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A rapid and highly efficient method for transient gene expression in rice plants

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Transient gene expression is an important tool for deciphering molecular functions of a gene in a very short period. It is useful for studying the intracellular localization of proteins, to uncover in-vivo protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein-RNA interactions, and to perform Co-IP, ChIP and protein activity experiments. Although this method is extensively employed for plant species […]

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Proteomic analysis of SUMO1-SUMOylome changes during defense elicitation in Arabidopsis

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Protein function is regulated at multiple levels. One prevalent mode is to form covalent adducts between small proteins and specific amino acid residues on targets thereby affecting their fate and/or function. One such protein modification is SUMOylation and it involves attachment of SUMO (Small ubiquitin-like modifiers) on lysine residues of targets. Plants maintain apparently strict […]

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Pathophysiological Significance of Calcium Signaling at Mitochondria-Associated Endoplasmic Reticulum Membranes (MAMs)

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Efficient inter-organelle communication is critical for maintaining cellular physiology and driving cell functions. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is involved several such inter-organellar crosstalk with mitochondria, lysosomes, golgi complex, endosomes and peroxisomes. The functional tethering of ER and mitochondria at Mitochondria-Associated Endoplasmic Reticulum Membranes (MAMs) provides a signaling hotspot for transfer of lipid and calcium (Ca2+) across […]

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MN1 overexpression with varying tumor grade is a promising predictor of survival of glioma patients

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Gliomas are a type of human brain tumors that comprise <1.6% of all new cancer diagnoses worldwide. These tumors have a poor clinical prognosis, which is evident from the mortality to incidence rate ratio (MIR) of 0.80 as compared to say, breast (MIR 0.28) or prostrate cancer (MIR 0.26), thus being far more fatal than […]

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Nucleolin Sculpts Cryptic Intercellular Tunnels

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The cells in our bodies communicate in order for the body to stay healthy and functional. A new form of cell-cell communication, named tunneling nanotubes (“TNTs”), was recently discovered. TNTs are thin, hollow tunnels between cells that enable the transport of a variety of “cargoes” between healthy cells of various animals. TNT formation is induced […]

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