;9(11).

11. Zhang H, Ma H, Wang Q, Chen M, Weng D, Wang H, Zhou J, Li Y, Sun J, Chen Y, Liang X, Zhao J, Pan K, Wang H, Xia J (Corresponding). Analysis of loss of heterozygosity on chromosome 4q in hepatocellular carcinoma using high-throughput SNP array. Oncol Rep. 2010 Feb;23(2):445-55.

12. Ma HQ, Liang XT, Zhao JJ, Wang H, Sun JC, Chen YB, Pan K, Xia JC (Corresponding). Decreased expression of Neurensin-2 correlates with poor prognosis in hepatocellular carcinoma. World J Gastroenterol. 2009 Oct 14;15(38):4844-8.

13. Zhou J, Weng D, Zhou F, Pan K, Song H, Wang Q, Wang H, Wang H, Li Y, Huang L, Zhang H, Huang W, Xia JC (Corresponding). Patient-derived renal cell carcinoma cells fused with allogeneic dendritic cells elicit anti-tumor activity: in vitro results and clinical responses. Cancer Immunology Immunotherapy, 2009 Oct;58(10):1587-97.

14. Pan K, Wang H, Liu W, Zhang H, Zhou J, Li J, Weng D, Huang W, Sun J, Liang X, Xia JC (Corresponding). The pivotal role of p38 and NF-κB signal pathways in the maturation of human monocyte-derived dendritic cells stimulated by streptococcal agent OK-432. Immunobiology, 2009, 214(5):350-358.

15. Zhang HK, Pan K, Wang H, Weng DS, Song HF, Zhou J, Huang W, Li JJ, Chen MS, Xia JC (Corresponding). Decreased Expression of Ing2 Gene and Its Clinicopathological Significance in Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Cancer Lett, 2008, 261(2): 183-192.

16. Weng DS, Zhou J, Zhou QM, Zhao M, Wang QJ, Huang LX, Li YQ, Chen SP, Wu PH, Xia JC (Corresponding). Minimally Invasive Treatment Combined with Cytokine-Induced Killer Cells Therapy Lower the Short-Term Recurrence Rates of Hepatocellular Carcinomas. J Immunother, 2008, 31(1): 63-71.

17. Wang H, Pan K, Zhang HK, Weng DS, Zhou J, Li JJ, Huang W, Song HF, Chen MS, Xia JC (Corresponding). Increased Polycomb-Group Oncogene Bmi-1 Expression Correlates with Poor Prognosis in Hepatocellular Carcinoma. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2008, 134(5): 535-541.

18. Pan K, Wang H, Chen MS, Zhang HK, Weng DS, Zhou J, Huang W, Li JJ, Song HF, Xia JC (Corresponding). Expression and prognosis role of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase in hepatocellular carcinoma. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2008, 134(11):1247-1253

19. Li JJ, Xu GL, Gu MF, Luo GY, Rong Z, Wu PH, Xia JC (corresponding). Complications of high intensity focused ultrasound in patients with recurrent and metastatic abdominal tumors. World J Gastroenterol. 2007, 13(19):2747-2751.

20. Liu JY, Wu Y, Zhang XS, Yang JL, Li HL, Mao YQ, Wang Y, Cheng X, Li YQ, Xia JC, Masucci M, Zeng YX. Single administration of low dose cyclophosphamide augments the antitumor effect of dendritic cell vaccine. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2007, 56(10):1597-1604.

21. Weng DS, Li JT, Mai SJ, Pan ZZ, Feng BJ, Feng QS, Huang LX, Wang QJ, Li YQ, Yu XJ, Chen SP, He J, Xia JC (corresponding). Identification of a new target region on the long arm of chromosome 7 in gastric carcinoma by loss of heterozygosity. World J Gastroenterol. 2006, 12(15):2437-2440.

22. Xia JC, Weng DS, Li JT, Qin HD, Mai SJ, Feng BJ, Fan Q, Feng QS, Huang LX, Yu XJ, Pan ZZ, Li YQ, Wang QJ, Zhan YQ, Chen SP, He J, Huang WL, Wu PH, Zeng YX. Loss of heterozygosity analysis of a candidate gastric carcinoma tumor suppressor locus at 7q31. Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2006, 166(2):166-172.

23. Liu JY, Zhang XS, Ding Y, Peng RQ, Cheng X, Zhang NH, Xia JC, Zeng YX. The changes of CD4+CD25+/CD4+ proportion in spleen of tumor-bearing BALB/c mice. J Transl Med. 2005, 28;3(1):5.

24. Zhang XS, Wang HH, Hu LF, Li A, Zhang RH, Mai HQ, Xia JC, Chen LZ, Zeng YX. V-val subtype of Epstein-Barr virus nuclear antigen 1 preferentially exists in biopsies of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Cancer Lett. 2004, 211(1):11-18

25. Tanaka Y, Koido S, Xia JC, Ohana M, Liu C, Cote GM, Sawyer DB, Calderwood S, Gong J. Development of Antigen-Specific CD8+ Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes in MHC Class I-Deficient Mice through CD4 to CD8 Conversion. J Immunol, 2004, 172: 7848-7858.

26. Xia JC, Tanaka Y, Koido S, Liu C, Mukherjee P, Gendler SJ, Gong J Prevention of spontaneous breast carcinoma by prophylactic vaccination with dendritic/tumor fusion cells. J Immunol, 2003, 170 (4):1980-1986.

27. Chen D, Xia JC, Tanaka Y, Chen H, Koido S, Wernet O, Mukherjee P, Gendler SJ, Kufe D, Gong J. Immunotherapy of spontaneous mammary carcinoma with fusions of dendritic cell and mucin 1-positive carcinoma cells. Immunology 2003, 109:300-307.

28. Feng BJ, Huang W, Shugart YY, Lee MK, Zhang F, Xia JC, Wang HY, Huang TB, Jian SW, Huang P, Feng QS, Huang LX, Yu XJ, Li D, Chen LZ, Jia WH, Fang Y, Huang HM, Zhu JL, Liu XM, Zhao Y, Liu WQ, Deng MQ, Hu WH, Wu SX, Mo HY, Hong MF, King MC, Chen Z, Zeng YX. Genome-wide scan for familial nasopharyngeal carcinoma reveals evidence of linkage to chromosome 4. Nat Genet. 2002, 31(4):395-399

29. Zhang XS, Song KH, Mai HQ, Jia WH, Feng BJ, Xia JC, Zhang RH, Huang LX, Yu XJ, Feng QS, Huang P, Chen JJ, Zeng YX. The 30-bp deletion variant: a polymorphism of latent membrane protein 1 prevalent in endemic and non-endemic areas of nasopharyngeal carcinomas in China. Cancer Lett. 2002, 176(1):65-73

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