Yi-Zhi Song

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In environmental microbiology, the most commonly used methods of bacterial DNA transfer are conjugation and electroporation. However, conjugation requires physical contact and cell-pilus-cell interactions; electroporation requires low-ionic strength medium and high voltage. These limitations have hampered broad applications of bacterial DNA delivery. We(More)
The long term impact of neuroflammation induced by systemic inflammation on astroglial transcription factor nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB activation in the sub-region of hippocampus as well as its' association with the ultra-structural changes in brain cells are yet unknow. In this study, rats received 10 mg/kg of lipopolysaccharide (LPS, ip injection) and(More)
Although the expression of NMDARs and synaptic-associated proteins has been widely studied, the temporospatial distribution of NMDAR subunits and synaptic proteins in different hippocampal subregions during postnatal development still lacks detailed information, and the relationship between NR1 or NR2 subunits and PSD-95 family proteins is controversial. In(More)
The role of caspases in the regulation of apoptosis of neurons during development is well established. An emerging body of evidence indicates that caspases may also play significant roles which are nonapoptotic. We have demonstrated previously that the executor caspase-3 exhibited a unique pattern of spatiotemporal expression in the postnatal rat(More)
Synaptic dysfunction during early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is triggered by soluble amyloid-β (Aβ) oligomers that interact with NMDA receptors (NMDARs). We previously showed that Aβ induces synaptic protein loss through NMDARs, albeit through undefined mechanisms. Accordingly, we here examined the contribution of individual NMDAR subunits to(More)
Early-stage Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by synaptic dysfunction, a phenomenon in which soluble oligomers of amyloid-beta (Aβ) and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) are implicated. Here, we demonstrated that astrocytes express NMDARs and therefore have the potential to modulate the synaptotoxic actions of Aβ. We found that specific(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related progressive neurodegenerative disease, and early stage AD is characterized by synaptic dysfunction generally ascribed to soluble oligomers of amyloid-beta (Aβ). Neurotrophic factors are promising for AD treatment and are integrally involved in neuronal growth, survival and maintenance. Cerebral dopamine(More)
It is estimated that over 99% of microorganisms have not as yet been cultivated (Whitman et al., 1998). These uncultured microbes are the 'dark matter' of the microbio-logical world and play important roles in natural ecosystems and the human microbiome (Lagier et al., 2012; Rinke et al., 2013); however, their ecological role and function remain largely(More)
A whole-cell bioreporter, Acinetobacter baylyi ADPWH_recA, was used to estimate the genotoxicity and bioavailability of chromium (VI) [Cr(VI)] in contaminated soils. Upon direct exposure to pre-sonicated soil samples, ADPWH_recA gave the highest response to the genotoxicity of Cr(VI) within 5 h with a detection limit of 2 µM Cr(VI). Investigations on sites(More)