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Tao Ye, Xi Jiang, Dongyang Wan, Xingzhi Wang, Jun Xing, Thirumalai Venkatesan, Qihua Xiong, Seeram Ramakrishna
Aligned and flexible electrospun carbon nanomaterials are used to synthesize novel carbon perovskite nanocomposite for the first time. The free electron diffusion length in CH3NH3PbI3 phase of the CH3NH3PbI3/carbon nanocomposite is observed to almost double that of bare CH3NH3PbI3 and nearly 95% of the photogenerated free holes can inject from CH3NH3PbI3 phase to the carbon nanomaterials. Furthermore, the exciton binding energy in the composite is estimated to be ~23 meV by utilizing temperature dependent optical absorption spectroscopy...
October 22, 2016: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Meng Qi, Xi Zhu, Wei Du, Yilin Chen, Yuanchen Chen, Tianbo Huang, Xuelian Pan, Qirui Zhong, Xu Sun, Eddy Y Zeng, Baoshan Xing, Shu Tao
Because people spend most of their time indoors, the characterization of indoor air quality is important for exposure assessment. Unfortunately, indoor air data are scarce, leading to a major data gap in risk assessment. In this study, PM2.5 concentrations in both indoor and outdoor air were simultaneously measured using on-line particulate counters in 13 households in Haidian, Beijing for both heating and non-heating seasons. A bimodal distribution of PM2.5 concentrations suggests rapid transitions between polluted and non-polluted situations...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Xi Chen, Heng Qiu, Chao Wang, Yu Yuan, Jennifer Tickner, Jiake Xu, Jun Zou
Choline, a hydrophilic cation, has versatile physiological roles throughout the body, including cholinergic neurotransmission, memory consolidation and membrane biosynthesis and metabolism. Choline kinases possess enzyme activity that catalyses the conversion of choline to phosphocholine, which is further converted to cytidine diphosphate-coline (CDP-choline) in the biosynthesis of phosphatidylcholine (PC). PC is a major constituent of the phospholipid bilayer which constitutes the eukaryotic cell membrane, and regulates cell signal transduction...
October 8, 2016: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
Meng Li Liu, Bin Bin Chen, Ze Xi Liu, Cheng Zhi Huang
Though many methods of detecting 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP) mainly have been developed recent years, quantification of TNP in environmental matrixes still faces up to great challenges because all the nitroaromatic explosives reveal highly similar chemical structure. In the present work, we have developed a selective and sensitive method for detection of TNP by amorphous photoluminescent carbon nanodots (CNDs), which are prepared through a simple hydrothermal route using spermine and m-phenylenediamine (MPD) as precursors...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Li-Shun Zhang, Qing-Li Zhao, Xin-Xin Li, Xi-Xi Li, Yan-Ping Huang, Zhao-Sheng Liu
A hybrid monolith incorporated with mesoporous molecular sieve MCM-41 of uniform pore structure and high surface area was prepared with binary green porogens in the first time. With a mixture of room temperature ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents as porogens, MCM-41 was modified with 3-(trimethoxysilyl) propyl methacrylate (γ-MPS) and the resulting MCM-41-MPS was incorporated into poly (BMA-co-EDMA) monoliths covalently. Because of good dispersibility of MCM-41-MPS in the green solvent-based polymerization system, high permeability and homogeneity for the resultant hybrid monolithic columns was achieved...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Man Wang, Ping Ma, Xiaonan Xi, Lei Liu, Yabin Wen, Kangning Liu, Liang Sun, Yaxin Lu, Zheng Yin
The bioanalysis and especially the sample preparation of nucleoside drugs in complex media, such as human plasma, has been challenging due to the high polarity and high solubility of these drugs in water. Online solid phase extraction (SPE) offers significant advantages, such as automation and timesaving. Thus, several types of SPE columns have been developed for compounds with different polarities. In this study, SPE was applied to overcome the issue of sample pretreatment of nucleoside drugs in human plasma, with the final aim of establishing a robust analytical platform for drugs with similar structures...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Yunfei Tian, Peng Wu, Qin Liu, Xi Wu, Xiandeng Hou
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has been applied in a range of fields for its super high sensitivity which can even reach the single molecule level. But the quantification methods based on SERS still have some challenges such as stability, repeatability, and linearity at low concentrations. Here we propose a new quantification approach by using a total mapping scheme, and then add all the spectra together to obtain a final merged spectrum (a total SERS spectrum). The total SERS spectra were used to perform quantification analysis...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Cong Wu, Meng-Qing Gong, Bo-Ya Liu, Ren-Xi Zhuo, Si-Xue Cheng
To effectively reverse multiple drug resistance (MDR) in tumor treatments, a functional nano-sized drug delivery system with active targeting function and pH sensitivity was prepared for the co-delivery of multiple drug resistance inhibitors. Buthionine sulfoximine (BSO) to inhibit GSH synthesis and celecoxib (CXB) to down-regulate P-gp expression were co-loaded in polymer/inorganic hybrid nanoparticles to form buthionine sulfoximine/celecoxib@biotin-heparin/heparin/calcium carbonate/calcium phosphate nanoparticles (BSO/CXB@BNP)...
October 13, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Xiaohui Huang, Weisong Shen, Hongqing Xi, Kecheng Zhang, Jianxin Cui, Bo Wei, Lin Chen
The prognostic role of Extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN/ CD147) in gastrointestinal cancer remains controversial. We systematically reviewed the evidence of assessment of CD147 expression in gastrointestinal cancer to help clarify this issue. Pubmed, Embase, Cochrane Library and Web of Science databases were searched to identify eligible studies to evaluate the association of CD147 expression and disease-free and overall survival of gastrointestinal cancer. Hazard ratios (HRs) were pooled to estimate the effect...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Yun Liang, Xin He, Xian Li, Xuzhao Zhang, Xiaohong Zhang, Lei Zhang, Xi Qiu, Xiaoying Zhao, Rongzhen Xu
Multiple myeloma (MM) remains incurable despite the development and the use of new agents. In our studies, we found that 4-chlorbenzoyl berbamine (BBMD9), a novel synthetic derivative of berbamine, inhibited the proliferation of MM cells in dose- and time-dependent manners. Flow cytometric (FCM) analysis revealed that MM cells were arrested in the G1 phase and that apoptotic cells increased in a time-dependent manner. Moreover, the BBMD9 treatment downregulated IKKα and IKKβ, inhibited p-IκBα, and blocked p65 nuclear localization...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Investigation
Zhong-Jie Wang, Ling Qin, Jin-Xi Chen, He-Gen Zheng
Two luminescent Cd(II) metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) were prepared from electron-rich π-conjugated fluorescent ligands. They are isostructural with sql nets. Their strong luminescences can be quenched by a series of nitroaromatic explosives. Notably, MOF 1 shows highly selective and sensitive detection of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP), while MOF 2 exhibits good responses toward picric acid (PA) compared with other nitroaromatic explosives. This different order of quenching efficiency is because there are H-bonding interactions between MOF 1 and 4-NP, while MOF 2 lacks these H-bonding interactions...
October 21, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Nathan A Bernhardt, Wenhui Xi, Wei Wang, Ulrich H E Hansmann
Recent experiments suggest that an amino acid sequence encodes not only the native fold of a protein but also other forms essential for its function, or important during folding or association. These various forms populate a multi-funnel folding and association landscape where mutations, changes in environment or interaction with other molecules switch between the encoded folds. We introduce replica-exchange-with- tunneling as a way to simulate efficiently switching between distinct folds of proteins and protein aggregates...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Hong Zhang, Zheng Dan, Zhi-Jie Ding, Yuan-Zhi Lao, Hong-Sheng Tan, Hong-Xi Xu
A UPLC-PDA-QTOFMS-guided isolation strategy was employed to screen and track potentially new compounds from Garcinia oblongifolia. As a result, two new prenylated xanthones, oblongixanthones D and E (1-2), six new prenylated benzoylphloroglucinol derivatives, oblongifolins V-Z (3-7) and oblongifolin AA (8), as well as a known compound oblongifolin L (9), were isolated from the EtOAc-soluble fraction of an acetone extract of the leaves of Garcinia oblongifolia guided by UPLC-PDA-QTOFMS analysis. The structures of the new compounds were elucidated by 1D- and 2D-NMR spectroscopic analysis and mass spectrometry...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Liang Liu, Junnian Wei, Yue Chi, Wen-Xiong Zhang, Zhenfeng Xi
The chemistry of magnesium organocuprates, including their synthesis, structures, and reactions, remains underexplored. In this work, by taking advantage of the high reactivity and ready availability of magnesiacyclopentadienes, a series of magnesiacyclopentadiene-based organocuprates were synthesized and structurally characterized. A variety of CuX salts (X=Cl, Br, I, or alkynyl) were successfully applied to react with magnesiacyclopentadienes. Besides CuX salts, AgX salts (X=Cl, alkynyl) also undergwent the above reaction to afford the corresponding magnesium organoargentates...
October 21, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Ling Wang, Xi Chen, Jingfang Hao, Lu Yang
Essential fatty acids had been applied in the treatment of dry eye syndrome (DES), but the effects of different combinations of fatty acids have not been investigated. 360 long-term contact lens wearers were included in this double-blinded study. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids were combined in different ratios and supplied to the participants that were randomly divided into six groups, and the effects of different essential fatty acids mixture on DES with or without topical cyclosporine were investigated. More than half of long-term contact lens wearers suffered from DES, which were found to be attenuated by oral supplement of properly balanced O3FA and O6FA fatty acid...
October 20, 2016: Inflammopharmacology
Ning-Jiu Zhao, Yu-Wei Wang, Qian Liu, Zi-Hong Lin, Ran Liang, Li-Min Fu, Xi-Cheng Ai, Zhishan Bo, Jian-Ping Zhang
A pair of 9-arylidene-9H-fluorene and benzothiadiazole based, low-bandgap copolymers differing merely in the para or meta substitution of alkoxy groups to the arylidene linkages, i.e. p-PAFDTBT and m-PAFDTBT respectively, were comparatively investigated by using morphological characterization, ultrafast spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. Despite the subtle difference in the alkoxy substitution patterns, p-PAFDTBT molecules in photoactive films were shown to have a higher degree of crystallinity owing to the relatively less rotational torsion of the arylidene linkages...
October 21, 2016: Nanoscale
Meng-Juan Zhang, Hong-Xi Li, Hai-Yan Li, Jian-Ping Lang
Solvothermal reactions of 5-phenylpyrimidine-2-thiol (5-phpymtH) with equimolar CuBr afforded one hexanuclear cluster [Cu6(μ3-5-phpymt)6] (1) along with a tetranuclear by-product [{(Cu2Br)(μ-5-phpymtH)}(μ3-5-phpymt)]2 (2). A two dimensional (2D) polymer [Cu4(μ5-5-phpymt)2(μ-Br)2]n (3) was isolated from the reaction of 5-phpymtH with two equiv. of CuBr. Analogous reactions of 5-phpymtH with one or four equiv. of CuI produced one tetranuclear cluster [{Cu2(μ-5-phpymtH)(μ-5-phpymt)}(μ3-I)]2 (4) and one 2D polymer [Cu6I2(μ4-I)2(μ4-5-phpymt)2]n (5)...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Ola Ozernov-Palchik, Xi Yu, Yingying Wang, Nadine Gaab
Dyslexia is a heritable reading disorder with an estimated prevalence of 5-17%. A multiple deficit model has been proposed that illustrates dyslexia as an outcome of multiple risks and protective factors interacting at the genetic, neural, cognitive, and environmental levels. Here we review the evidence on each of these levels and discuss possible underlying mechanisms and their reciprocal interactions along a developmental timeline. Current and potential implications of neuroscientific findings for contemporary challenges in the field of dyslexia, as well as for reading development and education in general, are then discussed...
August 2016: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Xiaohong Ruby Xu, Naadiya Carrim, Miguel Antonio Dias Neves, Thomas McKeown, Tyler W Stratton, Rodrigo Matos Pinto Coelho, Xi Lei, Pingguo Chen, Jianhua Xu, Xiangrong Dai, Benjamin Xiaoyi Li, Heyu Ni
Platelets are central mediators of thrombosis and hemostasis. At the site of vascular injury, platelet accumulation (i.e. adhesion and aggregation) constitutes the first wave of hemostasis. Blood coagulation, initiated by the coagulation cascades, is the second wave of thrombin generation and enhance phosphatidylserine exposure, can markedly potentiate cell-based thrombin generation and enhance blood coagulation. Recently, deposition of plasma fibronectin and other proteins onto the injured vessel wall has been identified as a new "protein wave of hemostasis" that occurs prior to platelet accumulation (i...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Peng Li, Ya-Ling Yin, Tao Guo, Xue-Ying Sun, Hui Ma, Mo-Li Zhu, Fan-Rong Zhao, Ping Xu, Yuan Chen, Guang-Rui Wan, Fan Jiang, Qi-Sheng Peng, Chao Liu, Li-Ying Liu, Shuang-Xi Wang
BACKGROUND: -GTP cyclohydrolase 1 (GCH1) deficiency is critical for endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) uncoupling in endothelial dysfunction. MicroRNAs (miR) are a class of regulatory RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression. We investigated whether statins prevent endothelial dysfunction via miR-dependent GCH1 upregulation. METHODS: -Endothelial function was assessed by measuring acetylcholine- induced vasorelaxation in the organ chamber. MiR-133a expression was assessed by RT-qPCR and fluorescence in situ hybridization...
October 20, 2016: Circulation
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