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Huawang Wu, Hui Sun, Chao Wang, Lin Yu, Yilan Li, Hongjun Peng, Xiaobing Lu, Qingmao Hu, Yuping Ning, Tianzi Jiang, Jinping Xu, Jiaojian Wang
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common psychiatric disorder that is characterized by cognitive deficits and affective symptoms. To date, an increasing number of neuroimaging studies have focused on emotion regulation and have consistently shown that emotion dysregulation is one of the central features and underlying mechanisms of MDD. Although gray matter morphological abnormalities in regions within emotion regulation networks have been identified in MDD, the interactions and relationships between these gray matter structures remain largely unknown...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
I-Ting Tsai, Chao-Ping Wang, Teng-Hung Yu, Yung-Chuan Lu, Chih-Wen Lin, Li-Fen Lu, Cheng-Ching Wu, Fu-Mei Chung, Yau-Jiunn Lee, Wei-Chin Hung, Chia-Chang Hsu
Adipocytokines play an important role in adipose tissue homeostasis, especially in obesity-associated disorders such as non-alcoholic fatty liver and their complications including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Although visfatin is an adipocytokine highly expressed in visceral fat that has been demonstrated to play a critical role in the progression of human malignancies, little is known about the role of visfatin in HCC associated with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection...
October 19, 2016: Cytokine
Yanjun Liu, Yanting Liu, Hao Li, Xindi Fu, Hanwen Guo, Ruihong Meng, Wenjing Lu, Ming Zhao, Hongtao Wang
Aromatic compounds (ACs) emitted from landfills have attracted a lot of attention of the public due to their adverse impacts on the environment and human health. This study assessed the health risk impacts of the fugitive ACs emitted from the working face of a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill in China. The emission data was acquired by long-term in-situ samplings using a modified wind tunnel system. The uncertainty of aromatic emissions is determined by means of statistics and the emission factors were thus developed...
October 19, 2016: Environment International
Nancy M Lee, Cevat Erisken, Thomas Iskratsch, Michael Sheetz, William N Levine, Helen H Lu
Physiologically relevant models of wound healing are essential for understanding the biology of connective tissue repair and healing. They can also be used to identify key cellular processes and matrix characteristics critical for the design of soft tissue grafts. Modeling the various stages of repair post tendon injury, polymer meshes of varying fiber diameter (nano-1 (390 nm) < nano-2 (740 nm) < micro (1420 nm)) were produced. Alignment was also introduced in the nano-2 group to model matrix undergoing biological healing rather than scar formation...
October 12, 2016: Biomaterials
Dewei Zhao, Frank Witte, Faqiang Lu, Jiali Wang, Junlei Li, Ling Qin
As a new generation of medical metallic material, magnesium (Mg) and its alloys with or without surface coating have attracted a great deal of attention due to its biodegradability and potential for avoiding a removal operation after the implant has fulfilled its function for surgical fixation of injured musculoskeletal tissues. Although a few clinical cases on Mg-based orthopaedic implants were reported more than a century ago, it was not until recently that clinical trials using these implants with improved physicochemical properties were carried out in Germany, China and Korea for bone fracture fixation...
October 11, 2016: Biomaterials
Dong Liu, Jie-Lu Zhou, Fashui Hong, Yu-Qing Zhang
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) are used in many fields, such as paints, medicine additives, food additives, sunscreens and agriculture. The aim of this study was to investgate the mechanism behind the formation of inflammation induced by TiO2 NPs. ICR mice were exposed to TiO2 NPs through intragastric administration at 2.5, 5 and 10 mg/kg body weight every day for 90 consecutive days. The experiment suggested that long-term exposure to TiO2 NPs resulted in an obvious inflammatory response in mice lung tissues, which led to a thickened alveoli septum, lung hyperaemia, and titanium accumulation...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Xiang Ren, Qihang Guo, Jianhui Chen, Hujun Xie, Qing Xu, Zhan Lu
The visible-light-promoted diastereodivergent intramolecular oxyamination of alkenes and amination of unactivated C(Sp3)-H bonds is described to construct oxazolindinones, pyrrolidinones and imidazolidones via mild generation of primary amidyl radicals from functionalized hydroxylamines. A unique phenomenon on highly diastereoselective ring-opening of aziridines controlled by electron sacrifices was observed. High diastereoselective amino alcohols derivatives were obtained efficiently through this protocol in gram scales...
October 22, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Pei Ma, Haitao Wang, Lu Han, Wei Jing, Xin Zhou, Zhisu Liu
Small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) as a novel molecular species may have significant and comprehensive influences on the development and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We recently characterized snoRNA transcriptome signatures in HCC tissues by small RNA sequencing and found that small nucleolar RNA 78 (SNORD78) was associated with HCC. However, little is known about the pathological role of SNORD78 in HCC patients. This study aimed to profile SNORD78 expression signature and then to explore the pathogenesis of SNORD78 in HCC...
October 21, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Liya Lu, Chaoqiang Jiang, Danny F Mackay, Jill P Pell, Kar Keung Cheng, Tai Hing Lam, G Neil Thomas
OBJECTIVES: We studied the association between secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in Chinese non-smokers. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study using baseline data from the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study: Cardiovascular Disease Sub-cohort Study (GBCS-CVD). Guangzhou residents aged ≥ 50 years were recruited between 2003 and 2008. Baseline data included measurement of ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) and self-reported smoking status and SHS exposure...
October 20, 2016: Vascular
X Li, M Li, J Lu, Y Hu, L Cui, D Zhang, Y Yang
OBJECTIVES: To elucidate the effects of age on the expression levels of the receptor activator of the nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL) and osteoclasts in the periodontal ligament during orthodontic mechanical loading and post-orthodontic retention. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 20 male Sprague-Dawley rats, ten in the young group (aged four to five weeks) and ten in the adult group (aged 18 to 20 weeks). In each rat, the upper-left first molar was subjected to a seven-day orthodontic force loading followed by a seven-day retention period...
October 2016: Bone & Joint Research
Yufeng Li, Zheng Li, Dan Wang, Xiang Zhang, Jia Li, Sher Ali, Jingze Lu, Hao Zong, Xiaolan Xu
Insulin-stimulated GLUT4 translocation from GLUT4 storage vesicles (GSVs) to the plasma membrane (PM) constitutes a key process for blood glucose control. Therefore, compounds that could promote GLUT4 translocation into the PM represent potential drugs for the treatment of diabetes. In this research, we screened for agonists that induce GLUT4 translocation by using a novel pH-sensitive fluorescent probe, insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP)-mOrange2. We identified as well as validated one agonist, staurosporine, from a 64,000 compound library...
October 18, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Qiulun Lu, Xiuxin Jiang, Cheng Zhang, Wei Zhang, Wencheng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) affects more than 5% of the population in developed countries. To study the formation and progression of AAA, we developed a non-invasive method to analyse regional aortic stiffness to monitor the formation and progression of AAA. METHODS: Saline or Angiotensin II (AngII) was subcutaneously infused in apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE(-/-)) mice for 28 days; a high-resolution imaging system was used to identify changes in arterial stiffness measured by pulse-wave velocity (PWV) and aortic lumen diameter in the suprarenal aorta...
August 17, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Janette Kwok, Mengbiao Guo, Wanling Yang, C K Lee, Jenny Ho, W H Tang, Y S Chan, Derek Middleton, L W Lu, Godfrey C F Chan
HLA-A, -B, -C and -DRB1 gene and haplotype frequencies have been calculated from 7595 southern Chinese unrelated donors in a Hong Kong Bone Marrow Donor Registry. This is the first large-scale paper to report the distribution of A-C-B-DRB1 alleles in Hong Kong Chinese. This information is important for phylogenetic, comparative studies and estimating the optimal and cost-effective donor size and likelihood of obtaining appropriately matched donors for Chinese patients awaiting haematopoietic stem cell transplantation...
October 18, 2016: Human Immunology
Janette Kwok, Mengbiao Guo, Wanling Yang, C K Lee, N K Chan, Jenny Ho, W H Tang, Y S Chan, Derek Middleton, L W Lu, Godfrey C F Chan
HLA-A, -B and -DRB1 gene and haplotype frequencies have been calculated from 3892 southern Chinese unrelated cord blood units in a Hong Kong Cord Blood Registry. This is the first large-scale paper to report the distribution of A-B-DRB1 alleles in Hong Kong Chinese Cord Blood Units. This information is important for estimating the optimal and economically cost-effective donor size and likelihood of obtaining appropriately matched cord blood units for Chinese patients awaiting haematopoietic stem cell transplantation...
October 18, 2016: Human Immunology
Xiuli Chen, Hao Chen, Chunyan Lu, Chao Yang, Xiaoqi Yu, Kun Li, Yongmei Xie
In this report, the design of two novel nitrogen mustard-based DNA cross-linking agents with fluorophores incorporated into the structure (TN-A and TN-B) is disclosed. The results indicate that TN-A and TN-B can serve directly as both reporting and imaging agents for flow cytometry and gel electrophoresis without the necessity of another fluorescent tagging agents. TN-A and TN-B both selectively locate in the mitochondria and exhibit good antitumor activity. Notably, TN-A is the first DNA crosslinking agent with near infrared fluorescence emission properties...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Huichao Li, Lu Wang, Kai Sheng, Lina Zou, Baoxian Ye
The nanocomposites of titanium dioxide nanoparticles decorated poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-functionalized graphene (TiO2-PDDA-Gr) were successfully synthesized via a facile and green strategy. The prepared nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible spectrophotometry (UV-vis), Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). By combining the merits of the PDDA-Gr and TiO2 NPs, a highly sensitive electrochemical sensor was erected to detect esculetin based on the TiO2-PDDA-Gr nanocomposites...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Zhuang Li, Zhenzhen An, Yongyang Guo, Kangning Zhang, Xiaoling Chen, Dongxia Zhang, Zhonghua Xue, Xibin Zhou, Xiaoquan Lu
In this work, we report a novel Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles (Au-PtNPs) decorated on the surface of nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) functionalized with 1, 3, 6, 8-pyrene tetra sulfonic acid sodium salt (PyTS) by direct electrodeposition method. The results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electrochemical impendence spectrum (EIS) reveal that the Au-PtNPs were successfully anchored on the surface of NG sheets with a diameter of 20-40nm. Further, the prepared Au-PtNPs/PyTS-NG nanocomposite exhibits superior catalytic activity for the oxidation of nitrite...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Jiping Ma, Zhidan Yao, Liwei Hou, Wenhui Lu, Qipeng Yang, Jinhua Li, Lingxin Chen
Magnetic metal-organic frameworks (MOFs, [MIL-101]) were prepared and used as magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) adsorbents for preconcentration of four kinds of pyrazole/pyrrole pesticides (flusilazole, fipronil, chlorfenapyr, and fenpyroximate) in environmental water samples, followed by high-performance liquid chromatography-diode-array detector (HPLC-DAD) determination. Several variables affecting MSPE efficiency were systematically investigated, including amount of MIL-101, extraction time, sample pH, salt concentration, type of desorption solvent and desorption number of times...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Quan-Xing Mao, Lu Han, Yang Shu, Xu-Wei Chen, Jian-Hua Wang
In the practice of in vivo imaging with carbon nanodots (CNDs) as probe, the volume of CNDs solution introduced into living body should be kept at minimum, and a higher concentration is needed to ensure sufficient quantity of the probe for obtaining bright image. Therefore, the improvement on biocompatibility of the CNDs is among the most important and critical issues. We report herein the improvement on the biocompatibility of CNDs with modification by ionic liquid. Amide group functionalization of carbon nanodots is first conducted through microwave irradiation, followed by coupling the ionic liquid 1-carboxymethyl-3-methyl imidazolium bromide on the surface of the Amide-CNDs via covalent conjunction to produce the modified carbon nanodots (IL-CNDs)...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Yuan Yang, Li Luo, Hai-Pu Li, Qiang Wang, Zhao-Guang Yang, Chen-Lu Long
In this study, cloud point extraction (CPE) combined inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was used to determinate silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in environmental water. AgNPs dispersed in water could be extracted into surfactant phase based on optimized CPE parameters which including pH, incubation temperature and equilibration time, the content of nonionic surfactants (Triton X-114, TX-114) and Na2S3O3. Good separation results of AgNPs and ionic silver Ag(I) in aqueous environment was obtained with the addition of Na2S3O3 when the concentration of Ag(I) was lower than ten times of AgNPs...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
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