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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)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a newly discovered class of non-protein-coding small RNAs with roughly 22 nucleotide-long. Increasing evidence has shown that miRNAs play multiple roles in biological processes, including development, cell proliferation and apoptosis and stress responses. In this research, several approaches were combined to make computational(More)
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)
Malignant schwannomas are soft-tissue neoplasms that occur at increased frequency with germline alterations of the neurofibromatosis-1 (NF1) gene at 17q11.2. We report molecular and cytogenetic characterization of a malignant schwannoma cell line established from an individual affected with NF1. This cell line has a complex hyperdiploid karyotype with two(More)
AIM CXCR3, via binding its specific ligand CXCL10, plays an important role in cigarette smoke (CS)-induced pulmonary inflammation. CXCR3 is preferentially expressed in activated T cells (chiefly CD8+ T cells). The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of CXCR3 in CS-induced pulmonary injury using CXCR3 gene-deficient (CXCR3-/-) mice. METHODS(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) are among the most important professional antigen-presenting cells (APCs) that participate in various biological activities in mammals. However, evidence of the existence of DCs in teleost fish and other lower vertebrates remains limited. In this study, phenotypic and functional characteristics of teleost DCs were described in a(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)
Fish is considered to be an important model in comparative immunology studies because it is a representative population of lower vertebrates serving as an essential link to early vertebrate evolution. Fish immune-relevant genes have received considerable attention due to its role in improving understanding of both fish immunology and the evolution of immune(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)