Qingqing Liu

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Mammals have two principal types of fat. White adipose tissue (WAT) primarily serves to store extra energy as triglycerides, while brown adipose tissue (BAT) is specialized to burn lipids for heat generation and energy expenditure as a defense against cold and obesity 1, 2. Recent studies demonstrate that brown adipocytes arise in vivo from a Myf5-positive,(More)
Although there are numerous examples of animals having photoreceptors sensitive to UVA (315-400 nm) [1] and relying on UVA-based mate-choice cues [2-5], here we provide the first evidence of an animal using UVB (280-315 nm) for intraspecific communication. An earlier study showed that Phintella vittata, a jumping spider (Salticidae) from China, reflects UVB(More)
GIY-YIG homing endonucleases are modular proteins, with conserved N-terminal catalytic domains connected by linkers to C-terminal DNA-binding domains. I-TevI, the T4 phage GIY-YIG intron endonuclease, functions both in promoting td intron homing, and in acting as a transcriptional autorepressor. Repression is achieved by binding to an operator, which is(More)
The paper investigates consensus problems for multi-agent systems with nonlinear algorithms. Group consensus algorithms with actuator saturation for the first-order and second-order multi-agent systems are proposed. In addition, the adaptive consensus algorithm with nonlinear dynamic is also given. By applying the graph theory, Lyapunov function, and(More)
The study of the genes that are related to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) will improve our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the development of PD. α-Synuclein is a major protein component of Lewy bodies, which are characteristic structures of PD pathology. Mutations in α-synuclein are closely related to the early onset of(More)
In order to resolve better the deep relationships among salticid spiders, we compiled and analyzed a molecular dataset of 169 salticid taxa (and 7 outgroups) and 8 gene regions. This dataset adds many new taxa to previous analyses, especially among the non-salticoid salticids, as well as two new genes - wingless and myosin heavy chain. Both of these genes,(More)
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) causes major outbreaks of hand, foot, and mouth disease. Host factors and signaling pathways exhibit important functions in the EV71 life cycle. We conducted algorithm analysis based on miRNA profiles and their target genes to identify the miRNAs and downstream signaling pathways involved in EV71 infection. The miRNA profiles of human(More)
Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) is an evolving tool for determining breast diseases. Assisted with computer-aided methods (CAD), DCE-MRI demonstrates its efficiency on breast cancer diagnosis. A crucial step for automatic DCE-MRI analysis is to separate breast regions from the noise-corrupted background on DCE-MRI images. In(More)
Levels of IL-18 were significantly lower in women with recurrent miscarriage (RM) than those without idiopathic RM. IL-18 promoter single nucleotide polymorphisms were previously identified to have an impact on IL18 gene transcription activity and influence the level of IL-18 protein production. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether IL-18 gene(More)
BACKGROUND Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra, decreased striatal dopamine levels, and consequent extrapyramidal motor dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to investigate potential in vivo protective effects of Duzhong against(More)