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Abstract

Background

Increasing research has examined the factors related to smartphone use disorder. However, limited research has explored its neural basis.

Aims

We aimed to examine the relationship between the topology of the resting-state electroencephalography (rs-EEG) brain network and smartphone use disorder using minimum spanning tree analysis. Furthermore, we examined how negative emotions mediate this relationship.

Methods

This study included 113 young, healthy adults (mean age = 20.87 years, 46.9% males).

Results

The results showed that the alpha- and delta-band kappas and delta-band leaf fraction were positively correlated with smartphone use disorder. In contrast, the alpha-band diameter was negatively correlated with smartphone use disorder. Negative emotions fully mediated the relationship between alpha-band kappa and alpha-band diameter and smartphone use disorder. Furthermore, negative emotions partially mediated the relationship between delta-band kappa and smartphone use disorder. The findings suggest that excessive scale-free alpha- and delta-band brain networks contribute to the emergence of smartphone use disorder. In addition, the findings also demonstrate that negative emotions and smartphone use disorder share the same neural basis. Negative emotions play a mediating role in the association between topological deviations and smartphone use disorder.

Discussion

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the neural basis of smartphone use disorder from the perspective of the topology of the rs-EEG brain network. Therefore, neuromodulation may be a potential intervention for smartphone use disorder.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors:
Yong He
,
Rui Ding
,
Hang Liu
,
Xiao Wang
,
Jing-Li Xu
,
Man Feng
,
Yu-Rong Chen
,
Chuan-Min Qi
,
Cheng Peng
,
Zhao-Hui Zhu
,
Yong-Hong Dang
,
Ming Wang
, and
Yun-Chuan Ma

Abstract  

As degradation product of Antineoplaston A10 in vivo, phenylacetyl glutamine showed antitumor activities. According to literatures, we designed and radiosynthesized a phenylacetyl glutamine derivative, which was achieved under a mild reaction condition. Evaluations in vitro and in vivo were performed on tumor bearing mice. Excitingly, the radiochemical purity of (S)-2-((S)-2-(4-(3-fluoropropyl)benzamido)-3-phenylpropanamido)pentanedioic acid ([18F]FBPPA) was 98%, and besides the best radiochemical yield was up to 46%. T/Bl (Tumor/Blood) and T/M (Tumor/Muscle) ratios of [18F]FBPPA at 60 min post injection were 2.33 and 3.51. Meanwhile, it showed satisfied stability in vitro and in vivo, compared with 2-[18F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]FDG). Although [18F]FBPPA deserved further studies to make optimizations on its structure, the results revealed it might become a potential PET imaging agent for detecting tumors.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Xingfeng Li
,
Cheng Jin
,
Wei Liu
,
Jian Zhou
,
Weijun Kong
,
Bing Dai
,
Jiabo Wang
,
Dan Yan
,
Yanling Zhao
,
Yun Luo
, and
Xiaohe Xiao

Abstract

Using microcalorimetry, the characteristic metabolic heat flow power-time curves of S. aureus growth affected by Ursodesoxycholic acid and Hyodeoxycholic acid were measured at 37 °C. The thermal-kinetic parameters such as, growth rate constant k, the maximum power output (P m), the time corresponding to the maximum power output (t p), total heat-production Q t , half inhibitory concentration of the drugs (IC 50) were calculated from the growth curves. For both HDCA and UDCA, with the increasing of concentration, k, P m, and Q t decreased, meanwhile, kc fit a linear equation, t p was prolonged correspondingly. Principle component analysis, the results indicated t p might be the main parameter in evaluating the antibacterial activity of HDCA and UDCA in microcalorimetric method. Combining with t p and IC 50, the results revealed that the differences and trends of antibacterial activity of these bile acid derivatives were: HDCA > UDCA. Structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis showed that the α-OH at C-3 and C-6 position at equal pace on the steroid nucleus enhanced the hydrophilicity of HDCA, which led to a stronger antibacterial effect than UDCA. In this study, a useful tool was provided to accurately evaluate the antibacterial effects of bile acid derivatives. The thermolysis curve recorded by microcalorimetry could provide a lot of kinetic and thermodynamic information for the study of growth process of living microbial, which could be helpful in the screening of high efficacy antibacterial agents.

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Detection of microorganisms in different growth states based on microcalorimetry

A challenging test for establishing a rapid and reliable sterility method

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Manrong Tan
,
Yongsheng Ren
,
Dan Yan
,
Xianghong Meng
,
Longhu Chen
,
Lingling Qiu
,
Yan Yan
,
Jianyu Li
, and
Xiaohe Xiao

Abstract

A challenging method for sterility test which was rapid and reliable had been established to assess the adaptability and robustness of the microbial under different conditions. There were material and energy metabolism or exchange with microbial on microcalorimetry, as a result this method can be served as one of the optimization of thermodynamics sterility test. Thermal power-time curves under various environmental conditions (including processing temperature, storage time, and drugs inhibition) were determined. Typical microbial growth thermal power-time curves were obtained. The curves were analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively by similarity values of bio-profiles and thermodynamics parameters, such as the exponential growth rate constant (k), detection time (T d). The similarity showed that microbial growth curves of low processing temperature, short storage time (1 month), and Traditional Chinese Medicine injection (Shuanghuanglian, contained native compounds) inhibiting were match better with the normal than other circumstance. Thermodynamic parameters indicated that the microcalorimetric method could detect the positive bacteria within 18 h (less than 10 cfu), and more quickly identify the different states of the bacterium growth and metabolism than routine sterility. In conclusion, characterized by of the specific and strong two-dimensional information, microcalorimetry could supply thermograms as biological profiles to describe the microbial activity under different conditions, which were not only used as a rapid and reliable identification of microbial, but also as a method for sterility test of microcalorimetry optimization.

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Abstract

The antibacterial effect of Curcumin on Staphylococcus aureus growth was evaluated by microcalorimetry. The heat flow power–time curves and nine quantitative parameters of the S. aureus growth were applied to investigate the inhibitory effect with Curcumin. By analyzing these curves and some quantitative parameters using multivariate analytical methods, similarity analysis and principal component analysis, the antibacterial activity of Curcumin on S. aureus could be accurately evaluated from the change of the two main parameters, the second exponential growth rate constant k 2 and the maximum heat flow power P m 2. The main two thermal parameters played more important role in the evaluation: at low concentration (0–10.5 μg mL−1), Curcumin hardly influence the growth of S. aureus, while at high concentration (10.5–43.4 μg mL−1) it could notably inhibit the growth. All these illustrated that the antibacterial activity of Curcumin on S. aureus was enhanced with the increase of the concentration of this compound. This study might provide an useful method and idea accurately evaluate the antibacterial effects of Curcumin, which provides some useful methods for evaluate the nature antibacterial agents.

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Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Authors:
Shan-Shan Ma
,
Chiang-Shan R. Li
,
Sheng Zhang
,
Patrick D. Worhunsky
,
Nan Zhou
,
Jin-Tao Zhang
,
Lu Liu
,
Yuan-Wei Yao
, and
Xiao-Yi Fang

Abstract

Background and aims

Deficits in cognitive control represent a core feature of addiction. Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) offers an ideal model to study the mechanisms underlying cognitive control deficits in addiction, eliminating the confounding effects of substance use. Studies have reported behavioral and neural deficits in reactive control in IGD, but it remains unclear whether individuals with IGD are compromised in proactive control or behavioral adjustment by learning from the changing contexts.

Methods

Here, fMRI data of 21 male young adults with IGD and 21 matched healthy controls (HC) were collected during a stop-signal task. We employed group independent component analysis to investigate group differences in temporally coherent, large-scale functional network activities during post-error slowing, the typical type of behavioral adjustments. We also employed a Bayesian belief model to quantify the trial-by-trial learning of the likelihood of stop signal – P(Stop) – a broader process underlying behavioral adjustment, and identified the alterations in functional network responses to P(Stop).

Results

The results showed diminished engagement of the fronto-parietal network during post-error slowing, and weaker activity in the ventral attention and anterior default mode network in response to P(Stop) in IGD relative to HC.

Discussion and conclusions

These results add to the literatures by suggesting deficits in updating and anticipating conflicts as well as in behavioral adjustment according to contextual information in individuals with IGD.

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Exploring antibiotic resistant mechanism by microcalorimetry II

Determination of thermokinetic parameters of imipenem hydrolysis with metallo-β-lactamase ImiS

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Xia Yang
,
Lei Feng
,
Kang-Zhen Xu
,
Hui-Zhou Gao
,
Chao Jia
,
Cheng-Cheng Liu
,
Jian-Min Xiao
,
Le Zhai
,
Li-Sheng Zhou
, and
Ke-Wu Yang

Abstract

In an effort to understand the reaction of antibiotic hydrolysis with B2 metallo-β-lactamases (MβLs), the thermodynamic parameters of imipenem hydrolysis catalyzed by metallo-β-lactamase ImiS from Aeromonas veronii bv. sobria were determined by microcalorimetric method. The values of activation free energy are 86.400 ± 0.043, 87.543 ± 0.034, 88.772 ± 0.024, and 89.845 ± 0.035 kJ mol−1 at 293.15, 298.15, 303.15, and 308.15 K, respectively, activation enthalpy is 18.586 ± 0.009 kJ mol−1, activation entropy is −231.34 ± 0.12 J mol−1 K−1, apparent activation energy E is 21.084 kJ mol−1, and the reaction order is 1.5. The thermodynamic parameters reveal that the imipenem hydrolysis catalyzed by metallo-β-lactammase ImiS is an exothermic and spontaneous reaction.

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Acta Chromatographica
Authors:
Hao-ran Dai
,
Ya-hui Hu
,
Jia-yi Long
,
Ying Xia
,
Hong-li Guo
,
Jing Xu
,
Xuan-sheng Ding
,
Jing Chen
,
Xiao-peng Lu
, and
Feng Chen

Abstract

Perampanel (PER) is the first clinically available selective antagonist of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid (AMPA) receptor approved globally for the treatment of epilepsy. Studies have recently underlined the significant association between dose-exposure-effect-adverse events of PER in patients with epilepsy, so the therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of PER is critical in clinical practices, especially for pediatric patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. Due to several limits in previous published analytical methods, herein, we describe the development and validation of a novel liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for monitoring PER in human plasma samples. Protein precipitation method by acetonitrile containing PER-d5 as internal standard was applied for the sample clean-up. Formic acid (FA, 0.2 mM) in both aqueous water and acetonitrile were used as the mobile phases and the analyte was separated by an isocratic elution. Qualification and quantification were performed under positive electrospray ionization (ESI) mode using the m/z 350.3 → 219.1 and 355.3 → 220.0 ions pairs transitions for PER and PER-d5, respectively. Potential co-medicated anti-seizure medications (ASMs) have no interference to the analysis. Calibration curves were linear in the concentration range of 1.00–2,000 ng mL−1 for PER. The intra- and inter-batch precision, accuracy, recovery, dilution integrity, and stability of the method were all within the acceptable criteria and no matrix effect or carryover was found. This method was then successfully implemented on the TDM of PER in Chinese children with drug-resistant epilepsy. We firstly confirmed the apparent inter- and intra-individual PER concentration variabilities and potential drug-drug interactions between PER and several concomitant ASMs occurred in Chinese pediatric patients, which were also in line with previous studies in patients of other race.

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Cereal Research Communications
Authors:
W.F. Song
,
Z.Y. Ren
,
Y.B. Zhang
,
H.B. Zhao
,
X.B. Lv
,
J.L. Li
,
C.H. Guo
,
Q.J. Song
,
C.L. Zhang
,
W.L. Xin
, and
Z.M. Xiao

Two lines, L-19-613 and L-19-626, were produced from the common wheat cultivar Longmai 19 (L-19) by six consecutive backcrosses using biochemical marker-assisted selection. L-19 (Glu-D1a, Glu-A3c/Gli-A1?; Gli-A1? is a gene coding for unnamed gliadin) and L-19-613 (Glu-D1d, Glu-A3c/Gli-A1?) formed a set of near-isogenic lines (NILs) for HMW-GS, while L-19-613 and L-19-626 (Glu-D1d, Glu-A3e/Gli-A1m) constituted another set of NILs for the LMW-GS/gliadins. The three L-19 NILs were grown in the wheat breeding nursery in 2007 and 2008. The field experiments were designed using the three-column contrast arrangement method with four replicates. The three lines were ranked as follows for measurements of gluten strength, which was determined by the gluten index, Zeleny sedimentation, the stability and breakdown time of the farinogram, the maximum resistance and area of the extensogram, and the P andWvalues of the alveogram: L-19-613 > L-19-626 > L-19. The parameters listed above were significantly different between lines at the 0.05 or 0.01 level. The Glu-D1 and Glu-A3/Gli-A1 loci had additive effects on the gluten index, Zeleny sedimentation, stability, breakdown time, maximum resistance, area, P and W values. Although genetic variation at the Glu-A3/Gli-A1 locus had a great influence on wheat quality, the genetic difference between Glu-D1d and Glu-D1a at the Glu-D1 locus was much larger than that of Glu-A3c/Gli-A1? and Glu-A3e/Gli-A1m at the Glu-A3/Gli-A1 locus. Glu-D1d had negative effects on the extensibility and the L value compared with Glu-D1a. In contrast, Glu-A3c/Gli-A1? had a positive effect on these traits compared with Glu-A3e/Gli-A1m.

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