Dianzhong Zhang

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The formation of calcium (Ca) oxalate crystals is considered to be a high-capacity mechanism for regulating Ca in many plants. Ca oxalate precipitation is not a stochastic process, suggesting the involvement of specific biochemical and cellular mechanisms. Microautoradiography of water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) tissue exposed to 3H-glutamate showed(More)
In this report, the effects of light on the activity and allosteric properties of phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) carboxylase were examined in newly matured leaves of several C3 and C4 species. Illumination of previously darkened leaves increased the enzyme activity 1.1 to 1.3 fold in C3 species and 1.4 to 2.3 fold in C4 species, when assayed under suboptimal(More)
The Arabidopsis mutant Atomt1 lignin differs from native lignin in wild type plants, in terms of sinapyl (S) alcohol-derived substructures in fiber cell walls being substituted by 5-hydroxyconiferyl alcohol (5OHG)-derived moieties. During programmed lignin assembly, these engender formation of benzodioxane substructures due to intramolecular cyclization of(More)
The classical induction of Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) in Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. by water stress is observed within one week when fourto five-week-old plants (grown under a 16/8 h photoperiod at ca. 600 μmol quanta · m−2 · s−1) are irrigated with 350 mM NaCl. The induction of CAM was evaluated by measuring phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase(More)
Control of the regenerative properties of urothelial tissue would greatly aid the clinician in the management of urinary tract disease and disorders. Fibroblast growth factor 10 (FGF-10) is a mitogen which is particularly promising as a protein therapy for urothelial injury. The spatial synthesis, transport, targeting, and mechanistic pathway of FGF-10 and(More)
von Brunn's nests have long been recognized as precursors of benign lesions of the urinary bladder mucosa. We report here that von Brunn's nests are especially prevalent in the exstrophic bladder, a birth defect that predisposes the patient to formation of bladder cancer. Cells of von Brunn's nest were found to coalesce into a stratified, polarized(More)
Vitronectin (VN), secreted into the bloodstream by liver hepatocytes, is known to anchor epithelial cells to basement membranes through interactions with cell surface integrin receptors. We report here that VN is also synthesized by urothelial cells of urothelium in vivo and in vitro. In situ hybridization, dideoxy sequencing, immunohistochemistry, and(More)
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