Shan Shan Wu

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Cell-extracellular matrix adhesion is an important determinant of cell morphology. We show here that migfilin, a LIM-containing protein, localizes to cell-matrix adhesions, associates with actin filaments, and is essential for cell shape modulation. Migfilin interacts with the cell-matrix adhesion protein Mig-2 (mitogen inducible gene-2), a mammalian(More)
The family of dehydrin genes has important roles in protecting higher plants against abiotic stress, such as drought, salinity and cold. However, knowledge about apple dehydrin gene family is limited. In the present study, we used a bioinformatics approach to identify members of that family in apple (Malus domestica). A total of 12 apple dehydrin genes(More)
The concentration of PCBs in urban soils of Beijing across six land types including business districts (BD), cultural and educational areas (CE), classical gardens (CG), public green (PG), residential areas (RA), and roadsides (RD) was investigated. The total concentrations of PCBs ranged from below method detection limit (M.D.L.) to 37.11×10(-3)mgkg(-1)(More)
A key assumption in studying mRNA expression is that it is informative in the prediction of protein expression. However, only limited studies have explored the mRNA-protein expression correlation in yeast or human tissues and the results have been relatively inconsistent. We carried out correlation analyses on mRNA-protein expressions in freshly isolated(More)
Evoked potential (EP) changes accompanying dementing processes have been documented in a number of studies. However, EPs have not been studied in subjects who are at heightened risk for the development of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Nineteen volunteers with no immediate family members with a history of AD and 33 healthy subjects with at least one first-degree(More)
Sorbitol is the primary photosynthetic product and the translocatable and storage carbohydrate in apple (Malus domestica) and other fruit tree species within the Rosaceae family. Sorbitol-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (S6PDH, EC 1.1.1.200) is the key enzyme in the biosynthesis of sorbitol. In this study, we isolated two full-length genomic sequences for S6PDH(More)
Aging is associated with hepatic growth hormone resistance resulting in a fall in serum insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) level. However, whether loss of IGF-1 contributes to cardiac aging is unclear. This study was designed to examine the effect of cardiac overexpression of IGF-1 on cardiomyocyte contractile function in young (3 mo) and old (26-28 mo)(More)
Peak bone mass (PBM) is an important determinant of osteoporosis. Circulating monocytes serve as early progenitors of osteoclasts and produce important molecules for bone metabolism. To search for genes functionally important for PBM variation, we performed a whole genome gene differential expression study of circulating monocytes in human premenopausal(More)
Diabetes mellitus leads to thiamine deficiency and multiple organ damage including diabetic neuropathy. This study was designed to examine the effect of benfotiamine, a lipophilic derivative of thiamine, on streptozotocin (STZ)-induced cerebral oxidative stress. Adult male FVB mice were made diabetic with a single injection of STZ (200 mg/kg, i.p.).(More)
Deep-sea hydrothermal vent chimneys harbor a high diversity of largely unknown microorganisms. Although the phylogenetic diversity of these microorganisms has been described previously, the adaptation and metabolic potential of the microbial communities is only beginning to be revealed. A pyrosequencing approach was used to directly obtain sequences from a(More)