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Xiaomei Luo, Xianjun Liang, Jiannan Li, Jian Shi, Wenlong Zhang, Wei Chai, Jiuping Wu, Shuai Guo, Gang Fang, Xulong Zhou, Jianhua Zhang, Kecheng Xu, Jianying Zeng, Lizhi Niu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a method of targeted cell ablation which has been suggested as a potential cancer therapy as it leaves structures such as blood vessels and the extracellular matrix intact, thereby allowing the rapid recovery of healthy tissue. Here, we investigated the effects of IRE on the colon in vivo in a porcine model. METHODS: IRE ablation was performed on the colon walls of 12 female Tibet mini-pigs, creating a total of 24 lesions...
2016: PloS One
Lina Niu, Shan Lu, Xin-He Lai, Shoukui Hu, Cuixia Chen, Gui Zhang, Jing Yang, Dong Jin, Yi Wang, Ruiting Lan, Gang Lu, Yingping Xie, Changyun Ye, Jianguo Xu
Five strains of Gram-positive staining, catalase-negative, coccus-shaped chain-forming organisms separately isolated from the respiratory tracts of 5 Marmota himalayana animals in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau of China were subjected to phenotypic and molecular taxonomic analyses. Comparative analysis of the 16S rRNA gene indicated that these singular organisms represent a new member of the genus Streptococcus, being phylogenetically closest to Streptococcus marmotae DSM101995T (98.4% similarity). The groEL, sodA and rpoB sequence analysis showed interspecies similarity values between HTS2T and Streptococcus marmotae DSM101995T, its closest 16S rRNA phylogenetic relative, of 98...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Qiuan Zhu, Changhui Peng, Jinxun Liu, Hong Jiang, Xiuqin Fang, Huai Chen, Zhenguo Niu, Peng Gong, Guanghui Lin, Meng Wang, Han Wang, Yanzheng Yang, Jie Chang, Ying Ge, Wenhua Xiang, Xiangwen Deng, Jin-Sheng He
Both anthropogenic activities and climate change can affect the biogeochemical processes of natural wetland methanogenesis. Quantifying possible impacts of changing climate and wetland area on wetland methane (CH4) emissions in China is important for improving our knowledge on CH4 budgets locally and globally. However, their respective and combined effects are uncertain. We incorporated changes in wetland area derived from remote sensing into a dynamic CH4 model to quantify the human and climate change induced contributions to natural wetland CH4 emissions in China over the past three decades...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Wanli Guo, Tianlong Chen, Nazim Hussain, Guoping Zhang, Lixi Jiang
Rice is more sensitive to salinity, particularly at its early vegetative and later productive stages. Wild plants growing in harsh environments such as wild barley from Qinghai-Tibet Plateau adapt to the adverse environment with allelic variations at the loci responsible for stressful environment, which could be used for rice genetic improvement. In this study, we overexpressed HsCBL8 encoding a calcium-sensor calcineurin B-like (CBL) protein in rice. The gene was isolated from XZ166, a wild-barley (Hordeum spontanum) line originated from Qinghai-Tibet Plateau...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Chaocan Li, Shouliang Huo, Zhiqiang Yu, Beidou Xi, Kevin M Yeager, Zhuoshi He, Chunzi Ma, Jingtian Zhang, Fengchang Wu
In this study, a large scale investigation of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in sediments from 52 lakes, located in five geographic regions across China, was conducted to assess sediment quality in terms of organic contaminants. Concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in sediment were found to range between 17.00-6,633, 0.12-45.24, and 0.03-13.99ngg(-1), respectively. Lake sediments from different regions exhibited variation in contamination levels, and in the compositions of isomers...
November 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Jijun Zhao, Fachun Jiang, Lianfa Zhong, Jianping Sun, Junhang Ding
BACKGROUND: Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) has circulated in China and caused yearly outbreak. To understand the transmission of the disease and to assess the spatial variation in cases reported, we examined age-specific transmission characteristics and reporting rates of HFMD for 31 provinces in mainland China. METHODS: We first analyzed incidence spatial patterns and age-specific incidence patterns using dataset from 2008 to 2012. Transmission characteristics were estimated based on catalytic model...
November 21, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Bingquan Chu, Chun Chen, Jiaojie Li, Xiaojian Chen, Yunhong Li, Weimin Tang, Lu Jin, Ying Zhang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Tibetan turnip (Brassica rapa L.), widely distributed in Tibet region, is an edible and medical plant with effects of "tonic and anti-hypoxia" "heat-clearing and detoxification" and "alleviating fatigue" according to traditional Tibetan medical books. AIM OF THE STUDY: This research systematically studied the effects of Tibetan turnip on promoting hypoxia-tolerance in humans and the mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 7-day, self-control and single-blind human feeding trial was conducted among 27 healthy subjects with 8 males and 10 females in feeding group fed with 7...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Kun Li, Yanfang Lan, Houqiang Luo, Hui Zhang, Dongyu Liu, Lihong Zhang, Rui Gui, Lei Wang, Muhammad Shahzad, Suolang Sizhu, Jiakui Li, Yangzom Chamba
Toxocara vitulorum has been rarely reported in yaks at high altitudes and remote areas of Sichuan Province of Tibetan Plateau of China. The current study was designed to investigate the prevalence, associated risk factors, and phylogenetic characteristics of T. vitulorum in yak calves on the Qinghai Tibetan plateau. Fecal samples were collected from 891 yak calves and were examined for the presence of T. vitulorum eggs by the McMaster technique. A multivariable logistic regression model was employed to explore variables potentially associated with exposure to T...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
J Sun, Y Tian, R C Jiang, X L Dong, Y Wang, W B Wu, K X Wu, J N Zhang
Objective: In this study, we tested platelet count (PC), prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), and other indicators of coagulation function, and revealed their difference in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) between plain and plateau area. Base on the results, we may provide research basis for the therapy of TBI associated coagulopathy in different areas. Methods: 151 TBI patients from Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, and 74 from People's Hospital of Tibet Autonomous Region in the period from Dec 2013 to Dec 2015 were enrolled...
October 25, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Jing Yan Tang, Jing Ma, Xue Dong Li, Yan Hong Li
BACKGROUND: Previous studies on the bacteria associated with the bryophytes showed that there were abundant bacteria inhabited in/on these hosts. However, the type of bacteria and whether these discriminate between different bryophytes based on a particular factor remains largely unknown. RESULTS: This study was designed to analyze the biodiversity and community of the bacteria associated with ten liverworts and ten mosses using Illumina-sequencing techniques based on bacterial 16S rRNA gene...
November 16, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Zunzhe Tian, Faqi Zhang, Hairui Liu, Qingbo Gao, Shilong Chen
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Lancea tibetica (Phrymaceae), a Tibetan medicinal plant, is endemic to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The over-exploitation of wild L. tibetica has led to the destruction of many populations. To enhance protection and management, biological research, especially population genetic studies, should be carried out on L. tibetica. Simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers of L. tibetica were developed to analyze population diversity. METHODS AND RESULTS: Four thousand four hundred and forty-one SSR loci were identified for L...
November 2016: Applications in Plant Sciences
Cuomu Mingji, Igho J Onakpoya, Carl J Heneghan, Alison M Ward
BACKGROUND: The validity of blood pressure (BP)-measuring tools at very high altitudes is uncertain. Therefore, the objective of this review was to examine the degree of agreement of BP-measuring devices in Tibet. METHODS: We conducted electronic searches in Medline, Embase, Cinahl, Cochrane Library, Global Health Library and the ISI Web of Science. Randomised and observational studies were considered for inclusion. The methodological characteristics of included studies were assessed using the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies-2 criteria...
2016: Heart Asia
Yuxin Guo, Chunmei Shen, Haotian Meng, Qian Dong, Tingting Kong, Chunhua Yang, Hongdan Wang, Rui Jin, Bofeng Zhu
In recent years, Insertion/Deletion (InDel) polymorphisms have become a hot area of forensic research. In this study, 30 InDel loci were selected to investigate the genetic polymorphisms of Tibetan groups, which are from Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai province of China, and explore the genetic relationships between Tibetan groups and other groups. Allele frequencies of the 30 InDel loci ranged from 0.1219 (HLD111) to 0.5609 (HLD57) in the Tibet Tibetan group and 0.1639 (HLD118) to 0.5655 (HLD124) in the Qinghai Tibetan group...
November 9, 2016: DNA and Cell Biology
Wei Yang, Yong Zheng, Cheng Gao, Ji-Chuang Duan, Shi-Ping Wang, Liang-Dong Guo
Elucidating arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal responses to elevation changes is critical to improve understanding of microbial function in ecosystems under global asymmetrical climate change scenarios. Here we examined AM fungal community in a two-year reciprocal translocation of vegetation-intact soil blocks along an altitudinal gradient (3,200 m to 3,800 m) in an alpine meadow on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. AM fungal spore density was significantly higher at lower elevation than at higher elevation regardless of translocation, except that this parameter was significantly increased by upward translocation from original 3,200 m to 3,400 m and 3,600 m...
November 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
Gang Fu, Zhen Xi Shen
Uncertainty about responses of vegetation index, aboveground biomass (AGB) and gross primary production (GPP) limits our ability to predict how climatic warming will influence plant growth in alpine regions. A field warming experiment was conducted in an alpine meadow at a low (4313 m), mid- (4513 m) and high elevation (4693 m) in the Northern Tibet since May 2010. Growing season vapor pressure deficit (VPD), soil temperature (Ts) and air temperature (Ta) decreased with increasing elevation, while growing season precipitation, soil moisture (SM), normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), soil adjusted vegetation index (SAVI), AGB and GPP increased with increasing elevation...
2016: PloS One
Shiwei Liang, Weixin Li, Yang Zhang, Xiaolong Tang, Jianzheng He, Yucheng Bai, Dongqin Li, Yan Wang, Qiang Chen
Seasonal acclimatization is important for animals to live optimally in the varying environment. Phrynocephalus vlangalii, a species of lizard endemic in China, distributes on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau ranging from 2000 to 4600m above sea level. To dissect how this lizard mediate metabolism to adapt various season, the preferred body temperature (Tb), standard metabolic rate (SMR), mitochondrial respiration rates and activities of four metabolic enzymes in this species were tested in different seasons (spring, summer, and autumn)...
October 26, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Subramanya Rao, Olivia W Chan, Donnabella C Lacap-Bugler, Stephen B Pointing
This study reports the identification of ionising radiation tolerant bacteria from a high elevation arid region of central Tibet. Nineteen isolates were isolated from soil exposed to ionising radiation at doses from 0 to 15 kGy. Isolates were phylogenetically characterised using 16S rRNA gene sequences. Most isolates comprised taxa from the Actinobacteria, Cyanobacteria, Firmicutes and proteobacteria and these survived doses up to 5 kGy. The Firmicutes and Deinococci also survived doses up to 10 kGy, and the highest dose of 15 kGy was survived only by the Deinococci...
December 2016: Indian Journal of Microbiology
Huan He, Cheng Tang, Xinnuo Chen, Hua Yue, Yupeng Ren, Yan Liu, Bin Zhang
An enterovirus (EV) strain, designated as SWUN-AB001, was isolated in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau from a yak with severe diarrheal disease. The complete genome of strain SWUN-AB001 was 7,382 bp in length and shared 35.1-68.5% nt identities with bovine EVs belonging to a candidate new type EV-F7. Using the sequence difference values in the VP1 gene as a criterion for demarcating a new serotype/genotype in the Enterovirus genus, strain SWUN-AB001 had only a 71.1% nt and a 79.2% aa identity, in the VP1 region, with the most closely matched EV, further indicating that a new type of EV had been identified...
October 25, 2016: Archives of Virology
Pengfei Fan, Yang Liu, Zhechun Zhang, Chao Zhao, Cheng Li, Wulin Liu, Zhijin Liu, Ming Li
The white-cheeked macaque Macaca leucogenys is a recently described species that was only diagnosed based on photos, without any specimen measurements or molecular genetic diagnosis. Using DNA extracted from four newly collected skin specimens, we studied the genetic diversity and phylogenetic position of M. leucogenys using multilocus sequence data, including mitochondrial and Y chromosomal genes. Skin measurements of four individuals showed that the white-cheeked macaque is robust and larger than M. assamensis but is similar in body size to M...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Khursheed Ahmad, Ved P Kumar, Bheem Dutt Joshi, Mohamed Raza, Parag Nigam, Anzara Anjum Khan, Surendra P Goyal
BACKGROUND: The Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii), or chiru, is an endangered antelope, distributed in China [Xinjiang, Xizang, Qinghai, Zhuolaihu Lake (Breeding habitat)], and India (Aksai Chin and Ladakh). There is a global demand for the species prized wool, which is used in weaving shahtoosh shawls. Over the years, the population of the Tibetan antelope has drastically declined from more than a million to a few thousand individuals, mainly due to poaching. Field studies undertaken in Ladakh, India also indicated winter migration of the population to Tibet...
October 21, 2016: BMC Research Notes
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