Zhongyang Liu

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An actinomycete, strain FXJ46(T), was isolated from cypress forest soil in northern China and shown to have chemotaxonomic and morphological properties consistent with streptomycetes. It developed greyish aerial mycelium and pinkish-brown substrate mycelium on oatmeal agar. Phylogenetic analyses based on an almost complete 16S rRNA gene sequence of the(More)
As an intermediate filament protein, cytokeratin 8 (CK8) exerts multiple cellular functions. Moreover, it has been identified as a marker of notochord cells, which play essential roles in human nucleus pulposus (NP). However, the distribution of CK8 positive cells in human NP and their relationship with intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) have not been(More)
A Gram-positive, aerobic, non-motile actinobacterium, designated strain Ms392A(T), was isolated from an ocean-sediment sample collected from the South China Sea. The isolate contained chemical markers that supported chemotaxonomic assignment to the genus Amycolatopsis. On the basis of an analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarities, strain Ms392A(T)(More)
A Gram-positive, rod-shaped, non-motile bacterium, designated strain wged11T, was isolated from the root of ginseng, and its taxonomic position was established using a polyphasic approach. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that this organism formed a robust clade with recognized species of the genus Leifsonia. Strain wged11T was(More)
—We describe recent experimental and theoretical advances in immersion lens microscopy for both surface and subsur-face imaging as applied to photonic nanostructures. We examine in detail the ability of sharp metal tips to enhance local optical fields for nanometer resolution microscopy and spectroscopy. Finally , we describe a new approach to nano-optics,(More)
The nematode-trapping fungus Arthrobotrys oligospora is the best-studied fungus for understanding the interaction between fungi and nematodes. The fungus uses three-dimensional adhesive networks to capture nematodes and then penetrates into the worms through their cuticle. Here we examine the effects of fungal cell wall related proteins on morphogenesis and(More)
Despite progress in the field of immunosuppression, acute rejection is still a common postoperative complication following liver transplantation. This study aims to investigate the capacity of the human hepatocyte growth factor (hHGF) in modifying hepatic oval cells (HOCs) administered simultaneously with orthotopic liver transplantation as a means of(More)
BACKGROUND Diamagnetic levitation is a technique that uses a strong, spatially varying magnetic field to simulate an altered gravity environment, as in space. In this study, using Streptomyces avermitilis as the test organism, we investigate whether changes in magnetic field and altered gravity induce changes in morphology and secondary metabolism. We find(More)
BACKGROUND Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer mortality in women worldwide. Hypoxia is an important factor involved in the progression of solid tumors and has been associated with various indicators of tumor metabolism, angiogenesis and metastasis. But little is known about the contribution of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-2a(More)