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Cagin Kandemir-Cavas, Levent Cavas, Hakan Alyuruk
There is a great need for development of educational materials on the transfer of current bioinformatics knowledge to undergraduate students in bioscience departments. In this study, it is aimed to prepare an example in silico laboratory tutorial on the topology prediction of membrane proteins by bioinformatics tools. This laboratory tutorial is prepared for biochemistry lessons at bioscience departments (biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, and faculty of medicine). The tutorial is intended for students who have not taken a bioinformatics course yet or already have taken a course as an introduction to bioinformatics...
October 7, 2016: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
John W Belmont, Chad A Shaw
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October 7, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
Fuyi Li, Chen Li, Jerico Revote, Yang Zhang, Geoffrey I Webb, Jian Li, Jiangning Song, Trevor Lithgow
Glycosylation plays an important role in cell-cell adhesion, ligand-binding and subcellular recognition. Current approaches for predicting protein glycosylation are primarily based on sequence-derived features, while little work has been done to systematically assess the importance of structural features to glycosylation prediction. Here, we propose a novel bioinformatics method called GlycoMine(struct)( for improved prediction of human N- and O-linked glycosylation sites by combining sequence and structural features in an integrated computational framework with a two-step feature-selection strategy...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kesava A Ramakrishnan, Reuben J Pengelly, Yifang Gao, Mary Morgan, Sanjay V Patel, E Graham Davies, Sarah Ennis, Saul N Faust, Anthony P Williams
BACKGROUND: Methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase (MTHFD1) deficiency has recently been reported to cause a folate-responsive syndrome displaying a phenotype that includes megaloblastic anemia and severe combined immunodeficiency. OBJECTIVE: To describe our investigative approach to the molecular diagnosis and evaluation of immune dysfunction in a family with MTHFD1 deficiency. METHODS: The methods used were exome sequencing and analysis of variants in genes involved in the folate metabolic pathway in a family with 2 affected siblings...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Iain C Macaulay, Mabel J Teng, Wilfried Haerty, Parveen Kumar, Chris P Ponting, Thierry Voet
Parallel sequencing of a single cell's genome and transcriptome provides a powerful tool for dissecting genetic variation and its relationship with gene expression. Here we present a detailed protocol for G&T-seq, a method for separation and parallel sequencing of genomic DNA and full-length polyA(+) mRNA from single cells. We provide step-by-step instructions for the isolation and lysis of single cells; the physical separation of polyA(+) mRNA from genomic DNA using a modified oligo-dT bead capture and the respective whole-transcriptome and whole-genome amplifications; and library preparation and sequence analyses of these amplification products...
November 2016: Nature Protocols
Weizhong Li, R Alexander Richter, Yunsup Jung, Qiyun Zhu, Robert W Li
BACKGROUND: Remarkable advances in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies, bioinformatics algorithms and computational technologies have significantly accelerated genomic research. However, complicated NGS data analysis still remains as a major bottleneck. RNA-seq, as one of the major area in the NGS field, also confronts great challenges in data analysis. RESULTS: To address the challenges in RNA-seq data analysis, we developed a web portal that offers three integrated workflows that can perform end-to-end compute and analysis, including sequence quality control, read-mapping, transcriptome assembly, reconstruction and quantification, and differential analysis...
September 27, 2016: BMC Genomics
Georgia Kapatai, Carmen L Sheppard, Ali Al-Shahib, David J Litt, Anthony P Underwood, Timothy G Harrison, Norman K Fry
Streptococcus pneumoniae typically express one of 92 serologically distinct capsule polysaccharide (cps) types (serotypes). Some of these serotypes are closely related to each other; using the commercially available typing antisera, these are assigned to common serogroups containing types that show cross-reactivity. In this serotyping scheme, factor antisera are used to allocate serotypes within a serogroup, based on patterns of reactions. This serotyping method is technically demanding, requires considerable experience and the reading of the results can be subjective...
2016: PeerJ
Belén M De Luca, Clara B Nudel, Rodrigo H Gonzalez, Alejandro D Nusblat
Biocatalysis is a fundamental concept in biotechnology. The topic integrates knowledge of several disciplines; therefore, it was included in the course "design and optimization of biological systems" which is offered in the biochemistry curricula. We selected the ciliate tetrahymena as an example of a eukaryotic system with potential for the biotransformation of sterol metabolites of industrial interest; in particular, we focused on the conversion of cholesterol to provitamin D3. The students work with wild type and recombinant strains and learn how sterol pathways could be modified to obtain diverse sterol moieties...
September 26, 2016: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Max Klein, Rati Sharma, Chris Bohrer, Cameron Avelis, Elijah Roberts
: Data-parallel programming techniques can dramatically decrease the time needed to analyze large data sets. While these methods have provided significant improvements for sequencing-based analyses, other areas of biological informatics have not yet adopted them. Here, we introduce Biospark, a new framework for performing data-parallel analysis on large numerical data sets. Biospark builds upon the open source Hadoop and Spark projects, bringing domain-specific features for biology. AVAILABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION: Source code is licensed under the Apache 2...
September 22, 2016: Bioinformatics
Mingyue Duan, Jinfeng Xiong, Dandan Lu, Guoxiu Wang, Hui Ai
Mosquito-transmitted diseases like malaria and dengue fever are global problem and an estimated 50-100 million of dengue or dengue hemorrhagic fever cases are reported worldwide every year. The mermithid nematode Romanomermis wuchangensis has been successfully used as an ecosystem-friendly biocontrol agent for mosquito prevention in laboratory studies. However, this nematode can not undergo sex differentiation in vitro culture, which has seriously affected their application of biocontrol in the field. In this study, based on transcriptome sequencing analysis of R...
2016: PloS One
Giovanni Satta, Alessandro Atzeni, Timothy D McHugh
Whole genome sequencing (WGS) has the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) but the lack of bioinformatic expertise among clinical microbiologists is a barrier for adoption. Software products for analysis should be simple, free of charge, able to accept data directly from the sequencer (FASTQ files) and to provide the basic functionalities all-in-one. The main aim of this narrative review is to provide a practical guide for the clinical microbiologist, with little or no practical experience of WGS analysis, with a specific focus on software products tailored made for MTB analysis...
September 15, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Donald L Mykles, Karen G Burnett, David S Durica, Blake L Joyce, Fiona M McCarthy, Carl J Schmidt, Jonathon H Stillman
High-throughput RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) technology has become an important tool for studying physiological responses of organisms to changes in their environment. De novo assembly of RNA-seq data has allowed researchers to create a comprehensive catalog of genes expressed in a tissue and to quantify their expression without a complete genome sequence. The contributions from the "Tapping the Power of Crustacean Transcriptomics to Address Grand Challenges in Comparative Biology" symposium in this issue show the successes and limitations of using RNA-seq in the study of crustaceans...
September 17, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
Jingjing Han, Yanjin Wang, Qing Chu, Tianjun Xu
The laboratory of genetics and physiology 2 (LGP2) is a member of retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I)-like receptors (RLR receptors), which may participate in the immune regulation process. The role of LGP2 on modulating signaling was ambiguous, some researchers suggested that the regulation mechanism of LGP2 to melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 (MDA5) and retinoic acid inducible gene-I (RIG-I) were different. In this study, the bioinformatics and functions of LGP2 from miiuy croaker (mmLGP2) were characterized...
September 13, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Daniel Tapia, Brittany N Ross, Anjana Kalita, Mridul Kalita, Christopher L Hatcher, Laura A Muruato, Alfredo G Torres
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O157:H7 is a leading cause of foodborne illnesses worldwide and is a common serotype linked to hemorrhagic colitis and an important cause of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Treatment of EHEC O157:H7 infections is complicated, as antibiotics can exacerbate Shiga toxin (Stx) production and lead to more severe symptoms including HUS. To date, no vaccines have been approved for human use, exposing a void in both treatment and prevention of EHEC O157:H7 infections. Previously, our lab has shown success in identifying novel vaccine candidates via bio- and immunoinformatics approaches, which are capable of reducing bacterial colonization in an in vivo model of intestinal colonization...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Danira Ashraf Habashy, Hend Mohamed El Tayebi, Injie Omar Fawzy, Karim Adel Hosny, Gamal Esmat, Ahmed Ihab Abdelaziz
AIM: To investigate the effect of microRNA on insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) and hence on insulin-like growth factor-II (IGF-II) bioavailability in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Bioinformatic analysis was performed using, DIANA lab and Segal lab softwares. Total RNA was extracted from 23 HCC and 10 healthy liver tissues using mirVana miRNA Isolation Kit. microRNA-17-5p (miR-17-5p) expression was mimicked and antagonized in HuH-7 cell lines using HiPerFect Transfection Reagent, then total RNA was extracted using Biozol reagent then reverse transcribed into cDNA followed by quantification of miR-17-5p and IGFBP-3 expression using TaqMan real-time quantitative PCR...
August 18, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Moise C Ngwa, Thomas Masalla, Seraphine Esemu, Foche Francis Fumoloh, Ian Kracalik, Eleonora Cella, Meer Taifur Alam, Jane-Francis Akoachere, Song Liang, Marco Salemi, J Glenn Morris, Afsar Ali, Lucy M Ndip
INTRODUCTION: During the cholera outbreak from 2010 to 2011 in Cameroon, 33,192 cases with 1,440 deaths (case fatality ratio 4.34%) were reported to the World Health Organization. Of these, the South West Region reported 3,120 clinical cases. This region is in the Equatorial Monsoon climatic subzone of Cameroon, close to the coast, raising questions as to whether cases were linked with development of environmental reservoirs. METHODS: In an investigation conducted by the Laboratory for Emerging Infectious Diseases, University of Buea, toxigenic V...
2016: PLoS Currents
Lu Yao, Li-Ping Zhu, Xiao-Yan Xu, Ling-Ling Tan, Martin Sadilek, Huan Fan, Bo Hu, Xiao-Ting Shen, Jie Yang, Bin Qiao, Song Yang
Transcriptomic analysis of cultured fungi suggests that many genes for secondary metabolite synthesis are presumably silent under standard laboratory condition. In order to investigate the expression of silent genes in symbiotic systems, 136 fungi-fungi symbiotic systems were built up by co-culturing seventeen basidiomycetes, among which the co-culture of Trametes versicolor and Ganoderma applanatum demonstrated the strongest coloration of confrontation zones. Metabolomics study of this co-culture discovered that sixty-two features were either newly synthesized or highly produced in the co-culture compared with individual cultures...
2016: Scientific Reports
Sirintra Themsakul, Namfon Suebwongsa, Baltasar Mayo, Marutpong Panya, Viraphong Lulitanond
The ability to serve as a delivery vehicle for various interesting biomolecules makes lactic acid bacteria (LAB) very useful in several applications. In the medical field, recombinant LAB expressing pathogenic antigens at different cellular locations have been used to elicit both mucosal and systemic immune responses. Expression-secretion vectors (ESVs) with a signal peptide (SP) are pivotal for protein expression and secretion. In this study, the genome sequence of Lactobacillus casei ATCC334 was explored for new SPs using bioinformatics tools...
October 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Ilias Georgakopoulos-Soares, Naman Jain, Jesse M Gray, Martin Hemberg
MOTIVATION: With the rapid advances in DNA synthesis and sequencing technologies and the continuing decline in the associated costs, high-throughput experiments can be performed to investigate the regulatory role of thousands of oligonucleotide sequences simultaneously. Nevertheless, designing high-throughput reporter assay experiments such as massively parallel reporter assays (MPRAs) and similar methods remains challenging. RESULTS: We introduce MPRAnator, a set of tools that facilitate rapid design of MPRA experiments...
September 6, 2016: Bioinformatics
Steve Laurie, Marcos Fernandez-Callejo, Santiago Marco-Sola, Jean-Remi Trotta, Jordi Camps, Alejandro Chacón, Antonio Espinosa, Marta Gut, Ivo Gut, Simon Heath, Sergi Beltran
As whole genome sequencing becomes cheaper and faster, it will progressively substitute targeted next-generation sequencing as standard practice in research and diagnostics. However, computing cost-performance ratio is not advancing at an equivalent rate. Therefore, it is essential to evaluate the robustness of the variant detection process taking into account the computing resources required. We have benchmarked six combinations of state-of-the-art read aligners (BWA-MEM and GEM3) and variant callers (FreeBayes, GATK HaplotypeCaller, SAMtools) on whole genome and whole exome sequencing data from the NA12878 human sample...
September 8, 2016: Human Mutation
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