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The gene encoding pyrethroid-hydrolyzing esterase (EstP) from Klebsiella sp. strain ZD112 was cloned into Escherichia coli and sequenced. A sequence analysis of the DNA responsible for the estP gene revealed an open reading frame of 1914 bp encoding for a protein of 637 amino acid residues. No similarities were found by a database homology search using the(More)
Cells of the osteoblast lineage affect the homing and the number of long-term repopulating haematopoietic stem cells, haematopoietic stem cell mobilization and lineage determination and B cell lymphopoiesis. Osteoblasts were recently implicated in pre-leukaemic conditions in mice. However, a single genetic change in osteoblasts that can induce(More)
Drought is a major environmental stress limiting growth of perennial grasses in temperate regions. Plant drought tolerance is a complex trait that is controlled by multiple genes. Candidate gene association mapping provides a powerful tool for dissection of complex traits. Candidate gene association mapping of drought tolerance traits was conducted in 192(More)
Submergence stress can cause the death of grass plants. Identification of the association between molecular markers and submergence tolerance-related traits facilitates an efficient selection of the tolerant cultivars for commercial production. A global collection of 99 diverse perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) accessions was evaluated for submergence(More)
The pyrethroid pesticides residues on foods and environmental contamination are a public safety concern. Pretreatment with pyrethroid hydrolase has the potential to alleviate the conditions. For this purpose, a fungus capable of using pyrethroid pesticides as a sole carbon source was isolated from the soil and characterized as Aspergillus niger ZD11. A(More)
Brachypodium distachyon (Brachypodium) is a temperate wild grass species and is a powerful model system for studying grain, energy, forage and turf grasses. Exploring the natural variation in the drought response of Brachypodium provides an important basis for dissecting the genetic network of drought tolerance. Two experiments were conducted in a(More)
The potential for biodegradation of aromatic hydrocarbons simultaneously at low temperatures and under saline and alkaline conditions is not well understood, but such biodegradation would be useful for remediation of polluted sites. A psychrotolerant, moderately haloalkaliphilic pure culture using benzene as a sole source of carbon and energy was isolated(More)
Brachypodium distachyon (Brachypodium) is a powerful model system for studying cereal, bioenergy, forage, and turf grasses. Nucleotide diversity (π) and linkage disequilibrium (LD) in candidate genes involved in the antioxidative pathways in this species are not known. The average π for CAT encoding catalase, GPX encoding glutathione peroxidase, DHAR(More)
Age-associated endothelium dysfunction is a major risk factor for the development of cardiovascular diseases. Endothelium-synthesized prostaglandins and thromboxane are local hormones, which mediate vasodilation and vasoconstriction and critically maintain vascular homeostasis. Accumulating evidence indicates that the age-related changes in endothelial(More)
It has been reported that mouse Lbh (limb-bud and heart) can regulate cardiac gene expression by modulating the combinatorial activities of key cardiac transcription factors, as well as their individual functions in cardiogenesis. Here we report the cloning and characterization of the human homolog of mouse Lbh gene, hLBH, from a human embryonic heart cDNA(More)