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Xiaofeng Qi, Wengguang Xu, Junqi Xie, Yufeng Wang, Shengwei Han, Zheng Wei, Yanhong Ni, Yingchun Dong, Wei Han
Resistance towards chemotherapy is a common complication in treatment of oral cancers, which leads to treatment failure and poor outcome. In recent years, a growing body of evidence has shown that tumour hypoxia significantly contributes to chemoresistance. Metformin, a widely used oral hypoglycaemic drug, can reportedly potentiate the efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs in various cancers; however, the underlying mechanisms are intricate and have not been fully understood. In this study, we explored the role of metformin in chemosensitivity of oral squamous cell carcinoma cells (OSCC) to cisplatin both in vitro and in vivo, and attempted to elucidate its possible underlying mechanisms...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tianyi Wang, Hui Cai, Shizuka Sasazuki, Shoichiro Tsugane, Wei Zheng, Eo Rin Cho, Sun Ha Jee, Angelika Michel, Michael Pawlita, Yong-Bing Xiang, Yu-Tang Gao, Xiao-Ou Shu, Wei-Cheng You, Meira Epplein
Epidemiological findings on the association between fruit and vegetable consumption and gastric cancer risk remain inconsistent. The present analysis included 810 prospectively ascertained non-cardia gastric cancer cases and 1,160 matched controls from the Helicobacter pylori Biomarker Cohort Consortium, which collected blood samples, demographic, lifestyle, and dietary data at baseline. Conditional logistic regression adjusting for total energy intake, smoking, and H. pylori status, was applied to calculate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for gastric cancer risk across cohort- and sex-specific quartiles of fruit and vegetable intake...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Jimena Giudice, Zheng Xia, Wei Li, Thomas A Cooper
The RNA binding protein Celf1 regulates alternative splicing in the nucleus and mRNA stability and translation in the cytoplasm. Celf1 is strongly down-regulated during mouse postnatal heart development. Its re-induction in adults induced severe heart failure and reversion to fetal splicing and gene expression patterns. However, the impact of Celf1 depletion on cardiac transcriptional and posttranscriptional dynamics in neonates has not been addressed. We found that homozygous Celf1 knock-out neonates exhibited cardiac dysfunction not observed in older homozygous animals, although homozygous mice are smaller than wild type littermates throughout development...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jie Jiang, Fu Gui, Zhixiang He, Li Li, Yunzhan Li, Shunying Li, Xinrui Wu, Zhou Deng, Xihuan Sun, Xiaoxing Huang, Wei Huang, Shang Han, Ting Zhang, Zheng Wang, Bo Jiao, Siyang Song, Hong-Rui Wang, Lanfen Chen, Dawang Zhou, Qiang Liu, Ruibao Ren, Jianming Zhang, Xianming Deng
Approximately 80% of breast cancers overexpress the kinase BRK/PTK6, which has various oncogenic roles in breast cancer cell proliferation, survival and migration. However, BRK inhibitors have yet to be explored as possible therapeutic tools. In this study, we employed a parallel compound-centric approach to discover a new class of pharmaceutical agents, exemplified by XMU-MP-2, as potent and selective BRK inhibitors. XMU-MP-2 exhibited target-specific inhibition of BRK kinase activity and disrupted signaling pathways mediated by this activity, thereby reducing proliferation in BRK-positive breast cancer cells...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Research
Chih-Ming Chen, Zheng-Kun Lin, Wei-Jie Huang, Sheng-Hsiung Yang
In this work, we demonstrate a novel carrier transporting combination made of tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanomaterials and Cs2CO3/PCBM buffer bilayer for the fabrication of perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Two different types of WO3, including nanoparticles and nanorods, were prepared by sol-gel process and hydrothermal method, respectively. Cs2CO3/PCBM buffer bilayer was inserted between WO3 and perovskite layers to improve charge transfer efficiency and formation of pinhole-free perovskite layer. Besides, the leakage current of the devices containing Cs2CO3/PCBM buffer bilayer was significantly suppressed...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Nan Liu, Wei Zhang, Weiguo Ma, Wei Shang, Jun Zheng, Lizhong Sun
OBJECTIVES: To identify the risk factors for hypoxaemia following surgical repair of acute type A aortic dissection. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of patients treated between October 2013 and December 2014 at the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Anzhen Hospital, China. Univariable and multivariable analyses were performed on the clinical data of 160 patients with acute type A dissection and who underwent ascending aortic and arch replacement under deep hypothermic circulatory arrest...
October 17, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Jingjiang Pi, Ting Tao, Tao Zhuang, Huimin Sun, Xiaoli Chen, Jie Liu, Yu Cheng, Zuoren Yu, Helen H Zhu, Wei-Qiang Gao, Yuanzhen Suo, Xunbin Wei, Paul Chan, Xiangjian Zheng, Ying Tian, Edward Morrisey, Lin Zhang, Yuzhen Zhang
RATIONALE: Angiogenic hypersprouting and leaky vessels are essential for tumor growth. MicroRNAs have unique therapeutic advantages by targeting multiple pathways of tumor-associated angiogenesis, but the function of individual miRNAs of miR302-367cluster in angiogenesis and tumors has not yet been fully evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the functions of miR302-367 in developmental angiogenesis and tumor angiogenesis and explore the molecular mechanisms of microRNA for the treatment of pathological neovascularization-related diseases...
October 18, 2016: Circulation Research
Guanwu Li, Zheng Xu, Lingmi Hou, Xuefeng Li, Xin Li, Wei Yuan, Maki Polat, Shixin Chang
Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE), a PPARγ2 antagonist, has been shown to inhibit marrow adipogenesis and promotes bone formation in intact animals. We investigated the impact of BADGE on a new and more clinically relevant physiological model, the ovariectomized (OVX) rat model. Forty female Wistar rats were divided into four treatment groups (n=10/group): sham+vehicle, sham+BADGE, OVX+vehicle and OVX+BADGE for 12 weeks. Postmortem analyses included MRI, micro-CT, serological test, histomorphometry, biomechanical tests, RT-PCR and western blot...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Wei Yu, Wei Hu, Yongjie Shui, Xiaoyang Zhu, Chao Li, Xiaoqiu Ren, Xueli Bai, Risheng Yu, Li Shen, Tingbo Liang, Lei Zheng, Qichun Wei
OBJECTIVES: To explore the areas at highest risk for postoperative pancreatic cancer local recurrence according to the spatial location of local failures, with the aim to provide a precise target volume for pancreatic cancer adjuvant radiotherapy. METHODS: Patients with pancreatic cancer who had undergone surgery for the primary tumor in pancreas at our institution from January 2010 to August 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. All local recurrences were plotted on the computed tomography (CT) image of a representative patient according to their relative coordinates to superior mesenteric artery (SMA) or celiac axis (CA)...
October 19, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Wei Zheng, Ying-Jun Zheng, Xian-Bin Li, Yi-Lang Tang, Chuan-Yue Wang, Ying-Qiang Xiang, Jose de Leon
This meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluated the efficacy and safety of adding aripiprazole to other antipsychotics in schizophrenia. A systematic computer search identified 55 RCTs including 4457 patients who were randomized to aripiprazole (14.0 ± 7.0 mg/d) versus placebo (18 RCTs) or open antipsychotic treatment (37 RCTs). Aripiprazole significantly outperformed the comparison interventions based on psychiatric scales: (1) total score in 43 RCTs (N = 3351) with a standardized mean difference (SMD) of -0...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Ling Hou, Gang Chen, Biao Feng, Xu-Sheng Zhang, Xiu-Fen Zheng, Ying Xiang, Guang-Yuan Zhao, Wei-Ping Min
Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) has been found to be centrally involved in the development of ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI)-induced inflammation and apoptosis. Knockdown of TNF-α gene using small interfering RNA (siRNA) may protect renal IRI. Renal IRI was induced in mice by clamping the left renal pedicle for 25 or 35 min. TNF-α siRNA was administered intravenously to silence the expression of TNF-α. The therapeutic effects of siRNA were evaluated in terms of renal function, histological examination, and overall survival following lethal IRI...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Wan-Li He, Wei-Kai Zhang, Huan Xu, Li-Hao Li, Zhou Yang, Hui Cao, Dong Wang, Zhi-Gang Zheng, Huai Yang
The magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticle-doped blue phase liquid crystal (BPLC) was found to have a relatively strong contrast ratio in magnetic-addressed display performance compared to the composites in other phases; this is a new application of the BPLC and a way to prepare a new type of power-free magnetically-driven LC flexible display.
October 18, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Wan Gao, Jia-Wen Hu, Fang Xu, Can-Jing Wei, Meng-Jiao Shi, Jun Zhao, Jia-Jia Wang, Bo Zhen, Teng-Fei Ji, Jian-Guo Xing, Zheng-Yi Gu, Fang Xu
Four new polyisoprenylated benzoylphloroglucinol derivatives, hyperscabrones J-M (1-4), were isolated from the air-dried aerial parts of Hypericum scabrum. Their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic methods and were subsequently confirmed by comparing with data of known compounds. The absolute configuration of the bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane-2,4,9-trione core was defined by the experimental and calculated electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra. The evaluation of their hepatoprotective activities against paracetamol-induced HepG2 cell damage showed that compounds 2 and 4 exhibited significant hepatoprotection at 10μM...
October 14, 2016: Fitoterapia
Li-Rong Lin, Dan-Hong Lin, Man-Li Tong, Li-Li Liu, Jin-Yi Fan, Xiao-Zhen Zhu, Kun Gao, Mei-Jun Chen, Wei-Hong Zheng, Hui-Lin Zhang, Shu-Lian Li, Hui-Ling Lin, Zhi-Feng Lin, Jian-Jun Niu, Tian-Ci Yang
BACKGROUND: Neurosyphilis (NS) is difficult to diagnose, especially in syphilis patients with negative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rapid plasma reagin (RPR) or Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) tests. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study and an analysis of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in syphilitic patients to identify a novel marker for the diagnosis of NS, with a focus on probable NS (NS with negative VDRL/RPR tests). For this purpose, CSF and serum MIF concentrations were determined in 43 NS and 43 syphilis/non-NS (N-NS) patients at the Zhongshan Hospital of the Medical College of Xiamen University from July 2014 to June 2015...
October 14, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Wei-Jie Guan, Xue-Yan Zheng, Kian Fan Chung, Nan-Shan Zhong
In China, where air pollution has become a major threat to public health, public awareness of the detrimental effects of air pollution on respiratory health is increasing-particularly in relation to haze days. Air pollutant emission levels in China remain substantially higher than are those in developed countries. Moreover, industry, traffic, and household biomass combustion have become major sources of air pollutant emissions, with substantial spatial and temporal variations. In this Review, we focus on the major constituents of air pollutants and their impacts on chronic respiratory diseases...
October 15, 2016: Lancet
Zheng Liu, Cristina Gutierrez-Vargas, Jia Wei, Robert A Grassucci, Noel Espina, Susan Madison-Antenucci, Liang Tong, Joachim Frank
With the advance of new instruments and algorithms, and the accumulation of experience over decades, single-particle cryo-EM has become a pivotal part of structural biology. Recently, we determined the structure of a eukaryotic ribosome at 2.5 Å for the large subunit. The ribosome was derived from Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan pathogen of Chagas disease. The high-resolution density map allowed us to discern a large number of unprecedented details including rRNA modifications, water molecules, and ions such as Mg(2+) and Zn(2+) ...
October 17, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Hua Jing, Jun-Xia Zhu, Hui-Fu Wang, Wei Zhang, Zhan-Jie Zheng, Ling-Li Kong, Chen-Chen Tan, Zi-Xuan Wang, Lin Tan, Lan Tan
Inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase (INPP5D) was reported to be associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) through modulating the inflammatory process and immune response. A recent genome-wide association study discovered a new locus single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP, rs35349669) of INPP5D which was significantly associated with susceptibility to late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD) in Caucasians. In this study, we investigated the relations between the INPP5D polymorphism rs35349669 and LOAD in Han Chinese population comprising 984 LOAD cases and 1352 healthy controls being matched for age and gender...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Xing Wang, Zhi-Cheng Dai, Yong-Fei Chen, Ling-Ling Cao, Wei Yan, Sheng-Kun Li, Jian-Xin Wang, Zheng-Guang Zhang, Yong-Hao Ye
A series of new 1,2,3-triazole derivatives have been prepared and screened for their antifungal activity against phytopathogenic fungi using the mycelium growth inhibition method in vitro. The results indicated that the 1,2,3-triazole hydrazide scaffold displayed significant antifungal activity. Compound 6ad exhibited the most potent anti-phytopathogenic activity, with EC50 values of 0.18, 0.35, 0.37 and 2.25 μg mL(-1) against Rhizoctonia solani, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, Fusarium graminearum, and Magnaporthe oryzae, respectively...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ting Ni, Xiao-Yan Li, Na Lu, Teng An, Zhi-Ping Liu, Rong Fu, Wen-Cong Lv, Yi-Wei Zhang, Xiao-Jun Xu, R Grant Rowe, Yong-Shun Lin, Amanda Scherer, Tamar Feinberg, Xiao-Qi Zheng, Bao-An Chen, X Shirley Liu, Qing-Long Guo, Zhao-Qiu Wu, Stephen J Weiss
The zinc-finger transcription factor Snail1 is inappropriately expressed in breast cancer and associated with poor prognosis. While interrogating human databases, we uncovered marked decreases in relapse-free survival of breast cancer patients expressing high Snail1 levels in tandem with wild-type, but not mutant, p53. Using a Snail1 conditional knockout model of mouse breast cancer that maintains wild-type p53, we find that Snail1 plays an essential role in tumour progression by controlling the expansion and activity of tumour-initiating cells in preneoplastic glands and established tumours, whereas it is not required for normal mammary development...
October 17, 2016: Nature Cell Biology
Chuan Shi, Fen Wang, Anli Tong, Xiao-Qian Zhang, Hong-Mei Song, Zheng-Yin Liu, Wei Lyu, Yue-Hua Liu, Wei-Bo Xia
BACKGROUND: Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) with central adrenal insufficiency is a recently defined clinical syndrome caused by mutations in the nuclear factor kappa-B subunit 2 (NFKB2) gene. We present the first case of NFKB2 mutation in Asian population. METHODS AND RESULTS: An 18-year-old Chinese female with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) deficiency was admitted due to adrenal crisis and pneumonia. She had a history of recurrent respiratory infections since childhood and ectodermal abnormalities were noted during physical examination...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
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