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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230250/metformin-attenuates-angiotensin-ii-induced-tgf%C3%AE-1-expression-by-targeting-hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-4%C3%AE
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Ruifei Chen, Yenan Feng, Jimin Wu, Yao Song, Hao Li, Qiang Shen, Dan Li, Jianshu Zhang, Zhizhen Lu, Han Xiao, Youyi Zhang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Metformin, a small molecule antihyperglycaemic agent, is well-known as an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator and protects against cardiac fibrosis. However, the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGFβ1) is a key cytokine mediating cardiac fibrosis. Here, we investigated the effects of metformin on TGFβ1 production induced by angiotensin II (AngII) and the underlying mechanisms. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Wild-type and AMPKα2(-/-) C57BL/6 mice were subcutaneously injected with metformin or saline and infused with AngII (3 mg kg(-1) day(-1) ) for 7 days...
February 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228364/phenolic-compounds-isolated-from-dioscorea-zingiberensis-protect-against-pancreatic-acinar-cells-necrosis-induced-by-sodium-taurocholate
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Dan Du, Tao Jin, Rui Zhang, Liqiang Hu, Zhihua Xing, Na Shi, Yan Shen, Meng Gong
One new bibenzyl (1) and one new phenanthrene (2), together with two known bibenzyls (3-4) and four known diarylheptanoids (5-8) were isolated from the rhizomes of Dioscorea zingiberensis. The structures of 1-2 were elucidated by spectroscopic methods including 1D and 2D NMR. Phenols 1-8 were evaluated for their anti-pancreatitic activities on sodium taurocholate (NaT)-induced pancreatic acinars necrosis. Notably, 0.5mM of compound 6 exhibited comparable inhibitory effect with 5mM of caffeine. Furthermore, compound 6 prevented the ATP depletion and excessive ROS production which could be also involved in mitochondria-mediated injuries in acute pancreatitis...
January 7, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223819/the-clinical-significance-of-the-ezrin-gene-and-circulating-tumor-cells-in-osteosarcoma
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Guang-Xian Zhong, Shao-Dan Feng, Rongkai Shen, Zhao-Yang Wu, Fei Chen, Xia Zhu
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the peripheral blood of an osteosarcoma and the Ezrin gene expressed in CTCs. PATIENTS AND METHODS: CTC enrichment was done with CanPatrol™ CTC enrichment technique in 41 patients with osteosarcoma. The characterization of CTCs was performed using a multiple messenger RNA in situ analysis (MRIA). The expression of the Ezrin gene in CTCs was detected by RNA probe technology...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222270/the-effects-of-pig-manure-application-on-the-spread-of-tetracycline-resistance-in-bulk-and-cucumber-rhizosphere-soils-a-greenhouse-experiment
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Yijun Kang, Yangyang Hao, Dan Xia, Min Shen, Qing Li, Jian Hu
Understanding the dynamics of tetracycline-resistant bacteria (TRB) and tetracycline resistance genes (TRGs) in bulk and rhizosphere soils is important to evaluate the spread of TRGs from pig manure to human. In this work, a greenhouse experiment was conducted to investigate the difference in abundance of TRB, tetracycline-resistant E. coli (TRE), tetracycline-resistant Pseudomonas spp. (TRP), as well as TRGs between bulk and cucumber rhizosphere soils. The application of pig manure resulted in the long-term persistence of TRB, TRE, TRP and TRGs in bulk soil and rhizosphere of cucumber for at least 65 days...
February 21, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218329/dopamine-assisted-fixation-of-drug-loaded-polymeric-multilayers-to-osteoarticular-implants-for-tuberculosis-therapy
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Dan Li, Litao Li, Yunlong Ma, Yaping Zhuang, Dawei Li, Hong Shen, Xing Wang, Fei Yang, Yuanzheng Ma, Decheng Wu
Currently, the major issues in the treatment of osteoarticular tuberculosis (TB) after implant placement are low drug concentration at the infected focus and drug resistance resulting from the long-term chemotherapy. The application of drug-loaded polymeric multilayers on implantable devices offers a promising solution to the problems. Herein, a poly(ethylene glycol)-based hydrogel film embedded with isoniazid (INH)-loaded alginate microparticles was fixed to Ti implants via adhesive polydopamine, subsequently capped by poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) membranes for the sustained and localized delivery of the anti-TB drug...
February 20, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213110/effect-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-on-stroke-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Fuu-Jen Tsai, Tsung-Jung Ho, Chi-Fung Cheng, Xiang Liu, Hsinyi Tsang, Ting-Hsu Lin, Chiu-Chu Liao, Shao-Mei Huang, Ju-Pi Li, Cheng-Wen Lin, Jaung-Geng Lin, Jung-Chun Lin, Chih-Chien Lin, Wen-Miin Liang, Ying-Ju Lin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D) include stroke, which is a cerebrovascular disturbance characterized by reduced blood flow in the brain, leading to death or physical disability. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been widely used in ancient China for the treatment of diabetes and stroke by supplementing Qi and activating blood circulation. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to investigate the frequencies and patterns of CHM treatment for stroke patients with T2D and the outcomes of long-term use in Taiwan...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212670/characterization-of-schistosoma-japonicum-cp1412-protein-as-a-novel-member-of-the-ribonuclease-t2-molecule-family-with-immune-regulatory-function
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Xue-Dan Ke, Shuang Shen, Li-Jun Song, Chuan-Xin Yu, Mihoko Kikuchi, Kenji Hirayama, Hong Gao, Jie Wang, Xuren Yin, Yuan Yao, Qian Liu, Wei Zhou
BACKGROUND: Schistosome infection typically induces a polarized Th2 type host immune response. As egg antigen molecules play key roles in this immunoregulatory process, clarifying their functions in schistosomiasis would facilitate the development of vaccine and immunotherapeutic methods. Schistosoma japonicum (Sj) CP1412 (GenBank: AY57074.1) has been identified as a new member of the RNase T2 family with immune regulatory functions. METHODS: The expression plasmid Sj CP1412-pET28a was constructed and transformed into bacteria for production of recombinant Sj CP1412 protein (rSj CP1412) via IPTG induction...
February 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212620/clinical-manifestations-of-severe-enterovirus-71-infection-and-early-assessment-in-a-southern-china-population
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Si-da Yang, Pei-Qing Li, Yi-Min Li, Wei Li, Wen-Ying Lai, Cui-Ping Zhu, Jian-Ping Tao, Li Deng, Hong-Sheng Liu, Wen-Cheng Ma, Jia-Ming Lu, Yan Hong, Yu-Ting Liang, Jun Shen, Dan-Dan Hu, Yuan-Yuan Gao, Yi Zhou, Min-Xiong Situ, Yan-Ling Chen
BACKGROUND: Enterovirus 71 (EV-A71) shows a potential of rapid death, but the natural history of the infection is poorly known. This study aimed to examine the natural history of EV-A71 infection. METHODS: This was a prospective longitudinal observational study performed between January 1(st) and October 31(st), 2012, at three hospitals in Guangdong, China. Subjects with positive EV-A71 RNA laboratory test results were included. Disease progression was documented with MRI, autopsies, and follow-up...
February 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208072/identification-of-triosephosphate-isomerase-as-a-novel-allergen-in-octopus-fangsiao
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Yang Yang, Zhong-Wei Chen, Barry K Hurlburt, Gui-Ling Li, Yong-Xia Zhang, Dan-Xia Fei, Hai-Wang Shen, Min-Jie Cao, Guang-Ming Liu
Octopus is an important mollusk in human dietary for its nutritional value, however it also causes allergic reactions in humans. Major allergens from octopus have been identified, while the knowledge of novel allergens remains poor. In the present study, a novel allergen with molecular weight of 28kDa protein was purified from octopus (Octopus fangsiao) and identified as triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) by mass spectrometry. TIM aggregated beyond 45°C, and its IgE-binding activity was affected under extreme pH conditions due to the altered secondary structure...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206963/circulating-mic-1-gdf15-is-a-complementary-screening-biomarker-with-cea-and-correlates-with-liver-metastasis-and-poor-survival-in-colorectal-cancer
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Xiaobing Wang, Zhaogang Yang, Haimei Tian, Yanfen Li, Mo Li, Wenya Zhao, Chao Zhang, Teng Wang, Jing Liu, Aili Zhang, Di Shen, Cuining Zheng, Jun Qi, Dan Zhao, Junfeng Shi, Liliang Jin, Jianyu Rao, Wei Zhang
Macrophage inhibitory cytokine 1 (MIC-1/GDF15) has been characterized as a candidate biomarker for colorectal cancer (CRC) recently. However, the role of serum MIC-1 in screening patients with early stage CRC and monitoring therapeutic response have not been well-established, particularly in the combination with CEA for the screening and the prejudgment of occurrence with liver metastasis. In this study, we performed a retrospective blinded evaluation of 987 serum samples from 473 individuals with CRC, 25 with adenomatous polyps, and 489 healthy individuals using ELISA or immunoassay...
February 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199217/microrna-205-targets-smad4-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-promotes-lung-cancer-cell-growth-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yuanyuan Zeng, Jianjie Zhu, Dan Shen, Hualong Qin, Zhe Lei, Wei Li, Zeyi Liu, Jian-An Huang
Despite advances in diagnosis and treatment, the survival of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients remains poor; therefore, improved understanding of the disease mechanism and novel treatment strategies are needed. Downregulation of SMAD4 and dysregulated expression of miR-205 have been reported. However, the relationship between them remains unclear. We investigated the effect of microRNA (miR)-205 on the expression of SMAD4 in NSCLC. Knockdown and overexpression of SMAD4 promoted or suppressed cellular viability and proliferation, and accelerated or inhibited the cell cycle in NSCLC cells, respectively...
June 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199114/curcumin-loaded-blood-stable-polymeric-micelles-for-enhancing-therapeutic-effect-on-erythroleukemia
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Feirong Gong, Dan Chen, Xin Teng, Junhua Ge, Xianfeng Ning, Ya-Ling Shen, Jian Li, Shanfeng Wang
Curcumin has high potential in suppressing many types of cancer and overcoming multidrug resistance in a multifaceted manner by targeting diverse molecular targets. However, the rather low systemic bioavailability resulted from its poor solubility in water and fast metabolism/excretion in vivo has hampered its applications in cancer therapy. To increase the aqueous solubility of curcumin while retaining the stability in blood circulation, here we report curcumin-loaded copolymer micelles with excellent in vitro and in vivo stability and antitumor efficacy...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196345/comparison-of-bioactive-components-and-pharmacological-activities-of-ophiopogon-japonicas-extracts-from-different-geographical-origins
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Min Zhao, Wan-Feng Xu, Han-Yuan Shen, Pei-Qiang Shen, Jun Zhang, Dan-Dan Wang, Han Xu, Hong Wang, Ting-Ting Yan, Lin Wang, Hai-Ping Hao, Guang-Ji Wang, Li-Juan Cao
Ophiopogon japonicus (Linn. f.) Ker-Gawl (O. japonicas), mainly cultivated in Sichuan and Zhejiang province in China, has different bioactive components and therefore their pharmacological activities. To explain the different clinical efficacy of O. japonicas derived preparations, herein we report differences of pharmacological activities between Sichuan and Zhejiang O. japonicas and behind them the exact differences of bioactive components. Based on a LC/MS-IT-TOF method, the differences of bioactive components between Sichuan and Zhejiang O...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194912/enantioselective-dearomatization-of-naphthol-derivatives-with-allylic-alcohols-by-cooperative-iridium-and-br%C3%A3-nsted-acid-catalysis
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Dan Shen, Qiliang Chen, Peipei Yan, Xiaofei Zeng, Guofu Zhong
The combination of a transition-metal catalyst and organocatalyst was designed to achieve a highly enantioselective system for the allylic dearomatization reaction of naphthols with racemic secondary allylic alcohols. The desired β-naphthalenones, bearing an all-carbon quaternary center, were obtained in good yields with high chemo- and enantioselectivities. The cooperative catalytic system, involving a chiral iridium complex and phosphoric acid, provided measurable improvements in yields, and chemo- and enantioselectivities relative to single-catalyst systems...
February 14, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192864/a-reassessment-of-cervical-surface-anatomy-via-ct-scan-in-an-adult-chinese-population
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Xin-Hua Shen, Hua-Dan Xue, Yu Chen, Man Wang, S Ali Mirjalili, Zhu-Hua Zhang, Chao Ma
Surface landmarks in the neck are important for orientations of cervical glands, arteries, veins, nerves and vertebrae. Recent research suggests some orientations are not correct. What are the cervical landmark orientations in the Chinese population? In this study, two essential cervical anatomy planes, the thyroid cartilage and C7 planes, were assessed in living adult Chinese subjects using computed tomography (CT), and the hyoid, carotid bifurcation, cricoid cartilage, thyroid arteries and vertebral artery were simultaneously positioned...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178671/pd-1-mrna-expression-in-peripheral-blood-cells-and-its-modulation-characteristics-in-cancer-patients
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Wei Wang, Ge Shen, Shikai Wu, Shiping Song, Yanli Ni, Zhuoyao Suo, Xiangying Meng, Dan Li, Lin Zhou, Rimin Hao, Yaowei Zhao, Li Bai, Lili Hou, Bing Liu, Guangxian Liu
Immune checkpoint inhibitors that block the PD-1/PD-L1 signaling pathway have been used to treat a wide variety of cancers. Although results have been promising, significant inter-individual and inter-tumor variability has been observed. It is believed that better clinical outcome could be achieved if the treatment was individually designed based on the functional status of the PD-1/PD-L1 signaling and the cellular immunity. In this study, we analyzed the mRNA expression of PD-1 and other immunomodulatory genes in peripheral blood from cancer patients, and immunomodulatory gene expression during radiotherapy and immunomodulation therapy with cytokines...
February 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161640/gastrodin-inhibits-osteoclastogenesis-via-down-regulating-the-nfatc1-signaling-pathway-and-stimulates-osseointegration-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Feng Zhou, Yi Shen, Bo Liu, Xia Chen, Lu Wan, Dan Peng
Bone is a rigid yet dynamic organ, and this dynamism is mediated by the delicate balance between osteoclastic bone resorption and osteoblastic bone formation. However, excessive activation of osteoclasts is responsible for many bone diseases such as osteoporosis, Paget disease, and tumor bone metastasis. Agents that could inhibit osteoclast formation or function are regarded as promising alternatives to treat osteoclast-related diseases. Recently, traditional Chinese medicine has attracted attention because of its multiple activities in bone metabolism...
February 2, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158983/cd73-nt5e-is-a-target-of-mir-30a-5p-and-plays-an-important-role-in-the-pathogenesis-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Jianjie Zhu, Yuanyuan Zeng, Wei Li, Hualong Qin, Zhe Lei, Dan Shen, Dongmei Gu, Jian-An Huang, Zeyi Liu
BACKGROUND: CD73 (ecto-5'-nucleotidase) is implicated in the development of many types of cancer. CD73 inhibitors are currently being tested in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer. Understanding the molecular and cellular actions of CD73 inhibitors is the key to improving this line of therapy. METHODS: Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) was used to detect the expression of CD73 and miR-30a-5p; Western blot and immunohistochemical assays were used to investigate the levels of CD73 and other proteins...
February 3, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157992/generalized-high-spectral-resolution-lidar-technique-with-a-multimode-laser-for-aerosol-remote-sensing
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Zhongtao Cheng, Dong Liu, Yupeng Zhang, Chong Liu, Jian Bai, Dan Wang, Nanchao Wang, Yudi Zhou, Jing Luo, Yongying Yang, Yibing Shen, Lin Su, Liming Yang
High-spectral-resolution lidar (HSRL) is a powerful tool for atmospheric aerosol remote sensing. The current HSRL technique often requires a single longitudinal mode laser as the transmitter to accomplish the spectral discrimination of the aerosol and molecular scattering conveniently. However, single-mode laser is cumbersome and has very strict requirements for ambient stability, making the HSRL instrument not so robust in many cases. In this paper, a new HSRL concept, called generalized HSRL technique with a multimode laser (MML-gHSRL), is proposed, which can work using a multimode laser...
January 23, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137584/anthelminthic-drug-niclosamide-sensitizes-the-responsiveness-of-cervical-cancer-cells-to-paclitaxel-via-oxidative-stress-mediated-mtor-inhibition
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Liping Chen, Li Wang, Haibin Shen, Hui Lin, Dan Li
Drug repurposing represents an alternative therapeutic strategy to cancer treatment. The potent anti-cancer activities of a FDA-approved anthelminthic drug niclosamide have been demonstrated in various cancers. However, whether niclosamide is active against cervical cancer is unknown. In this study, we investigated the effects of niclosamide alone and its combination with paclitaxel in cervical cancer in vitro and in vivo. We found that niclosamide significantly inhibited proliferation and induced apoptosis of a panel of cervical cancer cell lines, regardless of their cellular origin and genetic pattern...
January 27, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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