Zhao Zhong Su

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NAC proteins are plant-specific transcriptional regulators. ATAF1 was one of the first identified NAC proteins in Arabidopsis. In present study, we characterized the ATAF1 expression and biological function in response to water deficit stress. ATAF1 mRNA expression was strongly induced by dehydration and abscisic acid (ABA) treatment, but inhibited by water(More)
Astrocyte-elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) expression is increased in multiple cancers and plays a central role in Ha-ras-mediated oncogenesis through the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling pathway. Additionally, overexpression of AEG-1 protects primary and transformed human and rat cells from serum starvation-induced apoptosis through activation of(More)
The Arabidopsis monovalent cation:proton antiporter-1 (CPA1) family includes eight members, AtNHX1-8. AtNHX1 and AtNHX7/SOS1 have been well characterized as tonoplast and plasma membrane Na+/H+ antiporters, respectively. The proteins AtNHX2-6 have been phylogenetically linked to AtNHX1, while AtNHX8 appears to be related to AtNHX7/SOS1. Here we report(More)
Malignant gliomas including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and anaplastic astrocytomas are the most common primary brain tumors. Despite multimodal treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, median survival for patients with GBMs is only 12 to 15 months. Identifying molecules critical for glioma progression is crucial for devising effective(More)
Cellular membranes act as signaling platforms and control solute transport. Membrane receptors, transporters, and enzymes communicate with intracellular processes through protein-protein interactions. Using a split-ubiquitin yeast two-hybrid screen that covers a test-space of 6.4 × 10(6) pairs, we identified 12,102 membrane/signaling protein interactions(More)
To elucidate the vascular actions of lysophosphatidylcholine, we examined its effects on the concentration of cytosolic free calcium ([Ca2+]i), plasma membrane fluidity and release of lactate dehydrogenase in vascular endothelial cells cultured from bovine aortas. The [Ca2+]i of the endothelial cells was measured by a dual-wavelength fluorospectrophotometer(More)
The frequency of mutants among the descendants of intact parvovirus H-1 was increased when cells of human and rat origin were exposed to UV light prior to infection. An enhanced mutagenesis of intact H-1 could be induced to almost the same extent in unirradiated cells by preinfecting them with H-1 or simian virus 40 that had been irradiated with UV light.(More)
Aggressive tumor growth, diffuse tissue invasion, and neurodegeneration are hallmarks of malignant glioma. Although glutamate excitotoxicity is considered to play a key role in glioma-induced neurodegeneration, the mechanism(s) controlling this process is poorly understood. Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) is an oncogene that is overexpressed in several(More)
Understanding the molecular and genetic determinants of cancer will provide unique opportunities for developing rational and effective therapies. Malignant cells are frequently resistant to chemotherapy and radiation induced programmed cell death (apoptosis). This resistance can occur by mutations in the tumor suppressor gene p53. Strategies designed to(More)
Drought dramatically affects plant growth and crop yield, but previous studies primarily examined responses to drought during vegetative development. Here, to study responses to drought during reproductive development, we grew Arabidopsis thaliana plants with limited water, under conditions that allowed the plants to initiate and complete reproduction.(More)