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Scientometrics
Authors: Jun-Ying Fu, Xu Zhang, Yun-Hua Zhao, He-Feng Tong, Dar-Zen Chen, and Mu-Hsuan Huang

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Acupuncture, the most important nonpharmacological therapy in traditional Chinese medicine, has attracted significant attention since its introduction to the Western world. This study employs bibliometric analysis to examine the profile of publication activity related to it. The data are retrieved from the database of Science Citation Index Expanded during 1980–2009, and 7,592 papers are identified for analysis. This study finds that almost 20 % of papers are published in CAM journals, and the average cited times per acupuncture paper is 8.69. While the most cited article has been cited 2,109 times, however, 38.15 % of total publications have never been cited. Europe has the largest amount of authored papers with high h-index values; the USA has the largest number of publications on and citations of acupuncture based on country distribution, and this has continued as a significant rising trend. The proportion of collaborative papers shows this upward trend on the worldwide scale while the percentage shares of national collaborations are the highest. The USA produces the most international collaborative documents, although South Korea occupies the highest percentage figure for international collaborative papers. International collaborative papers are the most frequently cited. The average number of authors per paper is 3.69 in the top eight countries/regions. Papers contributed by South Korea are authored by the most people. International collaboration papers are authored by more people, except in Taiwan. South Korea's Kyung Hee University is ranked first in terms of number of papers while Harvard University in the USA accounts for the largest proportion of citations. The University of Exeter, Harvard University and Karolinska Institute have the highest h-index values.

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A recombinant inbred line (RIL) population with 302 lines derived from a cross of Weimai 8 × Luohan 2 was used to identify the quantitative trait loci (QTL) for plant height (PH) in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Possible genetic relationships between PH and PH components (PHC), including spike length (SL) and internode length from the first to the fourth node counted from the top, abbreviated as FIITL, SITL, TITL and FOITL, respectively, were evaluated at the QTL level. A QTL for PH was mapped using data on PH and on PH conditioned by PHC using the IciMapping V3.0 software. Conditional QTL mapping proved that, at the QTL level, SL contributed the least to PH, followed by FIITL and FOITL, while TITL had the strongest influence on PH, followed by SITL. These results indicate that the conditional QTL mapping method can be used to evaluate possible genetic relationships between PH and PHC, and that it can efficiently and precisely reveal counteracting QTL, which will enhance our understanding of the genetic basis of PH in wheat.

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A double-development TLC method has been developed for simultaneous qualitative and quantitative analysis of hydrophilic and lipophilic constituents of Salvia miltiorrhiza (Danshen). The optimized mobile phases dichloromethane-ethyl acetate-formic acid 22:24:10 (ν/ν) and petroleum ether-ethyl acetate-cyclohexane 25:11:14 (ν/ν) were used for the double development on nano-silica gel 60F254 plates. Their characteristic TLC profiles were observed under UV light at 254 and 365 nm and the bands were then revealed by reaction with 5% H2SO4 in EtOH. Quantification of twelve compounds was achieved by densitometry at 260 or 290 nm, with reference at 400 nm. Linearity was quite good (R 2 > 0.99) within the ranges tested. This method could be used for quality control of Danshen.

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Acta Chromatographica
Authors: Feng Wu, Xiuli Zhao, Shumin Wang, Hui Zhou, Shaojie Guo, Siyang Ni, Bo Yang, Lihua Zhang, and Xinde Xu

The aim of this study was to develop and validate a HPLC-MS/MS assay to determine the lutein concentration in plasma samples of human and SD rats. Organic solvent was used for lutein extraction. The extract was injected into a HPLC-MS/MS system. Reversed phase chromatography was performed on a C18 column in gradient mode. Lutein and internal standard (phenytoin sodium) were identified in atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mode using ion transitions of m/z 567.5>549.4 and 205.2>110.8, respectively. The lutein quantification assay was linear over concentrations ranging from 4 to 500 ng/mL. The lower limit of quantification was 4 ng/mL with satisfactory precision and accuracy. The assay presented acceptable intra and inter-batch precision (RSD%) and accuracy (RE%) <8.16% in SD rat plasma and <12.80% in human plasma. The extraction recovery ranged from 50.94 to 60.90% in SD rat plasma and 68.73% in human plasma. The matrix effect for lutein was acceptable and had minimal influence on the results. The method was then applied to determine the lutein concentrations in human plasma after a single oral dose of 20mg lutein. The method described is rapid, selective, sensitive and reproducible. This method can be used for both pharmacokinetic studies and therapeutic drug monitoring purposes.

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To comprehensively understand the genetic basis of plant height (PH), quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis for internode lengths, internode component indices and plant height component index (PHCI) were firstly conducted in the present study. Two related F8:9 recombinant inbred line (RIL) populations comprising 485 and 229 lines were used. Two hundred and nine putative additive QTL for the eight traits were identified, 35 of which showed significance in at least three trials. Of these, at least 11 pairwise QTL were common to the two populations. PH components at the QTL level had different effects on PH, confirming our previous multivariate conditional analysis (Cui et al. 2011). Eleven major QTL that showed consistency in expression across environments should be of great value in the genetic improvement of PH in wheat. The results above will enhance the understanding of the genetic basis of PH in wheat.

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To investigate the effects of lanthanum exposure on regional distribution of inorganic elements in rat brain. Wistar rats were exposed to lanthanum chloride through oral administration at 0, 0.1, 2, and 40 mg/kg concentration for 6 months. The elements such as Cl, K, Ca, Fe, Cu, and Zn were identified in the brain slices by synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence (SRXRF) analysis. Differences of brain elemental distributions were noticed. Cl, Ca, and Zn were primarily concentrated in hippocampus of the controls. With the increase of the lanthanum dosage, the Ca and Zn levels significantly decreased, while the Cu levels significantly elevated in cortex, hippocampus and thalamus. Our results suggest that subchronic lanthanum exposure in rats appears to change elemental distributions in brain.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: Liang Xue, Feng-Qi Zhao, Xiao-Ling Xing, Zhi-Ming Zhou, Kai Wang, Hong-Xu Gao, Jian-Hua Yi, Si-Yu Xu, and Rong-Zu Hu

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The thermal decomposition behaviors of 1,2,3-triazole nitrate were studied using a Calvet Microcalorimeter at four different heating rates. Its apparent activation energy and pre-exponential factor of exothermic decomposition reaction are 133.77 kJ mol−1 and 1014.58 s−1, respectively. The critical temperature of thermal explosion is 374.97 K. The entropy of activation (ΔS ), the enthalpy of activation (ΔH ), and the free energy of activation (ΔG ) of the decomposition reaction are 23.88 J mol−1 K−1, 130.62 kJ mol−1, and 121.55 kJ mol−1, respectively. The self-accelerating decomposition temperature (T SADT) is 368.65 K. The specific heat capacity was determined by a Micro-DSC method and a theoretical calculation method. Specific heat capacity equation is (283.1 K < T < 353.2 K). The adiabatic time-to-explosion is calculated to be a certain value between 98.82 and 100.00 s. The critical temperature of hot-spot initiation is 637.14 K, and the characteristic drop height of impact sensitivity (H 50) is 9.16 cm.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: Kang-Zhen Xu, Xian-Gang Zuo, Hang Zhang, Biao Yan, Jie Huang, Hai-Xia Ma, Bo-Zhou Wang, and Feng-Qi Zhao

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A new high-energy organic potassium salt, 1-amino-1-hydrazino-2,2-dinitroethylene potassium salt [K(AHDNE)], was synthesized by reacting of 1-amino-1-hydrazino-2,2-dinitroethylene (AHDNE) and potassium hydroxide in methanol aqueous solution. The thermal behavior of K(AHDNE) was studied using DSC and TG/DTG methods and can be divided into three obvious exothermic decomposition processes. The decomposition enthalpy, apparent activation energy and pre-exponential factor of the first decomposition process were −2662.5 J g−1, 185.2 kJ mol−1 and 1019.63 s−1, respectively. The critical temperature of thermal explosion of K(AHDNE) is 171.38 °C. The specific heat capacity of K(AHDNE) was determined using a micro-DSC method, and the molar heat capacity is 208.57 J mol−1 K−1 at 298.15 K. Adiabatic time-to-explosion of K(AHDNE) was also calculated. K(AHDNE) presents higher thermal stability than AHDNE.

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BTATz-CMDB propellants

High-pressure thermal properties and their correlation with burning rates

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: Jian-Hua Yi, Feng-Qi Zhao, Ying-Hui Ren, Bo-Zhou Wang, Cheng Zhou, Xiao-Ning Ren, Si-Yu Xu, Hai-Xia Hao, and Rong-Zu Hu

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The high-pressure thermal properties and their correlation with burning rates of the composite modified double base (CMDB) propellants containing 3,6-bis (1H-1,2,3,4-tetrazol-5-yl-amino)-1,2,4,5-tetrazine (BTATz), a substitute of hexogen (RDX), were investigated using the high-pressure differential scanning calorimetry (PDSC). The results show that there is a main exothermal decomposition process with the heating of each propellant. High pressure can restrain the volatilization of NG, accelerate the main decomposition reaction, and make the reaction occur easily. High pressure can change the main decomposition reaction mechanism function and kinetics, and the control process obeys the rule of Avrami–Erofeev equation at high pressure and chemical reaction at normal pressure. However, the mechanism function can not be changed by the ballistic modifier. The correlation between PDSC characteristic values and burning rates was carried out and found that u and keep a good linear relation, k u keeps a similar changing trend with u, and it can be used to study the effect of the ballistic modifier or the other component on the burning rates.

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JPC - Journal of Planar Chromatography - Modern TLC
Authors: Kit-leong Cheong, Ding-tao Wu, De-jun Hu, Jing Zhao, Kai-yue Cao, Chun-feng Qiao, Bang-xing Han, and Shao-ping Li

Multiple species of ginseng are well-known Chinese medicinal herbs. The glycome of Panax species has various beneficial effects; however, studies related to their systematic profiling are very limited. Therefore, the systematic profiling of the glycome of Panax species was investigated in this study. The sugars from different locations and different species of Panax (Panax ginseng, Panax quinquefolium, and Panax notoginseng) were prepared by microwave-assisted extraction. Free mono- and oligo-saccharides were identified by high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC). Furthermore, polysaccharides were compared and characterized by using saccharide mapping based on HPTLC analysis. The results showed that the mono- and oligo-saccharide in Panax species were similar, including the glucan and pectin type of polysaccharides in different locations and different species of Panax, respectively. The data are helpful to better understand the glycome of different species of Panax and may contribute to rational usage of polysaccharides from Panax species.

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