De-qing Zhang

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The polarity of residues at certain positions in the transmembrane domains of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR) is found to be conserved, and to indicate the pattern of specific helix-helix packing of the helices. A concept of polarity conserved positions (PCP) is proposed to describe this conserved property, and is applied to obtain insight into the(More)
Deamination of adenosine on pre-mRNA to inosine is a recently discovered process of posttranscription modification of pre-mRNA, termed A-to-I RNA editing, which results in the production of proteins not inherent in the genome. The present study aimed to identify a role for A-to-I RNA editing in the development of microvascular lung injury. To that end, the(More)
Preclinical studies of animals with risk factors, and how those risk factors contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cardiac dysfunction, are clearly needed. One such approach is to feed mice a diet rich in fat (i.e. 60%). Here, we determined whether a high fat diet was sufficient to induce cardiac dysfunction in mice. We subjected mice(More)
Rapidly accumulating information about the structures and functions of transmembrane proteins in the class of G-protein-coupled receptors is facilitating the exploration of molecular details in the processes of cellular signal transduction. We have described recently a 3-D molecular model of the transmembrane portion of the 5-HT2A type of receptor of the(More)
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system and exerts its actions via ionotropic (GABAA and GABAC) and metabotropic (GABAB) receptors. The GABAB receptor is a dimer composed of R1 and R2 components. In addition to their location on neurons, GABA and functional GABAB receptors also have(More)
Oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis (AP). As an ideal exterminator of poisonous free radicals, hydrogen can clearly reduce the degree of oxidative damage caused by severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) and lessen the presence of inflammatory cytokines. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects and(More)
Organic semiconductors with high charge carrier mobilities are crucial for flexible electronic applications. Apart from designing new conjugated frameworks, different strategies have been explored to increase charge carrier mobilities. We report a new and simple approach to enhancing the charge carrier mobility of DPP-thieno[3,2-b]thiophene-conjugated(More)
The dataset includes data from the Solexa sequencing reported in our paper: "Identification and differential expression of microRNAs associated with fat deposition in the liver of Wistar rats with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease" [1]. The data collected include small RNAs and microRNAs in liver tissue from high glucose-induced NAFLD Wistar rats, using(More)
Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a common disease in the department of gastroenterology with variable severity, from being mild and self-limited to severe and fatal. The early diagnosis and accurate prediction of AP severity are of great importance. Our primary observation showed that fatty liver (FL) was frequently detected in patients with AP. In this(More)
A new saccharides sensor based on the TTF-anthracene dyad with two boronic acid (2) groups was designed and synthesized. This new saccharides sensor shows selectivity towards D-glucose while its analogue with one boronic acid group (1) was reported to bind D-Fructose selectively. Moreover, reaction of compound 2 with uridine induced even larger fluorescence(More)
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