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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432481/the-pretreatment-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-is-a-prognostic-determinant-of-t3-4-hypopharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Wu-Chia Lo, Chen-Tu Wu, Cheng-Ping Wang, Tsung-Lin Yang, Pei-Jen Lou, Jeng-Yuh Ko, Yih-Leong Chang
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the clinicopathological factors that influence recurrence and survival in patients who undergo operations for T3-4 hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and five patients who underwent surgery between 2001 and 2008 for advanced hypopharyngeal SCCs were consecutively enrolled and reviewed. RESULTS: The pretreatment neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR; median 3...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431928/cisplatin-and-photodynamic-therapy-exert-synergistic-inhibitory-effects-on-small-cell-lung-cancer-cell-viability-and-xenograft-tumor-growth
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You-Shuang Chen, Yin-Bo Peng, Min Yao, Ji-Ping Teng, Da Ni, Zhi-Jun Zhu, Bu-Feng Zhuang, Zhi-Yin Yang
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) is an aggressive type of lung cancer that shows an overall 5-year survival rate below 10%. Although chemotherapy using cisplatin has been proven effective in SCLC treatment, conventional dose of cisplatin causes adverse side effects. Photodynamic therapy, a form of non-ionizing radiation therapy, is increasingly used alone or in combination with other therapeutics in cancer treatment. Herein, we aimed to address whether low dose cisplatin combination with PDT can effectively induce SCLC cell death by using in vitro cultured human SCLC NCI-H446 cells and in vivo tumor xenograft model...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431316/pbdes-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-pose-a-risk-to-captive-giant-pandas
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Yi-Ping Chen, Ying-Juan Zheng, Qiang Liu, Aaron M Ellison, Yan Zhao, Qing-Yi Ma
The Qinling subspecies of giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca qinlingensis), is highly endangered; fewer than 350 individuals still inhabit Qinling Mountains. Previous research revealed captive pandas were exposed to bromine, so we hypothesized that captive pandas were exposed to and affected by polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). To test this hypothesis, we tested blood and feces of captive and wild pandas, their drinking water, food (bamboo leaves) from SWARC (Shaanxi Wild Animal Research Center)and FNNR (Foping National Nature Reserve) and supplemental feedstuff given to captive panda at SWARC...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431314/effect-of-metals-on-microcystin-abundance-and-environmental-fate
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Guofei Dai, Ningyan Peng, Jiayou Zhong, Ping Yang, Binchun Zou, Hui Chen, Qian Lou, Yuanyuan Fang, Wei Zhang
Metals can react with microcystin (MC), which is released from cyanobacterial blooms through various mechanisms; these reactions may mitigate the environmental and health risks of MCs but may also cause harm to aquatic ecosystems and humans. Several studies were conducted, including laboratory tests, ecological simulations, and a field investigation of Poyang Lake. The laboratory studies showed that Fe(3+), Cu(2+), and Pb(2+) stimulated MC photodegradation under high light intensity at the water-sediment interface, which reduced the MC accumulation in the sediment...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430967/associations-of-unhappiness-with-sociodemographic-factors-and-unhealthy-behaviours-in-chinese-adolescents
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Jianjiu Chen, Sai Yin Ho, Lok Tung Leung, Man Ping Wang, Tai Hing Lam
Evidence on the effects of lack of physical exercise, alcohol drinking and smoking on happiness is limited and inconsistent. We examined the associations of unhappiness with sociodemographic factors and these unhealthy behaviours in Chinese adolescents. In a school-based survey in 2012-13 in Hong Kong, 45 857 secondary school students (mean age 14.8 years, 54.0% boys) reported their happiness level (not happy at all/not very happy/happy/very happy), frequency of physical exercise, alcohol drinking status, smoking status and sociodemographic factors...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430897/genetic-variants-associated-with-the-root-system-architecture-of-oilseed-rape-brassica-napus-l-under-contrasting-phosphate-supply
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Xiaohua Wang, Yanling Chen, Catherine L Thomas, Guangda Ding, Ping Xu, Dexu Shi, Fabian Grandke, Kemo Jin, Hongmei Cai, Fangsen Xu, Bin Yi, Martin R Broadley, Lei Shi
Breeding crops with ideal root system architecture for efficient absorption of phosphorus is an important strategy to reduce the use of phosphate fertilizers. To investigate genetic variants leading to changes in root system architecture, 405 oilseed rape cultivars were genotyped with a 60K Brassica Infinium SNP array in low and high P environments. A total of 285 single-nucleotide polymorphisms were associated with root system architecture traits at varying phosphorus levels. Nine single-nucleotide polymorphisms corroborate a previous linkage analysis of root system architecture quantitative trait loci in the BnaTNDH population...
April 19, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430584/short-and-long-term-outcomes-of-laparoscopy-assisted-versus-open-total-gastrectomy-for-gastric-cancer-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis
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Jian-Xian Lin, Ju-Li Lin, Chao-Hui Zheng, Ping Li, Jian-Wei Xie, Jia-Bin Wang, Jun Lu, Qi-Yue Chen, Long-Long Cao, Mi Lin, Ru-Hong Tu, Ze-Ning Huang, Chang-Ming Huang
BACKGROUND: Few studies have been designed to evaluate the short- and long-term outcomes of laparoscopy-assisted total gastrectomy (LATG), and a retrospective study of a large patient cohort is valuable before conducting randomized controlled clinical trials. RESULTS: Among all patients, age, tumor location, histologic type, pT stage, pN stage and pTNM stage significantly differed between the LATG group and OTG group. After the propensity score matching, the clinicopathological characteristics did not significantly differ between groups...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430431/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-a-series-of-novel-benzocyclobutene-derivatives-as-general-anesthetics
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Chen Zhang, Fangqiong Li, Yan Yu, Anbang Huang, Ping He, Ming Lei, Jianmin Wang, Longbin Huang, Zhenhong Liu, Jianyu Liu, Yonggang Wei
In the present work, a series of structurally novel benzocyclobutene derivatives was identified as general anesthetics through the loss of righting reflex (LORR) experiment on mice. Our initial efforts found compound 1-1 with a fused four-membered ring on the 2,3-position of the phenol ring could significantly improve the safety profile. Further SAR study revealed that small hydrogen bond acceptor (HBA) groups are optimal for good ED50 along with much broader therapeutic windows, such as compounds 16-2 and 17...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430415/omnidirectional-harvesting-of-weak-light-using-a-graphene-quantum-dot-modified-organic-silicon-hybrid-device
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Meng-Lin Tsai, Dung-Sheng Tsai, Libin Tang, Lih-Juann Chen, Shu Ping Lau, Jr-Hau He
Despite great improvements in traditional inorganic photodetectors and photovoltaics, more progress is needed in the detection/collection of light at low-level conditions. Traditional photodetectors tend to suffer from high noise when operated at room temperature; therefore these devices require additional cooling systems to detect weak or dim light. Conventional solar cells also face the challenge of poor light-harvesting capabilities in hazy or cloudy weather. The real world features such varying levels of light, which makes it important to develop strategies that allow optical devices to function when conditions are less than optimal...
April 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429756/a-non-canonical-binding-interface-in-the-crystal-structure-of-hiv-1-gp120-core-in-complex-with-cd4
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Liang-Wei Duan, Hui Zhang, Meng-Ting Zhao, Ji-Xue Sun, Wen-Li Chen, Jian-Ping Lin, Xin-Qi Liu
Numerous crystal structures of HIV gp120 have been reported, alone or with receptor CD4 and cognate antibodies; however, no sole gp120/CD4 complex without stabilization by an antibody is available. Here, we report a crystal structure of the gp120/CD4 complex without the aid of an antibody from HIV-1 CRF07_BC, a strain circulating in China. Interestingly, in addition to the canonical binding surface, a second interacting interface was identified. A mutagenesis study on critical residues revealed that the stability of this interface is important for the efficiency of Env-mediated membrane fusion...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429275/tgf-%C3%AE-1-neuroprotection-via-inhibition-of-microglial-activation-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Xiao Chen, Zhan Liu, Bei-Bei Cao, Yi-Hua Qiu, Yu-Ping Peng
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 is a pleiotropic cytokine with immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties. Recently we have shown that TGF-β1 pretreatment in vitro protects against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+))-induced dopaminergic neuronal loss that characterizes in Parkinson's disease (PD). Herein, we aimed to demonstrate that TGF-β1 administration in vivo after MPP(+) toxicity has neuroprotection that is achieved by a mediation of microglia. A rat model of PD was prepared by injecting MPP(+) unilaterally in the striatum...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429098/symptomatic-menopausal-transition-and-subsequent-bipolar-disorder-among-midlife-women-with-major-depression-a-nationwide-longitudinal-study
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Li-Chi Chen, Albert C Yang, Tung-Ping Su, Ya-Mei Bai, Cheng-Ta Li, Wen-Han Chang, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shih-Jen Tsai, Mu-Hong Chen
Previous studies suggested that menopausal transition played an important role in the clinical course of major depression and bipolar disorder. However, the role of symptomatic menopausal transition in diagnostic conversion from major depression to bipolar disorder was still unknown. Using the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, 50,273 midlife women aged between 40 and 60 years in 2002∼2008 with major depression were enrolled in our study and divided into two subgroups based on the presence (n = 21,120) or absence (n = 29,153) of symptomatic menopausal transition...
April 20, 2017: Archives of Women's Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429051/induction-chemotherapy-followed-by-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy-vs-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy-for-locoregionally-advanced-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Jianyuan Zhang, Shaojun Chen, Guisheng Li, Weihua Zhang, Tingting Qin, Ping Yin, Haixin Huang, Hongwei Jiang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of induction chemotherapy followed by concurrent chemoradiotherapy vs. concurrent chemoradiotherapy for locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS: We reviewed data of locoregionally advanced NPC patients who underwent 2 different treatment plans, 1 with induction chemotherapy followed by concurrent chemoradiotherapy (IC + CCRT) and the other with only concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT). All patients received cisplatin 80 mg/m(2) 3 weeks one cycle concurrently with intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and three IC protocols were included for the IC + CCRT group...
April 20, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428791/genome-wide-association-study-for-pre-harvest-sprouting-resistance-in-a-large-germplasm-collection-of-chinese-wheat-landraces
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Yong Zhou, Hao Tang, Meng-Ping Cheng, Kwame O Dankwa, Zhong-Xu Chen, Zhan-Yi Li, Shang Gao, Ya-Xi Liu, Qian-Tao Jiang, Xiu-Jin Lan, Zhi-En Pu, Yu-Ming Wei, You-Liang Zheng, Lee T Hickey, Ji-Rui Wang
Pre-harvest sprouting (PHS) is mainly caused by the breaking of seed dormancy in high rainfall regions, which leads to huge economic losses in wheat. In this study, we evaluated 717 Chinese wheat landraces for PHS resistance and carried out genome-wide association studies (GWAS) using to 9,740 DArT-seq and 178,803 SNP markers. Landraces were grown across six environments in China and germination testing of harvest-ripe grain was used to calculate the germination rate (GR) for each accession at each site. GR was highly correlated across all environments...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428442/combination-of-ibrutinib-and-abt-199-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-and-follicular-lymphoma
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Hsu-Ping Kuo, Scott A Ezell, Karl J Schweighofer, Leo Wk Cheung, Sidney Hsieh, Mutiah Apatira, Mint Sirisawad, Karl Eckert, Ssucheng J Hsu, Chun-Te Chen, Darrin M Beaupre, Matthias Versele, Betty Y Chang
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and follicular lymphoma (FL) are the most prevalent B-lymphocyte neoplasms in which abnormal activation of the Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK)-mediated B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling pathway contributes to pathogenesis. Ibrutinib is an oral covalent BTK inhibitor that has shown some efficacy in both indications. To improve ibrutinib efficacy through combination therapy, we first investigated differential gene expression in parental and ibrutinib-resistant cell lines to better understand the mechanisms of resistance...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428115/p300-and-c-ebp%C3%AE-regulated-ikk%C3%AE-expression-are-involved-in-thrombin-induced-il-8-cxcl8-expression-in-human-lung-epithelial-cells
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Zheng-Wei Huang, Gi-Shih Lien, Chien-Huang Lin, Chun-Ping Jiang, Bing-Chang Chen
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are common chronic lung inflammatory diseases. Thrombin and interleukin (IL)-8/C-X-C chemokine ligand 8 (CXCL8) play critical roles in lung inflammation. Our previous study showed that c-Src-dependent IκB kinase (IKK)/IκBα/nuclear factor (NF)-κB and mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase 1 (MEKK1)/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)/ribosomal S6 protein kinase (RSK)-dependent CAAT/enhancer-binding protein β (C/EBPβ) activation are involved in thrombin-induced IL-8/CXCL8 expression in human lung epithelial cells...
April 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427943/high-density-lipoprotein-from-coronary-artery-disease-patients-cause-abnormal-expression-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-vascular-endothelial-cells
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Xiang Liu, Tian-Tian Wang, Yan Li, Mao-Mao Shi, Hua-Ming Li, Hao-Xiang Yuan, Zhi-Wei Mo, Jing Chen, Bin Zhang, Yang-Xin Chen, Jing-Feng Wang, Wei-Ping Dai, Ying-Qi Xu, Zhi-Ping Wang, Xi Zhang, Zhi-Jun Ou, Jing-Song Ou
Increased evidence showed that normal high density lipoprotein (HDL) can convert to dysfunction HDL in diseases states including coronary artery disease (CAD), which regulates vascular endothelial cell function differently. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play an extensive role in various important biological processes including endothelial cell function. However, whether lncRNAs involved in the regulation of HDL metabolism and HDL-induced changes of vascular endothelial function remains unclear. Cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were treated with HDL from healthy subjects and patients with CAD and hypercholesterolemia for 24 h, then the cells were collected for lncRNA-Seq and the expressions of lncRNAs, genes and mRNAs were identified...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427921/enhancement-of-ethyl-s-4-chloro-3-hydroxybutanoate-production-at-high-substrate-concentration-by-in-situ-resin-adsorption
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Li-Feng Chen, Hai-Yang Fan, Yi-Ping Zhang, Wei Wei, Jin-Ping Lin, Dong-Zhi Wei, Hua-Lei Wang
Asymmetric reduction of ethyl 4-chloro-3-oxobutyrate (COBE) by carbonyl reductases presents an efficient way to produce Ethyl (S)-4-chloro-3-hydroxybutanoate ((S)-CHBE), an important chiral intermediate for the synthesis of hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA reductase inhibitors such as Lipitor(®). In this study, an NADPH-dependent carbonyl reductase (SrCR) from Synechocystis sp. was characterized to demonstrate a broad substrate spectrum, and the highest activity (53.1U/mg protein) with COBE. To regenerate the cofactor NADPH, Bacillus subtilis glucose dehydrogenase was successfully coexpressed with SrCR...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427901/the-20kda-and-22kda-forms-of-human-growth-hormone-hgh-exhibit-different-intracellular-signalling-profiles-and-properties
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Liu Yao-Xia, Chen Jing-Yan, Tang Xia-Lian, Chen Ping, Zhang Min
Human Growth Hormone (hGH) includes two main variants. The first is 22 kilodalton GH (22K-GH), which is predominant in the blood circulation. The second most abundant variant is 20K-GH, which makes up 5-10% of the blood circulation. Both bind and activate the same receptor, called the human growth hormone receptor (GHR). However, the reason why 22K-GH and 20K-GH exhibit similar, but not identical physiological activities remains poorly understood. In this article, the intracellular signalling profiles between these two hormones were examined...
April 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427220/multiparametric-imaging-using-18f-fdg-pet-ct-heterogeneity-parameters-and-functional-mri-techniques-prognostic-significance-in-patients-with-primary-advanced-oropharyngeal-or-hypopharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-treated-with-chemoradiotherapy
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Sheng-Chieh Chan, Nai-Ming Cheng, Chia-Hsun Hsieh, Shu-Hang Ng, Chien-Yu Lin, Tzu-Chen Yen, Cheng-Lung Hsu, Hung-Ming Wan, Chun-Ta Liao, Kai-Ping Chang, Jiun-Jie Wang
BACKGROUND: In this study, PET heterogeneity was combined with functional MRI techniques to refine the prediction of prognosis in patients with oropharyngeal or hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OHSCC). METHODS: A total of 124 patients with primary advanced OHSCC who underwent pretreatment 18F-FDG PET/CT, dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging (DCE-MRI), and diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI) were enrolled. Conventional and heterogeneity parameters from 18F-FDG PET as well as perfusion parameters from DCE-MRI and diffusion parameter from DWI of primary tumors were analyzed in relation to recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS)...
March 4, 2017: Oncotarget
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