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Plant basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors play essential roles in abiotic stress tolerance. However, most bHLHs have not been functionally characterized. Here, we characterized the functional role of a bHLH transcription factor from Arabidopsis, AtbHLH112, in response to abiotic stress. AtbHLH112 is a nuclear-localized protein, and its(More)
Plant vacuolar H(+)-ATPase (V-ATPase) plays an important role in response to different adverse environmental conditions. In the present study, we cloned and characterized a V-ATPase c subunit gene (ThVHAc1) from Tamarix hispida. The deduced ThVHAc1 amino acid sequence lacks a signal peptide and ThVHAc1 is a highly hydrophobic protein with four transmembrane(More)
Novel geldanamycin derivative, 4,5-dihydro-thiazinogeldanamycin (3), was characterized from the gdmP mutant in Streptomyces hygroscopicus 17997, besides expected 4,5-dihydro-geldanamycin (2). The presence of this compound would suggest an unknown post-PKS modification in geldanamycin biosynthesis. Compound 3 exhibited moderate anti-HSV-1-virus activity and(More)
Plant lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are ubiquitous lipid-binding proteins that are involved in various stress responses. In this study, we cloned 14 unique LTP genes (ThLTP 1-14) from Tamarix hispida Willd. (Tamaricaceae) to investigate their roles under various abiotic stress conditions. The expression profiles of the 14 ThLTPs in response to NaCl,(More)
The DRE-binding (DREB) transcription factors play an important role in regulating stress-related genes. In the present study, a novel DREB gene (LbDREB) from Limonium bicolor was cloned. To characterize the function of DREB in heavy metal stress tolerance, LbDREB-transformed tobacco plants were generated and subjected to CuSO(4) stress. Analysis of the role(More)
As one of the most toxic heavy metals in the environment, cadmium (Cd) poses a severe threat to plant growth. We previously reported that overexpression of the Tamarix hispida V-ATPase c subunit (ThVHAc1) improved the Cd tolerance of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In the current study, we further explored the Cd tolerance conferred by ThVHAc1 in Arabidopsis and(More)
Protein kinase CK2 is frequently elevated in a variety of human cancers. The Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway has been implicated in stem cell maintenance, and its aberrant activation has been indicated in several types of cancer, including lung cancer. In this study, we show that CK2 is positively involved in Hh/Gli signaling in lung cancer cell lines A549(More)
Abscisic acid (ABA) plays a crucial role in plant responses to abiotic stress. To investigate differences in plant responses to salt and ABA stimulus, differences in gene expression in Arabidopsis in response to salt and ABA were compared using an Agilent oligo microarray. A total of 144 and 139 genes were significantly up- and downregulated, respectively,(More)
Limonium bicolor, a halophytic species of Plumbaginaceae, can thrive in saline or saline-alkali (sodic) soil, demonstrating that it has developed an efficient saline-alkali resistance system, and is an ideal material for the study of saline-alkali tolerance. In order to identify and characterize the complexity of this adaptation, expressed sequence tags(More)
Considerable efforts have been devoted to the development of novel functionalized nanomaterials for bio-oriented applications. With unique optical properties and molar scale production, colloidal photoluminescent quantum dots (QDs) have been properly functionalized with controlled interfaces as new class of optical probes with extensive use in biomedical(More)