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Yun Liu et al.
Molecular medicine reports, 12(2), 2197-2202 (2015-04-23)
The present study aimed to express, purify and identify the major allergen gene, Pla a1, in Platanus pollen. According to previous studies, the major gene sequences of the Pla a1 allergen were obtained and codon optimization and synthesis of the
Ana Blanco-Toribio et al.
AMB Express, 5(1), 137-137 (2015-08-05)
Recombinant antibodies are used with great success in many different diagnostic and therapeutic applications. A variety of protein expression systems are available, but nowadays almost all therapeutic antibodies are produced in mammalian cell lines due to their complex structure and
X Guo et al.
Free radical research, 49(3), 228-235 (2014-12-10)
Gastrointestinal glutathione peroxidase (GI-GPx, GPx2) is a selenium-dependent enzyme and regarded as the first line of defense against oxidative stress caused by ingested pro-oxidants or gut microbes. As the essential part of the catalytic site of GPx2, selenocysteine (Sec) is
Vendula Studentova et al.
Folia microbiologica, 60(2), 119-129 (2014-09-30)
Carbapenemase-mediated resistance to carbapenems in Enterobacteriaceae has become the main challenge in the treatment and prevention of infections recently. The partially unnoticed spread of OXA-48-type carbapenemase producers is usually assigned to low minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of carbapenems that OXA-48-producing
Kah Yan How et al.
PeerJ, 3, e1117-e1117 (2015-08-21)
Quorum sensing is a mechanism for regulating proteobacterial gene expression in response to changes in cell population. In proteobacteria, N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) appears to be the most widely used signalling molecules in mediating, among others, the production of extracellular
Bo Zhu et al.
Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Toxicology & pharmacology : CBP, 156(2), 95-103 (2012-05-15)
Ferritin, an iron storage protein, plays a key role in iron metabolism in vivo. Here, we have cloned an inducible ferritin cDNA with 519 bp within the open reading frame fragment from the hepatopancreas of Aplysia juliana (AJ). The subunit
Belén García-Fraga et al.
Bioprocess and biosystems engineering, 38(12), 2477-2486 (2015-10-17)
Enhancing functional gene expression is key to high-level production of active chitinases. For this purpose, the effects of culture cell density, inducer concentration, post-induction time and induction temperatures on the functional expression of two different chitinases (HsChiA1p, a family 18
Nicholas P Greene et al.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(23), E3058-E3066 (2015-05-29)
Secreted pore-forming toxins of pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli hemolysin (HlyA) insert into host-cell membranes to subvert signal transduction and induce apoptosis and cell lysis. Unusually, these toxins are synthesized in an inactive form that requires posttranslational activation
Jessica R Ingram et al.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(36), E4975-E4984 (2015-08-26)
Calcium-dependent protein kinases (CDPKs) comprise the major group of Ca2+-regulated kinases in plants and protists. It has long been assumed that CDPKs are activated, like other Ca2+-regulated kinases, by derepression of the kinase domain (KD). However, we found that removal
Yeong Byeon et al.
Journal of pineal research, 57(2), 219-227 (2014-07-22)
Although a plant N-acetylserotonin methyltransferase (ASMT) was recently cloned from rice, homologous genes appear to be absent in dicotyledonous plants. To clone an ASMT de novo from a dicotyledonous plant, we expressed eight Arabidopsis thaliana O-methyltransferase (OMT) cDNAs in Escherichia
Mayu Kamimura et al.
Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry, 78(3), 438-447 (2014-07-19)
Protein kinases are key regulators of cell function that constitute one of the largest and most functionally diverse gene families. We developed a novel assay system, based on the bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) technique in Escherichia coli, for detecting transient
Zhimin Feng et al.
Infection and immunity, 82(11), 4458-4465 (2014-08-13)
Currently, Acinetobacter baumannii is recognized as one of the major pathogens seriously threatening our health care delivery system. Aspects of the innate immune response to A. baumannii infection are not yet well understood. Human β-defensins (hBDs) are epithelial cell-derived cationic
Gisele Espinha et al.
Molecular and cellular biochemistry, 404(1-2), 281-297 (2015-03-12)
Rac1 GTPase controls essential cellular functions related to the cytoskeleton, such as motility and adhesion. Rac1 is overexpressed in many tumor cells, including breast cancers, where it is also involved in the proliferation and checkpoint control necessary for the cell's
Jennifer A Miles et al.
The Journal of biological chemistry, 290(34), 20995-21006 (2015-07-08)
The Fanconi Anemia (FA) DNA repair pathway is essential for the recognition and repair of DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICL). Inefficient repair of these ICL can lead to leukemia and bone marrow failure. A critical step in the pathway is the
Anika Hense et al.
Scientific reports, 5, 18006-18006 (2015-12-10)
The advancement of far-red emitting variants of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) is crucially important for imaging live cells, tissues and organisms. Despite notable efforts, far-red marker proteins still need further optimization to match the performance of their green counterparts.
Philipp Kolb et al.
PloS one, 10(9), e0136180-e0136180 (2015-09-10)
Ticks are vectors for various, including pathogenic, microbes. Tick saliva contains multiple anti-host defense factors that enable ticks their bloodmeals yet also facilitate microbe transmission. Lyme disease-causing borreliae profit specifically from the broadly conserved tick histamine release factor (tHRF), and
Scott R Walsh et al.
The Journal of general virology, 95(Pt 8), 1843-1854 (2014-05-20)
Enzootic nasal adenocarcinoma (ENA) is a contagious neoplasm of the nasal mucosa of sheep and goats and is associated with enzootic nasal tumour virus (ENTV). As ENA is a common disease in North America and there are no vaccines against
Sarbani Mohan et al.
Molecular immunology, 62(1), 249-264 (2014-07-22)
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a Gram-positive bacterium, causing acute sinusitis, otitis media, and severe diseases such as pneumonia, bacteraemia, meningitis and sepsis. Here we identify elongation factor Tu (Tuf) as a new Factor H binding protein of S. pneumoniae. The surface
Shuying Yu et al.
Molecular genetics and genomics : MGG, 290(4), 1277-1285 (2015-01-15)
The myosin essential light chain (ELC) is a structure component of the actomyosin cross-bridge, however, the functions in the central nervous system (CNS) development and regeneration remain poorly understood. Planarian Dugesia japonica has revealed fundamental mechanisms and unique aspects of
Lesley A Pearce et al.
Protein expression and purification, 116, 19-29 (2015-07-22)
Hendra virus (family Paramyxoviridae) is a negative sense single-stranded RNA virus (NSRV) which has been found to cause disease in humans, horses, and experimentally in other animals, e.g. pigs and cats. Pteropid bats commonly known as flying foxes have been
Chih-Wen Tseng et al.
Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 62(28), 6771-6776 (2014-07-02)
The rare sugar D-psicose possesses several fundamental biological functions. D-Psicose 3-epimerase from Clostridium cellulolyticum (CC-DPEase) has considerable potential for use in D-psicose production. In this study, CC-DPEase was fused to the N terminus of oleosin, a unique structural protein of
Wenshuai Liu et al.
Applied and environmental microbiology, 81(15), 5157-5173 (2015-05-24)
Avermectins produced by Streptomyces avermitilis are commercially important anthelmintic agents. The detailed regulatory mechanisms of avermectin biosynthesis remain unclear. Here, we identified SAV3619, a TetR-family transcriptional regulator designated AveT, to be an activator for both avermectin production and morphological differentiation
Simone Hanna Brütsch et al.
Antioxidants & redox signaling, 22(4), 281-293 (2014-10-15)
Glutathione peroxidases (Gpx) and lipoxygenases (Alox) are functional counterplayers in the metabolism of hydroperoxy lipids that regulate cellular redox homeostasis. Gpx4 is a moonlighting protein that has been implicated not only as an enzyme in anti-oxidative defense, gene expression regulation
Huyen Trang Ha Thi et al.
Molecular and cellular biology, 35(16), 2841-2850 (2015-06-10)
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) regulates various cellular events, including proliferation, differentiation, migration, and tumorigenesis. For the maintenance of homeostasis, EGF signaling should be tightly regulated to prevent the aberrant activation. Smad7 has been known as inhibitory Smad that blocks the
Nicolas Bocquet et al.
Biochimica et biophysica acta, 1848(5), 1224-1233 (2015-03-01)
Membrane proteins (MPs) are prevalent drug discovery targets involved in many cell processes. Despite their high potential as drug targets, the study of MPs has been hindered by limitations in expression, purification and stabilization in order to acquire thermodynamic and
G P Mendes et al.
Journal of microbiological methods, 115, 1-5 (2015-05-15)
Transformation of non-competent Escherichia coli JM109 was accomplished using pUC19 as donor plasmid and sepiolite as the acicular material to promote cell piercing via application of friction with a polystyrene stick or a magnetic bar on the surface of a
Yujie Diao et al.
Parasitology research, 114(7), 2679-2687 (2015-04-23)
The Vasa gene is a vital germline marker to study the origin and development of germ cells and gonads in many organisms. Until now, little information was available about the characteristics of the Vasa gene in Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum).
Miyuki Tsukuda et al.
Journal of bioscience and bioengineering, 120(5), 591-595 (2015-04-29)
Counterselection is a genetic engineering technique to eliminate specific genetic fragments containing selectable marker genes. Although the technique is widely used in bacterial genome engineering and plasmid curing experiments, the repertoire of the markers usable in Escherichia coli is limited.
Lei Tang et al.
Xi bao yu fen zi mian yi xue za zhi = Chinese journal of cellular and molecular immunology, 28(10), 1094-1097 (2012-10-11)
To construct an expression plasmid for NY-ESO-1 gene and identify the expression of recombinant protein NY-ESO-1/GST in E.coli. NY-ESO-1 segment was amplified from the testis cDNA library by RT-PCR and cloned into the prokaryotic expression vector pGEX4T-1 downstream tagged by
Stefanie J Pottgiesser et al.
Anticancer research, 35(11), 5927-5943 (2015-10-28)
Intercellular apoptosis-inducing HOCl signaling is discussed as a control step during oncogenesis. It is defined as a sophisticated interplay between transformed target cells and non-transformed or transformed effector cells. In this study, transformed target cells were seeded as clumps of
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