Muhammad Tahir

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A member of the homeodomain-leucine zipper (HD-Zip) family was isolated from white spruce (Picea glauca) and designated as PgHZ1 (Gene Bank Accession No. DQ201170). The gene has an open reading frame of 1268bp and encodes a protein of 309 amino acid residues. PgHZ1 has all the features of a HD-ZIP protein: a homeodomain composed by three alpha-helices(More)
The giant basal spicules of the siliceous sponges Monorhaphis chuni and Monorhaphis intermedia (Hexactinellida) represent the largest biosilica structures on earth (up to 3m long). Here we describe the construction (lamellar organization) of these spicules and of the comitalia and highlight their organic matrix in order to understand their mechanical(More)
Aquatic animals, especially filter feeders such as sponges [phylum Porifera], are exposed to a higher viral load than terrestrial species. Until now, the antiviral defense system in the evolutionary oldest multicellular organisms, sponges, is not understood. One powerful protection of vertebrates against virus infection is mediated by the interferon(More)
Applications of buthionine sulfoximine (BSO), an inhibitor of GSH (reduced glutathione), which switches the cellular glutathione pool towards the oxidized form GSSG, positively influences embryo quality by improving the structure of the shoot apical meristem and promoting embryo maturation, both of which improve the post-embryonic performance of the(More)
MOTIVATION Subcellular localization of proteins is one of the most significant characteristics of living cells. Prediction of protein subcellular locations is crucial to the understanding of various protein functions. Therefore, an accurate, computationally efficient and reliable prediction system is required. RESULTS In this article, the predictions of(More)
We address the issue of network lifetime maximization for a special class of wireless sensor networks namely, wireless multi-media sensor networks. High data rates, in these networks at the sensor nodes, compared to the conventional sensor networks and the presence of high temporal correlation in the sampled data make them a suitable candidate for the(More)
Inspired from the funtioning and responsiveness of biological ion channels, researchers attempt to develop biosensing systems based on polymer and solid-state nanochannels. The applicability of these nanochannels for detection/sensing of any foreign analyte in the surrounding environment depends critically on the surface characteristics of the inner walls.(More)
Proteins are the executants of biological functions in living organisms. Comprehension of protein structure is a challenging problem in the era of proteomics, computational biology, and bioinformatics because of its pivotal role in protein folding patterns. Owing to the large exploration of protein sequences in protein databanks and intricacy of protein(More)
A new member of the Argonaute (AGO) family of proteins was isolated from conifers and designated as PgAGO (Gene Bank Accession No. DQ068741; protein ID AAY67884). The complete coding sequence of PgAGO was obtained through screening cDNA libraries generated from white spruce (Picea glauca (Moench) Voss) somatic embryos. The PgAGO gene has an open reading(More)