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The study on buffalo babesiosis indicated that its pathogen was different from other Babesia on many aspects such as morphology, transmission and pathogenicity. Therefore, it was named as a new species-Babesia orientalis. In order to prove the validity of this taxon, molecular taxonomic study on the pathogen was done in this experiment. The complete 18S(More)
Control of bacterial ring rot ultimately depends on the accurate and sensitive detection of C. michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus in infected potato tissues and tubers. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based detection of C. michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus appears to have the potential to circumvent many of the problems currently associated with detection of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the vitamin/mineral supplements used in two cancer intervention trials affected the risk of developing age-related cataracts. DESIGN Two randomized, double-masked trials with a duration of 5 to 6 years and end-of-trial eye examinations. SETTING Rural communes in Linxian, China. PARTICIPANTS In trial 1, 2141 participants(More)
Protein kinases play central roles in the regulation of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell growth, division, and differentiation. The Caulobacter crescentus divL gene encodes a novel bacterial tyrosine kinase essential for cell viability and division. Although the DivL protein is homologous to the ubiquitous bacterial histidine protein kinases (HPKs), it(More)
Theileria is a widespread, intraerythrocytic tick-borne protozoan parasite. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is a novel nucleic acid amplification method offering rapid, accurate and cost-effective diagnosis of infectious diseases. In this study, the LAMP method was developed for detecting Theileria sergenti. Four primers were designed from six(More)
The plant gaseous hormone ethylene regulates many aspects of plant growth, development, and responses to the environment. Ethylene insensitive3 (EIN3) is a key transcription factor involved in the ethylene signal transduction pathway. To gain a better understanding of this particular pathway in cucumber, the full-length cDNA encoding EIN3 (designated as(More)
Phenotypic modulation from a contractile to a proliferative state within vascular smooth muscle cells has a critical role in the pathogenesis of a variety of cardiovascular diseases. To investigate the characterization of corpus cavernosum smooth muscle cell phenotype in diabetic rats with erectile dysfunction, a group of Sprague–Dawley rats (n=30) were(More)
The periodic and sequential expression of flagellar (fla) genes in the Caulobacter crescentus cell cycle depends on their organization into levels I to IV of a regulatory hierarchy in which genes at the top of the hierarchy are expressed early in the cell cycle and are required for the later expression of genes below them. In these studies, we have examined(More)
In this study we investigated the prevalence and enzootic potential of Theileria spp. in water buffalo in the Hubei province in China. An indirect ELISA based on a recombinant major piroplasma surface protein was developed. The complete ORF of the 33-kDa major piroplasma surface protein (p33) was obtained from Theileria sergenti genomic DNA by PCR, cloned(More)
Toxoplasma gondii of warm-blooded animals and humans is an important pathogenic agent throughout the world. Soil is increasingly recognized as an important source in the transmission of Toxoplasma. To attain the contamination status of T. gondii in the soil of public parks, a total of 252 soil samples were collected from September 2009 to August 2010 at(More)