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Plant Mol Biol ; 2020 Jan 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31898146

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KEY MESSAGE: We genome-wide identified 28 JmjC domain-containing genes, further spatio-temporal expression profiling and genetic analysis defined them as epigenetic regulators in flowering initiation of Rosa chinensis. The JmjC domain-containing histone demethylases play critical roles in maintaining homeostasis of histone methylations, thus are vital for plant growth and development. Genome-wide identification of the JmjC domain-containing genes have been reported in several species, however, no systematic study has been performed in rose plants. In this paper, we identified 28 JmjC domain-containing genes from the newly published genome database of Rosa chinensis. The JmjC domain-containing proteins in R. chinensis were divided into seven groups, KDM3 was the largest group with 13 members, and JmjC domain-only A and KDM5B were the smallest clades both with only one member. Although all the JmjC domain proteins having a conserved JmjC domain, the gene and protein structure experienced differentiation and specification during the evolution, especially in KDM3 clade, one gene (RcJMJ40) was found carrying site deletions for cofactors Fe (II) and α-KG binding which were crucial for demethylase activities, three genes (RcJMJ41, RcJMJ43 and RcJMJ44) had no intron while two of them had tandem JmjC domains. Spatial expression pattern analysis of these JmjC domain-containing genes in different tissues showed most of them were highly expressed in reproductive tissues such as floral meristem and closed flowers than vegetative tissues, demonstrating their important functions in developmental switch from vegetative to reproductive growth of roses. Temporal expression profiling indicated majority of JmjC domain-containing genes from R. chinensis fluctuated along with floral bud differentiation and development, further proving their essential roles in flower organogenesis. VIGS induced silencing of RcJMJ12 led to delayed flowering time, and decreased the expression levels of flowering integrator such as RcFT, RcSOC1, RcFUL, RcLFY and RcAP1, therefore providing the genetic evidence of RcJMJ12 in flowering initiation. Collectively, spatio-temporal expression profiling and genetic analysis defined the JmjC domain-containing genes as important epigenetic regulators in flower development of R. chinensis.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31909850

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OBJECTIVES: To examine whether moral hazard may exist under unsupervised home-based online applications, leading to more assistive technology devices (ATDs) and larger per capita expenditures on ATDs than under supervised community center-based online applications. METHODS: Using the data from the Assistive Devices Resource Centre in Shanghai, descriptive statistics were estimated for the sociodemographics of applicants. Multiple linear regression and logistic regression were used to test the effect of the introduction of home-based online applications. RESULTS: In 2015-2016, there were marked increases of 22.3% in the total number of ATDs and 27.2% in the total expenditure on ATDs compared with 2013-2014. The per capita number and expenditure also demonstrated an increasing trend. More devices were applied for in 2015-2016 than in 2013-2014, yielding a higher expenditure per capita (P < .001). Interestingly, with an invisible price, more devices were applied for at home than in community centers (P < .001), but the expenditure per capita was smaller (P < .001). CONCLUSIONS: The introduction of online applications increased the number of ATDs per capita. The home-based applications induced the purchase of more ATDs but not higher expenditures on ATDs. Individuals with disabilities tend to request the maximum number of ATDs allowed by the application rules, which is an indicator of moral hazard. The prices of ATDs were not visible for individuals with disabilities, which may cause individuals to order costlier ATDs when applying at home. Stricter review may be needed to reign in the potential moral hazard among online applicants with disabilities.

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BMC Cancer ; 20(1): 11, 2020 Jan 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31906893

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BACKGROUND: We sought to investigate the prognostic value of complete blood count (CBC)-based biomarkers for patients with resectable gastric cancer (GC). METHODS: Patients with GC who underwent primary surgical resection between December 2008 and December 2013 were included. The estimated area under the curve (AUC) and multivariate Cox regression models were used to identify the best CBC-based biomarker. Time-dependent receiver operating characteristic (t-ROC) curve analysis was used to predict overall survival and compare the prognostic impact. RESULTS: In the 1810 patients analyzed, the median follow-up period was 51.0 months (range 1-101 months). Based on multivariate analysis, the lymphocyte-monocyte ratio (LMR) and hemoglobin (Hb) level were independent prognostic factors (both P < 0.05). Based on the LMR and Hb level, we established the CBC-based inflammatory score (CBCS). A higher CBCS was associated with older age, female sex, higher American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score, proximal tumor location, larger tumor size, later stage and vascular involvement (all P < 0.05). Univariate analyses showed that a higher CBCS was also associated with worse overall survival (OS), which was consistent in each stage (all P < 0.05). Multivariate analysis revealed that the CBCS was a significant independent biomarker (P < 0.05). The AUC for the CBCS (0.627) was significantly higher than the AUCs for the LMR (0.573) and Hb level (0.605) (both P < 0.05). Furthermore, the t-ROC curve of the CBCS was superior to that of the prognostic nutritional index (PNI), systemic immune-inflammation index (SII), modified Glasgow prognostic score (mGPS) and C-reactive protein/albumin ratio (CRP/Alb) throughout the observation period. CONCLUSION: The preoperative LMR and Hb level were optimal CBC-based biomarkers for predicting OS in GC patients after curative resection. Based on the LMR and Hb, we developed a novel and easily obtainable prognostic score called the CBCS, which may improve the prediction of clinical outcomes.

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Biomed Pharmacother ; 122: 109777, 2020 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31918261

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Sepsis is a critical illness that contributes a high mortality, while Xijiao Dihuang decoction (XJDHT) has been used in treatment against sepsis for many years by clinical doctors. Clinical studies confirmed a good efficacy of XJDHT against sepsis. The aim of this study is to observe the efficacy of XJDHT in sepsis model rats and macrophages activated by LPS, and to verify the underlying mechanisms. The key components of XJDHT and its targets against sepsis were analyzed and selected by network pharmacology. The potential mechanisms that XJDHT regulates the progress of sepsis were verified in sepsis rats and NR8383 cell lines. XJDHT at a dose of 25 mg/kg was administrated to rats which endured cecal ligation and perforation (CLP). After MTT assay, XJDHT at a dose of 4 mg/mL was selected to treat NR8383 cell lines activated by LPS. In vivo experiment, the survival of the rats was assessed. The content of cytokine in serum were assessed by Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). Contents of cytokine and key molecules in relative signaling pathway were assessed by immunohistochemical method. The pathway protein expressions were detected by Western blotting. In vitro experiment, immunofluorescence was used to assess the content of cytokine and signaling pathway. A total of 42 targets of XJDHT against sepsis were identified by network pharmacology. After eliminating overlapping compounds and proteins, there were 8 compounds in XJDHT that associating with the 42 sepsis-related targets. NF-κB and HIF-1α signaling pathway were recognized to play important role for XJDHT against sepsis. XJDHT improved survival rate in the XJDHT group compared with the model group. The contents of IL-6 increased in the model group compared with the control group with ELISA and immunohistochemistry, while XJDHT reduced the content of IL-6. The expressions of p65 and HIF-1α reduced significantly in the XJDHT group compared with the model group. In vitro study, the content of IL-6 elevated significantly after LPS stimulation, while XJDHT reduced this increase. Furthermore, expressions of protein of p65 and HIF-1α decreased significantly compared with the LPS group. To conclude, our study demonstrated that XJDHT at a dose of 25 g/kg is capable of improving the survival of sepsis via regulating the NF-κB and HIF-1α signaling pathway.

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Interv Neuroradiol ; : 1591019919896940, 2020 Jan 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31924102

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PURPOSE: Diabetes mellitus indicated poor clinical prognosis for patients with acute ischemic stroke. Furthermore, diabetes mellitus could also impact the hemostatic system, while its influence on the histological composition of thrombus is unclear. METHODS: Consecutive patients with retrieved clots were included. Histologic staining for thrombus included hematoxylin and eosin, Martius Scarlet Blue, immunohistochemistry for von Willebrand factor. The differences in clot composition were compared according to diabetes mellitus history or hyperglycemia (≥7.8 mmol/L) on admission. RESULTS: A total of 52 patients were included; half of them were diagnosed as diabetes mellitus previously. Diabetic patients showed higher serum glucose on admission (8.90 vs. 7.40, p = 0.012). The baseline characteristics (expect smoking history and thrombus location), procedural, and clinical outcomes were similar between diabetic patients and nondiabetic patients. As for histologic composition, thrombus in patients with diagnosed diabetes mellitus had more fibrin (44.2% vs. 28.3%, p = 0.004) and fewer red blood cells (26.0% vs. 42.9%, p = 0.013) and equivalent content of platelets (24.0% vs. 21.5%, p = 0.694) and von Willebrand factor (0.041 vs. 0.031, p = 0.234) than patients without diabetes mellitus. However, there was no statistical difference in the content of red blood cells (41.6% vs. 27.3%, p = 0.105), fibrin (37.6% vs. 34.3%, p = 0.627), platelets (21.2% vs. 24.2%, p = 0.498), and von Willebrand factor (0.038 vs. 0.034, p = 0.284) between patients with or without hyperglycemia on admission. CONCLUSION: Clots in diabetic patients had more fibrin and fewer erythrocyte components compared with patients without diabetes mellitus, while hyperglycemia on admission did not show association with clot composition. Further studies are needed to confirm these results.

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Ann Surg Oncol ; 2020 Jan 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31894481

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BACKGROUND: This study aimed to compare the long-term survival of patients undergoing minimally invasive gastrectomy and those undergoing open gastrectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma (GA) in the United States and China. METHODS: Data on patients with GA who underwent gastrectomy without neoadjuvant therapy were retrieved from prospectively maintained databases at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Fujian Medical University Union Hospital (FMUUH). Using propensity score-matching (PSM), equally sized cohorts of patients with similar clinical and pathologic characteristics who underwent minimally invasive versus open gastrectomy were selected. The primary end point of the study was 5-year overall survival (OS). RESULTS: The study identified 479 patients who underwent gastrectomy at MSKCC between 2000 and 2012 and 2935 patients who underwent gastrectomy at FMUUH between 2006 and 2014. Of the total 3432 patients, 1355 underwent minimally invasive gastrectomy, and 2059 underwent open gastrectomy. All the patients had at least 5 years of potential follow-up evaluation. Before PSM, most patient characteristics differed significantly between the patients undergoing the two types of surgery. After PSM, each cohort included 889 matched patients, and the actual 5-year OS did not differ significantly between the two cohorts, with an OS rate of 54% after minimally invasive gastrectomy and 50.4% after open gastrectomy (p = 0.205). Subgroup analysis confirmed that survival was similar between surgical cohorts among the patients for each stage of GA and for those undergoing distal versus total/proximal gastrectomy. In the multivariable analysis, surgical approach was not an independent prognostic factor. CONCLUSIONS: After PSM of U.S. and Chinese patients with GA undergoing gastrectomy, long-term survival did not differ significantly between the patients undergoing minimally invasive gastrectomy and those undergoing open gastrectomy.

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Food Chem ; 306: 125615, 2020 Feb 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31622833

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Phycocyanin (PC), a plant-based protein with interesting biological activity, is rarely directly applied in the food industry because it has structural and functional limitations. This study combined ultra-high-pressure (UHP) treatment with glycation to improve PC functionality and explored resulting structural changes using sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, circular dichroism, and UV-visible spectroscopy. The UHP treatment obviously improved the speed and degree of glycation and the composite-modified PC (CM-PC) showed high solubility and good emulsifying and foaming performance. Scanning electron microscopy images showed the CM-PC surface was loose and fluffy. Gel electrophoresis, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and circular dichroism results demonstrated that the content of α-helix decreased from 78.1% in PC to 26.6% in CM-PC, and hydroxyl groups were introduced. UV-visible spectroscopy showed that the mechanism of composite modification involved stretching of the PC and promotion of binding with sugars.


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Ficocianina/química , Spirulina/química , Dicroísmo Circular , Eletroforese em Gel de Poliacrilamida , Emulsões/metabolismo , Glicosilação , Pressão , Solubilidade , Espectroscopia de Infravermelho com Transformada de Fourier
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Artif Cells Nanomed Biotechnol ; 48(1): 8-14, 2020 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31852248

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Osteoarthritis is a common type of degenerative joint disease. Inflammation-related chondrocyte senescence plays a major role in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Omentin-1 is a newly identified anti-inflammatory adipokine involved in lipid metabolism. In this study, we examined the biological function of omentin-1 in cultured chondrocytes. The presence of omentin-1 potently suppresses IL-1ß-induced cellular senescence as revealed by staining with senescence-associated beta-galactosidase (SA-ß-Gal). At the cellular level, omentin-1 attenuates IL-1ß-induced G1 phase cell-cycle arrest. Mechanistically, we demonstrate that omentin-1 reduced IL-1ß-induced expression of senescent factors including caveolin-1, p21, and PAI-1 as well as p53 acetylation through ameliorating SIRT1 reduction. Notably, silencing of SIRT1 abolishes IL-1ß-induced senescence along with the induction of p21 and PAI-1, suggesting that the action of omentin-1 in chondrocytes is dependent on SIRT1. Collectively, our results revealed the molecular mechanism through which the adipokine omentin-1 exerts a beneficial effect, thereby protecting chondrocytes from senescence. Thus, omentin-1 could have clinical implication in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

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Huan Jing Ke Xue ; 41(1): 133-138, 2020 Jan 08.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31854913

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In typical cities of East China, more than 900 non-road vehicles were tested for exhaust smoke. Based on the investigation of the properties of these non-road vehicles, exhaust smoke intensities for different kinds of non-road vehicles are recommended. We also quantitatively study the differences in smoke intensity among vehicle age, vehicle power, test conditions, and fuels. The results showed that smoke intensity of non-road vehicles was (1.02±0.57) m-1 and that Ringelmann smoke was 2.10±0.19. In comparison to Chinese national standard (GB 36886), approximately 12%-25% of tested non-road vehicles' smoke intensity exceeded the standard limit. The smoke intensity of 80% of tested non-road vehicles was higher during start-up than under free acceleration. In comparison to ordinary diesel, the smoke intensities of tested non-road vehicles that used automotive diesel were lower. The instantaneous increase in fuel injection during start-up, as well as poor fuel quality, can directly affect the exhaust smoke of non-road vehicles.

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World J Gastroenterol ; 25(43): 6451-6464, 2019 Nov 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31798281

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BACKGROUND: Because of the powerful abilities of self-learning and handling complex biological information, artificial neural network (ANN) models have been widely applied to disease diagnosis, imaging analysis, and prognosis prediction. However, there has been no trained preoperative ANN (preope-ANN) model to preoperatively predict the prognosis of patients with gastric cancer (GC). AIM: To establish a neural network model that can predict long-term survival of GC patients before surgery to evaluate the tumor condition before the operation. METHODS: The clinicopathological data of 1608 GC patients treated from January 2011 to April 2015 at the Department of Gastric Surgery, Fujian Medical University Union Hospital were analyzed retrospectively. The patients were randomly divided into a training set (70%) for establishing a preope-ANN model and a testing set (30%). The prognostic evaluation ability of the preope-ANN model was compared with that of the American Joint Commission on Cancer (8th edition) clinical TNM (cTNM) and pathological TNM (pTNM) staging through the receiver operating characteristic curve, Akaike information criterion index, Harrell's C index, and likelihood ratio chi-square. RESULTS: We used the variables that were statistically significant factors for the 3-year overall survival as input-layer variables to develop a preope-ANN in the training set. The survival curves within each score of the preope-ANN had good discrimination (P < 0.05). Comparing the preope-ANN model, cTNM, and pTNM in both the training and testing sets, the preope-ANN model was superior to cTNM in predictive discrimination (C index), predictive homogeneity (likelihood ratio chi-square), and prediction accuracy (area under the curve). The prediction efficiency of the preope-ANN model is similar to that of pTNM. CONCLUSION: The preope-ANN model can accurately predict the long-term survival of GC patients, and its predictive efficiency is not inferior to that of pTNM stage.

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Cancer Lett ; 471: 38-48, 2019 Dec 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31811909

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The biological functions of circular RNAs (circRNAs) in gastric cancer (GC) remain largely unexplored. Here, we identified that circ-RanGAP1 was significantly upregulated in both GC tissues and exosomes from the plasma of GC patients. High circ-RanGAP1 expression was closely associated with an advanced TNM stage, lymph node metastases, and worse survival. Inhibition of circ-RanGAP1 decreased GC cell invasion and migration in vitro. Overexpression of circ-RanGAP1 had the opposite effect. Additionally, circ-RanGAP1 silencing remarkably suppressed tumor growth and metastasis of GC in vivo. Mechanistically, circ-RanGAP1 sponged miR-877-3p to upregulate VEGFA expression. Overexpression of miR-877-3p reversed the biological functions mediated by circ-RanGAP1 in GC cells. Interestingly, we demonstrated that circ-RanGAP1 was upregulated in plasma exosomes from preoperative GC patients. More importantly, the plasma exosomes derived from these patients enhanced the migration and invasion potential of GC cells. Overall, the circ-RanGAP1-mediated miR-877-3p/VEGFA axis promotes GC progression. Our findings suggest that circ-RanGAP1 might act as a potential prognostic biomarker and therapeutic target for GC treatment.

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Langmuir ; 2019 Dec 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31815486

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We report a facile yet general in-situ seed-mediated method for the synthesis of polymer-grafted gold nanoparticles with narrow size distributions (<10%), accurately tunable sizes, and excellent colloidal stability. This method can be extended to a broad range of types and molecular weights of polymer ligands. Nanoparticles with different shapes can also be prepared by using preformed shaped nanoparticles directly as the seeds.

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BMC Gastroenterol ; 19(1): 205, 2019 Dec 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31791240

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PURPOSE: To determine the indications for adjuvant chemotherapy (AC) in patients with stage IIa gastric cancer (T3N0M0 and T1N2M0) according to the 7th American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC). METHODS: A total of 1593 patients with T3N0M0 or T1N2M0 stage gastric cancer were identified from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database for the period 1988.1-2012.12. Cox multiple regression, nomogram and decision curve analyses were performed. External validation was performed using databases of the Fujian Medical University Union Hospital (FJUUH) (n = 241) and Italy IMIGASTRIC center (n = 45). RESULTS: Cox multiple regression analysis showed that the risk factors that affected OS in patients receiving AC were age > 65 years old, T1N2M0, LN dissection number ≤ 15, tumor size > 20 mm, and nonadenocarcinoma. A nomogram was constructed to predict 5-year OS, and the patients were divided into those predicted to receive a high benefit (points ≤ 188) or a low benefit from AC (points > 188) according to a recursive partitioning analysis. OS was significantly higher for the high-benefit patients in the SEER database and the FJUUH dataset than in the non-AC patients (Log-rank < 0.05), and there was no significant difference in OS between the low-benefit patients and non-AC patients in any of the three centers (Log-rank = 0.154, 0.470, and 0.434, respectively). The decision curve indicated that the best clinical effect can be obtained when the threshold probability is 0-92%. CONCLUSION: Regarding the controversy over whether T3N0M0 and T1N2M0 gastric cancer patients should be treated with AC, this study presents a predictive model that provides concise and accurate indications. These data show that high-benefit patients should receive AC.

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Sensors (Basel) ; 19(23)2019 Nov 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31795216

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Power amplifier (PA) nonlinearity is typically unique at the radio frequency (RF) front-end for particular emitters. It can play a crucial role in the application of specific emitter identification (SEI). In this paper, under the Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) multipath communication scenario, two data-aided approaches are proposed to identify multi-antenna emitters using PA nonlinearity. Built upon a memoryless polynomial model, the first approach formulates a linear least square (LLS) problem and presents the closed-form solution of nonlinear coefficients in a MIMO system by means of singular value decomposition (SVD) operation. Another alternative approach estimates nonlinear coefficients of each individual PA through nonlinear least square (NLS) solved by the regularized Gauss-Newton iterative scheme. Moreover, there are some practical discussions of our proposed approaches about the mismatch of the order of PA model and the rank-deficient condition. Finally, the average misclassification rate is derived based on the minimum error probability (MEP) criterion, and the proposed approaches are validated to be effective through extensively numerical simulations.

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World J Gastrointest Oncol ; 11(11): 983-997, 2019 Nov 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31798779

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BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus, together with hepatitis C virus, has been recognized as the leading causes of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been suggested in increasing studies to be the potential prognostic factors for HCC. However, the role of combined application of lncRNAs in estimating overall survival (OS) for hepatitis virus positive HCC (VHCC) is uncertain. AIM: To construct an lncRNA signature related to the OS of VHCC patients to enhance the accuracy of prognosis prediction. METHODS: The expression patterns of lncRNAs, as well as related clinical data were collected from 149 VHCC patients from The Cancer Genome Atlas database. The R package was adopted to obtain the differentially expressed lncRNAs (DElncRNAs). LncRNAs significantly associated with OS were screened by means of univariate Cox regression analysis, so as to construct a least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) model. Subsequently, the constructed lncRNA signature was developed and validated. Afterwards, the prognostic nomogram was established, which combined the as-established lncRNA signature as well as the clinical features. Meanwhile, subgroup analysis stratified by the virus type was also performed. Finally, the above-mentioned lncRNAs were enriched to corresponding pathways according to the markedly co-expressed genes. RESULTS: A total of 1420 DElncRNAs were identified, among which 406 were significant in univariate Cox regression analysis. LASSO regression confirmed 8 out of the 406 lncRNAs, including AC005722.2, AC107959.3, AL353803.1, AL589182.1, AP000844.2, AP002478.1, FLJ36000, and NPSR1-AS1. Then, the prognostic risk score was calculated. Our results displayed a significant association between the risk model and the OS of VHCC [hazard ratio = 1.94, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.61-2.34, log-rank P = 2e-10]. The inference tree suggested that the established lncRNA signature was useful in the risk stratification of VHCC. Furthermore, a nomogram was plotted, and the concordance index of internal validation was 0.763 (95%CI: 0.700-0.826). Moreover, the subgroup analysis regarding etiology confirmed this risk model. In addition, the Wnt signaling pathway, angiogenesis, the p53 pathway, and the PI3 kinase pathway were the remarkably enriched pathways. CONCLUSION: An eight-lncRNA signature has been established to predict the prognosis for VHCC, which contributes to providing a novel foundation for the targeted therapy of VHCC.

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Hum Gene Ther ; 2019 Dec 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31802713

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Liver fibrosis is a chronic liver disease that could further develop to cirrhosis and liver carcinoma. Hepatic stellate cells (HSC) are primary effect cells to initiate liver fibrosis. We aimed to explore the function and underlying mechanisms of mitochondrial fusion protein Mitofusin-2 (MFN2) in liver fibrosis. First, we utilized a α-SMA promoter to overexpress MFN2 specifically in HSC using AAV vector (AAV-MFN2). Overexpression MFN2 was specifically achieved in HSC-T6 cells, but not in murine bone marrow-derived macrophages or hepatocyte AML-12 cells. We found that high expression of MFN2 induced apoptosis of HSC-T6 cells. Mechanistically, we demonstrated that high level of MFN2 inhibited TGF-ß1/Smad signaling pathway, triggered downregulation of type I, type III, and type IV collagen, and antagonized the formation of factors associated with liver fibrosis. Furthermore, we found that overexpression of MFN2 using AAV-MFN2 ameliorated CCl4-induced liver fibrosis in vivo with significantly decreased immune cell infiltration. Taken together, our findings indicate that MFN2 is critical in regulating apoptosis and liver fibrosis in HSCs, which might be a useful therapeutic target to treat liver fibrosis.

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J Biophotonics ; : e2389, 2019 Dec 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31804752

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Development of label-free methods for accurate classification of cells with high throughput can yield powerful tools for biological research and clinical applications. We have developed a deep neural network of DINet for extracting features from cross-polarized diffraction image (p-DI) pairs on multiple scales of pixel to accurately classify cells in 5 types. A total of 6185 cells were measured by a polarization diffraction imaging flow cytometry (p-DIFC) method followed by cell classification with DINet on p-DI data. The averaged value and standard deviation of classification accuracy were found to be 98.9% ±1.00% on test datasets for 5-fold training and test. The invariance of DINet to image translation, rotation and blurring has been verified with an expanded p-DI dataset. To study the feature based classification by DINet, two sets of correctly and incorrectly classified cells were selected and compared for each of two prostate cell types. It has been found that the signature features of large dissimilarities between p-DI data of the two cell sets of the same type increase markedly from convolutional layers 1 and 2 to layers 3 and 4. These results clearly demonstrate the importance of high-order correlations extracted at the deep layers for accurate and robust cell classification. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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3 Biotech ; 9(12): 452, 2019 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31832299

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Xylanase is widely used in pulp and paper bleaching. In this study, the effects of rare earth ions (La3+, Ce3+, Er3+ and Gd3+) on the activity of xylanase produced by Penicillium are investigated and the application of a xylanase solution containing La3+ in paper bleaching is presented. Our results indicate that the bleaching effect of the enzyme solution containing La3+ was markedly better when the concentration of La3+ was 10-8 g/L after 4 days of incubation. The mechanism of lanthanum on the improvement of xylanase activity was revealed through electrical conductivity, atomic absorption spectrometer, infrared spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy analyses. The PCR result clearly demonstrates that a low concentration of La3+ led to the transversions of three base pair of gene sequences. Our experiment also reveals that the La3+ may have been involved in the cellular metabolic processes of Penicillium and intervened in the base pairing and DNA replication. This research may provide new insights into the improvement of enzymatic activity by lanthanum (III) and its application in paper pulp bleaching.

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