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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227513/in-vivo-early-corneal-biomechanical-changes-after-corneal-cross-linking-in-patients-with-progressive-keratoconus
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Riccardo Vinciguerra, Vito Romano, Esmaeil M Arbabi, Matthias Brunner, Colin E Willoughby, Mark Batterbury, Stephen B Kaye
PURPOSE: To report early corneal biomechanical changes after corneal cross-linking (CXL) in patients with keratoconus. METHODS: Thirty-four eyes of 34 patients undergoing CXL for progressive keratoconus were included in this prospective clinical study. Dynamic corneal response (DCR) parameters obtained with the Corvis ST (OCULUS Optikgeräte GmbH; Wetzlar, Germany) were assessed at baseline (day of CXL) and after 1 month of follow-up; conversely, corneal tomography with the Pentacam (OCULUS Optikgeräte GmbH) was assessed at baseline and at 1, 3, and 6 months after CXL...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131455/effects-of-supplementary-amino-acids-on-available-energy-of-soybean-meal-determined-by-difference-and-regression-methods-fed-to-growing-pigs
#2
Jinbiao Zhao, Chuanxin Shi, Zhongchao Li, Ji Wang, Ling Liu, Defa Li, Shuai Zhang
This study was conducted to evaluate effects of inclusion level and supplementary amino acids (AAs) on digestible energy (DE) and metabolizable energy (ME) values of soybean meal (SBM) fed to growing pigs, determined by difference and regression methods. Sixty pigs were fed 10 diets according to a 5 × 2 factorial arrangement. Two control diets contained 97.34% corn without supplementary AAs or 95.61% corn with supplementary AAs. Eight diets were formulated by replacing corn and AAs in control diets with 8%, 15%, 25% and 31% SBM...
November 12, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968775/transcription-profiling-for-defensins-of-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-during-development-and-in-response-to-infection-with-chikungunya-and-zika-viruses
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Liming Zhao, Barry W Alto, Chelsea T Smartt, Dongyoung Shin
Aedes aegypti (L.) is a vector of chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever and Zika viruses. These viruses encounter a variety of induced defense responses from the innate immune system of the mosquito. We cloned defensin A from Ae. aegypti using laboratory populations originating from Key West and Orlando, Florida. To characterize inducible immune defensin peptides, we examined the defensin A (DefA) and defensin C (DefC) expression through time course studies using quantitative real-time PCR. We observed that ingestion of chikungunya virus (CHIKV) and Zika virus (ZIKV) infected blood triggered early upregulated expression of DefA and DefC at 3 h after blood feeding...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920415/effects-of-pig-breed-on-nutrient-and-amino-acid-digestibility-in-diets-with-different-fiber-sources
#4
Jinbiao Zhao, Qiuyun Wang, Ling Liu, Yiqiang Chen, Aiming Jin, Guoliang Liu, Kaizhen Li, Defa Li, Changhua Lai
Objective: This experiment was conducted to determine the differences in the apparent ileal (AID) and total tract digestibility (ATTD) of nutrient and indispensable amino acid (IAA) in high-fiber diets with wheat middlings, rice bran or alfalfa meal fed to Duroc x Landrace x Yorkshire (DLY) and Duroc x Berkshire x Jiaxing (DBJ) growing pigs. Methods: Eighteen DLY and 18 DBJ pigs were randomly allotted to a 2 x 3 factorial arrangement involving 2 pig breeds and 3 high-fiber diets...
September 18, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920411/effect-of-inclusion-level-and-adaptation-duration-on-digestible-energy-and-nutrient-digestibility-in-palm-kernel-meal-fed-to-growing-finishing-pigs
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Chengfei Huang, Shuai Zhang, Hans-Henrik Stein, Jinbiao Zhao, Defa Li, Changhua Lai
Objective: An experiment was conducted to evaluate effects of inclusion level of palm kernel meal (PKM) and adaptation duration on the digestible energy (DE) and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) of chemical constituents in diets fed to growing-finishing pigs. Methods: Thirty crossbred barrows (Duroc × Landrace × Large White) with an average initial body weight (BW) of 85.0 ± 2.1 kg were fed to 5 diets in a completely randomized design. The diets included a corn-soybean meal basal diet and 4 additional diets in which corn and soybean meal (SBM) were partly replaced by 10, 20, 30, or 40% PKM...
September 18, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914474/determination-of-net-energy-content-of-soybean-oil-fed-to-growing-pigs-using-indirect-calorimetry
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Enkai Li, Zhiqian Lv, Hu Liu, Ling Liu, Yakui Li, Zhongchao Li, Fenglai Wang, Defa Li, Shuai Zhang
The objectives of this experiment were: (i) to determine the net energy (NE) of soybean oil (SBO) fed to growing pigs using indirect calorimetry (IC); and (ii) to evaluate the effects of inclusion rate of SBO on heat production, oxidative status and nutrient digestibility in growing pigs. Eighteen growing barrows were allotted to three diets based on completely randomized design with six replicate pigs (period) per diet. Diets included a corn-soybean meal basal diet and two test diets containing 5% or 10% SBO at the expense of corn and soybean meal...
September 15, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728365/effects-of-inclusion-level-and-adaptation-period-on-nutrient-digestibility-and-digestible-energy-of-wheat-bran-in-growing-finishing-pigs
#7
Jinbiao Zhao, Shuai Zhang, Fei Xie, Defa Li, Chengfei Huang
Objective: This experiment was to evaluate the effect of different inclusion levels and adaptation periods on digestible energy (DE) and the apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) of chemical constituents in diets supplemented with wheat bran. Methods: Thirty-six crossbred barrows with an initial body weight (BW) of 85.0 ± 2.1 kg were allotted to 6 diets in a completely randomized block design with 6 pigs per diet. Diets included a corn-soybean basal diet and 5 additional diets which formulated by replacing corn and soybean meal in control diet with 15, 25, 35, 45, or 55% wheat bran...
June 27, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713915/concurrent-administration-of-thyroxine-and-donepezil-induces-plastic-changes-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-adult-hypothyroid-rats
#8
Fen Wang, Zhangbi Wu, Xiaoxue Zha, Yaojun Cai, Bo Wu, Xuemei Jia, Defa Zhu
The aim of the present study was to observe the effects of the concurrent administration of thyroxine (T4) and an acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor, donepezil (DON), on the hypothyroidism‑induced ultrastructural changes of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in adult rats. The acetylcholine (ACh) content and AChE activity was assessed, as well as the expressions of synaptotagmin‑1 (syt‑1) and SNAP‑25 were analyzed in the rats. Adding 0.05% propylthiouracil to rats' drinking water induced a hypothyroid rat model...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491297/net-energy-of-corn-soybean-meal-and-rapeseed-meal-in-growing-pigs
#9
Zhongchao Li, Yakui Li, Zhiqian Lv, Hu Liu, Jinbiao Zhao, Jean Noblet, Fenglai Wang, Changhua Lai, Defa Li
BACKGROUND: Two experiments were conducted to estimate the net energy (NE) of corn, soybean meal, expeller-pressed rapeseed meal (EP-RSM) and solvent-extracted rapeseed meal (SE-RSM) using indirect calorimetry and to validate the NE of these four ingredients using pig growth performance. METHODS: In Exp.1, 24 barrows (initial BW = 36.4 ± 1.6 kg) were allotted to 1 of 4 diets which included a corn basal diet, a corn-soybean meal basal diet and two rapeseed meal diets containing 20% EP-RSM (9...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287429/d-amino-acid-position-influences-the-anticancer-activity-of-galaxamide-analogs-an-apoptotic-mechanism-study
#10
Defa Bai, Siming Yu, Shenghui Zhong, Bingxin Zhao, Shaoling Qiu, Jianwei Chen, Jignesh Lunagariya, Xiaojian Liao, Shihai Xu
Galaxamide, an extract from Galaxaura filamentosa, is a cyclic pentapeptide containing five l-leucines. Due to the particular cyclic structure and the excellent anticancer activity, synthesis of Galaxamide and its analogs and their subsequent bio-applications have attracted great attention. In the present work, we synthesized six Galaxamide analogs by replacing one of the l-leucines with phenylalanine and varying the d-amino acid position. The anticancer effect of the synthesized Galaxamide analogs was tested against four in vitro human cancer cell lines, human hepatocellular cells (HepG₂), human breast cancer cell (MCF-7), human breast adenocarcinoma cells (MDA-MB-435) and a human cervical carcinoma cell line (Hela)...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276486/a-potential-regulatory-network-underlying-distinct-fate-commitment-of-myogenic-and-adipogenic-cells-in-skeletal-muscle
#11
Wenjuan Sun, Ting He, Chunfu Qin, Kai Qiu, Xin Zhang, Yanhong Luo, Defa Li, Jingdong Yin
Mechanism controlling myo-adipogenic balance in skeletal muscle is of great significance for human skeletal muscle dysfunction and myopathies as well as livestock meat quality. In the present study, two cell subpopulations with particular potency of adipogenic or myogenic differentiation were isolated from neonatal porcine longissimus dorsi using the preplate method to detect mechanisms underlying distinct fate commitment of myogenic and adipogenic cells in skeletal muscle. Both cells share a common surface expression profile of CD29(+)CD31(-)CD34(-)CD90(+)CD105(+), verifying their mesenchymal origin...
March 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260165/l-arginine-promotes-protein-synthesis-and-cell-growth-in-brown-adipocyte-precursor-cells-via-the-mtor-signal-pathway
#12
Xi Ma, Meng Han, Defa Li, Shengdi Hu, Kyler R Gilbreath, Fuller W Bazer, Guoyao Wu
L-Arginine has been reported to enhance brown adipose tissue developments in fetal lambs of obese ewes, but the underlying mechanism is unknown. The present study tested the hypothesis that L-arginine stimulates growth and development of brown adipocyte precursor cells (BAPCs) through activation of mammalian target of rapamycin cell signaling. BAPCs isolated from fetal lambs at day 90 of gestation were incubated   for 6 h in arginine-free DMEM, and then cultured in DMEM with concentrations of 50, 100, 200, 500 or 1000 μmol L-arginine/L for 24-96 h...
March 4, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241738/response-of-micrornas-to-cold-treatment-in-the-young-spikes-of-common-wheat
#13
Guoqi Song, Rongzhi Zhang, Shujuan Zhang, Yulian Li, Jie Gao, Xiaodong Han, Mingli Chen, Jiao Wang, Wei Li, Genying Li
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small non-coding RNAs that play important roles in biotic and abiotic stresses by regulating their target genes. For common wheat, spring frost damage frequently occurs, especially when low temperature coincides with plants at early floral organ differentiation, which may result in significant yield loss. Up to date, the role of miRNAs in wheat response to frost stress is not well understood. RESULTS: We report here the sequencing of small RNA transcriptomes from the young spikes that were treated with cold stress and the comparative analysis with those of the control...
February 28, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219317/dietary-fiber-gap-and-host-gut-microbiota
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Meng Han, Congmin Wang, Ping Liu, Defa Li, Yuan Li, Xi Ma
Accumulating evidence is dramatically increasing the access to the facts that the gut microbiota plays a pivotal role in host metabolism and health, which revealed the possibility of a plethora of associations between gut bacteria and human diseases. Several functional roles are carried out by a major class of the host's diet, such as fiber. Fiber is the main source of microbiota-accessible carbohydrate in the diet of humans. In the modern diet, it is difficult to intake sufficient dietary fiber as recommended...
May 10, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111434/effects-of-proteinate-complex-zinc-on-growth-performance-hepatic-and-splenic-trace-elements-concentrations-antioxidative-function-and-immune-functions-in-weaned-piglets
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Yue She, Qiang Huang, Defa Li, Xiangshu Piao
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of proteinate complex zinc (PC-Zn) on growth performance, antioxidative function, trace element concentrations and immune function in weaned piglets. METHODS: Three hundred newly weaned barrows (Duroc×Landrace×Yorkshire), 28 days of age, were randomly allotted to 3 dietary groups of 5 replicate pens per group for 4 weeks of feeding. Experimental diets were: i) zinc deficient diet (ZnD, 24 mg/kg Zn supplementation from ZnSO4), ii) inorganic Zn diet supplemented with 120 mg/kg of Zn from Zn sulfate (ZnSO4), and iii) organic Zn diet supplemented with 120 mg/kg of Zn from PC-Zn...
August 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059666/mtorc1-mediated-nrbf2-phosphorylation-functions-as-a-switch-for-the-class-iii-ptdins3k-and-autophagy
#16
Xi Ma, Shen Zhang, Long He, Yueguang Rong, Livia Wilz Brier, Qiming Sun, Rong Liu, Weiliang Fan, She Chen, Zhenyu Yue, Joungmok Kim, Kun-Liang Guan, Defa Li, Qing Zhong
NRBF2/Atg38 has been identified as the fifth subunit of the macroautophagic/autophagic class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PtdIns3K) complex, along with ATG14/Barkor, BECN1/Vps30, PIK3R4/p150/Vps15 and PIK3C3/Vps34. However, its functional mechanism and regulation are not fully understood. Here, we report that NRBF2 is a fine tuning regulator of PtdIns3K controlled by phosphorylation. Human NRBF2 is phosphorylated by MTORC1 at S113 and S120. Upon nutrient starvation or MTORC1 inhibition, NRBF2 phosphorylation is diminished...
March 4, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930314/direct-evidence-of-interaction-induced-dirac-cones-in-a-monolayer-silicene-ag-111-system
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Ya Feng, Defa Liu, Baojie Feng, Xu Liu, Lin Zhao, Zhuojin Xie, Yan Liu, Aiji Liang, Cheng Hu, Yong Hu, Shaolong He, Guodong Liu, Jun Zhang, Chuangtian Chen, Zuyan Xu, Lan Chen, Kehui Wu, Yu-Tzu Liu, Hsin Lin, Zhi-Quan Huang, Chia-Hsiu Hsu, Feng-Chuan Chuang, Arun Bansil, X J Zhou
Silicene, analogous to graphene, is a one-atom-thick 2D crystal of silicon, which is expected to share many of the remarkable properties of graphene. The buckled honeycomb structure of silicene, along with enhanced spin-orbit coupling, endows silicene with considerable advantages over graphene in that the spin-split states in silicene are tunable with external fields. Although the low-energy Dirac cone states lie at the heart of all novel quantum phenomena in a pristine sheet of silicene, a hotly debated question is whether these key states can survive when silicene is grown or supported on a substrate...
December 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802033/an-azobenzenyl-anion-radical-complex-of-magnesium-synthesis-structure-and-reactivity-studies
#18
Wenshan Ren, Defa Gu
Azobenzenyl anion radical complex of magnesium [HC(C(Me)N-2,6-(i)Pr2C6H3)2]Mg(PhNNPh) (THF) (2) was obtained for the first time through the reaction of [HC(C(Me)N-2,6-(i)Pr2C6H3)2]MgBr (1) with potassium graphite in the presence of azobenzene. Complex 2 is a useful electron-transfer reagent as shown by the reactivity with diphenyl disulfide, diphenyl diselenide, oxygen, sulfur, and Me3SiN3 yielding the magnesium thiolate [HC(C(Me)N-2,6-(i)Pr2C6H3)2]Mg(SPh)(THF) (3), magnesium selenolate [HC(C(Me)N-2,6-(i)Pr2C6H3)2]Mg(SePh)(THF) (4), peroxido complex {[HC(C(Me)N-2,6-(i)Pr2C6H3)2]Mg(THF)}2(μ-η(2)-η(2)-O2) (5), persulfido complex {[HC(C(Me)N-2,6-(i)Pr2C6H3)2]Mg(THF)}2(μ-η(2)-η(2)-S2) (6), and azido complex [HC(C(Me)N-2,6-(i)Pr2C6H3)2]MgN3 (7), respectively...
November 21, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752660/co-tolerance-of-pt-feox-catalyst-in-both-thermal-catalytic-h2-oxidation-and-electrochemical-co-oxidation-the-effect-of-pt-deficit-electron-state
#19
Lequan Liu, Feng Zhou, Rajesh Kodiyath, Shigenori Ueda, Hideki Abe, Defa Wang, Youquan Deng, Jinhua Ye
CO poisoning of Pt catalysts is one of the major challenges to the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. One promising solution is to develop CO-tolerant Pt-based catalysts. A facilely synthesized Pt/FeOx catalyst exhibited outstanding CO tolerance in the oxidation of H2 and electrochemical CO stripping. Light-off temperature of H2O formation over Pt/FeOx was achieved even below 30 °C in the presence of 3000 ppm CO at a space velocity of 18 000 mL g(-1)cat h(-1). For the electrochemical oxidation of CO, the onset and peak potentials decreased by 0...
October 18, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660021/evaluation-of-available-energy-and-total-tract-digestibility-of-acid-hydrolyzed-ether-extract-of-cottonseed-oil-for-growing-pigs-by-the-difference-and-regression-methods
#20
Jinbiao Zhao, Zhongchao Li, Mingbin Lyu, Ling Liu, Xiangshu Piao, Defa Li
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the effect of inclusion level on the digestible energy (DE), metabolizable energy (ME), and total tract digestibility of acid-hydrolyzed ether extract (AEE) of cottonseed oil when fed to growing pigs. METHODS: Forty-two barrows (initial body weight = 35.51±2.01 kg) were randomly allotted to a completely randomized design with a corn-soybean meal basal diet, five levels of cottonseed oil (2%, 4%, 6%, 8%, and 10%) and a 10% soybean oil diet...
May 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
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