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1.  Clinical in vestigation of misdiagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in 26 immunocompetent patients 
The clinical features of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in immunocompromised patients is well studied in the past decades. While the manifestations of IPA in immunocompetent patients remain unclear.The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical and radiological manifestations of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in patients without immunosuppression, as well as the reasons for the misdiagnosis of IPA. We retrieved and retrospectively reviewed the records of 102 patients from whom surgical lung specimens of chronic inflammatory granulomas were harvested. 26 patients were eventually diagnosed with pulmonary aspergillosis on Grocott methenamine silver staining. We investigated these patients in detail. We found that the rate of misdiagnosis before the lung surgery was as high as 73%. The most common symptom was hemoptysis, and the main feature in radiology was nodule or mass lesion. Air crescent sign or Halo sign were not common in our study. The atypical radiological manifestations and non-specific clinical findings make the diagnosis of IPA difficult and lead to a high misdiagnosis rate.
PMCID: PMC4276182  PMID: 25550924
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis; immunocompetent; radiological features; clinical characteristics
2.  1-Deacet­oxy-1-oxocaesalmin 
The title compound, C24H30O7, is a diterpenoid isolated from the seeds of Caesalpinia minax. It consists of two cyclo­hexane rings (A and B), one unsaturated six-membered ring (C) and one furan ring (D). The stereochemistry of the ring junctures is A/B trans and B/C trans. Rings A and B have normal chair conformations while C adopts a twisted half-chair conformation due to fusion to the furan ring which is planar [r.m.s. deviation = 0.0009 (2) Å]. In the crystal, hydroxyl O—H⋯Ocarbon­yl hydrogen bonds link the mol­ecules into a chain structure extending along the a-axis direction.
PMCID: PMC4051044  PMID: 24940245
3.  Electroacupuncture Ameliorates Acute Lung Injury through Promoting Gastrointestinal Motility in Rats with Acute Pancreatitis 
Objective. Gastrointestinal disfunction and acute lung injury (ALI) were common in acute pancreatitis (AP). The effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) on gastrointestinal motility and ALI in rats with AP was investigated to verify the theory of “lung and large intestine are interior exteriorly related” in traditional Chinese medicine. Methods. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into the normal group, model group, and EA group. AP model was established by three injections of 20% L-arginine at 1 h intervals. EA were applied to bilateral ST-25 and ST-36 for 30 minutes twice a day after modeling for 3 days. Arterial blood, pancreas, lung, and intestinal tissues were collected for detecting the inflammatory factors and histopathology. Intestinal propulsion rate (IPR) was also measured at 72 h. Results. EA treatment improved IPR and increased CCK-8 level compared with model group (P < 0.05). It lowered the serum levels of TNF-α and IL-6 and increased the level of IL-4 with no effect on IL-10. EA treatment reduced serum vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) level in the lung and the pathologic scores of pancreas, lung and intestine were decreased (P < 0.05). Conclusion. EA treatment could promote gastrointestinal motility through inhibiting VIP, and promoting CCK expression and regulate pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators to ameliorate ALI in AP.
PMCID: PMC4020394  PMID: 24876883
4.  Effects of R219K polymorphism of ATP-binding cassette transporter 1 gene on serum lipids ratios induced by a high-carbohydrate and low-fat diet in healthy youth 
Biological Research  2014;47(1):4.
Diets are the important players in regulating plasma lipid profiles. And the R219K polymorphism at the gene of ATP-binding cassette transporter 1(ABCA1) was reported to be associated with the profiles. However, no efforts have been made to investigate the changes of lipid profiles after a high-carbohydrate and low-fat diet in different subjects with different genotypes of this polymorphism. This study was to evaluate the effects of ABCA1 R219K polymorphism on serum lipid and apolipoprotein (apo) ratios induced by a high-carbohydrate/low-fat (high-CHO) diet. After a washout diet of 54.1% carbohydrate for 7 days, 56 healthy young subjects (22.89 ± 1.80 years old) were given a high-CHO diet of 70.1% carbohydrate for 6 days. Height, weight, waist circumference, hip circumference, glucose (Glu), triglyceride (TG), total cholesterol (TC), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), apoA-1 and apoB-100 were measured on the 1st, 8th and 14th days of this study. Body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip ratios (WHR), log(TG/HDL-C), TC/HDL-C, LDL-C/HDL-C and apoA-1/apoB-100 were calculated. ABCA1 R219K was analyzed by a PCR-RFLP method.
The results indicate that the male subjects of all the genotypes had higher WHR than their female counterparts on the 1st, 8th and 14th days of this study. The male K carriers had higher log(TG/HDL-C) and TC/HDL-C than the female carriers on the 1st and 14th days, and higher LDL-C/HDL-C on the 14th day. When compared with that on the 8th day, TC/HDL-C was decreased regardless of the genotypes and genders on the 14th day. Log(TG/HDL-C) was increased in the males with the RR genotype and the female K carriers. Lowered BMI, Glu and LDL-C/HDL-C were found in the male K carriers, but only lowered BMI in the female K carriers and only lowered LDL-C/HDL-C in the females with the RR genotype.
These results suggest that ABCA1 R219K polymorphism is associated differently in males and females with elevated log(TG/HDL-C) and decreased LDL-C/HDL-C induced by the high-CHO diet.
PMCID: PMC4060374  PMID: 25027185
Apolipoprotein; ATP-binding cassette transporter 1 gene; Gene polymorphism; High-carbohydrate/low-fat diet; Lipid ratios
5.  Epibisde­hydro­neotuberostemonine J 
The title compound, C22H29NO4, a stemona alkaloid, is composed of two lactone rings (A and E), a six-membered ring (B), a pyrrole ring (C) and a seven-membered ring (D). The five-membered rings A and E exhibit envelope conformations (C atoms as flaps) while ring C is planar. Ring B exhibits a twist-chair conformation due to fusion with pyrrole ring C while ring D adopts a chair conformation. The junction between rings A and B is cis. In the crystal, weak C—H⋯O inter­actions involving the two carbonyl groups, a methyl­ene and a methyl group give rise to a three-dimensional network.
PMCID: PMC3884435  PMID: 24427015
6.  Unusual Presentation of Multiple Fibroadenomas in Bilateral Breasts and Axillary Accessory Breast 
We report an extremely rare case with a total of 50 fibroadenomas simultaneously presented in bilateral breasts and left axillary accessory breast, up to 8 cm in size, in a 20 year-old Chinese woman. The histopathologic and immunophenotypic features of the fibroadenomas are described and possible underlying pathogenesis is discussed. To our knowledge, this is the first case with such a large number of bilateral multiple breast fibroadenomas in a young female reported in the literature.
PMCID: PMC3337783  PMID: 22553423
multiple fibroadenoma; bilateral breasts; axillary accessory breast
7.  Tuberostemoamide hemihydrate 
In the crystal structure of the title compound {systematic name: (1′S,2R,2′R,3′S,6′R)-3′-ethyl-4-methyl-5H-5′-oxa-10′-aza­spiro­[furan-2,4′-tricyclo­[,6]trideca­ne]-5,11′-dione hemihydrate}, C17H23NO4·0.5H2O, the asymmetric unit contains two mol­ecules of tuberostemoamide with similar conformations and one water mol­ecule. The tuberostemoamide mol­ecule is composed of one seven-membered ring (A) and three five-membered rings (B, C and D). Ring A exists in a chair conformation, both rings B and C exist in envelope conformations, and ring D is almost planar with a mean deviation of 0.0143 (4) Å in one molecule and 0.0095 (3) Å in the other.. The dihedral angles between the planes of rings C and D are 75.1 (3)° in one mol­ecule and 74.5 (3)° for the other. The solvent water mol­ecule links the tuberostemoamide mol­ecules through O—H⋯O(ketone) hydrogen bonds. Weak C—H⋯O inter­actions are also present, involving both the water mol­ecule and a heterocyclic ether O-atom acceptor.
PMCID: PMC3247448  PMID: 22220066

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