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The kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) is an economically and nutritionally important fruit crop with remarkably high vitamin C content. Here we report the draft genome sequence of a heterozygous kiwifruit, assembled from ~140-fold next-generation sequencing data. The assembled genome has a total length of 616.1 Mb and contains 39,040 genes. Comparative(More)
Blockade of synaptic activity induces homeostatic plasticity, in part by stimulating synthesis of all-trans retinoic acid (RA), which in turn increases AMPA receptor synthesis. However, the synaptic signal that triggers RA synthesis remained unknown. Using multiple activity-blockade protocols that induce homeostatic synaptic plasticity, here we show that RA(More)
Transcription factors (TFs) are proteins that bind to specific DNA sequences, thereby playing crucial roles in gene-expression regulation through controlling the transcription of genetic information from DNA to RNA. Transcription cofactors and chromatin remodeling factors are also essential in the gene transcriptional regulation. Identifying and annotating(More)
In all the studied mammalian species, chromatin in the germinal vesicle (GV) is initially decondensed with the nucleolus not surrounded by heterochromatin (the NSN configuration). During oocyte growth, the GV chromatin condenses into perinucleolar rings (the SN configuration) or other corresponding configurations with or without the perinucleolar rings,(More)
CdTe quantum dots (QDs) are nanocrystals of unique composition and properties that have found many new commercial applications; therefore, their potential toxicity to aquatic organisms has become a hot research topic. The lab study was performed to determine the developmental and behavioral toxicities to zebrafish under continuous exposure to low(More)
Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is the major AIDS-associated malignancy. It is characterized by the proliferation of spindle cells, inflammatory infiltrate, and aberrant angiogenesis caused by Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV) infection. Small GTPase Rac1, an inflammatory signaling mediator triggering reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by NADPH-oxidases, is(More)
The removal of chromosomes from recipient oocytes is one of the key steps in nuclear transfer cloning. Although microtubule interrupters have been successfully used for oocyte enucleation, their potential side effect on oocyte developmental potential should be considered, and less harmful drugs should be explored for chemical-assisted enucleation. Based on(More)
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin polyphenols component, is the main ingredient of green tea extract. It has been reported that EGCG is a potent antioxidant and beneficial in oxidative stress-related diseases, but others and our previous study showed that EGCG has pro-oxidant effects at high concentration. Thus, in this study, we tried to(More)
Goat oocytes from 2 to 4 and 0.8 to 1.2-mm follicles were freed (DOs) or not (COCs) of cumulus cells and cultured for different times in an inhibition medium supplemented with different concentrations of roscovitine (ROS). At the end of culture, oocytes were either cultured in a maturation medium for 24 hr and activated chemically for embryo development, or(More)
Two hexazinone-degrading bacterial strains were isolated from soil by enrichment culture technique, and identified as Pseudomonas sp. and Enterobacter cloacap. The two purified isolates, designated as WFX-1 and WFX-2, could rapidly degrade hexazinone with a half-life of 3.08 days and 2.95 days in mineral salt medium (MSM), while their mixed bacterial(More)