Yongzhang Wang

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The most direct technique for studying calcium, which is an essential element for pollen tube growth, is Ca2+ imaging. Because membranes are relatively impermeable, the loading of fluorescent Ca2+ probes into plant cells is a challenging task. Thus, we have developed a new method of loading fluo-4 acetoxymethyl ester into cells that uses a cell lysis(More)
In S-RNase-based self-incompatibility, S-RNase was previously thought to function as a selective RNase that inhibits pollen whose S-haplotype matches that in the pistil. In this study, we showed that S-RNase has a distinct effect on the regulation of Ca(2+)-permeable channel activity in the apical pollen tube in Pyrus pyrifolia. While non-self S-RNase has(More)
Acid invertase (EC is one of the key enzymes involved in the carbohydrate sinkorgan development and the sink strength modulation in crops. The experiment conducted with 'Starkrimson' apple (Malus domestica Borkh) fruit showed that, during the fruit development, the activity of acid invertase gradually declined concomitantly with the progressive(More)
Among the Rosaceae species, the gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI) is controlled by a single multi-allelic S locus, which is composed of the pistil-S and pollen-S genes. The pistil-S gene encodes a polymorphic ribonuclease (S-RNase), which is essential for identifying self-pollen. However, the S-RNase system has not been fully characterized. In this(More)
Starch degradation in cells is closely associated with cereal seed germination, photosynthesis in leaves, carbohydrate storage in tuberous roots, and fleshy fruit development. Based on previously reported in vitro assays, beta-amylase is considered one of the key enzymes catalyzing starch breakdown, but up to date its role in starch breakdown in living(More)
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