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Silique length (SL) and seed weight (SW) are two important yield-related traits controlled by quantitative trait loci (QTL) in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). The genetic bases underlying these two traits are largely unknown at present. In this study, we conducted QTL analyses for SL and SW using 186 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from a cross(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have revealed that the C-terminal region of the S-layer protein from Lactobacillus is responsible for the cell wall anchoring, which provide an approach for targeting heterologous proteins to the cell wall of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). In this study, we developed a new surface display system in lactic acid bacteria with the(More)
AIM To investigate the expression of erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular (Eph)A2 receptor, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9, and angiogenesis in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), in order to reveal their expression correlations with tumor invasion, metastasis, and prognosis. METHODS From January 2000 to June 2003, 129 specimens of resected tumors from(More)
The Chinese white wax scale insect, Ericerus pela, can survive at extremely low temperatures, and some overwintering individuals exhibit supercooling at temperatures below -30°C. To investigate the deep supercooling ability of E. pela, transcriptomic and proteomic analyses were performed to delineate the major gene and protein families responsible for the(More)
BACKGROUND The Chinese white wax scale, Ericerus pela Chavannes is economically significant for its role in wax production. This insect has been bred in China for over a thousand years. The wax secreted by the male scale insect during the second-instar larval stage has been widespread used in wax candle production, wax printing, engraving, Chinese medicine,(More)
This study aims to investigate the expression and significance of EphA2 and EphrinA-1 in human gastric adenocarcinoma progression and prognosis. The expression of EphA2 and EphrinA-1 was detected in the cell lines and tissues of gastric adenocarcinoma. Different expression levels of EphA2 and EphrinA-1 were found in two cell lines. The expression of EphA2(More)
Mechano-growth factor (MGF), the insulin growth factor- I (IGF-I) splice variant, has drawn an increasing attention in recent years. In this study, using a newly established system, we three-dimensionally (3D) cultured rat skeletal myoblasts and loaded them with cyclic uniaxial tensile strain of different magnitudes or time duration. After that, the cell(More)
Tumorigenesis requires energy production via aerobic glycolysis (Warburg effect) in malignant tumors. Recent research has demonstrated that the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) is augmented in some tumors, especially the non-oxidative part of the PPP which is controlled by transketolase (TKT) enzyme reactions. One TKT isoform, transketolase-like protein 1(More)
Reported data indicate that cholesterol loading in the liver can cause hepatic injury. To explore the possible mechanisms of cell damage resulting from cholesterol overloading in hepatocytes, cell apoptosis, the unfolded protein response (UPR) and the correlation between them were assessed in the cholesterol-overloaded normal human hepatic cell line L02.(More)
Establishment of a three-dimensional (3-D) culture and mechanical loading system which simulates the in vivo environment is critical in cytomechanical studies. The present article attempts to do this by integrating porous PLGA scaffolds with a four-point bending strain unit. Three types of PLGA scaffolds with three average pore sizes were synthesized, i.e.,(More)