Tao Zeng

Tao Zeng
Shanghai Institute of Nutrition and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences

PhD

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January 2011 - present
Independent Researcher
Independent Researcher
Position
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
July 2008 - December 2009
January 2006 - December 2010
Wuhan University

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Lung is the most important organ in the human respiratory system, whose normal functions are quite essential for human beings. Under certain pathological conditions, the normal lung functions could no longer be maintained in patients, and lung transplantation is generally applied to ease patients’ breathing and prolong their lives. However, several...
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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive disease that leads to irreversible behavioral changes, erratic emotions, and loss of motor skills. These conditions make people with AD hard or almost impossible to take care of. Multiple internal and external pathological factors may affect or even trigger the initiation and progression of AD. DNA methylat...
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Mammary gland is present in all mammals and usually functions in producing milk to feed the young offspring. Mammogenesis refers to the growth and development of mammary gland, which begins at puberty and ends after lactation. Pregnancy is regulated by various cytokines, which further contributes to mammary gland development. Epithelial cells, incl...
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Given the limitation of technologies, the subcellular localizations of proteins are difficult to identify. Predicting the subcellular localization and the intercellular distribution patterns of proteins in accordance with their specific biological roles, including validated functions, relationships with other proteins, and even their specific seque...
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Species retaining ancestral features, such as species called living fossils, are often regarded as less derived than their sister groups, but such discussions are usually based on qualitative enumeration of conserved traits. This approach creates a major barrier, especially when quantifying the degree of phenotypic evolution or degree of derivednes...
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Skin, as the outmost layer of human body, is frequently exposed to environmental stressors including pollutants and ultraviolet (UV), which could lead to skin disorders. Generally, skin response process to ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation is a nonlinear dynamic process, with unknown underlying molecular mechanism of critical transition. Here, the la...
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Wisely differentiating high-risk papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) patients from low-risk PTC patients preoperatively is necessary when comes to making a personalized treatment plan. It is not easy to stratify the risk of patients according to sonography or lab results before surgery. This study aims to seek out potential mutation gene markers that...
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Background Type 2 diabetes (T2D) cause the dysfunction of insulin produced in the pancreas by beta cell, which leads to the non-correct response in fat, liver, and muscle cells. However, we are still far from completely understanding the molecular and cellular discriminants for T2D on cell level. Methods On collected and integrated single-cell RNA...
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Cancer has been generally defined as a cluster of systematic malignant pathogenesis involving abnormal cell growth. Genetic mutations derived from environmental factors and inherited genetics trigger the initiation and progression of cancers. Although several well-known factors affect cancer, mutation features and rules that affect cancers are rela...
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Urban living has been reported to cause various skin disorders. As an integral part of the skin barrier, the skin microbiome is among the key factors associated with urbanization-related skin alterations. The role of skin microbiome in mediating the effect of urban stressors (e.g., air pollutants) on skin physiology is not well understood. We gener...
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COVID-19, a severe respiratory disease caused by a new type of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, has been spreading all over the world. Patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 may have no pathogenic symptoms, i.e., presymptomatic patients and asymptomatic patients. Both patients could further spread the virus to other susceptible people, thereby making the control...
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Phenotype is one of the most significant concepts in genetics, which is used to describe all the characteristics of a research object that can be observed. Considering that phenotype reflects the integrated features of genotype and environment factors, it is hard to define phenotype characteristics, even difficult to predict unknown phenotypes. Res...
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Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a systematic chronic metabolic condition with abnormal sugar metabolism dysfunction, and its complications are the most harmful to human beings and may be life-threatening after long-term durations. Considering the high incidence and severity at late stage, researchers have been focusing on the identification of specific bi...
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Antifreeze protein (AFP) is a proteinaceous compound with improved antifreeze ability and binding ability to ice to prevent its growth. As a surface-active material, a small number of AFPs have a tremendous influence on the growth of ice. Therefore, identifying novel AFPs is important to understand protein–ice interactions and create novel ice-bind...
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In the past few years, a wealth of sample-specific network construction methods and structural network control methods has been proposed to identify sample-specific driver nodes for supporting the Sample-Specific network Control (SSC) analysis of biological networked systems. However, there is no comprehensive evaluation for these state-of-the-art...
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Pregnancy is a complicated and long procedure during one or more offspring development inside a woman. A short period of oxygen shortage after birth is quite normal for most babies and does not threaten their health. However, if babies have to suffer from a long period of oxygen shortage, then this condition is an indication of pathological fetal i...
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a severe chronic pathogenic inflammatory abnormality that damages small joints. Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment procedures for RA have been established because of its severe symptoms and relatively high morbidity. Medication and surgery are the two major therapeutic approaches. Infliximab (IFX) is a novel biologic...
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For a long time, gut bacteria have been recognized for their important roles in the occurrence and progression of gastrointestinal diseases like colorectal cancer, and the ever‐increasing amounts of microbiome data combined with other high‐quality clinical and imaging datasets are leading the study of gastrointestinal diseases into an era of biomed...
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Cancer is one of the most threatening diseases to humans. It can invade multiple significant organs, including lung, liver, stomach, pancreas, and even brain. The identification of cancer biomarkers is one of the most significant components of cancer studies as the foundation of clinical cancer diagnosis and related drug development. During the lar...
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The immune system is a complicated defensive system that comprises multiple functional cells and molecules acting against endogenous and exogenous pathogenic factors. Identifying immune cell subtypes and recognizing their unique immunological functions are difficult because of the complicated cellular components and immunological functions of the i...
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Protein–protein interactions (PPIs) describe the direct physical contact of two proteins that usually results in specific biological functions or regulatory processes. The characterization and study of PPIs through the investigation of their pattern and principle have remained a question in biological studies. Various experimental and computational...
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The functions of proteins are mainly determined by their subcellular localizations in cells. Currently, many computational methods for predicting the subcellular localization of proteins have been proposed. However, these methods require further improvement, especially when used in protein representations. In this study, we present an embedding-bas...
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The world-wide Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic was triggered by the widespread of a new strain of coronavirus named as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Multiple studies on the pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 have been conducted immediately after the spread of the disease. However, the molecular pathogenesis of t...
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Smooth muscles are a specific muscle subtype that is widely identified in the tissues of internal passageways. This muscle subtype has the capacity for controlled or regulated contraction and relaxation. Airway smooth muscles are a unique type of smooth muscles that constitute the effective, adjustable, and reactive wall that covers most areas of t...
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Multiple driver genes in individual patient samples may cause resistance to individual drugs in precision medicine. However, current computational methods have not studied how to fill the gap between per-sonalized driver gene identification and combinato-rial drug discovery for individual patients. Here, we developed a novel structural network cont...
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Glioblastoma, also called glioblastoma multiform (GBM), is the most aggressive cancer that initiates within the brain. GBM is produced in the central nervous system. Cancer cells in GBM are similar to stem cells. Several different schemes for GBM stratification exist. These schemes are based on intertumoral molecular heterogeneity, preoperative ima...
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Cancer can be generally defined as a cluster of systematic diseases triggered by abnormal cell proliferation and growth. With the development of biological sciences and biotechnologies, the etiology of cancer is partially revealed, including some of the most substantial pathogenic factors [either endogenous (genetics) or exogenous (environmental)]....
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Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common cardiovascular disease. CAD research has greatly progressed during the past decade. mRNA is a traditional and popular pipeline to investigate various disease, including CAD. Compared with mRNA, lncRNA has better stability and thus may serve as a better disease indicator in blood. Investigating potent...
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Mechanisms underlying human diseases have been revealed with the development of molecular biology. The underlying molecular basis of disorders is valuable in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Decade-long efforts have been devoted to investigating disease–gene association through positional cloning of disease genes and genome-wide association st...
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Protein is one of the most significant components of all living creatures. All significant and essential biological structures and functions relies on proteins and their respective biological functions. However, proteins cannot perform their unique biological significance independently. They have to interact with each other to realize the complicat...
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Echinoderms are an exceptional group of bilaterians that develop pentameral adult symmetry from a bilaterally symmetric larva. However, the genetic basis in evolution and development of this unique transformation remains to be clarified. Here we report newly sequenced genomes, developmental transcriptomes, and proteomes of diverse echinoderms inclu...
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Coronaviruses are specific crown-shaped viruses that were first identified in the 1960s, and three typical examples of the most recent coronavirus disease outbreaks include severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and COVID-19. Particularly, COVID-19 is currently causing a worldwide pandemic, threatening th...
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Significantly increasing crop yield is a major and worldwide challenge for food supply and security. It is well-known that rice cultivated at Taoyuan in Yunnan of China can produce the highest yield worldwide. Yet, the gene regulatory mechanism underpinning this ultrahigh yield has been a mystery. Here, we systematically collected the transcriptome...
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Genetic robustness is an important characteristic to tolerate genetic or nongenetic perturbations and ensure phenotypic stability. Morphogens, a type of evolutionarily conserved diffusible molecules, govern tissue patterns in a direction-dependent or concentration-dependent manner by differentially regulating downstream gene expression. However, wh...
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Among various risk factors for the initiation and progression of cancer, alternative polyadenylation (APA) is a remarkable endogenous contributor that directly triggers the malignant phenotype of cancer cells. APA affects biological processes at a transcriptional level in various ways. As such, APA can be involved in tumorigenesis through gene expr...
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Background: The remarkable abilities of the human brain are distinctive features that set us apart from other animals. However, our understanding of how the brain has changed in the human lineage remains incomplete, but is essential for understanding cognition, behavior, and brain disorders in humans. Here, we compared the expression trajectory in...
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Given the existing COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, it is critical to systematically study the interactions between hosts and coronaviruses including SARS-Cov, MERS-Cov, and SARS-CoV-2 (cause of COVID-19). We first created four host-pathogen interaction (HPI)-Outcome postulates, and generated a HPI-Outcome model as the basis for understanding host-coro...
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DNA methylation is an essential epigenetic modification for multiple biological processes. DNA methylation in mammals acts as an epigenetic mark of transcriptional repression. Aberrant levels of DNA methylation can be observed in various types of tumor cells. Thus, DNA methylation has attracted considerable attention among researchers to provide ne...
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Stroke is a serious lethal factor for human beings, and thus its unique pathogenic factors and underlying molecular mechanisms must be thoroughly investigated. Current complicated examination and treatment approaches on stroke reflect the complicated pathogenesis of stroke, which involves two major pathogenic factors: phenotypic characteristic and...
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Coevolution has been acknowledged to play a significant role in driving the evolution of molecules and species. Promoters and transcription factors (TFs), especially their interactions, are key determinants for the regulation of gene expression. However, the evolutionary processes and mechanisms of promoter and TF interactions are still poorly unde...
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Single-cell sequencing technologies have emerged to address new and longstanding biological and biomedical questions. Previous studies focused on the analysis of bulk tissue samples composed of millions of cells. However, the genomes within the cells of an individual multicellular organism are not always the same. In this study, we aimed to identif...
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Background: Postpartum developmental delay has been proposed as an important phenotype of human evolution which contributes to many human-specific features including the increase in brain size and the advanced human-specific cognitive traits. However, the biological processes and molecular functions underlying early brain development still remain...
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Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has been widely reported and considered as one of the most threatening diseases to human health. Derived from complicated tissue subtypes, HNSCC has diverse symptoms and pathogenesis. They make the identification of the core carcinogenic factors of such diseases at the multi-cell level difficult. With t...
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Background The mouse lung telocyte cell line (TCSV40) recently established provides further opportunities to learn TC biology and functions. The present study aims at investigating regulatory roles of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) isoforms in TC proliferation and movement and in TGFβ1-induced sensitivity and response of lung TCs to PI3K inhibito...
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Background: Telocytes (TCs) have the capacity of cell-cell communication with adjacent cells within the tissue, contributing to tissue repair and recovery from injury. The present study aims at investigating the molecular mechanisms by which the TGFβ1-ITGB1-PI3K signal pathways regulate TC cycle and proliferation. Methods: Gene expression of int...