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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of non-coding RNAs that regulate gene post-transcriptional expression in animals and plants. Comparatively genomic computational methods have been developed to predict new miRNAs in worms, humans, and Arabidopsis. Here we present an EST (Expressed Sequence Tags)--and GSS (Genomic Survey Sequences)-based combined approach for(More)
The long-held paradigm that B cells cannot uptake nonspecific particulate Ags for the initiation of primary adaptive immunity has been challenged by the recent discovery that teleost B cells have potent phagocytic and microbicidal abilities. This discovery provides preliminary clues that primitive B cells might act as initiating APCs in priming adaptive(More)
In this report, a rapeseed (Brassica napus) haem oxygenase-1 gene BnHO1 was cloned and sequenced. It shared high homology with Arabidopsis HY1 proteins, and encodes a 32.6 kDa protein with a 54-amino-acid transit peptide, predicting the mature protein of 25.1 kDa. The mature BnHO1 expressed in Escherichia coli exhibits haem oxygenase (HO) activity.(More)
The large yellow croaker Larimichthys crocea (L. crocea) is one of the most economically important marine fish in China and East Asian countries. It also exhibits peculiar behavioral and physiological characteristics, especially sensitive to various environmental stresses, such as hypoxia and air exposure. These traits may render L. crocea a good model for(More)
BACKGROUND CD8+ T cells may participate in cigarette smoke (CS) induced-lung inflammation in mice. CXCL10/IP-10 (IFNgamma-inducible protein 10) and CXCL9/Mig (monokine induced by IFN-gamma) are up-regulated in CS-induced lung injury and may attract T-cell recruitment to the lung. These chemokines together with CXCL11/ITAC (IFN-inducible T-cell alpha(More)
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a stress-responsive gene coding for an enzyme catalyzing the catabolism of heme to yield biliverdin IXα, carbon monoxide (CO) and iron. However, its biological role in regulating metal homeostasis, particularly the tolerance to toxic heavy metals is poorly understood. In this study, a novel gene encoding a Brassica juncea heme(More)
In this paper, we consider a dynamic job shop scheduling problem (DJSSP) with job release dates. In such a problem, jobs arrive over time and are unknown in advance and they can not be scheduled before their arrivals. We apply gene expression programming (GEP), a new search technique based on evolutionary principle, on the scheduling problem to(More)
The paper considers the problems of scheduling n jobs that are released over time on a machine in order to optimize one or more objectives. The problems are dynamic single-machine scheduling problems (DSMSPs) with job release dates and needed to be solved urgently because they exist widely in practical production environment. Gene expression(More)