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Kai-Lun Liang, Ping Fang, Qiu-Qiu Shi, Jie Su, Bo Li, Su-Hong Chen, Gui-Yuan Lv
This study aimed to investigate the antihypertensive effect and possible mechanism of Dendrobium officinale flos on hypertensive rats induced by high glucose and high fat compound alcohol. The hypertensive models were successfully made by high-glucose and high-fat diet, with gradient drinking for 4 weeks, and then divided into model control group, valsartan (5.7 mg·kg⁻¹) positive control group and D. officinale flos groups (3,1 g·kg⁻¹). After 6 weeks of treatment, the blood pressure of rats was measured regularly...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Allen Yan Lun Liu, Jiexun Wang, Milind Nikam, Boon Cheok Lai, Lee Ying Yeoh
Background: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in hospitalised patients. The relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the risk of having AKI for patients in the acute hospital setting is not known, particularly in the Asian population. Methods: This was a retrospective, single-centre, observational study conducted in Singapore, a multiethnic population. All patients aged ≥21 years and hospitalised from January to December 2013 were recruited. Results: A total of 12,555 patients were eligible for the analysis...
2018: International Journal of Nephrology
Ming-Lun Yeh, Ching-I Huang, Chung-Feng Huang, Meng-Hsuan Hsieh, Ming-Yen Hsieh, Zu-Yau Lin, Shinn-Cherng Chen, Jee-Fu Huang, Po-Lin Kuo, Hsing-Tao Kuo, Chia-Yen Dai, Ming-Lung Yu, Wan-Long Chuang
We investigated the long-term risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in dual-infected hepatitis B and C patients after eradication of hepatitis C virus (HCV). A total of 164 (62% male, median age, 50.5 years) hepatitis B and C dual-infected patients who achieved HCV sustained virological response were recruited. Half the patients were HCV genotype 1 with a median viral load of 5.5 log10 IU/mL, and 22.6%had an HBV DNA level ≥ 2000 IU/mL before therapy. HCC developed in 14 patients (8.5%), with an annual incidence of 1...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Xun Liu, Shuai Zhang, Qinwei Gang, Shikai Shen, Jian Zhang, Yu Lun, Dongdong Xu, Zhiquan Duan, Shijie Xin
Previous studies have revealed that fibrosis may affect the biological behavior of tumors, however associated research on papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) is rare. The aim of the present study was to explore the association between interstitial fibrosis (IF) and the biological behavior of PTMC. In the present study, a total of 511 consecutive cases of PTMC were evaluated for the presence of IF and its association with clinical parameters and pathologic biomarkers. IF was identified in 340 of the 511 consecutive cases and it was significantly associated with the age (P=0...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Szu-Yuan Wu, Nam-Nhut Phan, Shih-Hsin Ho, Yu-Heng Lai, Tsai Chih-Hung, Yang Chung-Han, Kuan-Lun Li, Hang-Gan Yu, Jung-Chieh Wang, Pung-Ling Huang, Yen-Chang Lin
CONTEXT: Arsenic poisoning commonly occurs through exposure to water contaminated with arsenic and causes long-term symptoms. Of all the arsenic derivatives, arsenite is the one of the most toxic compounds. However, the toxicity of arsenite during developmental stages is still unclear. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we performed a metabolomic analysis of arsenite responses in embryonic zebrafish. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Embryonic zebrafish were used as an animal model in this study...
March 15, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Hiroyuki Takaoka, Wichai Srisuka, Van Lun Low, Atiporn Saeung
Five new species of black flies, Simulium (Gomphostilbia) chiangraiense, S. (G.) huaikaeoense, S. (G.) khaokhoense, S. (G.) maeklangense, and S. (G.) pamiangense, are described based on adults, pupae and mature larvae from Thailand. These five species are similar to one another and are placed in the S. decuplum subgroup of the S. batoense species-group by having the male fore coxae darkened, ventral plate flat and transverse; pupal gill with 10 short filaments; and larval postgenal cleft deep approaching or reaching the posterior margin of the hypostoma...
March 15, 2018: Acta Tropica
Luis M Castro, Wan-Lun Wang, Victor H Lachos, Vanda Inácio de Carvalho, Cristian L Bayes
In biomedical studies, the analysis of longitudinal data based on Gaussian assumptions is common practice. Nevertheless, more often than not, the observed responses are naturally skewed, rendering the use of symmetric mixed effects models inadequate. In addition, it is also common in clinical assays that the patient's responses are subject to some upper and/or lower quantification limit, depending on the diagnostic assays used for their detection. Furthermore, responses may also often present a nonlinear relation with some covariates, such as time...
January 1, 2018: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
Hin-Lun Liu, Suet-Ying Pang, Chung-Ching Lee, Melody Man-Kuen Wong, Hon-Ping Chung, Yu-Wai Chan
INTRODUCTION: Vascularized lymph node transfer (VLNT) has become very popular in the treatment of secondary lymphedema. However, the mechanism has not been clearly elucidated. The purpose of this study was (1) to evaluate the outcome of vascularized groin lymph node (VGLN) transfer using axilla as a recipient site in patients with breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) and (2) to provide radiological evidence of lymphangiogenesis in VLNT. METHODS: Between August 2013 and June 2016, 30 consecutive patients with a mean age of 60 years underwent VGLN transfer for BCRL...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
Yi-Mei J Lin, I-Lun Hsin, H Sunny Sun, Shankung Lin, Yen-Ling Lai, Hsuan-Ying Chen, Ting-Yu Chen, Ya-Ping Chen, Yi-Ting Shen, Hung-Ming Wu
POU-homeodomain transcription factor POU3F2 is a critical transcription factor that participates in neuronal differentiation. However, little is known about its downstream mediators. Here genome-wide analyses of a human neuronal differentiation cell model, NT2D1, suggested neurotrophin-3 (NTF3), a key mediator of neuronal development during the early neurogenic period, as a putative regulatory target of POU3F2. Western blot, cDNA microarray, and real-time quantitative PCR analyses showed that POU3F2 and NTF3 were upregulated during neuronal differentiation...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Haiyong He, Wensheng Li, Chaofeng Liang, Lun Luo, Bo Hou, Huasheng Yang, Ying Guo
BACKGROUND: A pterional-orbital or subfrontal-orbital approach is recommended as a surgical treatment in cranio-orbital lesions. We describe a less invasive approach through an eyebrow incision combined supraorbital minicraniotomy and orbital osteotomy for treating some selected cranio-orbital lesions. METHODS: Sixteen patients with different cranio-orbital lesions were treated using this less invasive approach. Postoperative outcomes were evaluated to shed light on specific parameters related to this approach...
March 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Armin Eftekhari, Han Lun Yap, Michael B Wakin, Christopher J Rozell
Delay-coordinate mapping is an effective and widely used technique for reconstructing and analyzing the dynamics of a nonlinear system based on time-series outputs. The efficacy of delay-coordinate mapping has long been supported by Takens' embedding theorem, which guarantees that delay-coordinate maps use the time-series output to provide a reconstruction of the hidden state space that is a one-to-one embedding of the system's attractor. While this topological guarantee ensures that distinct points in the reconstruction correspond to distinct points in the original state space, it does not characterize the quality of this embedding or illuminate how the specific parameters affect the reconstruction...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Zhi-Peng Qi, Tao Chen, Bing Li, Zhong Ren, Li-Qing Yao, Qiang Shi, Shi-Lun Cai, Yun-Shi Zhong, Ping-Hong Zhou
BACKGROUND: According to the Japanese Esophageal Society (JES) guidelines, early esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) involving the muscularis mucosae (M3) or upper submucosal (SM1) layers are relative indications for endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). Additional esophagectomy or chemoradiotherapy is recommended for patients with relative indications after evaluation. However, elderly patients (≥ 60 years) with relative indications in China often refuse additional treatment because of the debilitating side effects...
March 16, 2018: Endoscopy
Bo-Lun Zhao, Wen-Tao Li, Xiao-Hua Zhou, Su-Qian Wu, Hong-Shi Cao, Zhu-Ren Bao, Li-Bin An
The purpose of the present study was to establish an effective robotic assistive stepping pattern of body-weight-supported treadmill training based on a rat spinal cord injury (SCI) model and assess the effect by comparing this with another frequently used assistive stepping pattern. The recorded stepping patterns of both hind limbs of trained intact rats were edited to establish a 30-sec playback normal rat stepping pattern (NRSP). Step features (step length, step height, step number and swing duration), BBB scores, latencies, and amplitudes of the transcranial electrical motor-evoked potentials (tceMEPs) and neurofilament 200 (NF200) expression in the spinal cord lesion area during and after 3 weeks of body-weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) were compared in rats with spinal contusion receiving NRSP assistance (NRSPA) and those that received manual assistance (MA)...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Yi-Lin Zhang, Peng-Xiao Chen, Wei-Jie Guan, Hong-Mei Guo, Zhuo-Er Qiu, Jia-Wen Xu, Yu-Li Luo, Chong-Feng Lan, Jian-Bang Xu, Yuan Hao, Ya-Xia Tan, Ke-Nan Ye, Zhao-Rong Lun, Lei Zhao, Yun-Xin Zhu, Jiehong Huang, Wing-Hung Ko, Wei-De Zhong, Wen-Liang Zhou, Nan-Shan Zhong
Airway epithelial cells harbor the capacity of active Cl- transepithelial transport and play critical roles in modulating innate immunity. However, whether intracellular Cl- accumulation contributes to relentless airway inflammation remains largely unclear. This study showed that, in airway epithelial cells, intracellular Cl- concentration ([Cl- ]i ) was increased after Pseudomonas aeruginosa lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation via nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)-phosphodiesterase 4D (PDE4D)-cAMP signaling pathways...
March 15, 2018: Mucosal Immunology
Jun Xi Liu, Shiu Lun Au Yeung, Man Ki Kwok, June Yue Yan Leung, Shi Lin Lin, Lai Ling Hui, Gabriel Matthew Leung, C Mary Schooling
Birth weight (BW) is inversely associated with diabetes and liver function in Mendelian Randomization studies. Observationally, lower BW is usually also associated with poorer liver function. However, these studies could be confounded by socioeconomic position. Here we assessed if BW is associated with liver function in a unique population with little socio-economic patterning of BW, using both instrumental variable and an observational analysis. We used instrumental variable analysis (IVA) to assess the association of BW with liver function (alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), bilirubin, and albumin) at ~17 years with twin status as an instrumental variable in the prospective population-representative "Children of 1997" birth cohort (n = 8327)...
March 13, 2018: Preventive Medicine
Ren-You Gan, Kin-Weng Kong, Hua-Bin Li, Kao Wu, Ying-Ying Ge, Chak-Lun Chan, Xian-Ming Shi, Harold Corke
The red sword bean ( Canavalia gladiata ) is an underutilized edible bean cultivated in China. It was previously found to have the highest content of antioxidant polyphenols among 42 edible beans, mainly gallic acid, and gallotannins in its red bean coat, an apparently unique characteristic among edible beans. In this study, the main phenolic compounds in red sword bean coats were further separated by Sephadex LH-20 column chromatography, and identified by LC-MS/MS. Furthermore, the FRAP and ABTS antioxidant activities and antibacterial activity (diameter of inhibition zone, DIZ) of main gallotannin-rich fractions were tested...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
Koshonna Brown, Ted Thurn, Lun Xin, William Liu, Remon Bazak, Si Chen, Barry Lai, Stefan Vogt, Chris Jacobsen, Tatjana Paunesku, Gayle E Woloschak
Titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) nanoparticles are produced for many different purposes, including development of therapeutic and diagnostic nanoparticles for cancer detection and treatment, drug delivery, induction of DNA double-strand breaks, and imaging of specific cells and subcellular structures. Currently, the use of optical microscopy, an imaging technique most accessible to biology and medical pathology, to detect TiO2 nanoparticles in cells and tissues ex vivo is limited with low detection limits, while more sensitive imaging methods (transmission electron microscopy, X-ray fluorescence microscopy, etc...
January 2018: Nano Research
Chia-Yen Dai, Yi-Shan Tsai, Wen-Wen Chou, Tawei Liu, Chung-Feng Huang, Shu-Chi Wang, Pei-Chien Tsai, Ming-Lun Yeh, Ming-Yen Hsieh, Ching-I Huang, Shang-Yin Vanson Liu, Jee-Fu Huang, Wan-Long Chuang, Ming-Lung Yu
Background/Aims: MicroRNA-125b (miR-125b) has been found to regulate inflammation and acts as an oncogene in many cancers. The mechanisms of miR-125b expression during hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remain to be clarified. The present study aims to identify the factors that might regulate miR-125b expression in HCV infection. Results: High expression of miR-125b was found to correlate with HCV infection in replicon cells and in sera from HCV-infected patients, whereas the miR-125b inhibitor reduced HCV gene expression...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Hei Ming Lai, Alan King Lun Liu, Harry Ho Man Ng, Marc H Goldfinger, Tsz Wing Chau, John DeFelice, Bension S Tilley, Wai Man Wong, Wutian Wu, Steve M Gentleman
Modern clearing techniques for the three-dimensional (3D) visualisation of neural tissue microstructure have been very effective when used on rodent brain but very few studies have utilised them on human brain material, mainly due to the inherent difficulties in processing post-mortem tissue. Here we develop a tissue clearing solution, OPTIClear, optimised for fresh and archival human brain tissue, including formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded material. In light of practical challenges with immunostaining in tissue clearing, we adapt the use of cresyl violet for visualisation of neurons in cleared tissue, with the potential for 3D quantification in regions of interest...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Shanshan Sun, Yansheng Wu, Wenyu Guo, Feng Yu, Lingping Kong, Yu Ren, Yu Wang, Xiaofeng Yao, Chao Jing, Chao Zhang, Mingyang Liu, Yuqing Zhang, Minghui Zhao, Zhaoqing Li, Chuanqiang Wu, Yu Qiao, Jingxuan Yang, Xudong Wang, Lun Zhang, Min Li, Xuan Zhou
PURPOSE: Phosphotidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)and signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 (STAT3) are frequently activated in cancer progression. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms by which PI3K and STAT3 regulate HNSCC growth. The lncRNA HOX transcript antisense RNA (HOTAIR) was found to modulate the progression of head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC). In this study, we attempted to establish the correlation of PI3K-STAT3-HOTAIR signaling with the progression of HNSCC and its sensitivity towards platinum-based and targeted anti-EGFR combination therapy...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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