Wenzhi Jiang

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The type II CRISPR/Cas system from Streptococcus pyogenes and its simplified derivative, the Cas9/single guide RNA (sgRNA) system, have emerged as potent new tools for targeted gene knockout in bacteria, yeast, fruit fly, zebrafish and human cells. Here, we describe adaptations of these systems leading to successful expression of the Cas9/sgRNA system in(More)
The newly developed CRISPR/Cas9 system for targeted gene knockout or editing has recently been shown to function in plants in both transient expression systems as well as in primary T1 transgenic plants. However, stable transmission of genes modified by the Cas9/single guide RNA (sgRNA) system to the T2 generation and beyond has not been demonstrated. Here(More)
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas9 system has become a powerful and precise tool for targeted gene modification (e.g., gene knockout and gene replacement) in numerous eukaryotic organisms. Initial attempts to apply this technology to a model, the single-cell alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, failed to yield cells(More)
A significantly improved viral 2A peptide system for dependable high-level expression of dicistronic genes in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has been developed. Data are presented demonstrating that use of an especially proficient 'extended FMDV 2A' coding region allows production of two independent protein products from a dicistronic gene with almost complete(More)
BACKGROUND To develop a serum-specific protein fingerprint which is capable of differentiating samples from patients with pancreatic cancer and those with other pancreatic conditions. METHODS We used SELDI-TOF-MS coupled with CM10 chips and bioinformatics tools to analyze a total of 118 serum samples in this study; 78 serum samples were analyzed to(More)
Single-domain antibodies (sdAbs) are powerful tools for the detection, quantification, purification and subcellular localization of proteins of interest in biological research. We have generated camelid (Lama pacos) heavy chain-only variable VH domain (VH H) libraries against antigens in total cell lysates from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. The sdAbs in the(More)
Background: Cell walls are essential for most bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae and land plants to provide shape, structural integrity and protection from numerous biotic and abiotic environmental factors. In the case of eukaryotic algae, relatively little is known of the composition, structure or mechanisms of assembly of cell walls in individual species or(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Identification of biomarkers for pancreatic cancer may help diagnosis and treatment of patients. METHODOLOGY This pilot study evaluated potential markers for pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PAC) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). RNA samples were isolated from PBMCs and hybridized to oligonucleotide arrays. RESULTS Twenty five-fold(More)
Dicamba monooxygenase (DMO) catalyzes the O-demethylation of dicamba (3,6-dichloro-2-methoxybenzoate) to produce 3,6-dichlorosalicylate and formaldehyde. Recent crystallographic studies suggest that DMO catalyzes the challenging oxidation of a saturated C-H bond within the methyl group of dicamba to form a hemiacetal intermediate. Testing of this hypothesis(More)
Cell walls are essential for most bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae and land plants to provide shape, structural integrity and protection from numerous biotic and abiotic environmental factors. In the case of eukaryotic algae, relatively little is known of the composition, structure or mechanisms of assembly of cell walls in individual species or between(More)
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