Rong Gao

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The growing interest towards internet-inspired research for power transmission and distribution invariably encounters the barrier of energy storage. Limitations of energy storage can be offset, to a degree, by reliable forecasting of granular demand leading to judicious scheduling involved and incentivized by appropriate pricing signals. The anticipation of(More)
Intelligent demand-side management represents a future trend of power system regulation. A key issue in intelligent demand-side management is accurate prediction of load within a local area grid (LAG), which is defined as a set of customers with an appropriate residential, commercial and industrial mix. Power consumption is deemed to be unpredictable in(More)
SUMMARY Two-component signal transduction, featuring highly conserved histidine kinases (HKs) and response regulators (RRs), is one of the most prevalent signalling schemes in prokaryotes. RRs function as phosphorylation-activated switches to mediate diverse output responses, mostly via transcription regulation. As bacterial genomes typically encode(More)
Isoalantolactone, a sesquiterpene lactone compound possesses antifungal, antibacteria, antihelminthic and antiproliferative activities. In the present study, we found that isoalantolactone inhibits growth and induces apoptosis in pancreatic cancer cells. Further mechanistic studies revealed that induction of apoptosis is associated with increased generation(More)
Two-component signal transduction (TCST) is the predominant signaling scheme used in bacteria to sense and respond to environmental changes in order to survive and thrive. A typical TCST system consists of a sensor histidine kinase to detect external signals and an effector response regulator to respond to external changes. In the signaling scheme, the(More)
BACKGROUND Alpha-Tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol are the two major forms of vitamin E in human plasma and the primary lipid soluble antioxidants. The dietary intake of gamma-tocopherol is generally higher than that of alpha-tocopherol. However, alpha-tocopherol plasma levels are about four fold higher than those of gamma-tocopherol. Among other factors, a(More)
The electric power grid is a vital network for every aspect of our life. The lack of buffer between generation and consumption makes the power grid unstable and fragile. While large scale power storage is not technically and economically feasible at present stage, we argue that a virtual buffer could be effectively implemented through a demand side(More)
Cellular adaptation relies on the development of proper regulatory schemes for accurate control of gene expression levels in response to environmental cues. Over- or under-expression can lead to diminished cell fitness due to increased costs or insufficient benefits. Positive autoregulation is a common regulatory scheme that controls protein expression(More)
Harpin proteins secreted by phytopathogenic bacteria have been shown to activate the plant defense pathway, which involves transduction of a hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) signal generated in the apoplast. However, the way in which harpins are recognized in the pathway and what role the apoplastic H2O2 plays in plant defenses are unclear. Here, we examine whether(More)