Zhong-lin Shang

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The involvement of calcium and calcium-activated calmodulin (Ca(2+)-CaM) in heat shock (HS) signal transduction in wheat (Triticum aestivum) was investigated. Using Fluo-3/acetoxymethyl esters and laser scanning confocal microscopy, it was found that the increase of intracellular free calcium ion concentration started within 1 min after a 37 degrees C HS.(More)
Intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) increases rapidly after heat shock (HS) in the Ca(2+)/calmodulin (Ca(2+)/CaM) HS signal transduction pathway: a hypothesis proposed based on our previous findings. However, evidence for the increase in Ca(2+) after HS was obtained only through physiological and pharmacological experiments; thus, direct molecular genetic(More)
The pollen tube has been widely used to study the mechanisms underlying polarized tip growth in plants. A steep tip-to-base gradient of free cytosolic calcium ([Ca(2+)](cyt)) is essential for pollen-tube growth. Local Ca(2+) influx mediated by Ca(2+)-permeable channels plays a key role in maintaining this [Ca(2+)](cyt) gradient. Here, we developed a(More)
Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and whole-cell patch-clamp were used to investigate the role of Ca2+ influx in maintaining the cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]c) and the features of the Ca2+ influx pathway in germinating pollen grains of Lilium davidii D. [Ca2+]c decreased when Ca2+ influx was inhibited by EGTA or Ca2+ channel blockers. A(More)
In recent years, adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) has been reported to exist in apoplasts of plant cells as a signal molecule. Extracellular ATP (eATP) plays important roles in plant growth, development, and stress tolerance. Here, extracellular ATP was found to promote stomatal opening of Arabidopsis thaliana in light and darkness. ADP, GTP, and weakly(More)
OBJECTIVE Endostatin is an endogeneous angiogenesis inhibitor. The purpose of this study was to investigated the effect of Endostatin on the eyes of rats with experimental choroidal neovascularization (CNV). METHODS Experimental CNV was induced by laser photocoagulation. Animals were given subretinal injections of recombinant human Endostatin 20 microl (5(More)
• The regulation of plant potassium (K+) channels has been extensively studied in various systems. However, the mechanism of their regulation in the pollen tube is unclear. • In this study, the effects of heme and carbon monoxide (CO) on the outward K+ (K+(out)) channel in pear (Pyrus pyrifolia) pollen tube protoplasts were characterized using a patch-clamp(More)
The effects of low concentration of dihydroouabain (DHO) on intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) were investigated in guinea pig ventricular myocytes. [Ca(2+)](i) was detected by confocal microscopy and represented by fluorescent intensity. DHO (1 fmol/L~1 mmol/L) increased [Ca(2+)](i), especially at 10 pmol/L. Nisoldipine, egtazic acid, or(More)
The present study was to investigate the effects of agmatine (Agm) on free intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]( i )) of isolated rat ventricular myocytes. [Ca(2+)]( i ) was measured by confocal microscopy in single rat ventricular myocytes which were dissociated by enzymatic dissociation method and loaded with Fluo 3-AM. The changes in [Ca(2+)]( i(More)
The aim of the present study was to explore the effect of cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK-8) on [Ca(2+)](i) and its signal transduction mechanism in isolated guinea pig cardiomyocytes. [Ca(2+)](i) was measured by laser scanning confocal microscopy in single ventricular myocytes which were dissociated by enzymatic dissociation method and loaded with Fluo(More)