Baohua Zhu

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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