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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214356/comparative-analysis-of-the-transcriptional-responses-to-low-and-high-temperature-in-three-rice-planthopper-species
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Hai-Jian Huang, Jian Xue, Ji-Chong Zhuo, Ruo-Lin Cheng, Hai-Jun Xu, Chuan-Xi Zhang
The brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens, BPH), white-backed planthopper (Sogatella furcifera, WBPH), and small brown planthopper (Laodelphax striatellus, SBPH) are important rice pests in Asia. These three species differ in thermal tolerance and exhibit quite different migration and overwintering strategies. To understand the underlying mechanisms, we sequenced and compared the transcriptome of the three species under different temperature treatments. We found that metabolism-, exoskeleton-, and chemosensory-related genes were modulated...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213717/the-minor-collagens-in-articular-cartilage
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REVIEW
Yunyun Luo, Dovile Sinkeviciute, Yi He, Morten Karsdal, Yves Henrotin, Ali Mobasheri, Patrik Önnerfjord, Anne Bay-Jensen
Articular cartilage is a connective tissue consisting of a specialized extracellular matrix (ECM) that dominates the bulk of its wet and dry weight. Type II collagen and aggrecan are the main ECM proteins in cartilage. However, little attention has been paid to less abundant molecular components, especially minor collagens, including type IV, VI, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, and XIV, etc. Although accounting for only a small fraction of the mature matrix, these minor collagens not only play essential structural roles in the mechanical properties, organization, and shape of articular cartilage, but also fulfil specific biological functions...
February 17, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213636/decrease-of-glial-cell-derived-neurotrophic-factor-contributes-to-anesthesia-and-surgery-induced-learning-and-memory-dysfunction-in-neonatal-rats
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Lingli Gui, Xi Lei, Zhiyi Zuo
: Long duration of anesthesia may induce toxicity in the developing brain. However, little is known about the effects of the combination of surgery and anesthesia on the developing brain. The mechanisms for the effects are not clear. To determine these effects, postnatal day 7 male and female Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to 3% sevoflurane for 2 h with or without right common carotid exposure. Pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC), an anti-inflammatory agent, was given 30 min before and 6 h after the carotid exposure...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213537/ketoacylsynthase-domains-of-a-pufa-synthase-in-thraustochytrium-can-effectively-function-as-stand-alone-enzymes-in-escherichia-coli
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Xi Xie, Dauenpen Meesapyodsuk, Xiao Qiu
Thraustochytrium sp. 26185 accumulates a high level of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a nutritionally important ω-3 very long chain unsaturated fatty acid (VLCPUFA) synthesized primarily by polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) synthase, a Type I polyketide synthase-like mega-enzyme. The PUFA synthase in this species comprises three large subunits each with multiple catalytic domains. It was hypothesized that among these domains, ketoacylsynthase (KS) domains might be critical for catalyzing the condensation of specific unsaturated acyl-ACPs with malonyl-ACP, whereby retaining double bonds in an extended acyl chain...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213212/a-sensitive-bisphenol-a-voltammetric-sensor-relying-on-aupd-nanoparticles-graphene-composites-modified-glassy-carbon-electrode
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Bingyuan Su, Huilin Shao, Na Li, Xiaomei Chen, Zhixiong Cai, Xi Chen
In this work, a sensitive bisphenol A (BPA) electrochemical sensor was assembled using a surfactant-free AuPd nanoparticles-loaded graphene nanosheets (AuPdNPs/GNs) modified electrode. The AuPdNPs monodispersed on GNs were successfully prepared by the spontaneous redox reaction between bimetallic precursors and GNs. Because no surfactant or halide ions were involved in the proposed synthesis, the prepared composite was enabled to directly modify a glassy carbon electrode without any pre-treatments. Moreover, due to the synergetic effect of Au and Pd, AuPdNPs/GNs displayed high electrochemical activity with well-defined voltammetric peaks of BPA oxidation and lower overpotential compared with monometallic PdNPs and AuNPs supported GNs...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213110/effect-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-on-stroke-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Fuu-Jen Tsai, Tsung-Jung Ho, Chi-Fung Cheng, Xiang Liu, Hsinyi Tsang, Ting-Hsu Lin, Chiu-Chu Liao, Shao-Mei Huang, Ju-Pi Li, Cheng-Wen Lin, Jaung-Geng Lin, Jung-Chun Lin, Chih-Chien Lin, Wen-Miin Liang, Ying-Ju Lin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D) include stroke, which is a cerebrovascular disturbance characterized by reduced blood flow in the brain, leading to death or physical disability. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been widely used in ancient China for the treatment of diabetes and stroke by supplementing Qi and activating blood circulation. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to investigate the frequencies and patterns of CHM treatment for stroke patients with T2D and the outcomes of long-term use in Taiwan...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213064/juvenile-treatment-with-a-novel-mglur2-agonist-mglur3-antagonist-compound-ly395756-reverses-learning-deficits-and-cognitive-flexibility-impairments-in-adults-in-a-neurodevelopmental-model-of-schizophrenia
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Meng-Lin Li, Yelena Gulchina, Sarah A Monaco, Bo Xing, Brielle R Ferguson, Yan-Chun Li, Feng Li, Xi-Quan Hu, Wen-Jun Gao
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorder, in which cognitive function becomes disrupted at early stages of the disease. Although the mechanisms underlying cognitive impairments remain unclear, N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) hypofunctioning in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) has been implicated. Moreover, cognitive symptoms in SCZ are usually unresponsive to treatment with current antipsychotics and by onset, disruption of the dopamine system, not NMDAR hypofunctioning, dominates the symptoms...
February 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212562/overexpression-of-mir-29a-reduces-the-oncogenic-properties-of-glioblastoma-stem-cells-by-downregulating-quaking-gene-isoform-6
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Zhuo Xi, Ping Wang, Yixue Xue, Chao Shang, Xiaobai Liu, Jun Ma, Zhiqing Li, Zhen Li, Min Bao, Yunhui Liu
Glioblastoma is the most common type of malignant primary brain tumor and has high recurrence and lethality rates. Glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs), a subpopulation of glioblastoma cells, may promote rapid tumor recurrence and therapy resistance. Because altered microRNA (miR) expression in GSCs may lead to glioblastoma progression, we assessed the effects of miR-29a expression on the oncogenic behavior of GSCs. MiR-29a expression was lower in GSCs than non-GSCs, and overexpression of miR-29a in GSCs inhibited cell proliferation, migration and invasion, but promoted apoptosis...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212017/increased-electron-accepting-and-decreased-electron-donating-capacities-of-soil-humic-substances-in-response-to-increasing-temperature
#9
Wenbing Tan, Beidou Xi, Guoan Wang, Jie Jiang, Xiao-Song He, Xuhui Mao, Ru-Tai Gao, Cai-Hong Huang, Hui Zhang, Dan Li, Yufu Jia, Ying Yuan, Xinyu Zhao
The electron transfer capacities (ETC) of soil humic substances (HS) are linked to the type and abundance of redox-active functional moieties in their structure. Natural temperature can affect the chemical structure of natural organic matter by regulating their oxidative transformation and degradation in soils. However, it is unclear if there is a direct correlation between ETC of soil HS and mean annual temperature. In this study, we assess the response of the electron accepting and electron donating capacities (EAC and EDC) of soil HS to temperature by analyzing HS extracted from soil sets along glacial-interglacial cycles through loess-palaeosol sequences and along natural temperature gradients through latitude and altitude transects...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211804/comparison-of-elastography-based-on-transvaginal-ultrasound-and-mri-in-assessing-parametrial-invasion-of-cervical-cancer
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Xi Ma, Qi Li, Jian-Liang Wang, Jun Shao, Yu-Chun Zhu, Wei Ding, Hou-Sheng Zhang, Hong-Yan Wang, Jun-Kang Shen
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of transvaginal elastography (TVES) combined with high-resolution transvaginal ultrasound (TVS) in the detection of parametrial invasion in cervical cancer and to compare the diagnostic performance with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: 52 women with histologically confirmed cervical cancer over a 2-year period were staged using International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) criteria and underwent MRI and TVES combined with TVS according to a standardized protocol before treatment...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211523/pedf-mediates-pathological-neovascularization-by-regulating-macrophage-recruitment-and-polarization-in-the-mouse-model-of-oxygen-induced-retinopathy
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Sha Gao, Changwei Li, Yanji Zhu, Yanuo Wang, Ailing Sui, Yisheng Zhong, Bing Xie, Xi Shen
Macrophages have been demonstrated to play a proangiogenic role in retinal pathological vascular growth. Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) works as a powerful endogenous angiogenesis inhibitor, but its role in macrophage recruitment and polarization is largely unknown. To explore the underlying mechanisms, we first evaluated macrophage polarization in the retinas of the oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) mouse model. Compared to that in normal controls, M1- and M2-like macrophages were all abundantly increased in the retinas of OIR mice...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211462/zebrafish-tracking-using-convolutional-neural-networks
#12
Zhiping Xu, Xi En Cheng
Keeping identity for a long term after occlusion is still an open problem in the video tracking of zebrafish-like model animals, and accurate animal trajectories are the foundation of behaviour analysis. We utilize the highly accurate object recognition capability of a convolutional neural network (CNN) to distinguish fish of the same congener, even though these animals are indistinguishable to the human eye. We used data augmentation and an iterative CNN training method to optimize the accuracy for our classification task, achieving surprisingly accurate trajectories of zebrafish of different size and age zebrafish groups over different time spans...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211158/carbonyls-as-latent-alkyl-carbanions-for-conjugate-additions
#13
Xi-Jie Dai, Haining Wang, Chao-Jun Li
Conjugate addition of carbon nucleophiles to electron-deficient olefins is one of the most powerful methods for forming carbon-carbon bonds. Despite great achievements in controlling the selectivity, variation of the carbon nucleophiles remains largely underexplored, with this approach relying mostly on organometallic reagents. Herein, we report that naturally abundant carbonyls can act as latent carbon nucleophiles for conjugate additions through a ruthenium-catalyzed process, with water and nitrogen as innocuous byproducts...
February 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209298/utidelone-plus-capecitabine-versus-capecitabine-alone-for-heavily-pretreated-metastatic-breast-cancer-refractory-to-anthracyclines-and-taxanes-a-multicentre-open-label-superiority-phase-3-randomised-controlled-trial
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Pin Zhang, Tao Sun, Qingyuan Zhang, Zhongyu Yuan, Zefei Jiang, Xiao Jia Wang, Shude Cui, Yuee Teng, Xi-Chun Hu, Junlan Yang, Hongming Pan, Zhongsheng Tong, Huiping Li, Qiang Yao, Yongsheng Wang, Yongmei Yin, Ping Sun, Hong Zheng, Jing Cheng, Jinsong Lu, Baochun Zhang, Cuizhi Geng, Jian Liu, Roujun Peng, Min Yan, Shaohua Zhang, Jian Huang, Li Tang, Rongguo Qiu, Binghe Xu
BACKGROUND: Utidelone, a genetically engineered epothilone analogue, has shown promise as a potential treatment for breast cancer in phase 1 and 2 trials. The aim of this phase 3 trial was to compare the efficacy and safety of utidelone plus capecitabine versus capecitabine alone in patients with metastatic breast cancer. METHODS: We did a multicentre, open-label, superiority, phase 3, randomised controlled trial in 26 hospitals in China. Eligible participants were female patients with metastatic breast cancer refractory to anthracycline and taxane chemotherapy regimens...
February 10, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209053/non-targeted-screening-and-determination-of-sulfonamides-a-dispersive-micro-solid-phase-extraction-approach-to-the-analysis-of-milk-and-honey-samples-using-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#15
Shuping Hu, Min Zhao, Yiyuan Xi, Qiqi Mao, Xudong Zhou, Dawei Chen, Pengcheng Yan
A simple, rapid, sensitive, selective, and environmentally friendly method, based on dispersive micro solid-phase extraction approach (dispersive micro SPE) coupled with liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS) was established for the analysis of sulfonamides in honey and milk. An efficient non-targeted screening strategy was designed to discover and identify known and unknown sulfonamides in honey and milk using full-MS/all ion fragmentation (AIF) mass spectrometry acquisition mode...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209030/effects-of-annealing-ambient-on-the-characteristics-of-laalo3-films-grown-by-atomic-layer-deposition
#16
Lu Zhao, Hong-Xia Liu, Xing Wang, Chen-Xi Fei, Xing-Yao Feng, Yong-Te Wang
We investigated the effects of different annealing ambients on the physical and electrical properties of LaAlO3 films grown by atomic layer deposition. Post-grown rapid thermal annealing (RTA) was carried out at 600 °C for 1 min in vacuum, N2, and O2, respectively. It was found that the chemical bonding states at the interfacial layers (ILs) between LaAlO3 films and Si substrate were affected by the different annealing ambients. The formation of IL was enhanced during the RTA process, resulting in the decrease of accumulation capacitance, especially in O2 ambient...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208793/chitosan-recombinamer-layer-by-layer-coatings-for-multifunctional-implants
#17
Jeevan Prasaad Govindharajulu, Xi Chen, Yuping Li, Jose Carlos Rodriguez-Cabello, Mrinal Battacharya, Conrado Aparicio
The main clinical problems for dental implants are (1) formation of biofilm around the implant-a condition known as peri-implantitis and (2) inadequate bone formation around the implant-lack of osseointegration. Therefore, developing an implant to overcome these problems is of significant interest to the dental community. Chitosan has been reported to have good biocompatibility and anti-bacterial activity. An osseo-inductive recombinant elastin-like biopolymer (P-HAP), that contains a peptide derived from the protein statherin, has been reported to induce biomineralization and osteoblast differentiation...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208444/approximate-master-equation-approach-for-the-kinouchi-copelli-neural-model-on-networks
#18
Chong-Yang Wang, Zhi-Xi Wu, Michael Z Q Chen
In this work, we use the approximate-master-equation approach to study the dynamics of the Kinouchi-Copelli neural model on various networks. By categorizing each neuron in terms of its state and also the states of its neighbors, we are able to uncover how the coupled system evolves with respective to time by directly solving a set of ordinary differential equations. In particular, we can easily calculate the statistical properties of the time evolution of the network instantaneous response, the network response curve, the dynamic range, and the critical point in the framework of the approximate-master-equation approach...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208365/expansion-of-cooperatively-growing-populations-optimal-migration-rates-and-habitat-network-structures
#19
Kai-Cheng Yang, Zhi-Xi Wu, Petter Holme, Etsuko Nonaka
Range expansion of species is driven by the interactions among individual- and population-level processes and the spatial pattern of habitats. In this work we study how cooperatively growing populations spread on networks representing the skeleton of complex landscapes. By separating the slow and fast variables of the expansion process, we are able to give analytical predictions for the critical conditions that divide the dynamic behaviors into different phases (extinction, localized survival, and global expansion)...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207528/idiopathic-retroperitoneal-fibrosis-causing-unilateral-ureteral-and-sigmoid-colon-obstruction-a-case-report
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Ting Yan, Yujuan Wang, Zhijun Liu, Xiaolei Zhang, Qian Wu, Mingrong Xi
OBJECTIVE: The present report aimed to present a unique case of idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) presenting features of unilateral ureteral and sigmoid colon obstruction. RPF is a rare disorder with unclear etiology. CASE REPORT: A 43-year-old female had a 10-day history of lower right abdominal and lumbar pain. Gynecological examination, ultrasound, and computed tomography (CT) were all suggestive of right ovarian tumor. An enhanced CT showed right-sided hydronephrosis...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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