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We have analyzed the role of the protein kinase Chk1 in checkpoint control by using cell-free extracts from Xenopus eggs. Recombinant Xenopus Chk1 (Xchk1) phosphorylates the mitotic inducer Cdc25 in vitro on multiple sites including Ser-287. The Xchk1-catalyzed phosphorylation of Cdc25 on Ser-287 is sufficient to confer the binding of 14-3-3 proteins. Egg(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolites of arachidonic acid such as prostacyclin (PGI2) have been shown to participate in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis by inhibiting the expression of pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic mediators. In this investigation, we examined whether iloprost, a stable PGI2 analogue, could prevent bleomycin-induced pulmonary inflammation and(More)
The UV- and sensor-induced interferences to living systems pose a barrier for in vivo Zn(2+) imaging. In this work, an intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) fluorophore of smaller aromatic plane, 4-amino-7-nitro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole, was adopted to construct visible light excited fluorescent Zn(2+) sensor, NBD-TPEA. This sensor demonstrates a visible ICT(More)
A novel ternary copper(II) complex, [Cu(phen)(L-Thr)(H2O)](ClO4) (phen=1,10-phenanthroline, L-Thr=L-threonine), has been synthesized and structurally characterized. The complex crystallized in a triclinic system with space group P1 , a=7.526(15) A, b=11.651(2) A, c=12.127(2) A, alpha=115.41(3) degrees , beta=102.34(3) degrees and gamma=91.33(3) degrees .(More)
Variants in several genes are known to confer increased susceptibility to breast cancer, but the frequencies of these mutations in the population are very rare and different between race or ethnic groups. Genetic variation in trinucleotide repeat containing 9 (TNRC9) and the hypothetical gene LOC643714 (TNRC9/LOC643714) is a newly described risk factor for(More)
Fluorescence imaging of nitric oxide (NO) in vitro and in vivo is essential to developing our understanding of the role of nitric oxide in biology and medicine. Current probes such as diaminofluorescein depend on reactions with oxidized NO products, but not with nitric oxide directly, and this limits their applicability. Here we report the formation of an(More)
The data acquisition speed in photoacoustic computed tomography (PACT) is limited by the laser repetition rate and the number of parallel ultrasound detecting channels. Reconstructing an image with fewer measurements can effectively accelerate the data acquisition and reduce the system cost. We adapt compressed sensing (CS) for the reconstruction in PACT.(More)
The grey theory mainly works on systems analysis with poor, incomplete or uncertain messages. The popular grey model, GM(1,1) is efficient for long-term port throughput forecasting. However, it is imperfect when the throughput increases in the curve with S type or the increment of throughput is in the saturation stage. In this case, the throughput(More)
The combination of a red light PDT agent and a Pt(ii)-based chemotherapeutic drug at the molecular level maintains the intrinsic functions of each unit; the conjugated complexes exhibit remarkable photocytoxicity and demonstrate potential to serve as agents for DNA-targeting PDT as well as red light photochemotherapy.
BACKGROUND Enumeration of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) may be valuable for lung cancer treatment and monitoring cancer patient relapse. In the present study we report clinical significance of lung cancer CTC. METHODS CTCs were enriched from peripheral blood of 47 lung cancer patients by means of a modified enrichment strategy, followed by identification(More)