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Stephanie L Rellick, Heng Hu, James W Simpkins, Xuefang Ren
The integrity of the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) is critical to prevent brain injury. Cerebral vascular endothelial (CVE) cells are one of the cell types that comprise the BBB; these cells have a very high-energy demand, which requires optimal mitochondrial function. In the case of disease or injury, the mitochondrial function in these cells can be altered, resulting in disease or the opening of the BBB. In this manuscript, we introduce a method to measure mitochondrial function in CVE cells by using whole, intact cells and a bioanalyzer...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Heng Zhang, Xiaofeng Guo, Xing Feng, Tingting Wang, Zhaohua Hu, Xiangyong Que, Qingsong Tian, Tianbo Zhu, Guixian Guo, Wei Huang, Xinzhi Li
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common primary bone tumor, occurring frequently in adolescents and possessing a high malignant severity. MicroRNAs play critical roles during OS development. Thus, elucidation of the involvement of specific microRNAs in the development of OS may provide novel therapeutic targets for OS treatment. Here, we showed that in the OS specimens from patients, the levels of miR-543 were significantly increased whereas the levels of PRMT9 were significantly decreased, compared to the paired normal bone tissue...
November 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Xin Zhao, Danyang Li, Shuhong Xu, Zhanghao Guo, Yan Zhang, Lin Man, Binhui Jiang, Xiaomin Hu
Two novel anaerobic, mesophilic, bio-hydrogen producing bacteria, designated strains ZGM211T and G1T, were isolated from lake sediment. 16S rRNA and ATP synthase beta subunit (atpD) gene sequences phylogenetic analysis of strains ZGM211T and G1T revealed an affiliation to the genus Clostridium sensu stricto (cluster I of the clostridia), with Clostridium acetobutylicum as the closest characterized species, showing the same sequence similarity of 96.4% to the type strain (98.9% between the two isolates). Cells of the two strains were rod-shaped...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Hu Li, Zhen Fang, Jian He, Song Yang
The development of functional metal-organic materials being robust and active for bifunctional/cascade catalysis is of great significance. Herein, a series of mesoporous and orderly layered nanohybrids were synthesized for the first time via simple and template-free assembly of ortho-, meta-, or para-xylylenediphosphonates (o-, p-, or m-PhP) with zirconium. It was found that m-PhPZr nanoparticles (20-50 nm) with mesopores centered at 7.9 nm and high Lewis acid/base site ratio (1:0.7) showed prominent performance under mild conditions (as low as 82 ºC) in transfer hydrogenation of carbonyl compounds including bio-aldehydes to alcohols with near quantative yields and little Zr leaching...
December 2, 2016: ChemSusChem
Jie Yang, Lingyun Zou, Yi Yang, Jizhen Yuan, Zhen Hu, Hui Liu, Huagang Peng, Weilong Shang, Xiaopeng Zhang, Junmin Zhu, Xiancai Rao
Damage to vascular endothelial cells (VECs) is a critical hallmark of hemorrhagic diseases caused by dengue virus (DENV). However, the precise molecular event involved in DENV binding and infection of VECs has yet to be clarified. In this study, vimentin (55 kDa) was identified to be involved in DENV-2 adsorption into VECs. This protein is located on the surface of VECs and interacts with DENV-2 envelope protein domain III (EDIII). The expression level of the superficial vimentin on VECs was not affected by viral infection or siRNA interference, indicating that the protein exists in a particular mode...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xiang Gao, Fengge Zhang, Jinlu Hu, Wenkai Cai, Ge Shan, Dongsheng Dai, Kaiyao Huang, Gaohong Wang
MicroRNAs play an important role in abiotic stress responses in higher plants and animals, but their role in stress adaptation in algae remains unknown. In this study, the expression of identified and putative miRNAs in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii was assessed using quantitative polymerase chain reaction; some of the miRNAs (Cre-miR906-3p) were up-regulated, whereas others (Cre-miR910) were down-regulated when the species was subjected to multiple abiotic stresses. With degradome sequencing data, we also identified ATP4 (the d-subunit of ATP synthase) and NCR2 (NADPH: cytochrome P450 reductase) as one of the several targets of Cre-miR906-3p and Cre-miR910, respectively...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
Dong Hu, Xiaping Fu, Xueming He, Yibin Ying
Spatial-frequency domain imaging (SFDI), as a noncontact, low-cost and wide-field optical imaging technique, offers great potential for agro-product safety and quality assessment through optical absorption (μa) and scattering (μ) property measurements. In this study, a laboratory-based SFDI system was constructed and developed for optical property measurement of fruits and vegetables. The system utilized a digital light projector to generate structured, periodic light patterns and illuminate test samples...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xun Li, Hongzhuan Tan, Shujin Zhou, Shimin Hu, Tianyi Zhang, Yangfen Li, Qianru Dou, Zhiwei Lai, Fenglei Chen
Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH, including preeclampsia [PE] and gestational hypertension [GH]) and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) have some metabolic changes and risk factors in common. Many studies have reported associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) genes and CVDs (particularly hypertension), and their findings have provided candidate SNPs for research on genetic correlates of PIH. We explored the association between hypertension-related RAAS SNPs and PIH in a Chinese population...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xue Yang, Yajia Hu, Gang Li, Ling Lin
There exist lots of difficulties in optical transillumination of biological tissues, especially, low-level-light detection and low gray-scale resolution could reduce recognition accuracy of differences in tissue. Aiming at the problems, this paper proposes a method for optical transillumination using sawtooth-shaped-function optical signal and frame accumulation technology to explore the spatial information of heterogeneity in the tissue. Sawtooth-shaped-function optical signal combined with frame accumulation technology is applied to realize the low-level-light image detection, where frame accumulation technology improves the signal-to-noise ratio and detection sensitivity, and sawtooth-shaped-function signal improves gray-scale resolution...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
L Giacomelli, M Nocente, M Rebai, D Rigamonti, A Milocco, M Tardocchi, Z J Chen, T F Du, T S Fan, Z M Hu, X Y Peng, A Hjalmarsson, G Gorini
This work presents measurements done at the Peking University Van de Graaff neutron source of the response of single crystal synthetic diamond (SD) detectors to quasi-monoenergetic neutrons of 14-20 MeV. The results show an energy resolution of 1% for incoming 20 MeV neutrons, which, together with 1% detection efficiency, opens up to new prospects for fast ion physics studies in high performance nuclear fusion devices such as SD neutron spectrometry of deuterium-tritium plasmas heated by neutral beam injection...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Chen Zhang, Wei Li, Yi Hu, Tao Yang, Ge Jin, Xiao Jiang
In this paper, we demonstrate a coincidence counting system with 48 input channels which is aimed to count all coincidence events, up to 531 441 kinds, in a multiphoton experiment. Using the dynamic delay adjusting inside the Field Programmable Gate Array, the alignment of photon signals of 48 channels is achieved. After the alignment, clock phase shifting is used to sample signal pulses. Logic constraints are used to stabilize the pulse width. The coincidence counting data stored in a 1G bit external random access memory will be sent to the computer to analyze the amount of 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-fold coincidence events...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Qifo Cao, Yong Liu, Hailin Zhao, Tianfu Zhou, Ang Ti, Liqun Hu
A system to simultaneously diagnose the electron temperature and density fluctuations is proposed for Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak device. This system includes a common quasi-optical antenna, a correlation electron cyclotron emission (CECE) system that is used to measure the electron temperature fluctuations and a Doppler backscattering (DBS) system that is used to measure the electron density fluctuations. The frequency range of the proposed CECE system is 108-120 GHz, and this corresponds to a radial coverage of normalized radius ((R - R0)/a, R0 = 1850 mm, a = 450 mm) from 0...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
B Rao, D Li, F R Hu, Y H Ding, Q M Hu, H Jin
A new method to control the tearing mode (TM) in tokamaks has been proposed [Q. Hu and Q. Yu, Nucl. Fusion 56, 034001 (5pp.) (2016)], according to which, the external resonant magnetic perturbation needs to be applied in certain magnetic island phase regions. Therefore, it is very important to identify the helical phase of magnetic islands in real time. The TM in tokamak plasmas is normally rotating and carries magnetic oscillations, which are known as Mirnov oscillations and can be detected by Mirnov probes...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Y M Hou, C R Wu, J Huang, W W Heidbrink, M G von Hellermann, Z Xu, Z Jin, J F Chang, Y B Zhu, W Gao, Y J Chen, B Lyu, R J Hu, P F Zhang, L Zhang, W Gao, Z W Wu, Y Yu, M Y Ye
In toroidal magnetic fusion devices, fast-ion D-alpha diagnostic (FIDA) is a powerful method to study the fast-ion feature. The fast-ion characteristics can be inferred from the Doppler shifted spectrum of Dα light according to charge exchange recombination process between fast ions and probe beam. Since conceptual design presented in the last HTPD conference, significant progress has been made to apply FIDA systems on the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). Both co-current and counter-current neutral beam injectors are available, and each can deliver 2-4 MW beam power with 50-80 keV beam energy...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
M Rebai, L Giacomelli, A Milocco, M Nocente, D Rigamonti, M Tardocchi, F Camera, C Cazzaniga, Z J Chen, T F Du, T S Fan, A Giaz, Z M Hu, T Marchi, X Y Peng, G Gorini
A Single-crystal Diamond (SD) detector prototype was installed at Joint European Torus (JET) in 2013 and the achieved results have shown its spectroscopic capability of measuring 2.5 MeV neutrons from deuterium plasmas. This paper presents measurements of the SD response function to monoenergetic neutrons, which is a key point for the development of a neutron spectrometer based on SDs and compares them with Monte Carlo simulations. The analysis procedure allows for a good reconstruction of the experimental results...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Zichao Li, Hong Li, Cui Tu, Jintong Hu, Wei You, Bing Luo, Mingsheng Tan, Yolbarsop Adil, Yanqi Wu, Biao Shen, Bingjia Xiao, Ping Zhang, Wenzhe Mao, Hai Wang, Xiaohui Wen, Haiyang Zhou, Jinlin Xie, Tao Lan, Adi Liu, Weixing Ding, Chijin Xiao, Wandong Liu
In a reversed field pinch device, the conductive shell is placed as close as possible to the plasma so as to balance the plasma during discharge. Plasma instabilities such as the resistive wall mode and certain tearing modes, which restrain the plasma high parameter operation, respond closely with conditions in the wall, in essence the eddy current present. Also, the effect of eddy currents induced by the external coils cannot be ignored when active control is applied to control instabilities. One diagnostic tool, an eddy current probe array, detects the eddy current in the composite shell...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Y M Duan, S T Mao, L Q Hu, P Xu, L Q Xu, J Z Zhang, S Y Lin
The foil resistive bolometer diagnostic on experimental advanced superconducting tokamak has been upgraded partly with a new generation of detectors. The new detectors have faster response time. However, the microwave interference is still a serious issue for the bolometer system. The system response to microwave is tested, and the test results show that the closed Wheatstone bridge circuit in the detector is the most sensitive component to high power microwave field. Simulation results of microwave transmission by the high frequency structure simulator software and shielding design are also presented...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Xingyin Guan, Huasi Hu, Zhaohui Song, Hetong Han
We investigated the faint fluorescence spectrum of carbon dioxide in the near-ultraviolet and visible regions using an intense relativistic electron beam accelerator with an energy of 0.2-0.3 MeV. Monte Carlo simulations were carried out in advance to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio and a self-normalization pulse experimental layout was designed to overcome the shot-to-shot fluctuations in different pulses of the accelerator. Ultimately, the relative proportion sequences in the near-ultraviolet and visible regions of a carbon dioxide fluorescence spectrum were successfully obtained for the first time...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
B Lyu, J Chen, R J Hu, F D Wang, Y Y Li, J Fu, Y C Shen, M Bitter, K W Hill, L F Delgado-Aparicio, N Pablant, S G Lee, M Y Ye, Y J Shi, B N Wan
A two-crystal assembly was deployed on the tangential X-ray crystal spectrometer to measure both helium-like and hydrogen-like spectra on EAST. High-quality helium-like and hydrogen-like spectra were observed simultaneously for the first time on one detector for a wide range of plasma parameters. Profiles of line-integrated core ion temperatures inferred from two spectra were consistent. Since tungsten was adopted as the upper divertor material, one tungsten line (W XLIV at 4.017 Å) on the short-wavelength side of the Lyman-α line (Lα1) was identified for typical USN discharges, which was diffracted by a He-like crystal (2d = 4...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Y Y Li, X H Yin, J Fu, D Jiang, S Y Feng, B Lyu, Y J Shi, Y Yi, X J Zhou, C D Hu, M Y Ye, B N Wan
An edge toroidal charge exchange recombination spectroscopy (eCXRS) diagnostic, based on a heating neutral beam injection (NBI), has been deployed recently on the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). The eCXRS, which aims to measure the plasma ion temperature and toroidal rotation velocity in the edge region simultaneously, is a complement to the exiting core CXRS (cCXRS). Two rows with 32 fiber channels each cover a radial range from ∼2.15 m to ∼2.32 m with a high spatial resolution of ∼5-7 mm...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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