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Chunli Zhao, Jinting Liu, Pingyuan Gong, Jie Hu, Xiaolin Zhou
BACKGROUND: People often change their opinions or behavior to match the responses of others, a phenomenon known as social conformity. Conforming behavior varies substantially across individuals. However, little is known about the genetic basis underlying individual differences in social conformity. A recent study demonstrated an association between enhanced dopaminergic function and increased conforming behavior. Given the effect of the dopamine receptor 3 gene (DRD3) Ser9Gly polymorphism (rs6280) on dopamine release in the striatum, this study investigated to what extent this polymorphism affects conforming behavior...
October 27, 2016: Neuropsychobiology
Yiqing Pan, Yue Liu, Li Wang, Feng Xue, Yanqin Hu, Ran Hu, Chen Xu
Sertoli cells create a local tolerogenic microenvironment to maintain testicular immune privilege especially through the formation of a blood-testis barrier (BTB). However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the immune modulation function and BTB dynamics of Sertoli cells remained elusive. MAP phosphatase (MKP)-1 acts as a crucial negative regulator of the inflammatory response. Nevertheless, the role of MKP-1 in regulating Sertoli cells has not been elucidated. In this study, we have for the first time uncovered distinct cellular localization of MKP-1 in the cells at different stages of mouse testis, and the level of MKP-1 expression was significantly up-regulated by LPS-induced acute testis inflammation...
October 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Chen-Xu Ni, Yang Qi, Jin Zhang, Ying Liu, Wei-Heng Xu, Jing Xu, Hong-Gang Hu, Qiu-Ye Wu, Yan Wang, Jun-Ping Zhang
The eradication of cancer stem cells (CSCs) is significant for cancer therapy and prevention. In this study, we evaluated WM130, a novel derivative of matrine, for its effect on CSCs using human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines, their sphere cells, and sorted EpCAM+ cells. We revealed that WM130 could not only inhibit proliferation and colony formation of HCC cells, but also suppress the expression of some stemness-related genes and up-regulate some mature hepatocyte marker genes, indicating a promotion of differentiation from CSCs to hepatocytes...
October 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Jianchun Wan, Songyou Hu, Kefeng Ni, Guifang Chang, Xiangjun Sun, Liangli Yu
The structure of dietary triacylglycerols is thought to influence fatty acid and calcium absorption, as well as intestinal microbiota population of the host. In the present study, we investigated the impact of palmitic acid (PA) esterified at the sn-2 position on absorption of fatty acid and calcium and composition of intestinal microorganisms in rats fed high-fat diets containing either low sn-2 PA (12.1%), medium sn-2 PA (40.4%) or high sn-2 PA (56.3%), respectively. Fecal fatty acid profiles in the soaps were measured by gas chromatography (GC), while fecal calcium concentration was detected by ICP-MS...
2016: PloS One
Chunxiang Feng, Jinqian Hu, Chang Liu, Shiliang Liu, Guiying Liao, Linjie Song, Xiaoyong Zeng
The increased incidence of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in postmenopausal women has been proposed to be associated with a reduction in the level of 17-β estradiol (E2). E2 has also been shown to enhance the multi-differentiation ability of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) in vitro. However, studies on the potential value of E2 for tissue engineering in SUI treatment are rare. In the present study, we successfully fabricated myogenically differentiated ASCs (MD-ASCs), which were seeded onto a Poly(l-lactide)/Poly(e-caprolactone) electrospinning nano-scaffold, and incorporated E2 into the system, with the aim of improving the proliferation and myogenic differentiation of ASCs...
2016: PloS One
Tongtong Tian, Qiongzheng Hu, Yi Wang, Yanan Gao, Li Yu
A series of imidazolium-based surface active ionic liquids (IM-SAILs), viz. single-chained IM-SAILs, 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([Cnmim]Br, n=12, 14, 16), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium salicylate ([C12mim]Sal), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium 3-hydroxy-2-naphthoate ([C12mim]HNC), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium cinnamate ([C12mim]CA), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium para-hydroxy-cinnamate ([C12mim]PCA); gemini IM-SAIL, 1,2-bis(3-dodecylimidazolium-1-yl) ethane bromide ([C12-2-C12im]Br2), along with three short-chained ionic liquids (ILs), ethylammonium nitrate (EAN), propylammonium nitrate (PAN) and butylammonium nitrate (BAN), were synthesized and applied to nematic liquid crystal (LC)-fluid interfaces...
October 26, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Lei Hu, Jun Chen, Jiale Xu, Na Wang, Fei Han, Yang Ren, Zhao Pan, Yangchun Rong, Rongjin Huang, Jinxia Deng, Laifeng Li, Xianran Xing
The controllable isotropic thermal expansion with a broad coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) window is intriguing but remains challenge. Herein we report a cubic MZrF6 series (M = Ca, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Zn), which exhibit controllable thermal expansion over a wide temperature range and with a broader CTE window (-6.69 to +18.23×10-6/K). In particular, an isotropic zero thermal expansion (ZTE) is achieved in ZnZrF6, which is one of the rarely documented high-temperature isotropic ZTE compounds. By utilizing temperature-dependent high-energy synchrotron X-ray total scattering diffraction, it is found that the flexibility of metal∙∙∙F atomic linkages in MZrF6 plays a critical role in distinct thermal expansions...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Hiten Naik, Xin Qiu, M Catherine Brown, Mary Mahler, Henrique Hon, Kyoko Tiessen, Henry Thai, Valerie Ho, Christina Gonos, Rebecca Charow, Vivien Pat, Margaret Irwin, Lindsay Herzog, Anthea Ho, Wei Xu, Doris Howell, Soo Jin Seung, Geoffrey Liu, Nicole Mittmann
BACKGROUND: Health utility (HU) scores play an essential role in pharmacoeconomic analyses. Routine clinical administration of the EuroQol-5 Dimensions (EQ-5D) can allow for HU and health related quality of life (HRQOL) assessments in the real-world setting. OBJECTIVES: The primary goals of this study were to evaluate whether patients were willing to complete the EQ-5D instrument on a routine basis and which clinical or demographic factors influence this willingness...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
Bin Zhu, Yan Jin, Xiaozhen Hu, Qinghui Zheng, Su Zhang, Qianjin Wang, Jia Zhu
A modified poly(dimethylsiloxane) film with nanopores, fabricated through a scalable and low-cost process, can serve as a protective layer for improving lithium-metal anodes. This film can suppress Li-dendrite formation because of its chemical inertness and mechanical properties. Stable cycling over 200 cycles with an averaged CE of 94.5% is demonstrated at 0.5 mA cm(-2) .
October 26, 2016: Advanced Materials
Linhai Wu, Guoyan Xu, Qingguang Li, Bo Hou, Wuyang Hu, Jianhua Wang
Dead pigs are a major waste by-product of pig farming. Thus, safe disposal of dead pigs is important to the protection of consumer health and the ecological environment by preventing marketing of slaughtered and processed dead pigs and improper dumping of dead pigs. In this study, a probability model was constructed for the disposal of dead pigs by pig farmers by selecting factors affecting disposal. To that end, we drew on the definition and meaning of behavior probability based on survey data collected from 654 pig farmers in Funing County, Jiangsu Province, China...
October 26, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Ying Hu, Shihua Qi, Linxi Yuan, Hongxia Liu, Xinli Xing
Twenty-one organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) were measured in the muscle of six predominant waterbird species from Jianghan Plain, Hubei Province, Central China. Among OCPs, DDTs were the most prevalent compounds, with average concentration ranging from 31.1 to 1445 ng/g lipid weight. Little egrets (Egretta garzetta) and Chinese pond herons (Ardeola bacchus) showed significantly higher concentrations of OCPs (p < 0.05) due to their dietary habits and migratory patterns. There were no statistically significant differences (p > 0...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Michael S Hu, Michael T Longaker
Scarring and fibrosis are an enormous public health concern, resulting in excessive morbidity and mortality in addition to countless lost health care dollars. Recent advances in cell and developmental biology promise a better understanding of scarring and fibrosis and may translate to new clinical therapies.
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Qiang Liu, Jian Liang, Carl W Stanhope, Di Yan
PURPOSE: Inaccurate density information may introduce dose calculation errors when inhomogeneity correction is applied. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of density variation on photon dose calculation accuracy using the convolution/superposition (CS) algorithm with the focus on newer treatment technologies including intensity modulated radiotherapy, volumetric modulated arc radiotherapy, and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). METHODS: Calculations were first performed using simple inhomogeneity phantoms in order to determine clinically relevant tolerance levels for different tissue types...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Wookjin Choi, Ming Xue, Barton F Lane, Min Kyu Kang, Kruti Patel, William F Regine, Paul Klahr, Jiahui Wang, Shifeng Chen, Warren D'Souza, Wei Lu
PURPOSE: To develop an individually optimized contrast-enhanced (CE) 4D-computed tomography (CT) for radiotherapy simulation in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDA). METHODS: Ten PDA patients were enrolled. Each underwent three CT scans: a 4D-CT immediately following a CE 3D-CT and an individually optimized CE 4D-CT using test injection. Three physicians contoured the tumor and pancreatic tissues. Image quality scores, tumor volume, motion, tumor-to-pancreas contrast, and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) were compared in the three CTs...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Jennifer Xu, Alejandro Sisniega, Wojciech Zbijewski, Hao Dang, J Webster Stayman, Michael Mow, Xiaohui Wang, David H Foos, Vassillis E Koliatsos, Nafi Aygun, Jeffrey H Siewerdsen
PURPOSE: A cone-beam CT scanner has been developed for detection and monitoring of traumatic brain injury and acute intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) at the point of care. This work presents a technical assessment of imaging performance and dose for the scanner in phantom and cadaver studies as a prerequisite to clinical translation. METHODS: The scanner incorporates a compact, rotating-anode x-ray source and a flat-panel detector (43 × 43 cm(2)) on a mobile U-arm gantry with source-axis distance = 550 mm and source-detector distance = 1000 mm...
October 2016: Medical Physics
A Ritchie, W Cao, M Dasog, T K Purkait, C Senger, Y F Hu, Q F Xiao, J G C Veinot, S G Urquhart
Silicon 1s Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) spectra of silicon nanocrystals have been examined as a function of nanocrystal size (3-100 nm), varying surface functionalization (hydrogen or 1-pentyl termination), or embedded in oxide. The NEXAFS spectra are characterized as a function of nanocrystal size and surface functionalization. Clear spectroscopic evidence for long range order is observed silicon nanocrystals that are 5-8 nm in diameter or larger. Energy shifts in the silicon 1s NEXAFS spectra of covalently functionalized silicon nanocrystals with changing size are attributed to surface chemical shifts and not to quantum confinement effects...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Lei Liu, Cui-E Hu, Mei Tang, Xiang-Rong Chen, Ling-Cang Cai
The low-lying isomers of cationic water cluster (H2O)6(+) have been globally explored by using particle swarm optimization algorithm in conjunction with quantum chemical calculations. Compared with previous results, our searching method covers a wide range of structural isomers of (H2O)6(+) and therefore turns out to be more effective. With these local minima, geometry optimization and vibrational analysis are performed for the most interesting clusters at second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2)/aug-cc-pVDZ level, and their energies are further refined at MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ and coupled-cluster theory with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations/aug-cc-pVDZ level...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Amartya S Banerjee, Lin Lin, Wei Hu, Chao Yang, John E Pask
The Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) electronic structure method employs an adaptive local basis (ALB) set to solve the Kohn-Sham equations of density functional theory in a discontinuous Galerkin framework. The adaptive local basis is generated on-the-fly to capture the local material physics and can systematically attain chemical accuracy with only a few tens of degrees of freedom per atom. A central issue for large-scale calculations, however, is the computation of the electron density (and subsequently, ground state properties) from the discretized Hamiltonian in an efficient and scalable manner...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Nan Song, Hu Li, Fan Song, Wanzhi Cai
The Polyneoptera represents one of the earliest insect radiations, comprising the majority of hemimetabolous orders, in which many species have great economic importance. Here, we sequenced eleven mitochondrial genomes of the polyneopteran insects by using high throughput pooled sequencing technology, and presented a phylogenetic reconstruction for this group based on expanded mitochondrial genome data. Our analyses included 189 taxa, of which 139 species represent all the major polyneopteran lineages. Multiple results support the monophyly of Polyneoptera, the monophyly of Dictyoptera, and the monophyly of Orthoptera...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Meiling Jin, Yuansheng Xie, Zhiqiang Chen, Yujie Liao, Zuoxiang Li, Panpan Hu, Yan Qi, Zhiwei Yin, Qinggang Li, Ping Fu, Xiangmei Chen
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common inherited kidney disorder mainly caused by mutation in PKD1/PKD2. However, ethnic differences in mutations, the association between mutation genotype/clinical phenotype, and the clinical applicable value of mutation detection are poorly understood. We made systematically analysis of Chinese ADPKD patients based on a next-generation sequencing platform. Among 148 ADPKD patients enrolled, 108 mutations were detected in 127 patients (85.8%)...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
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