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Jochem Deen, Su Wang, Sven Van Snick, Volker Leen, Kris Janssen, Johan Hofkens, Robert K Neely
The methyltransferase enzymes can be applied to deliver a range of modifications to pre-determined sites on large DNA molecules with exceptional specificity and efficiency. To date, however, a limited number of modifications have been delivered in this way because of the complex chemical synthesis that is needed to produce a cofactor analogue carrying a specific function, such as a fluorophore. Here, we describe a method for the direct transfer of a series of functional compounds (seven fluorescent dyes, biotin and polyethylene glycol) to the DNA duplex...
March 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Xiaohui Chen, Yujie Deng, Yi Shi, Weifeng Zhu, Yibin Cai, Chunwei Xu, Kunshou Zhu, Xiongwei Zheng, Gang Chen, Qi Xie, Guoxing Weng
Functional inactivation of human runt-related transcription factor 3 (RUNX3) through mutation or epigenetic silencing has been well-documented in many cancerous entities. In addition to gene mutation and promoter hypermethylation, cytoplasmic mislocalization has emerged as another major manifestation of RUNX3 dysfunction in malignancies including breast, colorectal and gastric cancers. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and different RUNX3 expression patterns would have different overall survival (OS), and the associations between different patterns of clinicopathological parameters and clinical outcome...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Duc Long Nguyen, Hanim Kim, Dasom Kim, Jin Oh Lee, Myung Chan Gye, Young-Pil Kim
We report bioluminescence analysis of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity in biological substances using a surface-bound luciferase probe. Intein-fused luciferase protein enables site-specific biotinylation of luciferase in the presence of N-terminus cysteine-biotin via intein-mediated splicing process, resulting in a strong association with high bioluminescence signal onto a NeutrAvidin-coated surface. When the peptide substrate for MMP-7 was inserted into a region between luciferase and intein, the biotinylated probe detected MMP-7 activity by cleaving the peptide, and surface-induced bioluminescence signal was strongly reduced in the MMP-secreted media or mouse tissue extracts, compared with that in MMP-deficient control set...
March 15, 2018: Sensors
Koshonna Brown, Ted Thurn, Lun Xin, William Liu, Remon Bazak, Si Chen, Barry Lai, Stefan Vogt, Chris Jacobsen, Tatjana Paunesku, Gayle E Woloschak
Titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) nanoparticles are produced for many different purposes, including development of therapeutic and diagnostic nanoparticles for cancer detection and treatment, drug delivery, induction of DNA double-strand breaks, and imaging of specific cells and subcellular structures. Currently, the use of optical microscopy, an imaging technique most accessible to biology and medical pathology, to detect TiO2 nanoparticles in cells and tissues ex vivo is limited with low detection limits, while more sensitive imaging methods (transmission electron microscopy, X-ray fluorescence microscopy, etc...
January 2018: Nano Research
Yuan Yuan, Lin Shi, Shijun Wang
Cerebroma, a nervous system tumor located in the cranial cavity, seriously affects health and may even become life-threatening. The aim of the study was to investigate and discuss the expression levels of cluster of differentiation 44 (CD44) and Golgi protein 73 (GP73) in different types of cerebroma tissues and to study the correlations of CD44 and GP73. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to detect the mRNA expression levels of CD44 and GP73 in four kinds of cerebroma. The immunohistochemical streptavidin-biotin complex (SABC) method was applied to measure the expression levels of CD44 and GP73 in different types of cerebroma...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Huisheng Wu, Chaoliang Tang, Lydia Wai Tai, Weifeng Yao, Peipei Guo, Junmou Hong, Xin Yang, Xinyi Li, Zhao Jin, Jianjuan Ke, Yanlin Wang
Background & Aims:  Ischemic stroke has been ranked the second cause of death in patients worldwide.Inflammation which is activated during cerebral ischemia/reperfusion is an important mechanism leading to brain injury. This study aimed to investigate the effect of flurbiprofen axetil on cerebral I/R injury and the role of inflammation in this process. Methods:  Rats were subjected to sham operation or global cerebral I/R with or without flurbiprofen axetil (5 mg/kg or 10 mg/kg). Global cerebral ischemia was achieved by occlusion of bilateral common carotid arteries combined with hypotension for 20 min followed by reperfusion for 72 h...
March 14, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Eva Krkavcová, Jakub Kreisinger, Ludmila Hyánková, Pavel Hyršl, Veronika Javůrková
Avidin is key egg white antimicrobial protein with strong binding capacity for biotin, an essential growth and immune cell precursor. As such, it is assumed to have a pronounced, though still poorly explored, effect on hatchling phenotype. We tested the effect of experimentally increased egg white avidin concentration (AVIDIN+) on hatching success, chick morphology, post-hatching growth performance and innate immune function in a model bird, Japanese Quail ( Coturnix japonica ). Probability of embryo survival in the late embryonic phase increased with increasing egg weight in control eggs, but not in AVIDIN+ eggs...
March 14, 2018: Biology Open
Benshui Shu, Jingjing Zhang, Gaofeng Cui, Ranran Sun, Xin Yi, Guohua Zhong
Azadirachtin, the environmentally friendly botanical pesticide, has been used as an antifeedant and pest growth regulator in integrated pest management for decades. It has shown strong biological activity against Spodoptera litura , but the mechanism of toxicity remains unclear. The present study showed that azadirachtin inhibited the growth of S. litura larvae, which was resulted by structure destroy and size inhibition of the midgut. Digital gene expression (DGE) analysis of midgut suggested that azadirachtin regulated the transcriptional level of multiple unigenes involved in mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and calcium apoptotic signaling pathways...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Fulai Li, Fan Li, Dan Luo, Weihua Lai, Yonghua Xiong, Hengyi Xu
Infectious diseases caused by Listeria monocytogenes pose a great threat to public health worldwide. Therefore, a rapid and efficient method for L. monocytogenes detection is needed. In this study, a biotin-exposure-based immunomagnetic separation (IMS) method was developed. That is, biotinylated antibody was first targeted to L. monocytogenes. Then, streptavidin-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles were added and anchored onto L. monocytogenes cells indirectly through the strong noncovalent interaction between streptavidin and biotin...
August 9, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Ryuya Kohata, Kosuke Koitabashi, Hiroyasu Kitashiba, Takeshi Nishio
We developed a method for detection of mutants in a large number of plants, and found this method to be applicable to detection of a mutant allele at a concentration of 1/1000. Many techniques for SNP analysis have been developed, but most of these techniques are not so sensitive to be used for detection of mutants in a large number of plants. Although some highly sensitive methods of SNP analysis have been reported, they are costly. In the present study, a method for concentrating mutant DNA was examined for sensitive detection of an SNP allele in a bulked DNA sample...
March 12, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
Asif Elahi, Subrata Sabui, Nell N Narasappa, Sudhanshu Agrawal, Nils W Lambrecht, Anshu Agrawal, Hamid M Said
Biotin (vitamin B7) is essential for human health because of its involvement, as a cofactor, in a variety of critical cellular metabolic reactions. Previous studies have shown that biotin deficiency enhances inflammation, and certain chronic inflammatory diseases are associated with biotin deficiency; however, the mechanisms that mediate the association between biotin status and inflammation are not well understood. In this study, we examined the effect of biotin deficiency on human CD4+ T cell responses to determine their role in biotin deficiency-associated inflammation...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Akshay Bareja, Conrad P Hodgkinson, Erik Soderblom, Greg Waitt, Victor J Dzau
The insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) is a receptor tyrosine kinase with critical roles in various biological processes. Recent results from clinical trials targeting IGF1R indicate that IGF1R signaling pathways are more complex than previously thought. Moreover, it has become increasingly clear that the function of many proteins can be understood only in the context of a network of interactions. To that end, we sought to profile IGF1R-protein interactions with the proximity-labeling technique BioID...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Aleksandra Skrajna, Xiao-Cui Yang, Michal Dadlez, William F Marzluff, Zbigniew Dominski
3' end cleavage of metazoan replication-dependent histone pre-mRNAs requires the multi-subunit holo-U7 snRNP and the stem-loop binding protein (SLBP). The exact composition of the U7 snRNP and details of SLBP function in processing remain unclear. To identify components of the U7 snRNP in an unbiased manner, we developed a novel approach for purifying processing complexes from Drosophila and mouse nuclear extracts. In this method, catalytically active processing complexes are assembled in vitro on a cleavage-resistant histone pre-mRNA containing biotin and a photo-sensitive linker, and eluted from streptavidin beads by UV irradiation for direct analysis by mass spectrometry...
February 26, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Tyler J Titcomb, Samantha T Schmaelzle, Emily T Nuss, Jesse F Gregory, Sherry A Tanumihardjo
BACKGROUND: Hidden hunger affects individuals who chronically consume an inadequate intake of at least 1 micronutrient and is associated with low dietary diversity. Little data are available on dietary intake or status assessment of B vitamins among preschool children in Zambia. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess 24-hour dietary recall records obtained from Zambian children aged 3 to 7 years for B vitamin intake in relation to adequacy and change over time in the same community...
January 1, 2018: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
E Mangoli, M A Khalili, A R Talebi, S Ghasemi-Esmailabad, A Hosseini
The main goal was to evaluate the correlation between sperm parameters and chromatin quality with embryo kinetics via time-lapse monitoring system (TLM). A total of 40 couples involved in the ICSI program as a result of male infertility. For assessment of sperm chromatin and DNA quality, we used aniline blue, toluidine blue, chromomycin A3, acridine orange and terminal transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate biotin end labelling assays. All mature oocytes were injected, and the generated zygotes (2PNs) were cultured in TLM...
March 12, 2018: Andrologia
Xin-Jun Du, Yu-Xuan Zang, Hai-Bin Liu, Ping Li, Shuo Wang
Listeria monocytogenes is an important food-borne pathogenic bacterium that causes human disease, resulting in economic losses worldwide. The current detection methods for L. monocytogenes are not well suited for direct field testing because they involve complicated, time-consuming operations. A simple, efficient method is vital for L. monocytogenes detection. In this study, we combined isothermal recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) with a lateral flow (LF) strip to rapidly and reliably detect L. monocytogenes...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Haiyan Wang, Huanshun Yin, Hua Huang, Kelin Li, Yunlei Zhou, Geoffrey I N Waterhouse, Hai Lin, Shiyun Ai
Herein, a novel dual-signal amplified photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor was successfully developed for the highly selective detection of N6 -methyladenosine (m6 A) methylated RNA. The PEC biosensor comprised BiVO4 -110-TiO2 heterojunction and gold nanoparticle decorated MoS2 (MoS2 -AuNPs) as the photoactive materials, horseradish peroxidase conjugated biotin (HRP-Biotin) as the enzymatic unit, Ag+ -mediated cytosine pairs (C-Ag+ -C) as the signal amplification unit, and the anti-m6 A antibody as the m6 A methylated RNA recognition unit...
February 27, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Sau Ha Cheung, James Yun Wong Lau
S-sulfhydration is a signalling pathway of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), which is suggested as an anti-atherogenic molecule that may protect against atherosclerosis. The identification of S-sulfhydrated proteins by proteomic approach could be a major step towards understanding the mechanisms of H2S in response to atherosclerosis. The present study studied targeted S-sulfhydrated proteins using the modified biotin switch method followed by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time of flight tandem mass spectrometry identification...
2018: PloS One
Nina Fu, Yue Hu, Saihua Shi, Shaokang Ren, Wei Liu, Shao Su, Baomin Zhao, Lixing Weng, Lianhui Wang
MiRNAs are small regulatory RNAs that play crucial roles in the oncogenic state in various cancers and have shown highly promising clinical applications as plasma-based markers for cancer classification and prognostication. Due to their electroanalytical advantages, photoelectrochemical biosensors are a very attractive alternative technology for miRNA sensing and detection. In this work, we demonstrated a novel photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensor using the in situ grown Au nanoparticles/two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 ) nanosheet heterojunction (MoS2 -AuNPs) on ITO glass as the photoanode (MoS2 -AuNPs/ITO)...
March 8, 2018: Analyst
Juan Song, Fei Yin, Xia Li, Na Dong, Yingjie Zhu, Yanan Shao, Baoli Chen, Wei Jiang, Chen-Zhong Li
We developed a novel approach to determine formamidopyrimidine DNA glycosylase (FPG) activity by taking advantage of target-induced self-primed rolling circle amplification (RCA) and magnetic nanoprobes. Herein, a unique nick (8-oxoguanine, 8-oxoG) was positioned in duplex DNA containing P-circle and P1 , which together serve as a FPG substrate, RCA template, and RCA primer probe. The presence of FPG specifically binds 8-oxoG and cleaves the P-circle into two parts, producing 5'-phosphoryl termini. A phosphodiester bond between the 5'-phosphoryl and 3'-hydroxyl termini was formed with the addition of T4 DNA ligase, producing an unnicked circular strand...
March 8, 2018: Analyst
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