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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786972/a-lyophilized-and-thermal-two-step-synthesis-of-cofe-alloy-nanoparticles-embedded-in-n-doped-carbon-nanosheets-carbon-nanotubes-for-highly-efficient-oxygen-evolution-reaction
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Yang Liu, Feng Li, Haidong Yang, Jing Li, Ping Ma, Yan Zhu, Jiantai Ma
There is a vital need to explore highly-efficient and stable nonprecious-metal catalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) to reduce the overpotential and further improve the energy conversion efficiency. Herein, we report a unique and cost-effective lyophilized and thermal two step procedure to synthesize high-performance CoFe alloy nanoparticles embedded in N-doped carbon nanosheets interspersed with carbon nanotubes (CoFe-N-CN/CNTs) hybrid. The lyophilization step during catalysts preparation is beneficial to uniform the dispersion of carbon-like precursors and avoid the agglomeration of metal particles...
May 22, 2018: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786952/arabidopsis-sumo-protease-asp1-positively-regulates-aba-signaling-during-early-seedling-development
#2
Qiongli Wang, Gao-Ping Qu, Xiangxiong Kong, Yan Yan, Jigang Li, Jing Bo Jin
The small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMO) modification plays an important role in the regulation of abscisic acid (ABA) signaling, but the function of the SUMO protease, in ABA signaling, remains largely unknown. Here, we show that the SUMO protease, ASP1 positively regulates ABA signaling. Mutations in ASP1 resulted in an ABA-insensitive phenotype, during early seedling development. Wild-type ASP1 successfully rescued, whereas an ASP1 mutant (C577S), defective in SUMO protease activity, failed to rescue, the ABA-insensitive phenotype of asp1-1...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786944/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-a-novel-series-of-inhibitors-reversing-p-glycoprotein-mediated-multidrug-resistance
#3
Hesham Ghaleb, Huilan Li, Mutta Kairuki, Qianqian Qiu, Xinzhou Bi, Chunxia Liu, Chen Liao, Jieming Li, Kamal Hezam, Wenlong Huang, Hai Qian
Multidrug resistance (MDR) is still the main barrier to attaining effective results with chemotherapy. Discovery of new chemo-reversal agents is needed to overcome MDR. Our study focused on a better way to obtain novel drugs with triazole rings that have an MDR-reversal ability through click chemistry. Among 20 developed compounds, compound 19 had a minimal cytotoxic effect compared to tariquidar and verapamil (VRP) and showed a higher reversal activity than VRP through increased accumulation in K562/A02 cells...
May 22, 2018: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786943/integrating-a-comprehensive-dna-barcode-reference-library-with-a-global-map-of-yews-taxus-l-for-forensic-identification
#4
Jie Liu, Richard I Milne, Michael Möller, Guang-Fu Zhu, Lin-Jiang Ye, Ya-Huang Luo, Jun-Bo Yang, Moses Cheloti Wambulwa, Chun-Neng Wang, De-Zhu Li, Lian-Ming Gao
Rapid and accurate identification of endangered species is a critical component of bio-surveillance and conservation management, and potentially policing illegal trades. However, this is often not possible using traditional taxonomy, especially where only small or pre-processed parts of plants are available. Reliable identification can be achieved via a comprehensive DNA barcode reference library, accompanied by precise distribution data. However, these require extensive sampling at spatial and taxonomic scales, which has rarely been achieved for cosmopolitan taxa...
May 22, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786920/functional-carbon-nanofibers-with-semi-embedded-titanium-oxide-particles-via-electrospinning
#5
Guoqing Chang, Wajid Ullah, Yunfeng Hu, Liwei Lin, Xu Wang, Chang-Zhi Li
The formulation of optoelectronic components into 1D nanostructures allows the promotion of new materials with multifunctionalities. In this work, it is demonstrated that new synthesis of photocatalytic carbon nanofiber decorated with semi-embedded titanium oxide (TiO2 ), namely, TiO2 @carbon fiber, is conveniently accessed through the electrospinning of polyacrylonitrile polymer and TiO2 particle comixture, and then followed by photon-activated self-erosion to expose the embedded TiO2 and carbonization. The hybrid nanofibers are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction analysis...
May 22, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786911/esipt-modulated-emission-of-lanthanide-complexes-different-energy-transfer-pathway-and-multi-responses
#6
Si-Si Sun, Zheng Wang, Xiang Wen Wu, Jian-Hua Zhang, Chao-Jie Li, Shao-Yun Yin, Ling Chen, Mei Pan, Cheng-Yong Su
Two series of isostructural lanthanide coordination complexes, namely, LIFM-42(Ln), Ln = Eu, Tb, Gd, and LIFM-43(Ln), Ln = Er, Yb) were synthesized through the self-assembly of an ESIPT (excited-state intramolecular proton transfer) ligand, H2hpi2cf (5-(2-(5-fluoro-2-hydroxyphenyl)-4,5-bis(4-fluorophenyl)-1H-imidazol-1-yl)isophthalic acid) with different lanthanide ions. In the coordination structures linked by the ligands and oxo-bridged LnIII2 clusters (for LIFM-42(Ln) series) or isolated LnIII ions (for LIFM-43(Ln) series), the ESIPT ligand can serve as both the host and antenna for protecting and sensitizing the photoluminescence (PL) of LnIII ions...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786904/visible-light-induced-supra-amphiphilic-switch-leads-to-transition-from-supramolecular-nanosphere-to-nanovesicle-activated-by-pillar-5-arene-based-host-guest-interaction
#7
Pengyu Li, Qianfang Yao, Baozhong Lü, Guiping Ma, Meizhen Yin
A photoresponsive host-guest supramolecular complex (WP5⊃G) constructed by water-soluble pillar[5]arene (WP5) and spiropyran derivative (G) is presented. The spontaneous isomerization of G from spiropyran (SP) form to ring-opened merocyanine (MC) form happens either alone or in WP5⊃G in aqueous media. Irradiated by visible light, G can be converted into SP form completely and the hydrophilicity will be changed. G and WP5⊃G are both verified to self-assemble into nanospheres. Upon exposure to visible light, WP5⊃G reassemble into nanovesicles due to the change of supra-amphiphilicity, while G alone does not have this transition...
May 22, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786889/a-novel-conductive-mesoporous-layer-with-a-dynamic-two-step-deposition-strategy-boosts-efficiency-of-perovskite-solar-cells-to-20
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Haoxuan Sun, Kaimo Deng, Yayun Zhu, Min Liao, Jie Xiong, Yanrong Li, Liang Li
Lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with the high power conversion efficiency (PCE) typically use mesoporous metal oxide nanoparticles as the scaffold and electron-transport layers. However, the traditional mesoporous layer suffers from low electron conductivity and severe carrier recombination. Here, antimony-doped tin oxide nanorod arrays are proposed as novel transparent conductive mesoporous layers in PSCs. Such a mesoporous layer improves the electron transport as well as light utilization. To resolve the common problem of uneven growth of perovskite on rough surface, the dynamic two-step spin coating strategy is proposed to prepare highly smooth, dense, and crystallized perovskite films with micrometer-scale grains, largely reducing the carrier recombination ratio...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786832/the-primary-active-components-antioxidant-properties-and-differential-metabolite-profiles-of-radish-sprouts-raphanus-sativus-l-upon-domestic-storage-analysis-of-nutritional-quality
#9
Ru Li, Yi Zhu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to analyze the nutritional quality of radish sprouts (Raphanus sativus L.) upon domestic short-term storage. We stored fresh radish sprouts at 25±1°C and at 4±1°C for 12 h, detected phenolic substances, glucosinolates, isothiocyanates, vitamin C, and various antioxidant and abiotic stress-related factors. We investigated nutrient-related metabolic differences and associated pathways and postharvest treatment effects on nutritional quality via metabolomics analysis...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786791/protocols-for-studies-on-tmprss2-erg-in-prostate-cancer
#10
Hubert Pakula, Douglas E Linn, Daniel R Schmidt, Marit Van Gorsel, Matthew G Vander Heiden, Zhe Li
TMPRSS2/ERG is the most common type of gene fusions found in human prostate cancer. There are two important features of TMPRSS2/ERG fusions. One is that these gene fusions lead to ectopic expression of ERG, an ETS family transcription factor, in prostate epithelial cells from the 5' control region of an androgen/estrogen dual-responsive gene, TMPRSS2; the other is that ~60% of these fusions are generated via intrachromosomal deletion of the interstitial region between TMPRSS2 and ERG. To recapitulate these important aspects of TMPRSS2/ERG fusions, we generated several TMPRSS2/ERG knockin mouse models based on the endogenous Tmprss2 locus...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786783/a-xenograft-model-for-venous-malformation
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Jillian Goines, Xian Li, Yuqi Cai, Paula Mobberley-Schuman, Megan Metcalf, Steven J Fishman, Denise M Adams, Adrienne M Hammill, Elisa Boscolo
Vascular malformations are defects caused by the abnormal growth of the vasculature. Among them, venous malformation (VM) is an anomaly characterized by slow-flow vascular lesions with abnormally shaped veins, typically in sponge-like configuration. VMs can expand over years causing disfigurement, obstruction of vital structures, thrombosis, bleeding, and pain. Treatments have been very limited and primarily based on supportive care, compression garments, sclerotherapy, and/or surgical resection. Sirolimus treatment has recently shown efficacy in some patients with complicated vascular anomalies, including VMs...
May 21, 2018: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786768/risk-prediction-score-for-hiv-infection-development-and-internal-validation-with-cross-sectional-data-from-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-china
#12
Lu Yin, Yuejuan Zhao, Meridith Blevins Peratikos, Liang Song, Xiangjun Zhang, Ruolei Xin, Zheya Sun, Yunan Xu, Li Zhang, Yifei Hu, Chun Hao, Yuhua Ruan, Yiming Shao, Sten H Vermund, Han-Zhu Qian
Receptive anal intercourse, multiple partners, condomless sex, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and drug/alcohol addiction are familiar factors that correlate with increased human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) risk among men who have sex with men (MSM). To improve estimation to HIV acquisition, we created a composite score using questions from routine survey of 3588 MSM in Beijing, China. The HIV prevalence was 13.4%. A risk scoring tool using penalized maximum likelihood multivariable logistic regression modeling was developed, deploying backward step-down variable selection to obtain a reduced-form model...
May 21, 2018: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786755/cardiac-progenitor-cell%C3%A2-derived-exosomes-promote-h9c2-cell-growth-via-akt-mtor-activation
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Shentang Li, Jie Jiang, Zuocheng Yang, Zhuoying Li, Xing Ma, Xin Li
Exosomes are cell‑derived vesicles released from a variety of mammalian cells that are involved in cell‑to‑cell signalling. It has been reported that cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) derived from an adult heart are one of the most promising stem cell types for cardioprotection and repair. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling pathway is a pivotal regulator in CPCs, therefore, CPC‑derived exosomes were used in the present study to investigate whether it can promote H9C2 cell growth through the protein kinase B (PKB, or Akt)/mTOR signalling pathway...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786753/hypoxia%C3%A2-induced-expression-of-cxcr4-favors-trophoblast-cell-migration-and-invasion-via-the-activation-of-hif%C3%A2-1%C3%AE
#14
Zhan Zhang, Pengyun Li, Yan Wang, Huan Yan
The placenta initially develops in a low‑oxygen environment up to week 8‑10 of gestation, and a low oxygen level is a critical factor in the regulation of trophoblast migration and invasion. CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) is transcriptionally activated by hypoxia in cancer cells. However, whether CXCR4 is involved in hypoxia‑inducible factor (HIF)‑1α‑dependent trophoblastic migration and invasion in a physiologically hypoxic environment (3% O2) remains to be fully elucidated and requires further investigation...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786752/overexpression-of-mir%C3%A2-17%C3%A2-5p-protects-against-high-glucose%C3%A2-induced-endothelial-cell-injury-by-targeting-e2f1%C3%A2-mediated-suppression-of-autophagy-and-promotion-of-apoptosis
#15
Yifeng Yuan, Xue Li, Maoquan Li
E2 promoter binding factor 1 (E2F1) has been reported to have an important regulatory role in cell survival during hyperglycemic conditions; however, the mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated. Bioinformatics analyses have suggested that microRNA (miR)‑17‑5p targets the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) of E2F1. The aim of the present study was to characterize the protective effect of miR‑17‑5p/E2F1 on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) under high glucose (HG) conditions, to confirm the regulatory effect of miR‑17‑5p on E2F1/AMP‑activated protein kinase α2 (AMPKα2)‑mediated apoptosis and E2F1/mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1)‑mediated autophagy...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786749/long-noncoding-rna-myocardial-infarction%C3%A2-associated-transcript-is-associated-with-the-microrna%C3%A2-150%C3%A2-5p-p300-pathway-in-cardiac-hypertrophy
#16
Zhao Li, Yamin Liu, Xiaofan Guo, Guozhe Sun, Qun Ma, Ying Dai, Guangshuo Zhu, Yingxian Sun
In numerous diseases, abnormal expression of myocardial infarction‑associated transcript (MIAT) has been reported to be involved in cell proliferation, apoptosis and migration. However, whether this long non‑coding RNA MIAT has a regulatory effect on heart hypertrophy requires further investigation. To this end, the present study evaluated MIAT in hypertrophic cardiomyocytes in vitro and in vivo. Neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (NRVMs) were induced by isoproterenol (ISO) to create a cell hypertrophy model, and mice were intraperitoneally injected with ISO to establish an animal model...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786741/halo-substituted-benzenesulfonyls-and-benzenesulfinates-convenient-sources-of-arenes-in-metal-catalyzed-c-c-bond-formation-reactions-for-the-straightforward-access-to-halo-substituted-arenes
#17
REVIEW
Haoran Li, Arpan Sasmal, Xinzhe Shi, Jean-François Soulé, Henri Doucet
Palladium-catalyzed reactions using aryl halides as one of the coupling partners represent a very popular method for generating carbon-carbon bonds. However, such couplings suffer from important limitations. As most palladium catalysts are very effective for the cleavage of C-halo bonds (Halo = Cl, Br or I), in many cases, the presence of several halide functional groups on arenes is not tolerated. Since two decades, and especially during the last few years, a new class of coupling partners, benzenesulfonyl and benzenesulfinate derivatives, has emerged as a powerful alternative to aryl halides for the Pd-catalyzed C-C bond formation, as the reactions performed with these substrates generally tolerate C-halo bonds...
May 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786738/design-and-mechanistic-study-of-a-novel-gold-nanocluster-based-drug-delivery-system
#18
Qinzhen Li, Yiting Pan, Tiankai Chen, Yuanxin Du, Honghua Ge, Buchang Zhang, Jianping Xie, Haizhu Yu, Manzhou Zhu
Chemically-triggered drug delivery systems (DDSs) have been extensively studied as they do not require specialized equipment to deliver the drug and can deeply penetrate human tissue. However, their syntheses are complicated and they tend to be cytotoxic, which restricts their clinical utility. In this work, the self-regulated drug loading and release capabilities of peptide-protected gold nanoclusters (Pep-Au NCs) are investigated using vancomycin (Van) as the model drug. Gold nanoclusters (Au NCs) coated with a custom-designed pentapeptide are synthesized as drug delivery nanocarriers and loaded with Van - a spontaneous process reliant on the specific binding between Van and the custom-designed peptide...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786726/boron-doped-graphene-nanosheet-supported-pt-a-highly-active-and-selective-catalyst-for-low-temperature-h-2-scr
#19
Maocong Hu, Zhenhua Yao, Lili Li, Yung-Hao Tsou, Liyuan Kuang, Xiaoyang Xu, Wen Zhang, Xianqin Wang
A series of boron-doped graphene-supported Pt (Pt/BG) nanosheets were designed and synthesized using a one-step facile hydrothermal method. ICP, XPS, and TPD results confirmed that boron atoms were successfully embedded into the graphene matrix. The selective catalytic reduction of nitric oxide with hydrogen (H2-SCR) was tested over Pt/BG catalysts. The multi-roles of doped-boron were investigated by Raman, BET, CO-chemisorption, H2-TPD, XPS, and NO-TPD. Boron doping led to a higher dispersion and smaller size of Pt nanoparticles, facilitated hydrogen spillover, promoted more metallic Pt formation, and increased both H2 and NO chemisorption, which were attributed to an enhanced Pt nucleation rate over doped-boron, electron donation from boron to Pt, and extra chemisorption sites...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786715/cancer-cell-membrane-coated-magnetic-nanoparticles-for-mr-nir-fluorescence-dual-modal-imaging-and-photodynamic-therapy
#20
Jiong Li, Xuandong Wang, Dongye Zheng, Xinyi Lin, Zuwu Wei, Da Zhang, Zhuanfang Li, Yun Zhang, Ming Wu, Xiaolong Liu
Theranostic nanoprobes integrated with dual-modal imaging and therapeutic functions, such as photodynamic therapy (PDT), have exhibited significant potency in cancer treatments due to their high imaging accuracy and non-invasive advantages for cancer elimination. However, biocompatibility and highly efficient accumulation of these nanoprobes in tumor are still unsatisfactory for clinical application. In this study, a photosensitizer -loaded magnetic nanobead with surface further coated with a layer of cancer cell membrane (SSAP-Ce6@CCM) was designed to improve the biocompatibility and cellular uptake and ultimately achieve enhanced MR/NIR fluorescence imaging and PDT efficacy...
May 22, 2018: Biomaterials Science
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