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Lung cancer has been the leading type of cancers with regard to mortality and mobility. New versions of RNAi-based therapy are greatly required to tackle the challenges of lung cancer. In this study, we developed a novel siRNA delivery vector based on our magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (M-MSNs) platform. This nanocarrier was constructed by loading(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Determining how cerebral cortex adapts to sudden focal damage is important for gaining a better understanding of stroke. In this study we used a computational model to examine the hypothesis that cortical map reorganization after a simulated infarct is critically dependent on perilesion excitability and to identify factors that(More)
Mycelia of basidiomycetes differentiating into fruiting body is a controlled developmental process, however the underlying molecular mechanism remains unknown. In previous work, a novel fungal Agrocybe aegerita galectin (AAL) was isolated from A. aegerita in our laboratory. AAL was shown to promote mycelial differentiation in A. aegerita and Auricularia(More)
RNA interference (RNAi) is widely regarded as a promising technology for disease treatment, yet one major obstacle for its clinical application is the lack of efficient siRNA delivery vehicles. In this study, we described a magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (M-MSNs)-based, polyelectrolyte (polyethylenimine, PEI) and fusogenic peptide(More)
The number of vertebrae is an economically important trait that affects carcass length and meat production in pigs. A major quantitative trait locus (QTL) for thoracic vertebral number has been repeatedly identified on pig chromosome (SSC) 7. To dissect the genetic basis of the major locus, we herein genotyped a large sample of animals from 3 experimental(More)
Autophagy has been involved in numerous diseases processes. However, little is known about the role of autophagy in cardiac fibrosis. Thus, whether or not angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced autophagy has a regulatory function on cardiac fibrosis was detected in vitro and in vivo. In rat cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) stimulated with Ang II, activated autophagy was(More)
A novel lectin was isolated from the mushroom Agrocybe aegerita (designated AAL-2) by affinity chromatography with GlcNAc (N-acetylglucosamine)-coupled Sepharose 6B after ammonium sulfate precipitation. The AAL-2 coding sequence (1224 bp) was identified by performing a homologous search of the five tryptic peptides identified by MS against the translated(More)
BACKGROUND Agrocybe aegerita, the black poplar mushroom, has been highly valued as a functional food for its medicinal and nutritional benefits. Several bioactive extracts from A. aegerita have been found to exhibit antitumor and antioxidant activities. However, limited genetic resources for A. aegerita have hindered exploration of this species. (More)
BACKGROUND Cordyceps militaris, an ascomycete caterpillar fungus, has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for many years owing to its anticancer and immunomodulatory activities. Currently, artificial culturing of this beneficial fungus has been widely used and can meet the market, but systematic molecular studies on the developmental stages of(More)
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) F4ac is a major determinant of diarrhea and mortality in neonatal and young pigs. Susceptibility to ETEC F4ac is governed by the intestinal receptor specific for the bacterium and is inherited as a monogenic dominant trait. To identify the receptor gene (F4acR), we first mapped the locus to a 7.8-cM region on pig(More)