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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549109/il-18-cleavage-triggers-cardiac-inflammation-and-fibrosis-upon-%C3%AE-adrenergic-insult
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Han Xiao, Hao Li, Jing-Jing Wang, Jian-Shu Zhang, Jing Shen, Xiang-Bo An, Cong-Cong Zhang, Ji-Min Wu, Yao Song, Xin-Yu Wang, Hai-Yi Yu, Xiang-Ning Deng, Zi-Jian Li, Ming Xu, Zhi-Zhen Lu, Jie Du, Wei Gao, Ai-Hua Zhang, Yue Feng, You-Yi Zhang
Aims: Rapid over-activation of β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) upon stress leads to cardiac inflammation, a prevailing factor that underlies heart injury. However, mechanisms by which acute β-AR stimulation induce cardiac inflammation still remain unknown. Here, we set out to identify the crucial role of inflammasome/interleukin (IL)-18 in initiating and maintaining cardiac inflammatory cascades upon β-AR insult. Methods and results: Male C57BL/6 mice were injected with a single dose of β-AR agonist, isoproterenol (ISO, 5 mg/kg body weight) or saline subcutaneously...
May 26, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548968/aldose-reductase-interacts-with-akt1-to-augment-hepatic-akt-mtor-signaling-and-promote-hepatocarcinogenesis
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Jia-Xing Zhao, Ya-Wei Yuan, Cheng-Fu Cai, Dong-Yan Shen, Mao-Li Chen, Feng Ye, Yan-Jun Mi, Qi-Cong Luo, Wang-Yu Cai, Wei Zhang, Ying Long, Yong Zeng, Guo-Dong Ye, Shu-Yu Yang
Marked up-regulation of aldose reductase (AR) is reportedly associated with the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We investigated how aberrantly overexpressed AR might promote oncogenic transformation in liver cells and tissues. We found that overexpressed AR interacted with the kinase domain of AKT1 to increase AKT/mTOR signaling. In both cultured liver cancer cells and liver tissues in DEN-induced transgenic HCC model mice, we observed that AR overexpression-induced AKT/mTOR signaling tended to enhance lactate formation and hepatic inflammation to enhance hepatocarcinogenesis...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548932/lncrna-tincr-attenuates-cardiac-hypertrophy-by-epigenetic-silencing-of-camkii
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Mingjing Shao, Guangdong Chen, Fengli Lv, Yanyan Liu, Hongjun Tian, Ran Tao, Ronghuan Jiang, Wei Zhang, Chuanjun Zhuo
In the previous study, we established a mouse model of cardiac hypertrophy using transverse aortic constriction (TAC) and found that the expression of long non-coding RNAs TINCR was downregulated in myocardial tissue. The present study was designed to determine the potential role of TINCR in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy. Our results showed that enforced expression of TINCR could attenuate cardiac hypertrophy in TAC mice. Angiotensin II (Ang-II) was found to be associated with reduced TINCR expression and increased hypertrophy in cultured neonatal cardiomyocytes...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548826/protein-nanocage-based-photo-controlled-nitric-oxide-releasing-platform
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Xiao Li, Yajie Zhang, Jian Sun, Weijian Chen, Xuewei Wang, Fenli Shao, Yuyu Zhu, Fude Feng, Yang Sun
A photoactive NO releasing system was constructed by incorporation of NO-bound Fe-S clusters into horse spleen apoferritin cavities with high loading efficacy. The composites retained intact core-shell structure and indicated advantages such as enhanced stability, reduced cytotoxicity, efficient cellular uptake, and photo-controlled NO releasing property.
May 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548030/everolimus-inhibited-multiple-isoforms-of-udp-glucuronosyltransferases-ugts
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Zuo Du, Guang Wang, Yun-Feng Cao, Cui-Min Hu, Kun Yang, Yong-Zhe Liu, Chun-Ze Zhang, Wei-Hua Zhang, Zhi-Tu Zhu, Hong-Zhi Sun, Xiao-Yu Sun, Mo Hong, Zhong-Ze Fang
1. Everolimus is an inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and has been clinically utilized to prevent the rejection of organ transplants. This study aims to determine the inhibition of everolimus on the activity of phase II drug-metabolizing enzymes UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs). 2. The results showed that 100 uM of everolimus exerted more than 80% inhibition towards UGT1A1, -1A3, and -2B7. UGT1A3 and UGT2B7 were selected to elucidate the inhibition mechanism, and in silico docking showed that hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interactions mainly contributed to the strong binding of everolimus towards the activity cavity of UGT1A3 and UGT2B7...
May 26, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547925/blockade-of-the-dissociation-of-nmmhc-iia-from-tnfr2-by-d39-a-saponin-from-liriope-muscari-suppresses-tissue-factor-expression-and-venous-thrombosis
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Ke-Feng Zhai, Jin-Rong Zheng, You-Mei Tang, Fang Li, Yan-Ni Lv, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Zhen Gao, Jin Qi, Bo-Yang Yu, Jun-Ping Kou
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Non-muscular myosin heavy chain IIA (NMMHC IIA) has been demonstrated to play a key role in tissue factor (TF) expression and venous thrombosis. However, whether natural products could inhibit thrombosis via NMMHC IIA remains unclear. In this study, we identified that a representative natural saponin D39 from Liriope muscari showed anti-thrombotic activity by targeting NMMHC IIA. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: TF expression and activity in endothelial cells were analysed in vitro by western blot and simplified chromogenic assays...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546021/sodium-butyrate-improved-intestinal-immune-function-associated-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-p38mapk-signalling-pathways-in-young-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
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Li Tian, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Wei-Dan Jiang, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Fei Xie, Lin Feng
The present study evaluated the effect of dietary sodium butyrate (SB) supplementation on the growth and immune function in the proximal intestine (PI), middle intestine (MI) and distal intestine (DI) of young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). The fish were fed one powdery sodium butyrate (PSB) diet (1000.0 mg kg(-1) diet) and five graded levels of microencapsulated sodium butyrate (MSB) diets: 0.0 (control), 500.0, 1000.0, 1500.0 and 2000.0 mg kg(-1) diet for 60 days. Subsequently, a challenge test was conducted by injection of Aeromonas hydrophila...
May 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545995/systematic-studies-on-ciliates-alveolata-ciliophora-in-china-progress-and-achievements-based-on-molecular-information
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REVIEW
Feng Gao, Jie Huang, Yan Zhao, Lifang Li, Weiwei Liu, Miao Miao, Qianqian Zhang, Jiamei Li, Zhenzhen Yi, Hamed A El-Serehy, Alan Warren, Weibo Song
Due to complex morphological and convergent morphogenetic characters, the systematics of ciliates has long been ambiguous. Since 1990, the Laboratory of Protozoology, Ocean University of China, in collaboration with other research groups worldwide, has carried out a series of integrative investigations on ciliate systematics. To date, genomic DNA has been extracted from about 1700 ciliate strains, and phylogenetic analyses have been performed for two-thirds of orders. Main findings are: (1) Classifications of about 50 hypotrichous species have been resolved, although the monophylies of three hypotrichous orders remain unconfirmed; (2) Euplotia and two orders and all seven families within them are monophyletic assemblages; (3) Lynnella represents an order-level taxon, and is separated from two sister monophyletic subclasses Oligotrichia and Choreotrichia; (4) the peritrich families Zoothamniidae and Vorticellidae are separated from each other, and Zoothamnium exhibits a high genetic diversity; (5) the scuticociliate order Philasterida is monophyletic and separated from loxocephalids, and the thigmotrichids is a suborder within Pleuronematida; (6) 14 classes were recovered including one new class Protocruziea, and Mesodiniea is basal to subphyla Intramacronucleata and Postciliodesmatophora; (7) mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I heteroplasmy was reported in ciliates for the first time, and candidate barcoding genes for Frontonia species identification were identified...
May 6, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545791/the-combination-of-plasma-glutamate-and-physical-impairment-after-acute-stroke-as-a-potential-indicator-for-the-early-onset-post-stroke-depression
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Lei-Yu Geng, Fang-Yuan Qian, Jun-Feng Qian, Zhi-Jun Zhang
OBJECTS: The present study aimed to investigate the relationship of plasma glutamate levels with the early-onset of post-stroke depression (PSD) and to further explore the prognostic value of plasma glutamate combined with clinical characteristics for the early-onset PSD in the acute ischemic stroke patients. METHODS: Seventy-four patients who admitted to the hospital within 24h of acute ischemic stroke were consecutively recruited and followed up for 2weeks. The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD-17) were used to screen for depressive symptoms 14days after stroke...
May 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545733/simultaneous-on-line-monitoring-of-propofol-and-sevoflurane-in-balanced-anesthesia-by-direct-resistive-heating-gas-chromatography
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Hao Dong, Feng Jiang Zhang, Fu Yuan Wang, Ying Ying Wang, Jing Guo, G M Kanhar, Jing Chen, Jun Liu, Chen Zhou, Min Yan, Xing Chen
In balanced anesthesia, sevoflurane and propofol are often used in combination to achieve a better anesthetic effect. However, methods for on-line monitoring of concentrations of the two anesthetics in patients are still rare in clinical. This study proposed a non-invasive method utilizing a fast gas chromatograph combined with a surface acoustic wave sensor (Fast GC-SAW) to simultaneously on-line monitor sevoflurane and propofol in patients' exhaled gas. By using the direct resistive heating capillary column, the single detection time of Fast GC-SAW system was significantly shortened to 90s, as well as the size reduced to (40cm×30cm×20cm)...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545451/ptk7-is-a-novel-oncogenic-target-for-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Kang Liu, Guiqin Song, Xuqian Zhang, Qiujiang Li, Yunxia Zhao, Yuchuan Zhou, Rong Xiong, Xin Hu, Zhirong Tang, Gang Feng
BACKGROUND: Overexpression of PTK7 has been found in multiple cancers and has been proposed to serve as a prognostic marker for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Its role in esophageal cancer, however, remains to be clarified. We hypothesize that PTK7 positively regulates tumorigenesis of esophageal cancer. METHODS: We examined PTK7 expression pattern in human esophageal squamous carcinoma by Oncomine expression analysis and by immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining...
May 25, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545281/-pre-and-post-orthotopic-heart-transplantation-electrocardiogram-characteristics-of-998-patients
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H Q Guan, Z J Chen, Y Zhou, J Liu, W X Sun, J Yuan, Y H Liao, N G Dong, J P Liu, K G Feng, Q Zhang, X Zhao, C Qian, F Hu
Objective: To analyze pre- and post-operation electrocardiograms (ECGs) features of patients underwent orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT), and provide evidences for identifying and analyzing post OHT ECGs. Methods: Nine hundreds and ninty-eight pre- and post- OHT standard 12-leads ECGs from 110 consecutive patients, who underwent OHT in our hospital from May 2008 to May 2014, were analyzed. Results: The mean heart rate(HR)was (86.9±16.4) beats per minute before OHT, and (100.0±0.4) beats per minute after OHT...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545229/an-iterative-distortion-compensation-algorithm-for-camera-calibration-based-on-phase-target
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Yongjia Xu, Feng Gao, Hongyu Ren, Zonghua Zhang, Xiangqian Jiang
Camera distortion is a critical factor affecting the accuracy of camera calibration. A conventional calibration approach cannot satisfy the requirement of a measurement system demanding high calibration accuracy due to the inaccurate distortion compensation. This paper presents a novel camera calibration method with an iterative distortion compensation algorithm. The initial parameters of the camera are calibrated by full-field camera pixels and the corresponding points on a phase target. An iterative algorithm is proposed to compensate for the distortion...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545023/long-non-coding-rna-hoxa-as2-promotes-proliferation-and-invasion-of-breast-cancer-by-acting-as-a-mir-520c-3p-sponge
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Yu Fang, Jingxuan Wang, Feng Wu, Ying Song, Shu Zhao, Qingyuan Zhang
The long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) HOXA cluster antisense RNA2 (HOXA-AS2) has recently been shown to be dysregulated and involved in the progression of several cancers. However, the biological role and clinical significance of HOXA-AS2 in the carcinogenesis of breast cancer are still unclear. In the present study, we found that HOXA-AS2 was up-regulated in human breast cancer tissues and cell lines and associated with clinicopathological characteristics. Silencing of HOXA-AS2 inhibited the progression of breast cancer cells in vitro and in vivo...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544912/parallel-gene-selection-and-dynamic-ensemble-pruning-based-on-affinity-propagation
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Jun Meng, Jing Zhang, Yu-Shi Luan, Xin-Yu He, Li-Shuang Li, Yuan-Feng Zhu
Gene selection and sample classification based on gene expression data are important research areas in bioinformatics. Selecting important genes closely related to classification is a challenging task due to high dimensionality and small sample size of microarray data. Extended rough set based on neighborhood has been successfully applied to gene selection, as it can select attributes without redundancy and deal with numerical attributes directly. However, the computation of approximations in rough set is extremely time consuming...
May 17, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544761/composites-of-bacterial-cellulose-and-small-molecule-decorated-gold-nanoparticles-for-treating-gram-negative-bacteria-infected-wounds
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Ying Li, Yue Tian, Wenshu Zheng, Yan Feng, Rong Huang, Jingxin Shao, Rongbing Tang, Peng Wang, Yuexiao Jia, Jiangjiang Zhang, Wenfu Zheng, Guang Yang, Xingyu Jiang
Bacterial infections, especially multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, are an increasingly serious problem in the field of wound healing. Herein, bacterial cellulose (BC) decorated by 4,6-diamino-2-pyrimidinethiol (DAPT)-modified gold nanoparticles (Au-DAPT NPs) is presented as a dressing (BC-Au-DAPT nanocomposites) for treating bacterially infected wounds. BC-Au-DAPT nanocomposites have better efficacy (measured in terms of reduced minimum inhibition concentration) than most of the antibiotics (cefazolin/sulfamethoxazole) against Gram-negative bacteria, while maintaining excellent physicochemical properties including water uptake capability, mechanical strain, and biocompatibility...
May 23, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544312/c-x-c-motif-chemokine-receptor-4-promotes-tumor-angiogenesis-in-gastric-cancer-via-activation-of-jak2-stat3
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Qing Zhang, Feng Xu, Yi Shi, Yi-Wen Chen, Hai-Ping Wang, Xue Yu, Yong Li
C-X-C motif chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) overexpression promotes gastric cancer growth and metastasis. In this study, we determined its role in regulating tumor angiogenesis. We overexpressed CXCR4 in gastric cancer cells and examined the effects of conditioned medium on endothelial cell proliferation, migration, and tube formation. The effects of CXCR4 overexpression on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) activation were analyzed...
May 24, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544156/m2bpgi-as-a-potential-diagnostic-tool-of-cirrhosis-in-chinese-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Bin Wei, Shu Feng, Enqiang Chen, Dongdong Li, Tingting Wang, Yu Gou, Tingting Yang, Dongmei Zhang, Chuanmin Tao, Hong Tang
BACKGROUND: M2BPGi is a novel serum glycobiomarker of liver fibrosis. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of M2BPGi for predicting liver fibrosis and disease progression in Chinese hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected patients. METHODS: We enrolled 228 HBV infected patients with different status of liver fibrosis diagnosed using FibroScan. We analyzed the diagnostic accuracy of M2BPGi, and compared it with AST-to-platelet ratio (APRI), FIB-4 index, AST to ALT ratio (AAR), and RDW to platelet ratio (RPR)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544073/hydrophilic-interaction-and-reversed-phase-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-tof-ms-for-metabolomic-analysis-of-veratrum-nigrum-induced-cardiotoxicity
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Ziheng Wei, Xu Dong, Hanzhe Zhang, Songyan Gao, Wei Shi, Feng Yang, Xin Dong
The acute cardiotoxicity induced by Veratrum nigrum (VN) is explored by analysing heart tissue metabolic profiles in mouse models and applying reversed-phase liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (RPLC-MS) and hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (HILIC-MS) that are based on ultra-high performance liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF-MS). An animal model of acute heart injury was established in mice via intra-gastric administration of VN. Then, electrocardiogram, echocardiograph monitoring of cardiac function and pathological examination were performed on mice both in the control and VN groups, and it was successfully verified that acute heart injury was caused...
May 22, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544020/porous-poly-ionic-liquid-membranes-as-efficient-and-recyclable-absorbents-for-heavy-metal-ions
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Yongyuan Ren, Jiandong Zhang, Jiangna Guo, Fei Chen, Feng Yan
Heavy metal ion pollution has become a serious environmental problem. Herein, this study reports the synthesis of poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) membranes via in situ photo-crosslinking of vinyl imidazole with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic ionic liquid monomers. The resultant amphiphilic polymer membranes are porous and exhibit high absorption capacity of metal ions (including Hg(2+) , Pb(2+) , Cu(2+) , Cd(2+) , and Zn(2+) ) in both high (1000 mg L(-1) ) and low (10 mg L(-1) ) concentration metal ion solutions...
May 22, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
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