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We developed a high-throughput methodology, termed fluorescent tagging of full-length proteins (FTFLP), to analyze expression patterns and subcellular localization of Arabidopsis gene products in planta. Determination of these parameters is a logical first step in functional characterization of the approximately one-third of all known Arabidopsis genes that(More)
The M-type phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) is a target autoantigen in adult idiopathic membranous nephropathy (MN), but the prevalence of autoantibodies against PLA2R is unknown among Chinese patients with MN. Here, we measured anti-PLA2R antibody in the serum of 60 patients with idiopathic MN, 20 with lupus-associated MN, 16 with hepatitis B(More)
Twelve Chinese indigenous goat populations were genotyped for twenty-six microsatellite markers recommended by the EU Sheep and Goat Biodiversity Project. A total of 452 goats were tested. Seventeen of the 26 microsatellite markers used in this analysis had four or more alleles. The mean expected heterozygosity and the mean observed heterozygosity for the(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity-related glomerulopathy is an important complication of obesity that shares some pathophysiological factors relevant to renal damage with diabetic nephropathy. It was recognized that podocyte lesions lead to proteinuria and glomerulosclerosis in patients with some proteinuric glomerular diseases, especially diabetic nephropathy. However,(More)
Alternative splicing has a major role in cardiac adaptive responses, as exemplified by the isoform switch of the sarcomeric protein titin, which adjusts ventricular filling. By positional cloning using a previously characterized rat strain with altered titin mRNA splicing, we identified a loss-of-function mutation in the gene encoding RNA binding motif(More)
The hemopoietic-specific Rho family GTPase Rac2 shares 92% amino acid identity with ubiquitously expressed Rac1. Neutrophils from rac2(-/-) mice have multiple defects, including chemoattractant-stimulated NADPH oxidase activity and chemotaxis, which may result from an overall reduction in cellular Rac or mechanisms that discriminate Rac1 and Rac2. We show(More)
BACKGROUND The epidemic of obesity has been paralleled by an increase in the incidence of chronic kidney disease. However, epidemiological data for obesity-related glomerulopathy (ORG) from developing countries, including China, are very limited. STUDY DESIGN Case series. ORG defined as body mass index (BMI) of 28.0 kg/m(2) or greater; urinary protein(More)
The Rho family GTPase Rac is a crucial participant in numerous cellular functions and acts as a molecular switch for signal transduction. Mice deficient in hemopoietic-specific Rac2 exhibited agonist-specific defects in neutrophil functions including chemoattractant-stimulated filamentous actin polymerization and chemotaxis, and superoxide production(More)
miRNAs (microRNAs) are small, functional, non-coding RNAs and have been proved to implicate in regulation of diverse biological processes ranging from cell differentiation to organism development. With the purpose of exploring the roles of miRNAs on chicken embryo sexual determination and gonadal differentiation, we cloned and identified the stem-loop(More)
Titin, a sarcomeric protein expressed primarily in striated muscles, is responsible for maintaining the structure and biomechanical properties of muscle cells. Cardiac titin undergoes developmental size reduction from 3.7 megadaltons in neonates to primarily 2.97 megadaltons in the adult. This size reduction results from gradually increased exon skipping(More)