Zhong-Bo Yu

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Recent experiments provided controversial observations that either parallel or non-parallel G-quadruplex exists in molecularly crowded buffers that mimic cellular environment. Here, we used laser tweezers to mechanically unfold structures in a human telomeric DNA fragment, 5'-(TTAGGG)4TTA, along three different trajectories. After the end-to-end distance of(More)
Here we report the analysis of dual G-quadruplexes formed in the four repeats of the consensus sequence from the insulin-linked polymorphic region (ACAGGGGTGTGGGG; ILPR(n)(=4)). Mobilities of ILPR(n)(=4) in nondenaturing gel and circular dichroism (CD) studies confirmed the formation of two intramolecular G-quadruplexes in the sequence. Both CD and single(More)
In order to investigate if there are geographic differences of bacterial community in the activated sludge collected from different geographic regions (eastern, northwestern, and northern parts) of China and to determine the co-occurrence patterns of bacterial community, activated sludge samples were collected from 10 municipal wastewater treatment plants(More)
Recent studies showed that anomalous dry conditions and limited moisture supply roughly between 1998 and 2008, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, led to reduced vegetation productivity and ceased growth in land evapotranspiration (ET). However, natural variability of Earth's climate system can degrade capabilities for identifying climate trends. Here we(More)
Enrichment of four tandem repeats of guanine (G) rich and cytosine (C) rich sequences in functionally important regions of human genome forebodes the biological implications of four-stranded DNA structures, such as G-quadruplex and i-motif, that can form in these sequences. However, there have been few reports on the intramolecular formation of non-B DNA(More)
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Multi-Satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) products have been widely used, but their error and uncertainty characteristics over diverse climate regimes still need to be quantified. In this study, we focused on a systematic evaluation of TMPA's error characteristics over mainland China, with an improved(More)
To better understand the effects of Tubificid worm bioturbation on ammonia-oxidizing microorganisms in surface lake sediment, sediment-water microcosms with different densities of Tubificid worms were constructed. Clone libraries and real-time PCR were applied to analyze the community composition and abundance of ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) and(More)
In order to investigate the effects of temperature on the abundances and community compositions of ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) and bacteria (AOB), lake microcosms were constructed and incubated at 15°C, 25°C and 35°C for 40 days, respectively. Temperature exhibited different effects on the abundance and diversity of archaeal and bacterial amoA gene. The(More)
The effects of land use on the elemental stoichiometry of aquatic organisms have rarely been studied in semi-arid watersheds. In eight semi-arid sub-watersheds differing in land use, we determined which predictor variable(s) best explains the elemental variability in two basal food resources and benthic macroinvertebrates (BMI). The elemental composition of(More)
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