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Accumulating evidence has implicated neuropeptides in modulating recognition, learning and memory. However, to date, no study has investigated the effects of neuropeptide Trefoil factor 3 (TFF3) on the process of learning and memory. In the present study, we evaluated the acute effects of TFF3 administration (0.1 and 0.5mg/kg, i.p.) on the acquisition and(More)
Mapping the spatial distribution of contaminants in soils is the basis of pollution evaluation and risk control. Interpolation methods are extensively applied in the mapping processes to estimate the heavy metal concentrations at unsampled sites. The performances of interpolation methods (inverse distance weighting, local polynomial, ordinary kriging and(More)
A new member of the APETALA2/ethylene responsive element binding protein (AP2/EREBP) transcription factor family, HhDREB2, was isolated from Halimodendron halodendron. Based on the similarity of the AP2/ERF domain, HhDREB2 was classified into A-5 group of the DREB subfamily. The expression of HhDREB2 gene was induced by drought, high salinity, and low(More)
China is experiencing serious acid rain contamination, with Beijing among the worst-hit areas. To understand the chemical feature and the origin of inorganic ions in precipitation of Beijing, 128 precipitation samples were collected and analyzed for major water-soluble ions and δ(34)S. The pH values ranged from 3.68 to 7.81 and showed a volume weighted(More)
Invasion is a major characteristic of hepatocellular carcinoma and one of the main causes of refractory to treatment. We have previously reported that GRP78 promotes the invasion of hepatocellular carcinoma although the mechanism underlying this change remains uncertain. In this paper, we explored the role of the cell surface GRP78 in the regulation of(More)
The aims of this study were: (1) the study of cadmium (Cd) accumulation and toxicity in different castor cultivars (Ricinus communis L.); (2) to investigate changes in antioxidant enzymatic activities and the subcellular distribution of Cd in young and old leaves from two different castor cultivars, after exposure to two different Cd concentrations, and(More)
Repeated withdrawal from alcohol is clinically associated with progressive cognitive impairment. Microglial activation occurring during pre-clinical models of alcohol withdrawal is associated with learning deficits. We investigated whether there was microglial activation in recently detoxified alcohol-dependent patients (ADP), using [11C]PBR28 positron(More)
Mesenchymal hamartomas of the liver (MHLs) in adults are rare and potentially premalignant lesions, which present as solid/cystic neoplasms. We report a rare case of orthotopic liver transplantation in a patient with a giant MHL. In 2013, a 34-year-old female sought medical advice after a 2-year history of progressive abdominal distention and respiratory(More)
To investigate the effects of Cd on tolerance and antioxidant activities of castor, two different castor (Ricinus communis L.) cultivars (Zibo No. 5 and Zibo No. 8) were used for a hydroponic experiment (0, 1 and 2mg/L Cd) and a pot experiment using Cd-contaminated soil (34mg/kg) with the addition of ethylenedinitrilotetraacetic acid (EDTA). The results(More)
The dehydration responsive element binding (DREB) transcription factor (TF) family comprises unique and important proteins involved in abiotic stress responses and tolerance in plants. Although DREB TFs have been well identified and characterized in a few model plants, there is no detailed information available for mulberry. In this study, 110 AP2/ERF(More)