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The interferon regulatory factor (IRF) family plays critical roles in a host's virus infection responses. In this study, two IRF family members, zfIRF5 and zfIRF7, are identified in zebrafish. The zfIRF5 protein encodes 297 amino acids without the carboxyl IRF3 domain. We suggest that zfIRF5 is a new kind of splicing variant, following the nine other kinds(More)
This paper aims at checking the effectiveness of environmental policy pushed by the Central Government at provincial level since China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO). For this purpose, the industrial system of each province is divided into industrial production subsystem and pollution treatment subsystem , and a novel slack-based measure(More)
Cranial radiation therapy has been used for the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors. A prominent feature of brain injury induced by the radiation therapy is hippocampal dysfunction, characterized by a decline in memory. Cdk5 plays an important role in memory formation. Abnormal Cdk5 activity is associated with neuronal apoptosis induced by(More)
Infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus (ISKNV) is the type species of the genus Megalocytivirus, family Iridoviridae. We have previously established a high mortality ISKNV infection model of zebrafish (Danio rerio). In this study, a nonlethal Tetraodon nigroviridis model of ISKNV infection was established. ISKNV infection did not cause lethal disease(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the diagnostic value of superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO)-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for hepatic focal solid lesions. METHODS SPIO (Feridex)-enhanced MRI examination was performed in 28 cases of hepatic space-occupying lesions defined by CT or MRI or other methods. In post-contrast enhanced examination, the signal(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary heart disease, often associated with fatal outcomes, is increasingly common. Immune dysregulation is a key process in atherogenesis, yet age and other immune related factors are poorly characterised, especially in premature disease. The current study is to investigate the differential immunological mediators in the plaque specific to(More)
Ethylene is an important component of the gaseous environment, and regulates numerous plant developmental processes including seed germination and seedling establishment. Dormancy, the inability to germinate in apparently favorable conditions, has been demonstrated to be regulated by the hormonal balance between abscisic acid (ABA) and gibberellins (GAs).(More)
Pib is a well-characterized rice blast-resistance gene belonging to the nucleotide binding site (NBS) and leucine-rich repeat (LRR) superfamily. Expression of Pib was low under non-challenged conditions, but strongly induced by the blast-causing fungal pathogen Magnaporthe grisea, thereby conferring resistance to the pathogen. It is generally established(More)