Zhenghui Liu

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Grain chalkiness is a complex trait adversely affecting appearance and milling quality, and therefore has been one of principal targets for rice improvement. Eliminating chalkiness from rice has been a daunting task due to the complex interaction between genotype and environment and the lack of molecular markers. In addition, the molecular mechanisms(More)
In inflamed venules, leukocytes use P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1) to roll on P-selectin and E-selectin and to activate integrin alphaLbeta2 (lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1, LFA-1) to slow rolling on intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1). Studies in cell lines have suggested that PSGL-1 requires its cytoplasmic domain to localize(More)
Nitrification in aquatic ecosystems plays a crucial role in the global nitrogen cycling. It has been widely accepted that ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) are responsible for nitrification. However, this concept is currently challenged by the ubiquity of ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) in various environments, such as in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.(More)
Bacterioplankton community compositions in the Dongjiang River were characterized using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and 16S rRNA gene clone library construction. Water samples in nine different sites were taken along the mainstem and three tributaries. In total, 24 bands from DGGE gels and 406 clones from the libraries were selected and(More)
In recent years, the application of proteomic approaches as a tool for global expression analysis and protein identification has been highly efficient in the field of plant research. A solution culture experiment involving two nitrogen treatments, 0.14 mM NH4NO3 (low nitrogen (N)) and 1.07 mM NH4NO3 (control), was conducted to investigate the response of(More)
Nitrogen plays a central role in rice growth and development because it modulates a wide variety of processes, including cytokinin (CK) metabolism. CK-mediated signaling is also related to nitrogen metabolism. The functional relation between nitrogen and CK are extremely complex and unclear. In this study, a comparative proteomic analysis was carried out to(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to assess the associations of six single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of three genes (DRD3, COMT, and SCL6A4) with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in Southern Chinese. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Five hundred ninety-five cases with T2DM and 725 healthy controls of Han origin were recruited from six hospitals in Guangdong(More)
Toxoplasma gondii and uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) may infect the testis and impair testicular function. Mechanisms underlying testicular innate immune response to these two pathogens remain to be clarified. The present study examined the function of TLR11, which can be recognized by T. gondii-derived profilin and UPEC, in initiating innate immune(More)
Although wide range of viruses can infect adipose tissues, innate antiviral response of adipose cells has not been investigated. This study focused on innate antiviral system in mouse adipose cells. Major virus sensors including Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3), melanoma differentiation-associated antigen 5 (MDA5) and retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I) are(More)