1. Knockdown of placental growth factor (PLGF) mitigates hyperoxia-induced acute lung injury in neonatal rats: Suppressive effects on NFκB signaling pathway.

    International Immunopharmacology 38:167 (2016) PMID 27280587

    Although supplemental high-level oxygen treatment can promote the survival of premature infants, hyperoxia may adversely induce acute lung injury (ALI) in newborns. Our prior work illustrated that hyperoxic exposure could enhance the release of placental growth factor (PLGF) in the lungs of neon...
  2. Hyperoxia-mediated LC3B activation contributes to the impaired transdifferentiation of type II alveolar epithelial cells (AECIIs) to type I cells (AECIs).

    Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Phys... 43(9):834 (2016) PMID 27187184

    Life-saving mechanical ventilation can also cause lung injury through the overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS), leading to bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)-like symptoms in preterm infants. It is reported that the autophagic protein microtubule-associated protein-1 light chain (LC)-3B...
  3. Nebivolol Acts as a S-Nitrosoglutathione Reductase Inhibitor: A New Mechanism of Action.

    Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Ther... 21(5):478 (2016) PMID 26746429

    Published data on nebivolol reveal selective β1 adrenergic selectively along with novel nitric oxide (NO)-dependent vasodilatory properties. However, the exact molecular mechanism is unknown. Protein S-nitrosylation constitutes a large part of the ubiquitous influence of NO on cellular signal tr...
  4. Endothelial lipase is upregulated by interleukin-6 partly via the p38 MAPK and p65 NF-κB signaling pathways.

    Molecular Medicine Reports 14(3):1979 (2016) PMID 27430252

    To investigate the effects of inflammatory factor interleukin (IL)‑6 on the expression of endothelial lipase (EL) and its potential signaling pathways in atherosclerosis, a primary culture of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) was established and treated as follows: i) Control group...
  5. Radioprotective 105 kDa protein attenuates ischemia/reperfusion-induced myocardial apoptosis and autophagy by inhibiting the activation of the TLR4/NF-κB signaling pathway in rats.

    International Journal of Molecular Medicine 38(3):885 (2016) PMID 27431018

    Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) serves as an important inducer of apoptotic and autophagic responses in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury (MIRI). Radioprotective 105 kDa protein (RP105) is a specific inhibitor of TLR4. However, the molecular mechanisms by which RP105 represses myocardial ...
  6. Targeting focal adhesion kinase renders pancreatic cancers responsive to checkpoint immunotherapy.

    Nature Medicine 22(8):851 (2016) PMID 27376576 PMCID PMC4935930

    Single-agent immunotherapy has achieved limited clinical benefit to date in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). This may be a result of the presence of a uniquely immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment (TME). Critical obstacles to immunotherapy in PDAC tumors include a high ...
  7. Clinical, Molecular, and Immune Analysis of Dabrafenib-Trametinib Combination Treatment for BRAF Inhibitor-Refractory Metastatic Melanoma: A Phase 2 Clinical Trial.

    JAMA Oncology 2(8):1056 (2016) PMID 27124486 PMCID PMC4982774

    Combined treatment with dabrafenib and trametinib (CombiDT) achieves clinical responses in only about 15% of patients with BRAF inhibitor (BRAFi)-refractory metastatic melanoma in contrast to the higher response rate observed in BRAFi-naïve patients. Identifying correlates of response and mechan...
  8. Ultrasound-guided aspiration of hydrosalpinx occurring during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation could improve clinical outcome of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer.

    Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology (Tokyo, J... 42(8):960 (2016) PMID 27079131

    To investigate whether aspiration of hydrosalpinx during oocyte retrieval could improve the clinical outcome of in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET). The clinical data of 598 IVF-ET cycles with tubal factor infertility at Reproductive Medical Center, 105 Hospital of People's Liberatio...
  9. (CAG)n loci as genetic modifiers of age-at-onset in patients with Machado-Joseph disease from mainland China.

    Brain 139(Pt 8):e41 (2016) PMID 27085188

  10. Analysis of Immune Signatures in Longitudinal Tumor Samples Yields Insight into Biomarkers of Response and Mechanisms of Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Blockade.

    Cancer Discovery 6(8):827 (2016) PMID 27301722

    Immune checkpoint blockade represents a major breakthrough in cancer therapy; however, responses are not universal. Genomic and immune features in pretreatment tumor biopsies have been reported to correlate with response in patients with melanoma and other cancers, but robust biomarkers have not...
  11. A role for amyloid precursor protein translation to restore iron homeostasis and ameliorate lead (Pb) neurotoxicity.

    Journal of Neurochemistry 138(3):479 (2016) PMID 27206843

    Iron supplementation ameliorates the neurotoxicity of the environmental contaminant lead (Pb); however, the mechanism remains undefined. Iron is an essential nutrient but high levels are toxic due to the catalytic generation of destructive hydroxyl radicals. Using human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cel...
  12. Identifying the functional contribution of the defatty-acylase activity of SIRT6.

    Nature Chemical Biology 12(8):614 (2016) PMID 27322069 PMCID PMC4955683

    Mammalian sirtuin 6 (SIRT6) exhibits many pivotal functions and multiple enzymatic activities, but the contribution of each activity to the various functions is unclear. We identified a SIRT6 mutant (G60A) that possesses efficient defatty-acylase activity but has substantially decreased deacetyl...
  13. An engineered microorganism can simultaneously detoxify cadmium, chlorpyrifos, and γ-hexachlorocyclohexane.

    Journal of Basic Microbiology 56(7):820 (2016) PMID 26648050

    Many ecosystems are currently co-contaminated with heavy metals such as cadmium (Cd(2+) ) and pesticides such as chlorpyrifos (CP) and γ-hexachlorocyclohexane (γ-HCH). A feasible approach to remediate the combined pollution of heavy metals and pesticides is the use of γ-HCH degrading bacteria en...
  14. Self-enhanced targeted delivery of a cell wall- and membrane-active antibiotics, daptomycin, against staphylococcal pneumonia.

    Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B 6(4):319 (2016) PMID 27471672 PMCID PMC4951592

    Considering that some antibacterial agents can identify the outer structure of pathogens like cell wall and/or cell membrane, we explored a self-enhanced targeted delivery strategy by which a small amount of the antibiotic molecules were modified on the surface of carriers as targeting ligands o...
  15. Nursing management of post-stroke dysphagia in a tertiary hospital: a best practice implementation project.

    PMID 27532799

    Dysphagia, or difficulty in swallowing, is a serious and life-threatening medical condition that affects a significant number of individuals with acute neurological conditions such as stroke. Nurses, who are available to patients 24 hours a day in hospital are in an ideal position to identify in...
  16. Placenta growth factor contributes to cell apoptosis and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in the hyperoxia-induced acute lung injury.

    Life Sciences 156:30 (2016) PMID 27211521

    To investigate the role of placenta growth factor (PLGF) in hyperoxia-induced lung injury in preterm born rats. Primary alveolar epithelial cells type II (AECIIs) were exposed to 90% oxygen for 24h. Preterm born rats were delivered by caesarean section, injected with PLGF-shRNA, and exposed to 9...
  17. ER stress-induced apoptosis: A novel therapeutic target in myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury.

    International Journal of Cardiology 214:233 (2016) PMID 27077539

  18. Melanin production by a yeast strain XJ5-1 of Aureobasidium melanogenum isolated from the Taklimakan desert and its role in the yeast survival in stress environments.

    Extremophiles 20(4):567 (2016) PMID 27290725

    The yeast strain XJ5-1 isolated from the Taklimakan desert soil was identified to be a strain of Aureobasdium melanogenum and could produce a large amount of melanin when it was grown in the PDA medium, but its melanin biosynthesis and expression of the PKS gene responsible for the melanin biosy...
  19. MSCs modified with HO-1 gene transplantation: A novel therapeutic approach for attenuating heart failure.

    International Journal of Cardiology 214:159 (2016) PMID 27061652

  20. Chemical genetic discovery of PARP targets reveals a role for PARP-1 in transcription elongation.

    Science 353(6294):45 (2016) PMID 27256882

    Poly[adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-ribose] polymerases (PARPs) are a family of enzymes that modulate diverse biological processes through covalent transfer of ADP-ribose from the oxidized form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) onto substrate proteins. Here we report a robust NAD(+) ana...