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Formation of the gastrula organizer requires suppression of ventralizing signals and, in fish and frog, the need to counteract the effect of ubiquitously present maternal factors that activate the expression of Bmps. How the balance between dorsalizing and ventralizing factors is shifted towards organizer establishment at late blastula stages is not well(More)
The Drosophila morphogenetic protein Bicoid (Bcd) is a homeodomain-containing activator that stimulates the expression of target genes during early embryonic development. We demonstrate that a small domain of Bcd located immediately N-terminally of the homeodomain represses its own activity in Drosophila cells. This domain, referred to as a self-inhibitory(More)
Jingzhaotoxin-34 (JZTX-34) is a 35-residue polypeptide from the venom of Chinese tarantula Chilobrachys jingzhao. Our previous work reported its full-length cDNA sequence encoding a precursor with 87 residues. In this study we report the protein expression and biological function characterization. The toxin was efficiently expressed by the secretary pathway(More)
The spider Ornithoctonus huwena is a venomous spider found in southern China. Its venom is a complex mixture of numerous biologically active components. In this study, 41 novel unique transcripts encoding cellular proteins or other possible venom components were generated from the previously constructed cDNA library. These proteins were also annotated by(More)
As genome sequences of many organisms - including humans - are being decoded, there is a great need for genetic tools to analyze newly discovered genes/proteins. A 'unigenic evolution' approach has been previously proposed for dissecting protein domains, which is based on the assumption that functionally important regions of a protein may tolerate missense(More)
By sequencing random clones from the venom gland cDNA library of the spider Ornithoctonus huwena, a transcript, named SHL-Ib1, encoding a lectin-like peptide was cloned. The amino acid sequence of the putative mature peptide of SHL-Ib1 is identical, except for seven different residues, with that of SHL-I, a lectin found in the venom of O. huwena. The mature(More)
BACKGROUND Let-7 miRNAs are reported to play an inhibitory role in carcinogenesis, tumor progression, recurrence, and pluripotency of cancer. However, few studies have reported the relationship between let-7 and drug sensitivity, especially for let-7a (a subtype of let-7). This study aimed to investigate the function of let-7a in regulating the sensitivity(More)
Natural composite biomaterials are good structural supports for bone cells to regenerate lost bone. Here, we report that a chitosan-collagen composite film accelerated osteoblast proliferation, differentiation and matrix mineralization in MC3T3-E1 cells. Intriguingly, we observed that the film enhanced the phosphorylation of Erk1/2. We showed that the(More)
Heaptocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still a great health problem around the world. Recently, the cetuximab has been implicated to have therapeutic values for HCC. However, cetuximab-resistance has also been synchronously reported pertaining to HCC treatment. This study aimed to evaluate the role of eIF5A2 in cetuximab-treated HCC cell proliferation, and(More)