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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316906/the-function-of-tcf3-in-medaka-embryos-efficient-knockdown-with-pepnas
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Gerlinde Doenz, Sebastian Dorn, Narges Aghaallaei, Baubak Bajoghli, Elisabeth Riegel, Michaela Aigner, Holger Bock, Birgit Werner, Thomas Lindhorst, Thomas Czerny
BACKGROUND: The application of antisense molecules, such as morpholino oligonucleotides, is an efficient method of gene inactivation in vivo. We recently introduced phosphonic ester modified peptide nucleic acids (PNA) for in vivo loss-of-function experiments in medaka embryos. Here we tested novel modifications of the PNA backbone to knockdown the medaka tcf3 gene. RESULTS: A single tcf3 gene exists in the medaka genome and its inactivation strongly affected eye development of the embryos, leading to size reduction and anophthalmia in severe cases...
January 9, 2018: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258486/laser-fabricated-cell-patterning-stencil-for-single-cell-analysis
#2
Jacob J Messner, Honor L Glenn, Deirdre R Meldrum
Precise spatial positioning and isolation of mammalian cells is a critical component of many single cell experimental methods and biological engineering applications. Although a variety of cell patterning methods have been demonstrated, many of these methods subject cells to high stress environments, discriminate against certain phenotypes, or are a challenge to implement. Here, we demonstrate a rapid, simple, indiscriminate, and minimally perturbing cell patterning method using a laser fabricated polymer stencil...
December 19, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258477/computer-face-matching-technology-using-two-dimensional-photographs-accurately-matches-the-facial-gestalt-of-unrelated-individuals-with-the-same-syndromic-form-of-intellectual-disability
#3
Tracy Dudding-Byth, Anne Baxter, Elizabeth G Holliday, Anna Hackett, Sheridan O'Donnell, Susan M White, John Attia, Han Brunner, Bert de Vries, David Koolen, Tjitske Kleefstra, Seshika Ratwatte, Carlos Riveros, Steve Brain, Brian C Lovell
BACKGROUND: Massively parallel genetic sequencing allows rapid testing of known intellectual disability (ID) genes. However, the discovery of novel syndromic ID genes requires molecular confirmation in at least a second or a cluster of individuals with an overlapping phenotype or similar facial gestalt. Using computer face-matching technology we report an automated approach to matching the faces of non-identical individuals with the same genetic syndrome within a database of 3681 images [1600 images of one of 10 genetic syndrome subgroups together with 2081 control images]...
December 19, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246143/modulation-of-the-regioselectivity-of-thermomyces-lanuginosus-lipase-via-biocatalyst-engineering-for-the-ethanolysis-of-oil-in-fully-anhydrous-medium
#4
Erick Abreu Silveira, Sonia Moreno-Perez, Alessandra Basso, Simona Serban, Rita Pestana Mamede, Paulo W Tardioli, Cristiane Sanchez Farinas, Javier Rocha-Martin, Gloria Fernandez-Lorente, Jose M Guisan
BACKGROUND: Enzymatic ethanolysis of oils (for example, high oleic sunflower oil containing 90% of oleic acid) may yield two different reaction products depending on the regioselectivity of the immobilized lipase biocatalyst. Some lipase biocatalysts exhibit a 1,3-regioselectivity and they produced 2 mols of fatty acid ethyl ester plus 1 mol of sn2-monoacylglycerol (2-MAG) per mol of triglyceride without the release of glycerol. Other lipase biocatalysts are completely non-regioselective releasing 3 mols of fatty acid ethyl ester and 1 mol of glycerol per mol of triglyceride...
December 16, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202831/heterologous-expression-purification-and-function-of-the-extracellular-domain-of-human-rank
#5
Yilei Wei, Yu Zhan, Pengfei Chen, Zhi Liu, Haohao Zhang, Dandan Liu, Jie Zhang, Min Yu, Wei Mo, Jun Zhang, Xiaoren Zhang
BACKGROUND: Receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL)/RANK signaling essentially functions within the skeletal system, particularly participating in osteoclastogenesis and bone resorption. In addition, this signaling pathway has also been shown to influence tumor progression as well as the development and function of the immune system. Therefore, blocking the interaction between RANKL and RANK is a new therapeutic approach to prevent bone-related diseases and cancer. RESULTS: The coding sequence encoding the extracellular domain of human RANK (RANK-N) was codon optimized for Pichia pastoris and cloned into the pPIC9K vector, and the recombinant plasmid was then transformed into P...
December 4, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202734/a-tandem-cbm25-domain-of-%C3%AE-amylase-from-microbacterium-aurum-as-potential-tool-for-targeting-proteins-to-starch-granules-during-starch-biosynthesis
#6
Xing-Feng Huang, Farhad Nazarian, Jean-Paul Vincken, Richard G F Visser, Luisa M Trindade
BACKGROUND: Starch-binding domains from carbohydrate binding module family 20 have been used as a tool for starch engineering. Previous studies showed that expression of starch binding domain fusion proteins in planta resulted in modified starch granule structures and physicochemical properties. However, although 13 carbohydrate binding module families have been reported to contain starch-binding domains, only starch-binding domains from carbohydrate binding module family 20 have been well studied and introduced into plants successfully...
December 4, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179747/optimal-reduction-of-chemical-oxygen-demand-and-nh3-n-from-landfill-leachate-using-a-strongly-resistant-novel-bacillus-salmalaya-strain
#7
Arezoo Dadrasnia, Mohd Sofian Azirun, Salmah Binti Ismail
BACKGROUND: When the unavoidable waste generation is considered as damaging to our environment, it becomes crucial to develop a sustainable technology to remediate the pollutant source towards an environmental protection and safety. The development of a bioengineering technology for highly efficient pollutant removal is this regard. Given the high ammonia nitrogen content and chemical oxygen demand of landfill leachate, Bacillus salmalaya strain 139SI, a novel resident strain microbe that can survive in high ammonia nitrogen concentrations, was investigated for the bioremoval of ammonia nitrogen from landfill leachate...
November 28, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149843/characterization-of-a-novel-bioflocculant-from-a-marine-bacterium-and-its-application-in-dye-wastewater-treatment
#8
Zhen Chen, Zhipeng Li, Peize Liu, Yu Liu, Yuanpeng Wang, Qingbiao Li, Ning He
BACKGROUND: The identification of microorganisms with excellent flocculant-producing capability and optimization of the fermentation process are necessary for the wide-scale application of bioflocculants. Thus, we evaluated the flocculant-producing ability of a novel strain identified by the screening of marine bacteria, and we report for the first time the properties of the bioflocculant produced by Alteromonas sp. in the treatment of dye wastewater. RESULTS: A bioflocculant-producing bacterium was isolated from seawater and identified as Alteromonas sp...
November 17, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145860/a-new-single-step-protocol-for-rapid-baculovirus-driven-protein-production-in-insect-cells
#9
Judith Scholz, Sabine Suppmann
BACKGROUND: In the last three decades, the Baculovirus expression vector system (BEV) has evolved to one of the most widely used eukaryotic systems for heterologous protein expression including approved vaccines and therapies. Despite the significant improvements introduced during the past years, the BEV system still has major drawbacks, primarily the time required to generate recombinant virus and virus instability for certain target proteins. In this study we show that the conventional method to generate recombinant Baculovirus using a Tn7 transposition based system can be shortened to a single-step transfection-only procedure without further amplification...
November 16, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141617/comparison-of-hso4-cl-and-meco2-as-anions-in-pretreatment-of-aspen-and-spruce-with-imidazolium-based-ionic-liquids
#10
Zhao Wang, John Gräsvik, Leif J Jönsson, Sandra Winestrand
BACKGROUND: Ionic liquids (ILs) draw attention as green solvents for pretreatment of lignocellulose before enzymatic saccharification. Imidazolium-based ILs with different anionic constituents ([HSO4](-), [Cl](-), [MeCO2](-)) were compared with regard to pretreatment of wood from aspen and spruce. The objective was to elucidate how the choice of anionic constituent affected the suitability of using the IL for pretreatment of hardwood, such as aspen, and softwood, such as spruce. The investigation covered a thorough analysis of the mass balance of the IL pretreatments, the effects of pretreatment on the cell wall structure as assessed by fluorescence microscopy, and the effects of pretreatment on the susceptibility to enzymatic saccharification...
November 15, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137618/afeap-cloning-a-precise-and-efficient-method-for-large-dna-sequence-assembly
#11
Fanli Zeng, Jinping Zang, Suhua Zhang, Zhimin Hao, Jingao Dong, Yibin Lin
BACKGROUND: Recent development of DNA assembly technologies has spurred myriad advances in synthetic biology, but new tools are always required for complicated scenarios. Here, we have developed an alternative DNA assembly method named AFEAP cloning (Assembly of Fragment Ends After PCR), which allows scarless, modular, and reliable construction of biological pathways and circuits from basic genetic parts. METHODS: The AFEAP method requires two-round of PCRs followed by ligation of the sticky ends of DNA fragments...
November 14, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132331/adaptation-of-the-goldenbraid-modular-cloning-system-and-creation-of-a-toolkit-for-the-expression-of-heterologous-proteins-in-yeast-mitochondria
#12
Ana Pérez-González, Ryan Kniewel, Marcel Veldhuizen, Hemant K Verma, Mónica Navarro-Rodríguez, Luis M Rubio, Elena Caro
BACKGROUND: There is a need for the development of synthetic biology methods and tools to facilitate rapid and efficient engineering of yeast that accommodates the needs of specific biotechnology projects. In particular, the manipulation of the mitochondrial proteome has interesting potential applications due to its compartmentalized nature. One of these advantages resides in the fact that metalation occurs after protein import into mitochondria, which contains pools of iron, zinc, copper and manganese ions that can be utilized in recombinant metalloprotein metalation reactions...
November 13, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126403/optimization-of-physical-conditions-for-the-production-of-thermostable-t1-lipase-in-pichia-guilliermondii-strain-so-using-response-surface-methodology
#13
Mary Ladidi Abu, Hisham Mohd Nooh, Siti Nurbaya Oslan, Abu Bakar Salleh
BACKGROUND: Pichia guilliermondii was found capable of expressing the recombinant thermostable lipase without methanol under the control of methanol dependent alcohol oxidase 1 promoter (AOXp 1). In this study, statistical approaches were employed for the screening and optimisation of physical conditions for T1 lipase production in P. guilliermondii. RESULT: The screening of six physical conditions by Plackett-Burman Design has identified pH, inoculum size and incubation time as exerting significant effects on lipase production...
November 10, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126399/production-and-purification-of-chimeric-hbc-virus-like-particles-carrying-influenza-virus-lah-domain-as-vaccine-candidates
#14
Andris Kazaks, I-Na Lu, Sophie Farinelle, Alex Ramirez, Vincenzo Crescente, Benjamin Blaha, Olotu Ogonah, Tarit Mukhopadhyay, Mapi Perez de Obanos, Alejandro Krimer, Inara Akopjana, Janis Bogans, Velta Ose, Anna Kirsteina, Tatjana Kazaka, Nicola J Stonehouse, David J Rowlands, Claude P Muller, Kaspars Tars, William M Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: The lack of a universal influenza vaccine is a global health problem. Interest is now focused on structurally conserved protein domains capable of eliciting protection against a broad range of influenza virus strains. The long alpha helix (LAH) is an attractive vaccine component since it is one of the most conserved influenza hemagglutinin (HA) stalk regions. For an improved immune response, the LAH domain from H3N2 strain has been incorporated into virus-like particles (VLPs) derived from hepatitis B virus core protein (HBc) using recently developed tandem core technology...
November 10, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121909/successful-production-of-the-potato-antimicrobial-peptide-snakin-1-in-baculovirus-infected-insect-cells-and-development-of-specific-antibodies
#15
Natalia Inés Almasia, María Paula Molinari, Guillermo Andrés Maroniche, Vanesa Nahirñak, María Pilar Barrios Barón, Oscar Alberto Taboga, Cecilia Vazquez Rovere
BACKGROUND: Snakin-1 (StSN1) is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial cysteine-rich peptide isolated from Solanum tuberosum. Its biotechnological potential has been already recognized since it exhibits in vivo antifungal and antibacterial activity. Most attempts to produce StSN1, or homologous peptides, in a soluble native state using bacterial, yeast or synthetic expression systems have presented production bottlenecks such as insolubility, misfolding or low yields. RESULTS: In this work, we successfully expressed a recombinant StSN1 (rSN1) in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) insect cells by optimizing several of the parameters for its expression in the baculovirus expression system...
November 9, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121904/generation-of-murine-macrophage-derived-cell-lines-expressing-porcine-cd163-that-support-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-infection
#16
Liangliang Li, Chunyan Wu, Gaopeng Hou, Biyun Xue, Sha Xie, Qin Zhao, Yuchen Nan, Gaiping Zhang, En-Min Zhou
BACKGROUND: Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) exhibits a highly restricted tropism for cells of the monocyte-macrophage lineage, utilizing porcine CD163 (pCD163) as an indispensable cellular receptor for infection. Transfection the gene of pCD163 into several non-permissive cell lines followed by protein expression confers susceptibility to PRRSV. A lack of specialized porcine antibody tools for use with existing porcine-derived primary cells and cell lines has hampered studies of both PRRSV pathogenesis and virus triggering of immune response cascades...
November 9, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121887/biological-activities-and-chemical-compositions-of-slime-tracks-and-crude-exopolysaccharides-isolated-from-plasmodia-of-physarum-polycephalum-and-physarella-oblonga
#17
Tuyen T M Huynh, Trung V Phung, Steven L Stephenson, Hanh T M Tran
BACKGROUND: The myxomycetes derive their common name (slime molds) from the multinucleate trophic stage (plasmodium) in the life cycle, which typically produces a noticeable amount of slimy materials, some of which is normally left behind as a "slime track" as the plasmodium migrates over the surface of a particular substrate. The study reported herein apparently represents the first attempt to investigate the chemical composition and biological activities of slime tracks and the exopolysaccharides (EPS) which cover the surface of the plasmodia of Physarum polycephalum and Physarella oblonga...
November 9, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115967/light-induced-expression-of-%C3%AE-glucosidase-in-escherichia-coli-with-autolysis-of-cell
#18
Fei Chang, Xianbing Zhang, Yu Pan, Youxue Lu, Wei Fang, Zemin Fang, Yazhong Xiao
BACKGROUND: β-Glucosidase has attracted substantial attention in the scientific community because of its pivotal role in cellulose degradation, glycoside transformation and many other industrial processes. However, the tedious and costly expression and purification procedures have severely thwarted the industrial applications of β-glucosidase. Thus development of new strategies to express β-glucosidases with cost-effective and simple procedure to meet the increasing demands on enzymes for biocatalysis is of paramount importance...
November 7, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115956/de-novo-characterization-of-venom-apparatus-transcriptome-of-pardosa-pseudoannulata-and-analysis-of-its-gene-expression-in-response-to-bt-protein
#19
Rong Li, Zhenzhen Yan, Juan Wang, Qisheng Song, Zhi Wang
BACKGROUND: Pardosa pseudoannulata is a prevailing spider species, and has been regarded as an important bio-control agent of insect pests in farmland of China. However, the available genomic and transcriptomic databases of P. pseudoannulata and their venom are limited, which severely hampers functional genomic analysis of P. pseudoannulata. Recently high-throughput sequencing technology has been proved to be an efficient tool for profiling the transcriptome of relevant non-target organisms exposed to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) protein through food webs...
November 7, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899371/simultaneous-detection-of-%C3%AE-lactoalbumin-%C3%AE-lactoglobulin-and-lactoferrin-in-milk-by-visualized-microarray
#20
Zhoumin Li, Fang Wen, Zhonghui Li, Nan Zheng, Jindou Jiang, Danke Xu
BACKGROUND: α-Lactalbumin (a-LA), β-lactoglobulin (β-LG) and lactoferrin (LF) are of high nutritional value which have made ingredients of choice in the formulation of modern foods and beverages. There remains an urgent need to develop novel biosensing methods for quantification featuring reduced cost, improved sensitivity, selectivity and more rapid response, especially for simultaneous detection of multiple whey proteins. RESULTS: A novel visualized microarray method was developed for the determination of a-LA, β-LG and LF in milk samples without the need for complex or time-consuming pre-treatment steps...
September 12, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
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