122 Works

Diversity and identity of economics traits determine the extent of tree mixture effects on ecosystem productivity

Liting Zheng, Han Chen, Shekhar Biswas, Difeng Bao, Xiaochen Fang, Muhammad Abdullah & Enrong Yan
1. Although both observational and experimental studies have shown that positive tree species diversity-productivity relationships are predominant in global forests, weak or the lack of tree species diversity and productivity relationships also exist. Growing evidence has revealed that ecosystem productivity depends more on the functional characteristics of species than on their number. However, exactly to what extent tree diversity effects on ecosystem productivity are influenced by the variability and composition of functional traits have been...

Genome-wide comparison of the GRAS protein family in eight Rosaceae species and GRAS gene expression analysis in Chinese white pear (Pyrus bretschneideri Rehder)

Wenjing Chang, Manyi Sun, Mingyue Zhang, Zikai Tang, Jiawen Sheng, Yueyuan Liu, Bobo Song, Jiaming Li, Kejiao Zhao & Jun Wu
The GRAS protein family encodes a family of plant-specific transcription factors that have diverse and significant functions in regulating plant development and anthocyanin biosynthesis. Our study represents the comprehensive identification and comparison of GRAS protein family genes in the Rosaceae. Here, 535 GRAS genes were screened from eight Rosaceae species. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that whole-genome duplication (WGD) events and dispersed duplication events were the major mechanisms promoting the expansion of the GRAS protein family in...

Association of soft drink and 100% fruit juice consumption with all-cause mortality, cardiovascular diseases mortality, and cancer mortality: A systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies

Bei Pan, Long Ge, Honghao Lai, Qi Wang, Qian Zhang, Min Yin, Sheng Li, Jinhui Tian, Kehu Yang & Jiancheng Wang
Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), artificially sweetened beverages (ASBs), and 100% fruit juices are frequently consumed and have been documented that they could lead to serious disease burden. However, inconsistent evidence on the association between SSBs, ASBs, and 100% fruit juices consumption and mortality have been presented. PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and PsycINFO were systematically searched. We conducted a random-effects meta-analysis and dose-response meta-analysis to assess the association and calculated...

Identifying optimal capsid duplication length for the stability of reporter flaviviruses

Coleman Baker, Yang Liu, Jing Zou, Antonio Muruato, Xuping Xie & Pei-Yong Shi
Mosquito-transmitted flaviviruses cause widespread disease across the world. To provide better molecular tools for drug screens and pathogenesis studies, we report a new approach to produce stable NanoLuc-tagged flaviviruses, including dengue virus serotypes 1-4, Japanese encephalitis virus, yellow fever virus, West Nile virus, and Zika virus. Since the reporter gene is often engineered at the capsid gene region, the capsid sequence must be duplicated to flank the reporter gene; such capsid duplication is essential for...

Kinetics of SARS-CoV-2 specific IgM and IgG responses in COVID-19 patients

Baoqing Sun, Ying Feng, Xiaoneng Mo, Peiyan Zheng, Qian Wang, Pingchao Li, Ping Peng, Xiaoqing Liu, Zhilong Chen, Huimin Huang, Fan Zhang, Wenting Luo, Xuefeng Niu, Peiyu Hu, Longyu Wang, Hui Peng, Zhifeng Huang, Liqiang Feng, Feng Li, Fuchun Zhang, Fang Li, Nanshan Zhong & Ling Chen
The emerging COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection poses severe challenges to global public health. Serum antibody testing is becoming one of the critical methods for the diagnosis of COVID-19 patients. We investigated IgM and IgG responses against SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid (N) and spike (S) protein after symptom onset in the intensive care unit (ICU) and non-ICU patients. 130 blood samples from 38 COVID-19 patients were collected. The levels of IgM and IgG specific to N and...

Source–sink dynamics assists the maintenance of a pollinating wasp

Xin Tong, Yuan-Yuan Ding, Jun-Yin Deng, Rong Wang & Xiao-Yong Chen
Dispersal that unites spatially subdivided populations into a metapopulation with source–sink dynamics is crucial for species persistence in fragmented landscapes. Understanding such dynamics for pollinators is particularly urgent owing to the ongoing global pollination crisis. Here, we investigated the population structure and source–sink dynamics of a pollinating wasp (Wiebesia sp. 3) of Ficus pumila in the Zhoushan Archipelago of China. We found significant asymmetry in the pairwise migrant numbers for 22 of 28 cases on...

sj-tif-1-prf-10.1177_02676591211029762 – Supplemental material for A simple model predicting in-hospital death in patients with type A acute aortic dissection

Min Wang, Liyan Luo, Xiaohong Xia, Jiahong Jiang, Litao Zhang, Gaoxia Ge & Ning Dong
Supplemental material, sj-tif-1-prf-10.1177_02676591211029762 for A simple model predicting in-hospital death in patients with type A acute aortic dissection by Min Wang, Liyan Luo, Xiaohong Xia, Jiahong Jiang, Litao Zhang, Gaoxia Ge and Ning Dong in Perfusion

Therapeutic effect of a novel curcumin derivative GT863 on a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Hajime Kato, Hiroyasu Sato, Michiaki Okuda, Jun Wu, Shingo Koyama, Yasuhiko Izumi, Tomonori Waku, Mitsuyoshi Iino, Masashi Aoki, Shigeki Arawaka, Yasuyuki Ohta, Kenichi Ishizawa, Kanan Kawasaki, Yasuomi Urano, Tomohiro Miyasaka, Noriko Noguchi, Toshiaki Kume, Akinori Akaike, Hachiro Sugimoto & Takeo Kato
The present study investigated the therapeutic effects of the curcumin derivative 3-[(1E)-2-(1H-indol-6-yl)ethenyl]-5-[(1E)-2-[2-methoxy-4-(2-pyridylmethoxy)phenyl]ethenyl]-1H-pyrazole (GT863) in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The inhibitory effect of GT863 on superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) aggregation was evaluated in cell-free assays. GT863 interfered with the conformational changes of the SOD1 protein and later, oligomeric aggregation. Furthermore, its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects were evaluated in cell-free and cultured cell assays. GT863 inhibited H2O2− and glutamate-induced cytotoxicity and activated an antioxidant responsive element...

Aloin decelerates the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma through circ_0011385/miR-149-5p/WT1 axis

Dazhi Fu, Qiang Ji, Chunxiao Wang, Lei Yu & Rui Yu
CircRNA/miRNA/mRNA axis has been reported to play crucial regulatory roles in multiple cancers, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In addition, recent investigations revealed that aloin exerted anti-tumor functions in HCC. However, the underlying mechanism of aloin on anti-tumor functions in HCC remained elusive. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate whether circRNA/miRNA/mRNA axis medicated the anti-tumor effect of aloin in HCC. Cell viability, invasion, apoptosis and autophagy were accessed by cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8), transwell invasion assay,...

Developmental validation of the novel six-dye GoldeneyeTM DNA ID System 35InDel kit for forensic application

Qi Yang, Huan Yu, Yiling Qu, Xiaochun Zhang, Ruocheng Xia, Ziwei Wang, Rui Tan, Lei Xiong, Shihan Xi, Jun Wu, Yuzhen Gao, Suhua Zhang & Chengtao Li
Insertion/deletion polymorphisms (InDels) have been treated as a prospective and helpful genetic marker in the fields of forensic human identification, anthropology and population genetics for the past few years. In this study, we developed a six-dye multiplex typing system consisting of 34 autosomal InDels and Amelogenin for forensic application. The contained InDels were specifically selected for Chinese population with the MAF ≥ 0.25 in East Asia, which do not overlap with the markers of Investigator®...

Dolominol a and B, two new neolignans from Dolomiaea souliei (Franch.) C.Shih

Man Yi, Fan-Cheng Meng, Shen-Yue Qu, Jing-Xin Mao, Guowei Wang, Mingxing Liu, Zhi-Hua Liao & Min Chen
Two new neolignans, dolominol A (1) and dolominol B (2), together with 12 known lignans, erythro-(7S,8R)-guaiacyl-glycerol-β-O-4′-dihydroconiferyl ether (3), threo-(7R,​8R)-1-​(4-​hydroxy-​3-​methoxyphenyl)​-​2-{4-[(E)-​3-​hydroxy-​1-​propen​yl)​]-​2-​methoxyphenoxy}-1,​3-​propanediol (4), (-)-dihydrodehydrodiconiferyl alcohol (5), (-)-massoniresinol (6), vladinol D (7), syringaresinol (8), prinsepiol (9), medioresinol (10), (+)-pinoresinol (11), 2α-guaicyl-4-oxo-6α-catechyl-3,7-dioxabicyclo [3.3.0]octane (12), cycloolivil (13), isolariciresinol (14) were isolated from Dolomiaea souliei (Franch.) C.Shih. Their structures were determined by UV, CD, HR-ESI-TOFMS, 1 D and 2 D NMR experiments. Their hepatoprotective effect against LPS-induced L-02 cells injury was also...

Acute kidney injury in idiopathic membranous nephropathy with nephrotic syndrome

Tianxin Chen, Ying Zhou, Xinxin Chen, Bo Chen & Jingye Pan
The impact of acute kidney injury (AKI) on the progression of renal function in idiopathic membranous nephropathy (iMN) with nephrotic syndrome (NS) patients have not yet been reported, we sought to investigate the incidence, clinical features and prognosis of AKI in iMN with NS patients and determine clinical predictors for progression from AKI to advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage. We analyzed clinical and pathological data of iMN with NS patients retrospectively collected from Jan...

Effects of intensive blood pressure control on mortality and cardiorenal function in chronic kidney disease patients

Yong Zhang, Jing-Jing Li, An-Jun Wang, Bo Wang, Shou-Liang Hu, Heng Zhang, Tian Li & Yan-Hong Tuo
Blood pressure (BP) variability is highly correlated with cardiovascular and kidney outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, appropriate BP targets in patients with CKD remain uncertain. We searched PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of CKD patients who underwent intensive BP management. Kappa score was used to assess inter-rater agreement. A good agreement between the authors was observed to inter-rater reliability of RCTs selection (kappa = 0.77;...

Dominant factors of the phosphorus regulatory network differ under various dietary phosphate loads in healthy individuals

Guoxin Ye, Jiaying Zhang, Zhaori Bi, Weichen Zhang, Minmin Zhang, Qian Zhang, Mengjing Wang & Jing Chen
The purpose of this study was to explore the contribution of each factor of the phosphorus metabolism network following phosphorus diet intervention via Granger causality analysis. In this study, a total of six healthy male volunteers were enrolled. All participants sequentially received regular, low-, and high-phosphorus diets. Consumption of each diet lasted for five days, with a 5-day washout period between different diets. Blood and urinary samples were collected on the fifth day of consumption...

Comprehensive analysis of pivotal biomarkers, immune cell infiltration and therapeutic drugs for steroid-induced osteonecrosis of the femoral head

Bo Wang, Song Gong, Wenkai Shao, Lizhi Han, Zilin Li, Zhichao Zhang, Yang Zheng, Fang Ouyang, Yan Ma, Weihua Xu & Yong Feng
Steroid-induced osteonecrosis of the femoral head (SONFH) is a progressive disease that leads to an increased disability rate. This study aimed to ascertain biomarkers, infiltrating immune cells, and therapeutic drugs for SONFH. The gene expression profile of the GSE123568 dataset was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified using the NetworkAnalyst platform. Functional enrichment, protein-protein interaction network (PPI), and module analyses were performed using Metascape tools. An...

Immune-associated molecular occurrence and prognosis predictor of hepatocellular carcinoma: an integrated analysis of GEO datasets

Guanjun Liu, Dongmei Wu, Yiyang Wen & Shundong Cang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. As immune response failure is the main factor in the occurrence and poor prognosis of HCC, our study aimed to develop an immune-associated molecular occurrence and prognosis predictor (IMOPP) of HCC. To that end, we discovered a 4-gene immune-associated gene signature: C–C motif chemokine ligand 14 (CCL14), kallikrein B1 (KLKB1), vasoactive intestinal peptide receptor 1 (VIPR1),...

Identification of fibronectin 1 (FN1) and complement component 3 (C3) as immune infiltration-related biomarkers for diabetic nephropathy using integrated bioinformatic analysis

Yuejun Wang, Mingming Zhao & Yu Zhang
Immune cell infiltration (ICI) plays a pivotal role in the development of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Evidence suggests that immune-related genes play an important role in the initiation of inflammation and the recruitment of immune cells. However, the underlying mechanisms and immune-related biomarkers in DN have not been elucidated. Therefore, this study aimed to explore immune-related biomarkers in DN and the underlying mechanisms using bioinformatic approaches. In this study, four DN glomerular datasets were downloaded, merged,...

Identification of microRNA hsa-miR-30c-5p as an inhibitory factor in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma and investigation of its regulatory network via comprehensive analysis

Shangshang Hu, Jinyan Zhang, Xiaoyu Fang, Guoqing Guo, Jing Dai, Zhiyong Sheng, Dongdong Li, Jiasheng Chen, Li Zhang, Chuanmiao Liu & Yu Gao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a primary liver cancer with high morbidity and mortality. An increasing number of abnormal gene expressions were identified to be associated with the progression of HCC. Previous studies showed that the hsa-miR-30 c-5p (miR-30 c), one of the miR-30 family members, might play a role in suppressing tumor progression in a variety of tumors. The present study aims to examine miR-30 c effects in the development of HCC. The role of...

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of chalcone-Vitamin E-donepezil hybrids as multi-target-directed ligands for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

Zhipei Sang, Qing Song, Zhongcheng Cao, Yong Deng & Li Zhang
A novel series of chalcone-Vitamin E-donepezil hybrids was designed and developed based on multitarget-directed ligands (MTDLs) strategy for treating Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The biological results revealed that compound 17f showed good AChE inhibitory potency (ratAChE IC50 = 0.41 µM; eeAChE IC50 = 1.88 µM). Both the kinetic analysis and docking study revealed that 17f was a mixed type AChE inhibitor. 17f was also a good antioxidant (ORAC = 3.3 eq), selective metal chelator and huMAO-B...

Aspirin relieves the calcification of aortic smooth muscle cells by enhancing the heat shock response

Quanquan Shen, Qian Chen, Yang Liu, Xiang Xue, Xiaogang Shen, Qiang He, Guokun Wang & Fei Han
Vascular calcification is a major complication of chronic renal failure, which has been identified as an active process partly driven by osteogenic transition of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Aspirin could prevent cardiomyocyte damage by inducing heat shock response. This study investigates the effect of aspirin on alleviating VSMC calcification. An in vitro VSMC calcification model was established by 10-day calcification induction in osteogenic medium. VSMCs were grouped as following: control group (normal medium), calcified...

Prevalence and predictors of post-traumatic stress disorder in patients with cured coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) one month post-discharge

Yumeng Ju, Jin Liu, Roger M. K. Ng, Bangshan Liu, Mi Wang, Wentao Chen, Mei Huang, Aiping Yang, Kongliang Shu, Yun Zhou, Li Zhang, Mei Liao, Jiyang Liu & Yan Zhang
Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can place an immense psychological strain on the infected patient. The psychological distress can linger after the initial recovery from the infection. Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and predictors of provisional post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in patients with cured COVID-2019. Methods: The baseline survey was conducted from 10 to 25 February 2020 in patients with COVID-19 in a designated hospital. Demographic and clinical characteristics were acquired, and...

Discovery of a subgenotype of human coronavirus NL63 associated with severe lower respiratory tract infection in China, 2018

Yanqun Wang, Xin Li, Wenkuan Liu, Mian Gan, Lu Zhang, Jin Wang, Zhaoyong Zhang, Airu Zhu, Fang Li, Jing Sun, Guoxian Zhang, Zhen Zhuang, Jiaying Luo, Dehui Chen, Shuyan Qiu, Li Zhang, Duo Xu, Chris Ka Pun Mok, Fuchun Zhang, Jingxian Zhao, Rong Zhou & Jincun Zhao
Human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV-NL63) is primarily associated with common cold in children, elderly and immunocompromised individuals. Outbreaks caused by HCoV-NL63 are rare. Here we report a cluster of HCoV-NL63 cases with severe lower respiratory tract infection that arose in Guangzhou, China, in 2018. Twenty-three hospitalized children were confirmed to be HCoV-NL63 positive, and most of whom were hospitalized with severe pneumonia or acute bronchitis. Whole genomes of HCoV-NL63 were obtained using next-generation sequencing. Phylogenetic and...

β diversity among ant communities on fragmented habitat islands: the roles of species trait, phylogeny and abundance

Yuhao Zhao, Nathan Sanders, Juan Liu, Tinghao Jin, Haonan Zhou, Ruisen Lu, Ping Ding & Xingfeng Si
Habitat loss and fragmentation reduce biodiversity and alter species composition in local communities. β diversity describes the variation in species composition between or among communities in fragmented landscapes and has two components: species turnover and nestedness. In this study, we assessed β diversity of ant assemblages on 24 island fragments in the Thousand Island Lake, China. We constructed a species-level phylogenetic tree and measured five morphological traits of all ant species captured. We then assessed...

Additional file 2 of Using a WeChat mini-program-based lactation consultant intervention to increase the consumption of mother’s own milk by preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit: a study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial

Jie Huo, Xinping Wu, Chuanli Gu, Zhangbin Yu, Jun Zhang, Xiaohui Chen, Jingai Zhu, Feng Liu, Beibei Liu, Qianqian Li & Shuping Han
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Additional file 3 of Using a WeChat mini-program-based lactation consultant intervention to increase the consumption of mother’s own milk by preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit: a study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial

Jie Huo, Xinping Wu, Chuanli Gu, Zhangbin Yu, Jun Zhang, Xiaohui Chen, Jingai Zhu, Feng Liu, Beibei Liu, Qianqian Li & Shuping Han
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  • East China Normal University
  • Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • Zhejiang University
  • Fudan University
  • Capital Medical University
  • Nanjing Medical University
  • West China Hospital of Sichuan University