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Drought is the major environmental stress that limits cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) production worldwide. LOS5/ABA3 (LOS5) encodes a molybdenum co-factor and is essential for activating aldehyde oxidase, which is involved in abscisic acid (ABA) biosynthesis. In this study, a LOS5 cDNA of Arabidopsis thaliana was overexpressed in cotton cultivar(More)
Abnormalities during brain development are thought to cause psychiatric illness and other neurodevelopmental disorders. However, developmental processes such as neurogenesis continue in restricted brain regions of adults, and disruptions of these processes could contribute to the phenotypes of neurodevelopmental disorders. As previously reported, we show(More)
OBJECTIVE Mutations in the cardiac sodium channel gene SCN5A are responsible for type-3 long QT disease (LQT3). The genesis of cardiac arrhythmias in LQT3 is multifaceted, and the aim of this study was to further explore mechanisms by which SCN5A mutations lead to arrhythmogenesis in vivo. METHODS We engineered selective cardiac expression of a long QT(More)
To elucidate the phytohormonal basis of the feedback regulation of leaf senescence induced by potassium (K) deficiency in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), two cultivars contrasting in sensitivity to K deficiency were self- and reciprocally grafted hypocotyl-to-hypocotyl, using standard grafting (one scion grafted onto one rootstock), Y grafting (two scions(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in China. Genetic factors that predispose individuals to CHD are unclear. In the present study, we aimed to determine whether the variation of FoxOs, a novel genetic factor associated with longevity, was associated with CHD in Han Chinese populations. METHODS(More)
The Cardiac sodium channel gene SCN5A plays a critical role in cardiac electrophysiology and its mutations, either gain- or loss-of-functions, are associated with lethal arrhythmias. In this study, we investigated the effect of overexpression of SCN5A on the cardiac phenotype in a transgenic mouse model (TG-WT L10). Compared to NTG mice, heart rate, QRS(More)
One of the main instigators leading to cell death and brain damage following ischemia is Ca(2+) dysregulation. Neuronal membrane depolarization results in the activation of voltage-gated Ca(2+) (CaV) channels and intracellular Ca(2+) influx. We investigated the physiological role of the CaV2.1 (P/Q-type) channel in ischemic neuronal injury using CaV2.1(More)
Recently, Liu and Wang described an interesting numerical method to a special class of interval quadratic programming, where the linear term in objective function and constraints involving interval coefficients (Appl. Math. Com-put. (2007), doi:10.1016/j.amc.2006.12.007). In this paper, we generalize Liu and Wang's method to general interval quadratic(More)
Secondary bacterial pneumonias are a frequent complication of influenza and other respiratory viral infections, but the mechanisms underlying viral-induced susceptibility to bacterial infections are poorly understood. In particular, it is unclear whether the host's response against the viral infection, independent of the injury caused by the virus, results(More)
Voltage-gated Ca(2+) (Ca(v)) channels control neuronal functions including neurotransmitter release and gene expression. The Cacna1a gene encodes the α1 subunit of the pore-forming Ca(v)2.1 channel. Mice with mutations in this gene form useful tools for defining channel functions. The recessive ataxic tottering-6j strain that was generated in the(More)