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Erratum to: A Glycine soja ABA-responsive receptor-like cytoplasmic kinase, GsRLCK, positively controls plant tolerance to salt and drought stresses

Erratum to: Planta (2013) 237:1527–1545 DOI 10.1007/s00425-013-1864-6The co-author Wei Ji withdraws his authorship, therefore the correct author group is listed below.XiaoLi Sun · Mingzhe Sun · Xiao

Effect modification by gender and smoking status on the association between obesity and atopic sensitization in Chinese adults: a hospital-based case–control study

Background There is an ongoing debate on the potential association between obesity and atopy. However, no previous studies have investigated whether this relationship depends on sex and smoking status in Chinese adults. Methods In this hospital-based, case–control study, we recruited 1150 atopic cases aged 18 years or older and 1245 healthy control participants during April 2009 ...

Use of moxibustion to treat primary dysmenorrhea at two interventional times: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Background Dysmenorrhea is a common menstrual complaint among adolescent girls and women of reproductive age. The treatment of dysmenorrhea is typically selected from multidisciplinary options, including complementary and alternative medicine such as acupuncture and moxibustion. However, there are few published randomized controlled trials concerning moxibustion treatment for ...

Association between obesity and atopic disorders in Chinese adults: an individually matched case–control study

Background Obesity is regarded as a potential risk factor for atopy. The aim of this study was to assess the associations of obesity with atopic dermatitis, rhinitis, asthma and food allergy in Chinese adults. Methods Two hundred and sixty six (266) atopic cases in Harbin, China, were identified according to the current Chinese guidelines for the diagnosis of atopic diseases. All ...

QTL mapping reveals a tight linkage between QTLs for grain weight and panicle spikelet number in rice

Background A number of QTL studies reported that one genomic region was associated with several traits, indicating linkage and/or pleiotropic effects. The question of pleiotropy versus tight linkage in these studies should be solved using a large-size population combined with high-density mapping. For example, if each of the 2 parents has a TGW-increasing or SPP-increasing QTL that ...

Ectopic Expression of a WRKY Homolog from Glycine soja Alters Flowering Time in Arabidopsis

Flowering is a critical event in the life cycle of plants; the WRKY-type transcription factors are reported to be involved in many developmental processes sunch as trichome development and epicuticular wax loading, but whether they are involved in flowering time regulation is still unknown. Within this study, we provide clear evidence that GsWRKY20, a member of WRKY gene family ...

Changes of Adult Population Health Status in China from 2003 to 2008

Objectives The purpose of this study was to examine the change in health status of China's adult population between the years of 2003 and 2008 due to rapid economic growth and medical system improvement. Methods Data from the third and fourth Chinese national health services surveys covering 141,927 residents in 2003 and 136,371 residents in 2008 who were aged >18 years were ...

Expression of wild soybean WRKY20 in Arabidopsis enhances drought tolerance and regulates ABA signalling

The WRKY-type transcription factors are involved in plant development and stress responses, but how the regulation of stress tolerance is related to plant development is largely unknown. GsWRKY20 was initially identified as a stress response gene using large-scale Glycine soja microarrays. Quantitative reverse transcription–PCR (qRT–PCR) showed that the expression of this gene was ...

Genome-Wide Transcriptome and Antioxidant Analyses on Gamma-Irradiated Phases of Deinococcus radiodurans R1

Adaptation of D. radiodurans cells to extreme irradiation environments requires dynamic interactions between gene expression and metabolic regulatory networks, but studies typically address only a single layer of regulation during the recovery period after irradiation. Dynamic transcriptome analysis of D. radiodurans cells using strand-specific RNA sequencing (ssRNA-seq), combined ...

Stress within a Restricted Time Window Selectively Affects the Persistence of Long-Term Memory

The effects of stress on emotional memory are distinct and depend on the stages of memory. Memory undergoes consolidation and reconsolidation after acquisition and retrieval, respectively. Stress facilitates the consolidation but disrupts the reconsolidation of emotional memory. Previous research on the effects of stress on memory have focused on long-term memory (LTM) formation ...

Fine tuning of the E. coli NusB:NusE complex affinity to BoxA RNA is required for processive antitermination

Phage λ propagation in Escherichia coli host cells requires transcription antitermination on the λ chromosome mediated by λN protein and four host Nus factors, NusA, B, E (ribosomal S10) and G. Interaction of E. coli NusB:NusE heterodimer with the single stranded BoxA motif of λnutL or λnutR RNA is crucial for this reaction. Similarly, binding of NusB:NusE to a BoxA motif is ...

Plasma microRNAs, miR-223, miR-21 and miR-218, as Novel Potential Biomarkers for Gastric Cancer Detection

Background MicroRNAs (miRNAs), endogenous small non-coding RNAs, are stably detected in human plasma. Early diagnosis of gastric cancer (GC) is very important to improve the therapy effect and prolong the survival of patients. We aimed to identify whether four miRNAs (miR-223, miR-21, miR-218 and miR-25) closely associated with the tumorigenesis or metastasis of GC can serve as ...

Role of IKK/NF-κB Signaling in Extinction of Conditioned Place Aversion Memory in Rats

The inhibitor κB protein kinase/nuclear factor κB (IKK/NF-κB) signaling pathway is critical for synaptic plasticity. However, the role of IKK/NF-κB in drug withdrawal-associated conditioned place aversion (CPA) memory is unknown. Here, we showed that inhibition of IKK/NF-κB by sulphasalazine (SSZ; 10 mM, i.c.v.) selectively blocked the extinction but not acquisition or expression ...

Identification of BMP and Activin Membrane-Bound Inhibitor (BAMBI) as a Potent Negative Regulator of Adipogenesis and Modulator of Autocrine/Paracrine Adipogenic Factors

Xiao Luo Louise J. Hutley Julie A. Webster Yu-Hee Kim Dong-Fang Liu Felicity S. Newell Charlotte H. Widberg Anthony Bachmann Nigel Turner Carsten Schmitz-Peiffer Johannes B. Prins Gong-She Yang