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The anther cuticle and microspore exine act as protective barriers for the male gametophyte and pollen grain, but relatively little is known about the mechanisms underlying the biosynthesis of the monomers of which they are composed. We report here the isolation and characterization of a rice (Oryza sativa) male sterile mutant, cyp704B2, which exhibits a(More)
Tea plant (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze) originated from China, where distributed abundant genetic resources. It is of critical importance to well understanding of genetic diversity and population structure for effective collection, conservation, and utilization of tea germplasms. In this study, 96 new polymorphic EST-SSR markers were developed and used(More)
OBJECTIVE It has been reported that diabetes may increase the risk of cadmium-induced kidney damage. The presence of metallothionein antibody (MT-Ab) increased the susceptibility for tubular damage among cadmium workers. This study focused on the relationships between levels of MT-Ab, urinary cadmium, and kidney function in a Chinese type 2 diabetic(More)
High salinity and drought are the major abiotic stresses that adversely affect plant growth and agricultural productivity. To investigate genes that are involved in response to abiotic stresses in Brassica napus, a comprehensive survey of genes induced by high-salinity and drought stresses was done by macroarray analysis. In total, 536 clones were(More)
The CBL-CIPK signaling pathway represents a central and critical signaling system involved in plant response to abiotic stress and hormone signaling. In this study, we focused on AtCIPK6 gene, which have been shown to be required for development and salt tolerance in Arabidopsis, but the transcriptional regulatory mechanism of AtCIPK6 gene and whether it(More)
Resveratrol has recently been used as a supplemental treatment for several neurological and nonneurological diseases. It is not known whether resveratrol has neuroprotective effect on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To assess the effect of resveratrol on the disease, we tested this agent on an ALS model of SOD1(G93A) transgenic mouse. Rotarod(More)
Secoisolariciresinoldiglycoside (SDG), a predominant lignan in flaxseed, has antioxidant activity as a dietary supplement. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the antidepressant-like effect and the possible mechanism of flaxseed SDG when the ovariectomized mice were exposed to the unpredictable chronic mild stress procedure. Chronic stress(More)
A CBL-interacting protein kinase (CIPK) gene, BnCIPK6, was isolated in Brassica napus. Through yeast two-hybrid screening, 27 interaction partners (including BnCBL1) of BnCIPK6 were identified in Brassica napus. Interaction of BnCIPK6 and BnCBL1 was further confirmed by BiFC (bimolecular fluorescence complementation) in plant cells. Expressions of BnCIPK6(More)
Both symbiosis between legumes and rhizobia and nitrogen fixation in functional nodules are dramatically affected by salt stress. Better understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate the salt tolerance of functional nodules is essential for genetic improvement of nitrogen fixation efficiency. microRNAs (miRNAs) have been implicated in stress(More)
Evaluation of genetic diversity and genetic structure in crops has important implications for plant breeding programs and the conservation of genetic resources. Newly developed single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers are effective in detecting genetic diversity. In the present study, a worldwide durum wheat collection consisting of 150 accessions was(More)