1. Evaluation of 3-hydroxypropionate biosynthesis in vitro by partial introduction of the 3-hydroxypropionate/4-hydroxybutyrate cycle from Metallosphaera sedula.

    Journal of Industrial Microbiology 43(9):1313 (2016) PMID 27300329

    The chemical 3-hydroxypropionate (3HP) is an important starting reagent for the commercial synthesis of specialty chemicals. In this study, a part of the 3-hydroxypropionate/4-hydroxybutyrate cycle from Metallosphaera sedula was utilized for 3HP production. To study the basic biochemistry of thi...
  2. Genetic diversity and molecular characterization of Babesia motasi-like in small ruminants and ixodid ticks from China.

    Infection, Genetics and Evolution 41:8 (2016) PMID 26976477

    Ovine babesioses, an important tick-borne disease of sheep and goats in China, is caused by the reproduction of intraerythrocytic protozoa of the Babesia genus. Babesia motasi-like is a Babesia parasite that infects small ruminant in China, and two sub-groups of B. motasi-like can be subdivided ...
  3. Molecular detection and characterization of Theileria infection in cattle and yaks from Tibet Plateau Region, China.

    Parasitology Research 115(7):2647 (2016) PMID 27000088

    Theileriosis continues to threaten the livestock industry worldwide, but comprehensive epidemiological surveys for this disease have not been conducted in the Tibet Plateau Region, China. In this study, we screened 154 cattle blood samples from the Tibet Plateau Region (Lhasa, Lhoka, and Tianzhu...
  4. Comparative proteomic and bioinformatic analysis of Theileria luwenshuni and Theileria uilenbergi.

    Experimental Parasitology 166:51 (2016) PMID 27018062

    Theileria is an obligatory intraerythrocytic protozoan parasite that causes economic losses to the cattle, sheep and goats industry. However, very little information is available on the genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes of the ovine parasites, Theileria luwenshuni and Theileria uilenbergi. ...
  5. An indirect ELISA for detection of Theileria spp. antibodies using a recombinant protein (rTlSP) from Theileria luwenshuni.

    Experimental Parasitology 166:89 (2016) PMID 27048941

    Theileria is a tick-borne, intracellular protozoan parasite of worldwide economic and veterinary importance in small ruminants. Here, an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed based on Theileria luwenshuni recombinant surface protein (rTlSP) and was used in the standardization a...
  6. Biological Parameters of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (Acari: Ixodidae) Fed on Rabbits, Sheep, and Cattle.

    The Korean Journal of Parasitology 54(3):301 (2016) PMID 27417084 PMCID PMC4977778

    In order to determine the effect of various hosts on feeding performance of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, we used 3 mammalian species as hosts, cattle (Qinchuan), sheep (T an), and rabbits (Japanese white rabbit) for infest-ing ticks. Five hundreds of R. microplus larvae were exposed to e...
  7. Laboratory evaluation of Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae in the control of Haemaphysalis qinghaiensis in China.

    Experimental and Applied Acarology 69(2):233 (2016) PMID 27071674

    Haemaphysalis qinghaiensis, a prevalent tick species in China, is an ectoparasite that preferentially infests small ruminants and can transmit Theileria sp. and Babesia sp. In this study, we evaluated the pathogenicity of individual and mixed infections of the fungi Beauveria bassiana and Metarh...
  8. First molecular survey and identification of Anaplasma spp. in white yaks (Bos grunniens) in China.

    Parasitology 143(6):686 (2016) PMID 27003378

    Anaplasmosis is caused by a group of obligate intracellular bacteria in the genus Anaplasma, which are transmitted by ticks and infect humans, domestic animals and wildlife. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence and molecular characterization of Anaplasma spp. in semi-wild white y...
  9. Discovery of a Novel, Orally Efficacious Liver X Receptor (LXR) β Agonist.

    Journal of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry 59(7):3264 (2016) PMID 26990539

    This article describes the application of Contour to the design and discovery of a novel, potent, orally efficacious liver X receptor β (LXRβ) agonist (17). Contour technology is a structure-based drug design platform that generates molecules using a context perceptive growth algorithm guided by...
  10. Evaluation of different nested PCRs for detection of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in ruminants and ticks.

    BMC Veterinary Research 12(1):35 (2016) PMID 26911835 PMCID PMC4765105

    Anaplasma phagocytophilum is a causative agent of granulocytic anaplasmosis in mammals, which has a broad geographical distribution and a high degree of clinical diversity. Currently, numerous PCR assays have been developed and used for the detection of A. phagocytophilum in various specimens. H...
  11. Expression analysis and biological characterization of Babesia sp. BQ1 (Lintan) (Babesia motasi-like) rhoptry-associated protein 1 and its potential use in serodiagnosis via ELISA.

    Parasites & Vectors 9(1):313 (2016) PMID 27245213 PMCID PMC4888343

    In China, ovine babesiosis is one of the most important tick-borne haemoparasitic diseases of small ruminants. It has a significant economic impact, and several Babesia motasi-like isolates have been recently shown to be responsible for ovine babesiosis in this country. Full-length and C-termina...
  12. Novel spotted fever group rickettsiae in Haemaphysalis qinghaiensis ticks from Gansu, Northwest China.

    Parasites & Vectors 9(1):146 (2016) PMID 26968160 PMCID PMC4788852

    Rickettsia spp. are obligate intracellular bacteria and well known as transmitted by arthropods. These pathogens have a broad geographic distribution and a high degree of biological and clinical diversity. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence and molecular characterization of Ric...
  13. CELF RNA binding proteins promote axon regeneration in C. elegans and mammals through alternative splicing of Syntaxins.

    eLife 5 (2016) PMID 27253061 PMCID PMC4946901

    Axon injury triggers dramatic changes in gene expression. While transcriptional regulation of injury-induced gene expression is widely studied, less is known about the roles of RNA binding proteins (RBPs) in post-transcriptional regulation during axon regeneration. In C. elegans the CELF (CUGBP ...
  14. KRN4 Controls Quantitative Variation in Maize Kernel Row Number.

    PLoS Genetics 11(11):e1005670 (2015) PMID 26575831 PMCID PMC4648495

    Kernel row number (KRN) is an important component of yield during the domestication and improvement of maize and controlled by quantitative trait loci (QTL). Here, we fine-mapped a major KRN QTL, KRN4, which can enhance grain productivity by increasing KRN per ear. We found that a ~3-Kb intergen...
  15. Ligand-Dependent Enhancer Activation Regulated by Topoisomerase-I Activity

    Cell 163(2):520 (2015)

  16. Simultaneous detection of 33 Streptococcus suis serotypes using the luminex xTAG® assay™.

    Journal of Microbiological Methods 117:95 (2015) PMID 26210040

    We report the development and evaluation of a serotype-specific xTAG luminex assay (SSA) that allows detection of the 33 serotypes of Streptococcus suis (S. suis). This assay is based on wzy gene targets directly involved in the cps biosynthesis and can be completed 40 min post-PCR amplification...
  17. LSD1n is an H4K20 demethylase regulating memory formation via transcriptional elongation control.

    Nature Neuroscience 18(9):1256 (2015) PMID 26214369 PMCID PMC4625987

    We found that a neuron-specific isoform of LSD1, LSD1n, which results from an alternative splicing event, acquires a new substrate specificity, targeting histone H4 Lys20 methylation, both in vitro and in vivo. Selective genetic ablation of LSD1n led to deficits in spatial learning and memory, r...
  18. Condensin I and II Complexes License Full Estrogen Receptor α-Dependent Enhancer Activation.

    Molecular Cell 59(2):188 (2015) PMID 26166704

    Enhancers instruct spatio-temporally specific gene expression in a manner tightly linked to higher-order chromatin architecture. Critical chromatin architectural regulators condensin I and condensin II play non-redundant roles controlling mitotic chromosomes. But the chromosomal locations of con...
  19. Eight Novel Capsular Polysaccharide Synthesis Gene Loci Identified in Nontypeable Streptococcus suis Isolates.

    Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81(12):4111 (2015) PMID 25862221 PMCID PMC4524132

    Streptococcus suis is an important pathogen of pigs and may cause serious disease in humans. Serotyping is one of the important diagnostic tools and is used for the epidemiological study of S. suis. Nontypeable S. suis strains have been reported in many studies; however, the capsular polysacchar...
  20. Identification and characterization of Tu88, an antigenic gene from Theileria uilenbergi.

    Experimental Parasitology 153:63 (2015) PMID 25770598

    Theileria uilenbergi is a pathogen that causes ovine theileriosis. Prevention and control of theileriosis relies on its diagnosis at early stages of occurrence and requires understanding of proteins with antigenic properties from the pathogen. Despite its prevalence in China, only a few molecule...