Xiaomin Dong

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Periplaneta fuliginosa Densovirus (PfDNV), an autonomous invertebrate parvovirus that infects the cockroach, is unusual in that alternative splicing is involved in the structural gene expression. The expression strategy for nonstructural (NS) genes has yet not been reported. Northern blot analysis of cockroach larvae infected with PfDNV revealed two(More)
The non-structural protein NS1 of Periplaneta fuliginosa densovirus (PfDNV) is a multifunctional protein that has previously been shown to possess ATP-binding, ATPase, site-specific DNA-binding, helicase, and transcription activation activities. We report here an investigation of the cytopathogenicity of this viral non-structural (NS) protein, as well as(More)
The natural cytotoxic marine compound, jaspine B, is stereoselectively synthesized from D-xylose in 11 linear steps with a 23.9% overall yield. The key step in the synthesis involves an iodine-induced debenzylation of a primary alcohol and the subsequent 2,5-cyclization to fit the required configuration of jaspine B. A preliminary bioassay shows strong(More)
MicroRNAs (miRs) are endogenous ≈22-nt non-coding RNAs that participate in the regulation of gene expression at post-transcriptional level. MiR-1 is one of the muscle-specific miRs, aberrant expression of miR-1 plays important roles in many physiological and pathological processes. In this review, we focus on the recent studies about miR-1 in cardiac(More)
Individuals carrying mutations at both ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) gene alleles reportedly have increased plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Previous studies have demonstrated that defective ATM function promotes atherosclerosis. We previously demonstrated that ATM facilitates the clearance of plasma apolipoprotein (Apo)E-deficient,(More)
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