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Chunju Li, Suxiang Ma, Huanqing Chen, Jian Li, Xueshun Jia
Biphen[n]arenes (n = 3, 4) are a new family of macrocyclic hosts. Here we describe molecular recognition behaviour of hydroxylated biphen[4]arene (OHBP4) for the first time. A series of cationic guests with different size and shape, including quaternary ammonium salts (1*PF6 and 2*PF6), pyridinium-based guests (3*2PF6-6*2PF6) and cobaltocenium hexafluorophosphate (7*PF6), were chosen as the model guest molecules. OHBP4 exhibits good selectivity towards 2,7-dibutyldiazapyrenium bis(hexafluorophosphate) (4*2PF6) axle to form a [2]pseudorotaxane-type complex...
October 19, 2016: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Ou Liu, Wuxiang Xie, Yanwen Qin, Lixin Jia, Jing Zhang, Yi Xin, Xinliang Guan, Haiyang Li, Ming Gong, Yuyong Liu, Xiaolong Wang, Jianrong Li, Feng Lan, Hongjia Zhang
Matrix metalloproteinases-2 (MMP-2) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of type A aortic dissection (AD). The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of 3 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the MMP-2 gene with type A AD risk and aortic diameters in patients. We performed a case-control study with 172 unrelated type A AD patients and 439 controls. Three SNPs rs11644561, rs11643630, and rs243865 were genotyped through the MassARRAY platform. Allelic associations of SNPs and SNP haplotypes with type A AD and aortic diameters in patients were evaluated...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ping Wei, Jia-Wei Yang, Hai-Wen Lu, Bei Mao, Wen-Lan Yang, Jin-Fu Xu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: There is presently no clear evidence on the effect of combined treatment for non-cystic fibrosis (non-CF) bronchiectasis with inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and long-acting β2-adrenergic agonist (LABA). The objective of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of salmeterol-fluticasone combined inhaled therapy for non-CF bronchiectasis with airflow limitation. METHODS: An observational study was performed in 120 non-CF bronchiectasis patients diagnosed by high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scanning of the chest...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Zhengwei Wen, Qunying Jia, Xiaojuan Kang, Yongliang Lou, Lilin Zou, Jifeng Yang, Jimin Gao, Liping Han, Xiang Li
Interferon (IFN) regulates immune responses and antitumor activity. Arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptides can specifically bind to integrin αvβ3, a transmembrane receptor that is highly expressed on the surface of various cancer cells. In this study, we expressed recombinant RGD-IFN-α2a-core fusion proteins and assessed their antitumor activity in vitro. Two RGD-IFN-α2a-core fusion proteins and a negative control protein were expressed in vitro. These two RGD-IFN-α2a-core fusion proteins could bind the tumor cell surface specifically and did not bind to normal cells...
October 18, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
Junwei Ma, Qingbin Meng, Xiaoshi Hu, Bin Li, Suxiang Ma, Bingwen Hu, Jian Li, Xueshun Jia, Chunju Li
The first water-soluble biphen[4]arene containing eight carboxylato moieties (carboxylatobiphen[4]arene, CBP4) has been synthesized. Selective molecular recognition of acetylcholine (ACh) against choline (Ch) and betaine (Bt) and pH-responsive host-guest complexation in aqueous media are described.
October 19, 2016: Organic Letters
Jia-Ying Zhang, Ying Yin, Li Ni, Quan Long, Li You, Qian Zhang, Shan-Yan Lin, Jing Chen
Low-protein diet plus ketoacids (LPD+KA) has been reported to decrease proteinuria in patients with chronic kidney diseases (CKD). However, the mechanisms have not been clarified. As over-activation of intrarenal renin-angiotensin system (RAS) has been shown to play a key role in the progression of CKD, the current study was performed to investigate the direct effects of LPD+KA on intrarenal RAS, independently of renal haemodynamics. In this study, 3/4 subtotal renal ablated rats were fed 18 % normal-protein diet (Nx-NPD), 6 % low-protein diet (Nx-LPD) or 5 % low-protein diet plus 1 % ketoacids (Nx-LPD+KA) for 12 weeks...
October 18, 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
M Maddah, S Harsini, V Ziaee, M H Moradinejad, A Rezaei, S Zoghi, M Sadr, Y Aghighi, N Rezaei
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a heterogeneous autoimmune disorder of unknown origin. As proinflammatory cytokines are known to contribute towards the pathogenesis of JIA, this case-control study was performed to examine the associations of certain single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) gene. Fifty-three patients with JIA participated in this study as patients group and compared with 137 healthy unrelated controls. Genotyping was performed for TNF-α gene at positions -308 and -238, using polymerase chain reaction with sequence-specific primers method...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Immunogenetics
He Wang, Yongfeng Jia
The bioavailability of heavy metals strongly depends on their speciation in the environment. Adsorption (ADS) and coprecipitation (CPT) on amorphous metal hydroxides are important processes, controlling the fates of heavy metals in an aqueous environment. This work studied the bioavailability of Cu, Cd, Ni, and Pb adsorbed on and/or coprecipitated with amorphous iron and iron/aluminum mixed hydroxides to the wetland plant Phragmites australis. After a 13-day treatment, there was an apparent uptake of the heavy metals by the plant, and the amount of metal bioaccumulation was measurably different for different association forms (ADS vs...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Gang Li, Hong-Bing Tao, Jia-Zhi Liao, Jin-Hui Tang, Fang Peng, Qin Shu, Wen-Gang Li, Shun-Gui Tu, Zhuo Chen
Patient safety education is conducive to medical students' cognition on patient safety and to improvement of medical quality and safety. Developing patient safety education for medical students is more and more widely recognized by World Health Organization and countries all over the world. However, in China, patient safety courses aiming at medical students are relatively few, and there are few reports about the effect of patient safety courses. This paper explored the influence of patient safety curriculum on medical students' attitude to and knowledge of patient safety...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Ying Chen, Chao He, Jing-Jun Cheng, Wen-Yao Huang, Sheng-Wen Shao, Ya-Ping Jiang, Ling-Feng Dai, Jia-Fa Liu, Yi Song
This study aimed to conduct measurement uncertainty assessment of a new method for determination of Sudan colorants (Sudan I, II, III and IV) in food by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Samples were extracted with organic solvents (hexane, 20% acetone) and first purified by magnesium trisilicate (2MgO·3SiO2). The Sudan colorants (Sudan I-IV) were also initially separated on C8 by gradient elution using acetonitrile and 0.1% (v/v) formic acid aqueous solution as the mobile phases and detected with diode-array detector (DAD)...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Ji-Hua Yu, Yang-Yang Li, Mian Xiang, Jian-Quan Zhu, Xin-He Huang, Wan-Jun Wang, Rui Tan, Jia-Yu Zhou, Hai Liao
OBJECTIVES: To clone and characterize a novel bi-functional α-amylase/subtilisin inhibitor (LASI) from the rhizome of Ligusticum chuanxiong, a traditional Chinese medicine. RESULTS: The LASI showed strong homology with members of the Kunitz trypsin inhibitor family. Its putative amino acid sequence has a 40 % identity with that of the α-amylase/subtilisin inhibitor from rice. LASI gene without signal peptide was expressed in E. coli Rosetta. After purification, the recombinant LASI protein was inhibitory against not only α-amylase from porcine pancreas, Helicoverpa armigera, Spodoptera litura and Plutella xylostella, but also subtilisin A, but not against trypsin or chymotrypsin...
October 17, 2016: Biotechnology Letters
Filipa Oliveira-Ramos, Mónica Eusébio, Fernando M Martins, Ana Filipa Mourão, Carolina Furtado, Raquel Campanilho-Marques, Inês Cordeiro, Joana Ferreira, Marcos Cerqueira, Ricardo Figueira, Iva Brito, Helena Canhão, Maria José Santos, José A Melo-Gomes, João Eurico Fonseca
OBJECTIVES: To determine how adult juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) patients fulfil classification criteria for adult rheumatic diseases, evaluate their outcomes and determine clinical predictors of inactive disease, functional status and damage. METHODS: Patients with JIA registered on the Rheumatic Diseases Portuguese Register ( older than 18 years and with more than 5 years of disease duration were included. Data regarding sociodemographic features, fulfilment of adult classification criteria, Health Assessment Questionnaire, Juvenile Arthritis Damage Index-articular (JADI-A) and Juvenile Arthritis Damage Index-extra-articular (JADI-E) damage index and disease activity were analysed...
2016: RMD Open
Wan Gao, Jia-Wen Hu, Fang Xu, Can-Jing Wei, Meng-Jiao Shi, Jun Zhao, Jia-Jia Wang, Bo Zhen, Teng-Fei Ji, Jian-Guo Xing, Zheng-Yi Gu, Fang Xu
Four new polyisoprenylated benzoylphloroglucinol derivatives, hyperscabrones J-M (1-4), were isolated from the air-dried aerial parts of Hypericum scabrum. Their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic methods and were subsequently confirmed by comparing with data of known compounds. The absolute configuration of the bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane-2,4,9-trione core was defined by the experimental and calculated electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra. The evaluation of their hepatoprotective activities against paracetamol-induced HepG2 cell damage showed that compounds 2 and 4 exhibited significant hepatoprotection at 10μM...
October 14, 2016: Fitoterapia
Jia Shi, Jian-Bo Yu, Wei Liu, Dan Wang, Yuan Zhang, Li-Rong Gong, Shu-An Dong, Da-Quan Liu
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is one of the most devastating complications of sepsis lacking of effective therapy. Mitochondrial dynamics undergoing continuous fusion and fission play a crucial role in mitochondrial structure and function. Fis1, as a small protein located on the outer membrane of mitochondria, has been thought to be an important protein mediated mitochondrial fission. During ARDS, alveolar macrophages suffer from increased oxidative stress and apoptosis, and also accompanied by disrupted mitochondrial dynamics...
October 14, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Yone-Han Mah, Chen-Hua Liu, Chi-Ling Chen, Tai-Chung Tseng, Chun-Jen Liu, Pei-Jer Chen, Ding-Shinn Chen, Jia-Horng Kao
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Clinical implications of IL28B gene in Taiwanese chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients remain unknown. We thus investigated the prevalence and clinical implications of IL28B rs8099917 genotypes in CHC patients with different hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes and healthy controls. METHODS: A total of 200 HCV genotype 1 patients and 200 HCV genotype 2 patients who received liver biopsy, as well as 197 healthy controls were enrolled to determine the frequencies of IL28B rs8099917 genotypes...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Rane A Harrison, Jia Lu, Martin Carrasco, John Hunter, Anuj Manandhar, Sudershan Gondi, Kenneth D Westover, John R Engen
Structural dynamics of Ras proteins contribute to their activity in signal transduction cascades. Directly targeting Ras proteins with small molecules may rely on movement of a conserved structural motif, switch II. To understand Ras signaling and advance Ras targeting strategies, experimental methods to measure Ras dynamics are required. Here we demonstrate the utility of hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry to measure Ras dynamics by studying representatives from two branches of the Ras superfamily, Ras and Rho...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Xi Ling, Guowei Zhang, Lei Sun, Zhi Wang, Peng Zou, Jianfang Gao, Kaige Peng, Qing Chen, Huan Yang, Niya Zhou, Zhihong Cui, Ziyuan Zhou, Jinyi Liu, Jia Cao, Lin Ao
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widespread environmental pollutants that have adverse effects on the male reproductive function. Many studies have confirmed that PAHs preferentially accumulate in mitochondria DNA relative to nuclear DNA and disrupt mitochondrial functions. However, it is rare whether exposure to PAHs is associated with mitochondrial damage and dysfunction in sperm. To evaluate the effects of PAHs on sperm mitochondria, we measured mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNAcn) and mtDNA integrity in 666 individuals from the Male Reproductive Health in Chongqing College Students (MARHCS) study...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Chaoyi Qin, Jun Gu, Fei Xu, Jia Hu
We reported a 48-year-old male patient with postoperative hemorrhage. Given his frailty, emergent interventional procedures were successfully performed and the end of the left subclavian artery was embolized by four coils. Our report provided a new therapeutic approach regarding the frail patients presenting postoperative hemorrhage.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Shi-Fa Zhang, Yan Zhou, Kai-Jing Zhang, Jia-Jie Luan, Shi-Mei Qi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of Nogo-66 receptor (NgR) silencing with specific small interfering RNA (siRNA) on brain injury repair in preterm rats with brain injury caused by intrauterine infection and related mechanism of action. METHODS: The pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats (with a gestational age of 15 days) were selected, and premature delivery was induced by RU486 or lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The preterm rats delivered by those treated with RU486 were selected as the control group...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Zheng Liu, Cristina Gutierrez-Vargas, Jia Wei, Robert A Grassucci, Noel Espina, Susan Madison-Antenucci, Liang Tong, Joachim Frank
With the advance of new instruments and algorithms, and the accumulation of experience over decades, single-particle cryo-EM has become a pivotal part of structural biology. Recently, we determined the structure of a eukaryotic ribosome at 2.5 Å for the large subunit. The ribosome was derived from Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan pathogen of Chagas disease. The high-resolution density map allowed us to discern a large number of unprecedented details including rRNA modifications, water molecules, and ions such as Mg(2+) and Zn(2+) ...
October 17, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
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