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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229600/regioselective-annulation-of-aryl-sulfonamides-with-allenes-through-cobalt-promoted-c-h-functionalization
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Tianlong Lan, Liguo Wang, Yu Rao
The development of an efficient method for the construction of biologically relevant sultams is described, which represents the first case of cobalt-promoted C-H/N-H functionalization of sulfonamides with allenes. This newly developed annulation reaction demonstrated good functional group tolerance and excellent regioselectivity. Both terminal monosubstituted allenes and internal disubstituted allenes can be employed to give the desired sultams in good yields. This strategy can be successfully used to build a unique sultam library with novel structural diversity...
February 23, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223214/expression-studies-of-bacillus-licheniformis-chitin-deacetylase-in-e-coli-rosetta-cells
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Ritu Raval, Simsa Robin, Keyur Raval
Chitin, the biopolymer of the N-acetylglucosamine, is the most abundant biopolymer on the planet after cellulose. However owing to its crystalline nature, its deacetylated derivative; chitosan is industrially more potent. This conversion on an enzymatic scale can be made using chitin deacetylase. The metagenomics library constructed from the soil exposed to chitin and chitosan yielded chitin modifying enzymes, one of them being chitin deacetylase (CDA) utilized for the present study. The gene was amplified and expressed using the pET 22b vector in E...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223024/construction-of-a-library-of-structurally-diverse-ribonucleopeptides-with-catalytic-groups
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Tomoki Tamura, Shun Nakano, Eiji Nakata, Takashi Morii
Functional screening of structurally diverse libraries consisting of proteins or nucleic acids is an effective method to obtain receptors or aptamers with unique molecular recognition characteristics. However, further modification of these selected receptors to exert a newly desired function is still a challenging task. We have constructed a library of structurally diverse ribonucleopeptides (RNPs) that are modified with a catalytic group, in which the catalytic group aligns with various orientations against the ATP binding pocket of RNA subunit...
February 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221768/formation-of-nitrogenase-nifdk-tetramers-in-the-mitochondria-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Stefan Burén, Eric M Young, Elizabeth A Sweeny, Gema López-Torrejón, Marcel Veldhuizen, Christopher A Voigt, Luis M Rubio
Transferring the prokaryotic enzyme nitrogenase into a eukaryotic host with the final aim of developing N2 fixing cereal crops would revolutionize agricultural systems worldwide. Targeting it to mitochondria has potential advantages because of the organelle's high O2 consumption and the presence of bacterial-type iron-sulfur cluster biosynthetic machinery. In this study, we constructed 96 strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae where transcriptional units comprising nine Azotobacter vinelandii nif genes (nifHDKUSMBEN) were integrated into the genome...
February 21, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220703/whole-cell-biocatalytic-synthesis-of-cinnamyl-acetate-with-a-novel-esterase-from-the-dna-library-of-acinetobacter-haemolyticus
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Hao Dong, Francesco Secundo, Changhu Xue, Xiangzhao Mao
Cinnamyl acetate has a wide application in the flavor and fragrance industry because of its sweet, balsamic and floral odor. Up to now, lipases have been mainly used in enzyme-mediated synthesis of cinnamyl acetate, while esterases are only used in a few cases. Moreover, the use of purified enzymes is often a disadvantage which leads to increases of the production costs. In this paper, a genomic DNA library of Acinetobacter haemolyticus was constructed, and a novel esterase (EstK1) was identified. After expressed in E...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219339/deep-illumina-sequencing-reveals-conserved-and-novel-micrornas-in-grass-carp-in-response-to-grass-carp-reovirus-infection
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Libo He, Aidi Zhang, Pengfei Chu, Yongming Li, Rong Huang, Lanjie Liao, Zuoyan Zhu, Yaping Wang
BACKGROUND: The grass carp hemorrhagic disease caused by the grass carp reovirus (GCRV) is a major disease that hampers the development of grass carp aquaculture. The mechanism underlying GCRV pathogenesis and hemorrhagic symptoms is still unknown. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key regulators involved in various biological processes. The aim of this study was to identify conserved and novel miRNAs in grass carp in response to GCRV infection, as well as attempt to reveal the mechanism underlying GCRV pathogenesis and hemorrhagic symptoms...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217147/automatic-procedure-for-generating-symmetry-adapted-wavefunctions
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Marcus Johansson, Valera Veryazov
Automatic detection of point groups as well as symmetrisation of molecular geometry and wavefunctions are useful tools in computational quantum chemistry. Algorithms for developing these tools as well as an implementation are presented. The symmetry detection algorithm is a clustering algorithm for symmetry invariant properties, combined with logical deduction of possible symmetry elements using the geometry of sets of symmetrically equivalent atoms. An algorithm for determining the symmetry adapted linear combinations (SALCs) of atomic orbitals is also presented...
2017: Journal of Cheminformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216108/crispr-enabled-trackable-genome-engineering-for-isopropanol-production-in-escherichia-coli
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Liya Liang, Rongming Liu, Andrew D Garst, Thomas Lee, Violeta Sànchez I Nogué, Gregg T Beckham, Ryan T Gill
Isopropanol is an important target molecule for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. Increases in DNA synthesis and synthetic biology capabilities have resulted in the development of a range of new strategies for the more rapid design, construction, and testing of production strains. Here, we report on the use of such capabilities to construct and test 903 different variants of the isopropanol production pathway in Escherichia coli. We first constructed variants to explore the effect of codon optimization, copy number, and translation initiation rates on isopropanol production...
February 16, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214241/improvement-of-operational-stability-of-ogataea-minuta-carbonyl-reductase-for-chiral-alcohol-production
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Kohsuke Honda, Mizuha Inoue, Tomohiro Ono, Kenji Okano, Yasumasa Dekishima, Hiroshi Kawabata
Directed evolution of enantio-selective carbonyl reductase from Ogataea minuta was conducted to improve the operational stability of the enzyme. A mutant library was constructed by an error-prone PCR and screened using a newly developed colorimetric assay. The stability of a mutant with two amino acid substitutions was significantly higher than that of the wild type at 50°C in the presence of dimethyl sulfoxide. Site-directed mutagenesis analysis showed that the improved stability of the enzyme can be attributed to the amino acid substitution of V166A...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209186/identification-of-immune-protective-genes-of-eimeria-maxima-through-cdna-expression-library-screening
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XinChao Yang, MengHui Li, JianHua Liu, YiHong Ji, XiangRui Li, LiXin Xu, RuoFeng Yan, XiaoKai Song
BACKGROUND: Eimeria maxima is one of the most prevalent Eimeria species causing avian coccidiosis, and results in huge economic loss to the global poultry industry. Current control strategies, such as anti-coccidial medication and live vaccines have been limited because of their drawbacks. The third generation anticoccidial vaccines including the recombinant vaccines as well as DNA vaccines have been suggested as a promising alternative strategy. To date, only a few protective antigens of E...
February 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208882/pbl-trigger-design-by-medical-students-an-effective-active-learning-strategy-outside-the-classroom
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Maya Roche, Indira Kakkunje Adiga, Akshatha G Nayak
INTRODUCTION: Problem Based Learning (PBL) is known world over as an effective, active learning strategy with many benefits for the student. Usually, in medical schools, PBL triggers are designed by a well-trained group of faculty from basic and clinical sciences. The challenge was whether this task could be given to students in the first year of their curriculum and be executed by them effectively. AIM: To enhance active learning, comprehension and critical thinking with a view to promote horizontal and vertical integration between subjects...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202953/fully-human-cd19-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptors-for-t-cell-therapy
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D Sommermeyer, T Hill, S M Shamah, A I Salter, Y Chen, K M Mohler, S R Riddell
Impressive results have been achieved by adoptively transferring T-cells expressing CD19-specific CARs with binding domains from murine mAbs to treat B-cell malignancies. T-cell mediated immune responses specific for peptides from the murine scFv antigen-binding domain of the CAR can develop in patients and result in premature elimination of CAR-T-cells increasing the risk of tumor relapse. As fully human scFv might reduce immunogenicity, we generated CD19-specific human scFvs with similar binding characteristics as the murine FMC63-derived scFv using human Ab/DNA-libraries...
February 16, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202413/engineered-antibody-ch2-domains-binding-to-nucleolin-isolation-characterization-and-improvement-of-aggregation
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De-Zhi Li, Rui Gong, Jun Zheng, Xi-Hai Chen, Dimiter S Dimitrov, Qi Zhao
Smaller recombinant antibody fragments are now emerging as alternatives of conventional antibodies. Especially, immunoglobulin (Ig) constant CH2 domain and engineered CH2 with improved stability are promising as scaffolds for selection of specific binders to various antigens. We constructed a yeast display library based on an engineered human IgG1 CH2 scaffold with diversified loop regions. A group of CH2 binders were isolated from this yeast display library by panning against nucleolin, which is a tumor-associated antigen involved in cell proliferation, tumor cell growth and angiogenesis...
February 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202045/identification-of-micrornas-and-their-response-to-the-stress-of-plant-allelochemicals-in-aphis-gossypii-hemiptera-aphididae
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Kang-Sheng Ma, Fen Li, Ying Liu, Ping-Zhuo Liang, Xue-Wei Chen, Xi-Wu Gao
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a group of short non-coding RNAs involved in the inhibition of protein translation or in mRNA degradation. Although the regulatory roles of miRNAs in various biological processes have been investigated, there is as yet an absence of studies about the regulatory roles of miRNAs involved in the metabolism of plant allelochemicals in insects. RESULTS: We constructed five small RNA libraries from apterous Aphis gossypii adults that had fed on an artificial diet containing various allelochemicals...
February 16, 2017: BMC Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198676/global-transcriptome-analysis-reveals-extensive-gene-remodeling-alternative-splicing-and-differential-transcription-profiles-in-non-seed-vascular-plant-selaginella-moellendorffii
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Yan Zhu, Longxian Chen, Chengjun Zhang, Pei Hao, Xinyun Jing, Xuan Li
BACKGROUND: Selaginella moellendorffii, a lycophyte, is a model plant to study the early evolution and development of vascular plants. As the first and only sequenced lycophyte to date, the genome of S. moellendorffii revealed many conserved genes and pathways, as well as specialized genes different from flowering plants. Despite the progress made, little is known about long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) and the alternative splicing (AS) of coding genes in S. moellendorffii. Its coding gene models have not been fully validated with transcriptome data...
January 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198411/the-secondary-resistome-of-multidrug-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae
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Bimal Jana, Amy K Cain, William T Doerrler, Christine J Boinett, Maria C Fookes, Julian Parkhill, Luca Guardabassi
Klebsiella pneumoniae causes severe lung and bloodstream infections that are difficult to treat due to multidrug resistance. We hypothesized that antimicrobial resistance can be reversed by targeting chromosomal non-essential genes that are not responsible for acquired resistance but essential for resistant bacteria under therapeutic concentrations of antimicrobials. Conditional essentiality of individual genes to antimicrobial resistance was evaluated in an epidemic multidrug-resistant clone of K. pneumoniae (ST258)...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197687/characterization-and-application-of-endogenous-phase-dependent-promoters-in-bacillus-subtilis
#17
Sen Yang, Guocheng Du, Jian Chen, Zhen Kang
Bacillus subtilis as an important host has been widely used in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and production of industrial enzymes. To fully take advantage of this organism, 114 endogenous putative promoters were measured with a green fluorescent protein reporter and four classes of phase-dependent promoters (class I: exponential phase; class II: middle-log and early stationary phases; class III: lag-log and stationary phases; class IV: stationary phase) with different strengths were identified. The transcriptional strengths ranged from 0...
February 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197415/pharmacoinformatics-adaptive-evolution-and-elucidation-of-six-novel-compounds-for-schizophrenia-treatment-by-targeting-daoa-g72-isoforms
#18
Sheikh Arslan Sehgal
Studies on Schizophrenia so far reveal a complex picture of neurological malfunctioning reported to be strongly associated with DAOA. Detailed sequence analyses proved DAOA as a primate specific gene having conserved gene desert region on both upstream and downstream region. The analyses of 10 MB chromosomal region of primates, birds, rodents, and reptiles having DAOA evidenced the conserved part in primates and in the rest of species, while DAOA is only present in primates. DAOA has four isoforms having one interaction partner DAO...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197317/comparison-of-fluorinated-and-nonfluorinated-lipids-in-self-adjuvanting-delivery-systems-for-peptide-based-vaccines
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Waleed M Hussein, Saori Mukaida, Fazren Azmi, Stacey Bartlett, Celine Olivier, Michael R Batzloff, Michael F Good, Mariusz Skwarczynski, Istvan Toth
Safe immunostimulants (adjuvants) are essential for the development of highly potent peptide-based vaccines. This study examined for the first time whether fluorinated lipids could stimulate humoral immunity in vivo when conjugated to peptide antigen. The impact of fluorination on humoral immunity was tested using a library of peptide-based vaccine candidates against the group A streptococcus (GAS). The fluorinated constructs stimulated similar mouse IgG titers to those elicited by complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) and were higher than those produced in mice that received the nonfluorinated constructs...
February 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196894/extending-enzyme-molecular-recognition-with-an-expanded-amino-acid-alphabet
#20
Claire L Windle, Katie J Simmons, James R Ault, Chi H Trinh, Adam Nelson, Arwen R Pearson, Alan Berry
Natural enzymes are constructed from the 20 proteogenic amino acids, which may then require posttranslational modification or the recruitment of coenzymes or metal ions to achieve catalytic function. Here, we demonstrate that expansion of the alphabet of amino acids can also enable the properties of enzymes to be extended. A chemical mutagenesis strategy allowed a wide range of noncanonical amino acids to be systematically incorporated throughout an active site to alter enzymic substrate specificity. Specifically, 13 different noncanonical side chains were incorporated at 12 different positions within the active site of N-acetylneuraminic acid lyase (NAL), and the resulting chemically modified enzymes were screened for activity with a range of aldehyde substrates...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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