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Evidence has shown that the p7, NS2 and NS3 genes affect the outcome of pegylated-IFN-α/ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV) combination therapy in different populations with HCV infections. Here, we test the hypothesis that diversity in the p7, NS2 and NS3 genes influences the probability of obtaining either a sustained (SVR) or non-sustained (non-SVR) viral response(More)
Little information is available on gene expression profiling of halophyte A. canescens. To elucidate the molecular mechanism for stress tolerance in A. canescens, a full-length complementary DNA library was generated from A. canescens exposed to 400 mM NaCl, and provided 343 high-quality ESTs. In an evaluation of 343 valid EST sequences in the cDNA library,(More)
Recent studies showed that two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs12979860 and rs8099917) near the gene IL28B coding for IFNλ3 were associated with the antiviral treatment response of the combination therapy of pegIFN plus RBV. We established the use of tetra-primer amplification refractory mutation system polymerase chain reaction (ARMS-PCR) for(More)
Aquaporins (AQPs) in plants have been shown to facilitate the transport of water and other small molecules through biological membranes. This activity is essential for plant stress management during drought. Here, we describe and characterize a novel aquaporin gene AcNIP5;1 (Atriplex canescens nodulin 26-like intrinsic protein 5;1) isolated from an A.(More)
In our previous research, we showed that the cyclin-dependent kinase regulatory subunit (CKS2) in maize (Zea mays L.) was induced by water deficit and cold stress. To elucidate its expression patterns under adversity, we isolated and characterized its promoter (PZmCKS2). A series of PZmCKS2-deletion derivatives, P0–P3, from the translation start code(More)
The sclerotium, a multicellular structure made from the compact aggregation of vegetative hyphae, is critical for the long-term survival and sexual reproduction of the plant pathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. The development and carpogenic germination of sclerotia are regulated by integrating signals from both environmental and endogenous(More)
An aquaporin protein AcPIP2 from Atriplex canescens was involved in plant growth rate, abiotic stress tolerance in Arabidopsis. Under limited water condition, AcPIP2 leaded to the sensitivity to drought stress. An aquaporin protein (AcPIP2) was obtained from the saltbush Atriplex canescens, which was in PIP2 subgroup belonging to the PIP subfamily, MIP(More)
OBJECTIVE To construct the recombinant HCV-1b replicon by replacing NS5A region using serum samples from patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) in South China and explore the biological characteristics of NS5A protein in response to antiviral therapy. METHODS The on-off plasmid containing the cutting sites of the restriction endonucleases MIu I and Bcl I(More)
An ErbB-3-binding protein gene AcEBP1, also known as proliferation-associated 2G4 gene (PA2G4s) belonging to the M24 superfamily, was obtained from the saltbush Atriplex canescens. Subcellular localization imaging showed the fusion protein AcEBP1-eGFP was located in the nucleus of epidermal cells in Nicotiana benthamiana. The AcEBP1 gene expression levels(More)
Plant productivity is limited by salinity stress, both in natural and agricultural systems. Identification of salt stress-related genes from halophyte can provide insights into mechanisms of salt stress tolerance in plants. Atriplex canescens is a xero-halophyte that exhibits optimum growth in the presence of 400 mM NaCl. A cDNA library derived from highly(More)