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Rice tungro bacilliform virus (RTBV) replicates only in phloem cells in infected rice plants and its promoter drives strong phloem-specific reporter gene expression in transgenic rice plants. We isolated a cDNA encoding a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) protein, RF2a, which binds to the Box II cis element that is important for expression from the promoter.(More)
The objective of this study was to provide a single source for the best available estimates of the national prevalence of common rheumatic disorders and rheumatic disability by reviewing the epidemiological surveys conducted in China. Relevant publications were retrieved by search engines in both the English and the Chinese language web sites. Only(More)
Takayasu's arteritis (TA) is a chronic inflammation that frequently involves the aorta and its major branches. The clinical features of TA vary in different ethnic populations. The objective of this study is to characterize the clinical features, angiographic findings, and response to treatment of patients with TA in Changhai Hospital, Shanghai, China. The(More)
OBJECTIVE To carry out a cross-sectional survey on prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and gout. METHODS In Shanghai, 4 communities comprising 7603 inhabitants over 15 years of age in an urban population were randomly selected from 13 communities. Interviews were conducted from September 1997 to(More)
To evaluate the prevalence of clinical findings in Behçet's disease (BD) in Chinese population. The clinical data of 170 consecutive BD patients were, retrospectively, analyzed and compared with previous reports. The mean age at onset was 34.4 years (range 6-72) and the mean age of diagnosis was 39.1 years (range 8-72). Mean delay in diagnosis was 5.7(More)
The promoter from rice tungro bacilliform badnavirus (RTBV) is expressed only in phloem tissues in transgenic rice plants. RF2a, a b-Zip protein from rice, is known to bind to the Box II cis element near the TATA box of the promoter. Here, we report that the full-length RTBV promoter and a truncated fragment E of the promoter, comprising nucleotides -164 to(More)
Two coleopterancidal strains of Bacillus thuringiensis, YM-03 and SHQ11-10, were isolated from soil in China. H-Serotype of YM-03 was H8a8b, and H-Serotype of SHQ11-10 has not been identified. Both of them produced flat bipyramid-like crystals which consisted of 68-70 kD and 65 kD protein respectively. Bioassay indicated that these two Bt strains were very(More)
Haematological effects of oral administration of ammonium metavanadate 0.19 mmol V/kg/day, vanadyl sulphate 0.15 mmol V/kg/day, and bis(maltolato)oxovanadium (i.v.) 0.18 mmol V/kg/day in drinking water for 12 weeks were investigated in Wistar rats. Some selected haematological indices of the peripheral blood, including haematocrit, haemoglobin, erythrocyte(More)
The present study determined the most suitable concentration and duration of fructose treatment for inducing hypertension in Wistar rats. The correlation between fructose-induced hypertension and hyperinsulinemia was also evaluated. The rats were treated with 5%, 10%, or 20% fructose in drinking water. The greatest changes, including increases in blood(More)