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We have examined the spatiotemporal properties of ensemble activity, an evoked all-or-none polysynaptic activity in rat neocortical slices. Ensemble activity occurred in cortical slices bathed in normal artificial cerebrospinal fluid (ACSF) and was evoked by a single electrical shock either to the white matter or directly to the cortical tissue. This(More)
Chinese bayberry (Myrica rubra Sieb. and Zucc.) is an important subtropical fruit crop and an ideal species for fruit quality research due to the rapid and substantial changes that occur during development and ripening, including changes in fruit color and taste. However, research at the molecular level is limited by a lack of sequence data. The present(More)
We report the sequencing at 131× coverage, de novo assembly and analyses of the genome of a female Tibetan wild boar. We also resequenced the whole genomes of 30 Tibetan wild boars from six major distributed locations and 18 geographically related pigs in China. We characterized genetic diversity, population structure and patterns of evolution. We searched(More)
Polymerase I and transcript release factor (PTRF, also known as Cavin-1) is an essential component in the biogenesis and function of caveolae. Here, we show that PTRF expression is increased in senescent human fibroblasts. Importantly, overexpression of PTRF induced features characteristic of cellular senescence, whereas reduced PTRF expression extended the(More)
Natural antisense transcripts (NATs), as one type of regulatory RNAs, occur prevalently in plant genomes and play significant roles in physiological and pathological processes. Although their important biological functions have been reported widely, a comprehensive database is lacking up to now. Consequently, we constructed a plant NAT database(More)
The type II bacterial CRISPR/Cas [clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas)] system is a very valuable genome engineering tool, which has been widely used in genome editing of a variety of organisms. Previously, we generated floxed alleles in rats by CRISPR/Cas9. Here, we successfully use a two-cut strategy(More)
Although the pharmacological role of beta-carotene in the prevention and treatment of many cancer cells has received increasing attention, the molecular mechanisms underlying such chemopreventive activity are not clear. Since peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-gamma) has been implicated in regulating breast cancer cell differentiation(More)
CaiT is a membrane antiporter that catalyzes the exchange of L-carnitine with gamma-butyrobetaine across the Escherichia coli membrane. To obtain structural insights into the antiport mechanism, we solved the crystal structure of CaiT at a resolution of 3.15 A. We crystallized CaiT as a homotrimer complex, in which each protomer contained 12 transmembrane(More)
Telomerase is reactivated in over 90% of tumors and plays critical roles in tumor progression. The mechanisms by which telomerase is up-regulated in cancer cells are poorly understood. Here we showed that a bioactive lipid, lysophophatidic acid (LPA), up-regulated the expression of human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and telomerase activity in(More)