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Cross-linked nanoparticles of silk fibroin with proanthocyanidins as a promising vehicle of indocyanine green for photo-thermal therapy of glioma

De-Li ZhuGe, Li-Fen Wang, Rui Chen, Xin-Ze Li, Zhi-Wei Huang, Qing Yao, Bin Chen, Ying-Zheng Zhao, He-Lin Xu & Jian-Dong Yuan
Instability of silk fibroin nanoparticles (SFNPs) in physiologic condition hinders its application as drug delivery vehicle. Herein, indocyanine green (ICG) loaded silk fibroin nanoparticles (ICG-SFNPs) was firstly prepared and then crosslinked by proanthocyanidins to obtain the stable ICG-CSFNPs for killing the residual tumour niche under near infra-red irradiation (NIR) after surgery. The particle size and zeta potentials of ICG-CSFNPs was 120.1 nm and -40.4 mV, respectively. Moreover, ICG-CSFNPs exhibited good stability of particle size in...

In vitro and in vivo evaluation of didymin cyclodextrin inclusion complexes: characterization and chemosensitization activity

Qing Yao, Meng-Ting Lin, Qing-Hua Lan, Zhi-Wei Huang, Ya-Wen Zheng, Xue Jiang, Yin-Di Zhu, Longfa Kou, He-Lin Xu & Ying-Zheng Zhao
Didymin is a dietary flavonoid that first found in citrus fruits, and possesses antioxidant properties. Our preliminary experiments first discovered that didymin was able to sensitize the resistant cancer cells against chemotherapeutics and combat multidrug resistance. However, its poor aqueous solubility and resultant low bioavailability limit its potentials as an adjuvant phytochemical drug for chemotherapy. Thus, this study prepared the inclusion complex of didymin with β-cyclodextrin and 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin to improve its bioavailability and then evaluate...

SPA: a peptide antagonist that acts as a cell-penetrating peptide for drug delivery

Jingjing Song, Sujie Huang, Zhengzheng Zhang, Bo Jia, Huan Xie, Ming Kai & Wei Zhang
Although cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) has been proven to be efficient transporter for drug delivery, ideal peptide vectors for tumor therapy are still being urgently sought. Peptide antagonists have attracted substantial attention as targeting molecules because of their high tumor accumulation and antitumor activity compared with agonists. SPA, a derivative of substance P, is a potent antagonist that exhibits antitumor activity. Based on the amino acid composition of SPA, we speculate that it can translocate across...

Improved solubility, dissolution rate, and oral bioavailability of main biflavonoids from Selaginella doederleinii extract by amorphous solid dispersion

Bing Chen, Xuewen Wang, Yanyan Zhang, Kangping Huang, Hao Liu, Dafen Xu, Shaoguang Li, Qicai Liu, Jianyong Huang, Hong Yao & Xinhua Lin
Amentoflavone, robustaflavone, 2″,3″-dihydro-3′,3‴-biapigenin, 3′,3‴-binaringenin, and delicaflavone are five major hydrophobic components in the total biflavonoids extract from Selaginella doederleinii (TBESD) that display favorable anticancer properties. The purpose of this study was to develop a new oral delivery formulation to improve the solubilities, dissolution rates, and oral bioavailabilities of the main ingredients in TBESD by the solid dispersion technique. Solid dispersions of TBESD with various hydrophilic polymers were prepared, and different technologies were applied to select...

Structural basis of HCoV-19 fusion core and an effective inhibition peptide against virus entry

Huan Sun, Yan Li, Peipei Liu, Chengpeng Qiao, Xiaomin Wang, Lianao Wu, Kefang Liu, Yu Hu, Chao Su, Shuguang Tan, Shumei Zou, Guizhen Wu, Jinghua Yan, George Fu Gao, Jianxun Qi & Qihui Wang
Structural basis of HCoV-19 fusion core and an effective inhibition peptide against virus entry

The type I-E CRISPR-Cas system influences the acquisition of blaKPC-IncF plasmid in Klebsiella pneumonia

Ying Zhou, Yu Tang, Pan Fu, Dongxing Tian, Lianhua Yu, Yunkun Huang, Gang Li, Meng Li, Yong Wang, Zehua Yang, Xiaogang Xu, Zhe Yin, Dongsheng Zhou, Laurent Poirel & Xiaofei Jiang
Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)-producing K. pneumoniae (KPC-KP) have disseminated worldwide and emerged as major threats to public health. Of epidemiological significance, the international pandemic of KPC-KP is primarily associated with CG258 isolates and blaKPC-IncF plasmids. CRISPR-Cas system is an adaptive immune system that can hinder gene expansion driven by horizontal gene transfer. Because of blaKPC-IncF plasmids are favored by CG258 K. pneumoniae, it was of interest to examine the co-distribution of CRISPR and blaKPC-IncF plasmids...

Trends in prevalence and incidence of scabies from 1990 to 2017: findings from the global Burden of disease study 2017

Wei Zhang, Yujiao Zhang, Lina Luo, Wenyong Huang, Xiaoping Shen, Xian Dong, Wen Zeng & Hongguang Lu
Scabies remains a significant public health concern globally, affecting people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic groups. The epidemic characteristics of scabies are yet unravelled, especially in high-income countries and elderly population. In this study, we sought to investigate incidence and prevalence and their trends of scabies worldwide from 1990 to 2017 via the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study 2017. The prevalence and incidence of scabies tend to a moderate increase after age 70....

Acylation of the antimicrobial peptide CAMEL for cancer gene therapy

Jingjing Song, Panpan Ma, Sujie Huang, Juanli Wang, Huan Xie, Bo Jia & Wei Zhang
Obtaining ideal gene delivery vectors is still a major goal in cancer gene therapy. CAMEL, a short hybrid antimicrobial peptide, can kill cancer cells by membrane lysis. In this study, we constructed a series of non-viral vectors by attaching fatty acids with different chain lengths to the N-terminus of CAMEL. Our results showed that the cellular uptake and transfection efficiency of acyl-CAMEL started to significantly increase from a chain length of 12 carbons. C18-CAMEL was...

Presence and persistence of hepatitis E virus RNA and proteins in human bone marrow

Lin Wang, Li Yan, Jieling Jiang, Yuyi Zhang, Qiyu He, Hui Zhuang & Ling Wang
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is primarily manifesting as acute hepatitis, but extra-hepatic replication and injury are frequently reported. During the study period, we discovered two acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients infected with HEV genotype 3 and 4, respectively, and HEV RNA and/or viral proteins were persistently detected in the bone marrow of both patients. The finding suggests that HEV can replicate in human bone marrow as it may serve as a new target site...

Composite quasi-likelihood for single-index models with massive datasets

Rong Jiang, Meng-Fan Guo & Xin Liu
The single-index models (SIMs) provide an efficient way of coping with high-dimensional nonparametric estimation problems and avoid the “curse of dimensionality.” Many existing estimation procedures for SIMs were built on least square loss, which is popular for its mathematical beauty but is non-robust to non-normal errors and outliers. This article addressed the question of both robustness and efficiency of estimation methods based on a new data-driven weighted linear combination of convex loss functions instead of...

L-lysine potentiates aminoglycosides against Acinetobacter baumannii via regulation of proton motive force and antibiotics uptake

Wanyan Deng, Tiwei Fu, Zhen Zhang, Xiao Jiang, Jianping Xie, Hang Sun, Peng Hu, Hong Ren, Peifu Zhou, Qi Liu & Quanxin Long
Acinetobacter baumannii, a Gram-negative opportunistic pathogen, is a leading cause of hospital- and community-acquired infections. Acinetobacter baumannii can rapidly acquire diverse resistance mechanisms and undergo genetic modifications that confer resistance and persistence to all currently used clinical antibiotics. In this study, we found exogenous L-lysine sensitizes Acinetobacter baumannii, other Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae) and a Gram-positive bacterium (Mycobacterium smegmatis) to aminoglycosides. Importantly, the combination of L-lysine with aminoglycosides killed clinically isolated multidrug-resistant...

HIV-1 resists MxB inhibition of viral Rev protein

Zhen Wang, Keli Chai, Qian Liu, Dong-Rong Yi, Qinghua Pan, Yu Huang, Juan Tan, Wentao Qiao, Fei Guo, Shan Cen & Chen Liang
The interferon-inducible myxovirus resistance B (MxB) protein has been reported to inhibit HIV-1 and herpesviruses by blocking the nuclear import of viral DNA. Here, we report a new antiviral mechanism in which MxB restricts the nuclear import of HIV-1 regulatory protein Rev, and as a result, diminishes Rev-dependent expression of HIV-1 Gag protein. Specifically, MxB disrupts the interaction of Rev with the nuclear transport receptor, transportin 1 (TNPO1). Supporting this, the TNPO1-independent Rev variants become...

Protein transduction domain-mediated influenza NP subunit vaccine generates a potent immune response and protection against influenza virus in mice

Yuan Yin, BeiBei Li, Linting Zhou, Jian Luo, Xueying Liu, Shilei Wang, Qun Lu, Wensong Tan & Ze Chen
The nucleoprotein (NP) is a highly conserved internal protein of the influenza virus, a major target for universal influenza vaccine. Our previous studies have proven NP-based subunit vaccine can provide partial protection in mice. It is reported that the protein transduction domain (PTD) TAT protein from human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) is able to penetrate cells when added exogenous protein and could effectively enhance the immune response induced by the exogenous protein. In present study, the...

Risk factors associated with COVID-19 infection: a retrospective cohort study based on contacts tracing

Tao Liu, Wenjia Liang, Haojie Zhong, Jianfeng He, Zihui Chen, Guanhao He, Tie Song, Shaowei Chen, Ping Wang, Jialing Li, Yunhua Lan, Mingji Cheng, Jinxu Huang, Jiwei Niu, Liang Xia, Jianpeng Xiao, Jianxiong Hu, Lifeng Lin, Qiong Huang, Zuhua Rong, Aiping Deng, Weilin Zeng, Jiansen Li, Xing Li, Xiaohua Tan … & Wenjun Ma
Objectives To estimate the attack rates, and identify the risk factors of COVID-19 infection. Methods Based on a retrospective cohort study, we investigated 11,580 contacts of COVID-19 cases in Guangdong Province from January 10 to March 15, 2020. All contacts were tested by RT-PCR to detect their infection of SARS-COV-2. Attack rates by characteristics were calculated, and logistic regression was used to estimate the risk factors of infection for COVID-19. Results A total of 515...

Corticosteroid prevents COVID-19 progression within its therapeutic window: a multicenter, proof-of-concept, observational study.

Yang Li, Xian Zhou, Tao Li, Shiji Chan, Yiqi Yu, Jing-Wen Ai, Haocheng Zhang, Feng Sun, Qiran Zhang, Lei Zhu, Lingyun Shao, Bin Xu & Wenhong Zhang
Background: Critically ill patients with COVID-19 are of grave concern. Those patients usually underwent a stage of excessive inflammation before developing acute respiratory distress syndrome. In this study, we test the hypothesis that short-term, low-to-moderate-dose corticosteroids would benefit patients when used in the early phase of excessive inflammation namely, the therapeutic window. Methods: Among a Shanghai cohort and a validation cohort, we enrolled COVID-19 patients showing marked radiographic progression. Short-term, low-to-moderate-dose corticosteroids were considered for...

Co-existence of a novel plasmid-mediated efflux pump with colistin resistance gene mcr in one plasmid confers transferable multidrug resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae

Shijun Sun, Hua Gao, Yudong Liu, Longyang Jin, Ruobing Wang, Xiaojuan Wang, Qi Wang, Yuyao Yin, Yawei Zhang & Hui Wang
Tigecycline is considered one of the last-resort antimicrobials for carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae. Plasmid-mediated tigecycline resistance remains largely unclear. Here, by utilizing whole genome sequencing, we report a plasmid-mediated tigecycline resistance mechanism, a 6,489 bp Resistance-nodulation-division family (RND) efflux pump (tmexCD1-toprJ1 pump), that confers transferable tigecycline resistance in K pneumoniae isolated from patients and chickens. In addition, we identified high prevalence of the plasmids co-harbouring both tmexCD1-toprJ1 pump and mcr (tmexCD1-mcr co-harbouring plasmid) from human in...

Co-existence of a novel plasmid-mediated efflux pump with colistin resistance gene mcr in one plasmid confers transferable multidrug resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae

Shijun Sun, Hua Gao, Yudong Liu, Longyang Jin, Ruobing Wang, Xiaojuan Wang, Qi Wang, Yuyao Yin, Yawei Zhang & Hui Wang
Tigecycline is considered one of the last-resort antimicrobials for carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae. Plasmid-mediated tigecycline resistance remains largely unclear. Here, by utilizing whole genome sequencing, we report a plasmid-mediated tigecycline resistance mechanism, a 6,489 bp Resistance-nodulation-division family (RND) efflux pump (tmexCD1-toprJ1 pump), that confers transferable tigecycline resistance in K pneumoniae isolated from patients and chickens. In addition, we identified high prevalence of the plasmids co-harbouring both tmexCD1-toprJ1 pump and mcr (tmexCD1-mcr co-harbouring plasmid) from human in...

Development of an automatic integrated gene detection system for novel severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARS-CoV2)

Yuchang Li, Jing Li, Ying Zhang, Lizhong Dai, Lin Li, Juan Liu, Sen Zhang, Xiaoyan Wu, Yi Hu, Chengfeng Qin, Tao Jiang & Xiaoping Kang
In December 2019, Wuhan, China suffered a serious outbreak of a novel coronavirus infectious disease (COVID) caused by novel severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARS-CoV 2). To quickly identify the pathogen, we designed and screened primer sets, and established a sensitive and specific qRT-PCR assay for SARS-CoV 2; the lower limit of detection (LOD) was 15 (95% CI: 9.8–21) copies per reaction. We combined this qRT-PCR assay with an automatic integration system for nucleic acid...

Corticosteroid prevents COVID-19 progression within its therapeutic window: a multicentre, proof-of-concept, observational study

Yang Li, Xian Zhou, Tao Li, Shiji Chan, Yiqi Yu, Jing-Wen Ai, Haocheng Zhang, Feng Sun, Qiran Zhang, Lei Zhu, Lingyun Shao, Bin Xu & Wenhong Zhang
Critically ill patients with coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) are of grave concern. Those patients usually underwent a stage of excessive inflammation before developing acute respiratory distress syndrome. In this study, we test the hypothesis that short-term, low-to-moderate-dose corticosteroids would benefit patients when used in the early phase of excessive inflammation, namely, the therapeutic window. Among a Shanghai cohort and a validation cohort, we enrolled COVID-19 patients showing marked radiographic progression. Short-term, low-to-moderate-dose corticosteroids were considered...

Increasing SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid testing capacity during the COVID-19 epidemic in Beijing: experience from a general hospital

Qi Wang, Xiaotao Zhao, Zhihong Yue, Xiaohui Bai, Huiying Rao, Na Han, Tianbing Wang, Hui Wang & Baoguo Jiang
Under the ongoing COVID-19 prevention and control measures in China, increasing the laboratory severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) nucleic acid testing capacity has become the top priority. Since the COVID-19 outbreak in Xinfadi market in Beijing in June 2020, large-scale screening of key populations has been carried out, challenging the nucleic acid testing capabilities of hospital laboratories. Therefore, within 48 hours, Peking University People’s Hospital (PKUPH) transformed a non-nucleic acid testing laboratory into...

Profiling serum cytokines in COVID-19 patients reveals IL-6 and IL-10 are disease severity predictors

Huan Han, Qingfeng Ma, Cong Li, Rui Liu, Li Zhao, Wei Wang, Pingan Zhang, Xinghui Liu, Guosheng Gao, Fang Liu, Yingan Jiang, Xiaoming Cheng, Chengliang Zhu & Yuchen Xia
Since the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China, it has rapidly spread across many other countries. While the majority of patients were considered mild, critically ill patients involving respiratory failure and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome are not uncommon, which could result death. We hypothesized that cytokine storm is associated with severe outcome. We enrolled 102 COVID-19 patients who were admitted to Renmin Hospital (Wuhan, China). All patients were classified into moderate, severe...

Risk factors associated with COVID-19 infection: a retrospective cohort study based on contacts tracing

Tao Liu, Wenjia Liang, Haojie Zhong, Jianfeng He, Zihui Chen, Guanhao He, Tie Song, Shaowei Chen, Ping Wang, Jialing Li, Yunhua Lan, Mingji Cheng, Jinxu Huang, Jiwei Niu, Liang Xia, Jianpeng Xiao, Jianxiong Hu, Lifeng Lin, Qiong Huang, Zuhua Rong, Aiping Deng, Weilin Zeng, Jiansen Li, Xing Li, Xiaohua Tan … & Wenjun Ma
This study aimed to estimate the attack rates, and identify the risk factors of COVID-19 infection. Based on a retrospective cohort study, we investigated 11,580 contacts of COVID-19 cases in Guangdong Province from 10 January to 15 March 2020. All contacts were tested by RT-PCR to detect their infection of SARS-COV-2. Attack rates by characteristics were calculated. Logistic regression was used to estimate the risk factors of infection for COVID-19. A total of 515 of...

High neutralizing antibody titer in intensive care unit patients with COVID-19

Li Liu, Kelvin Kai-Wang To, Kwok-Hung Chan, Yik-Chun Wong, Runhong Zhou, Ka-Yi Kwan, Carol Ho-Yan Fong, Lin-Lei Chen, Charlotte Yee-Ki Choi, Lu Lu, Owen Tak-Yin Tsang, Wai-Shing Leung, Wing-Kin To, Ivan Fan-Ngai Hung, Kwok-Yung Yuen & Zhiwei Chen
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has a wide spectrum of disease severity from mild upper respiratory symptoms to respiratory failure. The role of neutralizing antibody (NAb) response in disease progression remains elusive. This study determined the seroprevalence of 733 non-COVID-19 individuals from April 2018 to February 2020 in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and compared the neutralizing antibody (NAb) responses of eight COVID-19 patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with those of 42...

Risks and features of secondary infections in severe and critical ill COVID-19 patients

Haocheng Zhang, Yi Zhang, Jing Wu, Yang Li, Xian Zhou, Xin Li, Haili Chen, Mingquan Guo, Shu Chen, Feng Sun, Richeng Mao, Chao Qiu, Zhaoqin Zhu, Jingwen Ai & Wenhong Zhang
Objectives Severe or critical COVID-19 is associated with intensive care unit admission, increased secondary infection rate, and would lead to significant worsened prognosis. Risks and characteristics relating to secondary infections in severe COVID-19 have not been described. Methods Severe and critical COVID-19 patients from Shanghai were included. We collected lower respiratory, urine, catheters, and blood samples according to clinical necessity and culture and mNGS were performed. Clinical and laboratory data were archived. Results We found...

Retracted article: Tranilast attenuates neuropathic pain during type-2 diabetes by inhibiting hypoxia-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines in Zucker diabetic fatty rat model

Wei Zhang, Jun Ma, Shan Wang, Tao Huang & Min Xia
We, the Editors and Publisher of the journalArchives of Physiology and Biochemistry, have retracted the following article: Wei Zhang, Jun Ma, Shan Wang, Tao Huang & Min Xia (2020) Tranilast attenuates neuropathic pain during type-2 diabetes by inhibiting hypoxia-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines in Zucker diabetic fatty rat model, Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry, DOI: 10.1080/13813455.2020.1854309 Since publication, the authors informed the Publisher and Editor that the authors had not received ethics approval from the Institutional Animal...

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