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Plants are often subjected to iron (Fe)-deficiency stress because of its low solubility. Plants have evolved two distinct strategies to solubilize and transport Fe to acclimate to this abiotic stress condition. Transcriptomic profiling analysis was performed using Illumina digital gene expression to understand the mechanism underlying resistance responses(More)
BACKGROUND Extracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) functions as a novel danger signal that boosts antitumor immunity and can also directly kill tumor cells. We have previously reported that chronic exposure of tumor cells to ATP provokes P2X7-mediated tumor cell death, by as yet incompletely defined molecular mechanisms. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS(More)
In order to identify miscellaneous seed from maize seed accurately and rapidly, maize seed purity identification method based on color extracted from the images of both the maize crown and the maize side was proposed for improving maize seed purity. Firstly, segmentation and single extraction were carried on the original image; secondly, the color models(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is an aggressive malignancy with high chemoresistance to chemotherapeutics. Arsenic trioxide (ATO) is of therapeutic potential for the treatment of HCC; however, the therapeutic benefit of ATO is very limited due to narrow therapeutic window. Icariin is a natural compound which inhibits tumour cell growth and induces apoptotic(More)
Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) is strongly associated with medically intractable epilepsy. Studies suggest that liver X receptor beta (LXRβ) may participate in the pathogenesis of FCD. The present study investigated the expression pattern of LXRβ in FCD and the distribution of LXRβ in different neural precursor cells. Twenty-five surgical specimens from FCD(More)
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma(ICC) is a highly malignant adenocarcinoma arising from bile duct epithelial cells of the intrahepatic biliary system with early hematogenous and lymphatic extrahepatic spread. The current treatment methods for ICC are far from ideal. Identifying novel effective prognostic biomarkers which might be related to the development(More)
MUC5AC was deemed to be involved in gastric carcinogenesis since aberrant MUC5AC expression has been repeatedly detected in patients with gastric cancer (GC). In this study, length polymorphisms in a complicated repetitive region adjacent to MUC5AC promoter were assessed in 230 patients with GC and 328 cancer-free controls. Alleles of 1.4 and 1.8 kb were(More)