Shengjuan Jiang

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Several adult reptiles, such as Gekko japonicus, have the ability to precisely re-create a missing tail after amputation. To ascertain the associated acquisition of positional information from blastemal cells and the underlying molecular mechanism of tail regeneration, a candidate molecule CD59 was isolated from gecko. CD59 transcripts displayed a graded(More)
Here we report a homologue of the apolipoprotein D gene (AmphiApoD) in amphioxus, Branchiostoma belcheri tsingtauense, the first such finding in a basal chordate cephalochordate. The main features of the protein predicted from AmphiApoD are characteristic of the apolipoprotein D. Phylogenetic analysis places AmphiApoD at the base of the phylogenetic tree,(More)
An amphioxus cDNA, encoding phosphatidylcholine transfer protein (AmphiPCTP), was identified for the first time from the gut cDNA library of Branchiostoma belcheri. It contains a 660-bp open reading frame corresponding to a deduced protein of 219 amino acids. Phylogenetic tree analysis showed that AmphiPCTP clustered with PCTP subgroup of PCTP subfamily(More)
The ycaC-related gene, ycaCR, is uncharacterized, and has no assigned function to date. Here we clearly showed that the ycaC-related gene from the amphioxus Branchiostoma belcheri, BbycaCR, coded for a novel member of the isochorismatase superfamily, which is mainly localized in the mitochondrial fraction. Both pull-down and reverse pull-down analyses(More)
Direct conversion of biomass-derived xylose and furfural into levulinic acid, a platform molecule, via acid-catalysis has been accomplished for the first time in dimethoxymethane/methanol. Dimethoxymethane acted as an electrophile to transform furfural into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). Methanol suppressed both the polymerisation of the sugars/furans and(More)
Thioredoxin-related protein of 14 kDa, TRP14, has previously been identified only in humans. Here we report the identification and expression of an amphioxus TRP14 gene, named AmphiTRP14, the first such data in a non-mammalian organism. AmphiTRP14 consists of a 372-bp open reading frame coding for a 123-amino-acid protein with a calculated molecular weight(More)
A cDNA clone encoding an amphioxus fatty acid binding protein-like (AmphiFABPL) protein was isolated from a gut cDNA library of Branchiostoma belcheri. It contained a 423 bp open reading frame corresponding to a deduced protein of 140 amino acids with a predicted molecular mass of approximately 15.9 kDa. Phylogenetic analysis showed that AmphiFABPL fell(More)
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