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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821676/brief-novel-visual-experience-fundamentally-changes-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-mouse-visual-cortex
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Shuo Li, Laijian Wang, Xiaoxiu Tie, Kazuhiro Sohya, Xian Lin, Alfredo Kirkwood, Bin Jiang
Long-term potentiation (LTP) has been known to be a mechanism by which experience modifies synaptic responses in the neocortex. Visual deprivation in the form of dark exposure or dark rearing from birth enhances NMDAR-dependent LTP in layer 2/3 of visual cortex, a process often termed metaplasticity, which may involve changes in NMDAR subunit composition and function. However, the effects of re-exposure to light after dark rearing from birth on LTP induction have not been explored. Here, we showed that the light exposure after dark rearing revealed a novel NMDAR independent form of LTP in the layer 2/3 pyramidal cells in visual cortex of mice of both sexes which is dependent on mGluR5 activation and is associated with intracellular Ca2+ rise, CaMKII activity, PKC activity and intact protein synthesis...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810590/diagnosis-and-surgical-treatment-of-cervical-macrocystic-lymphatic-malformations-in-infants
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Jing Ma, Ruan Biao, Fan Lou, Ken Lin, Ying-Qin Gao, Mei-Lan Wang, Yan-Li Yang, Tie-Song Zhang
The treatment of lymphatic malformations (LMs) represents a great clinical challenge. The present study reported on the treatment of 68 infants with cervical macrocystic LMs using surgical resection. The cases were retrospectively analyzed. All patients underwent pre-operative ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations. The surgery was performed under general anesthesia with endotracheal intubation. Ultrasonograms showed that 24 cases were monolocular, 44 were multilocular, 16 had no echo, 20 had a uniform low-level echo and 32 had a non-uniform low-level echo...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810535/curcumin-enhances-the-radiosensitivity-of-renal-cancer-cells-by-suppressing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Gang Li, Ziming Wang, Tie Chong, Jie Yang, Hongliang Li, Haiwen Chen
The radiation resistance of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remains the primary obstacle to improve patient survival. This study aimed to investigate the effects of curcumin on the radiosensitivity of RCC cells. Human RCC cell (ACHN) was exposed to irradiation (IR) and/or curcumin treatment. Cell viability, DNA repair, cell cycle, and apoptosis, were evaluated by MTT, immunofluoresence staining and flow cytometry. Moreover, ACHN cells were xenografted into nude mice and subjected to IR and/or curcumin treatment...
August 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794472/high-resolution-transport-of-intensity-quantitative-phase-microscopy-with-annular-illumination
#4
Chao Zuo, Jiasong Sun, Jiaji Li, Jialin Zhang, Anand Asundi, Qian Chen
For quantitative phase imaging (QPI) based on transport-of-intensity equation (TIE), partially coherent illumination provides speckle-free imaging, compatibility with brightfield microscopy, and transverse resolution beyond coherent diffraction limit. Unfortunately, in a conventional microscope with circular illumination aperture, partial coherence tends to diminish the phase contrast, exacerbating the inherent noise-to-resolution tradeoff in TIE imaging, resulting in strong low-frequency artifacts and compromised imaging resolution...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775295/electromagnetic-reprogrammable-coding-metasurface-holograms
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Lianlin Li, Tie Jun Cui, Wei Ji, Shuo Liu, Jun Ding, Xiang Wan, Yun Bo Li, Menghua Jiang, Cheng-Wei Qiu, Shuang Zhang
Metasurfaces have enabled a plethora of emerging functions within an ultrathin dimension, paving way towards flat and highly integrated photonic devices. Despite the rapid progress in this area, simultaneous realization of reconfigurability, high efficiency, and full control over the phase and amplitude of scattered light is posing a great challenge. Here, we try to tackle this challenge by introducing the concept of a reprogrammable hologram based on 1-bit coding metasurfaces. The state of each unit cell of the coding metasurface can be switched between '1' and '0' by electrically controlling the loaded diodes...
August 4, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768542/early-rigorous-control-interventions-can-largely-reduce-dengue-outbreak-magnitude-experience-from-chaozhou-china
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Tao Liu, Guanghu Zhu, Jianfeng He, Tie Song, Meng Zhang, Hualiang Lin, Jianpeng Xiao, Weilin Zeng, Xing Li, Zhihao Li, Runsheng Xie, Haojie Zhong, Xiaocheng Wu, Wenbiao Hu, Yonghui Zhang, Wenjun Ma
BACKGROUND: Dengue fever is a severe public heath challenge in south China. A dengue outbreak was reported in Chaozhou city, China in 2015. Intensified interventions were implemented by the government to control the epidemic. However, it is still unknown the degree to which intensified control measures reduced the size of the epidemics, and when should such measures be initiated to reduce the risk of large dengue outbreaks developing? METHODS: We selected Xiangqiao district as study setting because the majority of the indigenous cases (90...
August 2, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763966/novel-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitors-from-zijuan-tea-and-biosynthetic-pathway-of-caffeoylated-catechin-in-tea-plant
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Wei Wang, Xi-Wen Fu, Xin-Long Dai, Fang Hua, Gang-Xiu Chu, Ming-Jie Chu, Feng-Lin Hu, Tie-Jun Ling, Li-Ping Gao, Zhong-Wen Xie, Xiao-Chun Wan, Guan-Hu Bao
Zijuan tea is a special cultivar of Yunnan broad-leaf tea (Camellia sinensis var. assamica) with purple buds, leaves, and stems. Phytochemical study on this tea led to the discovery of three hydroxycinnamoylated catechins (HCCs) (1-3), seven other catechins (4-10), three proanthocyanidins (11-13), five flavones and flavone glycosides (14-18), two alkaloids (19, 20), one steroid (21), and one phenylpropanoid glycoside (22). The isolation and structural elucidation of the caffeoylated catechin (1) by means of spectroscopic techniques were described...
December 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763567/low-intensity-extracorporeal-shock-wave-therapy-promotes-myogenesis-through-perk-atf4-pathway
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Bohan Wang, Jun Zhou, Lia Banie, Amanda B Reed-Maldonado, Hongxiu Ning, Zhihua Lu, Yajun Ruan, Tie Zhou, Hsun Shuan Wang, Byung Seok Oh, Guifang Wang, Stanley Lei Qi, Guiting Lin, Tom F Lue
AIM: Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a significant health problem for women. Treatments employing muscle derived stem cells (MDSCs) may be a promising approach to this prevalent, bothersome condition, but these treatments are invasive and require collection of cells from one site for injection into another. It is also unknown whether or not these cells establish themselves and function as muscle cells in the target tissues. Alternatively, low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy (Li-ESWT) is non-invasive and has shown positive outcomes in the treatment of multiple musculoskeletal disorders, but the biological effects responsible for clinical success are not yet well understood...
August 1, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761096/electrophysiological-evidence-for-pre-attention-information-processing-improvement-in-patients-with-central-hemiplegic-after-peripheral-nerve-rewiring-a-pilot-study
#9
Tie Li, Xu-Yun Hua, Mou-Xiong Zheng, Yu-Lan Zhu, Yan-Qun Qiu, Yun-Dong Shen, Jian-Guang Xu, Yu-Dong Gu, Wen-Dong Xu
Central neurologic injury (CNI) causes dysfunctions not only in limbs but also in cognitive ability. We applied a novel peripheral nerve rewiring (PNR) surgical procedure to restore limb function. Here, we conducted a prospective study to develop estimates for the extent of preattentive processes to cognitive function changes in CNI patients after PNR. Auditory mismatch negativity (MMN) was measured in CNI patients who received the PNR surgery plus conventional rehabilitation treatment. During the 2-year follow-up, the MMN was enhanced with increased amplitude in the PNR plus rehabilitation group compared to the rehabilitation-only group as the experiment progressed, and progressive improvement in behavioural examination tests was also observed...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758112/parental-genetic-variants-mthfr-677c-t-and-mtrr-66a-g-associated-differently-with-fetal-congenital-heart-defect
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Qian-Nan Guo, Hong-Dan Wang, Li-Zhen Tie, Tao Li, Hai Xiao, Jian-Gang Long, Shi-Xiu Liao
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart defect (CHD) is one of the most common birth defects in the world. The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) genes are two of the most important candidate genes for fetal CHD. However, the correlations between the two genes and fetal CHD were inconsistent in various reports. Therefore, this study is aimed to evaluate the parental effects of the two genes on fetal CHD via three genetic polymorphisms, MTHFR 677C>T (rs1801133), MTHFR 1298 A>C (rs1801131), and MTRR 66A>G (rs1801394)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754866/mir-195-5p-is-critical-in-reg%C3%AE-mediated-regulation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Shaojun Chen, Longsheng Wang, Xudong Yao, Hui Chen, Chen Xu, Lu Tong, Abdussaboor Shah, Tingmei Huang, Geng Chen, Jiwei Chen, Tie-Long Liu, Xiao-Tao Li, Jun-Hua Zheng, Lei Li
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most prevalent malignancy of kidney and accounts for approximately 4% of all cancer diagnoses in adults. Previous studies demonstrated microRNA-195-5p (miR-195-5p) as a tumor suppressor which is deregulated in many human cancers. However, the role of miR-195-5p in RCC is largely unknown. In the present study, we demonstrated that miR-195-5p was downregulated and negatively correlated with advanced clinical stage in RCC. Overexpression of miR-195-5p significantly suppressed RCC cells growth in vitro and in vivo, induced apoptosis and enhanced chemosensitivity to sorafenib...
July 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745632/differentiating-chondrocytes-from-peripheral-blood-derived-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Yueying Li, Yong Hai, Jiayu Chen, Tie Liu
In this study, we used peripheral blood cells (PBCs) as seed cells to produce chondrocytes via induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in an integration-free method. Following embryoid body (EB) formation and fibroblastic cell expansion, the iPSCs are induced for chondrogenic differentiation for 21 days under serum-free and xeno-free conditions. After chondrocyte induction, the phenotypes of the cells are evaluated by morphological, immunohistochemical, and biochemical analyses, as well as by the quantitative real-time PCR examination of chondrogenic differentiation markers...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734948/the-effectiveness-of-a-simulation-based-flipped-classroom-in-the-acquisition-of-laparoscopic-suturing-skills-in-medical-students-a-pilot-study
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Hsin-Yi Chiu, Yi-No Kang, Wei-Lin Wang, Hung-Chang Huang, Chien-Chih Wu, Wayne Hsu, Yiu-Shun Tong, Po-Li Wei
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a simulation-based flipped classroom in gaining the laparoscopic skills in medical students. DESIGN: An intervention trial. SETTING: Taipei Medical University Hospital, an academic teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Fifty-nine medical students participating in a 1-hour laparoscopic skill training session were randomly assigned to a conventional classroom (n = 29) or a flipped classroom approach (n = 30) based on their registered order...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733634/unconventional-band-inversion-and-intrinsic-quantum-spin-hall-effect-in-functionalized-group-v-binary-films
#14
Sheng-Shi Li, Wei-Xiao Ji, Ping Li, Shu-Jun Hu, Tie Zhou, Chang-Wen Zhang, Shi-Shen Yan
Adequately understanding band inversion mechanism, one of the significant representations of topological phase, has substantial implications for design and regulation of topological insulators (TIs). Here, by identifying an unconventional band inversion, we propose an intrinsic quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect in iodinated group-V binary (ABI2) monolayers with a bulk gap as large as 0.409 eV, guaranteeing its viable application at room temperature. The nontrivial topological characters, which can be established by explicit demonstration of Z2 invariant and gapless helical edge states, are derived from the band inversion of antibonding states of p x,y orbitals at the K point...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724667/germline-mutations-in-cancer-susceptibility-genes-in-a-large-series-of-unselected-breast-cancer-patients
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Jie Sun, Hua Meng, Lu Yao, Meng Lv, Jian Bai, Jianguang Zhang, Lientu Wang, Tao Ouyang, Jinfeng Li, Tianfeng Wang, Zhaoqing Fan, Tie Fan, Benyao Lin, Yuntao Xie
PURPOSE: The prevalence of mutations in cancer susceptibility genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 and other cancer susceptibility genes and their clinical relevance are largely unknown among a large series of unselected breast cancer patients in Chinese population. <p> </p> <p>METHODS: A total of 8085 consecutive unselected Chinese breast cancer patients were enrolled. Germline mutations in 46 cancer susceptibility genes were detected using a 62-gene panel.</p> <p> </p> <p>RESULTS: Pathogenic mutations were identified in 9...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714201/encoding-random-hot-spots-of-a-volume-gold-nanorod-assembly-for-ultralow-energy-memory
#16
Qiaofeng Dai, Min Ouyang, Weiguang Yuan, Jinxiang Li, Banghong Guo, Sheng Lan, Songhao Liu, Qiming Zhang, Guang Lu, Shaolong Tie, Haidong Deng, Yi Xu, Min Gu
Data storage with ultrahigh density, ultralow energy, high security, and long lifetime is highly desirable in the 21st century and optical data storage is considered as the most promising way to meet the challenge of storing big data. Plasmonic coupling in regularly arranged metallic nanoparticles has demonstrated its superior properties in various applications due to the generation of hot spots. Here, the discovery of the polarization and spectrum sensitivity of random hot spots generated in a volume gold nanorod assembly is reported...
July 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698767/nrf2-plays-a-critical-role-in-both-self-and-egcg-protection-against-diabetic-testicular-damage
#17
Chenyu Pan, Shengzhu Zhou, Junduo Wu, Lingyun Liu, Yanyan Song, Tie Li, Lijuan Ha, Xiaona Liu, Fuchun Wang, Jingyan Tian, Hao Wu
Activation of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (NRF2) has been found to ameliorate diabetic testicular damage (DTD) in rodents. However, it was unclear whether NRF2 is required for these approaches in DTD. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a potent activator of NRF2 and has shown beneficial effects on multiple diabetic complications. However, the effect of EGCG has not been studied in DTD. The present study aims to explore the role of NRF2 in both self and EGCG protection against DTD. Therefore, streptozotocin-induced diabetic C57BL/6 wild type (WT) and Nrf2 knockout (KO) mice were treated in the presence or absence of EGCG, for 24 weeks...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692279/hot-electron-intraband-luminescence-from-gaas-nanospheres-mediated-by-magnetic-dipole-resonances
#18
Jin Xiang, Shuai Jiang, Jingdong Chen, Jinxiang Li, Qiaofeng Dai, Chengyun Zhang, Yi Xu, Shaolong Tie, Sheng Lan
Significantly enhanced electric field in plasmonic hot spots can dramatically increase the linear and nonlinear absorption of light, leading to a high-temperature electron gas which radiates, through mainly intraband transition, a broadband luminescence quite similar to blackbody radiation. Here, we demonstrate that such hot-electron intraband luminescence (HEIL) can also be achieved by exploiting the significantly enhanced electric field at the magnetic dipole resonances of gallium arsenide (GaAs) nanospheres (NSs)...
July 12, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691792/high-performance-li-se-batteries-enabled-by-selenium-storage-in-bottom-up-synthesized-nitrogen-doped-carbon-scaffolds
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Hongling Lv, Renpeng Chen, Xiaoqi Wang, Yi Hu, Yanrong Wang, Tao Chen, Lianbo Ma, Guoyin Zhu, Jia Liang, Zuoxiu Tie, Jie Liu, Zhong Jin
Selenium (Se) has great promise to serve as cathode material for rechargeable batteries because of its good conductivity and high theoretical volumetric energy density comparable to sulfur. Herein, we report the preparation of mesoporous nitrogen-doped carbon scaffolds (NCSs) to restrain selenium for advanced lithium-selenium (Li-Se) batteries. The NCSs synthesized by a bottom-up solution-phase method have graphene-like laminar structure and well-distributed mesopores. The unique architecture of NCSs can severe as conductive framework for encapsulating selenium and polyselenides, and provide sufficient pathways to facilitate ion transport...
July 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685750/mir-497%C3%A2-195-cluster-regulates-angiogenesis-during-coupling-with-osteogenesis-by-maintaining-endothelial-notch-and-hif-1%C3%AE-activity
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Mi Yang, Chang-Jun Li, Xi Sun, Qi Guo, Ye Xiao, Tian Su, Man-Li Tu, Hui Peng, Qiong Lu, Qing Liu, Hong-Bo He, Tie-Jian Jiang, Min-Xiang Lei, Mei Wan, Xu Cao, Xiang-Hang Luo
A specific bone vessel subtype, strongly positive for CD31 and endomucin (CD31(hi)Emcn(hi)), is identified as coupling angiogenesis and osteogenesis. The abundance of type CD31(hi)Emcn(hi) vessels decrease during ageing. Here we show that expression of the miR-497∼195 cluster is high in CD31(hi)Emcn(hi) endothelium but gradually decreases during ageing. Mice with depletion of miR-497∼195 in endothelial cells show fewer CD31(hi)Emcn(hi) vessels and lower bone mass. Conversely, transgenic overexpression of miR-497∼195 in murine endothelium alleviates age-related reduction of type CD31(hi)Emcn(hi) vessels and bone loss...
July 7, 2017: Nature Communications
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