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This experiment was conducted to test the effects of foliar application of progesterone on the photochemical efficiency of photosystem II (PSII) and photosynthetic rate in wheat flag leaves subjected to cross-stress of heat and high light during grain-filling stage. The results showed that progesterone pretreatment increased the activities of superoxide(More)
In this study, we investigated the effects of foliar applied salicylic acid (SA) on protecting wheat (Triticum aestivum) from heat and high light stress during the grain filling stage. Specifically, the Photosystem II (PSII) photochemistry of wheat flag leaves under the treatment of SA was studied as indicators for stress response. Our results indicated(More)
Weight control by dietary calorie restriction (DCR) or exercise has been shown to prevent cancer in various models. However, the mechanisms as to how weight control is beneficial are not well understood. While previous reports have investigated the effects of weight control on total lipid levels or lipid composition within cellular membranes, there has been(More)
The neuronal PAS domain proteins NPAS1 and NPAS3 are members of the basic helix-loop-helix-PER-ARNT-SIM (bHLH-PAS) family, and their genetic deficiencies are linked to a variety of human psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders and bipolar disease. NPAS1 and NPAS3 must each heterodimerize with the aryl hydrocarbon receptor(More)
This Article contains an error in the Acknowledgements section: " We are grateful to professor Zongchao Jia (Queen's University, Canada) and Dr. Xiaofeng Xie (Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China) for their revision of the manuscript; to professor Jie Zhang, Dr. Changlong Shu and Yuanyuan Guo for 454 pyrosequencing of the Bt BRC-ZYR2 genome; to(More)
We examined the effects of 2,4-epibrassinolide (EBR) application on photosynthesis, antioxidant enzyme activity, and Rubisco activase (RCA) gene expression in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings under a combination of drought and heat stress. The net photosynthetic rates (Pn) of wheat seedlings decreased significantly, the photosynthetic capability was(More)
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), one of the most successful biopesticides, may expand its potential by producing bacteriocins (thuricins). The aim of this study was to investigate the antimicrobial potential of a novel Bt bacteriocin, thuricin BtCspB, produced by Bt BRC-ZYR2. The results showed that this bacteriocin has a high similarity with cold-shock protein(More)
Escherichia coli and Shigella spp. are two major bacterial contaminants in raw milk. Effective screening of the two microbes before starting the production process is a critical step for the quality and safety guarantee of the resulting dairy products. This study reported a rapid and simple realtime PCR assay using a ubiquitous primer and probe set(More)
Exercise has been previously reported to lower cancer risk through reducing circulating IGF-1 and IGF-1-dependent signaling in a mouse skin cancer model. This study aims to investigate the underlying mechanisms by which exercise may down-regulate the IGF-1 pathway via p53 and p53-related regulators in the skin epidermis. Female SENCAR mice were pair-fed an(More)
Diabetes mellitus is related to low-grade chronic inflammation and oxidative stress. Bupleurum Polysaccharides (BPs), isolated from Bupleurum smithii var. parvifolium has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. However, little is known about its therapeutic effects on diabetes. In this experiment, the effects of BPs on alleviation of diabetes and(More)
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