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1.  Electric-field-induced interferometric resonance of a one-dimensional spin-orbit-coupled electron 
Scientific Reports  2016;6:38851.
The efficient control of electron spins is of crucial importance for spintronics, quantum metrology, and quantum information processing. We theoretically formulate an electric mechanism to probe the electron spin dynamics, by focusing on a one-dimensional spin-orbit-coupled nanowire quantum dot. Owing to the existence of spin-orbit coupling and a pulsed electric field, different spin-orbit states are shown to interfere with each other, generating intriguing interference-resonant patterns. We also reveal that an in-plane magnetic field does not affect the interval of any neighboring resonant peaks, but contributes a weak shift of each peak, which is sensitive to the direction of the magnetic field. We find that this proposed external-field-controlled scheme should be regarded as a new type of quantum-dot-based interferometry. This interferometry has potential applications in precise measurements of relevant experimental parameters, such as the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit-coupling strengths, as well as the Landé factor.
doi:10.1038/srep38851
PMCID: PMC5155278  PMID: 27966598
2.  Creation of Sub-diffraction Longitudinally Polarized Spot by Focusing Radially Polarized Light with Binary Phase Lens 
Scientific Reports  2016;6:38859.
The generation of a sub-diffraction longitudinally polarized spot is of great interest in various applications, such as optical tweezers, super-resolution microscopy, high-resolution Raman spectroscopy, and high-density optical data storage. Many theoretical investigations have been conducted into the tight focusing of a longitudinally polarized spot with high-numerical-aperture aplanatic lenses in combination with optical filters. Optical super-oscillation provides a new approach to focusing light beyond the diffraction limit. Here, we propose a planar binary phase lens and experimentally demonstrate the generation of a longitudinally polarized sub-diffraction focal spot by focusing radially polarized light. The lens has a numerical aperture of 0.93 and a long focal length of 200λ for wavelength λ = 632.8 nm, and the generated focal spot has a full-width-at-half-maximum of about 0.456λ, which is smaller than the diffraction limit, 0.54λ. A 5λ-long longitudinally polarized optical needle with sub-diffraction size is also observed near the designed focal point.
doi:10.1038/srep38859
PMCID: PMC5150649  PMID: 27941852
3.  Sharing brain mapping statistical results with the neuroimaging data model 
Scientific Data  2016;3:160102.
Only a tiny fraction of the data and metadata produced by an fMRI study is finally conveyed to the community. This lack of transparency not only hinders the reproducibility of neuroimaging results but also impairs future meta-analyses. In this work we introduce NIDM-Results, a format specification providing a machine-readable description of neuroimaging statistical results along with key image data summarising the experiment. NIDM-Results provides a unified representation of mass univariate analyses including a level of detail consistent with available best practices. This standardized representation allows authors to relay methods and results in a platform-independent regularized format that is not tied to a particular neuroimaging software package. Tools are available to export NIDM-Result graphs and associated files from the widely used SPM and FSL software packages, and the NeuroVault repository can import NIDM-Results archives. The specification is publically available at: http://nidm.nidash.org/specs/nidm-results.html.
doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.102
PMCID: PMC5139675  PMID: 27922621
Medical research; Research data
4.  Decomposing socioeconomic inequalities in depressive symptoms among the elderly in China 
BMC Public Health  2016;16:1214.
Background
Accelerated population ageing brings about unprecedented challenges to the health system in China. This study aimed to measure the prevalence and the income-related inequality of depressive symptoms, and also identify the determinants of depressive symptom inequality among the elderly in China.
Methods
Data were drawn from the second wave of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). Depressive symptoms were assessed with a 10-item Center for Epidemiologic Studies–Depression Scale (CES-D), which was preselected in CHARLS. The concentration index was used to measure the magnitude of income-related inequality in depressive symptoms. A decomposition analysis, based on the logit model, was employed to quantify the contribution of each determinant to total inequality.
Results
More than 32.55% of the elderly in China had depressive symptoms. Women had a higher prevalence of depressive symptoms than men. The overall concentration index of depressive symptoms was -0.0645 among the elderly, indicating that depressive symptoms are more concentrated among the elderly who lived in economically disadvantaged situations, favoring the rich. Income was found to have the largest percentage of contribution to overall inequality, followed by residents’ location and educational attainment.
Conclusion
The prevalence of depressive symptoms in the elderly was considerably high in China. There was also a pro-rich inequality in depressive symptoms amongst elderly Chinese. It is suggested that some form of policy and intervention strategies, such as establishing the urban-rural integrated medical insurance scheme, enhancing the medical assistance system, and promoting health education programs, is required to alleviate inequitable distribution of depressive symptoms.
Electronic supplementary material
The online version of this article (doi:10.1186/s12889-016-3876-1) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
doi:10.1186/s12889-016-3876-1
PMCID: PMC5134228  PMID: 27905918
Depressive symptoms; Health inequality; Concentration index; Decomposition analysis
5.  Comprehensive analysis of the long noncoding RNA HOXA11-AS gene interaction regulatory network in NSCLC cells 
Background
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are related to different biological processes in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the possible molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of the long noncoding RNA HOXA11-AS (HOXA11 antisense RNA) in NSCLC are unknown.
Methods
HOXA11-AS was knocked down in the NSCLC A549 cell line and a high throughput microarray assay was applied to detect changes in the gene profiles of the A549 cells. Bioinformatics analyses (gene ontology (GO), pathway, Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG), and network analyses) were performed to investigate the potential pathways and networks of the differentially expressed genes. The molecular signatures database (MSigDB) was used to display the expression profiles of these differentially expressed genes. Furthermore, the relationships between the HOXA11-AS, de-regulated genes and clinical NSCLC parameters were verified by using NSCLC patient information from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database. In addition, the relationship between HOXA11-AS expression and clinical diagnostic value was analyzed by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve.
Results
Among the differentially expressed genes, 277 and 80 genes were upregulated and downregulated in NSCLC, respectively (fold change ≥2.0, P < 0.05 and false discovery rate (FDR) < 0.05). According to the degree of the fold change, six upregulated and three downregulated genes were selected for further investigation. Only four genes (RSPO3, ADAMTS8, DMBT1, and DOCK8) were reported to be related with the development or progression of NSCLC based on a PubMed search. Among all possible pathways, three pathways (the PI3K-Akt, TGF-beta and Hippo signaling pathways) were the most likely to be involved in NSCLC development and progression. Furthermore, we found that HOXA11-AS was highly expressed in both lung adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma based on TCGA database. The ROC curve showed that the area under curve (AUC) of HOXA11-AS was 0.727 (95% CI 0.663–0.790) for lung adenocarcinoma and 0.933 (95% CI 0.906–0.960) for squamous cell carcinoma patients. Additionally, the original data from TCGA verified that ADAMTS8, DMBT1 and DOCK8 were downregulated in both lung adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, whereas RSPO3 expression was upregulated in lung adenocarcinoma and downregulated in lung squamous cell carcinoma. For the other five genes (STMN2, SPINK6, TUSC3, LOC100128054, and C8orf22), we found that STMN2, TUSC3 and C8orf22 were upregulated in squamous cell carcinoma and that STMN2 and USC3 were upregulated in lung adenocarcinoma. Furthermore, we compared the correlation between HOXA11-AS and de-regulated genes in NSCLC based on TCGA. The results showed that the HOXA11-AS expression was negatively correlated with DOCK8 in squamous cell carcinoma (r = −0.124, P = 0.048) and lung adenocarcinoma (r = −0.176, P = 0.005). In addition, RSPO3, ADAMTS8 and DOCK8 were related to overall survival and disease-free survival (all P < 0.05) of lung adenocarcinoma patients in TCGA.
Conclusions
Our results showed that the gene profiles were significantly changed after HOXA11-AS knock-down in NSCLC cells. We speculated that HOXA11-AS may play an important role in NSCLC development and progression by regulating the expression of various pathways and genes, especially DOCK8 and TGF-beta pathway. However, the exact mechanism should be verified by functional experiments.
doi:10.1186/s12935-016-0366-6
PMCID: PMC5133743  PMID: 27980454
HOXA11-AS; NSCLC; Microarray assay; GO; KEGG; Pathway
6.  Evaluation of association of common variants in HTR1A and HTR5A with schizophrenia and executive function 
Scientific Reports  2016;6:38048.
The 5-HT1A receptor (HTR1A) and the 5-HT5A receptor (HTR5A) are key 5-HT receptors with distinct inhibitory functions. Studies have been conducted to investigate the association of a few HTR1A polymorphisms with schizophrenia, producing conflicting results, and the relationship between HTR5A and schizophrenia has not yet been well investigated. We aimed to examine the association of HTR1A and HTR5A with schizophrenia and executive function. The study included a discovery stage with 1,115 patients and 2,289 controls and a replication stage with 2,128 patients and 3,865 controls. A total of 30 common SNPs in HTR1A and HTR5A were genotyped in the discovery stage, and significantly associated SNPs were genotyped in the replication stage. We identified that two SNPs (rs878567 in HTR1A and rs1800883 in HTR5A) were significantly associated with schizophrenia in both datasets, and similar results were observed in imputation and haplotype association analyses. Moreover, we found that SNP rs1800883 significantly interacted with executive function when processing the perseverative error of Wisconsin Card Sorting Test in patients. Our results provide further supportive evidence of the effect of HTR1A and HTR5A on the etiology of schizophrenia and suggest that the selected genetic variations in HTR5A may be involved in impaired executive function.
doi:10.1038/srep38048
PMCID: PMC5126681  PMID: 27897266
7.  Does experience in talking facilitate speech repetition? 
NeuroImage  2013;87:80-88.
Speech is unique among highly skilled human behaviors in its ease of acquisition by virtually all individuals who have normal hearing and cognitive ability. Vocal imitation is essential for acquiring speech, and it is an important element of social communication. The extent to which age-related changes in cognitive and motor function affect the ability to imitate speech is poorly understood. We analyzed the distributions of response times (RT) for repeating real words and pseudowords during fMRI. The average RT for older and younger participants was not different. In contrast, detailed analysis of RT distributions revealed age-dependent differences that were associated with changes in the time course of the BOLD response and specific patterns of regional activation. RT-dependent activity was observed in the bilateral posterior cingulate, supplementary motor area, and corpus callosum. This approach provides unique insight into the mechanisms associated with changes in speech production with aging.
doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.10.064
PMCID: PMC5124905  PMID: 24215974
8.  Development and validation of a nomogram for predicting the survival of patients with non-metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma after curative treatment 
Background
The TNM staging system is far from perfect in predicting the survival of individual cancer patients because only the gross anatomy is considered. The survival rates of the patients who have the same TNM stage disease vary across a wide spectrum. This study aimed to develop a nomogram that incorporates other clinicopathologic factors for predicting the overall survival (OS) of non-metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients after curative treatments.
Methods
We retrospectively collected the clinical data of 1520 NPC patients who were diagnosed histologically between November 2000 and September 2003. The clinical data of a separate cohort of 464 patients who received intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) between 2001 and 2010 were also retrieved to examine the extensibility of the model. Cox regression analysis was used to identify the prognostic factors for building the nomogram. The predictive accuracy and discriminative ability were measured using the concordance index (c-index).
Results
We identified and incorporated 12 independent clinical factors into the nomogram. The calibration curves showed that the prediction of OS was in good agreement with the actual observation in the internal validation set and IMRT cohort. The c-index of the nomogram was statistically higher than that of the 7th edition TNM staging system for predicting the survival in both the primary cohort (0.69 vs. 0.62) and the IMRT cohort (0.67 vs. 0.63).
Conclusion
We developed and validated a novel nomogram that outperformed the TNM staging system in predicting the OS of non-metastatic NPC patients who underwent curative therapy.
doi:10.1186/s40880-016-0160-9
PMCID: PMC5124222  PMID: 27887636
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma; Nomogram; Prognosis
9.  Generation of a sub-diffraction hollow ring by shaping an azimuthally polarized wave 
Scientific Reports  2016;6:37776.
The generation of a sub-diffraction optical hollow ring is of great interest in various applications, such as optical microscopy, optical tweezers, and nanolithography. Azimuthally polarized light is a good candidate for creating an optical hollow ring structure. Various of methods have been proposed theoretically for generation of sub-wavelength hollow ring by focusing azimuthally polarized light, but without experimental demonstrations, especially for sub-diffraction focusing. Super-oscillation is a promising approach for shaping sub-diffraction optical focusing. In this paper, a planar sub-diffraction diffractive lens is proposed, which has an ultra-long focal length of 600 λ and small numerical aperture of 0.64. A sub-diffraction hollow ring is experimentally created by shaping an azimuthally polarized wave. The full-width-at-half-maximum of the hollow ring is 0.61 λ, which is smaller than the lens diffraction limit 0.78 λ, and the observed largest sidelobe intensity is only 10% of the peak intensity.
doi:10.1038/srep37776
PMCID: PMC5120339  PMID: 27876885
10.  Human papillomavirus as a potential risk factor for gastric cancer: a meta-analysis of 1,917 cases 
OncoTargets and therapy  2016;9:7105-7114.
Background
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are causally associated with the tumorigenesis of several classes of cancers. However, the prevalence of HPV in gastric cancer (GC) has not yet been systematically reviewed. Hence, a meta-analysis was conducted to estimate the HPV prevalence in patients with GC, and its potential etiologic significance was assessed.
Methods
The pooled HPV prevalence and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated among all GC patients. Heterogeneity was described by using the I2 statistic. Sources of heterogeneity were explored by meta-regression and stratified analyses. The meta-influence was applied to evaluate the influence of a single study on the pooled estimates. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% CIs were computed for case–control studies. For research providing clinicopathological parameters of age, sex, pathological, differentiated, and clinical stages, and HPV subtypes, the corresponding pooled ORs and 95% CIs were also calculated.
Results
Thirty studies were included in the current meta-analysis, involving 1,917 patients with GC and 576 controls. The pooled HPV prevalence was 28.0% (95% CI: 23.2%, 32.7%) among all the patients with GC, and the I2 was 96.9% (P<0.001). A pooled OR of 7.388 (95% CI: 3.876, 14.082) was achieved based on 15 case–control studies (I2=56.7%, P=0.004). Moreover, the HPV prevalence was significantly higher in patients from China than in those from non-Chinese regions (31% vs 9%, I2=95.0%, P<0.001). The pooled prevalence of HPV16 was 21% in GC tissues, and the pooled prevalence of HPV18 was 7% with an OR of 3.314 (95% CI =1.617, 6.792). HPV16 was 3 times more frequently detected than HPV18.
Conclusion
HPV could play a potential role in the pathogenesis of GC. A causal relationship can be confirmed only by detecting HPV in the cells of GC precursor lesions (gastric dysplasia or adenoma). In addition, this study might be beneficial for expounding the potential etiologic significance of molecular mechanism of gastric tumorigenesis and providing opinions regarding precautionary measures.
doi:10.2147/OTT.S115053
PMCID: PMC5119622  PMID: 27895502
gastric dysplasia; gastric adenoma; gastric tumorigenesis; odds ratios; prevalence; subtypes
11.  31st Annual Meeting and Associated Programs of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC 2016): part two 
Ager, Casey | Reilley, Matthew | Nicholas, Courtney | Bartkowiak, Todd | Jaiswal, Ashvin | Curran, Michael | Albershardt, Tina C. | Bajaj, Anshika | Archer, Jacob F. | Reeves, Rebecca S. | Ngo, Lisa Y. | Berglund, Peter | ter Meulen, Jan | Denis, Caroline | Ghadially, Hormas | Arnoux, Thomas | Chanuc, Fabien | Fuseri, Nicolas | Wilkinson, Robert W. | Wagtmann, Nicolai | Morel, Yannis | Andre, Pascale | Atkins, Michael B. | Carlino, Matteo S. | Ribas, Antoni | Thompson, John A. | Choueiri, Toni K. | Hodi, F. Stephen | Hwu, Wen-Jen | McDermott, David F. | Atkinson, Victoria | Cebon, Jonathan S. | Fitzharris, Bernie | Jameson, Michael B. | McNeil, Catriona | Hill, Andrew G. | Mangin, Eric | Ahamadi, Malidi | van Vugt, Marianne | van Zutphen, Mariëlle | Ibrahim, Nageatte | Long, Georgina V. | Gartrell, Robyn | Blake, Zoe | Simoes, Ines | Fu, Yichun | Saito, Takuro | Qian, Yingzhi | Lu, Yan | Saenger, Yvonne M. | Budhu, Sadna | De Henau, Olivier | Zappasodi, Roberta | Schlunegger, Kyle | Freimark, Bruce | Hutchins, Jeff | Barker, Christopher A. | Wolchok, Jedd D. | Merghoub, Taha | Burova, Elena | Allbritton, Omaira | Hong, Peter | Dai, Jie | Pei, Jerry | Liu, Matt | Kantrowitz, Joel | Lai, Venus | Poueymirou, William | MacDonald, Douglas | Ioffe, Ella | Mohrs, Markus | Olson, William | Thurston, Gavin | Capasso, Cristian | Frascaro, Federica | Carpi, Sara | Tähtinen, Siri | Feola, Sara | Fusciello, Manlio | Peltonen, Karita | Martins, Beatriz | Sjöberg, Madeleine | Pesonen, Sari | Ranki, Tuuli | Kyruk, Lukasz | Ylösmäki, Erkko | Cerullo, Vincenzo | Cerignoli, Fabio | Xi, Biao | Guenther, Garret | Yu, Naichen | Muir, Lincoln | Zhao, Leyna | Abassi, Yama | Cervera-Carrascón, Víctor | Siurala, Mikko | Santos, João | Havunen, Riikka | Parviainen, Suvi | Hemminki, Akseli | Dalgleish, Angus | Mudan, Satvinder | DeBenedette, Mark | Plachco, Ana | Gamble, Alicia | Grogan, Elizabeth W. | Krisko, John | Tcherepanova, Irina | Nicolette, Charles | Dhupkar, Pooja | Yu, Ling | Kleinerman, Eugenie S. | Gordon, Nancy | Grenga, Italia | Lepone, Lauren | Gameiro, Sofia | Knudson, Karin M. | Fantini, Massimo | Tsang, Kwong | Hodge, James | Donahue, Renee | Schlom, Jeffrey | Evans, Elizabeth | Bussler, Holm | Mallow, Crystal | Reilly, Christine | Torno, Sebold | Scrivens, Maria | Foster, Cathie | Howell, Alan | Balch, Leslie | Knapp, Alyssa | Leonard, John E. | Paris, Mark | Fisher, Terry | Hu-Lieskovan, Siwen | Ribas, Antoni | Smith, Ernest | Zauderer, Maurice | Fogler, William | Franklin, Marilyn | Thayer, Matt | Saims, Dan | Magnani, John L. | Gong, Jian | Gray, Michael | Hutchins, Jeff | Freimark, Bruce | Fromm, George | de Silva, Suresh | Giffin, Louise | Xu, Xin | Rose, Jason | Schreiber, Taylor H. | Fantini, Massimo | Gameiro, Sofia R. | Knudson, Karin M. | Clavijo, Paul E. | Allen, Clint T. | Donahue, Renee | Lepone, Lauren | Grenga, Italia | Hodge, James W. | Tsang, Kwong Y. | Schlom, Jeffrey | Gray, Michael | Gong, Jian | Hutchins, Jeff | Freimark, Bruce | Grogan, Jane | Manieri, Nicholas | Chiang, Eugene | Caplazi, Patrick | Yadav, Mahesh | Hagner, Patrick | Chiu, Hsiling | Waldman, Michelle | Klippel, Anke | Thakurta, Anjan | Pourdehnad, Michael | Gandhi, Anita | Henrich, Ian | Quick, Laura | Young, Rob | Chou, Margaret | Hotson, Andrew | Willingham, Stephen | Ho, Po | Choy, Carmen | Laport, Ginna | McCaffery, Ian | Miller, Richard | Tipton, Kimberly A. | Wong, Kenneth R. | Singson, Victoria | Wong, Chihunt | Chan, Chanty | Huang, Yuanhiu | Liu, Shouchun | Richardson, Jennifer H. | Kavanaugh, W. Michael | West, James | Irving, Bryan A. | Tipton, Kimberly A. | Wong, Kenneth R. | Singson, Victoria | Wong, Chihunt | Chan, Chanty | Huang, Yuanhiu | Liu, Shouchun | Richardson, Jennifer H. | Kavanaugh, W. Michael | West, James | Irving, Bryan A. | Jaini, Ritika | Loya, Matthew | Eng, Charis | Johnson, Melissa L. | Adjei, Alex A. | Opyrchal, Mateusz | Ramalingam, Suresh | Janne, Pasi A. | Dominguez, George | Gabrilovich, Dmitry | de Leon, Laura | Hasapidis, Jeannette | Diede, Scott J. | Ordentlich, Peter | Cruickshank, Scott | Meyers, Michael L. | Hellmann, Matthew D. | Kalinski, Pawel | Zureikat, Amer | Edwards, Robert | Muthuswamy, Ravi | Obermajer, Nataša | Urban, Julie | Butterfield, Lisa H. | Gooding, William | Zeh, Herbert | Bartlett, David | Zubkova, Olga | Agapova, Larissa | Kapralova, Marina | Krasovskaia, Liudmila | Ovsepyan, Armen | Lykov, Maxim | Eremeev, Artem | Bokovanov, Vladimir | Grigoryeva, Olga | Karpov, Andrey | Ruchko, Sergey | Nicolette, Charles | Shuster, Alexandr | Khalil, Danny N. | Campesato, Luis Felipe | Li, Yanyun | Merghoub, Taha | Wolchok, Jedd D. | Lazorchak, Adam S. | Patterson, Troy D. | Ding, Yueyun | Sasikumar, Pottayil | Sudarshan, Naremaddepalli | Gowda, Nagaraj | Ramachandra, Raghuveer | Samiulla, Dodheri | Giri, Sanjeev | Eswarappa, Rajesh | Ramachandra, Murali | Tuck, David | Wyant, Timothy | Leshem, Jasmin | Liu, Xiu-fen | Bera, Tapan | Terabe, Masaki | Bossenmaier, Birgit | Niederfellner, Gerhard | Reiter, Yoram | Pastan, Ira | Xia, Leiming | Xia, Yang | Hu, Yangyang | Wang, Yi | Bao, Yangyi | Dai, Fu | Huang, Shiang | Hurt, Elaine | Hollingsworth, Robert E. | Lum, Lawrence G. | Chang, Alfred E. | Wicha, Max S. | Li, Qiao | Mace, Thomas | Makhijani, Neil | Talbert, Erin | Young, Gregory | Guttridge, Denis | Conwell, Darwin | Lesinski, Gregory B. | Gonzales, Rodney JM Macedo | Huffman, Austin P. | Wang, Ximi K. | Reshef, Ran | MacKinnon, Andy | Chen, Jason | Gross, Matt | Marguier, Gisele | Shwonek, Peter | Sotirovska, Natalija | Steggerda, Susanne | Parlati, Francesco | Makkouk, Amani | Bennett, Mark K. | Chen, Jason | Emberley, Ethan | Gross, Matt | Huang, Tony | Li, Weiqun | MacKinnon, Andy | Marguier, Gisele | Neou, Silinda | Pan, Alison | Zhang, Jing | Zhang, Winter | Parlati, Francesco | Marshall, Netonia | Marron, Thomas U. | Agudo, Judith | Brown, Brian | Brody, Joshua | McQuinn, Christopher | Mace, Thomas | Farren, Matthew | Komar, Hannah | Shakya, Reena | Young, Gregory | Ludwug, Thomas | Lesinski, Gregory B. | Morillon, Y. Maurice | Hammond, Scott A. | Schlom, Jeffrey | Greiner, John W. | Nath, Pulak R. | Schwartz, Anthony L. | Maric, Dragan | Roberts, David D. | Obermajer, Nataša | Bartlett, David | Kalinski, Pawel | Naing, Aung | Papadopoulos, Kyriakos P. | Autio, Karen A. | Wong, Deborah J. | Patel, Manish | Falchook, Gerald | Pant, Shubham | Ott, Patrick A. | Whiteside, Melinda | Patnaik, Amita | Mumm, John | Janku, Filip | Chan, Ivan | Bauer, Todd | Colen, Rivka | VanVlasselaer, Peter | Brown, Gail L. | Tannir, Nizar M. | Oft, Martin | Infante, Jeffrey | Lipson, Evan | Gopal, Ajay | Neelapu, Sattva S. | Armand, Philippe | Spurgeon, Stephen | Leonard, John P. | Hodi, F. Stephen | Sanborn, Rachel E. | Melero, Ignacio | Gajewski, Thomas F. | Maurer, Matthew | Perna, Serena | Gutierrez, Andres A. | Clynes, Raphael | Mitra, Priyam | Suryawanshi, Satyendra | Gladstone, Douglas | Callahan, Margaret K. | Crooks, James | Brown, Sheila | Gauthier, Audrey | de Boisferon, Marc Hillairet | MacDonald, Andrew | Brunet, Laura Rosa | Rothwell, William T. | Bell, Peter | Wilson, James M. | Sato-Kaneko, Fumi | Yao, Shiyin | Zhang, Shannon S. | Carson, Dennis A. | Guiducci, Cristina | Coffman, Robert L. | Kitaura, Kazutaka | Matsutani, Takaji | Suzuki, Ryuji | Hayashi, Tomoko | Cohen, Ezra E. W. | Schaer, David | Li, Yanxia | Dobkin, Julie | Amatulli, Michael | Hall, Gerald | Doman, Thompson | Manro, Jason | Dorsey, Frank Charles | Sams, Lillian | Holmgaard, Rikke | Persaud, Krishnadatt | Ludwig, Dale | Surguladze, David | Kauh, John S. | Novosiadly, Ruslan | Kalos, Michael | Driscoll, Kyla | Pandha, Hardev | Ralph, Christy | Harrington, Kevin | Curti, Brendan | Sanborn, Rachel E. | Akerley, Wallace | Gupta, Sumati | Melcher, Alan | Mansfield, David | Kaufman, David R. | Schmidt, Emmett | Grose, Mark | Davies, Bronwyn | Karpathy, Roberta | Shafren, Darren | Shamalov, Katerina | Cohen, Cyrille | Sharma, Naveen | Allison, James | Shekarian, Tala | Valsesia-Wittmann, Sandrine | Caux, Christophe | Marabelle, Aurelien | Slomovitz, Brian M. | Moore, Kathleen M. | Youssoufian, Hagop | Posner, Marshall | Tewary, Poonam | Brooks, Alan D. | Xu, Ya-Ming | Wijeratne, Kithsiri | Gunatilaka, Leslie A. A. | Sayers, Thomas J. | Vasilakos, John P. | Alston, Tesha | Dovedi, Simon | Elvecrog, James | Grigsby, Iwen | Herbst, Ronald | Johnson, Karen | Moeckly, Craig | Mullins, Stefanie | Siebenaler, Kristen | SternJohn, Julius | Tilahun, Ashenafi | Tomai, Mark A. | Vogel, Katharina | Wilkinson, Robert W. | Vietsch, Eveline E. | Wellstein, Anton | Wythes, Martin | Crosignani, Stefano | Tumang, Joseph | Alekar, Shilpa | Bingham, Patrick | Cauwenberghs, Sandra | Chaplin, Jenny | Dalvie, Deepak | Denies, Sofie | De Maeseneire, Coraline | Feng, JunLi | Frederix, Kim | Greasley, Samantha | Guo, Jie | Hardwick, James | Kaiser, Stephen | Jessen, Katti | Kindt, Erick | Letellier, Marie-Claire | Li, Wenlin | Maegley, Karen | Marillier, Reece | Miller, Nichol | Murray, Brion | Pirson, Romain | Preillon, Julie | Rabolli, Virginie | Ray, Chad | Ryan, Kevin | Scales, Stephanie | Srirangam, Jay | Solowiej, Jim | Stewart, Al | Streiner, Nicole | Torti, Vince | Tsaparikos, Konstantinos | Zheng, Xianxian | Driessens, Gregory | Gomes, Bruno | Kraus, Manfred | Xu, Chunxiao | Zhang, Yanping | Kradjian, Giorgio | Qin, Guozhong | Qi, Jin | Xu, Xiaomei | Marelli, Bo | Yu, Huakui | Guzman, Wilson | Tighe, Rober | Salazar, Rachel | Lo, Kin-Ming | English, Jessie | Radvanyi, Laszlo | Lan, Yan | Zappasodi, Roberta | Budhu, Sadna | Hellmann, Matthew D. | Postow, Michael | Senbabaoglu, Yasin | Gasmi, Billel | Zhong, Hong | Li, Yanyun | Liu, Cailian | Hirschhorhn-Cymerman, Daniel | Wolchok, Jedd D. | Merghoub, Taha | Zha, Yuanyuan | Malnassy, Gregory | Fulton, Noreen | Park, Jae-Hyun | Stock, Wendy | Nakamura, Yusuke | Gajewski, Thomas F. | Liu, Hongtao | Ju, Xiaoming | Kosoff, Rachelle | Ramos, Kimberly | Coder, Brandon | Petit, Robert | Princiotta, Michael | Perry, Kyle | Zou, Jun | Arina, Ainhoa | Fernandez, Christian | Zheng, Wenxin | Beckett, Michael A. | Mauceri, Helena J. | Fu, Yang-Xin | Weichselbaum, Ralph R. | DeBenedette, Mark | Lewis, Whitney | Gamble, Alicia | Nicolette, Charles | Han, Yanyan | Wu, Yeting | Yang, Chou | Huang, Jing | Wu, Dongyun | Li, Jin | Liang, Xiaoling | Zhou, Xiangjun | Hou, Jinlin | Hassan, Raffit | Jahan, Thierry | Antonia, Scott J. | Kindler, Hedy L. | Alley, Evan W. | Honarmand, Somayeh | Liu, Weiqun | Leong, Meredith L. | Whiting, Chan C. | Nair, Nitya | Enstrom, Amanda | Lemmens, Edward E. | Tsujikawa, Takahiro | Kumar, Sushil | Coussens, Lisa M. | Murphy, Aimee L. | Brockstedt, Dirk G. | Koch, Sven D. | Sebastian, Martin | Weiss, Christian | Früh, Martin | Pless, Miklos | Cathomas, Richard | Hilbe, Wolfgang | Pall, Georg | Wehler, Thomas | Alt, Jürgen | Bischoff, Helge | Geissler, Michael | Griesinger, Frank | Kollmeier, Jens | Papachristofilou, Alexandros | Doener, Fatma | Fotin-Mleczek, Mariola | Hipp, Madeleine | Hong, Henoch S. | Kallen, Karl-Josef | Klinkhardt, Ute | Stosnach, Claudia | Scheel, Birgit | Schroeder, Andreas | Seibel, Tobias | Gnad-Vogt, Ulrike | Zippelius, Alfred | Park, Ha-Ram | Ahn, Yong-Oon | Kim, Tae Min | Kim, Soyeon | Kim, Seulki | Lee, Yu Soo | Keam, Bhumsuk | Kim, Dong-Wan | Heo, Dae Seog | Pilon-Thomas, Shari | Weber, Amy | Morse, Jennifer | Kodumudi, Krithika | Liu, Hao | Mullinax, John | Sarnaik, Amod A. | Pike, Luke | Bang, Andrew | Ott, Patrick A. | Balboni, Tracy | Taylor, Allison | Spektor, Alexander | Wilhite, Tyler | Krishnan, Monica | Cagney, Daniel | Alexander, Brian | Aizer, Ayal | Buchbinder, Elizabeth | Awad, Mark | Ghandi, Leena | Hodi, F. Stephen | Schoenfeld, Jonathan | Schwartz, Anthony L. | Nath, Pulak R. | Lessey-Morillon, Elizabeth | Ridnour, Lisa | Roberts, David D. | Segal, Neil H. | Sharma, Manish | Le, Dung T. | Ott, Patrick A. | Ferris, Robert L. | Zelenetz, Andrew D. | Neelapu, Sattva S. | Levy, Ronald | Lossos, Izidore S. | Jacobson, Caron | Ramchandren, Radhakrishnan | Godwin, John | Colevas, A. Dimitrios | Meier, Roland | Krishnan, Suba | Gu, Xuemin | Neely, Jaclyn | Suryawanshi, Satyendra | Timmerman, John | Vanpouille-Box, Claire I. | Formenti, Silvia C. | Demaria, Sandra | Wennerberg, Erik | Mediero, Aranzazu | Cronstein, Bruce N. | Formenti, Silvia C. | Demaria, Sandra | Gustafson, Michael P. | DiCostanzo, AriCeli | Wheatley, Courtney | Kim, Chul-Ho | Bornschlegl, Svetlana | Gastineau, Dennis A. | Johnson, Bruce D. | Dietz, Allan B. | MacDonald, Cameron | Bucsek, Mark | Qiao, Guanxi | Hylander, Bonnie | Repasky, Elizabeth | Turbitt, William J. | Xu, Yitong | Mastro, Andrea | Rogers, Connie J. | Withers, Sita | Wang, Ziming | Khuat, Lam T. | Dunai, Cordelia | Blazar, Bruce R. | Longo, Dan | Rebhun, Robert | Grossenbacher, Steven K. | Monjazeb, Arta | Murphy, William J. | Rowlinson, Scott | Agnello, Giulia | Alters, Susan | Lowe, David | Scharping, Nicole | Menk, Ashley V. | Whetstone, Ryan | Zeng, Xue | Delgoffe, Greg M. | Santos, Patricia M. | Menk, Ashley V. | Shi, Jian | Delgoffe, Greg M. | Butterfield, Lisa H. | Whetstone, Ryan | Menk, Ashley V. | Scharping, Nicole | Delgoffe, Greg | Nagasaka, Misako | Sukari, Ammar | Byrne-Steele, Miranda | Pan, Wenjing | Hou, Xiaohong | Brown, Brittany | Eisenhower, Mary | Han, Jian | Collins, Natalie | Manguso, Robert | Pope, Hans | Shrestha, Yashaswi | Boehm, Jesse | Haining, W. Nicholas | Cron, Kyle R. | Sivan, Ayelet | Aquino-Michaels, Keston | Gajewski, Thomas F. | Orecchioni, Marco | Bedognetti, Davide | Hendrickx, Wouter | Fuoco, Claudia | Spada, Filomena | Sgarrella, Francesco | Cesareni, Gianni | Marincola, Francesco | Kostarelos, Kostas | Bianco, Alberto | Delogu, Lucia | Hendrickx, Wouter | Roelands, Jessica | Boughorbel, Sabri | Decock, Julie | Presnell, Scott | Wang, Ena | Marincola, Franco M. | Kuppen, Peter | Ceccarelli, Michele | Rinchai, Darawan | Chaussabel, Damien | Miller, Lance | Bedognetti, Davide | Nguyen, Andrew | Sanborn, J. Zachary | Vaske, Charles | Rabizadeh, Shahrooz | Niazi, Kayvan | Benz, Steven | Patel, Shashank | Restifo, Nicholas | White, James | Angiuoli, Sam | Sausen, Mark | Jones, Sian | Sevdali, Maria | Simmons, John | Velculescu, Victor | Diaz, Luis | Zhang, Theresa | Sims, Jennifer S. | Barton, Sunjay M. | Gartrell, Robyn | Kadenhe-Chiweshe, Angela | Dela Cruz, Filemon | Turk, Andrew T. | Lu, Yan | Mazzeo, Christopher F. | Kung, Andrew L. | Bruce, Jeffrey N. | Saenger, Yvonne M. | Yamashiro, Darrell J. | Connolly, Eileen P. | Baird, Jason | Crittenden, Marka | Friedman, David | Xiao, Hong | Leidner, Rom | Bell, Bryan | Young, Kristina | Gough, Michael | Bian, Zhen | Kidder, Koby | Liu, Yuan | Curran, Emily | Chen, Xiufen | Corrales, Leticia P. | Kline, Justin | Dunai, Cordelia | Aguilar, Ethan G. | Khuat, Lam T. | Murphy, William J. | Guerriero, Jennifer | Sotayo, Alaba | Ponichtera, Holly | Pourzia, Alexandra | Schad, Sara | Carrasco, Ruben | Lazo, Suzan | Bronson, Roderick | Letai, Anthony | Kornbluth, Richard S. | Gupta, Sachin | Termini, James | Guirado, Elizabeth | Stone, Geoffrey W. | Meyer, Christina | Helming, Laura | Tumang, Joseph | Wilson, Nicholas | Hofmeister, Robert | Radvanyi, Laszlo | Neubert, Natalie J. | Tillé, Laure | Barras, David | Soneson, Charlotte | Baumgaertner, Petra | Rimoldi, Donata | Gfeller, David | Delorenzi, Mauro | Fuertes Marraco, Silvia A. | Speiser, Daniel E. | Abraham, Tara S. | Xiang, Bo | Magee, Michael S. | Waldman, Scott A. | Snook, Adam E. | Blogowski, Wojciech | Zuba-Surma, Ewa | Budkowska, Marta | Salata, Daria | Dolegowska, Barbara | Starzynska, Teresa | Chan, Leo | Somanchi, Srinivas | McCulley, Kelsey | Lee, Dean | Buettner, Nico | Shi, Feng | Myers, Paisley T. | Curbishley, Stuart | Penny, Sarah A. | Steadman, Lora | Millar, David | Speers, Ellen | Ruth, Nicola | Wong, Gabriel | Thimme, Robert | Adams, David | Cobbold, Mark | Thomas, Remy | Hendrickx, Wouter | Al-Muftah, Mariam | Decock, Julie | Wong, Michael KK | Morse, Michael | McDermott, David F. | Clark, Joseph I. | Kaufman, Howard L. | Daniels, Gregory A. | Hua, Hong | Rao, Tharak | Dutcher, Janice P. | Kang, Kai | Saunthararajah, Yogen | Velcheti, Vamsidhar | Kumar, Vikas | Anwar, Firoz | Verma, Amita | Chheda, Zinal | Kohanbash, Gary | Sidney, John | Okada, Kaori | Shrivastav, Shruti | Carrera, Diego A. | Liu, Shuming | Jahan, Naznin | Mueller, Sabine | Pollack, Ian F. | Carcaboso, Angel M. | Sette, Alessandro | Hou, Yafei | Okada, Hideho | Field, Jessica J. | Zeng, Weiping | Shih, Vincent FS | Law, Che-Leung | Senter, Peter D. | Gardai, Shyra J. | Okeley, Nicole M. | Penny, Sarah A. | Abelin, Jennifer G. | Saeed, Abu Z. | Malaker, Stacy A. | Myers, Paisley T. | Shabanowitz, Jeffrey | Ward, Stephen T. | Hunt, Donald F. | Cobbold, Mark | Profusek, Pam | Wood, Laura | Shepard, Dale | Grivas, Petros | Kapp, Kerstin | Volz, Barbara | Oswald, Detlef | Wittig, Burghardt | Schmidt, Manuel | Sefrin, Julian P. | Hillringhaus, Lars | Lifke, Valeria | Lifke, Alexander | Skaletskaya, Anna | Ponte, Jose | Chittenden, Thomas | Setiady, Yulius | Valsesia-Wittmann, Sandrine | Sivado, Eva | Thomas, Vincent | El Alaoui, Meddy | Papot, Sébastien | Dumontet, Charles | Dyson, Mike | McCafferty, John | El Alaoui, Said | Verma, Amita | Kumar, Vikas | Bommareddy, Praveen K. | Kaufman, Howard L. | Zloza, Andrew | Kohlhapp, Frederick | Silk, Ann W. | Jhawar, Sachin | Paneque, Tomas | Bommareddy, Praveen K. | Kohlhapp, Frederick | Newman, Jenna | Beltran, Pedro | Zloza, Andrew | Kaufman, Howard L. | Cao, Felicia | Hong, Bang-Xing | Rodriguez-Cruz, Tania | Song, Xiao-Tong | Gottschalk, Stephen | Calderon, Hugo | Illingworth, Sam | Brown, Alice | Fisher, Kerry | Seymour, Len | Champion, Brian | Eriksson, Emma | Wenthe, Jessica | Hellström, Ann-Charlotte | Paul-Wetterberg, Gabriella | Loskog, Angelica | Eriksson, Emma | Milenova, Ioanna | Wenthe, Jessica | Ståhle, Magnus | Jarblad-Leja, Justyna | Ullenhag, Gustav | Dimberg, Anna | Moreno, Rafael | Alemany, Ramon | Loskog, Angelica | Eriksson, Emma | Milenova, Ioanna | Moreno, Rafael | Alemany, Ramon
Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer  2016;4(Suppl 1):107-221.
doi:10.1186/s40425-016-0173-6
PMCID: PMC5123381
12.  Nanomedicine strategy for optimizing delivery to outer hair cells by surface-modified poly(lactic/glycolic acid) nanoparticles with hydrophilic molecules 
Targeted drug delivery to outer hair cells (OHCs) in the cochlea by nanomedicine strategies forms an effective therapeutic approach for treating hearing loss. Surface chemistry plays a deciding role in nanoparticle (NP) biodistribution, but its influence on such distribution in the cochlea remains largely unknown. Herein, we report the first systematic comparison of poly(lactic/glycolic acid) nanoparticles (PLGA NPs) with or without surface modification of hydrophilic molecules for optimizing the delivery to OHCs both in vitro and in vivo. NPs that were surface modified with poloxamer 407 (P407), chitosan, or methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) and the unmodified NPs were highly biocompatible with L929 and House Ear Institute-organ of Corti 1 cells as well as cochlear tissues. Interestingly, among all the examined NPs, P407-PLGA NPs showed the greatest cellular uptake and prominent fluorescence in cochlear imaging. More importantly, we provide novel evidence that the surface-modified NPs reached the organ of Corti and were transported into the OHCs at a higher level. Together, these observations suggest that surface modification with hydrophilic molecules will allow future clinical applications of PLGA NPs, especially P407-PLGA NPs, in efficient hearing loss therapy.
Video abstract
doi:10.2147/IJN.S116867
PMCID: PMC5108623  PMID: 27877041
inner ear drug delivery; PLGA nanoparticles; surface chemistry; cochlea; HEI-OC1 cell
13.  Lipopolysaccharides may aggravate apoptosis through accumulation of autophagosomes in alveolar macrophages of human silicosis 
Autophagy  2015;11(12):2346-2357.
Silica dust mainly attacks alveolar macrophages (AMs) and increases the apoptosis of AMs in silicosis patients. However, it is still unclear whether autophagy is affected. Autophagy mainly has defensive functions in response to stress, contributing to cell survival in adverse conditions, and conversely it has also been implicated in cell death. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induces autophagy and apoptosis in macrophages. The role of LPS in autophagy and apoptosis in AMs of silicosis patients is unknown. In this study, we collected AMs from 53 male workers exposed to silica and divided them into an observer (control) group, and stage I, II and III patient groups. We found increased levels of LC3B, SQSTM1/p62 and BECN1,whereas the phosphorylation of MTOR,and levels of LAMP2, TLR4, MYD88, TICAM1, as well as the number of lysosomes decreased with the development of silicosis. LPS stimulation triggered autophagy and increased levels of SQSTM1 in AMs. The autophagy inhibitor, 3-methyladenine (3MA), inhibited LPS-induced apoptosis in the AMs of silicosis patients. Moreover, 3MA reversed the LPS-induced decrease in BCL2 and the increase in BAX and CASP3 levels in AMs. These results suggest that autophagosomes accumulate in AMs during silicosis progression. LPS can induce the formation of autophagosomes through a TLR4-dependent pathway, and LPS may exacerbate the apoptosis in AMs. Blockade of the formation of autophagosomes may inhibit LPS-induced apoptosis via the intrinsic apoptotic pathway in AMs. These findings describe novel mechanisms that may lead to new preventive and therapeutic strategies for pulmonary fibrosis.
doi:10.1080/15548627.2015.1109765
PMCID: PMC4835201  PMID: 26553601
alveolar macrophages; apoptosis; autophagic degradation; autophagosome; autophagy; LPS; lysosome; silicosis; TLR4
14.  Age-related differences in the neural correlates of trial-to-trial variations of reaction time 
Intra-subject variation in reaction time (ISVRT) is a developmentally-important phenomenon that decreases from childhood through young adulthood in parallel with the development of executive functions and networks. Prior work has shown a significant association between trial-by-trial variations in reaction time (RT) and trial-by-trial variations in brain activity as measured by the blood-oxygenated level-dependent (BOLD) response in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies. It remains unclear, however, whether such “RT-BOLD” relationships vary with age. Here, we determined whether such trial-by-trial relationships vary with age in a cross-sectional design. We observed an association between age and RT-BOLD relationships in 11 clusters located in visual/occipital regions, frontal and parietal association cortex, precentral/postcentral gyrus, and thalamus. Some of these relationships were negative, reflecting increased BOLD associated with decreased RT, manifesting around the time of stimulus presentation and positive several seconds later. Critically for present purposes, all RT-BOLD relationships increased with age. Thus, RT-BOLD relationships may reflect robust, measurable changes in the brain-behavior relationship across development.
doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2016.05.001
PMCID: PMC5099497  PMID: 27239972
Reaction time; Variation; fMRI; Development; RT-BOLD
15.  Common susceptibility variants are shared between schizophrenia and psoriasis in the Han Chinese population 
Background
Previous studies have shown that individuals with schizophrenia have a greater risk for psoriasis than a typical person. This suggests that there might be a shared genetic etiology between the 2 conditions. We aimed to characterize the potential shared genetic susceptibility between schizophrenia and psoriasis using genome-wide marker genotype data.
Methods
We obtained genetic data on individuals with psoriasis, schizophrenia and control individuals. We applied a marker-based coheritability estimation procedure, polygenic score analysis, a gene set enrichment test and a least absolute shrinkage and selection operator regression model to estimate the potential shared genetic etiology between the 2 diseases. We validated the results in independent schizophrenia and psoriasis cohorts from Singapore.
Results
We included 1139 individuals with psoriasis, 744 with schizophrenia and 1678 controls in our analysis, and we validated the results in independent cohorts, including 441 individuals with psoriasis (and 2420 controls) and 1630 with schizophrenia (and 1860 controls). We estimated that a large fraction of schizophrenia and psoriasis risk could be attributed to common variants (h2SNP = 29% ± 5.0%, p = 2.00 × 10−8), with a coheritability estimate between the traits of 21%. We identified 5 variants within the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene region, which were most likely to be associated with both diseases and collectively conferred a significant risk effect (odds ratio of highest risk quartile = 6.03, p < 2.00 × 10−16). We discovered that variants contributing most to the shared heritable component between psoriasis and schizophrenia were enriched in antigen processing and cell endoplasmic reticulum.
Limitations
Our sample size was relatively small. The findings of 5 HLA gene variants were complicated by the complex structure in the HLA region.
Conclusion
We found evidence for a shared genetic etiology between schizophrenia and psoriasis. The mechanism for this shared genetic basis likely involves immune and calcium signalling pathways.
doi:10.1503/jpn.150210
PMCID: PMC5082512  PMID: 27091718
16.  Crosstalk between bone marrow-derived myofibroblasts and gastric cancer cells regulates cancer stemness and promotes tumorigenesis 
Oncogene  2016;35(41):5388-5399.
Bone marrow-derived cells play important roles in cancer development and progression. Our previous studies demonstrated that murine bone marrow-derived myofibroblasts (BMFs) enhanced tumor growth. In this study, we investigated the mechanisms of BMF actions. We found that co-injection of BMFs with gastric cancer cells markedly promoted tumorigenesis. Co-cultured BMFs or BMF-conditioned medium (BMF-CM) induced the formation of spheres, which expressed stem cell signatures and exhibited features of self-renewal, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and tumor initiation. Furthermore, CD44+ fractions in spheres were able to initiate tumorigenesis and reestablish tumors in serially passaged xenografts. In co-culture systems, BMFs secreted high levels of murine interleukin-6 (IL-6) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), while cancer cells produced high level of transformation growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). BMF-CM and IL-6 activated BMFs to produce mHGF, which activated signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and upregulated TGF-β1 in human cancer cells. In return, cancer cell-CM stimulated BMFs to produce IL-6, which was inhibited by anti-TGF-β1 neutralizing antibody. Blockade of HGF/Met, JAK2/STAT3 and TGF-β1 signaling by specific inhibitors inhibited BMF-induced sphere formation. STAT3 knockdown in cancer cells also inhibited BMF-induced sphere formation and tumorigenesis. Moreover, TGF-β1 overexpression in cancer cells was co-related with IL-6 and HGF overexpression in stromal cells in human gastric cancer tissues. Our results demonstrate that BMF-derived IL-6/HGF and cancer cell-derived TGF-β1 mediate the interactions between BMFs and gastric cancer cells, which regulate cancer stemness and promote tumorigenesis. Targeting inhibition of the interactions between BMFs and cancer cells may be a new strategy for cancer therapy.
doi:10.1038/onc.2016.76
PMCID: PMC5063653  PMID: 27109105
Bone marrow-derived myofibroblasts; gastric cancer; cancer stem cells; IL-6; HGF; TGF-β1
17.  The 2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Biological Sciences (ABS 2016) 
BMC Plant Biology  2016;16(Suppl 2):226.
Table of contents
01 The influence of soil salt content on the photosynthetic characteristics of spring wheat with trickle irrigation
Lei Pei, Zhenhua Wang, Jinzhu Zhang, Wenhao Li
02 Comparing growth of fast-growing and slow-growing endophytes in plants via ergosterol quantification
Adeline SY Ting, Yiing Y Chow, Sadequr Rahman
03 Transcriptome and digital gene expression analysis identifies putative triterpene saponin-biosynthetic genes of Panax notoginseng
Rongchang Wei
04 Chitosan-assisted isolation and antioxidant evaluation of flavonoids from Sophora japonica L.
Zhang Hu, Sidong Li, Chuyan Li, Zijuan Li
05 Two kinds of new characteristics of the ektexine ornamentation of ginkgo pollen
Guoxia Wang, Yuzhen Yang, Gang Chen, Qing Luo
06 Analysis of nutrient and medicinal ingredients of Ginkgo pollen in different regions
Guoxia Wang, Ruixia Liu, Yuzhen Yang, Lipei Chen
07 Photosynthetic performance of greening seedlings of seven species to drought stress
Zhiyang Lie, Tongtong Zhou, Weilong Huang, Li Xue
08 Changes of fluorescence parameters of greening seedlings of seven species under drought stress
Jie Li, Zhuomin Wang, Li Xue
09 Mammalian sex hormone affects regeneration capacity and enzymes activity of Triticale L in vitro culture
Ismail Bezirganoglu, Pınar Uysal
10 Fractional Fourier entropy increases the recognition rate of fruit type detection
Shuihua Wang, Zhihai Lu, Jiquan Yang, Yudong Zhang, John Liu, Ling Wei, Shufang Chen, Preetha Phillips, Zhengchao Dong
11 Banana-peanut intercropping reduces Fusarium wilt disease in banana from enhancing soil bacterial microorganisms and leaf nutrition
Hong Li, Xutong Wang, Fengliang Zhao, Guisheng Yang
12 Manganese stress impairs stem ureide nitrogen fixation in yardlong-bean plants in the acidic environment
Hong Li
13 A new pest control method for Rhytidodera bowringii Larvae
Haijie Huang, Li Zhao, Weijian Huang, Jinhui Wang, Zhongrun Zhang
14 Research on the seed-like Fruits of Subg. Sclarea of Salvia of Labiatae in China
Xiaojuan Li, Ning Xu, Guofu Zhou, Ming Wan, Qi Lin, Fanyun Meng, Jianxiu Li
15 Three pulling resistance models of pioneer plant in landslide area
Yichang Chen, Koayung Yu, Chunpin Chang
16 The comparison of physiological and biochemical mechanisms of Reaumuria soongorica and Salsola passerine in different growth pattern
Zijuan Zhou, Peixi Su, Rui Shi, Tingting Xie
17 Resources use efficiency of the cosmopolitan plant Potentilla anserina L. in different alpine habitats in China
Rui Shi, Peixi Su, Zijuan Zhou
18 Cloning of PPDK gene from Red Amaranand transformation of Alfalfa
Xuelan Liu, Yan Zhang, Xiangfa Wei
19 Variation and cluster analysis of morphological characters and nutrient content of Chucrasia tabularis seed
Chong Wu, Yanlei Yin, Lijuan Feng, Xuemei Yang, Fei Wang
20 Effect of the planting density of the areca nut on the growth of intercropped Vanilla
Hua Wang, Huifa Zhuang, Zihui Zhu, Hui Wang
doi:10.1186/s12870-016-0904-3
PMCID: PMC5088514
18.  Chronic stress prior to pregnancy potentiated long-lasting postpartum depressive-like behavior, regulated by Akt-mTOR signaling in the hippocampus 
Scientific Reports  2016;6:35042.
Postpartum depression (PPD) affects over 10% of new mothers and adversely impacts the health of offspring. One of the greatest risk factors for PPD is prepregnancy stress but the underlying biological mechanism is unknown. Here we constructed an animal model which recapitulated prepregnancy stress induced PPD and tested the role of Akt-mTOR signaling in the hippocampus. Female virgin Balb/c mice received chronic restraint stress, followed by co-housing with a normal male mouse. We found that the chronic stress led to a transient depressive-like condition that disappeared within two weeks. However, prepregnantly stressed females developed long-term postpartum depressive-like (PPD-like) symptoms as indicated by deficient performance in tests of sucrose preference, forced swim, and novelty-suppressed feeding. Chronic stress induced transient decrease in Akt-mTOR signaling and altered expressions of glutamate receptor subunits NR1 and GluR1, in contrast to long-term deficits in Akt-mTOR signaling, GluR1/NR1 ratio, and hippocampal neurogenesis in PPD-like mice. Acute ketamine improved the molecular signaling abnormality, and reversed the behavioral deficits in PPD-like mice in a rapid and persistent manner, in contrast to ineffectiveness by chronic fluoxetine treatment. Taken together, we find that chronic prepregnancy stress potentiates a long-term PPD, in which Akt-mTOR signaling may play a crucial role.
doi:10.1038/srep35042
PMCID: PMC5069466  PMID: 27756905
19.  LncRNA SRA promotes hepatic steatosis through repressing the expression of adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) 
Scientific Reports  2016;6:35531.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common form of chronic liver disease, manifests as an over-accumulation of hepatic fat. We have recently shown that mice with genetic knockout of a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) steroid receptor RNA activator (SRA) (SRAKO) are resistant to high fat diet-induced obesity with a phenotype that includes improved glucose tolerance and attenuated hepatic steatosis. The underlying mechanism was investigated in the present study. We found that hepatic levels of SRA and adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL), a major hepatic triacylglycerol (TAG) hydrolase, were inversely regulated by fasting in mice, and the expression of liver ATGL was induced by SRAKO under normal and high fat diet (HFD) feeding. Loss of SRA in primary hepatocytes or a hepatocyte cell line upregulates, but forced expression of SRA inhibits ATGL expression and free fatty acids (FFA) β-oxidation. SRA inhibits ATGL promoter activity, primarily by inhibiting the otherwise-inductive effects of the transcription factor, forkhead box protein O1 (FoxO1). Our data reveal a novel function of SRA in promoting hepatic steatosis through repression of ATGL expression.
doi:10.1038/srep35531
PMCID: PMC5069493  PMID: 27759039
20.  Entropic and Near-Field Improvements of Thermoradiative Cells 
Scientific Reports  2016;6:34837.
A p-n junction maintained at above ambient temperature can work as a heat engine, converting some of the supplied heat into electricity and rejecting entropy by interband emission. Such thermoradiative cells have potential to harvest low-grade heat into electricity. By analyzing the entropy content of different spectral components of thermal radiation, we identify an approach to increase the efficiency of thermoradiative cells via spectrally selecting long-wavelength photons for radiative exchange. Furthermore, we predict that the near-field photon extraction by coupling photons generated from interband electronic transition to phonon polariton modes on the surface of a heat sink can increase the conversion efficiency as well as the power generation density, providing more opportunities to efficiently utilize terrestrial emission for clean energy. An ideal InSb thermoradiative cell can achieve a maximum efficiency and power density up to 20.4% and 327 Wm−2, respectively, between a hot source at 500 K and a cold sink at 300 K. However, sub-bandgap and non-radiative losses will significantly degrade the cell performance.
doi:10.1038/srep34837
PMCID: PMC5062074  PMID: 27734902
21.  Photo-excited charge carriers suppress sub-terahertz phonon mode in silicon at room temperature 
Nature Communications  2016;7:13174.
There is a growing interest in the mode-by-mode understanding of electron and phonon transport for improving energy conversion technologies, such as thermoelectrics and photovoltaics. Whereas remarkable progress has been made in probing phonon–phonon interactions, it has been a challenge to directly measure electron–phonon interactions at the single-mode level, especially their effect on phonon transport above cryogenic temperatures. Here we use three-pulse photoacoustic spectroscopy to investigate the damping of a single sub-terahertz coherent phonon mode by free charge carriers in silicon at room temperature. Building on conventional pump–probe photoacoustic spectroscopy, we introduce an additional laser pulse to optically generate charge carriers, and carefully design temporal sequence of the three pulses to unambiguously quantify the scattering rate of a single-phonon mode due to the electron–phonon interaction. Our results confirm predictions from first-principles simulations and indicate the importance of the often-neglected effect of electron–phonon interaction on phonon transport in doped semiconductors.
Direct measurement of electron-phonon interactions at the single-mode level has been a challenge. Here, Liao et al. use a three-pulse photoacoustic spectroscopy technique to investigate the damping of a single sub-terahertz coherent phonon mode by photo-excited free charge carriers in silicon at room temperature.
doi:10.1038/ncomms13174
PMCID: PMC5064017  PMID: 27731406
22.  Disrupted Small World Topology and Modular Organization of Functional Networks in Late Life Depression with and without Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment 
Background
The topological architecture of the whole-brain functional networks in those with and without late-life depression (LLD) and amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) are unknown.
Aims
To investigate the differences in the small-world measures and the modular community structure of the functional networks between patients with LLD and aMCI when occurring alone or in combination and cognitively healthy nondepressed controls.
Methods
Seventy-nine elderly participants [LLD (n = 23), aMCI (n = 18), comorbid LLD and aMCI (n = 13), and controls (n = 25)] completed neuropsychiatric assessments. Graph theoretical methods were employed on resting-state functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging data.
Results
LLD and aMCI comorbidity was associated with the greatest disruptions in functional integration measures (decreased global efficiency and increased path length); both LLD groups showed abnormal functional segregation (reduced local efficiency). The modular network organization was most variable in the comorbid group, followed by LLD-only patients. Decreased mean global, local and nodal efficiency metrics were associated with greater depressive symptom severity but not memory performance.
Conclusions
Consider the whole brain as a complex network may provide unique insights on the neurobiological underpinnings of LLD with and without cognitive impairment.
doi:10.1136/jnnp-2014-309180
PMCID: PMC4465874  PMID: 25433036
late-life depression; mild cognitive impairment; brain networks; resting-state functional connectivity; graph theory
23.  Association of insulin resistance with breast, ovarian, endometrial and cervical cancers in non-diabetic women 
American Journal of Cancer Research  2016;6(10):2334-2344.
Hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance were reported to play a crucial role in diabetes-cancer relationship. This study aimed to explore the associations between insulin resistance and several female cancers in a non-diabetic population. This cross-sectional study was conducted in 121,230 middle-aged and elderly non-diabetic women. Cancer diagnosis was self-reported and further validated by medical records. Insulin resistance was defined as homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) ≥ 2.50. The prevalence of both premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancer, postmenopausal ovarian cancer and premenopausal endometrial cancer were higher in insulin-resistant participants than in insulin-sensitive participants (premenopausal breast cancer, 0.45 vs 0.28%; postmenopausal breast cancer, 0.86 vs 0.63%; postmenopausal ovarian cancer, 0.17 vs 0.09%; premenopausal endometrial cancer, 0.43 vs 0.25%, respectively, all P < 0.05). Individuals with insulin resistance had higher odds ratio (OR) of breast cancer, both premenopausal and postmenopausal (OR 1.98, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.19-3.32; OR 1.29, 95% CI 1.01-1.63), postmenopausal ovarian cancer (OR 2.17, 95% CI 1.10-3.40) as well as total endometrial cancer (OR 1.47, 95% CI 1.02-2.12). Subgroup analysis revealed that the possitive association between insulin resistance and risk of prevalent breast cancer was observed in popualtion with younger age, overweight or obesity, higher education and impaired glucose tolerance (IGR). No relationships were observed for the risk of prevalent cervical cancers with insulin resistance. Non-diabetic women with insulin resistance had higher risk of prevalent breast, ovarian and endomatrial cancer, which suggests special attentions to these female cancer screening and prevention.
PMCID: PMC5088296  PMID: 27822422
Insulin resistance; non-diabetic; breast; ovarian; endometrial and cervical cancers
24.  Relationship between TRAF6 and deterioration of HCC: an immunohistochemical and in vitro study 
Objective
To explore the relationship between tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) and the clinicopathological features in HCC as well as its biological function.
Methods
Totally, 412 liver tissues were collected, including 171 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and their corresponding non-tumor tissues, 37 cirrhosis and 33 normal liver tissues. The expression of TRAF6 was assessed by immunohistochemistry. Then, analysis of the correlations between TRAF6 expression and clinicopathological parameters in HCC was conducted. Furtherer, in vitro experiments on HepG2 and Hep3B cells were performed to validate the biological function of TRAF6 on HCC cells. TRAF6 siRNA was transfected into HepG2 and Hep3B cell lines and TRAF6 expression was evaluated with RT-qPCR and western blot. The assays of cell viability, proliferation, apoptosis and caspase-3/7 activity were carried out to investigate the effects of TRAF6 on HCC cells with RNA interference. Cell viability was assessed with Cell Titer-Blue kit. Cell proliferation was tested with MTS kit. Cell apoptosis was checked through morphologic detection with fluorescence microscope, as well as caspase-3/7 activity was measured with fluorogenic substrate detection.
Results
The positive expression rate of TRAF6 protein was 49.7 % in HCC, significantly higher than that of normal liver (12.1 %), cirrhosis (21.6 %) and adjacent non-cancerous tissues (36.3 %, all P < 0.05). Upregulated TRAF6 was detected in groups with metastasis (Z = −2.058, P = 0.04) and with low micro-vessel density (MVD) expression (Z = −2.813, P = 0.005). Spearman correlation analysis further showed that the expression of TRAF6 was positively correlated with distant metastasis (r = 0.158, P = 0.039) and negatively associated with MVD (r = −0.249, P = 0.004). Besides, knock-down of TRAF6 mRNA in HCC cell lines HepG2 and Hep3B both resulted in cell viability and proliferation inhibition, also cell apoptosis induction and caspase-3/7 activity activation.
Conclusions
TRAF6 may contribute to metastasis and deterioration of the HCC via influencing cell growth and apoptosis. Thus, TRAF6 might become a predictive and therapeutic biomarker for HCC.
doi:10.1186/s12935-016-0352-z
PMCID: PMC5041287  PMID: 27708550
TRAF6; Hepatocellular carcinoma; Clinicopathological parameters; Proliferation; Apoptosis; Caspase
25.  Gram Negative Bacterial Inflammation Ameliorated by the Plasma Protein Beta 2-Glycoprotein I 
Scientific Reports  2016;6:33656.
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is a major component of the outer wall of gram negative bacteria. In high doses LPS contributes to the inflammation in gram negative sepsis, and in low doses contributes to the low grade inflammation characteristic of the metabolic syndrome. We wanted to assess the role of beta2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI) a highly conserved plasma protein and its different biochemical forms in a mouse model of LPS systemic inflammation. Normal and β2GPI deficient mice were administered LPS through their veins and assessed for a range of inflammation markers in their blood and liver. Different biochemical forms of β2GPI were measured in normal mice given either saline or LPS. We show that β2GPI has a significant role in inhibiting LPS induced inflammation. In this study we provide some evidence that β2GPI serves a protective role in a mouse model of LPS inflammation. This resolves the controversy of previous studies which used LPS and β2GPI in test tube based models of LPS induced activation of white cells. We also highlight the potential relevance of a newly discovered biochemical form of β2GPI in LPS mediated inflammation and we speculate that this form has a protective role against LPS induced pathology.
doi:10.1038/srep33656
PMCID: PMC5037396  PMID: 27670000

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