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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231343/occurrence-of-mitochondrial-co1-pseudogenes-in-neocalanus-plumchrus-crustacea-copepoda-hybridization-indicated-by-recombined-nuclear-mitochondrial-pseudogenes
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Ryuji J Machida, Ya-Ying Lin
A portion of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase I gene was sequenced using both genomic DNA and complement DNA from three planktonic copepod Neocalanus species (N. cristatus, N. plumchrus, and N. flemingeri). Small but critical sequence differences in CO1 were observed between gDNA and cDNA from N. plumchrus. Furthermore, careful observation revealed the presence of recombination between sequences in gDNA from N. plumchrus. Moreover, a chimera of the N. cristatus and N. plumchrus sequences was obtained from N...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231319/development-of-a-keratinase-activity-assay-using-recombinant-chicken-feather-keratin-substrates
#2
Hyeon-Su Jin, Seon Yeong Park, Kyungmin Kim, Yong-Jik Lee, Gae-Won Nam, Nam Joo Kang, Dong-Woo Lee
Poultry feathers consist mainly of the protein keratin, which is rich in β-pleated sheets and consequently resistant to proteolysis. Although many keratinases have been identified, the reasons for their substrate specificity towards β-keratin remain unclear due to difficulties in preparing a soluble feather keratin substrate for use in activity assays. In the present study, we overexpressed Gallus gallus chromosomes 2 and 27 β-keratin-encoding genes in Escherichia coli, purified denatured recombinant proteins by Ni2+ affinity chromatography, and refolded by stepwise dialysis to yield soluble keratins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231271/applying-antibody-sensitive-hypervariable-region-1-deleted-hepatitis-c-virus-to-the-study-of-escape-pathways-of-neutralizing-human-monoclonal-antibody-ar5a
#3
Rodrigo Velázquez-Moctezuma, Mansun Law, Jens Bukh, Jannick Prentoe
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of end-stage liver diseases. With 3-4 million new HCV infections yearly, a vaccine is urgently needed. A better understanding of virus escape from neutralizing antibodies and their corresponding epitopes are important for this effort. However, for viral isolates with high antibody resistance, or antibodies with moderate potency, it remains challenging to induce escape mutations in vitro. Here, as proof-of-concept, we used antibody-sensitive HVR1-deleted (ΔHVR1) viruses to generate escape mutants for a human monoclonal antibody, AR5A, targeting a rare cross-genotype conserved epitope...
February 23, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231002/mid-infrared-photoluminescence-up-to-290-k-reveals-radiative-mechanisms-and-substrate-doping-type-effects-of-inas-nanowires
#4
Xiren Chen, Qiandong Zhuang, Hayfaa Alradhi, ZhiMing Jin, Liangqing Zhu, Xin Chen, Jun Shao
Photoluminescence (PL) as a conventional yet powerful optical spectroscopy may provide crucial insight into the mechanism of carrier recombination and bandedge structure in semiconductors. In this study, mid-infrared PL measurements on vertically aligned InAs nanowires (NWs) are realized for the first time in a wide temperature range of up to 290 K, by which the radiative recombinations are clarified in the NWs grown on n- and p-type Si substrates, respectively. A dominant PL feature is identified to be from the type-II optical transition across the interfaces between the zinc-blend (ZB) and the wurtzite (WZ) InAs, a lower-energy feature at low temperatures is ascribed to impurity-related transition, and a higher-energy feature at high temperatures originates in the interband transition of the WZ InAs being activated by thermal-induced electron transfer...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230977/extracellular-self-assembly-of-functional-and-tunable-protein-conjugates-from-bacillus-subtilis
#5
Charlie Gilbert, Mark Howarth, Colin R Harwood, Tom Ellis
The ability to stably and specifically conjugate recombinant proteins to one another is a powerful approach for engineering multifunctional enzymes, protein therapeutics and novel biological materials. While many of these applications have been illustrated through in vitro and in vivo intracellular protein conjugation methods, extracellular self-assembly of protein conjugates offers unique advantages: simplifying purification, reducing toxicity and burden, and enabling tunability. Exploiting the recently described SpyTag-SpyCatcher system, we describe here how enzymes and structural proteins can be genetically-encoded to covalently conjugate in culture media following programmable secretion from Bacillus subtilis...
February 23, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230975/tuning-of-recombinant-protein-expression-in-escherichia-coli-by-manipulating-transcription-translation-initiation-rates-and-incorporation-of-non-canonical-amino-acids
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Orr Schlesinger, Yonatan Chemla, Mathias Heltberg, Eden Ozer, Ryan Marshall, Vincent Noireaux, Mogens Hogh Jensen, Lital Alfonta
Protein synthesis in cells has been thoroughly investigated and characterized over the past 60 years. However, some fundamental issues remain unresolved, including the reasons for genetic code redundancy and codon bias. In this study, we changed the kinetics of the E. coli transcription and translation processes by mutating the promoter and ribosome binding domains and by using genetic code expansion. The results expose a counterintuitive phenomenon, whereby an increase in the initiation rates of transcription and translation lead to a decrease in protein expression...
February 23, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230867/ultrafast-electron-and-hole-transfer-dynamics-of-a-solar-cell-dye-containing-hole-acceptors-on-mesoporous-tio2-and-al2o3
#7
Mirko Scholz, Oliver Flender, Gerrit Boschloo, Kawon Oum, Thomas Lenzer
The stability of dye cations against recombination with conduction band electrons in mesoporous TiO2 electrodes is a key property for improving light harvesting in dye-sensitised solar cells. Using ultrafast transient broadband absorption spectroscopy, we monitor efficient intramolecular hole transfer in the solar cell dye E6 having two peripheral triarylamine acceptors. After photoexcitation, two hole transfer mechanisms are identified: a concerted mechanism for electron injection and hole transfer (2.4 ps) and a sequential mechanism with time constants of 3...
February 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230734/deep%C3%A2-transcriptome%C3%A2-sequencing%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-two%C3%A2-green%C3%A2-algae-chara%C3%A2-vulgaris%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-chlamydomonas%C3%A2-reinhardtii-%C3%A2-provides%C3%A2-no%C3%A2-evidence%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-organellar%C3%A2-rna%C3%A2-editing
#8
A Bruce Cahoon, John A Nauss, Conner D Stanley, Ali Qureshi
Nearly all land plants post-transcriptionally modify specific nucleotides within RNAs, a process known as RNA editing. This adaptation allows the correction of deleterious mutations within the asexually reproducing and presumably non-recombinant chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes. There are no reports of RNA editing in any of the green algae so this phenomenon is presumed to have originated in embryophytes either after the invasion of land or in the now extinct algal ancestor of all land plants. This was challenged when a recent in silico screen for RNA edit sites based on genomic sequence homology predicted edit sites in the green alga Chara vulgaris, a multicellular alga found within the Streptophyta clade and one of the closest extant algal relatives of land plants...
February 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230658/engineering-antibody-like-inhibitors-to-prevent-and-treat-hiv-1-infection
#9
Matthew R Gardner, Michael Farzan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Here we discuss recently developed HIV-1 entry inhibitors that can target multiple epitopes on the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env), with an emphasis on eCD4-Ig. Some of these inhibitors are more potent and broader than any single antibody characterized to date. We also discuss the use of recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vectors as a platform for long-term expression of these inhibitors. RECENT FINDINGS: Much of the exterior of HIV-1 Env can be targeted by broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs)...
February 21, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230529/single-molecule-fret-unveils-induced-fit-mechanism-for-substrate-selectivity-in-flap-endonuclease-1
#10
Fahad Rashid, Paul D Harris, Manal S Zaher, Mohamed A Sobhy, Luay I Joudeh, Chunli Yan, Hubert Piwonski, Susan E Tsutakawa, Ivaylo Ivanov, John A Tainer, Satoshi Habuchi, Samir M Hamdan
Human flap endonuclease 1 (FEN1) and related structure-specific 5'nucleases precisely identify and incise aberrant DNA structures during replication, repair and recombination to avoid genomic instability. Yet, it is unclear how the 5'nuclease mechanisms of DNA distortion and protein ordering robustly mediate efficient and accurate substrate recognition and catalytic selectivity. Here, single-molecule sub-millisecond and millisecond analyses of FEN1 reveal a protein-DNA induced-fit mechanism that efficiently verifies substrate and suppresses off-target cleavage...
February 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230321/disruption-of-genes-involved-in-corvet-complex-leads-to-enhanced-secretion-of-heterologous-carboxylesterase-only-in-protease-deficient-pichia-pastoris
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Lukas Marsalek, Clemens Gruber, Friedrich Altmann, Markus Aleschko, Diethard Mattanovich, Brigitte Gasser, Verena Puxbaum
The methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris (Komagataella spp.) is a popular microbial host for the production of recombinant proteins. Previous studies have shown that mis-sorting to the vacuole can be a bottleneck during production of recombinant secretory proteins in yeast, however, no information was available for P. pastoris. In this work we have therefore generated vps (vacuolar protein sorting) mutant strains disrupted in genes involved in the CORVET tethering complex at the early stages of endosomal sorting...
February 23, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230278/deletion-of-psychiatric-risk-gene-cacna1c-impairs-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-cell-autonomous-fashion
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Bianca Völkening, Kai Schönig, Golo Kronenberg, Dusan Bartsch, Tillmann Weber
Ca(2+) is a universal signal transducer which fulfills essential functions in cell development and differentiation. CACNA1C, the gene encoding the alpha-1C subunit (i.e., Cav 1.2) of the voltage-dependent l-type calcium channel (LTCC), has been implicated as a risk gene in a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. To parse the role of Cav 1.2 channels located on astrocyte-like stem cells and their descendants in the development of new granule neurons, we created Tg(GLAST-CreERT2) /Cacna1c(fl/fl) /RCE:loxP mice, a transgenic tool that allows cell-type-specific inducible deletion of Cacna1c...
February 23, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230194/biaxial-strain-effect-induced-electronic-structure-alternation-and-trimeron-recombination-in-fe3o4
#13
Xiang Liu, Li Yin, Wenbo Mi
The Verwey transition in Fe3O4 is the first metal-insulator transition caused by charge ordering. However, the physical mechanism and influence factors of Verwey transition are still debated. Herewith, the strain effects on the electronic structure of low-temperature phase (LTP) Fe3O4 with P2/c and Cc symmetries are investigated by first-principles calculations. LTP Fe3O4 with each space group has a critical strain. With P2/c, Fe3O4 is sensitive to the compressive strain, but it is sensitive to tensile strain for Cc...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230168/phylogenetic-characterizations-of-highly-mutated-ev-b106-recombinants-showing-extensive-genetic-exchanges-with-other-ev-b-in-xinjiang-china
#14
Yang Song, Yong Zhang, Qin Fan, Hui Cui, Dongmei Yan, Shuangli Zhu, Haishu Tang, Qiang Sun, Dongyan Wang, Wenbo Xu
Human enterovirus B106 (EV-B106) is a new member of the enterovirus B species. To date, only three nucleotide sequences of EV-B106 have been published, and only one full-length genome sequence (the Yunnan strain 148/YN/CHN/12) is available in the GenBank database. In this study, we conducted phylogenetic characterisation of four EV-B106 strains isolated in Xinjiang, China. Pairwise comparisons of the nucleotide sequences and the deduced amino acid sequences revealed that the four Xinjiang EV-B106 strains had only 80...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230096/a-novel-approach-to-improve-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-production-by-nadph-regeneration-in-bacillus-licheniformis-wx-02
#15
Dongbo Cai, Penghui He, Xingcheng Lu, Chengjun Zhu, Jiang Zhu, Yangyang Zhan, Qin Wang, Zhiyou Wen, Shouwen Chen
Poly-γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) is an important biochemical product with a variety of applications. This work reports a novel approach to improve γ-PGA through over expression of key enzymes in cofactor NADPH generating process for NADPH pool. Six genes encoding the key enzymes in NADPH generation were over-expressed in the γ-PGA producing strain B. licheniformis WX-02. Among various recombinants, the strain over-expressing zwf gene (coding for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase), WX-zwf, produced the highest γ-PGA concentration (9...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230059/synergistic-effects-of-dimethyloxallyl-glycine-and-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-on-repair-of-critical-sized-bone-defects-in-rats
#16
Xin Qi, Yang Liu, Zhen-Yu Ding, Jia-Qing Cao, Jing-Huan Huang, Jie-Yuan Zhang, Wei-Tao Jia, Jing Wang, Chang-Sheng Liu, Xiao-Lin Li
In bone remodeling, osteogenesis is closely coupled to angiogenesis. Bone tissue engineering using multifunctional bioactive materials is a promising technique which has the ability to simultaneously stimulate osteogenesis and angiogenesis for repair of bone defects. We developed mesoporous bioactive glass (MBG)-doped poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBHHx) composite scaffolds as delivery vehicle. Two bioactive molecules, dimethyloxalylglycine (DMOG), a small-molecule angiogenic drug, and recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2), an osteoinductive growth factor, were co-incorporated into the scaffold...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229976/immune-modulation-by-dendritic-cell-based-cancer-vaccines
#17
Chaitanya Kumar, Sakshi Kohli, Poonamalle Parthasarathy Bapsy, Ashok Kumar Vaid, Minish Jain, Venkata Sathya Suresh Attili, Bandana Sharan
The interplay between host immunity and tumour cells has opened the possibility of targeting tumour cells by modulation of the human immune system. Cancer immunotherapy involves the treatment of a tumour by utilizing the recombinant human immune system components to target the pro-tumour microenvironment or by revitalizing the immune system with the ability to kill tumour cells by priming the immune cells with tumour antigens. In this review, current immunotherapy approaches to cancer with special focus on dendritic cell (DC)-based cancer vaccines are discussed...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229932/csn5-jab1-suppresses-the-wnt-inhibitor-dkk1-in-colorectal-cancer-cells
#18
Sandra Jumpertz, Thomas Hennes, Yaw Asare, Anke K Schütz, Jürgen Bernhagen
The COP9 signalosome (CSN) is a multi-protein complex that is highly conserved in eukaryotes. Due to its regulatory impact on processes such as cell cycle, DNA damage response and apoptosis, the CSN is essential for mammalian cells. One of the best-studied functions of the CSN is the deNEDDylation of cullin-RING ligases (CRLs) via its catalytically active subunit CSN5/JAB1, thereby triggering the degradation of various target proteins. CSN5 was found to be overexpressed in many human cancer entities, including colon adenocarcinoma...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229589/production-of-cinnamyl-alcohol-glucoside-from-glucose-in-escherichia-coli
#19
Wei Zhou, Huiping Bi, Yibin Zhuang, Qinglin He, Hua Yin, Tao Liu, Yanhe Ma
Rosin, a cinnamyl alcohol glucoside, is one of the important ingredients in Rhodiola rosea, which is a valuable medicinal herb used for centuries. Rosin displayed multiple biological activities. The traditional method for producing rosin and derivatives is direct extraction from R. rosea, which suffers from limited availability of natural resources and complicated purification procedure. In this work, we achieved de novo biosynthesis of rosin in Escherichia coli. Firstly, a biosynthetic pathway of aglycon cinnamyl alcohol from phenylalanine was constructed...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229548/oligofructose-decreases-serum-lipopolysaccharide-and-plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-in-adults-with-overweight-obesity
#20
Jill A Parnell, Teja Klancic, Raylene A Reimer
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of prebiotic supplementation on metabolic endotoxemia and systemic inflammation in adults with overweight and obesity. METHODS: Samples from a previously conducted randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial were used for analysis. Participants were randomized to 21 g of oligofructose (n = 20; BMI 30.4 kg/m(2) ) or a maltodextrin placebo (n = 17; BMI 29.5 kg/m(2) ) for 12 weeks. A total of 37 participants had samples available for the current analysis...
March 2017: Obesity
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