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Using density functional theory and nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) formalism, we have theoretically investigated the binding of organic donor, acceptor and metal atoms on graphene sheets, and revealed the effects of the different noncovalent functionalizations on the electronic structure and transport properties of graphene. The adsorptions of(More)
This study was to investigate the hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory properties of Abacopterin A (APA), a flavonoid compound isolated from Abacopteris penangiana (Hook.) Ching. Male C57BL/6J mice were divided randomly and equally into five groups: the normal control group (N), the model group (M), the positive control group (P), the high and low doses of(More)
Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive bacterium causes a number of devastating human diseases, such as infective endocarditis, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis and sepsis. S. aureus SraP, a surface-exposed serine-rich repeat glycoprotein (SRRP), is required for the pathogenesis of human infective endocarditis via its ligand-binding region (BR) adhering to(More)
A novel diterpenoid ester, fritillahupehin (1) and three known fatty acids, palmitic acid (2), lignoceric acid (3) and azelaric acid (4), have been isolated from the bulbs of Fritillaria hupehensis Hsiao et K.C. Hsia. The structure of fritillahupehin has been established to be ent-kauran-16beta-yl lignocerate by means of spectroscopic and chemical evidence.(More)
3-Methyladenine (3-MA) is an autophagy inhibitor and has been widely used as a pharmacological tool in the autophagy studies. 3-MA potentiates the chemotherapeutic effects of anticancer drugs, but it is not clear whether the potentiating effects of 3-MA on chemotherapy efficacy comes from the autophagy inhibition or not. The aim of the present work is to(More)
GDF11/BMP11, a member of TGF-β superfamily, was reported to rejuvenate heart, skeletal muscle and blood vessel architecture in aged mice. However, the rejuvenative effects of GDF11 were questioned recently. Here, we investigated the effects of GDF11 on smad and non-smad signals in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and the effects of GDF11 on(More)
The interactions between four different graphenes (including pristine, B- or N-doped and defective graphenes) and small gas molecules (CO, NO, NO(2) and NH(3)) were investigated by using density functional computations to exploit their potential applications as gas sensors. The structural and electronic properties of the graphene-molecule adsorption adducts(More)
According to pathogenic surveillance data during the first half of 2012, the H3N2 influenza virus was prevalent in Guangdong, China, but no pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) virus was detected. This study aimed to measure the seroprevalence of pH1N1 and H3N2 infection following the influenza epidemic in 2012. We collected serum samples by stratified random sampling in(More)