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The Cucurbitaceae includes important crops such as cucumber, melon, watermelon, squash and pumpkin. However, few genetic and genomic resources are available for plant improvement. Some cucurbit species such as cucumber have a narrow genetic base, which impedes construction of saturated molecular linkage maps. We report herein the development of highly(More)
BACKGROUND WRKY proteins are a large family of transcriptional regulators in higher plant. They are involved in many biological processes, such as plant development, metabolism, and responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. Prior to the present study, only one full-length cucumber WRKY protein had been reported. The recent publication of the draft genome(More)
Metal-binding proteins play important roles in structural stability, signaling, regulation, transport, immune response, metabolism control, and metal homeostasis. Because of their functional and sequence diversity, it is desirable to explore additional methods for predicting metal-binding proteins irrespective of sequence similarity. This work explores(More)
Lipid binding proteins play important roles in signaling, regulation, membrane trafficking, immune response, lipid metabolism, and transport. Because of their functional and sequence diversity, it is desirable to explore additional methods for predicting lipid binding proteins irrespective of sequence similarity. This work explores the use of support vector(More)
Analysis of the energetics of small molecule ligand-protein, ligand-nucleic acid, and protein-nucleic acid interactions facilitates the quantitative understanding of molecular interactions that regulate the function and conformation of proteins. It has also been extensively used for ranking potential new ligands in virtual drug screening. We developed a(More)
Cabbage Fusarium wilt (CFW) is a destructive disease causing great losses to cabbage (Brassica oleracea L. var. capitata L.) production worldwide. At present, there are few reports concerning molecular marker research on cabbage resistance to CFW. In this study, 160 double haploid (DH) lines were obtained from the F1 population of a 99–77 (highly resistant(More)
Analysis of vibrational motions and thermal fluctuational dynamics is a widely used approach for studying structural, dynamic and functional properties of proteins and nucleic acids. Development of a freely accessible web server for computation of vibrational and thermal fluctuational dynamics of biomolecules is thus useful for facilitating the relevant(More)
BACKGROUND MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are considered to be very important in regulating the growth, development, behavior and stress response in animals and plants in post-transcriptional gene regulation. Pinewood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, is an important invasive plant parasitic nematode in Asia. To have a comprehensive knowledge about miRNAs of the(More)
Late blight, caused by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora infestans (Mont.) de Bary, is a devastating disease for tomato and potato crops. In the past decades, many late blight resistance (R) genes have been characterized in potato. In contrast, less work has been conducted on tomato. The Ph-3 gene from Solanum pimpinellifolium was introgressed into(More)
UNLABELLED Disease processes often involve crosstalks between proteins in different pathways. Different proteins have been used as separate therapeutic targets for the same disease. Synergetic targeting of multiple targets has been explored in combination therapy of a number of diseases. Potential harmful interactions of multiple targeting have also been(More)