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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103239/identifying-t-cell-receptors-from-high-throughput-sequencing-dealing-with-promiscuity-in-tcr%C3%AE-and-tcr%C3%AE-pairing
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Edward S Lee, Paul G Thomas, Jeff E Mold, Andrew J Yates
Characterisation of the T cell receptors (TCR) involved in immune responses is important for the design of vaccines and immunotherapies for cancer and autoimmune disease. The specificity of the interaction between the TCR heterodimer and its peptide-MHC ligand derives largely from the juxtaposed hypervariable CDR3 regions on the TCRα and TCRβ chains, and obtaining the paired sequences of these regions is a standard for functionally defining the TCR. A brute force approach to identifying the TCRs in a population of T cells is to use high-throughput single-cell sequencing, but currently this process remains costly and risks missing small clones...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103051/standoff-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-libs-using-a-miniature-wide-field-of-view-spatial-heterodyne-spectrometer-with-sub-microsteradian-collection-optics
#2
Patrick D Barnett, Nirmal Lamsal, S Michael Angel
A spatial heterodyne spectrometer (SHS) is described for standoff laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) measurements. The spatial heterodyne LIBS spectrometer (SHLS) is a diffraction grating based interferometer with no moving parts that offers a very large field of view, high light throughput, and high spectral resolution in a small package. The field of view of the SHLS spectrometer is shown to be ∼1° in standoff LIBS measurements. In the SHLS system described here, the collection aperture was defined by the 10 mm diffraction gratings in the SHS and standoff LIBS measurements were made up to 20 m with no additional collection optics, corresponding to a collection solid angle of 0...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103022/discovery-of-a-novel-series-of-orally-bioavailable-and-cns-penetrant-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-glp-1r-non-competitive-antagonists-based-on-a-1-3-disubstituted-7-aryl-5-5-bis-trifluoromethyl-5-8-dihydropyrimido-4-5-d-pyrimidine-2-4-1h-3h-dione-core
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Kellie D Nance, Emily L Days, C David Weaver, Anastasia Coldren, Tiffany D Farmer, Hyekyung P Cho, Colleen M Niswender, Anna L Blobaum, Kevin D Niswender, Craig W Lindsley
A duplexed, functional multi-addition high throughput screen and subsequent optimization effort identified the first orally bioavailable and CNS penetrant glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) non-competitive antagonist. Antagonist 5d not only blocked Exendin-4-stimulated insulin release in islets, but also lowered insulin levels while increasing blood glucose in vivo.
January 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103009/fully-automated-one-step-synthesis-of-single-transcript-talen-pairs-using-a-biological-foundry
#4
Ran Chao, Jing Liang, Ipek Tasan, Tong Si, Linyang Ju, Huimin Zhao
Transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) is a programmable genome editing tool with wide applications. Since TALENs perform cleavage of DNA as heterodimers, a pair of TALENs must be synthesized for each target genome locus. Conventionally, TALEN pairs are either expressed on separate vectors or synthesized separately and then subcloned to the same vector. Neither approach allows high-throughput construction of TALEN libraries for large-scale applications. Here we present an assembly scheme to synthesize and express a pair of TALENs in a single transcript format with the help of a P2A self-cleavage sequence...
January 19, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103008/quantitative-tracking-of-combinatorially-engineered-populations-with-multiplexed-binary-assemblies
#5
Ramsey Zeitoun, Gur Pines, William C Grau, Ryan T Gill
Advances in synthetic biology and genomics have enabled full-scale genome engineering efforts on laboratory timescales. However, the absence of sufficient approaches for mapping engineered genomes at system-wide scales onto performance has limited the adoption of more sophisticated algorithms for engineering complex biological systems. Here we report on the development and application of a robust approach to quantitatively map combinatorially engineered populations at scales up to several dozen target sites...
January 19, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102576/printable-functional-chips-based-on-nanoparticle-assembly
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REVIEW
Yu Huang, Wenbo Li, Meng Qin, Haihua Zhou, Xingye Zhang, Fengyu Li, Yanlin Song
With facile manufacturability and modifiability, impressive nanoparticles (NPs) assembly applications were performed for functional patterned devices, which have attracted booming research attention due to their increasing applications in high-performance optical/electrical devices for sensing, electronics, displays, and catalysis. By virtue of easy and direct fabrication to desired patterns, high throughput, and low cost, NPs assembly printing is one of the most promising candidates for the manufacturing of functional micro-chips...
January 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102441/the-effect-of-land-use-on-bacterial-communities-in-saline-alkali-soil
#7
Mu Peng, Hongbai Jia, Qiuyu Wang
Saline-alkali soil can inhibit the growth of crops as a consequence of cellular damage through oxidation of lipids and proteins and degradation of nucleic acids, ultimately leading to cell death. The bacterial community composition and diversity in saline-alkali soil across different land uses, such as agricultural land, forest land, and grassland, were evaluated using high-throughput sequencing of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene. Significant differences in the soil physicochemical characteristics and bacterial community among different land uses were observed in this study...
January 19, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102402/brillouin-flow-cytometry-for-label-free-mechanical-phenotyping-of-the-nucleus
#8
Jitao Zhang, Xuefei A Nou, Hanyoup Kim, Giuliano Scarcelli
The mechanical properties of the nucleus are closely related to many cellular functions; thus, measuring nuclear mechanical properties is crucial to our understanding of cell biomechanics and could lead to intrinsic biophysical contrast mechanisms to classify cells. Although many technologies have been developed to characterize cell stiffness, they generally require contact with the cell and thus cannot provide direct information on nuclear mechanical properties. In this work, we developed a flow cytometry technique based on an all-optical measurement to measure nuclear mechanical properties by integrating Brillouin spectroscopy with microfluidics...
January 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102358/model-for-large-area-monolayer-coverage-of-polystyrene-nanospheres-by-spin-coating
#9
Abhishek Chandramohan, Nikolai V Sibirev, Vladimir G Dubrovskii, Michael C Petty, Andrew J Gallant, Dagou A Zeze
Nanosphere lithography, an inexpensive and high throughput technique capable of producing nanostructure (below 100 nm feature size) arrays, relies on the formation of a monolayer of self-assembled nanospheres, followed by custom-etching to produce nanometre size features on large-area substrates. A theoretical model underpinning the self-ordering process by centrifugation is proposed to describe the interplay between the spin speed and solution concentration. The model describes the deposition of a dense and uniform monolayer by the implicit contribution of gravity, centrifugal force and surface tension, which can be accounted for using only the spin speed and the solid/liquid volume ratio...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101411/simultaneous-multimodal-ophthalmic-imaging-using-swept-source-spectrally-encoded-scanning-laser-ophthalmoscopy-and-optical-coherence-tomography
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Joseph D Malone, Mohamed T El-Haddad, Ivan Bozic, Logan A Tye, Lucas Majeau, Nicolas Godbout, Andrew M Rollins, Caroline Boudoux, Karen M Joos, Shriji N Patel, Yuankai K Tao
Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) benefits diagnostic imaging and therapeutic guidance by allowing for high-speed en face imaging of retinal structures. When combined with optical coherence tomography (OCT), SLO enables real-time aiming and retinal tracking and provides complementary information for post-acquisition volumetric co-registration, bulk motion compensation, and averaging. However, multimodality SLO-OCT systems generally require dedicated light sources, scanners, relay optics, detectors, and additional digitization and synchronization electronics, which increase system complexity...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101131/using-flow-technologies-to-direct-the-synthesis-and-assembly-of-materials-in-solution
#11
REVIEW
K Robertson
In the pursuit of materials with structure-related function, directing the assembly of materials is paramount. The resultant structure can be controlled by ordering of reactants, spatial confinement and control over the reaction/crystallisation times and stoichiometries. These conditions can be administered through the use of flow technologies as evidenced by the growing widespread application of microfluidics for the production of nanomaterials; the function of which is often dictated or circumscribed by size...
2017: Chemistry Central Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100784/mitochondrial-o-glcnac-transferase-mogt-regulates-mitochondrial-structure-function-and-survival-in-hela-cells
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Juliana L Sacoman, Raul Y Dagda, Amanda R Burnham-Marusich, Ruben K Dagda, Patricia M Berninsone
O-linked N-acetylglucosamine transferase (OGT) catalyzes O-GlcNAcylation of target proteins and regulates numerous biological processes. OGT is encoded by a single gene that yields nucleocytosolic and mitochondrial isoforms. To date, the role of the mitochondrial isoform of OGT (mOGT) remains largely unknown. Using high-throughput proteomics, we identified 84 candidate mitochondrial glycoproteins, of which 44 are novel. Notably, two of the candidate glycoproteins identified (cytochrome oxidase 2 (COX2) and NADH: ubiquinone oxidoreductase core subunit 4 (MT-ND4)) are encoded by mitochondrial DNA...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100695/mapping-the-affinity-landscape-of-thrombin-binding-aptamers-on-2-f-ana-dna-chimeric-g-quadruplex-microarrays
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Jory Lietard, Hala Abou Assi, Irene Gómez-Pinto, Carlos González, Mark M Somoza, Masad J Damha
In situ fabricated nucleic acids microarrays are versatile and very high-throughput platforms for aptamer optimization and discovery, but the chemical space that can be probed against a given target has largely been confined to DNA, while RNA and non-natural nucleic acid microarrays are still an essentially uncharted territory. 2'-Fluoroarabinonucleic acid (2'F-ANA) is a prime candidate for such use in microarrays. Indeed, 2'F-ANA chemistry is readily amenable to photolithographic microarray synthesis and its potential in high affinity aptamers has been recently discovered...
January 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100584/umi-tools-modelling-sequencing-errors-in-unique-molecular-identifiers-to-improve-quantification-accuracy
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Tom Sean Smith, Andreas Heger, Ian Sudbery
Unique Molecular Identifiers (UMIs) are random oligonucleotide barcodes that are increasingly used in high-throughput sequencing experiments. Through a UMI, identical copies arising from distinct molecules can be distinguished from those arising through PCR-amplification of the same molecule. However, bioinformatic methods to leverage the information from UMIs have yet to be formalised. In particular, sequencing errors in the UMI sequence are often ignored, or else resolved in an ad-hoc manner. We show that errors in the UMI sequence are common and introduce network based methods to account for these errors when identifying PCR duplicates...
January 18, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100302/fecal-virome-of-healthy-chickens-reveals-a-large-diversity-of-the-eukaryote-viral-community-including-novel-circular-single-stranded-dna-viruses
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Diane Lima, Samuel Paulo Cibulski, Fabrine Finkler, Thais Teixeira, Ana Paula Varela, Cristine Cerva, Márcia Loiko, Camila Scheffer, Helton Dos Santos, Fabiana Mayer, Paulo Roehe
This study is focused on the identification of the fecal virome of healthy chickens raised in high-density, export-driven poultry farms in Brazil. Following high-throughput sequencing, a total of 7,743 de novo-assembled contigs were constructed and compared with known nucleotide/amino acid sequences from the GenBank database. Analyses with BLASTx revealed that 279 contigs (4%) were related to sequences of eukaryotic viruses. Viral genome sequences (total or partial) indicative of members of recognized viral families, including Adenoviridae, Caliciviridae, Circoviridae, Parvoviridae, Picobirnaviridae, Picornaviridae and Reoviridae, were identified, some of those representing novel genotypes...
January 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100301/high-throughput-screening-of-a-glaxosmithkline-protein-kinase-inhibitor-set-identifies-an-inhibitor-of-human-cytomegalovirus-replication-that-prevents-creb-and-histone-h3-post-translational-modification
#16
Amina S Khan, Matthew J Murray, Catherine M K Ho, William J Zuercher, Matthew B Reeves, Blair L Strang
To identify new compounds with anti-human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) activity and new anti-HCMV targets, we developed a high throughput strategy to screen a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Published Kinase Inhibitor Set (PKIS). This collection contains a range of extensively characterized compounds grouped into chemical families (chemotypes). From our screen we identified compounds within chemotypes that impede HCMV replication and identified kinase proteins associated with inhibition of HCMV replication that are potential novel anti-HCMV targets...
January 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100189/an-snp-based-saturated-genetic-map-and-qtl-analysis-of-fruit-related-traits-in-zucchini-using-genotyping-by-sequencing
#17
Javier Montero-Pau, José Blanca, Cristina Esteras, Eva Ma Martínez-Pérez, Pedro Gómez, Antonio J Monforte, Joaquín Cañizares, Belén Picó
BACKGROUND: Cucurbita pepo is a cucurbit with growing economic importance worldwide. Zucchini morphotype is the most important within this highly variable species. Recently, transcriptome and Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR)- and Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP)-based medium density maps have been reported, however further genomic tools are needed for efficient molecular breeding in the species. Our objective is to combine currently available complete transcriptomes and the Zucchini genome sequence with high throughput genotyping methods, mapping population development and extensive phenotyping to facilitate the advance of genomic research in this species...
January 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100185/an-improved-genome-assembly-uncovers-prolific-tandem-repeats-in-atlantic-cod
#18
Ole K Tørresen, Bastiaan Star, Sissel Jentoft, William B Reinar, Harald Grove, Jason R Miller, Brian P Walenz, James Knight, Jenny M Ekholm, Paul Peluso, Rolf B Edvardsen, Ave Tooming-Klunderud, Morten Skage, Sigbjørn Lien, Kjetill S Jakobsen, Alexander J Nederbragt
BACKGROUND: The first Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) genome assembly published in 2011 was one of the early genome assemblies exclusively based on high-throughput 454 pyrosequencing. Since then, rapid advances in sequencing technologies have led to a multitude of assemblies generated for complex genomes, although many of these are of a fragmented nature with a significant fraction of bases in gaps. The development of long-read sequencing and improved software now enable the generation of more contiguous genome assemblies...
January 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100169/medium-throughput-bisulfite-sequencing-for-accurate-detection-of-5-methylcytosine-and-5-hydroxymethylcytosine
#19
Gary G Chen, Jeffrey A Gross, Pierre-Eric Lutz, Kathryn Vaillancourt, Gilles Maussion, Alexandre Bramoulle, Jean-François Théroux, Elena S Gardini, Ulrike Ehlert, Geneviève Bourret, Aurélie Masurel, Pierre Lepage, Naguib Mechawar, Gustavo Turecki, Carl Ernst
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic modifications of DNA, such as 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethycytosine, play important roles in development and disease. Here, we present a cost-effective and versatile methodology for the analysis of DNA methylation in targeted genomic regions, which comprises multiplexed, PCR-based preparation of bisulfite DNA libraries followed by customized MiSeq sequencing. RESULTS: Using bisulfite and oxidative bisulfite conversion of DNA, we have performed multiplexed targeted sequencing to analyse several kilobases of genomic DNA in up to 478 samples, and achieved high coverage data of 5-methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethycytosine at single-base resolution...
January 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100051/basement-membrane-mimics-of-biofunctionalized-nanofibers-for-a-bipolar-cultured-human-primary-alveolar-capillary-barrier-model
#20
Akihiro Nishiguchi, Smriti Singh, Matthias Wessling, Charles James Kirkpatrick, Martin Moeller
In vitro reconstruction of an alveolar barrier for modeling normal lung functions and pathological events serve as reproducible, high-throughput pharmaceutical platforms for drug discovery, diagnosis, and regenerative medicine. Despite much effort, the reconstruction of organ-level alveolar barrier functions has failed due to the lack of structural similarity to the natural basement membrane, functionalization with specific ligands for alveolar cell function, the use of primary cells and biodegradability. Here we report a bipolar cultured alveolar-capillary barrier model of human primary cells supported by a basement membrane mimics of fully-synthetic bifunctional nanofibers...
January 18, 2017: Biomacromolecules
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