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A20

A cytoplasmic zinc finger protein (790 aa) that inhibits NFκB activity and TNF-mediated programmed cell death. The expression of the A20 mRNA is upregulated by TNFα. It is a dual function ...

bluebell

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...Spring-flowering blue flower, native to Europe. It grows from a bulb, especially in woodlands, and bears a drooping head of bell-shaped flowers. Height: 20–50cm (8–20in). Family Liliaceae; species Hyacinthoides non-scripta...

port

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...Fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley, n Portugal. It may be white, tawny (translucent brown) or red, and contains 17–20% alcohol. A vintage port ages in oak casks for 15 to 20 years. From the 17th to the early 20th centuries, manufacture relied on trade with Britain, using ships sailing from Oporto on the Douro...

gurnard

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...Tropical, marine, bottom-dwelling fish. It has a large spiny head and enlarged pectoral fins. Length: to 50cm (20in). Family...

gudgeon

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...Freshwater carp found in rivers from Britain to China. It has a small mouth with barbels, an elongated body and variable colour. Length: 20cm (8in). Species Gobio gobio...

cypress

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...Tall, evergreen tree native to North America and Eurasia, and growing best in warmer climates. It has scale-like leaves, roundish cones and a distinctive symmetrical shape. The wood is durable and fragrant and is of value commercially. Height: 6–24m (20–80ft). Family Cupressaceae; genus Cupressus . There are c .20...

mental handicap

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...Intellectual functioning that is below the average, irrespective of cause. It is usually related to congenital conditions but can arise later in life through brain damage. Assuming a normal intelligence quotient ( iq ) of 90 to 110, impairment is often described as borderline (IQ 68–85), mild (IQ 52–67), moderate (IQ 36–51), severe (IQ 20–35), and profound (IQ under 20...

theosophy

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...19th and early 20th century religious movement which incorporated some elements of Indian mysticism. It was founded by Helena Blavatsky (b. Russia) in 1875 and was a strong influence on a number of poets, writers and...

Anouilh, Jean

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...Jean ( 1910–87 ) French playwright and screenwriter . A major dramatist of the mid-20th century, influenced by neo-classicism . Often reinterpreting Greek myth as a means of exploring oppression, Antigone ( 1944 ) is perhaps his most celebrated play. Other works include Becket ( 1959...

trunkfish

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... ( boxfish ) Temperate and tropical marine fish. It is almost triangular when seen from the front, with a broad flat ventral region tapering to a narrow dorsal region. Length: to 50cm (20in). Family Ostraciontidae; genus Lactophrys...

Leach, Bernard

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...Bernard ( 1887–1979 ) English potter . He studied ( 1909–20 ) in Japan, before establishing a pottery studio at St Ives, Cornwall. Leach rediscovered traditional techniques of English pottery. His simple, beautifully proportioned designs are a mixture of English and Japanese...

pike

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...Predatory, freshwater fish found in e North America and parts of Europe and Asia. It has a shovel-shaped mouth and a mottled, elongated body. Length: to 137.2cm (54in); weight: to 20.9kg (46lb) Family Esocidae; genus Esox...

sawfly

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...Any of 400 species of primitive, plant‐feeding wasps that lack a narrow waist between thorax and abdomen. Most typical sawflies are included in the family Tenthredinidae. Length: to 20mm (0.8in). Order...

scallop

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...Edible bivalve mollusc. One shell, or valve, is usually convex and the other almost flat. The shell's surface is ribbed (scalloped). Most scallops have a row of eyes that fringe the fleshy mantle. Width: 2.5–20cm (1–8in). Family...

Simenon, Georges

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...Georges ( 1903–89 ) Belgian novelist . He published more than 500 novels and many more short stories. His character Maigret, a Parisian police inspector, is one of the best‐known creations in 20th‐century detective...

slug

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...Mostly terrestrial gastropod mollusc , identified by the lack of shell and uncoiled viscera. It secretes a protective slime, used to aid movement. Length: to 20cm (8in). Class Gastropoda; subclass Pulmonata; genera Arion, Limax . See sea...

brittle star

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...star ( serpent star ) Marine echinoderm with a small central disc body and up to 20 (though typically five) long, sinuous arms; these break off easily and are replaced by regeneration . Class Ophiuroidea; genera include the phosphorescent Amphiopholis and the small Ophiactis...

coral

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...Small, cnidarian marine animal of class Anthozoa, often found in colonies. The limestone skeletons secreted by each animal polyp accumulate to form a coral reef . Reef-building corals are found only in waters with temperatures in excess of 20°C...

grapefruit

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...Evergreen citrus fruit tree and its yellow, edible fruit, which is a valuable source of vitamin C. The tree may reach 6m (20ft), and is grown mainly in subtropical climates in the USA, Israel, South Africa and Argentina. Family...

harrier

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...Bird of prey. It frequents grasslands where it preys on small animals. It has a small bill, long wings and tail. Length: 38–50cm (15–20in). Family Accipitridae; genus Circus...

honeysuckle

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...Woody twining or shrubby plant that grows in temperate regions worldwide. It has oval leaves and tubular flowers. A common species in Eurasia, Lonicera periclymenum , climbs to 6m (20ft). Family...

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