Fuchun Zhang

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Translation inhibition is a major but poorly understood mode of action of microRNAs (miRNAs) in plants and animals. In particular, the subcellular location where this process takes place is unknown. Here, we show that the translation inhibition, but not the mRNA cleavage activity, of Arabidopsis miRNAs requires ALTERED MERISTEM PROGRAM1 (AMP1). AMP1 encodes(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Chenopodium album is well-known as a serious weed and is a salt-tolerant species inhabiting semi-arid and light-saline environments in Xinjiang, China. It produces large amounts of heteromorphic (black and brown) seeds. The primary aims of the present study were to compare the germination characteristics of heteromorphic seeds, the(More)
Secondary dengue infections are frequently associated with increased risk for dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. Surprisingly, we observed no dengue hemorrhagic fever cases among 353 hospitalized dengue-infected patients including 212 with primary, and 141 with secondary dengue 1 infection in China. To explore virological and immunological(More)
It has been documented that chemokines can positively regulate liver regeneration at the tissue level after partial hepatectomy. However, the precise mechanism of the effects of chemokines on regeneration at the cellular level remains poorly defined. In this study, 8 cell types from rat regenerating liver at 8 recovery time points after 2/3 hepatectomy were(More)
After partial hepatectomy (PH), the recovery of liver mass is mainly mediated by proliferation and enlargement of hepatocytes. Therefore, measuring the transcriptional profiling of hepatocytes after PH will be helpful in exploring the mechanism of liver regeneration (LR). Firstly, hepatocytes were isolated from rat regenerating liver at different time(More)
There is an increasing interest and need for the development of scaleable process for the preparation of plasmid DNA for vaccines and gene therapy. In this report, we describe a streamline modified process of plasmid extraction based on boiling lysis in order to simplify the operation and process large volumes of Escherichia coli cultures. The bacteria,(More)
Mammalian bipedalism has long been thought to have arisen in response to arid and open environments. Here, we tested whether bipedalism coevolved with environmental changes using molecular and paleontological data from the rodent superfamily Dipodoidea and statistical methods for reconstructing ancestral characteristics and past climates. Our results show(More)
OBJECTIVE We studied root nodule proliferation, nodule microstructure, genetic cluster and stress resistance of the rhizobium of Trigonella arcuata. METHODS We characterized root nodule and rhizobium with various soil matrixes cultivation, paraffin section, resin semi-ultrathin section techniques, and 16S rRNA gene cluster analysis. RESULTS (1) Plants(More)
To evaluate the utility of Y-STR data for DNA testing in two ethnic populations of Xinjiang province, a sample of 338 subjects (121 Kazakhs and 217 Uighurs) was tested. In the Kazakh and Uighur populations, the haplotype diversity was 0.868 and 0.996, respectively, and the discrimination capacity was 0.5950 and 0.8940, respectively. High numbers of(More)
According to sequences of several vacuolar Na+/H+ antiporter genes from Xinjiang halophytic plants, a new vacuolar Na+/H+ antiporter gene (HcNHX1) from the halophyte Halostachys caspica was obtained by RACE and RT-PCR using primers corresponding to conserved regions of the coding sequences. The obtained HcNHX1 cDNA was 1,983 bp and contained a 1,656 bp open(More)