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Xiaosa Li, Ying Wang, Yajing Liu, Bei Yang, Xiao Wang, Jia Wei, Zongyang Lu, Yuxi Zhang, Jing Wu, Xingxu Huang, Li Yang, Jia Chen
The targeting range of CRISPR-Cas9 base editors (BEs) is limited by their G/C-rich protospacer-adjacent motif (PAM) sequences. To overcome this limitation, we developed a CRISPR-Cpf1-based BE by fusing the rat cytosine deaminase APOBEC1 to a catalytically inactive version of Lachnospiraceae bacterium Cpf1. The base editor recognizes a T-rich PAM sequence and catalyzes C-to-T conversion in human cells, while inducing low levels of indels, non-C-to-T substitutions and off-target editing.
March 19, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
Yi Wang, Yuanyuan Qian, Qilu Fang, Peng Zhong, Weixin Li, Lintao Wang, Weitao Fu, Yali Zhang, Zheng Xu, Xiaokun Li, Guang Liang
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13997.
March 19, 2018: Nature Communications
Li Xie, Liqin Chen, Pan Gu, Lanlan Wei, Xuejun Kang
The extraction and analysis of catecholamine neurotransmitters in biological fluids is of great importance in assessing nervous system function and related diseases, but their precise measurement is still a challenge. Many protocols have been described for neurotransmitter measurement by a variety of instruments, including high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). However, there are shortcomings, such as complicated operation or hard-to-detect multiple targets, which cannot be avoided, and presently, the dominant analysis technique is still HPLC coupled with sensitive electrochemical or fluorimetric detection, due to its high sensitivity and good selectivity...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Chuang Li, Shaohua Jin, Weixiang Guan, Chi-Wing Tsang, Wing-Kin Chu, Wai Kin Lau, Changhai Liang
We demonstrate a method for the synthesis of NixNb1-xO catalysts with sponge-like and fold-like nanostructures. By varying the Nb:Ni ratio, a series of NixNb1-xO nanoparticles with different atomic compositions (x = 0.03, 0.08, 0.15, and 0.20) have been prepared by chemical precipitation. These NixNb1-xO catalysts are characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The study revealed the sponge-like and fold-like appearance of Ni0.97Nb0.03O and Ni0.92Nb0...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Xinyi Ding, Yuxiang Sun, Yanming Chen, Wanchuan Ding, Steven Emory, Tianhao Li, Zixing Xu, Ning Han, Jun Wang, Gang Ruan
Micellar nanocrystals (micelles with encapsulated nanocrystals) have become an emerging major class of nanobiomaterials. We describe a method of fabricating micellar nanocrystals based on combining top-down electrospray, bottom-up self-assembly, and solvent-based structure control. This method involves first using electrospray to generate uniform ultrafine liquid droplets, each of which functions as a micro-reactor in which self-assembly reaction occurs forming micellar nanocrystals, with the structures (micelle shape and nanocrystal encapsulation) controlled by the organic solvent used...
February 11, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Wei-Wei Yang, Lei Li, Jing-Sheng Zhao, Xiao-Xiong Liu, Jian-Bo Deng, Xianru Hu
By doing calculations based on density functional theory (DFT), we predict that the two-dimensional anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) NiOsCl$_6$ as a Chern insulator can realize the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect. We investigate the magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MAC) energies in different magnetic configurations and the N\'{e}el AFM configuration is proved to be ground state. When considering spin-orbit coupling (SOC), this layered material with spins perpendicular to the plane shows properties as a Chern insulator characterized by an inversion band structure and a nonzero Chern number...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
V Damarla, D Dobrosotskaya, F Siddiqui, I Wollner, M Raoufi, J Li, D Kwon, G Khan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Kaigang Li, Elizabeth Ochoa, Federico E Vaca, Bruce Simons-Morton
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and covariates among emerging adults of riding with an impaired peer or older adult driver (RWI) because of marijuana (MJ), alcohol (ALC), or illicit drugs (ID). METHOD: Data were from Waves 4 (W4, N = 2,085) and 5 (W5, N = 2,116) of the NEXT Generation Health Study, collected in 2013-2014, 1 and 2 years after high school. W5 RWI was specified for substance-specific impaired peer and older adult (peer/older adult) drivers...
March 2018: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Yi Chen, Zhenzhu Tang, Shuai Tang, Zhiyong Shen, Qiuying Zhu, Rongjian Li, Wenbo Huang, Yuman Huang, Fuxiong Liang, Lu Wang, Huanhuan Chen, Yuhua Ruan, Yiming Shao, Sian Hsiang-Te Tsuei, Guanghua Lan
OBJECTIVE: Since 2003, the Chinese central government has implemented several harm reduction and preventive measures to control HIV. We aim to describe epidemiological trends of HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and syphilis in Guangxi drug users after the policy implementation. METHOD: A total of 12,161-15,870 drug users in Guangxi, China, were recruited annually from 2009 to 2015 through community outreach or snowball sampling. The participants' demographics, behavior, and infection status were used to characterize rates of protective behaviors and disease prevalence (HIV, syphilis, and HCV)...
March 2018: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Wei Liu, Lili Deng, Xianyu Lin, Ximing Wang, Yuyan Ma, Qiuyun Deng, Xiaohua Xue, Ge Zhong, Li Jin
During May-August 2016, mumps virus genotype K was detected in 12 Vietnam citizens who entered China at the Shuikou border crossing and 1 girl from China. We provide evidence that mumps genotype K is circulating in Vietnam and was imported to China from Vietnam.
April 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Meredith B Rosenthal, Carrie H Colla, Nancy E Morden, Thomas D Sequist, Alexander J Mainor, Zhonghe Li, Kevin H Nguyen
OBJECTIVES: A substantial portion of healthcare spending is wasted on services that do not directly improve patient health and that cause harm in some cases. Features of health insurance coverage, including enrollment in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) or health maintenance organizations (HMOs), may provide financial and nonfinancial mechanisms to potentially reduce overuse of low-value healthcare services. STUDY DESIGN: Using 2009 to 2013 administrative data from 3 large commercial insurers, we examined patient characteristics and health insurance plan types associated with overuse of 6 healthcare services identified by the Choosing Wisely campaign...
March 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Yang Wang, Xueping Kong, Wei Xu, Fengrui Jiang, Bao Li, Lixin Wu
A series of triol ligand [CH3 C(CH2 OH)3 ] covalently decorated polyoxometalates (POMs), which could be ascribed to the primary complexes with structural formulas {M2 [Mo2 O4 (CH3 C(CH2 O)3 )2 ]3 }2- (M = Cu2+ , Co2+ , Ni2+ , Zn2+ ), have been synthesized in organic solvents. Single-crystal X-ray structural analysis reveals that the synthesized polyanionic clusters are comprised of three {Mo2 } units and two divalent transition-metal ions connecting to each other in an alternating style, where all {Mo2 } blocks were covalently decorated by two triol ligands in the trans conformation...
March 19, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Meng-Ting Li, Xi-Ya Yang, Ji-Sen Li, Ning Sheng, Guo-Dong Liu, Jing-Quan Sha, Ya-Qian Lan
For exploring the multifold helical fabrication of polyoxometalate (POM)-based hybrid compounds, four POM-based crystalline compounds with different meso-helices, H3 [Ag27 (trz)16 (H2 O)6 ][SiW12 O40 ]2 ·5H2 O (1), H[Ag27 (trz)16 (H2 O)4 ][PW12 O40 ]2 ·2H2 O (2), [Ag23 (trz)14 (H2 O)2 ][HSiW12 O40 ] (3), and [Ag23 (trz)14 (H2 O)2 ][PW12 O40 ] (4), were successfully isolated by using the delicate 1,2,3-triazole ligand and silver ions in this work. Crystal analysis reveals that compounds 1 and 2 and compounds 3 and 4 are isomorphous and display 2-/4-fold mixed meso-helices and simple 2-fold meso-helices, respectively...
March 19, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Na Xu, Jun Chu, Min Wang, Ling Chen, Liang Zhang, Zhongwen Xie, Jinsong Zhang, Chi-Tang Ho, Daxiang Li, Xiaochun Wan
Large yellow tea is a traditional beverage in China with unique toasty flavor. Preliminary study using 3T3-L1 cells indicted that large yellow tea, possessed more potent lipid-lowering efficacy than green, black, dark and white teas. In the present study we further investigated its influence on metabolic syndrome in high-fat diet (HFD) mouse model with an emphasis on dose response. Thirty-two C57BL/6 male mice were randomly divided into 4 groups: low-fat diet (LFD), HFD, HFD+2.5% large yellow tea hot-water extract (YT, equivalent to 10 cups of tea daily for humans), HFD+0...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Xuguang Li, Tong Li, Tong Zhang, Cheng Gu, Shourong Zheng, Haijun Zhang, Wei Chen
Nano-scale titanium dioxide (nTiO2) is one of the most widely used metal oxide nanomaterials. Once released into the environment, nTiO2 may catalyze abiotic transformation of contaminants, and consequently affect their fate and effects. Here, we show that the overall catalytic efficiency of nTiO2 for the dehydrochlorination reaction of 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane, a commonly used solvent, depends on the crystalline phase and exposed facets of nTiO2, which significantly affect the adsorption capacity and surface catalytic activity of nTiO2...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Hua Xu, Jian Xin Xiang, Yi Fei Lu, Ming Kun Zhang, Jia Jia Li, Bingbing Gao, Yuanjin Zhao, Zhongze Gu
In this study, a multifunctional wearable sensing device based on two different graphene films is fabricated and can achieve simultaneous detection of physiological signals and VOC biomarkers without mutual signal interference. The wearable device was designed with two sensing components: on the upper layer of the device, four kinds of porphyrin-modified reduced graphene oxide (rGO) films were prepared and used for a sensor array that could sufficiently react with VOC vapors to achieve highly sensitive detection...
March 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Chang Feng, Zihan Wang, Tianshu Chen, Xiaoxia Chen, Dongsheng Mao, Jing Zhao, Genxi Li
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 19, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
L Renee Ruhaak, Gege Xu, Qiongyu Li, Elisha Goonatilleke, Carlito B Lebrilla
Glycomic and glycoproteomic analyses involve the characterization of oligosaccharides (glycans) conjugated to proteins. Glycans are produced through a complicated nontemplate driven process involving the competition of enzymes that extend the nascent chain. The large diversity of structures, the variations in polarity of the individual saccharide residues, and the poor ionization efficiencies of glycans all conspire to make the analysis arguably much more difficult than any other biopolymer. Furthermore, the large number of glycoforms associated with a specific protein site makes it more difficult to characterize than any post-translational modification...
March 19, 2018: Chemical Reviews
Chang-Gu Lee, Hassan Javed, Danning Zhang, Jae-Hong Kim, Paul Westerhoff, Qilin Li, Pedro J J Alvarez
Using a bi-polymer system consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), P25-TiO2 was immobilized into thin film mats of porous electrospun fibers. Pores were introduced by dissolving sacrificial PVP to increase surface area and enhance access to TiO2. The highest photocatalytic activity was achieved using a PVDF:PVP weight ratio of 2:1. Methylene blue (MB) was used to visualize contaminant removal, assess the sorption capacity (5.93 ± 0.23 mg/g) and demonstrate stable removal kinetics (kMB > 0...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Qian Liang, Sainan Cui, Song Xu, Chao Yao, Mark J MacLachlan, Zhongyu Li
A novel triptycene-based covalent polymer (TCP) with a high surface area was constructed through the Suzuki coupling reaction. A very high photocatalytic H2 production rate of 50 670 μmol h-1 g-1 and superior photostability were achieved due to the intimate synergistic interactions between the TCP and Cd0.5Zn0.5S.
March 19, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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