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EhMT1, a type 1 metallothionein (MT) gene, was cloned from Elsholtzia haichowensis, a Cu-tolerant plant. Typical of plant type 1 MTs, EhMT1 encodes a putative peptide of 74 amino acid residues containing cysteine-rich domains. Sequence comparisons with various databases revealed strong similarities at the nucleotide and amino acid levels between EhMT1 and(More)
Metallothioneins are cysteine-rich, metal-binding proteins, but their exact functions are not fully understood. In this study, we isolated two metallothionein genes, BcMT1 and BcMT2 from Brassica campestris to increase our understanding of metal tolerance mechanisms in Brassica plants. Semi-quantitative RT-PCR was used to analyze expression of the two BcMTs(More)
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a crucial step in disease progression, plays a key role in tumor metastasis. N-cadherin, a well-known EMT marker, acts as a major oncogene in diverse cancers, whereas its functions in thyroid cancer remains largely unclear. This study was designed to explore the biological roles and related molecular mechanism of(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormal telomere length is widely reported in various human cancers, and it is considered to be an important hallmark of cancer. However, there is remarkably little consensus on the value of telomere length in the prognostic evaluation of esophageal cancers. Here, we attempted to determine the association of variable telomere length with(More)
Avian leukosis viruses subgroup J (ALV-J) exists as a complex mixture of different, but closely related genomes named quasispecies subjected to continuous change according to the Principles of Darwinian evolution. The present study seeks to compare conventional Sanger sequencing with deep sequencing using MiSeq platform to study quasispecies dynamics of(More)
E26 transformation-specific (ETS) transcription factor EHF plays a tumor suppressor role in prostate cancer and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), whereas it is overexpressed and may act as an oncogene in ovarian and mammary cancers. However, its biological role in thyroid cancer remains totally unknown. The aim of this study was to explore the(More)
Safety issues are critical barriers to large-scale energy storage applications of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Using an ameliorated, thermally stable, shutdown separator is an effective method to overcome the safety issues. Herein, we demonstrate a novel, cellulosic biomass-material-blended polyvinylidene fluoride separator that was prepared using a simple(More)
To examine heavy metal-induced regulatory mechanisms at the transcriptional level, a cell wall-associated receptor kinase (WAK) gene, OsWAK11 and its upstream promoter region (−946/+28) were isolated from Oryza sativa. OsWAK11 expression in response to abiotic stress was examined using a β-glucuronidase (GUS) gene fusion. Semi-quantitative RT-PCR was used(More)
Keshan disease (KD) is an endemic cardiomyopathy with high mortality. Selenium (Se) and zinc (Zn) deficiencies are closely related to KD. The molecular mechanism of KD pathogenesis is still unclear. There are only few studies on the interaction of trace elements and proteins associated with the pathogenesis of KD. In this study, isobaric tags for relative(More)
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