Jinyan Wang

Nanjing Agricultural University, Nan-ching, Jiangsu Sheng, China

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Publications (6)12.96 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The microRNAs are a new class of small non-coding endogenous RNAs with lengths of approximately ~21 nt. MicroRNAs perform their biological function via the degradation of the target mRNAs or by inhibiting protein translation. Until recently, only limited numbers of miRNAs were identified in Brassica oleracea, a vegetable widely cultivated around the world. In present study, 193 potential miRNA candidates were identified from 17 expressed sequence tag (ESTs) and 152 genome survey sequences (GSSs) in B. oleracea. These miRNA candidates were classified into 70 families using a well-defined comparative genome-based computational analysis. Most miRNAs belong to the miRNA169, miR5021, miR156 and miR158 families. Of these, 36 miRNA families are firstly found in Brassica species. Around 1393 B. oleracea genes were predicted as candidate targets of 175 miRNAs. The mutual relationship between miRNAs and the candidate target genes was verified by checking differentially expression levels using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and 5' RLM-RACE analyses. These target genes participate in multiple biological and metabolic processes, including signal transduction, stress response, and plant development. Gene Ontology analysis shows that the 818, 514, and 265 target genes are involved in molecular functions, biological processes, and cellular component respectively. The Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) Pathway enrichment analysis suggests that these miRNAs might regulate 186 metabolic pathways, including those of lipid, energy, starch and sucrose, fatty acid and nitrogen.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2012 · Gene
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    ABSTRACT: A nitrate transporter, BcNRT1, was isolated from non-heading Chinese cabbage (Brassica campestris ssp. chinensis Makino) cultivar 'Suzhouqing'. The full-length cDNA was obtained using the rapid amplification of cDNA ends technique and contains an open reading frame of 1,770 bp that predicts a protein of 589 acid residues that possesses 12 putative transmembrane domains. Using the GUS marker gene driven by the BcNRT1 promoter, we found BcNRT1 expression to be concentrated in primary and lateral root tips and in shoots of transgenic Arabidopsis plants. The YFP fused to BcNRT1 and transformed into cabbage protoplasts indicated that BcNRT1 was localized to the plasma membrane. The expression of BcNRT1 in roots was induced by exposure to 25 mM nitrate, and the BcNRT1 cRNA heterologously expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes showed nitrate conductance when nitrate was included in the medium. Moreover, mutant chl1-5 plants harboring 35S::BcNRT1 showed sensitivity to chlorate treatment and exhibited restored nitrate uptake. In conclusion, the results indicate that BcNRT1 functions as a low affinity nitrate transporter in non-heading Chinese cabbage.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2012 · Molecular Biology Reports
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    ABSTRACT: Fatty acid desaturases can introduce double bonds into the hydrocarbon chains of fatty acids to produce unsaturated fatty acids. In the present study, 29 full-length desaturase genes were identified from soybean genome by a thorough annotation exercise. A comprehensive analysis was performed to characterize phylogeny, chromosomal locations, structures, conserved motifs, and expression patterns of those genes. The soybean genes were phylogenetically clustered into nine subfamilies with the Arabidopsis counterparts, FAB2, FAD2, FAD3, FAD5, FAD6, FAD7, FAD8, SLD1, and DES1. Twenty-nine desaturase genes were found to be distributed on at least 15 of the 20 soybean chromosomes. The gene structures and motif compositions were considerably conserved among the subfamilies. The majority of desaturase genes showed specific temporal and spatial expression patterns across different tissues and developmental stages based on microarray data analyses. The study may provide new insights into the origin and evolution of fatty acid biosynthesis pathways in higher plants. Additionally, the characterization of desaturases from soybean will lead to the identification of additional genes for genetic modification of plants to produce nutritionally important fatty acids. Keywords Glycine max –Genome–Fatty acid desaturase–Phylogenetic analysis
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2011 · Plant Molecular Biology Reporter
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    ABSTRACT: The microRNAs (miRNAs) are a new class of small nonprotein-coding RNAs that have been identified to regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level by targeting mRNAs for degradation or by inhibiting protein translation. Until now, thousands of miRNAs have been identified in many plants species. However, only 23 miRNAs have been reported from the microRNA database in Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis), one of the most widely cultivated vegetables in China and East Asia. In the present study, 168 potential miRNAs, derived from 22 EST and 119 GSS sequences in Chinese cabbage were identified and classified into 38 miRNA families by well-defined computational analysis, in which most belonged to the miRNA1533, miRNA156, and miRNA2911 families. Totally, there are 129 identified miRNAs potentially targeting 1386 Chinese cabbage EST genes, which play roles in multiple biological and metabolic processes including metabolism, cell growth, signal transduction, stress response, and plant development. Gene ontology analysis, based on these target proteins, showed that 688, 532, and 287 genes were involved in molecular functions, biological processes, and cellular components, respectively. KEGG pathway analysis demonstrated that these miRNAs participated in 214 metabolism pathways, including, amongst others, plant-pathogen interaction, fatty acid metabolism, amino acid metabolism, nitrogen metabolism, plant hormone signal transduction.
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    ABSTRACT: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are noncoding RNAs of approximately 21 nt that regulate gene expression in plants post-transcriptionally by endonucleolytic cleavage or translational inhibition. miRNAs play essential roles in numerous developmental and physiological processes and many of them are conserved across species. Extensive studies of miRNAs have been done in a few model plants; however, less is known about the diversity of these regulatory RNAs in peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.), one of the most important oilseed crops cultivated worldwide. A library of small RNA from peanut was constructed for deep sequencing. In addition to 126 known miRNAs from 33 families, 25 novel peanut miRNAs were identified. The miRNA* sequences of four novel miRNAs were discovered, providing additional evidence for the existence of miRNAs. Twenty of the novel miRNAs were considered to be species-specific because no homolog has been found for other plant species. qRT-PCR was used to analyze the expression of seven miRNAs in different tissues and in seed at different developmental stages and some showed tissue- and/or growth stage-specific expression. Furthermore, potential targets of these putative miRNAs were predicted on the basis of the sequence homology search. We have identified large numbers of miRNAs and their related target genes through deep sequencing of a small RNA library. This study of the identification and characterization of miRNAs in peanut can initiate further study on peanut miRNA regulation mechanisms, and help toward a greater understanding of the important roles of miRNAs in peanut.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2011 · PLoS ONE
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    ABSTRACT: Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) are the most abundant immune cells within the tumor stroma and play a crucial role in tumor development. Although clinical investigations indicate that high levels of macrophage (MΦ) infiltration into tumors are associated with a poor prognosis, the exact role played by TAMs during tumor development remains unclear. The present study aimed to investigate dynamic changes in TAM major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II expression levels and to assess the effects of these changes on tumor progression. Significant inhibition of tumor growth in the murine hepatocellular carcinoma Hepa1-6 model was closely associated with partial TAM depletion. Strikingly, two distinct TAM subsets were found to coexist within the tumor microenvironment during Hepa1-6 tumor development. An MHC class II(hi) TAM population appeared during the early phase of tumor development and was associated with tumor suppression; however, an MHC class II(low) TAM population became increasingly predominant as the tumor progressed. Tumor progression was positively correlated with increasing infiltration of the tumor tissues by MHC class II(low) TAMs. Thus, targeting the transition of MΦ may be a novel strategy for drug development and immunotherapy.
    Preview · Article · Aug 2011 · BMC Immunology

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139 Citations
12.96 Total Impact Points


  • 2011-2012
    • Nanjing Agricultural University
      • State Key Laboratory of Crop Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement
      Nan-ching, Jiangsu Sheng, China
    • Chinese Academy of Sciences
      • State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Disease
      Peping, Beijing, China