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Dai Long Vu, Karolína Ranglová, Jan Hájek, Pavel Hrouzek
Quantification of selenated amino-acids currently relies on methods employing inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Although very accurate, these methods do not allow the simultaneous determination of standard amino-acids, hampering the comparison of the content of selenated versus non-selenated species such as methionine (Met) and selenomethionine (SeMet). This paper reports two approaches for the simultaneous quantification of Met and SeMet. In the first approach, standard enzymatic hydrolysis employing Protease XIV was applied for the preparation of samples...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Bilon Khambu, Nazmul Huda, Xiaoyun Chen, Daniel J Antoine, Yong Li, Guoli Dai, Ulrike A Köhler, Wei-Xing Zong, Satoshi Waguri, Sabine Werner, Tim D Oury, Zheng Dong, Xiao-Ming Yin
Autophagy is important for liver homeostasis and the deficiency leads to injury, inflammation, ductular reaction (DR), fibrosis, and tumorigenesis. It is not clear how these events are mechanistically linked to autophagy deficiency. Here we reveal the role of highmobility group box 1 (HMGB1) in two of these processes. First, HMGB1 was required for DR, which represents the expansion of hepatic progenitor cells (HPC) implicated in liver repair and regeneration. DR caused by hepatic toxic diets (DDC or CDE) also depended on HMGB1, indicating that HMGB1 may be generally required for DR in various injury scenarios...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Zhihui Lu, Nana Song, Bo Shen, XiaLian Xu, Yi Fang, Yiqin Shi, Yichun Ning, Jiachang Hu, Yan Dai, Xiaoqiang Ding, Jianzhou Zou, Jie Teng
BACKGROUND: The hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) target pathway plays pivotal renoprotective roles after acute kidney injury (AKI). Syndecan-1 serves as the co-receptor for HGF. Shedding of syndecan-1 is involved in various pathological processes. Thus, we hypothesized that IRI induced syndecan-1 shedding and inhibiting syndecan-1 shedding would protect against kidney injury by potentiating activation of the HGF receptor c-Met. METHODS: Expression of syndecan-1 and its sheddases were observed in kidneys of sham and I/R mice...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Xin Dai, Gayan Bowatte, Adrian J Lowe, Melanie C Matheson, Lyle C Gurrin, John A Burgess, Shyamali C Dharmage, Caroline J Lodge
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Glutathione S-transferase (GST) genes are involved in oxidative stress management and may modify the impact of indoor air pollution. We aimed to assess the influence of GST genes on the relationship between indoor air pollution and allergy/lung function. RECENT FINDINGS: Our systematic review identified 22 eligible studies, with 15 supporting a gene-environment interaction. Carriers of GSTM1/T1 null and GSTP1 val genotypes were more susceptible to indoor air pollution exposures, having a higher risk of asthma and lung function deficits...
March 20, 2018: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
Hamidreza Arandiyan, Yuan Wang, Hongyu Sun, Mehran Rezaei, Hongxing Dai
This feature article summarizes the recent progress in porous perovskite oxides as advanced catalysts for both energy conversion applications and various heterogeneous reactions. Recently, research has been focused on specifically designing porous perovskite materials so that large surface areas can be harnessed and surface properties can be improved. Numerous potential applications of porous perovskites have been investigated, including heterogeneous catalysis and air battery applications that rely on interactions and/or reactions of other components with porous perovskites...
March 20, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Shurui Wang, Wenwen Tu, Zhihui Dai
An innovative and ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical bioanalysis strategy was designed, which provided a promising method for the assay of tumor markers. The BiOI/g-C3N4 composite acted as photoelectrochemical biosensing substrate for significant signal enhancement, and CuS NPs were introduced to label signal antibodies to amplify the signal variation.
March 20, 2018: Analyst
Jinna Yang, Wangyi Zhou, Yaru Gu, Jinwei Dai, Xinxin Li, Ping Tai, Yanchuan Li, Xiaohui Ma, Yuyang Zhang
Pu-erh tea has become a focus of research due to its reported biological activities, including anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation and anti-immunosenescence. The present study was performed to evaluate the potential gastroprotective function of Pu-erh tea extracts against ethanol-induced gastric mucosal damage in rats. Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into seven groups: A normal control, a model control, a cimetidine (0.08 g/kg) group, three Pu-erh tea extracts groups (low, moderate and high-dose; 0...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Yan Sun, Yong-Hao Huang, Feng-Ying Huang, Wen-Li Mei, Quan Liu, Cai-Chun Wang, Ying-Ying Lin, Canhua Huang, Yue-Nan Li, Hao-Fu Dai, Guang-Hong Tan
Rationale: Cardenolides have potential as anticancer drugs. 3'-epi-12β-hydroxyfroside (HyFS) is a new cardenolide structure isolated by our research group, but its molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. This study investigates the relationship between its antitumor activities and autophagy in lung cancer cells. Methods: Cell growth and proliferation were detected by MTT, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release, 5-ethynyl-20-deoxyuridine (EDU) and colony formation assays. Cell apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry...
2018: Theranostics
Lingling Shan, Xin Zhuo, Fuwu Zhang, Yunlu Dai, Guizhi Zhu, Bryant C Yung, Wenpei Fan, Kefeng Zhai, Orit Jacobson, Dale O Kiesewetter, Ying Ma, Guizhen Gao, Xiaoyuan Chen
Folate receptor (FR) has proven to be a valuable target for chemotherapy using folic acid (FA) conjugates. However, FA-conjugated chemotherapeutics still have low therapeutic efficacy accompanied with side effects, resulting from complications such as short circulation half-life, limited tumor delivery, as well as high kidney accumulation. Herein, we present a novel FA-conjugated paclitaxel (PTX) prodrug which was additionally conjugated with an Evans blue (EB) derivative for albumin binding. The resulting bifunctional prodrug prolonged blood circulation, enhanced tumor accumulation, and consequently improved tumor therapeutic efficacy...
2018: Theranostics
Yujia You, Xiaolong Liang, Tinghui Yin, Min Chen, Chen Qiu, Chuang Gao, Xiaoyou Wang, Yongjiang Mao, Enze Qu, Zhifei Dai, Rongqin Zheng
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) holds promise for focal therapy of prostate cancer (PCa). However, the therapeutic efficacy needs improvement, and further development of PDT for PCa has challenges, including uncertainty of photosensitizers (PSs) accumulation at the tumor site and difficulty in visualizing lesions using conventional ultrasound (US) imaging. We have developed novel porphyrin-grafted lipid (PGL) microbubbles (MBs; PGL-MBs) and propose a strategy to integrate PGL-MBs with US imaging to address these limitations and enhance PDT efficacy...
2018: Theranostics
Zhuang Liu, Han Lin, Menglong Zhao, Chen Dai, Shengjian Zhang, Weijun Peng, Yu Chen
Background : The emergence of two-dimensional MXenes has spurred their versatile applications in broad fields, but the exploring of novel MXene-based family members and their potential applications in theranostic nanomedicine (concurrent diagnostic imaging and therapy) have been rarely explored. In this work, we report the construction of a novel superparamagnetic MXene-based theranostic nanoplatform for efficient breast-cancer theranostics, which was based on intriguing tantalum carbide (Ta4 C3 ) MXene and its further rational surface-superparamagnetic iron-oxide functionalization (Ta4 C3 -IONP-SPs composite MXenes) for efficient breast-cancer theranostic...
2018: Theranostics
Lehui Du, Wei Yu, Xiang Huang, Nana Zhao, Fang Liu, Fang Tong, Sujing Zhang, Baolong Niu, Xiaoliang Liu, Shouping Xu, Yurong Huang, Xiangkun Dai, Chuanbin Xie, Gaoxiang Chen, Xiaohu Cong, Baolin Qu
Background: Growing data suggest that DNA damage repair and detoxification pathways play crucial roles in radiation-induced toxicities. To determine whether common functional single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in candidate genes from these pathways can be used as predictors of radiation pneumonitis (RP), we conducted a prospective study to evaluate the associations between functional SNPs and risk of RP. Methods: We recruited a total of 149 lung cancer patients who had received intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Qingcui Li, Chengliang Dai, Rui Xue, Peigang Wang, Lin Chen, Yijie Han, Ulrike Erben, Zhihai Qin
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) often expand during cancer or chronic inflammation and dampen immune responses. However, mechanisms underlying their capacity to escape intrinsic apoptosis in the inflammatory environment are still largely unknown. In this study, we investigated this in mouse tumor models with MDSC accumulation. Spontaneous rejection of tumors implanted into mice deficient for the small Ca2+ -binding protein S100A4 (S100A4-/- ) was accompanied by low numbers of peripheral MDSCs. This was independent of S100A4 expression on tumor cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Feng Yang, Yonggen Jiang, Lihua Yang, Juanxiu Qin, Mingquan Guo, Yuxia Lu, Hongyou Chen, Yuan Zhuang, Jinghao Zhang, Hong Zhang, Zhaoyun Dai, Min Li, Changqing Yang, Min Chen, Yanmei Zhang, Hu Zhao
Objective: To investigate prevalence of acute diarrhea in Shanghai and analyze virulence associated-genes and antibiotic resistance of major enteropathogens using combination of conventional and molecular epidemiology methods. Method: The 412 stool specimens were obtained by systematic sampling from diarrhea patients throughout entire year 2016. Bacterial and viral pathogens were identified and bacterial isolates were cultured and screened for antibiotic resistance profiles. Two most prevalent bacteria, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Salmonella were further typed by multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) and analyzed for presence of virulence-associated genes...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Huixia Zhou, Bibing Dai, Sonja Rossi, Juan Li
Background: Depressed populations demonstrate a greater tendency to have negative interpretations on ambiguous situations. Cognitive theories concerning depression proposed that such a negative bias plays an important role in developing and maintaining depression. There is now fairly consistent evidence arising from different stimuli and assessment methods that depression is featured by such a bias. The current study aimed to explore the neural signatures associated with the interpretation bias in the elderly with depressive symptoms confronted with different facial expressions using event-related brain potentials (ERPs)...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Hongliang Li, Liangbing Wang, Yizhou Dai, Zhengtian Pu, Zhuohan Lao, Yawei Chen, Menglin Wang, Xusheng Zheng, Junfa Zhu, Wenhua Zhang, Rui Si, Chao Ma, Jie Zeng
Exploring the interaction between two neighbouring monomers has great potential to significantly raise the performance and deepen the mechanistic understanding of heterogeneous catalysis. Herein, we demonstrate that the synergetic interaction between neighbouring Pt monomers on MoS2 greatly enhanced the CO2 hydrogenation catalytic activity and reduced the activation energy relative to isolated monomers. Neighbouring Pt monomers were achieved by increasing the Pt mass loading up to 7.5% while maintaining the atomic dispersion of Pt...
March 19, 2018: Nature Nanotechnology
Junli Liu, Xinfang Huang, Shumeng Hao, Yan Wang, Manman Liu, Jing Xu, Xingli Zhang, Tao Yu, Shucheng Gan, Dongfang Dai, Xuan Luo, Qingyan Lu, Chaoming Mao, Yanyun Zhang, Nan Shen, Bin Li, Mingzhu Huang, Xiaodong Zhu, Jin Jin, Xuhong Cheng, Shao-Cong Sun, Yichuan Xiao
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterized by uncontrolled secretion of autoantibodies by plasma cells. Although the functional importance of plasma cells and autoantibodies in SLE has been well established, the underlying molecular mechanisms of controlling autoantibody production remain poorly understood. Here we show that Peli1 has a B cell-intrinsic function to protect against lupus-like autoimmunity in mice. Peli1 deficiency in B cells induces autoantibody production via noncanonical NF-κB signaling...
March 19, 2018: Nature Communications
Yan-Jiun Lee, Nan Dai, Shannon E Walsh, Stephanie Müller, Morgan E Fraser, Kathryn M Kauffman, Chudi Guan, Ivan R Corrêa, Peter R Weigele
Certain viruses of bacteria (bacteriophages) enzymatically hypermodify their DNA to protect their genetic material from host restriction endonuclease-mediated cleavage. Historically, it has been known that virion DNAs from the Delftia phage ΦW-14 and the Bacillus phage SP10 contain the hypermodified pyrimidines α-putrescinylthymidine and α-glutamylthymidine, respectively. These bases derive from the modification of 5-hydroxymethyl-2'-deoxyuridine (5-hmdU) in newly replicated phage DNA via a pyrophosphorylated intermediate...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Lengshi Dai, Virginia Best, Barbara G Shinn-Cunningham
Listeners with sensorineural hearing loss often have trouble understanding speech amid other voices. While poor spatial hearing is often implicated, direct evidence is weak; moreover, studies suggest that reduced audibility and degraded spectrotemporal coding may explain such problems. We hypothesized that poor spatial acuity leads to difficulty deploying selective attention, which normally filters out distracting sounds. In listeners with normal hearing, selective attention causes changes in the neural responses evoked by competing sounds, which can be used to quantify the effectiveness of attentional control...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Dai Hatakeyama, Masaki Shoji, Seiya Yamayoshi, Rina Yoh, Naho Ohmi, Shiori Takenaka, Ayaka Saitoh, Yumie Arakaki, Aki Masuda, Tsugunori Komatsu, Rina Nagano, Masahiro Nakano, Takeshi Noda, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Takashi Kuzuhara
Histone acetylation plays crucial roles in transcriptional regulation and chromatin organization. Viral RNA of the influenza virus interacts with its nucleoprotein (NP), whose function corresponds to that of eukaryotic histones. NP regulates viral replication and has been shown to undergo acetylation by the CREB-binding protein (CBP) from the host. However, whether NP is the target of other host acetyltransferases is unknown. Here, we show that influenza virus NP undergoes acetylation by the two host acetyltransferases GCN5 and P300/CBP-associated factor (PCAF) and that this modification affects viral polymerase activities...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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