Wenxiang Zhang

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Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is the archetypical pathogen recognition protein of the innate immune defence. In humans, three frequently occurring single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the coding region of MBL gene are associated with the abnormal polymerization, decreased serum concentration and strongly impaired function of MBL protein. To understand(More)
Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) shows strong heterosis. However, heterosis is not widely utilized owing to the high cost of hybrid seed production. Creation of a photoperiod-sensitive genetic male sterile line could substantially reduce the cost of hybrid seed production in upland cotton. Such a mutant with virescent marker was found by space mutation(More)
Graphite oxide (GO) supported CaO catalysts were prepared and successfully applied to the transesterification of soybean oil with methanol. The supports and resultant catalysts were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N(2) adsorption, thermogravimetry (TG), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),(More)
To the Editor: Nonsyndromic primary ovarian insufficiency, which is characterized by amenorrhea with elevated gonadotropin levels, is observed in 1% of otherwise healthy women under the age of 40 years. It is a heterogeneous disease, and most cases appear to be sporadic, yet familial cases are observed in approximately 12% of patients. The disorder is(More)
Circadian clocks orchestrate daily oscillations in mammalian behaviors, physiology, and gene expression. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a crucial role in fine-tuning of the circadian system. However, little is known about the direct regulation of the clock genes by specific miRNAs. In this study, we found that miR-27b-3p exhibits rhythmic expression in the(More)
Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation and migration, which is triggered by various inflammatory stimuli, contributes importantly to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and restenosis. Naringenin is a citrus flavonoid with both lipid-lowering and insulin-like properties. Here, we investigated whether naringenin affects TNF-α-induced VSMC(More)
Vanin-1 (VNN1) is a liver-enriched oxidative stress sensor that has been implicated in the regulation of multiple metabolic pathways. Clinical investigations indicated that the levels of VNN1 were increased in the urine and blood of diabetic patients, but the physiological significance of this phenomenon remains unknown. In this study, we demonstrated that(More)
The catalytic properties of iron oxide supported platinum catalysts (Pt/Fe(2)O(3)), prepared by a colloid deposition route, were investigated for the complete oxidation of formaldehyde. It is found that all the Pt/Fe(2)O(3) catalysts calcined at different temperatures (200-500°C) were active for the oxidation of formaldehyde. Among them, the catalysts(More)
The MADS-box genes encode a large family of transcription factors having diverse roles in plant development. The SQUAMOSA (SQUA)/APETALA1 (AP1)/FRUITFULL (FUL) subfamily genes are essential regulators of floral transition and floral organ identity. Here we cloned two MADS-box genes, GhMADS22 and GhMADS23, belonging to the SQUA/AP1/FUL subgroup from(More)