Ding-Kun Long

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Cell fate is determined when the commitment of cells to a particular fate is autonomously maintained, irrespective of their environment. In Drosophila, fate determination is maintained through the action of the Polycomb-group and trithorax-group genes, which are required so that states of homeotic gene activity are inherited through cell division. It is(More)
Polyamines have been implicated in a wide range of biological processes, including growth and development in bacteria and animals, but their function in higher plants is unclear. Here we show that the Arabidopsis: ACAULIS5 (ACL5) gene, whose inactivation causes a defect in the elongation of stem internodes by reducing cell expansion, encodes a protein that(More)
A novel transposon-tagging strategy designed to recover dominant gain-of-function alleles was performed with Arabidopsis by using a Dissociation element with a cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter transcribing outward over one terminus. Lines containing transposed copies of this transposon were screened for mutants, and a semidominant mutation affecting(More)
A two-component transposon system based on the Ac element of maize was used as a mutagen in Arabidopsis thaliana. Transposition of a Ds element marked with a hygromycin-resistance gene was activated from four different locations in the Arabidopsis genome. The progeny of 201 plants carrying independent transposition events were screened for mutants with(More)
AIMS Low shear stress (LSS) plays a significant role in vascular remodelling during atherogenesis, which involves migration, proliferation, and apoptosis of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). The aim of the present study is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which LSS induces vascular remodelling. METHODS AND RESULTS Using proteomic techniques,(More)
Shear stress, especially low shear stress (LowSS), plays an important role in vascular remodeling during atherosclerosis. Endothelial cells (ECs), which are directly exposed to shear stress, convert mechanical stimuli into intracellular signals and interact with the underlying vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). The interactions between ECs and VSMCs(More)
The maize transposons Activator (Ac) and Dissociation (Ds) tend to transpose to sites close to their original position and can be efficiently used to transposon-tag genetically linked genes. To facilitate this approach, we describe the locations of seven T-DNAs carrying Ds elements, including at least one on each of the five chromosomes. For five of these(More)
Arteries undergo remodeling as a consequence of increased wall stress during hypertension. However, the molecular mechanisms of the vascular remodeling are largely unknown. Proteomics is a powerful tool to screen for differentially expressed proteins, but little effort was made on vascular disease research, especially on hypertension. In the present study,(More)
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