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Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a common cancer in Southeast Asia, especially in southern China. One of the most striking features of this disease is its close relationship with Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). However, to date there is no direct study on the mechanisms involved in the role of EBV in the tumorigenesis of NPC, largely due to lack of an(More)
Molecular genetic studies suggest that FLORICAULA (FLO)/LEAFY (LFY) orthologs function to control compound leaf development in some legume species. However, loss-of-function mutations in the FLO/LFY orthologs result in reduction of leaf complexity to different degrees in Pisum sativum and Lotus japonicus. To further understand the role of FLO/LFY orthologs(More)
Mitochondrial calcium uptake is a critical event in various cellular activities. Two recently identified proteins, the mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter (MCU), which is the pore-forming subunit of a Ca(2+) channel, and mitochondrial calcium uptake 1 (MICU1), which is the regulator of MCU, are essential in this event. However, the molecular mechanism by which(More)
Undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is closely associated with EBV infection, and the EBV-encoded latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) is frequently detected in NPC. However, little is known about the pathologic roles of LMP1 in this disease. Recently, we reported the morphologic transformation and increased expression of the LAMC2 and ITGα6 genes(More)
Changes in emotional state are known to alter neuronal excitability and can modify learning and memory formation. Such experience-dependent neuronal plasticity can be long-lasting and is thought to involve the regulation of gene transcription. We found that a single fear-inducing stimulus increased GluR2 (also known as Gria2) mRNA abundance and promoted(More)
Autoimmune diseases are immune disorders characterized by T cell hyperactivity and B cell overstimulation leading to overproduction of autoantibodies. Although the pathogenesis of various autoimmune diseases remains to be elucidated, environmental factors have been thought to contribute to the initiation and maintenance of auto-respond inflammation.(More)
AbstractAim:To elucidate how krüppel-like factor (KLF5) activates cyclin D1 expression in Ang II-induced vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) proliferation.Methods:An adenoviral vector containing the full-length cDNA of KLF5 and a recombinant plasmid expressing c-Jun were constructed. MTT assay and flow cytometric analysis were used to determine the effect(More)
Information processing in the CNS is controlled by the activity of neuronal networks composed of principal neurons and interneurons. Activity-dependent modification of synaptic transmission onto principal neurons is well studied, but little is known about the modulation of inhibitory transmission between interneurons. However, synaptic plasticity at this(More)
Chitin was soaked in frozen sodium hydroxide for further modification. The solid state structural changes of the resulting chitin powders were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared spectroscopy measurements. During the alkali-freezing process, the crystal space parameters of chitin changed, and the order of the hydrogen bonds of chitin was(More)
Drug addiction represents a pathological usurpation of neural processes involved in learning and memory. Retrieval of drug-related memories can result in drug craving and relapse. Recently, the insula was identified as part of the neuronal circuit responsible for the processing of drug memory; however, its precise role remains unclear. To investigate the(More)