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Strigolactones (SLs) are a group of newly identified plant hormones that control plant shoot branching. SL signalling requires the hormone-dependent interaction of DWARF 14 (D14), a probable candidate SL receptor, with DWARF 3 (D3), an F-box component of the Skp-Cullin-F-box (SCF) E3 ubiquitin ligase complex. Here we report the characterization of a(More)
The effects of Li(+) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) on the genetic transformation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were investigated by using fluorescence microscopy (FM) to visualize the binding of plasmid DNA labeled with YOYO-1 to the surface of yeast cells, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) to image the change in surface(More)
The secretory pathway of eukaryotic cells packages cargo proteins into COPII-coated vesicles for transport from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to the Golgi. We now report that complete genetic deficiency for the COPII component SEC24A is compatible with normal survival and development in the mouse, despite the fundamental role of SEC24 in COPII vesicle(More)
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) play crucial roles in protecting cells against environmental stresses, such as heat shock, heavy metals and pathogenic bacteria. Among the HSP family, the 70-kDa HSPs are most responsible for intracellular chaperone and extracellular immunoregulatory functions. The full-length HSP70 cDNA of Mytilus coruscus (designated as McHSP70,(More)
Alginate lyases are important tools for oligosaccharide preparation, medical treatment, and energy bioconversion. Numerous alginate lyases have been elucidated. However, relatively little is known about their substrate degradation patterns and product-yielding properties, which is a limit to wider enzymatic applications and further enzyme improvements.(More)
NaChBac is a bacterial voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channel that shows sequence similarity to voltage-gated calcium channels. To understand the ion-permeation mechanism of Nav channels, we combined molecular dynamics simulation, structural biology and electrophysiological approaches to investigate the recently determined structure of NavRh, a marine bacterial(More)
OBJECTIVE To understand the nutritional level of lactating mothers and infant by detecting the content of the vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, nicotinic of milk of urban and rural areas and to provide the basis for improving vitamin nutritional status of lactating women and their babies. METHODS Totally 92 pairs of breastfeeding healthy mothers and(More)
Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) is involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and atherosclerotic plaque rupture by promoting lipid accumulation, proinflammatory responses, and cell death. LDL is mainly oxidized in the subendothelial layer of the vascular wall and then can be taken up by vascular endothelial cells. However, little is known(More)
A new method based on fluorescence imaging and flow cytometry was developed to investigate the transformation process of Saccharomyces cerevisiae AY. Yeast and fluorescent-labeled plasmid pUC18 were used as models of cells and DNA molecules, respectively. Binding of DNA molecules to yeast cell surfaces was observed. Factors influencing DNA binding to cell(More)
Previous studies on diabetes have reported controversial results with regard to transporters in liver. The present study aimed to explore changes in hepatic breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) expression and functions, as well as the possible underlying mechanisms, in type 2 diabetic patients, type 1 (streptozotocin-induced), and type 2 (Goto Kakizaki)(More)