Junyang Huang

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alpha-Melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) is a potent inhibitory agent in all major forms of inflammation. To identify a potential mechanism of antiinflammatory action of alpha-MSH, we tested its effects on production of nitric oxide (NO), believed to be a mediator common to all forms of inflammation. We measured NO and alpha-MSH production in RAW(More)
Insulin gene transcription is limited to the beta cells within the mammalian pancreas and, like insulin secretion, is regulated by glucose. Our previous studies in primary cultured beta cells suggested the presence of a strong glucose-responsive enhancer element between base pairs -341 and -260 of the human insulin promoter, the same region in which a(More)
The spikelet is a unique inflorescence structure in grass. The molecular mechanisms behind the development and evolution of the spikelet are far from clear. In this study, a dominant rice mutant, lateral florets 1 (lf1), was characterized. In the lf1 spikelet, lateral floral meristems were promoted unexpectedly and could generally blossom into relatively(More)
Sugars are the most abundant organic compounds produced by plants, and can be used to build carbon skeleton and generate energy. The sugar accumulation 1 (OsSAC1) gene encodes a protein with an unknown function that exhibits four N-terminal transmembrane regions and two conserved domains DUF4220 and DUF594 with unknown functions. OsSAC1 was found poorly and(More)
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