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The biological functions of WRKY transcription factors in plants have been widely studied, but their roles in abiotic stress are still not well understood. We isolated an ABA overly sensitive mutant, abo3, which is disrupted by a T-DNA insertion in At1g66600 encoding a WRKY transcription factor AtWRKY63. The mutant was hypersensitive to ABA in both seedling(More)
MOTIVATION According to current consistency metrics such as percentage of overlapping genes (POG), lists of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) detected from different microarray studies for a complex disease are often highly inconsistent. This irreproducibility problem also exists in other high-throughput post-genomic areas such as proteomics and(More)
MOTIVATION Current high-throughput protein-protein interaction (PPI) data do not provide information about the condition(s) under which the interactions occur. Thus, the identification of condition-responsive PPI sub-networks is of great importance for investigating how a living cell adapts to changing environments. RESULTS In this article, we propose a(More)
BACKGROUND Cross-sectional studies have found a high prevalence of syphilis and HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China. METHODS A total of 218 HIV-negative MSM participated in this prospective cohort study. Interviewer-administered questionnaires were completed, and blood samples were obtained for HIV and syphilis testing, both upon(More)
A large-scale effort, termed the Secreted Protein Discovery Initiative (SPDI), was undertaken to identify novel secreted and transmembrane proteins. In the first of several approaches, a biological signal sequence trap in yeast cells was utilized to identify cDNA clones encoding putative secreted proteins. A second strategy utilized various algorithms that(More)
Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women worldwide. Tea has anticarcinogenic effects against breast cancer in experimental studies. However, epidemiologic evidence that tea protects against breast cancer has been inconsistent. A case-control study was conducted in Southeast China between 2004 and 2005. The incidence cases were 1009 female(More)
Hepcidin gene is widely expressed in various fish, suggesting that this antimicrobial peptide is a very important component in the innate immune system. Large yellow croaker (Pseudosciaena crocea) is one of the important economic species of marine-cultured fish but knowledge of its innate immune mechanism is lacking. In this study, we characterize a P.(More)
A cDNA library of Paecilomyces thermophila was constructed, and the gene encoding xylanase (designated Pt xynA) was isolated from the library. Pt xynA consisted of 681 bp, and the translated protein encoded 226 amino acids. This is the first functional gene cloned from P. thermophila. The gene was successfully expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 and the(More)