Weiqun Liu

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The aspartyl protease beta-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1) initiates processing of amyloid precursor protein (APP) into amyloid beta (Abeta) peptide, the major component of Alzheimer disease (AD) plaques. To determine the role that BACE1 plays in the development of Abeta-driven AD-like pathology, we have crossed PDAPP mice, a(More)
BACKGROUND A number of transcription factors coordinate differentiation by simultaneously regulating gene expression and cell proliferation. CCAAT/enhancer binding protein alpha (C/EBPalpha) is a basic/leucine zipper transcription factor that integrates transcription with proliferation to regulate the differentiation of tissues involved in energy balance.(More)
BACKGROUND Topping is an important cultivating measure for flue-cured tobacco, and many genes had been found to be differentially expressed in response to topping. But it is still unclear how these genes are regulated. MiRNAs play a critical role in post-transcriptional gene regulation, so we sequenced two sRNA libraries from tobacco roots before and after(More)
BACKGROUND The innate immune responses to virus infection are initiated by either Toll-like receptors (TLR3/7/8/9) or cytoplasmic double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)-recognizing RNA helicases RIG-I and MDA5. To avoid causing injury to the host, these signaling pathways must be switched off in time by negative regulators. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Through(More)
The process of topping elicits many responses in the tobacco plant, including an increase in nicotine biosynthesis, and the secondary growth of roots. Some topping responsive miRNAs and genes have been identified in our previous study, but the mechanism of the tobacco response to topping has not yet been fully elucidated. In this study, topping responsive(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to explore the relationship between premature ejaculation (PE) and the serotonin transporter gene-linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) with respect to the biallelic and triallelic classifications. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 115 outpatients who complained of ejaculating prematurely and who were diagnosed as having lifelong(More)
BACKGROUND MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play pivotal roles in spermatogenesis. MicroRNA-210 (miR-210) expression was up-regulated in the testes of sterile men with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA). However, the underlying mechanisms of miR-210 involved in the spermatogenesis in patients with NOA are unknown. MATERIAL AND METHODS Expression of miR-210 and(More)
Topping, the critical cultural practice, is a kind of damage occurred tobacco shoot, which can obviously promote roots growth. Up to now, the mechanism regulating roots growth after topping is still unclear. In our previous works, miR171d was identified as a major topping responsive miRNA in tobacco roots, and its target gene was predicted to belong to the(More)
Deployment of sensor nodes in a sensor network is a critical task as node deployment should be optimum to increase network lifetime. In this paper, we first investigate the theoretical aspects of the non-uniform node deployment strategy in multi-hop heterogeneous wireless sensor networks. We then predict optimum deployment of micro-server nodes and propose(More)
Nicotine is the major alkaloid in tobacco and its biosynthesis is regulated by a variety of factors. Topping, as an important agronomic factor, can induce the nicotine biosynthesis increase. Some key nicotine biosynthesis-related genes and the framework of nicotine biosynthesis pathway have been well studied, but the details of nicotine biosynthesis pathway(More)