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Zhang C.-Y.,Tianjin University of Science and Technology | Peng X.-P.,Tianjin University of Science and Technology | Peng X.-P.,Tasly Academy | Li W.,Tianjin University of Science and Technology | And 2 more authors.
Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry | Year: 2014

Corncob residue, a waste in xylose or xylitol production, was utilized to produce 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BD) via simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF). This study developed the optimal conditions for production of 2,3-BD by using a heat-resistant strain, Enterobacter cloacae UV4, to perform SSF of the corncob residue. Urea, lactic acid, sodium citrate, and MgSO4, selected by the Plackett-Burman experiment, were determined to be significant independent variables to conduct the response surface experiment. With the optimized medium, a total production of 28.923 g/L for 2,3-BD and acetoin (BA) was obtained at 60 H. Furthermore, 43.162 g/L of BA production and 0.553 g/L/H of productivity were obtained by fed-batch SSF, which was 0.424 g diol/g consumed corncob residue. The results suggest that the waste corncob residue could be used as an available substrate for the production of 2,3-BD by E. cloacae UV4, as well as a potential resource to improve the economics of microbial compound production. © 2013 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. Source

Zhang Y.-M.,Nankai University | Han M.,Nankai University | Han M.,Tasly Academy | Chen H.-Z.,Nankai University | And 2 more authors.
Organic Letters | Year: 2013

A novel molecular switch based on the supramolecular complex of 2,4,6-triarylpyridine modified β-cyclodextrin and acridine red was successfully constructed in aqueous solution, displaying the controlled photophysical behaviors by the effect of supramolecular positive cooperativity and fluorescence resonance energy-transfer process. © 2012 American Chemical Society. Source

Jensen G.S.,NIS Labs | Beaman J.L.,NIS Labs | He Y.,Tasly Academy | Guo Z.,Tasly Academy | Sun H.,Tasly Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Clinical Interventions in Aging | Year: 2016

Objective: The goal for this study was to evaluate the effects of daily consumption of Puer tea extract (PTE) on body weight, body-fat composition, and lipid profile in a non-Asian population in the absence of dietary restrictions. Materials and methods: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study design was used. A total of 59 overweight or mildly obese subjects were enrolled upon screening to confirm fasting cholesterol level at or above 220 mg/dL (5.7 mmol/dL). After giving informed consent, subjects were randomized to consume PTE (3 g/day) or placebo for 20 weeks. At baseline and at 4-week intervals, blood lipids, C-reactive protein, and fasting blood glucose were evaluated. A dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan was performed at baseline and at study exit to evaluate changes to body composition. Appetite and physical and mental energy were scored at each visit using visual analog scales (0-100). Results: Consumption of PTE was associated with statistically significant weight loss when compared to placebo (P<0.05). Fat loss was seen for arms, legs, and the gynoid region (hip/belly), as well as for total fat mass. The fat reduction reached significance on within-group analysis, but did not reach between-group significance. Consumption of PTE was associated with improvements to lipid profile, including a mild reduction in cholesterol and the cholesterol:high-density lipoprotein ratio after only 4 weeks, as well as a reduction in triglycerides and very small-density lipoproteins, where average blood levels reached normal range at 8 weeks and remained within normal range for the duration of the study (P<0.08). No significant changes between the PTE group and the placebo group were seen for fasting glucose or C-reactive protein. A transient reduction in appetite was seen in the PTE group when compared to placebo (P<0.1). Conclusion: The results from this clinical study showed that the daily consumption of PTE was associated with significant weight loss, reduced body mass index, and an improved lipid profile. © 2016 Jensen et al. Source

Guan X.,Heilongjiang University | Guan X.,Tasly Academy | Wang X.,Tasly Academy | Yan K.,Tasly Academy | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis | Year: 2016

A rapid and sensitive ultra fast liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method (UFLC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of six Saikosaponins (SSs) (SSa, SSb1, SSb2, SSd, SSc, SSf) of Bupleurum Dropping Pills (BDP) in rat plasma using chloramphenicol as the internal standard (IS). The SSs were separated using an ACQUITY UPLC® BEH C18 column (50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) and detection of these compounds were done by using a Qtrap 5500 mass spectrometer coupled with negative electrospray ionization (ESI) source under the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. According to regulatory guidelines, the established method was fully validated and results were showed within acceptable limits. The lower limit of quantifications (LLOQs) of all analytes were 0.2 ng/mL. The validated method was successfully applied into a pharmacokinetic study of orally administered BDP in rats. © 2016 Elsevier B.V. Source

Yan K.,Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Yan K.,Tasly Academy | Wang X.,Tasly Academy | Jia Y.,Tasly Academy | And 8 more authors.
Biomedical Chromatography | Year: 2016

A simple, rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method for the determination of periplocymarin in biological samples was developed and successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution study of periplocymarin after oral administration of periplocin. Biological samples were processed with ethyl acetate by liquid–liquid extraction, and diazepam was used as the internal standard. Periplocymarin was analyzed on a C18 column with isocratic eluted mobile phase composed of methanol and water (containing 0.1% formic acid) at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min (73:27, v/v). Detection was performed on a triple-quadrupole tandem mass spectrometer using positive-ion mode electrospray ionization in the selected reaction monitoring mode. The MS/MS ion transitions monitored were m/z 535.3→355.1 and 285.1→193.0 for periplocymarin and diazepam, respectively. Good linearity was observed over the concentration ranges. The lower limit of quantification was 0.5 ng/mL in plasma and tested tissues. The intra-and inter-day precisions (relative standard deviation) were <10.2 and 10.5%, respectively, and accuracies (relative error) were between −6.8 and 8.9%. Recoveries in plasma and tissue were >90%. The validated method was successfully applied to the pharmacokinetic and tissue distribution studies of periplocymarin in rats. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Source

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