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Apigenin is a plant-derived flavonoid and has been reported to prevent bone loss in ovariectomized mice, but the role of apigenin on osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) has not been reported. In the present study, the effect of apigenin on osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs was explored. Our results showed that apigenin(More)
Nannochloropsis sp. is an economically and nutritionally important microalga. Recently it has been demonstrated that Nannochloropsis sp. has significant potential for biofuel production. To determine the mechanisms of lipid formation and accumulation during nitrogen starvation, a transcriptomic study was performed to compare gene expression during growth(More)
Species in genus Nannochloropsis are promising candidates for both biofuel and biomass production due to their ability to accumulate rich fatty acids and grow fast; however, their sexual reproduction has not been studied. It is clear that the construction of their metabolic pathways, such as that of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) biosynthesis, and(More)
The potential use of microalgal biomass as a biofuel source has raised broad interest. Highly effective and economically feasible biomass generating techniques are essential to realize such potential. Flue gas from coal-fired power plants may serve as an inexpensive carbon source for microalgal culture, and it may also facilitate improvement of the(More)
Acyl-coenzyme A synthetases (ACSs) are associated with the anabolism and catabolism of fatty acids and play fundamental roles in various metabolic pathways. The cDNA of long-chain acyl-coenzyme A synthetase (LACS), one of the ACSs, was isolated from Nannochloropsis oculata and named as NOLACS. The predicted amino acid sequence was highly similar to LACSs of(More)
Recent studies showed that IL-22 plays a protective role in the host defense. However, the contribution of polymorphisms of the IL-22 gene to human TB susceptibility remains untested. We have designed a computational approach to select functional SNPs in the IL-22 gene and genotyped them in a two-stage case-control study in Chinese (479 cases and 358(More)
Nannochloropsis oculata (Droop) D. J. Hibberd (Eustigmatophyceae), a marine eukaryotic unicellular alga, is widely used in mariculture as live feed. It is considered to be of high nutritional value owing to its high content of proteins; polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5n3); and diverse pigments. Previous(More)
The genus Tetraselmis includes various species that are widely used as food microalgae in aquaculture. However, the mass cultivation of Tetraselmis spp. has been restricted to traditional photoautotrophic culture. Here, we investigated the heterotrophic culture condition for Tetraselmis chuii and assessed growth rate, morphology, and biomass productivity of(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the inhibitory effect of deuterium-depleted water (DDW) on the proliferation of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cells in vitro and explore the possible mechanism. METHODS The growth inhibition of NPC cells and preosteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells following DDW treatment was measured by MTT assay and plate colony formation assay. The changes(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated that natural water that has 65% of the deuterium concentration depleted, can exhibit anti-tumor properties. However, the anti-tumor effects of DDW on various nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cells have not previously been reported. In the present study, NPC cell lines and normal preosteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells were grown in(More)