Wei Yue

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Degeneration of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons (BFCNs) is associated with cognitive impairments of Alzheimer's disease (AD), implying that BFCNs hold potentials in exploring stem cell-based replacement therapy for AD. However, studies on derivation of BFCNs from embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are limited, and the application of ESC-derived BFCNs remains(More)
Elucidating the evolutionary history of current species diversity, especially trees with large effective population sizes and long generation times, is a complicated exercise confounded by gene flow and incomplete lineage sorting. In the present study, we aim to determine the origin and speciation of Picea schrenkiana and Picea smithiana using population(More)
Introgression frequently occurs between closely related plant species when there is incomplete reproductive isolation. However, few studies have been designed to examine the extent and direction of introgression from all three genomes, especially when they have different rates of gene flow. Conifers, in which chloroplast (cp), mitochondrial (mt) and nuclear(More)
Divergence during the early stage of speciation can be driven by a population bottleneck via reduced gene flow and enhanced lineage sorting. In this study, we aimed to examine whether such bottlenecks occurred during the initial speciation of two closely related spruce species Picea asperata and P. crassifolia occurring on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP).(More)
A tiered barcoding system comprising traditional cytoplasmic DNAs and multiple nuclear DNAs should be developed to barcode recently diversified tree species. In this study, we aimed to test whether certain nuclear genes are more powerful tools for barcoding spruce species than chloroplast and mitochondrial DNA fragments (DNAs). We sequenced 20 DNAs,(More)
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