Zhonghai Tang

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MicroRNA (miRNA) acts as a critical regulator of gene expression at post-transcriptional and occasionally transcriptional levels in plants. Identification of reliable miRNA genes, monitoring the procedures of transcription, processing and maturation of the miRNAs, quantification of the accumulation levels of the miRNAs in specific biological samples, and(More)
Plants have evolved exquisite molecular mechanisms to adapt to diverse abiotic stresses. MicroRNAs play an important role in stress response in plants. However, whether the other small RNAs (sRNAs) possess stress-related roles remains elusive. In this study, thousands of sRNAs responsive to cold, drought and salt stresses were identified in rice seedlings(More)
SCOPE Pterostilbene (PTE) is a resveratrol derivative mainly found in blueberries, and it has been shown to inhibit colon carcinogenesis in multiple animal models. To shed light on the mechanism of PTE in inhibiting colon carcinogenesis, we investigated the PTE metabolites in the mouse colon and in the human colon cancer cells. METHODS AND RESULTS CD-1(More)
Nobiletin, a citrus flavonoid has been associated with various beneficial biological activities. 4'-Demethylnobiletin (4DN) is a major metabolite of nobiletin and its tissue level was found to be much higher than that of nobiletin after oral administration of nobiletin in mice. Anti-inflammatory effects of 4DN were studied in lipopolysaccharide(More)
The leaves of Rubus corchorifolius L. f. have been consumed as a herbal tea for a long time. In this study, two novel (1 and 5) and four known (2, 3, 4 and 6) terpenoids were isolated from the leaves of Rubus corchorifolius L. f. Structural analysis was performed using various spectroscopic methods (1H NMR, 13C NMR and MS) to identify the following six(More)
Most of the microRNAs (miRNAs) play their regulatory roles through posttranscriptional target decay or translational inhibition. For both plants and animals, these regulatory events were previously considered to take place in cytoplasm, as mature miRNAs were observed to be exported to the cytoplasm for Argonaute (AGO) loading and subsequent target binding.(More)
Recent research has linked the non-coding intronic regions of plant genes to the production of small RNAs (sRNAs). Certain introns, called 'mirtrons' and 'sirtrons', could serve as the single-stranded RNA precursors for the generation of microRNA and small interfering RNA, respectively. However, whether the intronic regions could serve as the template for(More)
The biological roles of small RNAs (sRNAs) in metabolic processes are emerging. However, a systemic study is needed to investigate the wide-spread involvement of the sRNAs in plant metabolism. By using the metabolism-related transcripts retrieved from the public database Plant Metabolic Network, and the publicly available sRNA high-throughput sequencing(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Cancer is a leading cause of death. Hence, this study aimed at the optimization of niclosamide derivatives for the development of new potential anticancer agents. MATERIALS AND METHODS Niclosamide derivatives were synthesized and tested against a panel of human cancer cells: MDA and MCF7 breast cancer cells, PC3 and DU-145 prostate cancer(More)
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