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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449546/pmosfets-featuring-ald-w-filling-metal-using-sih4-and-b2h6-precursors-in-22-nm-node-cmos-technology
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Guilei Wang, Jun Luo, Jinbiao Liu, Tao Yang, Yefeng Xu, Junfeng Li, Huaxiang Yin, Jiang Yan, Huilong Zhu, Chao Zhao, Tianchun Ye, Henry H Radamson
In this paper, pMOSFETs featuring atomic layer deposition (ALD) tungsten (W) using SiH4 and B2H6 precursors in 22 nm node CMOS technology were investigated. It is found that, in terms of threshold voltage, driving capability, carrier mobility, and the control of short-channel effects, the performance of devices featuring ALD W using SiH4 is superior to that of devices featuring ALD W using B2H6. This disparity in device performance results from different metal gate-induced strain from ALD W using SiH4 and B2H6 precursors, i...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449298/all-silicon-switchable-magnetoelectric-effect-via-interlayer-exchange-coupling
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Hang Liu, Jia Tao Sun, Huixia Fu, Peijie Sun, Yuanping Feng, Sheng Meng
The magnetoelectric (ME) effect originating from the effective coupling between electric field and magnetism is an exciting frontier in nanoscale science such as magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ), ferroelectric/piezoelectric heterojunctions etc. The realization of switchable ME effect under external electric field in d^0 semiconducting materials of single composition is needed especially for all-silicon spintronics applications because of its natural compatibility with current industry. We employ the density functional theory (DFT) to reveal that the pristine Si(111)-√3×√3R30º (Si√3 hereafter) reconstructed surfaces of thin films with thickness smaller than eleven bilayers support sizeable linear ME effect with switchable direction of magnetic moment under external electric field...
April 27, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449249/t2-mapping-evaluation-of-early-cartilage-alteration-of-talus-for-chronic-lateral-ankle-instability-with-isolated-anterior-talofibular-ligament-tear-or-combined-with-calcaneofibular-ligament-tear
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Hongyue Tao, Yiwen Hu, Yang Qiao, Kui Ma, Xu Yan, Yinghui Hua, Shuang Chen
PURPOSE: To quantitatively evaluate the cartilage alteration of talus for chronic lateral ankle instability (LAI) with isolated anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) tear and combined ATFL and calcaneofibular ligament (CFL) tear using T2 -mapping at 3.0T. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 27 patients including 17 with isolated ATFL tear and 10 with ATFL+CFL tear, and 21 healthy subjects were recruited. All participants underwent T2 -mapping scan at 3T and patients completed American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) scoring...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449042/long-noncoding-rna-a-crosslink-in-biological-regulatory-network
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Yuwei Zhang, Yang Tao, Qi Liao
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) had been defined as a novel class of functional RNAs longer than 200 nucleotides around a decade ago. It is widely acknowledged that lncRNAs play a significant role in regulation of gene expression, but the biological and molecular mechanisms are diverse and complex, and remain to be determined. Especially, the regulatory network of lncRNAs associated with other biological molecules is still a controversial matter, thus becoming a new frontier of the studies on transcriptome. Recent advance in high-throughput sequencing technologies and bioinformatics approaches may be an accelerator to lift the mysterious veil...
April 24, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449039/polyphyllin-i-induces-g2-m-phase-arrest-and-apoptosis-in-u251-human-glioma-cells-via-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-the-jnk-signaling-pathway
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Jiaxin Liu, Yueting Zhang, Li Chen, Fei Yu, Xiaojin Li, Dan Tao, Jianhua Zhao, Shuai Zhou
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive brain tumor, and its prognosis remains poor. Therefore, novel therapeutic strategies are needed for glioma therapy. Polyphyllin I (PPI), a bioactive constituent extracted from Paris polyphylla, was reported to have anti-tumor activity. However, the detailed mechanism for this activity remains unclear. Here, we investigated the inhibitory effects of PPI on glioma cells and its mechanisms in vitro. U251 cells were treated with various concentrations of PPI (2-9 μM) for 24 to 72 h...
April 26, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448964/antioxidant-and-hepatoprotective-effect-of-swertiamarin-on-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-hepatotoxicity-via-the-nrf2-ho-1-pathway
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Tao Wu, Jingjing Li, Yong Li, Hongping Song
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Swertiamarin (STM), the main bioactive component in Swertia mussotii Franch (Gentianaceae), has been shown to exert hepatoprotective effects on experimental liver injury. However, the effects and exact mechanisms of STM on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) causing hepatotoxicity are still unknown. This study investigated the potential protective effects and mechanisms of STM on CCl4-induced liver injury in rats. METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were exposed to CCl4 with or without STM co-administration for consecutive eight weeks...
April 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448959/detection-of-circulating-tumor-cells-and-circulating-tumor-microemboli-in-gastric-cancer
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Xiumei Zheng, Li Fan, Pengfei Zhou, Hong Ma, Shaoyi Huang, Dandan Yu, Lei Zhao, Shengli Yang, Jun Liu, Ai Huang, Congli Cai, Xiaomeng Dai, Tao Zhang
PURPOSE: Gastric cancer studies indicated a potential correlation between circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in peripheral blood and tumor relapse/metastasis. The prevalence and significance of circulating tumor microemboli (CTM) in gastric cancer remain unknown. We investigated the prevalence and prognostic value of CTCs and CTM for progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in gastric cancer patients. METHODS: Eighty-one gastric cancer patients consented to provide 5ml of peripheral blood before systematic therapy...
April 24, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448836/breast-cancer-detection-in-automated-3d-breast-ultrasound-using-iso-contours-and-cascaded-rusboosts
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Ehsan Kozegar, Mohsen Soryani, Hamid Behnam, Masoumeh Salamati, Tao Tan
Automated 3D breast ultrasound (ABUS) is a new popular modality as an adjunct to mammography for detecting cancers in women with dense breasts. In this paper, a multi-stage computer aided detection system is proposed to detect cancers in ABUS images. In the first step, an efficient despeckling method called OBNLM is applied on the images to reduce speckle noise. Afterwards, a new algorithm based on isocontours is applied to detect initial candidates as the boundary of masses is hypo echoic. To reduce false generated isocontours, features such as hypoechoicity, roundness, area and contour strength are used...
April 20, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448832/fabrication-of-a-novel-z-scheme-g-c3n4-bi4o7-heterojunction-photocatalyst-with-enhanced-visible-light-driven-activity-toward-organic-pollutants
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Meng Sun, Yu Wang, Yu Shao, Yunhui He, Qi Zeng, Huikai Liang, Tao Yan, Bin Du
In this work, highly efficient g-C3N4/Bi4O7 heterojunction photocatalysts have been successfully fabricated by a facile method. Compared with the bare photocatalysts, the obtained g-C3N4/Bi4O7 hybrid photocatalysts exhibited efficient degradation activity toward methylene blue (MB), phenol, rhodamine B (RhB), and bisphenol A (BPA) under visible light irradiation. The influences of different g-C3N4 contents on the photocatalytic efficiency of the hybrid photocatalysts have been investigated. The results revealed that the g-C3N4/Bi4O7 with g-C3N4 mass ratio of 30% exhibited the best photocatalytic activity...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448823/accumulative-effects-of-indoor-air-pollution-exposure-on-leukocyte-telomere-length-among-non-smokers
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Nan Lin, Xinlin Mu, Guilian Wang, Yu'ang Ren, Shu Su, Zhiwen Li, Bin Wang, Shu Tao
Indoor air pollution is an important environmental factor that contributes to the burden of various diseases. Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution is associated with telomere shortening. However, the association between chronic indoor air pollution from household fuel combustion and leukocyte telomere length has not been studied. In our study, 137 cancer-free non-smokers were recruited. Their exposure levels to indoor air pollution from 1985 to 2014 were assessed using a face-to-face interview questionnaire, and leukocyte telomere length (LTL) was measured using a monochrome multiplex quantitative PCR method...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448518/clinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-for-osteoarthritis-treatment-a-meta-analysis
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Ma Yubo, Li Yanyan, Li Li, Sun Tao, Lin Bo, Chen Lin
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and safety of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for the treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). MATERIALS: We performed a meta-analysis of relevant published clinical studies. An electronic search was conducted for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of MSC-based therapy in knee OA. The visual analogue scale (VAS), International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) form, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), Lequesne algofunctional indices (Lequesne), Lysholm knee scale (Lysholm), Tegner activity scale (Tegner) and adverse events (AEs) were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448500/genome-wide-physical-activity-interactions-in-adiposity-a-meta-analysis-of-200-452-adults
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Mariaelisa Graff, Robert A Scott, Anne E Justice, Kristin L Young, Mary F Feitosa, Llilda Barata, Thomas W Winkler, Audrey Y Chu, Anubha Mahajan, David Hadley, Luting Xue, Tsegaselassie Workalemahu, Nancy L Heard-Costa, Marcel den Hoed, Tarunveer S Ahluwalia, Qibin Qi, Julius S Ngwa, Frida Renström, Lydia Quaye, John D Eicher, James E Hayes, Marilyn Cornelis, Zoltan Kutalik, Elise Lim, Jian'an Luan, Jennifer E Huffman, Weihua Zhang, Wei Zhao, Paula J Griffin, Toomas Haller, Shafqat Ahmad, Pedro M Marques-Vidal, Stephanie Bien, Loic Yengo, Alexander Teumer, Albert Vernon Smith, Meena Kumari, Marie Neergaard Harder, Johanne Marie Justesen, Marcus E Kleber, Mette Hollensted, Kurt Lohman, Natalia V Rivera, John B Whitfield, Jing Hua Zhao, Heather M Stringham, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Charlotte Huppertz, Gonneke Willemsen, Wouter J Peyrot, Ying Wu, Kati Kristiansson, Ayse Demirkan, Myriam Fornage, Maija Hassinen, Lawrence F Bielak, Gemma Cadby, Toshiko Tanaka, Reedik Mägi, Peter J van der Most, Anne U Jackson, Jennifer L Bragg-Gresham, Veronique Vitart, Jonathan Marten, Pau Navarro, Claire Bellis, Dorota Pasko, Åsa Johansson, Søren Snitker, Yu-Ching Cheng, Joel Eriksson, Unhee Lim, Mette Aadahl, Linda S Adair, Najaf Amin, Beverley Balkau, Juha Auvinen, John Beilby, Richard N Bergman, Sven Bergmann, Alain G Bertoni, John Blangero, Amélie Bonnefond, Lori L Bonnycastle, Judith B Borja, Søren Brage, Fabio Busonero, Steve Buyske, Harry Campbell, Peter S Chines, Francis S Collins, Tanguy Corre, George Davey Smith, Graciela E Delgado, Nicole Dueker, Marcus Dörr, Tapani Ebeling, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Tõnu Esko, Jessica D Faul, Mao Fu, Kristine Færch, Christian Gieger, Sven Gläser, Jian Gong, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Harald Grallert, Tanja B Grammer, Niels Grarup, Gerard van Grootheest, Kennet Harald, Nicholas D Hastie, Aki S Havulinna, Dena Hernandez, Lucia Hindorff, Lynne J Hocking, Oddgeir L Holmens, Christina Holzapfel, Jouke Jan Hottenga, Jie Huang, Tao Huang, Jennie Hui, Cornelia Huth, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Alan L James, John-Olov Jansson, Min A Jhun, Markus Juonala, Leena Kinnunen, Heikki A Koistinen, Ivana Kolcic, Pirjo Komulainen, Johanna Kuusisto, Kirsti Kvaløy, Mika Kähönen, Timo A Lakka, Lenore J Launer, Benjamin Lehne, Cecilia M Lindgren, Mattias Lorentzon, Robert Luben, Michel Marre, Yuri Milaneschi, Keri L Monda, Grant W Montgomery, Marleen H M De Moor, Antonella Mulas, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, A W Musk, Reija Männikkö, Satu Männistö, Narisu Narisu, Matthias Nauck, Jennifer A Nettleton, Ilja M Nolte, Albertine J Oldehinkel, Matthias Olden, Ken K Ong, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Lavinia Paternoster, Jeremiah Perez, Markus Perola, Annette Peters, Ulrike Peters, Patricia A Peyser, Inga Prokopenko, Hannu Puolijoki, Olli T Raitakari, Tuomo Rankinen, Laura J Rasmussen-Torvik, Rajesh Rawal, Paul M Ridker, Lynda M Rose, Igor Rudan, Cinzia Sarti, Mark A Sarzynski, Kai Savonen, William R Scott, Serena Sanna, Alan R Shuldiner, Steve Sidney, Günther Silbernagel, Blair H Smith, Jennifer A Smith, Harold Snieder, Alena Stančáková, Barbara Sternfeld, Amy J Swift, Tuija Tammelin, Sian-Tsung Tan, Barbara Thorand, Dorothée Thuillier, Liesbeth Vandenput, Henrik Vestergaard, Jana V van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, Marie-Claude Vohl, Uwe Völker, Gérard Waeber, Mark Walker, Sarah Wild, Andrew Wong, Alan F Wright, M Carola Zillikens, Niha Zubair, Christopher A Haiman, Loic Lemarchand, Ulf Gyllensten, Claes Ohlsson, Albert Hofman, Fernando Rivadeneira, André G Uitterlinden, Louis Pérusse, James F Wilson, Caroline Hayward, Ozren Polasek, Francesco Cucca, Kristian Hveem, Catharina A Hartman, Anke Tönjes, Stefania Bandinelli, Lyle J Palmer, Sharon L R Kardia, Rainer Rauramaa, Thorkild I A Sørensen, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Veikko Salomaa, Brenda W J H Penninx, Eco J C de Geus, Dorret I Boomsma, Terho Lehtimäki, Massimo Mangino, Markku Laakso, Claude Bouchard, Nicholas G Martin, Diana Kuh, Yongmei Liu, Allan Linneberg, Winfried März, Konstantin Strauch, Mika Kivimäki, Tamara B Harris, Vilmundur Gudnason, Henry Völzke, Lu Qi, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, John C Chambers, Jaspal S Kooner, Philippe Froguel, Charles Kooperberg, Peter Vollenweider, Göran Hallmans, Torben Hansen, Oluf Pedersen, Andres Metspalu, Nicholas J Wareham, Claudia Langenberg, David R Weir, David J Porteous, Eric Boerwinkle, Daniel I Chasman, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Inês Barroso, Mark I McCarthy, Timothy M Frayling, Jeffrey R O'Connell, Cornelia M van Duijn, Michael Boehnke, Iris M Heid, Karen L Mohlke, David P Strachan, Caroline S Fox, Ching-Ti Liu, Joel N Hirschhorn, Robert J Klein, Andrew D Johnson, Ingrid B Borecki, Paul W Franks, Kari E North, L Adrienne Cupples, Ruth J F Loos, Tuomas O Kilpeläinen
Physical activity (PA) may modify the genetic effects that give rise to increased risk of obesity. To identify adiposity loci whose effects are modified by PA, we performed genome-wide interaction meta-analyses of BMI and BMI-adjusted waist circumference and waist-hip ratio from up to 200,452 adults of European (n = 180,423) or other ancestry (n = 20,029). We standardized PA by categorizing it into a dichotomous variable where, on average, 23% of participants were categorized as inactive and 77% as physically active...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448305/possible-risk-factors-of-pulmonary-metastases-in-patients-with-international-federation-of-gynecology-and-obstetrics-stage-i-endometrioid-type-endometrial-cancer
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Wei Jiang, Jun Chen, Xiang Tao, Feifei Huang, Menghan Zhu, Chao Wang, Weiwei Feng
OBJECTIVE: Limited data have been obtained in regard to pulmonary metastasis (PM) in patients with stage I endometrial cancer. The aims of the study were (1) to present the clinical and pathological characteristics of patients with PM in the setting of stage I endometrioid-type endometrial cancer (EEC) and (2) to define possible factors that may be used to predict PM. METHODS: Six hundred thirty patients with stage I EEC, including 12 with PM, 19 with extra-PM (EPM), and 599 with no recurrence, were observed...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448186/association-between-cyp3a5-genotypes-with-hypertension-in-chinese-han-population-a-case-control-study
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Zhanzhan Li, Peng Chen, Tao Zhou, Xiaofang Chen, Lizhang Chen
BACKGROUND: The association of CYP3A5 gene polymorphisms with hypertension in the Chinese population is unknown. We explored the association between the CYP3A5 (rs776746) gene and hypertension in the Chinese Han population. METHODS: Using a case-control design, 340 cases and 254 controls were enrolled from the Third Affiliated Hospital of South Medical University between July and December of 2015. We used a standardized questionnaire to collect data regarding age, sex, smoking, drinking, family history of hypertension, and physical exercise...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448124/bioinspired-engineering-of-poly-ethylene-glycol-hydrogels-and-natural-protein-fibers-for-layered-heart-valve-constructs
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Qian Li, Yun Bai, Tao Jin, Shuo Wang, Wei Cui, Ilinca Stanciulescu, Rui Yang, Hemin Nie, Linshan Wang, Xing Zhang
Layered constructs from poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels and chicken eggshell membranes (ESMs) are fabricated, which can be further crosslinked by glutaraldehyde (GA) to form GA-PEG-ESM composites. Our results indicate that ESMs composed of protein fibrous networks show elastic moduli ~3.3-5.0 MPa and elongation percentages ~47-56%, close to human heart valve leaflets. Finite element simulations reveal obvious stress concentration on a partial number of fibers in the GA-crosslinked ESM (GA-ESM) samples, which can be alleviated by efficient stress distribution among multiple layers of ESMs embedded in PEG hydrogels...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448069/systems-biology-guided-by-xcms-online-metabolomics
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Tao Huan, Erica M Forsberg, Duane Rinehart, Caroline H Johnson, Julijana Ivanisevic, H Paul Benton, Mingliang Fang, Aries Aisporna, Brian Hilmers, Farris L Poole, Michael P Thorgersen, Michael W W Adams, Gregory Krantz, Matthew W Fields, Paul D Robbins, Laura J Niedernhofer, Trey Ideker, Erica L Majumder, Judy D Wall, Nicholas J W Rattray, Royston Goodacre, Luke L Lairson, Gary Siuzdak
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 27, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447960/an-analytical-reconstruction-model-of-the-spread-out-bragg-peak-using-the-laser-accelerated-proton-beams
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Li Tao, Kun Zhu, Jungao Zhu, Xiaohan Xu, Chen Lin, Wenjun Ma, Haiyang Lu, Yanying Zhao, Yuanrong Lu, Jia-Er Chen, Xueqing Yan
With the development of laser technology, laser-driven proton acceleration provides a new way for proton tumor therapy. However, it has not been applied in practice, because of the wide and decreasing energy spectrum of laser-accelerated proton beams. In this paper, we propose an analytical model to reconstruct the spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) using the laser-accelerated proton beams. Firstly, we present a modified weighting formula for protons of different energies. Secondly, a theoretical model for the reconstruction of SOBPs with laser-accelerated proton beams has been built...
April 27, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447843/seeing-what-through-why-evidence-from-probing-the-causal-structure-of-hierarchical-motion
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Haokui Xu, Ning Tang, Jifan Zhou, Mowei Shen, Tao Gao
Although our world is hierarchically organized, the perception, attention, and memory of hierarchical structures remain largely unknown. The current study shows how a hierarchical motion representation enhances the inference of an object's position in a dynamic display. The motion hierarchy is formed as an acyclic tree in which each node represents a distinctive motion component. Each individual object is instantiated as a node in the tree. In a position inference task, participants were asked to infer the position of a target object, given how it moved jointly with other objects...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447796/rhodium-catalyzed-asymmetric-conjugate-alkynylation-of-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-unsaturated-%C3%AE-ketoesters
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Yanle Zhi, Jianhang Huang, Na Liu, Tao Lu, Xiaowei Dou
The first example of catalytic asymmetric conjugate alkynylation of β,γ-unsaturated α-ketoesters is reported. By using Rh(I)/(R)-DM-binap complex as the catalyst and diphenyl[(triisopropylsilyl)ethynyl]methanol as the alkynylating reagent, the alkynylation reaction proceeded smoothly to afford α-ketoesters bearing a propargylic chiral center at γ position in good yields with high enantioselectivities.
April 27, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447781/artemisinin-protectes-retinal-neuronal-cells-against-oxidative-stress-and-restores-rat-retinal-physiological-function-from-light-exposed-damage
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Fengxia Yan, Hai-Tao Wang, Yang Gao, Jiang-Ping Xu, Wenhua Zheng
Oxidative stress plays a key role in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of severe visual loss and blindness in the aging population which lacks any effective treatments currently. In this study, artemisinin, a well-known anti-malarial drug was found to suppress hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cell death in retinal neuronal RGC-5 cells. Artemisinin, in the therapeutically relevant dosage, concentration-dependently attenuated the accumulation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), increased mitochondrial mitochondrial membrane potential and decreased cell apoptosis in RGC-5 cells induced by H2O2...
April 27, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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