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    ABSTRACT: Although embryo development is a major subject in plant growth and development research, a number of aspects of the mechanism of this development process remain unknown. Rice (Oryza sativa) is an excellent monocot plant model for studying embryogenesis with a known genome sequence. Here, we conducted proteomic analysis of embryo development in rice (O. sativa L. ssp. indica cv. 9311). The aim was to investigate and characterize the changes in the protein expression profile during embryo development. For this purpose, the proteome of developing embryos was characterized by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and nano liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry. Proteomic analyses identified 275 differentially expressed proteins throughout the 5 sequential developmental stages from 5 to 30 days after pollination. Most of these proteins were classified into eight functional categories: metabolism, protein synthesis/destination, disease and defense, transporter, transcription, signal transduction, cell growth/division, and storage proteins, which were involved in different cellular and metabolic processes. Hierarchical clustering analyses of protein expression profiles showed that highly expressed proteins in early stages were involved in metabolism, protein synthesis/destination, and most of the other cellular functions, whereas the proteins highly expressed in later stages functioned in the desiccation and dormancy of the embryo.
    Planta 10/2011; 235(4):687-701. · 3.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A novel core-shell composite (SiO(2)-nLPD), consisting of micrometer-sized silica spheres as a core and nanometer titania particles as a surface coating, was prepared by liquid phase deposition (LPD). Here, we show the resulting core-shell composite to have better efficient and selective enrichment for mono- and multi-phosphopeptides than commercially available TiO(2) spheres without any enhancer. The material exhibited favorable characteristics for HPLC, which include narrow pore size distribution, high surface area and pore volume. We also show that the core-shell composite can efficiently separate adenosine phosphate compounds due to the Lewis acid-base interaction between titania and phosphate group when used as HPLC packings. After coating the silica sphere with titania by LPD, the silanol of silica spheres will be shielded and that the stationary phase, C(18) bonded SiO(2)-3LPD, could be used under extreme pH condition.
    Journal of Chromatography A 03/2011; 1218(20):2944-53. · 4.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Scorpion venoms contain a vast untapped reservoir of natural products, which have the potential for medicinal value in drug discovery. In this study, toxin components from the scorpion Heterometrus petersii venom were evaluated by transcriptome and proteome analysis.Ten known families of venom peptides and proteins were identified, which include: two families of potassium channel toxins, four families of antimicrobial and cytolytic peptides,and one family from each of the calcium channel toxins, La1-like peptides, phospholipase A2,and the serine proteases. In addition, we also identified 12 atypical families, which include the acid phosphatases, diuretic peptides, and ten orphan families. From the data presented here, the extreme diversity and convergence of toxic components in scorpion venom was uncovered. Our work demonstrates the power of combining transcriptomic and proteomic approaches in the study of animal venoms.
    Proteomics 05/2010; 10(13):2471-85. · 4.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Viral infection activates the transcription factors NF-κB and interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF3), which collaborate to induce type I interferons (IFNs) and initiate host innate antiviral response. IFN-stimulated gene 56 (ISG56) induced by type I IFNs is a negative regulator of cellular antiviral response. In this study, we identified ISG60 as an ISG56-associated protein by biochemical purification and mass spectrometry analysis. Overexpression of ISG60 inhibited Sendai virus-induced activation of NF-κB and IRF3. Coimmunoprecipitation assays indicated that ISG60 interacted with MDA5 and VISA, two important signaling proteins participating in virus-triggered production of type I IFNs. Furthermore, ISG60 disrupted the interaction of VISA with MDA5 or RIG-I. These results indicate that ISG60 is a negative regulator of virus-triggered type I IFNs induction.
    Wuhan University Journal of Natural Sciences 17(1).