Hyperthermia enhances the efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs in heat-sensitive cells through interfering with DNA damage repair
Original Article

Hyperthermia enhances the efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs in heat-sensitive cells through interfering with DNA damage repair

Li-Ping Ni1#, Hua-Ting Sun1#, Ping Wang1, Juan Wang1, Jin-Hua Zhou1, Ruo-Qi Cao2, Ling Yue2, You-Guo Chen1, Fang-Rong Shen1^

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, China; 2State Key Laboratory of Radiation Medicine and Protection, Soochow University, Suzhou, China

Contributions: (I) Conception and design: FR Shen; (II) Administrative support: YG Chen; (III) Provision of study materials or patients: LP Ni, HT Sun; (IV) Collection and assembly of data: P Wang, RQ Cao; (V) Data analysis and interpretation: J Wang, JH Zhou, L Yue; (VI) Manuscript writing: All authors; (VII) Final approval of manuscript: All authors.

#These authors contributed equally to this work.

^ORCID: 0000-0002-6156-2141.

Correspondence to: You-Guo Chen; Fang-Rong Shen. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, China. Email: chenyouguo@suda.edu.cn; shenfr@suda.edu.cn.

Background: Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) has been shown to be clinically effective, but the mechanisms by which hyperthermia enhances the sensitivity of cells to chemotherapeutic drugs has not yet been elucidated.

Methods: To identify the key molecules involved in thermochemotherapy, this study used mass spectrometry (MS)-based quantitative proteomics technology to analyze the effects of thermochemotherapy on the heat-sensitive ovarian cancer cell line A2780. We divided the A2780 cell line into four groups, one group served as blank control, and the other three groups were stimulated by oxaliplatin, stimulated by hyperthermia at 42 ℃, and stimulated by hyperthermia combined with oxaliplatin. Samples were then collected for tandem mass tag (TMT) labeling, high-performance liquid chromatography fractionation, and MS-based quantitative proteomics for analysis The differentially expressed proteins were quantitatively compared and identified, and Gene Ontology (GO) assessment and cluster analyses were performed. Finally, the above MS results were verified again by Western blotting experiments.

Results: A total of 349 differentially expressed proteins were identified between cells treated with chemotherapy alone (group B) and cells treated with a combination of chemotherapy and hyperthermia (group D). There were 145 upregulated proteins and 204 downregulated proteins. Among the top 20 proteins with significantly different expression levels, nearly two-thirds were involved in DNA damage repair. These proteins were subsequently verified by Western blot analysis. Indeed, consistent with MS data, the expression of the RBL1 protein was significantly upregulated in cells treated with thermochemotherapy (group D) compared to cells treated with chemotherapy alone (group B).

Conclusions: In heat-sensitive ovarian cancer cells, the damage repair of tumor cell DNA is disturbed by hyperthermia, making it unable to fully repair when damaged by chemotherapeutic drugs. As a result, hyperthermia enhances the efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs. RBL1, as a tumor suppressor gene, may be associated with the repair of DNA damage, and thus it may be a key target for hyperthermia to enhance the sensitivity of thermosensitive cells to chemotherapeutic drugs.

Keywords: Thermochemotherapy; ovarian cancer; DNA damage repair; mass spectrometry (MS) proteomics

Submitted Jan 25, 2022. Accepted for publication Apr 08, 2022.

doi: 10.21037/atm-22-955


At present, thermochemotherapy has been used in a small range in the clinical treatment of some cancers, including for the treatment of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, rectal cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and ovarian cancer (1-4). Ovarian cancer is a leading cause of malignancy-related deaths in women worldwide. In Western countries, ovarian cancer is the 8th most common tumor (5). Clinically, most ovarian tumor tissues spread in the abdominal cavity. Therefore, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), as an aggressive form of regional chemotherapy, has gained much attention (6). Sukovas et al. demonstrated that hyperthermia (42–43 ℃) combined with cisplatin is more cytotoxic to the human ovarian adenocarcinoma cell line OVCAR-3 compared to single agent treatments (7). However, HIPEC is not effective for certain types of ovarian cancers. Tumor cells develop different mechanisms to protect themselves from extreme temperature, which is referred to as thermotolerance (8). Hatakeyama et al. identified hyperthermia-resistant cells, including SKOV3, ES2, HeyA8, PEO4, and KLE, and hyperthermia-sensitive cells, including A2780, A2780CP20, Hec-1A, SKUT-2, and ISHIKAWA. In the study, the median lethal temperature 50 (LT50) was used to distinguish cells, cells with LT50s above the median are heat-resistant cells, below the median, are heat-sensitive cells (9). However, the mechanisms by which hyperthermia enhances the effect of chemotherapeutic drugs is unclear.

Sukovas et al. reported that hyperthermia combined with cisplatin was more effective in suppressing glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) activity and expression, and mitochondrial function, thereby limiting the survival of cancer cells (7) a previous study has also shown that heat enhances the uptake of drugs by cancer cells, leading to increased intracellular drug concentration. In addition, heat can increase the binding of drugs to DNA specific sites and thereby aggravate DNA damage and inhibit DNA repair, which can enhance the cytotoxic activity of drugs (10). However, the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effects of thermochemotherapy remain to be fully elucidated. Luzhin et al. used mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics to demonstrate that hyperthermia can induce chromatin trapping of essential DNA damage repair factors, resulting in DNA damage repair dysfunction (11). However, this study did not involve the changes of related molecules in ovarian cancer cells, so our research mainly showed the changes of differential proteins in ovarian cancer cells after receiving thermochemotherapy This current study identified the mechanisms and explored the key molecules that enhance the sensitivity of heat-resistant cells to hyperthermia through quantitative proteomics.

Proteomics techniques, including liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), have been widely used to explore the molecular protein markers and mechanisms associated with diseases, such as mental illnesses, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, with good detection and reproducibility (12-16). In this investigation, heat-sensitive human ovarian cancer A2780 cell lines were treated with hyperthermia and chemotherapy. Cells were divided into 4 groups, with duplicates in each group. Samples were subjected to peptide extraction and the tandem mass tag (TMT)-labeled peptides were classified and analyzed with LC-MS. The differentially expressed proteins between groups were analyzed and verified to identify the key molecules involved in thermochemotherapy. These findings will promote the development of small molecule drugs through the discovery of the thermochemotherapy mechanism. We present the following article in accordance with the MDAR reporting checklist (available at https://atm.amegroups.com/article/view/10.21037/atm-22-955/rc).


Cell sample preparation

The human ovarian cancer cell line A2780 was purchased from Wuhan Punuosai Life Technology Co., Ltd. (Wuhan, China) and seeded in 100 mm Petri dishes until 60% confluency was reached. Cell was then treated as follows: control containing only culture media (group A); oxaliplatin (5 µmol/L) as the chemotherapeutic drugs (group B); heat stimulation at 42 ℃ for 1 hour (group C); or oxaliplatin in combination with heat stimulation (group D). Experiments were performed in duplicates. After 24 hours, the cells were collected and counted to ensure there were more than 1×107 cells per sample. Cells were then digested and placed in liquid nitrogen for rapid freezing for 10–20 seconds. Samples were stored at −80 ℃ until proteomics analysis.

Protein extraction

Samples were sonicated in lysis buffer (1% protease inhibitor, 8 mM urea) at 4 ℃, followed by centrifugation at 12,000 g for 10 minutes. The supernatant was collected and the concentration was measured.

Trypsin digestion

The protein supernatant was incubated with 5 mM DTT for 30 minutes at 56 ℃, followed by incubation with 11 mM iodoacetamide at room temperature in the dark for 15 minutes. The final concentration of urea was less than 2 M. Samples were then digested in pancreatin (1:50) at 37 ℃ overnight. A second digestion with pancreatin (1:100) was performed for 4 hours.

TMT/isobaric tagging for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ)

The peptides were desalted with Strata X C18 (Phenomenex) and freeze-dried in vacuo. A TMT kit/iTRAQ kit was used to tag the samples, which were reconstituted with 0.5 mM triethylammonium bicarbonate buffer (TEAB). The TMT/iTRAQ reagent was dissolved in acetonitrile and incubated with the peptide for 2 hours at room temperature. Finally, the tagged peptides were collected, the salt was removed, and the samples were dried by centrifugation in a vacuum environment.

High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) fractionation

The peptides were separated with a gradient of 8% to 32% acetonitrile (pH 9.0) over 60 minutes into 60 fractions. The peptides were pooled into 14 components and vacuum freeze-dried for subsequent experiments.

LC-MS/MS analysis

Peptides were dissolved in 0.1% (v/v) aqueous formic acid solution (solvent A) and separated with extra high property liquid system (EASY-nLC 1000) at a stable flow rate of 350 nL/min. Subsequently, the liquid gradient of solvent B, which consists of 0.1% formic acid and 90% acetonitrile, was increased from 9% to 26% within the first 40 minutes, to 35% within the next 14 minutes, and to 80% in the next 3 minutes. The gradient was maintained at 80% for the last 3 minutes.

The separated peptides were injected into the nanospray ionization (NSI) source for ionization and analyzed using Q Exactive MS. The ion source voltage was set to 2.1 kV. The peptide precursor ions and their secondary fragments were detected and analyzed with high-resolution Orbitrap. The top 20 highest signal intensity peptide precursor ions to enter the HCD collision cell were selected and separated into 28% fragmentation energy separate parts after the first-level scan. The secondary MS analysis method is identical.

The quantitative value of each sample peptide was measured using MS. Since each protein corresponds to multiple peptides, the specific peptide corresponding to the protein was used to calculate the quantitative value. For each repeated experiment, the ratio of the quantitative protein value between two different groups was taken as the differential expression of the comparison group (ratio). The average of the two repeated ratio values was taken as the ratio of the compared groups. When the coefficient of variation (CV)-value <0.1 and the ratio >1.2 the peptides were considered to be upregulated. When <1/1.2, the peptides were considered to be downregulated.

Gene Ontology (GO) enrichment analysis

GO uses the UniProt-GOA database to classify proteins (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/GOA/). The UniProt ID was used to transform the protein ID to the GO ID, which was then used to retrieve the relevant information from the UniProt-GOA database. Where relevant protein information could not be searched using the UniProt-GOA database, InterProScan, a protein sequence-based algorithm software, was used to forecast the possible GO function of the protein.

Enrichment-based clustering

The functional information and the relevant enriched P values of the protein categories were gathered and the enriched cluster categories were screened (P<0.05). The filtered P value matrixes were transformed using the function x = –log10 (P value) and Z transformations were applied. Finally, the set of data obtained after Z transformation was analyzed with the hierarchical clustering method (Euclidean distance, average connection clustering) for unilateral clustering analysis. The relationship of the clustering was visually displayed using heat maps drawn using the function “heatmap.2” in the R language package “gplots”.

Western blot

Cell lysates were separated on 10% sodium dodecyl-sulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide gels and transferred to polyvinylidene difluoride membranes. Membranes were probed using the primary antibodies against retinoblastoma-like 1 (RBL-1; p107 ab236518, 1:2,000) and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH; Beyotime AG109 1:1,000), followed by incubation with secondary antibodies [horseradish peroxidase-labeled goat anti-mouse IgG (H+L); Beyotime; 1:1,000]. Protein bands were visualized using a multicolor fluorescence chemiluminescence imaging analysis system (Alpha America).

Statistical analysis

Two replicate experiments were performed in this study, Fisher’s exact test and t-test were used, and a P value <0.05 was considered statistically significant.


Protein quantitative analysis

Hyperthermia mainly increased the sensitivity of the heat-sensitive ovarian cancer cells to chemotherapeutic drugs by inhibiting the repair of damaged DNA (9). In this study, ovarian cancer A2780 cells were treated with control media (group A), oxaliplatin alone (group B), hyperthermia at 42 ℃ (group C), or oxaliplatin and hyperthermia at 42 ℃ (group D). The peptides extracted from the cells were used for LC-MS analysis, followed by database search and biometric analysis. A 252,721 secondary spectra was obtained, including 102,016 usable effective spectra and the spectrum utilization rate was 40.4%. Through spectral analysis, a total of 54,841 peptides were identified, of which there were 53,166 specific peptides (Figure 1, Table 1).

Figure 1 Mass spectrometry acquired 252,721 secondary spectra. The number of usable effective spectra was 102,016, and the spectrum utilization rate was 40.4%. A total of 54,841 peptides were identified through spectral analysis, including 53,166 specific peptides. There were 6,691 identified proteins, including 5,898 quantifiable proteins.

Table 1

MS/MS spectrum database search analysis summary

Total spectrum: 252,721
Matched spectrum: 102,016 (40.4%)
Peptides: 54,841
Unique peptides: 53,166
Identified proteins: 6,691
Quantifiable proteins: 5,898

MS, mass spectrometry.

Differential protein analysis between groups

The differential proteins expressed in the 4 treatment groups were analyzed. The quantitative value of each sample peptide was achieved using MS. Comparing hyperthermia-treated cells (group C) and control cells (group A), there were 237 upregulated proteins and 251 downregulated proteins. There were 145 upregulated and 204 downregulated proteins when comparing cells treated with oxaliplatin alone (group B) and cells treated with a combination of oxaliplatin and hyperthermia (group D) (Figure 2, Table 2).

Figure 2 The differentially expressed proteins were compared between the four treatment groups. The red histogram represents the upward adjustment, and the blue histogram represents the downward adjustment. A, control cells; B, cells treated with oxaliplatin alone; C, cells treated with hyperthermia; D, cells treated with oxaliplatin and hyperthermia.

Table 2

The number of differentially expressed proteins between treatment groups

Compared sample name Upregulated Downregulated
B/A 347 573
C/A 237 251
D/A 430 734
D/B 145 204
D/C 160 467

A, control cells; B, cells treated with oxaliplatin alone; C, cells treated with hyperthermia; D, cells treated with oxaliplatin and hyperthermia.

Samples repeatability inspection

Since each treatment was performed in duplicate, statistical analysis was performed to evaluate protein quantification repeatability. Figure 3 shows the results of the 2 duplicate samples from each of the 4 treatment groups. The Pearson correlation analysis heat map revealed that the Pearson index between the repeated groups is close to 1, indicating that the results between the repeated groups are positively correlated. The results of the 2 sets of graphs demonstrated that the reproducibility of the MS results is good and that the results are credible.

Figure 3 Sample repeatability analysis. (A) principal component analysis demonstrated that the results of the repeated samples in each group were close, suggesting that the quantitative repeatability of this study was satisfactory. (B) In the Pearson correlation coefficient heat map, the coefficient value represents the degree of linear relationship between the repeated samples. If the value is close to −1, the 2 groups are negatively correlated. When the value is close to 1, the 2 groups are positively correlated. When the value is close to 0, there is no correlation between the 2 groups. Red color blocks represent positive correlation, and blue color blocks represent negative correlation.

GO enrichment analysis

GO defines the concepts related to gene functions and how these functions are related to each other. GO describes the function from three fields, including cell composition, biological process, and molecular function. To determine the mechanisms by which hyperthermia enhances the sensitivity of ovarian cancer to chemotherapeutic drugs, the chemotherapy and hyperthermia combination group (group D) was compared with the chemotherapy-only group (group B). Cell composition analysis showed that the differentially expressed proteins between groups B and D are located in the extracellular space and the microtubule-related complexes (Figure 4A). The biological process analysis revealed that the formation of the microtubule tissue center and the differential proteins related to the regulation of angiogenesis were obviously aggregated (Figure 4B). In terms of molecular functions, the functions of most differential proteins were enriched in the binding of damaged DNA (Figure 4C).

Figure 4 Gene ontology analysis of differentially expressed proteins in three aspects. The bubble chart shows the top 20 most enriched categories (P<0.05). The horizontal axis of the bubble chart represents the value after Log2 conversion of the ratio of the differentially expressed protein in the function type to the ratio of the identified protein, and the vertical axis represents the function classification or path. The colors of the circle indicate the enrichment significance P value, and the circle size represents the quantity of the differentially expressed proteins in the function class or pathway.

Cluster analysis

Cluster analysis was performed to identify the correlation between the differentially expressed proteins in the different treatment groups. The cluster analysis related to molecular function demonstrated that the differentially expressed proteins between cells treated with a combination of chemotherapy and hyperthermia (group D) and cells treated with chemotherapy alone (group B) were enriched in ubiquitin conjugating enzyme activity, four-way junction DNA binding, and damaged DNA binding (Figure 5). This suggested that the mechanism by which hyperthermia enhances the sensitivity of ovarian cancer cells to chemotherapy is related to the repair of DNA damage. Therefore, it appears that thermochemotherapy regulates the synthesis of related proteins at the level of DNA damage repair and affects the repair of damaged DNA, resulting in unstable cell genome and cell death.

Figure 5 Cluster analysis between cells treated with or without chemotherapy and hyperthermia. The horizontal direction of the heat map represents the results of the enrichment test in different groups, while the vertical direction represents the description of the functions in which the differentially expressed proteins are enriched. The color blocks corresponding to the function description indicate the degree of enrichment of the differentially expressed protein between two groups in this function. Red represents a significant enrichment, and blue represents a weak enrichment.

Hyperthermia combined with chemotherapy increases retinoblastoma-like protein 1 (RBL1/p107) expression in ovarian cancer cells

From the MS results, the top 20 differentially expressed proteins were selected for further analysis. There were 10 upregulated proteins, including CLU, RBL1, ANLN, COX17, RIOK1, KBTBD2, RAD51, UBE2T, SNIP1, and AK4; and 10 downregulated proteins, including HPF1, SMCHD1, LRBA, CHD3, TTC19, RNGTT, ASCC3, MSH6, CHD1L, and POLE2 (Tables 3,4). Among these proteins, more than two-thirds are involved in the DNA damage repair process. To confirm the MS results, the expression of the RBL-1/p107 protein was examined using Western blot. Indeed, consistent with the MS results (Figure 6A), RBL-1/p107 protein expression was significantly increased in cells that received thermochemotherapy combination treatment compared to cells treated with chemotherapy or hyperthermia alone (Figure 6B). The Rb family proteins (pRb/p105, Rb2/p130, and RBL1/p107) participate in transcription repression and tumor suppression, and can affect cell cycle control (17,18). Studies have demonstrated that pRb, pRb2/p130, and p107 can inhibit E2F responsive promoters, block gene transcription and cell cycle progression, and initiate apoptotic processes and differentiation by interacting with different E2F family factors (19,20). Recently, reports have suggested that the Rb gene family is important for maintaining genomic integrity, such as protecting cells from double-strand breaks (DSBs) that arise after DNA damage or during DNA replication (16).

Table 3

Proteins that are upregulated in cells treated with combination thermochemotherapy (group D) compared to cells treated with chemotherapy alone (group B)

Protein accession Gene name Protein description D/B ratio
P10909 CLU Clusterin 2.544
P28749 RBL1 Retinoblastoma-like protein 1 1.2605
Q9NQW6 ANLN Anillin 1.2275
Q14061 COX17 Cytochrome c oxidase copper chaperone 1.2205
Q9BRS2 RIOK1 Serine/threonine-protein kinase RIO1 1.2165
Q8IY47 KBTBD2 Kelch repeat and BTB domain-containing protein 2 1.2125
Q06609 RAD51 DNA repair protein RAD51 homolog 1 1.21
Q9NPD8 UBE2T Ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme E2 T 1.208
Q8TAD8 SNIP1 Smad nuclear-interacting protein 1 1.206
P27144 AK4 Adenylate kinase 4, mitochondrial 1.2045

D/B ratio >1.2 is regarded as the change threshold of significant upregulation.

Table 4

Proteins that are downregulated in cells treated with combination thermochemotherapy (group D) compared to cells treated with chemotherapy alone (group B)

Protein accession Gene name Protein description D/B ratio
Q9NWY4 HPF1 Histone PARylation factor 1 0.8315
A6NHR9 SMCHD1 Structural maintenance of chromosomes flexible hinge domain-containing protein 1 0.831
P50851 LRBA Lipopolysaccharide-responsive and beige-like anchor protein 0.8215
Q12873 CHD3 Chromodomain-helicase-DNA-binding protein 3 0.821
Q6DKK2 TTC19 Tetratricopeptide repeat protein 19, mitochondrial 0.8205
O60942 RNGTT mRNA-capping enzyme 0.8115
Q8N3C0 ASCC3 Activating signal cointegrator 1 complex subunit 3 0.778
P52701 MSH6 DNA mismatch repair protein Msh6 0.7595
Q86WJ1 CHD1L Chromodomain-helicase-DNA-binding protein 1-like 0.687
P56282 POLE2 DNA polymerase epsilon subunit 2 0.6235

D/B ratio <1/1.2 is regarded as the change threshold of significant downregulation (CV-value <0.1).

Figure 6 The RBL1/P107 protein is involved in regulating the cell cycle and promoting DNA damage repair. (A) After labeling with TMT and analysis by quantitative proteomics mass spectrometry, the expression of RBL-1 in the four treatment groups were compared. The expression of RBL-1 in the thermochemotherapy group was significantly higher than that in the chemotherapy alone group (*, P<0.05). (B) Western blot analysis of RBL1/p107 expression in the A2780 cell line. NC, negative control; RBL-1, retinoblastoma-like 1; GAPDH, flyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase; TMT, tandem mass tag.


There is much clinical experimental data demonstrating that the survival of patients with ovarian cancer can be significantly prolonged by HIPEC (21). Indeed, the synergistic mechanisms of hyperthermia and chemotherapy is the focus of much research related to ovarian cancer treatment options (22). The development of proteomics based on LC-MS has facilitated the understanding of cellular and physiological processes involved in diseases, and the identification of novel biomarkers (14,23). Through massive proteomics analyses, there is now comprehensive information regarding protein regulation related to thermochemotherapy. In the current study, MS data analysis revealed that the differentially expressed proteins in thermochemotherapy-treated cells were mainly involved in ubiquitin conjugating enzyme activity, four-way junction DNA binding, and damaged DNA binding (Figure 5). It is well known that ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes promote DNA damage response (DDR) by integrating DNA repair and cell cycle checkpoint activation (24,25). Four-way junction DNA binding and damaged DNA binding in biology are involved in DNA damage repair (26). This suggested that hyperthermia mainly affects the DNA damage repair process in heat-sensitive ovarian cancer cells to enhance their sensitivity to chemotherapeutic drugs. The top 20 differentially expressed proteins were selected for further analysis. Indeed, two-thirds these proteins were involved in DNA damage repair. Western blot analysis confirmed that the protein expression of RBL1/P107 was significantly increased after thermochemotherapy, which was consistent with the MS results (Figure 6). Therefore, the DNA repair gene represented by RBL1/P107 may be an important target for hyperthermia to enhance the sensitivity of heat-sensitive ovarian cancer cells to chemotherapy. The retinoblastoma tumor (RB) suppressor is important in promoting cell cycle progression (27,28) and regulating chromatin functions to maintain genomic stability, including participating in DNA repair, condensing chromosome, telomere maintenance, and silencing of repetitive regions (29). However, the function of RBL1/p107 in DNA damage repair remains unclear, and there is currently a paucity of data reporting its association with hyperthermia. The latest research shows that hyperthermia inhibits cellular glycolysis, but in heat-resistant cells, their mitochondrial membrane potential is activated, which can compensate for the loss of ATP production due to the inhibition of glycolysis by hyperthermia (30). However, the mechanism of heat-resistant cells at the level of DNA damage repair still needs to be further explored. Our future investigations will include in vitro knockdown and overexpression experiments to identify the key DNA damage repair signaling pathways related to RBL1/p107, as well as characterization experiments in some ovarian cancer cells following thermochemotherapy. The findings will be verified using primary cells extracted from human tumor samples. Further research will focus on developing targeted small molecular drugs that simulate heat treatment. The efficacy of such agents at improving the sensitivity of heat-resistant cells to chemotherapeutics will be assessed.


This quantitative proteomics and MS study provided strong evidence that hyperthermia increases the sensitivity of tumor cells to chemotherapeutics through interfering with DNA damage repair, possibly through targeting the RBL1/p107 protein.


Funding: This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 81772773, 81302275, U1967220, and 12075165) and the Suzhou Clinical Key Technology Project (No. LCZX201705).


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