Zhengquan Li

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Under the guidance of bioassay, the EtOAc extract fraction of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Galla Chinese was found to be efficient in inhibiting the NS3 protease of HCV and purified the fraction to get three polyphenol compounds 1,2,6-tri-O-galloyl-beta-D-glucose (1), 1,2,3,6-tetra-O-galloyl-beta-D-glucose (2), and(More)
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) is the pathogen of SARS, which caused a global panic in 2003. We describe here the screening of Chinese herbal medicine-based, novel small molecules that bind avidly with the surface spike protein of SARS-CoV and thus can interfere with the entry of the virus to its host cells. We achieved this by(More)
Because of the limited penetration depth of visible light that generally excites most of the available photosensitizers (PSs), conventional photodynamic therapy (PDT) is limited to the treatment of superficial and flat lesions. Recently, the application of deep penetrating near-infrared (NIR) light excitable upconversion nanoparticles (UCNs) in conjunction(More)
Frontal affinity chromatography (FAC) using immobilized polyclone antibodies of compound A coupled with mass spectrometry was used for the screening of affinity compounds from an extract of Phyllanthus urinaria L. Mass spectrometry was used as an analyzer of FAC. It can analyze the frontal affinity chromatogram of each compound of the extract in one(More)
Lanthanide materials play an important role in biomedical researches, among which paramagnetic, down- and up-conversion lanthanide nanoparticles are of particular interest. However, little effort has been made to develop versatile lanthanide nanoparticles with these properties combined in a single particle. Herein, we present a facile strategy to make(More)
Treatment of the chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is an unmet medical need, and the HCV NS3 serine protease (NS3-SP) has been used as an attractive target of antiviral screening against HCV. To find naturally chemical entities as lead compounds from which novel anti-HCV agents could be developed, bioassay-guided fractionation and isolation were(More)
Hexagonal-phase NaYF(4):Yb, Er/Tm nanocrystals are the best IR-to-visible upconverting materials to date, but user-friendly methods for making pure hexagonal-phase NaYF(4):Yb, Er/Tm nanocrystals with upconversion fluorescence are still lacking. Most of the methods reported so far require excess fluoride reactants in a high-temperature reaction which are(More)
With the emergence of cell transplant as an attractive treatment modality for various diseases, there is a parallel need to track the fate of these cells to assess their therapeutic effectiveness. Here, we report the use of upconversion fluorescent nanoparticles, silica/NaYF(4):Yb,Er, to dynamically track live myoblast cells in vitro and in a living mouse(More)
Upconversion nanoparticles (UCN) that are excited in the near infrared (NIR) region were synthesized and modified to enable their application to biological systems for imaging. The UCN obtained are oleic acid capped and hence hydrophobic in nature. Since the particles were to be used for imaging cells, a surface modification to make them hydrophilic and(More)