Navigation Links
AgriLife researcher Xiuren Zhang receives National Science Foundation CAREER grant
Date:10/19/2013

COLLEGE STATION Dr. Xiuren Zhang, a biochemist and geneticist with Texas A&M AgriLife Research in College Station, has been awarded almost $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation to further his studies on RNA silencing and plant stem cells, which ultimately could help breed more productive plants.

The award is through the science foundation's CAREER program, which is given in "support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."

Zhang is also an assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics with a lab at Texas A&M University's Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology.

His research was recently featured in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology in an article that detailed his team's discovery of the bidirectional processing of microRNAs in plants. These small RNAs turn off gene expression but they are processed from a specific group of progenitor RNAs, also known as primary RNAs that contain loop structures.

Zhang's team studied the common lab plant, Arabidopsis, and rice and found that primary microRNA can be processed in either direction. But the processing from only one direction leads to forming a mature microRNA species, while going the other direction causes the process to abort and degrade.

Zhang's work was related to Argonaute genes, so named because their mutants resemble the shellfish known as an argonaut. Argonaute proteins are guided by small RNAs to shut-down gene activities.

Zhang's lab discovered that Arabidopsis Argonaute10, different from other Argonaute proteins, specifically locks a group of tiny microRNAs, and prevents their "turn-off" activities to promote plant stem cell development.

The CAREER award, which will extend over five years, is expected to help Zhang and his team contin
'/>"/>

Contact: Kathleen Phillips
ka-phillips@tamu.edu
979-845-2872
Texas A&M AgriLife Communications
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. BP Biofuels, Texas AgriLife Research sign agreement to advance biofuel feedstock development
2. Native orchid protection and conservation subject of new AgriLife Research study
3. AgriLife Research gets grant to crack biofuel production waste issue
4. Study by UC Santa Barbara researchers suggests that bacteria communicate by touch
5. UC Santa Barbara researchers discover genetic link between visual pathways of hydras and humans
6. Study jointly led by UCSB researcher supports theory of extraterrestrial impact
7. U of Alberta researcher steps closer to understand autoimmune diseases
8. Researchers attempt to solve problems of antibiotic resistance and bee deaths in one
9. UNH researchers find African farmers need better climate change data to improve farming practices
10. Ottawa researchers to lead world-first clinical trial of stem cell therapy for septic shock
11. Researchers uncover molecular pathway through which common yeast becomes fungal pathogen
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/22/2015)... DUBLIN , Jan. 22, 2015 Research and ... the addition of the "Global Wearable Technologies ... Growth, Share, Overview, Trends and Forecast 2014-2020" ... Wearable Technologies are smart devices that can be ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... , Dec. 23, 2014  Since its launch in December 2014, ... to eliminate the pain of trying to remember their usernames ... biometrics fused to their smartphones. To assist people who have ... the company that created 1U and focuses on redefining identity, ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Dec. 22, 2014  The 2014 Holiday Season may be ... Market Intelligence reports that the long anticipated floodgates for ... intensifying demand for smart phones, tablets, and wearable mobile ... of 2.5 billion users with nearly 4.8 billion biometric ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Global Wearable Technologies Market and Applications, Opportunities, Industry Analysis, Segmentation, Size, Growth, Share, Overview, Trends and Forecast 2014-2020 21U Offers Best Solution to the Username / Password Dilemma: For FREE! 21U Offers Best Solution to the Username / Password Dilemma: For FREE! 3First Season of Holiday Shopping with Mobile Biometric Payments Wraps Up With a Present for Biometrics Industry: A Rosy Forecast for More Than 2 Billion Users of 4.8 Billion Mobile Biometric Devices by 2020 2
... pluripotent stem cells were first derived in 2007, scientists have ... which are sourced in early-stage embryos. Both cell types ... body, but their origins in embryonic and adult tissue ... cell types have great potential in basic biological research and ...
... (Sept. 11, 2011) Richard Holbrooke, John Ritter, Lucille ... were all taken by the same silent killer: an ... at The University of Texas Health Science Center at ... found an association with a common genetic variant in ...
... University of Iowa researchers have found high levels of toxic ... Harbor and Ship Canal (IHSC) in East Chicago, Ind. Scientists ... is scheduled to be dredged in spring 2012 to maintain ... of southern Lake Michigan. The study, published online in ...
Cached Biology News:Study reveals critical similarity between two types of do-it-all stem cells 2Study reveals critical similarity between two types of do-it-all stem cells 3UTHealth, BCM researchers find common gene variant associated with aortic dissection 2UTHealth, BCM researchers find common gene variant associated with aortic dissection 3Researchers find high levels of toxic PCBs in Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal 2Researchers find high levels of toxic PCBs in Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal 3
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22, 2015   Cypher Genomics, ... Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM ), the ... agreement for next generation noninvasive prenatal tests (NIPT). ... interpretation technology, called Mantis™, to advance analysis of ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... The report “Service Quality Management and Telco ... Type - Global Advancements, Worldwide Forecasts & Analysis (2014-2019)” ... and forecasting of revenues. , Browse 152 market ... in-depth TOC on “Service Quality Management (SQM) and Telco ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... 2014   BioLife Solutions , Inc. (NASDAQ: BLFS ... grade hypothermic storage and cryopreservation freeze ... and tissues  ("BioLife" or the "Company"), today announced that it ... 4, 2015 (the "Annual Meeting"). Because the expected ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... 23, 2014 SoundConnect’s ... introduce cutting edge communication technology, provide continued education ... This webinar series demonstrates online communication features and ... web conferencing’s most innovative and powerful tools. , ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 2Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 3Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 4Service Quality Management Market worth $2.1 Billion & Telco Customer Experience Management Market worth $2.3 Billion by 2019 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Service Quality Management Market worth $2.1 Billion & Telco Customer Experience Management Market worth $2.3 Billion by 2019 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Service Quality Management Market worth $2.1 Billion & Telco Customer Experience Management Market worth $2.3 Billion by 2019 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4BioLife Solutions Sets Date for Annual Meeting of Stockholders 2SoundConnect Launches Leading Edge Business Communications Webinar Series 2SoundConnect Launches Leading Edge Business Communications Webinar Series 3
... California, September 21, ChemAxon, a software solutions provider ... ) today announced an,agreement to maintain the integration ... software suite. Agilent acquired,the Kalabie ELN from Klee ... Klee and ChemAxon to Agilent and ChemAxon. ...
... catheter-related infections, REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 20 ... to enhance the biocompatibility and,performance of current ... deal with Strategic Applications Inc. (SAI), a ... infusion devices.,Healionics, deal with SAI will fully ...
... SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20 Cadence Pharmaceuticals,Inc. (Nasdaq: ... in-licensing,developing and commercializing proprietary product candidates principally,for use ... company,s,President and CEO Theodore Schroeder will present the ... am Eastern Time (8:30 am Pacific,Time) during the ...
Cached Biology Technology:ChemAxon and Agilent Technologies Sign Agreement Extending JChem Integration With Kalabie Electronic Lab Notebook 2Healionics Corporation Announces Partnership to Develop and Distribute STARcuff(TM) 2Cadence Pharmaceuticals' CEO Theodore Schroeder to Present at UBS 2007 Global Life Sciences Conference 2
... is a trademark of Merck KGaA. Physical form: Solution ... 8.0, 2 mM MgCl 2 , and 20 mM ... herring sperm DNA to acid-soluble oligonucleotides equivalent to a ... pH 8.0 at 37 C (reaction volume 2.625 ml). ...
... StabilCoat Immunoassay Stabilizer is an aqueous solution ... other non-toxic chemicals in a PBS buffer ... This product does not contain a ... conformation and activity of dried protein components ...
... NOBLE BSA-Free Stabilizer is a bovine ... It is an aqueous solution ... a MOPS buffer (3-(N-Morpholino) propanesulfonic acid), ... a combination of 0.02% methylisothiazolone and ...
Mouse monoclonal antibody to PARK2 - Parkinson disease (autosomal recessive, juvenile) 2, parkin...
Biology Products: