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Auxin response factors (ARFs), member of the plant-specific B3 DNA binding superfamily, target specifically to auxin response elements (AuxREs) in promoters of primary auxin-responsive genes and heterodimerize with Aux/IAA proteins in auxin signaling transduction cascade. In previous research, we have isolated and characterized maize Aux/IAA genes in(More)
Purpose. To investigate the extrahepatic collateral arteries related to hepatic artery occlusion (HAO) and to determine its benefits in the transarterial management of liver tumors. Methods and Findings. Eleven patients (7 hepatocellular carcinomas, 3 liver metastases, and 1 with hemangioma) with HAO confirmed with digital subtraction angiography (DSA) were(More)
Several studies indicate that sexual dimorphic microRNAs (miRNAs) in chicken gonads are likely to have important roles in sexual development, but a more global understanding of the roles of miRNAs in sexual differentiation is still needed. To this end, we performed miRNA expression profiling in chicken gonads at embryonic day 5.5 (E5.5). Among the(More)
MiR-17-92 cluster consists of multifunctional miRNAs related to gonadal development in mammals. Our preliminary data showed that gga-miR-92 was male-biased in chicken embryonic gonads at E5.5 and E6.5. MiR-92(a-2) and two putative targets (ATRX and DDX3X) were highly conserved and located on mammalian Chromosome X but on autosomes in chicken. Here, we(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effects of atorvastatin on parathyroid hormone 1-34 (PTH1-34) induced neonatal rat cardiomyocytes hypertrophy and on the expression changes of small GTP-binding protein (K-Ras) and extracellular signal regulated protein kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2). METHODS Neonatal rat cardiomyocytes hypertrophy was established with 10(-7) mol/L(More)
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