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Increasing evidence indicates that variants in promoter of the beta-amyloid precursor protein (APP) gene could up-regulate the APP gene expression and aggravate the amyloid beta protein (A beta) accumulation, thus contributing to the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In Chinese Han populations we found three polymorphisms in APP promoter:(More)
Herba epimedii (Epimedium), a traditional Chinese medicine, has been widely used as a kidney tonic and antirheumatic medicine for thousands of years. The bioactive components in herba epimedii are mainly prenylated flavonol glycosides, end-products of the flavonoid pathway. Epimedium species are also used as garden plants due to the colorful flowers and(More)
Apolipoprotein D (apoD) is a lipoprotein-associated glycoprotein that is increased in the hippocampus and cerebrospinal fluid of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), which implies that apoD might be involved in the pathogenesis of AD. We used polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) and DNA sequencing techniques to(More)
Previous reports have suggested that treatment with cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cells may benefit patients with various types of tumor. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antitumor effects of CIK cells against the colorectal cancer line SW1116 in vitro and in vivo. CIK cells were generated routinely from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of(More)
Herba epimedii (Epimedium), a traditional Chinese medicine, has been widely used as a kidney tonic and antirheumatic medicine for thousands of years. In Epimedium, flavonoids have been demonstrated to be the main bioactive components (BCs). However, the molecular biosynthetic and regulatory mechanisms of flavonoid-derived BCs remain obscure. In this study,(More)
Epimedium sagittatum (Sieb. et Zucc.) Maxim, a popular traditional Chinese medicinal plant, has been widely used for treating sexual dysfunction and osteoporosis in China. The main bioactive components in herba epimedii are prenylated flavonol glycosides, which are end products of a branch of the flavonoid biosynthetic pathway. The MYB transcription factors(More)
Although Lycium chinense (goji berry) is an important traditional Chinese medicinal plant, little genome information is available for this plant, particularly at the small-RNA level. Recent findings indicate that the evolutionary role of miRNAs is very important for a better understanding of gene regulation in different plant species. To elucidate small(More)
Phosphorus (P) is essential for all living cells and organisms, and low-P stress represents a major constraint on plant growth and yield worldwide. Soybean is an important economical resource of protein and oil for human and animals, and soybean is also a high-P demand species that is sensitive to low-P stress, which is considered a major constraint on(More)
A R2R3-MYB transcription factor EsAN2 was isolated from Epimedium sagittatum and functionally characterized to regulate the anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway. Epimedium plants are used widely both as traditional Chinese medicinal herbs and ornamental perennials. Anthocyanins, acting as major contributors to plant color diversity, their biosynthesis are(More)
The association between presenilin 1 intronic polymorphism (rs165932) and late onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD) has been a matter of controversy. Within China, varied results have been reported. Therefore, we collected a large sample from the North Chinese population to test the association of the PS1 polymorphism with LOAD. AD patients (467 total, mean(More)