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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432439/characterization-of-a-functional-recombinant-human-creatine-kinase-mb-isoenzyme-prepared-by-tandem-affinity-purification-from-escherichia-coli
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Lihui Zou, Wen Su, Meng Wang, Wei Huang, Haijian Zhao, Enyi Zhang, Junhua Jin, Hongtao Xu, Fei Xiao
Creatine kinase isoform CK-MB has been widely applied as a biomarker of myocardial injury. While a variety of methods have been used to measure CK-MB activity or mass in clinical laboratories, a CK-MB standard is needed to eliminate between-method bias. Because the in vitro expression of human creatine kinase generates three isoenzymes, CK-MM, CK-MB, and CK-BB, it is important to establish an effective method to purify the isoform CK-MB from the mixture. In this study, we aimed at using tandem affinity purification (TAP) to purify recombinant CK-MB protein and evaluate its value in clinical laboratories...
April 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428782/a-recombinant-potato-virus-y-infectious-clone-tagged-with-the-rosea1-visual-marker-pvy-ros1-facilitates-the-analysis-of-viral-infectivity-and-allows-the-production-of-large-amounts-of-anthocyanins-in-plants
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Teresa Cordero, Mohamed A Mohamed, Juan-José López-Moya, José-Antonio Daròs
Potato virus Y (PVY) is a major threat to the cultivation of potato and other solanaceous plants. By inserting a cDNA coding for the Antirrhinum majus Rosea1 transcription factor into a PVY infectious clone, we created a biotechnological tool (PVY-Ros1) that allows infection by this relevant plant virus to be tracked by the naked eye with no need for complex instrumentation. Rosea1 is an MYB-type transcription factor whose expression activates the biosynthesis of anthocyanin pigments in a dose-specific and cell-autonomous manner...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427352/point-of-sampling-detection-of-zika-virus-within-a-multiplexed-kit-capable-of-detecting-dengue-and-chikungunya
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Ozlem Yaren, Barry W Alto, Priyanka V Gangodkar, Shatakshi R Ranade, Kunal N Patil, Kevin M Bradley, Zunyi Yang, Nikhil Phadke, Steven A Benner
BACKGROUND: Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are three mosquito-borne viruses having overlapping transmission vectors. They cause diseases having similar symptoms in human patients, but requiring different immediate management steps. Therefore, rapid (< one hour) discrimination of these three viruses in patient samples and trapped mosquitoes is needed. The need for speed precludes any assay that requires complex up-front sample preparation, such as extraction of nucleic acids from the sample...
April 20, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420406/genomics-insights-into-different-cellobiose-hydrolysis-activities-in-two-trichoderma-hamatum-strains
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Peng Cheng, Bo Liu, Yi Su, Yao Hu, Yahui Hong, Xinxin Yi, Lei Chen, Shengying Su, Jeffrey S C Chu, Nansheng Chen, Xingyao Xiong
BACKGROUND: Efficient biomass bioconversion is a promising solution to alternative energy resources and environmental issues associated with lignocellulosic wastes. The Trichoderma species of cellulolytic fungi have strong cellulose-degrading capability, and their cellulase systems have been extensively studied. Currently, a major limitation of Trichoderma strains is their low production of β-glucosidases. RESULTS: We isolated two Trichoderma hamatum strains YYH13 and YYH16 with drastically different cellulose degrading efficiencies...
April 19, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417968/rational-development-of-a-protective-p-vivax-vaccine-evaluated-with-transgenic-rodent-parasite-challenge-models
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Ahmed M Salman, Eduardo Montoya-Díaz, Heather West, Amar Lall, Erwan Atcheson, Cesar Lopez-Camacho, Jai Ramesar, Karolis Bauza, Katharine A Collins, Florian Brod, Fernando Reis, Leontios Pappas, Lilia González-Cerón, Chris J Janse, Adrian V S Hill, Shahid M Khan, Arturo Reyes-Sandoval
Development of a protective and broadly-acting vaccine against the most widely distributed human malaria parasite, Plasmodium vivax, will be a major step towards malaria elimination. However, a P. vivax vaccine has remained elusive by the scarcity of pre-clinical models to test protective efficacy and support further clinical trials. In this study, we report the development of a highly protective CSP-based P. vivax vaccine, a virus-like particle (VLP) known as Rv21, able to provide 100% sterile protection against a stringent sporozoite challenge in rodent models to malaria, where IgG2a antibodies were associated with protection in absence of detectable PvCSP-specific T cell responses...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399646/long-non-coding-rna-bcar4-promotes-chondrosarcoma-cell-proliferation-and-migration-through-activation-of-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Xiaolong Shui, Chengwei Zhou, Wei Lin, Yang Yu, Yongzeng Feng, Jianzhong Kong
Chondrosarcoma is one of the common malignant histologic tumors, very difficult to treat, but the concrete cause and mechanism have not yet been elucidated. The present study aimed to investigate the functional involvement of BCAR4 in chondrosarcoma and its potentially underlying mechanism. QRT-PCR and western blot were used to determine the expression of BCAR4 and mTOR signaling pathway proteins both in chondrosarcoma tissues and cells. Chondrosarcoma cell proliferation and migration were assessed by MTT assay and transwell migration assay, respectively...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391816/subject-based-discriminative-sparse-representation-model-for-detection-of-concealed-information
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Amir Akhavan, Mohammad Hassan Moradi, Safa Rafiei Vand
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The use of machine learning approaches in concealed information test (CIT) plays a key role in the progress of this neurophysiological field. In this paper, we presented a new machine learning method for CIT in which each subject is considered independent of the others. The main goal of this study is to adapt the discriminative sparse models to be applicable for subject-based concealed information test. METHODS: In order to provide sufficient discriminability between guilty and innocent subjects, we introduced a novel discriminative sparse representation model and its appropriate learning methods...
May 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386247/gamola2-a-comprehensive-software-package-for-the-annotation-and-curation-of-draft-and-complete-microbial-genomes
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Eric Altermann, Jingli Lu, Alan McCulloch
Expert curated annotation remains one of the critical steps in achieving a reliable biological relevant annotation. Here we announce the release of GAMOLA2, a user friendly and comprehensive software package to process, annotate and curate draft and complete bacterial, archaeal, and viral genomes. GAMOLA2 represents a wrapping tool to combine gene model determination, functional Blast, COG, Pfam, and TIGRfam analyses with structural predictions including detection of tRNAs, rRNA genes, non-coding RNAs, signal protein cleavage sites, transmembrane helices, CRISPR repeats and vector sequence contaminations...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383059/an-improved-method-for-identification-of-small-non-coding-rnas-in-bacteria-using-support-vector-machine
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Ranjan Kumar Barman, Anirban Mukhopadhyay, Santasabuj Das
Bacterial small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) are not translated into proteins, but act as functional RNAs. They are involved in diverse biological processes like virulence, stress response and quorum sensing. Several high-throughput techniques have enabled identification of sRNAs in bacteria, but experimental detection remains a challenge and grossly incomplete for most species. Thus, there is a need to develop computational tools to predict bacterial sRNAs. Here, we propose a computational method to identify sRNAs in bacteria using support vector machine (SVM) classifier...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369693/a-bicistronic-vector-with-destabilized-mrna-secondary-structure-yields-scalable-higher-titer-expression-of-human-neurturin-in-e-coli
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Varnika Roy, Robert Roth, Mark Berge, Rajesh Chitta, Sucheta Vajrala, Srilatha Kuntumalla, Albert Schmelzer, Ron Schoner
Human neurturin (NTN) is a cystine knot growth factor with potential therapeutic use in diseases such as Parkinson's and diabetes. Scalable high titer production of native NTN is particularly challenging because of the cystine knot structure which consists of an embedded ring comprised of at least three disulfide bonds. We sought to pursue enhanced scalable production of NTN in Escherichia coli. Our initial efforts focused on codon optimization of the first two codons following AUG but these studies resulted in only a marginal increase in NTN expression...
March 28, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368170/computerized-scoring-algorithms-for-the-autobiographical-memory-test
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Keisuke Takano, Charlotte Gutenbrunner, Kris Martens, Karen Salmon, Filip Raes
Reduced specificity of autobiographical memories is a hallmark of depressive cognition. Autobiographical memory (AM) specificity is typically measured by the Autobiographical Memory Test (AMT), in which respondents are asked to describe personal memories in response to emotional cue words. Due to this free descriptive responding format, the AMT relies on experts' hand scoring for subsequent statistical analyses. This manual coding potentially impedes research activities in big data analytics such as large epidemiological studies...
April 3, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366456/in%C3%A2-vitro-generation-of-vascular-wall-resident-multipotent-stem-cells-of%C3%A2-mesenchymal-nature-from-murine-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Jennifer Steens, Melanie Zuk, Mohamed Benchellal, Lea Bornemann, Nadine Teichweyde, Julia Hess, Kristian Unger, André Görgens, Hannes Klump, Diana Klein
The vascular wall (VW) serves as a niche for mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). In general, tissue-specific stem cells differentiate mainly to the tissue type from which they derive, indicating that there is a certain code or priming within the cells as determined by the tissue of origin. Here we report the in vitro generation of VW-typical MSCs from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), based on a VW-MSC-specific gene code. Using a lentiviral vector expressing the so-called Yamanaka factors, we reprogrammed tail dermal fibroblasts from transgenic mice containing the GFP gene integrated into the Nestin-locus (NEST-iPSCs) to facilitate lineage tracing after subsequent MSC differentiation...
April 11, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349302/a-mutant-sumo-facilitates-quick-plasmid-construction-for-expressing-proteins-with-native-n-termini-after-tag-removal
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Yuzhu Zhang, Yuting Fan
Sumo is one of the fusion tags commonly used to enhance the expression and the solubility of recombinant proteins. One advantage of using sumo is that the removal of the sumo tag is highly specific because its recognition by a sumo protease is determined by its structural characteristics, instead of the sequence of a short peptide. Recently, it was reported that sumo could also be used as a protease recognition site to facilitate the removal of other fusion tags, such as MBP, when sumo itself is not suitable to enhance the solubility of a particular target protein...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344992/mechanism-of-deletion-removing-all-dystrophin-exons-in-a-canine-model-for-dmd-implicates-concerted-evolution-of-x-chromosome-pseudogenes
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D Jake VanBelzen, Alock S Malik, Paula S Henthorn, Joe N Kornegay, Hansell H Stedman
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal, X-linked, muscle-wasting disorder caused by mutations in the large, 2.4-Mb dystrophin gene. The majority of DMD-causing mutations are sporadic, multi-exon, frameshifting deletions, with the potential for variable immunological tolerance to the dystrophin protein from patient to patient. While systemic gene therapy holds promise in the treatment of DMD, immune responses to vectors and transgenes must first be rigorously evaluated in informative preclinical models to ensure patient safety...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333628/rate-distortion-optimized-graph-based-representation-for-multiview-images-with-complex-camera-configurations
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Xin Su, Thomas Maugey, Christine Guillemot
Graph-based representation (GBR) has recently been proposed for describing color and geometry of multiview video content. The graph vertices represent the color information, while the edges represent the geometry information, i.e., the disparity, by connecting corresponding pixels in two camera views. In this paper, we generalize the GBR to multiview images with complex camera configurations. Compared with the existing GBR, the proposed representation can handle not only horizontal displacements of the cameras but also forward/backward translations, rotations, etc...
June 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327996/genome-sequencing-of-the-sweetpotato-whitefly-bemsia-tabaci-med-q
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Wen Xie, Chunhai Chen, Zezhong Yang, Litao Guo, Xin Yang, Dan Wang, Ming Chen, Jinqun Huang, Yanan Wen, Yang Zeng, Yating Liu, Jixing Xia, Lixia Tian, Hongying Cui, Qingjun Wu, Shaoli Wang, Baoyun Xu, Xianchun Li, Xinqiu Tan, Murad Ghanim, Baoli Qiu, Huipeng Pan, Dong Chu, Helene Delatte, M N Maruthi, Feng Ge, Xueping Zhou, Xiaowei Wang, Fanghao Wan, Yuzhou Du, Chen Luo, Fengming Yan, Evan L Preisser, Xiaoguo Jiao, Brad S Coates, Jinyang Zhao, Qiang Gao, Jinquan Xia, Ye Yin, Yong Liu, Judith K Brown, Xuguo Joe Zhou, Youjun Zhang
Background: The sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci is a highly destructive agricultural and ornamental crop pest. It damages host plants through both phloem feeding and vectoring plant pathogens. Introductions of B. tabaci are difficult to quarantine and eradicate because of its high reproductive rates, broad host plant range, and insecticide resistance. Findings: A total of 791 Gb of raw DNA sequence from whole genome shotgun sequencing, and 13 BAC pooling libraries were generated by Illumina sequencing using different combinations of mate-pair and pair-end libraries...
March 15, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325684/monitoring-and-visualizing-microrna-dynamics-during-live-cell-differentiation-using-microrna-responsive-non-viral-reporter-vectors
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Hideyuki Nakanishi, Kenji Miki, Kaoru R Komatsu, Masayuki Umeda, Megumi Mochizuki, Azusa Inagaki, Yoshinori Yoshida, Hirohide Saito
MicroRNA (miRNA) activity differs with cell type, suggesting it can be used as a cell marker. In this study, we developed novel miRNA-responsive non-viral reporter vectors to continuously monitor and visualize miRNA dynamics during differentiation and to efficiently purify target living cells. Each vector codes miRNA-responsive and reference reporter genes in a single mRNA. These two genes are independent modules but transcribed by a single promoter, which enables us to distinguish miRNA-mediated post-transcriptional repression from transcriptional repression...
March 2, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322997/a-new-hybrid-coding-for-protein-secondary-structure-prediction-based-on-primary-structure-similarity
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Zhong Li, Jing Wang, Shunpu Zhang, Qifeng Zhang, Wuming Wu
The coding pattern of protein can greatly affect the prediction accuracy of protein secondary structure. In this paper, a novel hybrid coding method based on the physicochemical properties of amino acids and tendency factors is proposed for the prediction of protein secondary structure. The principal component analysis (PCA) is first applied to the physicochemical properties of amino acids to construct a 3-bit-code, and then the 3 tendency factors of amino acids are calculated to generate another 3-bit-code...
March 16, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321182/sparse-and-specific-coding-during-information-transmission-between-co-cultured-dentate-gyrus-and-ca3-hippocampal-networks
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Daniele Poli, Srikanth Thiagarajan, Thomas B DeMarse, Bruce C Wheeler, Gregory J Brewer
To better understand encoding and decoding of stimulus information in two specific hippocampal sub-regions, we isolated and co-cultured rat primary dentate gyrus (DG) and CA3 neurons within a two-chamber device with axonal connectivity via micro-tunnels. We tested the hypothesis that, in these engineered networks, decoding performance of stimulus site information would be more accurate when stimuli and information flow occur in anatomically correct feed-forward DG to CA3 vs. CA3 back to DG. In particular, we characterized the neural code of these sub-regions by measuring sparseness and uniqueness of the responses evoked by specific paired-pulse stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320313/retention-of-duplicated-long-wavelength-opsins-in-mosquito-lineages-by-positive-selection-and-differential-expression
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Gloria I Giraldo-Calderón, Michael J Zanis, Catherine A Hill
BACKGROUND: Opsins are light sensitive receptors associated with visual processes. Insects typically possess opsins that are stimulated by ultraviolet, short and long wavelength (LW) radiation. Six putative LW-sensitive opsins predicted in the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti and malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, and eight in the southern house mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus, suggest gene expansion in the Family Culicidae (mosquitoes) relative to other insects. Here we report the first detailed molecular and evolutionary analyses of LW opsins in three mosquito vectors, with a goal to understanding the molecular basis of opsin-mediated visual processes that could be exploited for mosquito control...
March 21, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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