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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214649/evaluation-of-dioxins-and-dioxin-like-compounds-from-a-cement-plant-using-carbide-slag-from-chlor-alkali-industry-as-the-major-raw-material
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Yuyang Zhao, Jiayu Zhan, Guorui Liu, Minghui Zheng, Rong Jin, Lili Yang, Liwei Hao, Xiaolin Wu, Xian Zhang, Pu Wang
Carbide slag produced from chlor-alkali industry contains high amounts of calcium compounds and can potentially be used as raw material for cement production; however, it contains large amounts of chlorine so it is essential to evaluate the emissions of chlorinated organic pollutants, including polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs). A field study of the emission profiles of these pollutants in a cement plant using such slag was performed...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213866/5-aminosalicylic-acid-attenuates-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-rats-by-increasing-the-expression-of-nur77
#2
Ling-Yue Sun, Zong-Ye Cai, Jun Pu, Jian Li, Jie-Yan Shen, Cheng-de Yang, Ben He
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) on monocrotaline (MCT)-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in rats and its molecular mechanism. Sixty male Sprague-Dawley rats (250-300 g) were evenly randomized into six groups: control group; PAH group induced by MCT intraperitoneal injection (50 mg/kg) on day 1; and four PAH groups treated for 30 days from day 2 with 5-ASA at 50 (5-ASA-50 group), 100 (5-ASA-100 group), 150 (5-ASA-150 group), and 200 mg/kg/day (5-ASA-200 group), respectively...
February 17, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208662/characterization-molecular-docking-and-in-vitro-dissolution-studies-of-solid-dispersions-of-20-s-protopanaxadiol
#3
Qi Zhang, Yiqiong Pu, Bing Wang, Yuqin Wang, Tina Tingxia Dong, Tao Guo, Tong Zhang, Zhenzhen Cai
In this study, we prepared solid dispersions (SDs) of 20(S)-protopanaxadiol (PPD) using a melting-solvent method with different polymers, in order to improve the solubility and dissolution performance of drugs with poor water solubility. The SDs were characterized via differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and molecular docking and dynamics study. DSC and PXRD results indicated that PPD crystallinity in SDs was significantly reduced, and that the majority of PPD is amorphous...
February 11, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208369/traffic-congestion-and-the-lifetime-of-networks-with-moving-nodes
#4
Xianxia Yang, Jie Li, Cunlai Pu, Meichen Yan, Rajput Ramiz Sharafat, Jian Yang, Konstantinos Gakis, Panos M Pardalos
For many power-limited networks, such as wireless sensor networks and mobile ad hoc networks, maximizing the network lifetime is the first concern in the related designing and maintaining activities. We study the network lifetime from the perspective of network science. In our model, nodes are initially assigned a fixed amount of energy moving in a square area and consume the energy when delivering packets. We obtain four different traffic regimes: no, slow, fast, and absolute congestion regimes, which are basically dependent on the packet generation rate...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205609/association-of-fronto-temporal-function-with-cognitive-ability-in-schizophrenia
#5
Shenghong Pu, Kazuyuki Nakagome, Masashi Itakura, Masaaki Iwata, Izumi Nagata, Koichi Kaneko
Deficits in neuropsychological performance are common in schizophrenia, but their relationship with the fronto-temporal functional abnormalities associated with this condition remains unclear. We explored the relationship between neuropsychological performance as measured using the Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia (BACS) and the Social Cognition Screening Questionnaire theory of mind (ToM) subscale and fronto-temporal function in 23 patients with schizophrenia and 23 age- and gender-matched healthy controls (HCs), using 52-channel near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205297/underemployment-among-mothers-of-children-with-intellectual-disabilities
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Yueh-Ching Chou, Teppo Kröger, Cheng-Yun Pu
BACKGROUND: Mothers with lifelong care responsibilities might involuntarily be non-employed or work part-time, both of which are defined as "underemployment." This study aimed to investigate who these underemployed mothers are and what are the factors associated with such employment hardship when having a child with intellectual disability (ID). METHOD: An interview survey was conducted in 2011 in two local authorities of Taiwan on 876 working-age mothers with a child with intellectual disability; 514 of them were working part-time/non-employed and chosen as participants of this study...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: JARID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203202/plasma-exosomes-spread-and-cluster-around-%C3%AE-amyloid-plaques-in-an-animal-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#7
Tingting Zheng, Jiali Pu, Yanxing Chen, Yanfang Mao, Zhangyu Guo, Hongyu Pan, Ling Zhang, Heng Zhang, Binggui Sun, Baorong Zhang
Exosomes, a type of extracellular vesicle, have been shown to be involved in many disorders, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Exosomes may contribute to the spread of misfolded proteins such as amyloid-β (Aβ) and α-synuclein. However, the specific diffusion process of exosomes and their final destination in brain are still unclear. In the present study, we isolated exosomes from peripheral plasma and injected them into the hippocampus of an AD mouse model, and investigated exosome diffusion. We found that injected exosomes can spread from the dentate gyrus (DG) to other regions of hippocampus and to the cortex...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202616/dna-repair-interacts-with-autophagy-to-regulate-inflammatory-responses-to-pulmonary-hyperoxia
#8
Yan Ye, Ping Lin, Weidong Zhang, Shirui Tan, Xikun Zhou, Rongpeng Li, Qinqin Pu, Jonathan L Koff, Archana Dhasarathy, Feng Ma, Xin Deng, Jianxin Jiang, Min Wu
Oxygen is supplied as a supportive treatment for patients suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. Unfortunately, high oxygen concentration increases reactive oxygen species generation, which causes DNA damage and ultimately cell death in the lung. Although 8-oxoguanine-DNA glycosylase (OGG-1) is involved in repairing hyperoxia-mediated DNA damage, the underlying molecular mechanism remains elusive. In this study, we report that ogg-1-deficient mice exhibited a significant increase of proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6, and IFN-γ) in the lung after being exposed to 95% oxygen...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202591/non-classical-phase-diagram-for-virus-bacterial-coevolution-mediated-by-clustered-regularly-interspaced-short-palindromic-repeats
#9
Pu Han, Michael W Deem
CRISPR is a newly discovered prokaryotic immune system. Bacteria and archaea with this system incorporate genetic material from invading viruses into their genomes, providing protection against future infection by similar viruses. The condition for coexistence of prokaryots and viruses is an interesting problem in evolutionary biology. In this work, we show an intriguing phase diagram of the virus extinction probability, which is more complex than that of the classical predator-prey model. As the CRISPR incorporates genetic material, viruses are under pressure to evolve to escape recognition by CRISPR...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198884/characterization-of-a-liquid-filled-nodeless-anti-resonant-fiber-for-biochemical-sensing
#10
Xiao-Lu Liu, Wei Ding, Ying-Ying Wang, Shou-Fei Gao, Ling Cao, Xian Feng, Pu Wang
We theoretically and experimentally characterize a liquid-filled nodeless anti-resonant fiber (LARF) that could find versatile applications in biochemical sensing. When a hollow-core nodeless anti-resonant fiber (HARF) is filled with a low refractive index liquid such as water or aqueous solutions in the whole hollow area, it preserves its anti-resonant reflection waveguiding mechanism with attributes encompassing the broad transmission bandwidth in UV, visible, and near IR; the neglectable confinement loss; and the acceptable single-mode quality...
February 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197776/effects-of-melanocortin-4-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-expression-of-genes-related-to-reproduction-in-spotted-scat-scatophagus-argus
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Dong-Neng Jiang, Jian-Tao Li, Ya-Xiong Tao, Hua-Pu Chen, Si-Ping Deng, Chun-Hua Zhu, Guang-Li Li
Melanocortin-4 receptor (Mc4r) function related to reproduction in fish has not been extensively investigated. Here, we report on gene expression changes by real-time PCR following treatment with Mc4r agonists and antagonists in the spotted scat (Scatophagus argus). Using in vitro incubated hypothalamus, the Mc4r nonselective agonist NDP-MSH ([Nle(4), D-Phe(7)]-α-melanocyte stimulating hormone; 10(-6) M) and selective agonist THIQ (N-[(3R)-1, 2, 3, 4-Tetrahydroisoquinolinium-3-ylcarbonyl]- (1R)-1-(4-chlorobenzyl)-2-[4-cyclohexyl-4-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl) piperidin-1-yl]-2-oxoethylamine; 10(-7) M) significantly increased the expression of gnrh (Gonadotropin releasing hormone), while the Mc4r nonselective antagonist SHU9119 (Ac-Nle-[Asp-His-DPhe/DNal(2')-Arg-Trp-Lys]-NH2; 10(-6) M) and selective antagonist Ipsen 5i (compound 5i synthesized in Ipsen Research Laboratories; 10(-6) M) significantly inhibited gnrh expression after 3 h of incubation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197129/the-ecological-role-of-type-three-secretion-systems-in-the-interaction-of-bacteria-with-fungi-in-soil-and-related-habitats-is-diverse-and-context-dependent
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REVIEW
Rashid Nazir, Sylvie Mazurier, Pu Yang, Philippe Lemanceau, Jan Dirk van Elsas
Bacteria and fungi constitute important organisms in many ecosystems, in particular terrestrial ones. Both organismal groups contribute significantly to biogeochemical cycling processes. Ecological theory postulates that bacteria capable of receiving benefits from host fungi are likely to evolve efficient association strategies. The purpose of this review is to examine the mechanisms that underpin the bacterial interactions with fungi in soil and other systems, with special focus on the type III secretion system (T3SS)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197102/right-cervical-vagotomy-aggravates-viral-myocarditis-in-mice-via-the-cholinergic-anti-inflammatory-pathway
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Ge Li-Sha, Chen Xing-Xing, Wu Lian-Pin, Zhou De-Pu, Li Xiao-Wei, Lin Jia-Feng, Li Yue-Chun
The autonomic nervous system dysfunction with increased sympathetic activity and withdrawal of vagal activity may play an important role in the pathogenesis of viral myocarditis. The vagus nerve can modulate the immune response and control inflammation through a 'cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway' dependent on the α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR). Although the role of β-adrenergic stimulation on viral myocarditis has been investigated in our pervious studies, the direct effect of vagal tone in this setting has not been yet studied...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194804/morphological-and-physiological-responses-of-different-wheat-genotypes-to-chilling-stress-a-cue-to-explain-yield-loss
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Pu-Fang Li, Bao-Luo Ma, You-Cai Xiong, Wen-Yuan Zhang
BACKGROUND: The eco-physiological mechanism of wheat yield loss resulting from chilling stress is a fundamental scientific issue. However, previous studies have focused on hexaploid wheats, and few studies on the morphological and physiological plasticity of wheat plants. Six different wheat genotypes were tested under chilling stress to investigate the physio-morphological parameters as well as the loss of grain yield in growth chambers. RESULTS: Chilling stress resulted in significant loss in grain yield in all genotypes...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194295/preparation-of-tio2-nanotubes-loaded-on-polyurethane-membrane-and-research-on-their-photocatalytic-properties
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Longli Lin, Qijun Wu, Xun Gong, Yu Zhang
To solve the problem of separation and recovery of photocatalyst in water, the modification of TiO2 was studied as well as its immobilization and photocatalytic properties. To improve surface properties, TiO2 nanotubes were synthesized by a hydrothermal method and silylated by silane coupling agents to introduce a certain functional group. Supported on polyurethane (PU) membrane, TiO2 nanotubes were prepared to produce immobilized PU/TiO2. Catalysts were characterized and identified by means of Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193247/efficacy-and-safety-of-calcineurin-inhibitor-treatment-for-iga-nephropathy-a-meta-analysis
#16
Yu-Huan Song, Guang-Yan Cai, Yue-Fei Xiao, Yi-Ping Wang, Bao-Shi Yuan, Yuan-Yuan Xia, Si-Yang Wang, Pu Chen, Shu-Wen Liu, Xiang-Mei Chen
BACKGROUND: IgA nephropathy is the most common progressive glomerular disease to end stage renal failure worldwide. Calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) is a selective immunosuppressant widely used in organ transplantation. The efficacy and safety of calcineurin inhibitors for the treatment of IgA nephropathy remain uncertain. METHODS: We performed a systematic literature search using the PubMed, Embase, Science Citation Index, Ovid evidence-based medicine, Chinese Biomedical Literature (CBM) and Chinese science and technology periodicals (CNKI, VIP, and Wan Fang) for randomized, controlled trials of CNIs therapy of IgA nephropathy...
February 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192927/improving-the-resolution-of-3d-printed-molds-for-microfluidics-by-iterative-casting-shrinkage-cycles
#17
Miao Sun, Yanbo Xie, Jihong Zhu, Jun Li, Jan C T Eijkel
Breaking through technical barriers and cost reduction are critical issues for the development of microfluidic devices, and both rely greatly on the innovation of fabrication techniques and use of new materials. The application of 3D printing definitely accelerated the prototyping of microfluidic chips by its versatility and functionality. However, the resolution of existing 3D printing techniques is still far below that of lithography, which makes it difficult to work on the scale of single cells and near impossible for single molecule work...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192413/evolution-of-a-split-rna-polymerase-as-a-versatile-biosensor-platform
#18
Jinyue Pu, Julia Zinkus-Boltz, Bryan C Dickinson
Biosensors that transduce target chemical and biochemical inputs into genetic outputs are essential for bioengineering and synthetic biology. Current biosensor design strategies are often limited by a low signal-to-noise ratio, the extensive optimization required for each new input, and poor performance in mammalian cells. Here we report the development of a proximity-dependent split RNA polymerase (RNAP) as a general platform for biosensor engineering. After discovering that interactions between fused proteins modulate the assembly of a split T7 RNAP, we optimized the split RNAP components for protein-protein interaction detection by phage-assisted continuous evolution (PACE)...
February 13, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192378/analysis-and-management-of-complications-in-a-cohort-of-1-065-minimally-invasive-cochlear-implantations
#19
Yi Jiang, Ping Gu, Beicheng Li, Xue Gao, Baochun Sun, Yueshuai Song, Guojian Wang, Yongyi Yuan, Cuicui Wang, Miao Liu, Dongyi Han, Pu Dai
OBJECTIVES: To analyze complications associated with minimally invasive cochlear implantation by comparing data from different centers, to discuss major reasons for complications, and to refine implantation techniques to decrease them. PATIENTS: Patients who underwent cochlear implantation at our center by the same surgeon (the corresponding author of this article) from March 2006 to March 2015 were enrolled. INTERVENTION: First, a retrospective analysis of the complications associated with minimally invasive cochlear implantation at our center was performed...
March 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192173/evaluation-of-the-sub-chronic-toxicity-of-a-standardized-flavonoid-extract-of-safflower-in-rats
#20
Zhilin Zhang, Runzhe Liu, Xiaoping Pu, Yi Sun, Xin Zhao
Carthamus tinctorius L., or safflower, is an annual herbaceous crop belonging to the family Asteraceae, which is cultivated throughout China and used as a traditional Chinese medicine. Our previous study revealed anti-Parkinson's disease effects of an isolated standardized safflower flavonoid extract (SAFE). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the potential sub-chronic toxicity of SAFE. Male and female Sprague Dawley rats received three doses of SAFE (100, 300, and 500 mg/kg) q.d. by gavage for four weeks...
February 10, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
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