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Zeng Wang, Huanliang Yang, Yan Chen, Shiyu Tao, Liling Liu, Huihui Kong, Shujie Ma, Fei Meng, Yasuo Suzuki, Chuanling Qiao, Hualan Chen
Efficient transmission from human to human is the prerequisite for an influenza virus to cause a pandemic; however, the molecular determinants of influenza virus transmission are still largely unknown. In this study, we explored the molecular basis for transmission of Eurasian avian-like H1N1 (EAH1N1) swine influenza viruses by comparing two viruses that are genetically similar but differ in their transmissibility in guinea pigs: the A/swine/Guangxi/18/2011 virus (GX/18) is highly transmissible by respiratory droplet in guinea pigs, whereas the A/swine/Heilongjiang/27/2012 virus (HLJ/27) does not transmit in this animal model...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
Lei Jiang, Wenjun Zhao, Zongxi Han, Yuqiu Chen, Yan Zhao, Junfeng Sun, Huixin Li, Yuhao Shao, Liangliang Liu, Shengwang Liu
In 2014, three infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) strains, designated as γCoV/ck/China/I0111/14, γCoV/ck/China/I0114/14 and γCoV/ck/China/I0118/14, were isolated and identified from chickens suspected to be infected with IBV in Guangxi province, China. Based upon data arising from S1 sequence and phylogenetic analyses, the three IBV isolates were genetically different from other known IBV types, which represented a novel genotype (GI-29). Virus cross-neutralization tests, using γCoV/ck/China/I0111/14 as a representative, showed that genotype GI-29 was antigenically different from all other known IBV types, thus representing a novel serotype...
August 8, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Rahul Suresh, Rebecca S Blue, Charles Mathers, Tarah L Castleberry, James M Vanderploeg
INTRODUCTION: Hypergravitational exposures during human centrifugation are known to provoke dysrhythmias, including sinus dysrhythmias/tachycardias, premature atrial/ventricular contractions, and even atrial fibrillations or flutter patterns. However, events are generally short-lived and resolve rapidly after cessation of acceleration. This case report describes a prolonged ectopic ventricular rhythm in response to high G exposure. CASE REPORT: A previously healthy 30-yr-old man voluntarily participated in centrifuge trials as a part of a larger study, experiencing a total of 7 centrifuge runs over 48 h...
August 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
H Zhang, W Wen, G Hao, Y Hu, H Chen, P Qian, X Li
Atypical porcine pestivirus (APPV) has been considered a novel pestivirus and causative agent of congenital tremor type A-II. An APPV CH-GX2016 strain was characterized from newly born piglets with clinical symptoms of congenital tremor in Guangxi, China. The genome of APPV CH-GX 2016 strain was 11,475 bp in length and encoded a polyprotein composed of the 3,635 amino acids. This genome sequence exhibited 88.0% to 90.8% nucleotide sequence homology with other APPV reference sequences in GenBank. Phylogenetic analysis further showed that APPV CH-GX is a novel pestivirus compared with previously described classical pestivirus strains...
July 14, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Krzysztof Tadyszak, Czesław Rudowicz, Hitoshi Ohta, Takahiro Sakurai
The spin Hamiltonian (SH) parameters experimentally determined by EMR (EPR) may be corroborated or otherwise using various theoretical modeling approaches. To this end semiempirical modeling is carried out for high-spin (S=2) manganese (III) 3d(4) ions in complex of tetraphenylporphyrinato manganese (III) chloride (MnTPPCl). This modeling utilizes the microscopic spin Hamiltonians (MSH) approach developed for the 3d(4) and 3d(6) ions with spin S=2 at orthorhombic and tetragonal symmetry sites in crystals, which exhibit an orbital singlet ground state...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Yibin Qin, Bingxia Lu, Ying He, Bin Li, Qunpeng Duan, Jiaxing Liang, Zhongwei Chen, Qianlian Su, Bingfen Bi, Wu Zhao
We report here the complete genome sequence of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) strain CH/GX/2015/750A (750A), which was isolated from a suckling piglet with watery diarrhea in Guangxi, China. The isolate is genetically close to other recent Chinese variant PEDVs and distinct from the classical PEDVs.
July 6, 2017: Genome Announcements
Rebecca S Blue, Frederick Bonato, Kimberly Seaton, Andrea Bubka, Johnené L Vardiman, Charles Mathers, Tarah L Castleberry, James M Vanderploeg
INTRODUCTION: In commercial spaceflight, anxiety could become mission-impacting, causing negative experiences or endangering the flight itself. We studied layperson response to four varied-length training programs (ranging from 1 h-2 d of preparation) prior to centrifuge simulation of launch and re-entry acceleration profiles expected during suborbital spaceflight. We examined subject task execution, evaluating performance in high-stress conditions. We sought to identify any trends in demographics, hemodynamics, or similar factors in subjects with the highest anxiety or poorest tolerance of the experience...
July 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Thomas U Nick, Kanchana R Ravichandran, JoAnne Stubbe, Müge Kasanmascheff, Marina Bennati
The reaction catalyzed by E. coli ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) composed of α and β subunits that form an active α2β2 complex is a paradigm for proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) processes in biological transformations. β2 contains the diferric tyrosyl radical (Y122·) cofactor that initiates radical transfer (RT) over 35 Å via a specific pathway of amino acids (Y122· ⇆ [W48] ⇆ Y356 in β2 to Y731 ⇆ Y730 ⇆ C439 in α2). Experimental evidence exists for colinear and orthogonal PCET in α2 and β2, respectively...
July 18, 2017: Biochemistry
Xiao Fang Zhu, Jiang Xue Wan, Qi Wu, Xu Sheng Zhao, Shao Jian Zheng, Ren Fang Shen
Glucuronoxylan (GX), an important component of hemicellulose in the cell wall, appears to affect aluminium (Al) sensitivity in plants. To investigate the role of GX in cell-wall-localized xylan, we examined the Arabidopsis thaliana parvus mutant in detail. This mutant lacks α-D-glucuronic acid (GlcA) side chains in GX and has greater resistance to Al stress than wild-type (WT) plants. The parvus mutant accumulated lower levels of Al in its roots and cell walls than WT despite having cell wall pectin content and pectin methylesterase (PME) activity similar to those of WT...
June 16, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
Zongxi Han, Wenjun Zhao, Yuqiu Chen, Qianqian Xu, Junfeng Sun, Tingting Zhang, Yan Zhao, Shuling Liang, Mengying Gao, Qiuling Wang, Xiangang Kong, Shengwang Liu
In this study, 20 infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) strains, which were genotypically related to 793/B, as assessed by an S1 gene comparison and a complete genomic sequence analysis, were isolated and identified from 2009 to 2014 in China. Phylogenetic analysis, network tree, similarity plot analysis, Recombination Detection Program 4(RDP4) and sequence comparison revealed that 12 of the 20 isolates were likely the reisolated vaccine virus. One isolate, ck/CH/LSD/110857, was shown to have originated from recombination events between H120- and 4/91-like vaccine strains that did not result in changes of antigenicity and pathogenicity...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
Jing-Xin Ma, Jiarui Guo, Hailong Wang, Bin Li, Tianlin Yang, Banglin Chen
A novel pillar-layer porous lanthanide metal-organic framework [Tb3(ODA)3(BPDC)3Na2]n·Gx (UTSA-222, G = guest molecules) was constructed from an organic ligand [1,1'-biphenyl]-4,4'-dicarboxylate (BPDC(2-)) and a lanthanide metalloligand [Tb(ODA)](+) (H2ODA = oxydiacetic acid). The UTSA-222 contains two-dimensional intersecting channels with the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and pore volume of 703 m(2) g(-1) and 0.344 cm(3) g(-1), respectively, for the activated sample. It shows moderately high adsorption selectivity for C2H2/CO2 and C2H2/CH4 separations at 1 atm and room temperature...
June 5, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
Li-Na Wu, Shao-Yi Wu, Li-Juan Zhang, Xu-Sheng Liu, Li Peng
The copper electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) gyromagnetic factors are theoretically studied for three novel Cu(2+) coordination polymers [Cu(XL)(NO3 )2 ]n (1), {[Cu(XL)(4,4'-bpy)(NO3 )2 ]•CH3 CN}n (1a) and {[Cu(XL)3 ](NO3 )2 •3.5H2 O}n (2) with bi-triazole ligand (XL)=N,N'-bicyclo[2.2.2]oct-7-ene-2,3,5,6-tetracarboxdiimide bi(1,2,4-triazole) from the high order perturbation calculations of the g factors for a rhombically elongated octahedral 3d(9) group. The order (1 ≤ 1a < 2) of gz can be illustrated by the dominant second-order perturbation term roughly proportional to the square of the covalency factor N...
May 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
Kelvin K W To, Wan-Mui Chan, Kenneth S M Li, Carol S F Lam, Zhiwei Chen, Herman Tse, Susanna K P Lau, Patrick C Y Woo, Kwok-Yung Yuen
Astroviruses cause gastrointestinal and neurological infections in humans and animals. Since astrovirus is genetically diverse and different astrovirus genotypes can be found in the same animal species, astrovirus is a potential zoonotic threat to humans. In this study, we screened for astroviruses in rodents from Hong Kong, Hunan and Guangxi. Astrovirus was detected in 11.9 % (67/562) of rectal swab specimens. Phylogenetic analysis of the ORF1b region, which encodes the RdRp, showed that there were four distinct clusters (clusters A, B, C and D)...
May 2017: Journal of General Virology
Hongjun Zheng, Marcus A Tofanelli, Christopher J Ackerson, Kenneth L Knappenberger
We examined the electronic relaxation dynamics for mono and bimetallic Au144-xAgx(SC8H9)60 monolayer-protected clusters (MPCs) using femtosecond time-resolved transient extinction spectroscopy. MPCs provide compositionally well-defined model systems for structure-specific determination of nanoscale electronic properties. Based on pulse-energy-dependent transient extinction data, we quantified electron-phonon coupling constants for three distinct Au144-xAgx(SC8H9)60 MPC samples, where x = 0, 0 < x < 30, and x ∼ 30, as Gx=0 = (1...
June 7, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Dorota Ewa Bronowicka-Kłys, Andrzej Roszak, Piotr Pawlik, Stefan Sajdak, Anna Sowińska, Paweł Piotr Jagodziński
Decreased expression of ten-eleven translocation (TET1, TET2 and TET3) proteins has been reported in various types of cancer. However, the expression levels of TET proteins in cervical cancer (CC) remain to be elucidated. The present study determined the levels of TET1, TET2 and TET3 transcripts in cancerous (n=80) and non-cancerous cervical tissues (n=41). The results revealed a significant reduction in TET1 transcripts (P=0.0000001) in cervical tissue samples from patients with primary CC compared with samples from control patients...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
R L Fernando, H Cheng, X Sun, D J Garrick
The genetic covariance matrix conditional on pedigree is proportional to the pedigree-based additive relationship matrix (PARM), which is twice the matrix of identity-by-descent (IBD) probabilities. In genomic prediction, IBD probabilities in the PARM, which are expected genetic similarities between relatives that are derived from the pedigree, are substituted by realized similarities that are derived from genotypes to obtain a genomic additive relationship matrix (GARM). Different definitions of similarity lead to different GARMs, and two commonly used GARMS are the matrix G, which is based on an allele substitution effect model, and the matrix T, which is based on an allele effect model...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Zeitschrift Für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie
José C S Dos Santos, Horacio L Bonazza, Leonardo J B L de Matos, Elizabete A Carneiro, Oveimar Barbosa, Roberto Fernandez-Lafuente, Luciana R B Gonçalves, Hosiberto B de Sant' Ana, Rílvia S Santiago-Aguiar
The objective of this new paper was to evaluate the enzymatic esterification reaction conducted in supercritical or near-critical CO2, catalyzed by immobilized lipase B from Candida antarctica (CALB). The biocatalyst was prepared through the immobilization of CALB by covalent attachment using chitosan sequentially activated with Glycidol, ethylenediamine (EDA) and glutaraldehyde as support. In order to determine the best operational conditions of the esterification reaction (1: 1 (alcohol-acid); biocatalyst content, 10% (by substrate mass); 45 °C), an experimental design (2(3)) was conducted to evaluate the effects of the following parameters: alcohol to oil molar ratios, reaction time and temperature...
March 2017: Biotechnology Reports
K Sivsivadze, M Jokhadze, P Tushurashvili, T Murtazashvili, N Imnadze
The study aim was to develop a validated selective, reproducible and sensitive Liquid Chromatography - Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for qualitative and quantitative determination of olanzapin (OLZ ) in human plasma. For isolation was used solid phase extraction with the Gilson GX-271 ASPEC Solid phase extraction system, cartridge Supelclean LC-18 SPE 500mg. Elution solvent contained 40mL of isopropanol, 4mL of concentrated ammonium hydroxide and 156mL of freshly prepared methylene chloride. Samples containing OLZ and IS were chromatographed on AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES 1290 Infinity AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES 6460 Triple quad LC-MS/MS system...
February 2017: Georgian Medical News
Zheng Wei, Jianming Luo, Yu Huang, Wenfeng Guo, Yali Zhang, Huan Guan, Changmou Xu, Jiang Lu
Polyphenol compositions and concentrations in skins and seeds of five muscadine grapes (cv. "Noble", "Alachua", "Carlos", "Fry", and "Granny Val") cultivated in the United States (Tallahassee-Florida, TA-FL) and South China (Nanning-Guangxi, NN-GX and Pu'er-Yunnan, PE-YN) were investigated, using ultra performance liquid chromatography tandem triple quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC Triple TOF MS/MS). Fourteen ellagitannins were newly identified in these muscadine grapes. The grapes grown in NN-GX accumulated higher levels of ellagic acid, methyl brevifolin carboxylate, and ellagic acid glucoside in skins, and penta-O-galloyl-glucose in seeds...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
José de Castro Souza Junior Neto, Lígia Reis de Moura Estevão, Liriane Baratella-Evêncio, Marcela Gabriela Feitosa Vieira, Ricardo Santos Simões, Rinaldo Florencio-Silva, Luís Evêncio-Luz, Joaquim Evêncio-Neto
PURPOSE: To evaluate wound contraction and the concentration of mast cells in skin wounds treated with wild plum (Ximenia americana) essential oil-based ointment in rats. METHODS: Sixty rats were submitted to two cutaneous wounds in the thoracic region, on the right and left antimeres. Thereon, they were divided into three groups: GX (wounds treated once a day with hydro alcoholic branch extract of Ximenia americana), GP (wounds that received vehicle), and GC (wounds without product application)...
February 2017: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
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