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Weijie Li, Shicai Dong, Wei Wei, Guangxiu Wang, Anling Zhang, Peiyu Pu, Zhifan Jia
The transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) is one of the important downstream effectors of Hippo pathway. In this study, the potential implication of TAZ in gliomagenesis was explored. TAZ expression was identified to be upregulated in glioma specimens and positively correlated with tumor grade. Meanwhile, its expression in nucleus was increased more significantly with the ascending order of tumor grade. Knocking down TAZ inhibited glioma cell proliferation, invasion and promoted apoptosis...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
M B Froehlich, W Y Chan, S G Tims, S J Fallon, L K Fifield
A comprehensive series of nuclear tests were carried out by the United States at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands, especially between 1952 and 1958. A Porites Lutea coral that was growing in the Enewetak lagoon within a few km of all of the high-yield tests contains a continuous record of isotopes, which are of interest (e.g. (14)C, (236)U, (239,240)Pu) through the testing period. Prior to the present work, (14)C measurements at ∼2-month resolution had shown pronounced peaks in the Δ(14)C data that coincided with the times at which tests were conducted...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Ru-Yue Xiao, Junjun Hao, Yi-Hong Ding, Yan-Yun Che, Xiao-Ju Zou, Bin Liang
Due to misbalanced energy surplus and expenditure, obesity has become a common chronic disorder that is highly associated with many metabolic diseases. Pu-erh tea, a traditional Chinese beverage, has been believed to have numerous health benefits, such as anti-obesity. However, the underlying mechanisms of its anti-obesity effect are yet to be understood. Here, we take the advantages of transcriptional profile by RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) to view the global gene expression of Pu-erh tea. The model organism Caenorhabditis elegans was treated with different concentrations of Pu-erh tea water extract (PTE, 0 g/mL, 0...
October 17, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Tao Wang, Yong Zhou, Chong Lei, Shaotao Zhi, Lei Guo, Hengyu Li, Zhizheng Wu, Shaorong Xie, Jun Luo, Huayan Pu
The disturbing effect of the stray magnetic fields of Fe-based amorphous ribbons on the giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) sensor has been investigated systematically in this paper. Two simple methods were used for examining the disturbing effect of the stray magnetic fields of ribbons on the GMI sensor. In order to study the influence of the stray magnetic fields on the GMI effect, the square-shaped amorphous ribbons were tested in front, at the back, on the left and on the top of a meander-line GMI sensor made up of soft ferromagnetic films, respectively...
October 17, 2016: Sensors
Xiangbin Song, Zifa Li, Fei Liu, Zhenyong Wang, Lin Wang
Previous study has demonstrated that puerarin (PU) exerts nephroprotective effect against Pb-induced cytotoxicity in primary rat proximal tubular (rPT) cells. Autophagy can protect cells from various cytotoxic stimuli, but its role in the process of PU against Pb-induced nephrotoxicity is still unknown. This study aims to investigate whether PU can alleviate Pb-induced renal damage by recovering autophagy. Data showed that Pb inhibited the autophagic flux, as evidenced by the accumulation of LC3-II and p62 as well as the confocal microscopy analysis of GFP-LC3 puncta and punctate spots of monodansylcadaverine staining, whereas coadministration of PU could restore Pb-induced autophagy inhibition...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
Fabian Treude, Tobias Gladbach, Jacqueline Plaster, Jörg Hartkamp
Aberrant histone deacetylase (HDAC) activity often correlates with neoplastic transformation and inhibition of HDACs by small molecules has emerged as a promising strategy to treat hematological malignancies in particular. Treatment with HDAC inhibitors (HDACis) often prompts tumor cells to undergo apoptosis, thereby causing a caspase-dependent cleavage of target proteins. An unexpectedly large number of proteins are in vivo caspase substrates and defining caspase-mediated substrate specificity is a major challenge...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Hsing-Hua Tsai, Chin-Pu Lin, Yi-Hui Lin, Chih-Chin Hsu, Jong-Shyan Wang
PURPOSE: Exercise training improves endothelium-dependent vasodilation, whereas hypoxic stress causes vascular endothelial dysfunction. Monocyte-derived endothelial progenitor cells (Mon-EPCs) contribute to vascular repair process by differentiating into endothelial cells. This study investigates how high-intensity interval (HIT) and moderate-intensity continuous (MCT) exercise training affect circulating Mon-EPC levels and EPC functionality under hypoxic condition. METHODS: Sixty healthy sedentary males were randomized to engage in either HIT (3-min intervals at 40 and 80 % VO2max for five repetitions, n = 20) or MCT (sustained 60 % VO2max, n = 20) for 30 min/day, 5 days/week for 6 weeks, or to a control group (CTL) that did not received exercise intervention (n = 20)...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Xunian Zhou, Grace Gar-Lee Yue, Minghua Liu, Zhili Zuo, Julia Kin-Ming Lee, Mingyue Li, Stephen Kwok-Wing Tsui, Kwok-Pui Fung, Handong Sun, Jianxin Pu, Clara Bik-San Lau
Eriocalyxin B (EriB), a natural ent-kaurane diterpenoid isolated from the plant Isodon eriocalyx var. laxiflora, has emerged as a promising anticancer agent. The effects of EriB on angiogenesis were explored in the present study. Here we demonstrated that the subintestinal vein formation was significantly inhibited by EriB treatment (10, 15 μM) in zebrafish embryos, which was resulted from the alteration of various angiogenic genes as shown in transcriptome profiling. In human umbilical vein endothelial cells, EriB treatment (50, 100 nM) could significantly block vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF)-induced cell proliferation, tube formation, cell migration and cell invasion...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Stephen B Smith, Zhaobin Xu, Tatiana Novitskaya, Bo Zhang, Elena Chepurko, Xin-An Pu, Debra G Wheeler, Mark Ziolo, Richard J Gumina
AIMS: Prior work suggests that ischemic preconditioning increases the level of CD39 in the heart and contributes to cardiac protection. Therefore, we examined if targeted cardiac expression of CD39 protects against myocardial injury. MAIN METHODS: Mice with cardiac-specific expression of human CD39 (αMHC/hCD39-Tg) were generated, characterized and subjected to left coronary artery ischemia-reperfusion injury and infarct size at 24h following injury quantified. KEY FINDINGS: αMHC/hCD39-Tg mice have increased in cardiac ATPase and ADPase activity compared to WT littermates...
October 15, 2016: Life Sciences
Yichuan Hu, Bo Liang, Lu Fang, Guanglong Ma, Guang Yang, Qin Zhu, Shengfu Chen, Xuesong Ye
In this work, a versatile fabrication method of coating enzyme-based biosensors with ultra-thin antifouling zwitterionic polymer films to meet the challenge of the long-time stability of sensors in vivo was developed. Electrochemically mediated atom transfer radical polymerization (eATRP) was applied to polymerize zwitterionic sulfobetaine methacrylate (SBMA) monomers on the rough enzyme-absorbed electrode surfaces, meanwhile a refined overall bromination was developed to improve the coverage of polymers on the biosensor surfaces, and maintain the enzyme activity simultaneously for the first time...
October 18, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Teeradate Kongpichitchoke, Ming-Tzu Chiu, Tzou-Chi Huang, Jue-Liang Hsu
Teas can be classified according to their degree of fermentation, which has been reported to affect both the bioactive components in the teas and their antioxidative activity. In this study, four kinds of commercial Taiwanese tea at different degrees of fermentation, which include green (non-fermented), oolong (semi-fermented), black (fully fermented), and Pu-erh (post-fermented) tea, were profiled for catechin levels by using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The result indicated that the gallic acid content in tea was directly proportional to the degree of fermentation in which the lowest and highest gallic acid content were 1...
October 12, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Wen-Shuo Kuo, Chia-Yuan Chang, Hua-Han Chen, Chih-Li Lilian Hsu, Jiu-Yao Wang, Hui-Fang Kao, Lawrence Chao-Shan Chou, Yi-Chun Chen, Shean-Jen Chen, Wen-Tsan Chang, Shih-Wen Tseng, Ping-Ching Wu, Ying-Chih Pu
A graphene quantum dot (GQD) used as the photosensitizer with high two-photon absorption in the near-infrared region, a large absolute cross section of two-photon excitation (TPE), strong two-photon luminescence and impressive two-photon stability could be used for dual modality two-photon photodynamic therapy (PDT) and two-photon bioimaging with an ultrashot pulse laser (or defined as TPE). In this study, a GQD efficiently generated reactive oxygen species coupled with TPE, which highly increased the effective PDT ability of both gram-positive and -negative bacteria, with ultra-low energy and an extremely short photoexcitation time generated by TPE...
October 18, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
J Mesquita-Guimarães, M A Leite, J C M Souza, B Henriques, F S Silva, D Hotza, A R Boccaccini, M C Fredel
In this work, TiO2 ceramic scaffolds were fabricated by the replica method using polyurethane (PU) sponges. Suspensions with high solid content were used to achieve scaffolds with improved mechanical behavior. TiO2 ceramic suspensions were optimized by rheological studies using different additives. It was found that the composition with 0.5 wt% Darvan enhanced the covering of the sponge struts. PU sponges of 45 to 80 ppi (pore per inch) were well coated without clogging pores. A thermal treatment with varying holding times, temperatures and heating rates was adjusted...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Yang Wang, Ting Li, Xuefei Wang, Piming Ma, Huiyu Bai, Weifu Dong, Yi Xie, Mingqing Chen
Melanin, a kind of well-known multifunctional biomacromolecules that are widely available in large quantities from a variety of natural sources. In this work, Polyurethane (PU) /melanin nanocomposites with enhanced tensile strength and toughness were successfully fabricated via in situ polymerization. It was found that the tensile strength (σ), elongation-at-break (εmax) and work to fracture (W) were increased from 5.6 MPa, 770% and 33 MJ/m3 for PU to 51.5 MPa, 1880% and 413 MJ/m3 for PU/melanin (2 wt %) nanocomposite, respectively...
October 17, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Ying Peng, Pu Xia, Junjiang Zhang, Daniel L Villeneuve, Jiamin Zhang, Zhihao Wang, Si Wei, Hongxia Yu, Xiaowei Zhang
Hydroxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers (OH-PBDEs) are analogs of PBDEs with hundreds of possible structures and are frequently detected in the environment. However, the in vivo evidence on the toxicity of OH-PBDEs is still very limited. Here the developmental toxicity of 6-OH-BDE47, a predominant congener of OH-PBDEs detected in the environment, in chicken embryos was assessed using a toxicogenomic approach. Fertilized chicken eggs were dosed via in ovo administration of 0.006 to 0.474 nmol 6-OH-BDE47/g egg followed by 18-days incubation...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Yong Li, Changqiang Wu, Tianwu Chen, Juanjuan Zhang, Gang Liu, Yu Pu, Jiang Zhu, Chengyi Shen, Yang Zhang, Nanlin Zeng, Xiaoming Zhang
It was previously demonstrated that mucin 4 (MUC4) is not expressed in normal pancreatic tissues or in chronic pancreatitis tissue but is highly expressed in pancreatic cancer (PC) tissue. Effective MUC4 gene knockdown in PC may contribute to the elucidation of pancreatic tumor development and metastasis, and may be valuable in new therapeutic approaches. Thus to confirm this, in the present study, the BxPC-3 cell line was transfected with eight pairs of shRNA lentiviral vectors for MUC4. The qPCR results showed that expression of MUC4 mRNA in the BxPC-3 cells was significantly decreased at 96 h after transfection...
October 6, 2016: Oncology Reports
Ruifang Zheng, George P Studzinski
Differentiation therapy can supplement the therapy of APL, but other subtypes of AML are treated principally with cytotoxic agents, with few lasting remissions. While the induction of monocyte followed by macrophage differentiation by vitamin D derivatives (VDDs) is dramatic in cultured AML cells of all subtypes, attempts to translate this to the clinic have not been effective. Thus, better understanding of the mechanisms underlying VDD-induced differentiation may improve this approach. The key events in this form of differentiation include increased expression of CD11b, and the transcription factor PU...
October 17, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Chan Yeu Pu, Mohamed Rizwan Haroon Al Rasheed, Marin Sekosan, Vibhu Sharma
A 61-year-old man was evaluated for a 2 month history of cough and dyspnea without relevant exposures other than pyrethrin containing insecticidal sprays he used while grooming dogs almost daily. High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) of the chest demonstrated a Non-Specific Interstitial Pneumonia (NSIP) pattern. Pulmonary function testing revealed an isolated mildly reduced diffusion capacity. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) results confirmed the presence of foamy histiocytes, lymphocytes, and polymorphonuclear cells consistent with ongoing exposure...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Chenglin Guo, Jiandong Mei, Chengwu Liu, Senyi Deng, Qiang Pu, Feng Lin, Lunxu Liu
BACKGROUND: Mediastinal bronchogenic cyst (MBC) is the most common primary cystic lesion of the mediastinum. This study aimed to investigate the efficacy and safety of video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) compared with posterolateral thoracotomy (PLT) for the treatment of MBCs in a large series. METHODS: Patients with MBCs who underwent surgical resection between August 2005 and December 2015 were identified from the electronic database of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, West China Hospital...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Jerzy W Mietelski, Renata Kierepko, Edyta Łokas, Anna Cwanek, Krzysztof Kleszcz, Ewa Tomankiewicz, Tomasz Mróz, Robert Anczkiewicz, Mirosław Szałkowski, Bogdan Wąs, Mirosław Bartyzel, Ryszard Misiak
The paper summarizes results of investigation of the current state of radioactive contamination on site being under consideration for planned nuclear power plant in northern Poland. Thanks to use of sequential procedure it was possible to determine activity concentrations for radioisotopes of nine elements, both natural and artificial. Results show that observed levels of radioactive contamination are rather typical for central Europe and global fallout is dominant factor of presence of artificial radionuclides...
2016: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
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