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Plant mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades play a pivotal role in a range of biotic and abiotic stress responses. In this study, we isolated a novel group D MAPK gene, ZmMPK17, from maize (Zea mays L.). ZmMPK17 is localized mainly to the nucleus and its C-terminal domain extension is believed to be essential for this. Northern-blot analysis(More)
Tissue engineering approach provides a hopeful strategy for reconstructing testis testosterone-secreting functions. However, limited source and low proliferative activity in vitro of Leydig cells (LCs, the main testosteroneproducing cells) makes testis-like tissue regeneration difficult to be achieved. This study explored the feasibility of in vitro(More)
To describe a modified surgical procedure that uses a combination of the tarsoconjunctival flap, orbicularis myocutaneous advancement flap, and paranasal-island flap to correct extensive full-thickness lower eyelid defects in functioning eyes.From May 2010 to December 2013, a total of 15 patients had reconstructive surgeries of large to giant lower eyelid(More)
Statins exert pleiotropic effects on endothelial cells in addition to lowering cholesterol. 15-Lipoxygenase-1 (ALOX15) has been implicated in vascular inflammation and disease. The relationship between atorvastatin and ALOX15 was investigated using a rat carotid artery balloon-injury model. Hematoxylin and eosin (HE) staining showed that ALOX15(More)
Reconstruction of the auricular conchal cavity is relatively difficult because of its unique structure, shape, and location. We compared different methods of repair of the auricular concha to determine the method that would cause the least injury to the donor site.The method selected was based on the location and size of the defect. If the defect was(More)
The incidence of non‑small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has significantly increased in China, while the prognosis of affected patients is poor. The pathogenesis of NSCLC is thought to be regulated by microRNAs (miRs). The present study used a miR array in order to determine the expression of miR‑361‑5p, which was significantly lower in NSCLC tissues compared(More)
This paper puts forward a control algorithm based on the improved conductance increment method according to the maximum power point tracking (MPPT) of photovoltaic cells, because the traditional one fails to strike a balance well between photovoltaic system's efficiency and accuracy. It employs a less variable step length in the vicinity of the maximum(More)
We introduce the so-called WTAS-Framework to support the development of wearable task assistance system for industry applications, such as assembly line production and equipment inspection and maintenance. Based on a hierarchical and reconfigurable architecture, the WTAS framework features the ability to use available sensor sources to perceive the user's(More)
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