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Beclin 1, a mammalian autophagy protein that has been implicated in development, tumour suppression, neurodegeneration and cell death, exists in a complex with Vps34, the class III phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI(3)K) that mediates multiple vesicle-trafficking processes including endocytosis and autophagy. However, the precise role of the Beclin 1-Vps34(More)
Electrophysiological analysis of cultured neurons provides a potential approach toward understanding the physiological defects that may contribute to abnormal behavior exhibited by mutants of the fruit fly Drosophila. However, its application has been restricted by an inability to identify a particular functional or anatomical subpopulation of neurons from(More)
The receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) may play an important role in inflammatory processes and endothelial activation, likely to accelerate the processes of coronary atherosclerotic development, especially in diabetic patients. The factors that regulate arterial expression of RAGE are not completely clear. C-reactive protein (CRP) is(More)
Laminar specificity is one of the most striking features of neocortical circuitry. To explore the molecular basis of this specificity, particularly in relation to thalamocortical connectivity, we searched for the genes expressed in the upper cortical layers by constructing a subtraction cDNA library that was enriched for genes expressed in layer 4 of(More)
Matrix metallinoprotease-9 (MMP9) plays a key role in the pathogenesis of post-ischemic blood brain barrier (BBB) disruption and the formation of lesions after cerebral ischemia. In this study we investigate the effect of brain-specific miRNAs on MMP-9 protein level in the rat hippocampus following cerebral ischemia and its underlying mechanism. Cerebral(More)
Phylogenetic analysis of Chinese isolates of the citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) bacterium based on the 16S rDNA and 16S/23S rDNA intergenic regions sequences was carried out. Nine HLB samples collected from different hosts with different symptoms in seven Chinese provinces, were subjected to PCR for amplifying and sequencing the 16S rDNA. The identity level(More)
The regulation of cadherin-mediated adhesion at the cell surface underlies several morphogenetic processes. To investigate the role of cadherin regulation in morphogenesis and to begin to analyze the molecular mechanisms of cadherin regulation, we have screened for monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that allow us to manipulate the adhesive state of the cadherin(More)
An important function of the tight junction is to act as a selective barrier to ions and small molecules, although no molecule responsible for the barrier function has been identified. Here we report evidence that the localization of the 7H6 tight junction-associated antigen identified in our laboratory at tight junctions correlates with the barrier(More)
To increase the accessibility of myogenic cells for cell therapy in the infarcted heart, we identified conditions to improve the reproducible conversion of bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BMSCs) into myogenic cells. Such cells may permit functional regeneration following a myocardial infarction. BMSCs derived from green fluorescent protein (GFP)(More)
Pummelo cultivars are usually difficult to identify morphologically, especially when fruits are unavailable. The problem was addressed in this study with the use of two methods: high resolution melting analysis of SNPs and sequencing of DNA segments. In the first method, a set of 25 SNPs with high polymorphic information content were selected from SNPs(More)