Ya-Long Xu

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BACKGROUND Insect odorant binding proteins (OBPs) and chemosensory proteins (CSPs) play an important role in chemical communication of insects. Gene discovery of these proteins is a time-consuming task. In recent years, expressed sequence tags (ESTs) of many insect species have accumulated, thus providing a useful resource for gene discovery. RESULTS We(More)
Provide an evolutionary and an empirical molecular genetic foundation of the Sus gene family in tobacco and will be beneficial for further investigations of Sus gene functions Sucrose synthase (Sus) has been well characterized as the key enzyme participating in sucrose metabolism, and the gene family encoding different Sus isozymes has been cloned and(More)
Lycopene ε-cyclase (ε-LCY) functions at a branch point of the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway and modulates the ratio of lutein to the β-carotenoids. RNA interference (RNAi) and overexpression (OE) of Ntε-LCY were used to evaluate the physiological roles of ε-LCY in Nicotiana tobacum. In leaves, strong accumulation of β-branch carotenoids and high(More)
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