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Zhen Li, Jintao Zhang, Buyuan Guan, Da Wang, Li-Min Liu, Xiong Wen David Lou
Lithium-sulfur batteries show advantages for next-generation electrical energy storage due to their high energy density and cost effectiveness. Enhancing the conductivity of the sulfur cathode and moderating the dissolution of lithium polysulfides are two key factors for the success of lithium-sulfur batteries. Here we report a sulfur host that overcomes both obstacles at once. With inherent metallic conductivity and strong adsorption capability for lithium-polysulfides, titanium monoxide@carbon hollow nanospheres can not only generate sufficient electrical contact to the insulating sulfur for high capacity, but also effectively confine lithium-polysulfides for prolonged cycle life...
October 20, 2016: Nature Communications
Han-Xiao Wang, Shu-Zhen Hu, Qiang Shi, Chuan-Feng Chen
With an expanded electron-rich cavity and a fixed conformation, macrocycle H was found to encapsulate π-extended viologens G1-G4 to form the first case of pseudo[3]rotaxanes based on oxacalixarenes. The complexation was investigated in detail both in solution and in the solid state using NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. Due to the three-dimensional nonsymmetric structure of H, three orientational isomers of the pseudorotaxanes could be expected theoretically. However, as the crystal structure analysis revealed, only one of the three isomers was obtained with either G1 or G3...
October 20, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Ying Yang, Min Chen, Zongwei Li, Abdullah M S Al-Hatmi, Sybren de Hoog, Weihua Pan, Qiang Ye, Xiaochen Bo, Zhen Li, Shengqi Wang, Junzhi Wang, Huipeng Chen, Wanqing Liao
Penicillium capsulatum is a rare Penicillium species used in paper manufacturing, but recently it has been reported to cause invasive infection. To research the pathogenicity of the clinical Penicillium strain, we sequenced the genomes and transcriptomes of the clinical and environmental strains of P. capsulatum. Comparative analyses of these two P. capsulatum strains and close related strains belonging to Eurotiales were performed. The assembled genome sizes of P. capsulatum are approximately 34.4 Mbp in length and encode 11,080 predicted genes...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Su-Ping Li, Pei-Yi Yao, Jin-Feng Li, David Kay Ferguson, Long-Rui Min, Zhen-Qing Chi, Yong Wang, Jian-Xin Yao, Jin-Geng Sha
Fossil blister pearls attached to the shells of an Anodonta mollusk from China, early Early Pleistocene, are reported here for the first time. The pearls were investigated in detail using a variety of methods. Micro-CT scanning of the fossil pearls was carried out to discover the inner structure and the pearl nucleus. Using CTAn software, changes in the gray levels of the biggest pearl, which reflect the changing density of the material, were investigated. The results provide us with some clues on how these pearls were formed...
2016: PloS One
Rui-Cheng Gao, Fu-Sheng Guo, Nan-Nan Bai, Yun-Long Wu, Fan Yang, Ji-Ye Liang, Zhen-Jing Li, Yao-Yu Wang
Two new three-dimensional isostructural lanthanide metal-organic frameworks (Ln(III)-MOFs), [LnL(H2O)3]·3H2O·0.75DMF (1-Ln; Ln = Dy(III) and Eu(III) ions, H3L = biphenyl-3'-nitro-3,4',5-tricarboxylic acid, DMF = N,N'-dimethylformamide), were synthesized and characterized. The appearance of temperature-dependent out-of-phase (χ″M) signal reveals that complex 1-Dy displays slow magnetic relaxation behavior with the energy barrier (ΔUeff) of 57 K and a pre-exponential factor (τ0) of 3.89 × 10(-8) s at 1200 Oe direct current field...
October 19, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Zhen Qin, Peng-Yuan Wang, Ding-Feng Su, Xia Liu
In recent years, miR-124 has emerged as a critical modulator of immunity and inflammation. Here, we summarize studies on the function and mechanism of miR-124 in the immune system and immunity-related diseases. They indicated that miR-124 exerts a crucial role in the development of immune system, regulation of immune responses, and inflammatory disorders. It is evident that miR-124 may serve as an informative diagnostic biomarker and therapeutic target in the future.
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Ying Wang, Bingyu Chen, Zhen Wang, Wei Zhang, Ke Hao, Yu Chen, Kaiqiang Li, Tongtong Wang, Yiwei Xie, Zhihui Huang, Xiangmin Tong
Marsdenia tenacissimae extraction (MTE) as a traditional Chinese herb has long been used to treat some diseases such as tumors in China. However, the potential effectiveness of MTE in leukemia has not yet been fully understood, and the related molecular mechanism is still unknown. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the effects of MTE on the proliferation and apoptosis of Jurkat cells (T-ALL lines) and lymphocytes from T-ALL (T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia) patients. Firstly, CCK8 assays and flow cytometry assays revealed that MTE dose-dependently reduced the proliferation of Jurkat cells by arresting cell cycle at S phase...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Zhen Wang, Jun-Qiang Chen, Jin-Lu Liu, Lei Tian
Tumor microenvironment (TME) plays an integral part in the biology of cancer, participating in tumor initiation, progression, and response to therapy. Exosome is an important part of TME. Exosomes are small vesicles formed in vesicular bodies with a diameter of 30-100 nm and a classic "cup" or "dish" morphology. They can contain microRNAs, mRNAs, DNA fragments and proteins, which are shuttled from a donor cell to recipient cells. Exosomes secreted from tumor cells are called tumor-derived (TD) exosomes. There is emerging evidence that TD exosomes can construct a fertile environment to support tumor proliferation, angiogenesis, invasion and premetastatic niche preparation...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Wei-Zhuo Tang, Zhong-Zhen Yang, Fan Sun, Shu-Ping Wang, Fan Yang, Hou-Wen Lin
Chemical investigation on CH2Cl2 extract of the marine sponge Leucandra sp. afforded two new compounds named leucanone A (1) and naamine J (2), together with eight known compounds (3-10). Their structures were elucidated on the basis of NMR spectroscopic analyses, and comparing with the literature. The cytotoxic activities of the compounds were evaluated against four cancer cell lines, and compound 2 showed mild cytotoxic activities against MCF-7, A549, HeLa, and PC9 cancer cell lines with IC50 values in the range of 20...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
Wang Zheng, Jungwoo Yang, Erwan Beauchamp, Ruiqi Cai, Shaimaa Hussein, Laura Hofmann, Qiang Li, Veit Flockerzi, Luc G Berthiaume, Jingfeng Tang, Xing-Zhen Chen
Transient receptor potential polycystin-3 (TRPP3) is a cation channel activated by calcium and proton and is involved in hedgehog signaling, intestinal development, and sour tasting. How TRPP3 channel function is regulated remains poorly understood. By N-terminal truncation mutations, electrophysiology and Xenopus oocytes expression, we first identified fragment D21-S42 to be functionally important. We then found that deletion mutant Δ1-36 (TRPP3 missing fragment M1-R36) has similar function as wild-type TRPP3 while Δ1-38 is functionally dead, suggesting the importance of V37 or C38...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yi Wang, Meiqing Zhu, Feng Liu, Xiangwei Wu, Dandan Pan, Jia Liu, Shisuo Fan, Zhen Wang, Jun Tang, Risong Na, Qing X Li, Rimao Hua, Shangzhong Liu
In the present study, 3-(fluorobenzylideneamino)-6-chloro-1-(3,3-dimethylbutanoyl)-phenyl-2,3-dihydroquinazolin-4(1H)-one (FDQL) derivatives have been designed and synthesized to study the interaction between fluorine substituted dihydroquinazoline derivatives with human serum albumin (HSA) using fluorescence, circular dichroism and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The results indicated that the FDQL could bind to HSA, induce conformation and the secondary structure changes of HSA, and quench the intrinsic fluorescence of HSA through a static quenching mechanism...
October 14, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Jiu-Chang Zhong, Zhen-Zhou Zhang, Ran Xu, Lai-Jiang Chen, Shu-Jie Guo, Ying-Le Xu, Gavin Oudit, Hai-Yan Jin, Bei Song, Qing Chang, Ping-Jin Gao, Ji-Guang Wang
OBJECTIVE: The Apelin/APJ system has recently been implicated in pathologies of hypertension. However, little was elucidated upon effects of Apelin on vascular adventitial remodeling progression. Here, we examined regulatory roles of Apelin in pressure overload-induced adventitial remodeling and fibrosis in hypertensive rats. DESIGN AND METHOD: The male Sprague-Dawley rats were performed with transverse aortic constriction (TAC). The rats with TAC were randomized to daily deliver either pyroglutamyl Apelin-13 (50 μg/kg) or saline for 4 weeks...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Zhen-Yao Chen, Xin Chen, Zhao-Xia Wang
MicroRNAs are a large group of non-coding RNAs that have emerged as regulators of various biological processes, especially carcinogenesis and cancer progression. Recent evidence has shown that microRNA-196a (miR-196a) is upregulated in most types of tumors and involved in multiple biological processes via translational inhibition and mRNA cleavage, such as cell proliferation, migration, and invasion, mostly functioning as an oncogene. Dysregulation of miR-196a promotes oncogenesis and tumor progression. In this review, we summarize the upstream regulators, target genes, signaling pathways, and single nucleotide polymorphisms of miR-196a, which collectively affect cell proliferation, migration, and invasion...
October 18, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Qing-Zhen Xie, Wang-Ming Xu, Qian-Rong Qi, Zeng-Li Luo, Lan Dong
Genital tract infections with ureaplasma urealyticum (UU) and chlamydia trachomatis (CT) are the most frequent sexually-transmitted disease worldwide. UU and CT infections are considered to be the leading cause for infertility and adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, little is known about the specific effect of cervical UU and CT infections on the etiology of female infertility, as well as the pregnancy outcomes of the patients undergoing in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection-embryo transfer (IVF/ICSI-ET)...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Wan Gao, Jia-Wen Hu, Fang Xu, Can-Jing Wei, Meng-Jiao Shi, Jun Zhao, Jia-Jia Wang, Bo Zhen, Teng-Fei Ji, Jian-Guo Xing, Zheng-Yi Gu, Fang Xu
Four new polyisoprenylated benzoylphloroglucinol derivatives, hyperscabrones J-M (1-4), were isolated from the air-dried aerial parts of Hypericum scabrum. Their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic methods and were subsequently confirmed by comparing with data of known compounds. The absolute configuration of the bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane-2,4,9-trione core was defined by the experimental and calculated electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra. The evaluation of their hepatoprotective activities against paracetamol-induced HepG2 cell damage showed that compounds 2 and 4 exhibited significant hepatoprotection at 10μM...
October 14, 2016: Fitoterapia
Yun Xiang, Zai-Hua Wang, Ping Cai, Zhen Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of β-lactamase (BLs) detection and β-lactam/β-lactamase inhibitor (BL/BLI) on the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) in children with severe bacterial pneumonia. METHODS: The clinical data of the children with bacterial severe pneumonia were retrospectively studied. Of all the patients, 248 using amoxicillin/clavulanate but without BLs detection and 323 using amoxicillin (BLs negative) or amoxicillin/clavulanate (BLs positive) were used as the amoxicillin group; 208 patients using piperacillin/tazobactam but without BLs detection and 291 patients using piperacillin (BLs negative) or piperacillin/tazobactam (BLs positive) were used as the piperacillin group; and 191 patients using cefoperazone/sulbactam but without BLs detection and 341 patients using cefoperazone (BLs negative) or cefoperazone/sulbactam (BLs positive) were used as the cefoperazone group...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Chao Yang, Iris L K Wong, Kai Peng, Zhen Liu, Peng Wang, Tingfu Jiang, Tao Jiang, Larry M C Chow, Sheng Biao Wan
In the present study, a total of 25 novel ningalin B analogues were synthesized and evaluated for their P-gp modulating activity in a P-gp overexpressed breast cancer cell line LCC6MDR. Preliminary structure-activity study shows that A ring and its two methoxy groups are important pharmacophores for P-gp inhibiting activity. Among all derivatives, 23 is the most potent P-gp modulator with EC50 of 120-165 nM in reversing paclitaxel, DOX, vinblastine and vincristine resistance. It is relatively safe to use with selective index at least greater than 606 compared to verapamil...
September 22, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Zhen Wang, Rong-Hui Xia, Dong-Xia Ye, Jiang Li
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the clinicopathological characteristics, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, p53 expression, and TP53 mutations in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) and determine their utility as prognostic predictors in a primarily eastern Chinese population. METHODS: The HPV infection status was tested via p16INK4A immunohistochemistry and validated using PCR, reverse blot hybridization and in situ hybridization (ISH) in 188 OPSCC samples...
2016: PloS One
Yanke Chen, Xiaofei Wang, Jiwen Cheng, Zhen Wang, Ting Jiang, Ni Hou, Na Liu, Tusheng Song, Chen Huang
Growing evidence indicates that some abnormally expressed microRNAs (miRNAs) influence tumorigenesis and progression. Previous studies reported that miR-20a is among the frequently altered miRNAs in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but its expression pattern and role in HCC remain controversial. In the present study, we demonstrated that miR-20a-5p exhibited aberrant expression in HCC tissues compared with paired non-tumor tissues: 52% of the tumor samples showed a greater increase. Overexpression of miR-20a contributed to HCC cell proliferation and migration in vitro, and treatment with anti-miR20a-5p caused the opposite effects...
October 4, 2016: Oncology Reports
Yong Xie, Zhen-Jie Gu, Mao-Xiong Wu, Tu-Cheng Huang, Jing-Song Ou, Huiping-Son Ni, Mao-Huan Lin, Wo-Liang Yuan, Jing-Feng Wang, Yang-Xin Chen
AIMS: Adverse cardiovascular effects induced by peroxisome proliferator activator receptor-γ (PPAR-γ) activation were observed in clinical setting. But the underlying mechanism is unclear. Now, transgenic mice with cardiac specific peroxisome proliferator activator receptor-γ overexpression (TG-PPAR-γ) were used to explore the possible mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cardiac tissues from TG-PPAR-γ mice, a PPAR-γ over-expressing human cardiomyocyte line AC16 cell, and PPAR-γ agonist-treated primary cardiomyocytes were used to evaluate the expression of cardiac calcium regulatory proteins as sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) ATPase, Na(+)/Ca(2+)exchanger 1, ryanodine receptor 2 and phospholamban...
October 13, 2016: Life Sciences
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