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Conditional temperature-sensitive (ts) mutations are valuable reagents for studying essential genes in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We constructed 787 ts strains, covering 497 (∼45%) of the 1,101 essential yeast genes, with ∼30% of the genes represented by multiple alleles. All of the alleles are integrated into their native genomic locus in the(More)
Anti-tumor activity of bakuchiol, an analogue of resveratrol, was investigated on human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cell line. MTT assay revealed that IC(50) of bakuchiol at 72h was 9.58+/-1.12 micromol/l, much lower than that of resveratrol (33.02+/-2.35 micromol/l). Bakuchiol but not resveratrol elevated intracellular reactive oxygen species. Bakuchiol(More)
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection has become one of the major hospital-associated infections in Western countries in the last two decades. However, there is limited information on the status of C. difficile infection in Chinese healthcare settings. Given the large and increasing elderly population and the well-recognized problem of(More)
miR-34a has been identified as a tumor suppressor in several tumors, but its involvement in gallbladder cancer (GBC) has not been reported. In this study, the miR-34a level and telomere length were measured in 77 gallbladder adenocarcinomas and 36 peritumoral tissues by real-time PCR. Forced miR-34a expression was established by an adenovirus carrying a(More)
Gene regulation is a process with many steps allowing for stochastic biochemical reactions, which leads to expression noise-i.e., the cell-to-cell stochastic fluctuation in protein abundance. Such expression noise can give rise to drastically diverse phenotypes, even within isogenic cell populations. Although numerous biophysical approaches had been(More)
BACKGROUND Glutathione S-transferase M1 (GSTM1) is thought to be involved in detoxifying several carcinogens and may play a vital role in tumorigenesis. Numerous studies have evaluated the association between GSTM1 null/present polymorphism and risk of prostate cancer (PCa). However, the results remain inconsistent. To derive a more precise estimation, we(More)
Aberrant microRNA (miRNA) expression is implicated in tumorigenesis. The underlying mechanisms are unclear because the regulations of each miRNA on potentially hundreds of mRNAs are sample specific. We describe a novel approach to infer Probabilistic MiRNA-mRNA Interaction Signature ('ProMISe') from a single pair of miRNA-mRNA expression profile. Our model(More)
Two novel β-glucosidase genes designated as bgl1D and bgl1E, which encode 172- and 151-aa peptides, respectively, were cloned by function-based screening of a metagenomic library from uncultured soil microorganisms. Sequence analyses indicated that Bgl1D and Bgl1E exhibited lower similarities with some putative β-glucosidases. Functional characterization(More)
This study is to observe the expression of B7-H1, PD-1 and TLR2 on peripheral blood monocytes (PBMCs) regulated by HBeAg in chronic hepatitis B (CHB), and to illustrate the relation between HBeAg and persistent infection of HBV. In both CHB patients and healthy controls, the expression of B7-H7 was significantly increased on CD14(+) monocytes incubated with(More)