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Qingfei Zeng, Erik Jeppesen, Xiaohong Gu, Zhigang Mao, Huihui Chen
The spatial-temporal distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), their source, and potential health risks were determined in overlying water and surface sediments from Chinese Lake Guchenghu, adjacent commercial mitten crab ponds and the connected Wushen Canal to assess the contamination profile of the area. The total PAHs concentrations in sediment and water were 86.7-1790 ng g-1 dry weight (dw) and 184-365 ng L-1 in summer and 184-3140 ng g-1 dw and 410-1160 ng L-1 in winter. Two- and 3-ring PAHs were the predominant compounds in water, while PAHs with 4-6 rings dominated in the sediment at both upstream and downstream sites...
March 6, 2018: Chemosphere
Yilong Hua, Wei Wang, Xiaoyue Huang, Tianhang Gu, Dexin Ding, Lan Ling, Wei-Xian Zhang
Bicarbonate, ubiquitous in natural and waste waters is an important factor regulating the rate and efficiency of pollutant separation and transformation. For example, it can form complexes with U(VI) in the aqueous phase and at the solid-water interface. In this work, we investigated the effect of bicarbonate on the aging of nanoscale zero-valent (nZVI) in the context of U(VI) reduction and removal from wastewater. For fresh nZVI, over 99% aqueous uranium was separated in less than 10 min, of which 83% was reduced from U(VI) to U(IV)...
March 6, 2018: Chemosphere
Haihua Xie, Lianchao Tang, Xiubin He, Xiexie Liu, Chenchen Zhou, Junjie Liu, Xianglian Ge, Jin Li, Changbao Liu, Junzhao Zhao, Jia Qu, Feng Gu, Zongming Song
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March 2018: Biotechnology Journal
Yongjie Wang, Kunyuan Lu, Lu Han, Zeke Liu, Guozheng Shi, Honghua Fang, Si Chen, Tian Wu, Fan Yang, Mengfan Gu, Sijie Zhou, Xufeng Ling, Xun Tang, Jiawei Zheng, Maria Antonietta Loi, Wanli Ma
Current efforts on lead sulfide quantum dot (PbS QD) solar cells are mostly paid to the device architecture engineering and postsynthetic surface modification, while very rare work regarding the optimization of PbS synthesis is reported. Here, PbS QDs are successfully synthesized using PbO and PbAc2  · 3H2 O as the lead sources. QD solar cells based on PbAc-PbS have demonstrated a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 10.82% (and independently certificated values of 10.62%), which is significantly higher than the PCE of 9...
March 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Ya Guo, Tianjun Sun, Yiming Gu, Xiaowei Liu, Quanli Ke, Shudong Wang
Zeolite FAU with tunable SiO₂/Al₂O₃ molar ratio has been successfully synthesized in the absence of organic structure-directing agents (OSDA). Specifically, the addition of zinc species contributes to the feasible and effective adjustment of the framework SiO₂/Al₂O₃ molar ratio between ca. 4 and ca. 6 depending on the amount of zinc species added in the batch composition. In contrast, typical OSDA such as tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAOH) has a limited effect on the SiO₂/Al₂O₃ molar ratio of the zeolite...
March 15, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Xiaojun Wang, Chang Gu, Hongzhi Zheng, Yu-Mo Zhang, Sean Xiao-An Zhang
A multi-state and multi-stimuli-responsive oxazine molecular switch combining electro-base property and sensitively base/acid responsive properties was designed and synthesized. The multi-state structures of the molecular switch with different colors were speculated by comparison the optical properties with reference molecules and confirmed by NMR. The color switching mechanism under the stimulation of acid and base was investigated by DFT calculation. Three single states can be obtained and the switching is unidirectional under the stimulation of acid and base...
March 15, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Changlong Xu, Ke Yan, Chun Gu, Peijun Yao, Lixin Xu, Qiwen Zhan
We report a novel method of beam shaping in an all-fiber laser. Flattop beams are first generated from the all-fiber laser using a few-mode fiber Bragg grating by superposing the fundamental mode (LP01 ) with a solid central beam distribution, and the second-order mode (LP11 ) gives rise to a donut-shape beam distribution. Two modes are obtained in the fiber laser simultaneously, and the wavelengths of the two modes are 1053.7 nm and 1055.4 nm, respectively. An experiment has been carried out, and a high-quality flattop profile is obtained for the normalized root-mean-square of the light intensity less than 5% under no numerical aperture illumination, consistent with the theoretical prediction...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Junling Long, H S Ku, Xian Wu, Xiu Gu, Russell E Lake, Mustafa Bal, Yu-Xi Liu, David P Pappas
Quantum networks will enable extraordinary capabilities for communicating and processing quantum information. These networks require a reliable means of storage, retrieval, and manipulation of quantum states at the network nodes. A node receives one or more coherent inputs and sends a conditional output to the next cascaded node in the network through a quantum channel. Here, we demonstrate this basic functionality by using the quantum interference mechanism of electromagnetically induced transparency in a transmon qubit coupled to a superconducting resonator...
February 23, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Junjun Xu, Qiang Gu, Erich J Mueller
We analyze an experimentally realizable model of bosons in a zigzag optical lattice, showing that, by rapidly modulating the magnetic field, one can tune interaction parameters and realize an analog of the Haldane phase. We explain how quantum gas microscopy can be used to detect this phase's nonlocal string order and its topological edge states. We model the detection process. We also find that this model can display supersolid correlations, but argue that they only occur at parameter values which would be challenging to realize in an experiment...
February 23, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Fenhong Song, Dapeng Ju, Fangwei Gu, Yan Liu, Yuan Ji, Yulin Ren, Xiaocong He, Baoyong Sha, Ben Q Li, Qingzhen Yang
Electric field induced micro/nano patterns in thin polymer film, sometimes referred as electrohydrodynamic patterning, is a promising technique to fabricate micro/nano structures. Extensive attentions have been attracted due to its advantages in micro contact (easy demolding) and low cost. Although considerable work has been done on this technique, including both experimental and theoretical ones, there still appears a requirement for understanding the mechanism of electrohydrodynamic patterning. Thus we systematically studied the effect of different parameters on electrohydrodynamic patterning with a numerical phase field model...
March 15, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Xiaodong Zhang, Xiaokai Chen, Yao-Wen Jiang, Ningning Ma, Liu-Yuan Xia, Xiaotong Cheng, Hao-Ran Jia, Peidang Liu, Ning Gu, Zhan Chen, Fu-Gen Wu
The therapeutic performance of cancer radiotherapy is often limited by the over-expression of glutathione (GSH) in tumor and low radiation sensitivity of cancerous cells. To address these issues, the facilely prepared histidine-capped gold nanoclusters (Au NCs@His) were adopted as a radiosensitizer with a high sensitization enhancement ratio of ~1.54. On one hand, Au NCs@His can inherit the local radiation enhancement property of gold-based materials (external regulation); on the other hand, Au NCs@His can decrease the intracellular GSH level, thus preventing the generated ROS from being consumed by GSH, and arrest the cells at the radiosensitive G2/M phase (internal regulation)...
March 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yan Li, Dewen Ye, Mingxi Li, Ming Ma, Ning Gu
The paper provides a brief overview of the use of iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) in the areas of bone regenerative medicine. Reconstruction of bone defects caused by trauma, non-union, and bone tumour excision still faces many challenges despite the intense investigations and advancement in bone tissue engineering and bone regeneration over the past decades. IONPs have promising prospects in this field due to their controlled responsive characteristics in specific external magnetic fields and have been of great interest during the last few years...
March 14, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Zhen-Hua Duan, Hua-Zhong Liu, Ping Luo, Yi-Peng Gu, Yan-Qun Li
BACKGROUND: Preservative effect of melanin-free extract of Sepia esculenta ink (MFESI) on Sparus latus fillet has been verified in our previous work. This study aims to further approach the mechanism of MFESI for extending the shelf-life of fish fillet during cold storage. Tilapia fillets were treated with different dosage of MFESI (0, 15, 25 and 35 mg/ml) and packed with preservative film for succedent cold-storage at 4 °C for scheduled time. Contents of total volatile basic nitrogen and sulfydryl and carbanyl groups were measured for evaluating protein oxidation...
March 14, 2018: Chemistry Central Journal
Weijie Gu, Beihe Wang, Fangning Wan, Junlong Wu, Xiaolin Lu, Hongkai Wang, Yao Zhu, Hailiang Zhang, Guohai Shi, Bo Dai, Dingwei Ye
Sex-determining region Y-box protein (SOX) genes serve an important role in cancer growth and metastasis. The present study aimed to determine the predictive ability of SOX and associated genes identified through molecular network in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). A total of 505 patients with clear cell RCC from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) cohorts were collected in this study. The expression profile of SOX and associated genes were obtained from the TCGA RNAseq database. Clinicopathological characteristics, including age, gender, tumor grade, stage, laterality disease-free-survival and overall survival (OS) were collected...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Girak Kim, Min Jeong Gu, Soo Ji Kim, Kwang Hyun Ko, Yoon-Chul Kye, Cheol Gyun Kim, Jae-Ho Cho, Woon-Kyu Lee, Ki-Duk Song, Hyuk Chu, Yeong-Min Park, Seung Hyun Han, Cheol-Heui Yun
γδ T cells, known to be an important source of innate IL-17 in mice, provide critical contributions to host immune responses. Development and function of γδ T cells are directed by networks of diverse transcription factors (TFs). Here, we examine the role of the zinc finger TFs, Kruppel-like factor 10 (KLF10), in the regulation of IL-17-committed CD27- γδ T (γδ27- -17) cells. We found selective augmentation of Vγ4+ γδ27- cells with higher IL-17 production in KLF10-deficient mice. Surprisingly, KLF10-deficient CD127hi Vγ4+ γδ27- -17 cells expressed higher levels of CD5 than their wild-type counterparts, with hyper-responsiveness to cytokine, but not T-cell receptor, stimuli...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Xi Gu, Xuemin Wang, Dazhuang Su, Xiaohong Su, Lifang Lin, Shuji Li, Qiaoqi Wu, Shuhu Liu, Peidong Zhang, Xinhong Zhu, Xiaodan Jiang
Polycomb group (PcG) proteins regulate the epigenetic status of transcription regulatory states during development. Progression from pluripotency to differentiation requires the sequential activation and repression of different PcG target genes, however, the relationship between early patterning signals, PcG expression, and the development of the central nervous system is still unclear. Using various models of neuronal differentiation, we provide evidence that CBX2 is a negative regulator of neuronal differentiation...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Qiongyuan Hu, Jianan Ren, Guanwei Li, Jie Wu, Xiuwen Wu, Gefei Wang, Guosheng Gu, Huajian Ren, Zhiwu Hong, Jieshou Li
Disruption of the mucosal barrier following intestinal ischemia reperfusion (I/R) is life threatening in clinical practice. Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress significantly contribute to the early phase of I/R injury and amplify the inflammatory response. MitoQ is a mitochondrially targeted antioxidant that exerts protective effects following I/R injury. In the present study, we aimed to determine whether and how MitoQ protects intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) from I/R injury. In both in vivo and in vitro studies, we found that MitoQ pretreatment downregulated I/R-induced oxidative stress and stabilized the intestinal barrier, as evidenced by MitoQ-treated I/R mice exhibiting attenuated intestinal hyperpermeability, inflammatory response, epithelial apoptosis, and tight junction damage compared to controls...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Changguo Ma, Chunjie Gu, Yongxia Huo, Xiaoyan Li, Xiong-Jian Luo
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified more than 100 loci that show robust association with schizophrenia risk. However, due to the complexity of linkage disequilibrium and gene regulatory, it is challenging to pinpoint the causal genes at the risk loci and translate the genetic findings from GWAS into disease mechanism and clinical treatment. Here we systematically predicted the plausible candidate causal genes for schizophrenia at genome-wide level. We utilized different approaches and strategies to predict causal genes for schizophrenia, including Sherlock, SMR, DAPPLE, Prix Fixe, NetWAS, and DEPICT...
March 15, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Yangming Gong, Peng Peng, Pingping Bao, Weijian Zhong, Yan Shi, Kai Gu, Ying Zheng, Chunxiao Wu, Sanjun Cai, Ye Xu, Jun Sheng, Fan Wu
BACKGROUND: The incidence and mortality rate of colorectal cancer (CRC) have increased dramatically over the past 3 decades in China due to changes in lifestyle factors. Early detection and treatment guidelines for asymptomatic cases have shown to improve CRC control in developed countries. In response to these challenges, the Shanghai Municipal Government launched a community-based CRC screening program in 2012. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Free initial screening, inclusive of immunochemical fecal occult blood and risk assessment (questionnaire), was provided by community health centers in Shanghai...
March 14, 2018: Oncologist
Huanchen Wang, Chunfang Gu, Ronda J Rolfes, Henning J Jessen, Stephen B Shears
Inositol pyrophosphates (PP-InsPs) are 'energetic' intracellular signals that are ubiquitous in animals, plant and fungi; structural and biochemical characterization of PP-InsP metabolic enzymes provides insight into their evolution, reaction mechanisms, and regulation. Here, we describe the 2.35 Å resolution structure of the catalytic core of Siw14, a 5-PP-InsP phosphatase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and a member of the protein tyrosinephosphatase (PTP) superfamily. Conclusions that we derive from structural data are supported by extensive site-directed mutagenesis and kinetic analyses, thereby attributing new functional significance to several key residues...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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