Sheng Chen

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Pentobarbital anesthesia during the proestrous afternoon delays proliferation of lactotrophs of the anterior pituitary from estrus to diestrus 1 in cycling female rats. We determined whether estradiol treatment induced diurnal changes in rates of lactotroph proliferation in ovariectomized rats, and if so, examined whether hypothalamic neural activity was(More)
Brassica carinata is an important oilseed crop with unique favourable traits that are desirable for other Brassica crops. However, given the limited research into genetic resources in B. carinata, knowledge of the genetic structure of this species is relatively poor. Nine homozygous, genetically distinct accessions of B. carinata were obtained via(More)
Time of flowering is a key adaptive trait in plants and is conditioned by the interaction of genes and environmental cues including length of photoperiod, ambient temperature and vernalisation. Here we investigated the photoperiod responsiveness of summer annual-types of Brassica napus (rapeseed, canola). A population of 131 doubled haploid lines derived(More)
BACKGROUND Ammonium is one of the major forms in which nitrogen is available for plant growth. OsAMT1;1 is a high-affinity ammonium transporter in rice (Oryza sativa L.), responsible for ammonium uptake at low nitrogen concentration. The expression pattern of the gene has been reported. However, variations in its nucleotides and the evolutionary pathway of(More)
We employ Monte Carlo simulations to study a stochastic Lotka-Volterra model on a two-dimensional square lattice with periodic boundary conditions. If the (local) prey carrying capacity is finite, there exists an extinction threshold for the predator population that separates a stable active two-species coexistence phase from an inactive state wherein only(More)
Excessive mechanical loads on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can cause mandibular cartilage degradation and subchondral bone erosion, but the treatment of these conditions remains challenging. Salubrinal, which target eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 alpha, has been shown to have multiple beneficial effects on skeletal tissue. Here, we examined(More)
GhH2A12 was preferentially expressed at the initiation and early elongation stage of cotton fiber development, and overexpression of GhH2A12 caused retardation of fiber initiation and produced shorter fibers. Histone H2A is a component of eukaryotic chromatin whose function has not been studied in cotton. We have isolated an H2A gene encoding 156 amino(More)
The effects of pretreatment of rats with an intrahypothalamic injection of 6-hydroxydopamine on the thermal responses induced by intrahypothalamic injection of noradrenaline, prostaglandin E2, thyrotropin-releasing hormone or beta-endorphin were assessed. Administration of either noradrenaline (2-10 micrograms), prostaglandin E2 (10-40 ng),(More)
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