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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920885/cloning-and-expression-of-soluble-recombinant-hiv-1-crf35-protease-hp-thioredoxin-fusion-protein
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Asaad Azarnezhad, Zohreh Sharifi, Rahmatollah Seyedabadi, Arshad Hosseini, Behrooz Johari, Mahsa Sobhani Fard
BACKGROUND: As a drug target and an antigenic agent, HIV-1 protease (HIV-1 PR) is at the center of attention for designing anti-AIDS inhibitors and diagnostic tests. In previous studies, the production of the recombinant protease has been faced with several difficulties; therefore, the aims of this study were the easy production, purification of the soluble form of protease in E. coli and investigation of its immunoreactivity. METHODS: Protease coding region was isolated from the serum of an infected individual, amplified by RT-PCR and cloned into PTZ57R using TA-cloning...
October 2016: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920270/think-like-a-hacker-insights-on-the-latest-attack-vectors-and-security-controls-for-medical-device-applications
#2
Mandeep Khera
Ready or not, the Internet of things (IoT) is here. No longer just a buzz term, it'll continue to grow at an unprecedented pace over the next few years expecting to reach over 25 billion connected devices by 2020. History shows us that most fast growth technology solutions focus on solving business problems first and security is an afterthought. Unfortunately, IoT is following the same trend. Most IoT devices, apps, and infrastructure were developed without security in mind and are likely going to become targets of hackers...
December 4, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919220/deepqa-improving-the-estimation-of-single-protein-model-quality-with-deep-belief-networks
#3
Renzhi Cao, Debswapna Bhattacharya, Jie Hou, Jianlin Cheng
BACKGROUND: Protein quality assessment (QA) useful for ranking and selecting protein models has long been viewed as one of the major challenges for protein tertiary structure prediction. Especially, estimating the quality of a single protein model, which is important for selecting a few good models out of a large model pool consisting of mostly low-quality models, is still a largely unsolved problem. RESULTS: We introduce a novel single-model quality assessment method DeepQA based on deep belief network that utilizes a number of selected features describing the quality of a model from different perspectives, such as energy, physio-chemical characteristics, and structural information...
December 5, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913417/development-of-an-improved-system-for-the-generation-of-knock-out-mutants-of-amycolatopsis-sp-atcc-39116
#4
Florian Meyer, Hilke Pupkes, Alexander Steinbüchel
The Gram-positive actinomycete Amycolatopsis sp. ATCC 39116 is used for the industrial production of natural vanillin. Previously, the only gene deletion performed in this strain targeted the gene vdh coding for a vanillin dehydrogenase. The generation of this mutant suffered from a high number of illegitimate recombinations and the low rate of homologous recombination. To alleviate this, we constructed an optimized deletion system based on a modified suicide vector. Thereby, we were able to enhance the rate of homologous integration from less than 1% of the analyzed clones to 20% or 50% depending on the targeted gene...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912775/a-novel-long-non-coding-rna-lnc-gnat1-1-is-low-expressed-in-colorectal-cancer-and-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-through-regulating-rkip-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-snail-circuit
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Chunxiang Ye, Zhanlong Shen, Bo Wang, Yansen Li, Tao Li, Yang Yang, Kewei Jiang, Yingjiang Ye, Shan Wang
BACKGROUND: The role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in colorectal cancer (CRC) progression has not fully been elucidated. This study was designed to report the identification of a novel lncRNA, lnc-GNAT1-1, and its functional role in CRC progression. METHODS: lncRNA expression profile microarray was performed in three paired primary and liver metastatic tissues of CRC, and a novel lncRNA, lnc-GNAT1-1, was identified to be a potential functional lncRNA. Quantitative real-time PCR was used to detect its expression in CRC tissues, cell lines, and patients' plasma, cell fractionation was used to evaluate its subcellular location...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909922/production-of-biologically-active-recombinant-goose-fsh-in-a-single-chain-form-with-a-ctp-linker-sequence
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Hui Li, Huanxi Zhu, Qinming Qin, Mingming Lei, Zhendan Shi
FSH is a glycoprotein hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that is essential for gonadal development and reproductive function. In avian reproduction study, especially in avian reproduction hormone study, it is hindered by the lack of biologically active FSH. In order to overcome this shortcoming, we prepared recombinant goose FSH as a single chain molecule and tested its biological activities in the present study. Coding sequences for mature peptides of goose FSH α and β subunits were amplified from goose pituitary cDNA...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909701/immunological-quality-and-performance-of-tumor-vessel-targeting-car-t-cells-prepared-by-mrna-ep-for-clinical-research
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Kanako Inoo, Ryo Inagaki, Kento Fujiwara, Shigemi Sasawatari, Takashi Kamigaki, Shinsaku Nakagawa, Naoki Okada
We previously reported that tumor vessel-redirected T cells, which were genetically engineered with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) specific for vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2), demonstrated significant antitumor effects in various murine solid tumor models. In the present study, we prepared anti-VEGFR2 CAR-T cells by CAR-coding mRNA electroporation (mRNA-EP) and analyzed their immunological characteristics and functions for use in clinical research. The expression of anti-VEGFR2 CAR on murine and human T cells was detected with approximately 100% efficiency for a few days, after peaking 6-12 hours after mRNA-EP...
2016: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908705/a-novel-method-for-in-silico-identification-of-regulatory-snps-in-human-genome
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Rong Li, Dexing Zhong, Ruiling Liu, Hongqiang Lv, Xinman Zhang, Jun Liu, Jiuqiang Han
Regulatory single nucleotide polymorphisms (rSNPs), kind of functional noncoding genetic variants, can affect gene expression in a regulatory way, and they are thought to be associated with increased susceptibilities to complex diseases. Here a novel computational approach to identify potential rSNPs is presented. Different from most other rSNPs finding methods which based on hypothesis that SNPs causing large allele-specific changes in transcription factor binding affinities are more likely to play regulatory functions, we use a set of documented experimentally verified rSNPs and nonfunctional background SNPs to train classifiers, so the discriminating features are found...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906104/the-effects-of-computer-based-mindfulness-training-on-self-control-and-mindfulness-within-ambulatorily-assessed-network-systems-across-health-related-domains-in-a-healthy-student-population-smash-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Zarah Rowland, Mario Wenzel, Thomas Kubiak
BACKGROUND: Self-control is an important ability in everyday life, showing associations with health-related outcomes. The aim of the Self-control and Mindfulness within Ambulatorily assessed network Systems across Health-related domains (SMASH) study is twofold: first, the effectiveness of a computer-based mindfulness training will be evaluated in a randomized controlled trial. Second, the SMASH study implements a novel network approach in order to investigate complex temporal interdependencies of self-control networks across several domains...
December 1, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903072/a-5-non-coding-exon-containing-engineered-intron-enhances-transgene-expression-from-recombinant-aav-vectors-in-vivo
#10
Jiamiao Lu, James A Williams, James Luke, Feijie Zhang, Kirk Chu, Mark A Kay
We previously developed a mini-intronic plasmid (MIP) expression system in which the essential bacterial elements for plasmid replication and selection are placed within an engineered intron contained within a universal 5'UTR non-coding exon. Like minicircle DNA plasmids (devoid of bacterial backbone sequences), MIP plasmids overcome transcriptional silencing of the transgene. However, in addition MIP plasmids increase transgene expression by 2 and often >10 times higher than minicircle vectors in vivo and in vitro...
November 30, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901409/a-non-invasive-in-vitro-monitoring-system-reporting-skeletal-muscle-differentiation
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Deniz Öztürk-Kaloglu, David Hercher, Philipp Heher, Katja Posa-Markaryan, Simon Sperger, Alice Zimmermann, Susanne Wolbank, Heinz Redl, Ara Hacobian
Monitoring of cell differentiation is a crucial aspect of cell-based therapeutic strategies depending on tissue maturation. In this study we have developed a non-invasive reporter system to trace murine skeletal muscle differentiation. Either a secreted bioluminescent reporter (Metridia luciferase) or a fluorescent reporter (GFP) was placed under the control of the truncated muscle creatine kinase (MCK) basal promoter enhanced by variable numbers of upstream MCK E-boxes. The engineered pE3MCK vector, coding a triple tandem of E-Boxes and the truncated MCK promoter, showed 20-fold higher levels of luciferase activation compared to a CMV promoter...
November 30, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900536/t%C3%AE-4-overexpression-based-on-the-piggybac-transposon-system-in-cashmere-goats-alters-hair-fiber-characteristics
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Bingbo Shi, Qiang Ding, Xiaolin He, Haijing Zhu, Yiyuan Niu, Bei Cai, Jiao Cai, Anming Lei, Danju Kang, Hailong Yan, Baohua Ma, Xiaolong Wang, Lei Qu, Yulin Chen
Increasing cashmere yield is one of the vital aims of cashmere goats breeding. Compared to traditional breeding methods, transgenic technology is more efficient and the piggyBac (PB) transposon system has been widely applied to generate transgenic animals. For the present study, donor fibroblasts were stably transfected via a PB donor vector containing the coding sequence of cashmere goat thymosin beta-4 (Tβ4) and driven by a hair follicle-specific promoter, the keratin-associated protein 6.1 (KAP6.1) promoter...
November 29, 2016: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897971/transformation-of-temporal-sequences-in-the-zebra-finch-auditory-system
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Yoonseob Lim, Ryan Lagoy, Barbara G Shinn-Cunningham, Timothy J Gardner
This study examines how temporally patterned stimuli are transformed as they propagate from primary to secondary zones in the thalamo-recipient auditory pallium in zebra finches. Using a new class of synthetic click stimuli, we find a robust mapping from temporal sequences in the primary zone to distinct population vectors in secondary auditory areas. We tested whether songbirds could discriminate synthetic click sequences in an operant setup and found that a robust behavioral discrimination is present for click sequences composed of intervals ranging from 11-40ms, but breaks down for stimuli composed of longer inter-click intervals...
November 29, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883216/long-non-coding-rna-uc-187-is-upregulated-in-preeclampsia-and-modulates-proliferation-apoptosis-and-invasion-of-htr-8-svneo-trophoblast-cells
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Chunyu Cao, Jingyun Li, Jun Li, Lan Liu, Xiaoyan Cheng, Ruizhe Jia
Among the preeclampsia-related long non-cording RNAs (lncRNAs) screened with a gene chip in our preliminary study, uc.187 attracted our attention because of its high conservation across different species and significant positive correlation with preeclampsia (PE). The literature and bioinformatics analysis suggested that lncRNA uc.187 might be associated with cell growth, invasion, and apoptosis. The expression of uc.187 in severe preeclamptic placentas (n = 31) and normal placentas (n = 18) was evaluated by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882325/identification-of-hot-spots-in-protein-structures-using-gaussian-network-model-and-gaussian-naive-bayes
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Hua Zhang, Tao Jiang, Guogen Shan
Residue fluctuations in protein structures have been shown to be highly associated with various protein functions. Gaussian network model (GNM), a simple representative coarse-grained model, was widely adopted to reveal function-related protein dynamics. We directly utilized the high frequency modes generated by GNM and further performed Gaussian Naive Bayes (GNB) to identify hot spot residues. Two coding schemes about the feature vectors were implemented with varying distance cutoffs for GNM and sliding window sizes for GNB based on tenfold cross validations: one by using only a single high mode and the other by combining multiple modes with the highest frequency...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881908/functional-study-of-two-biochemically-unusual-mutations-in-gucy2d-leber-congenital-amaurosis-expressed-via-adenoassociated-virus-vector-in-mouse-retinas
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Sanford L Boye, Elena V Olshevskaya, Igor V Peshenko, K Tyler McCullough, Shannon E Boye, Alexander M Dizhoor
PURPOSE: To test, in living photoreceptors, two mutations, S248W and R1091x, in the GUCY2D gene linked to Leber congenital amaurosis 1 (LCA1) that fail to inactivate the catalytic activity of a heterologously expressed retinal membrane guanylyl cyclase 1 (RetGC1). METHODS: GUC2YD cDNA constructs coding for wild-type human (hWT), R1091x, and S248W GUCY2D under the control of the human rhodopsin kinase promoter were expressed in Gucy2e(-/-)Gucy2f(-/-) knockout (GCdKO) mouse retinas, which lack endogenous RetGC activity...
2016: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874090/a-novel-process-of-viral-vector-barcoding-and-library-preparation-enables-high-diversity-library-generation-and-recombination-free-paired-end-sequencing
#17
Marcus Davidsson, Paula Diaz-Fernandez, Oliver D Schwich, Marcos Torroba, Gang Wang, Tomas Björklund
Detailed characterization and mapping of oligonucleotide function in vivo is generally a very time consuming effort that only allows for hypothesis driven subsampling of the full sequence to be analysed. Recent advances in deep sequencing together with highly efficient parallel oligonucleotide synthesis and cloning techniques have, however, opened up for entirely new ways to map genetic function in vivo. Here we present a novel, optimized protocol for the generation of universally applicable, barcode labelled, plasmid libraries...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872686/engineering-translation-in-mammalian-cell-factories-to-increase-protein-yield-the-unexpected-use-of-long-non-coding-sineup-rnas
#18
REVIEW
Silvia Zucchelli, Laura Patrucco, Francesca Persichetti, Stefano Gustincich, Diego Cotella
Mammalian cells are an indispensable tool for the production of recombinant proteins in contexts where function depends on post-translational modifications. Among them, Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells are the primary factories for the production of therapeutic proteins, including monoclonal antibodies (MAbs). To improve expression and stability, several methodologies have been adopted, including methods based on media formulation, selective pressure and cell- or vector engineering. This review presents current approaches aimed at improving mammalian cell factories that are based on the enhancement of translation...
2016: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872154/genetic-determinants-of-myocardial-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Xianchi Li, Peiying Zhang
Heart failure (HF) is a major killer with high morbidity and mortality and nearly 37.7 million people are affected by HF globally, making this a global epidemic. HF is a complex pathophysiological syndrome in which the mechanical function of heart for pumping blood is compromised. Cardiac structural and functional abnormalities culminate in decreased cardiac output along with increased intracardiac pressures under resting or stress conditions, leading to HF. Besides the acquired risk factors, the independent role of hereditary and genetic factors in the development, progression and prognosis of HF remains to be established...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871884/structural-characterization-of-recombinant-human-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-2b-kinase-domain-upon-interaction-with-omega-fatty-acids
#20
Masoumeh Moghadasi, Dariush Ilghari, Majid Sirati-Sabet, Abbas Amini, Hamideh Asghari, Nematollah Gheibi
The mutated recombinant kinase domain of human fibroblast growth factor receptor 2b (hFGFR2b) is overexpressed and purified, and its structural changes upon the interaction with three unsaturated fatty acids (UFAs), oleic, linoleic and α-linolenic are studied. This interaction is investigated to find out about the folding and unfolding effect of unsaturated fatty acids on the kinase domain structure of hFGFR2b. Recombinant pLEICS-01 vectors, containing the mutated coding region of hFGFR2b, are expressed in the standard Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) host cells and purified by Ni(2+)-NTA affinity chromatography...
November 18, 2016: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
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