Alex S. Shcheglov

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We developed a novel simple cDNA normalization method [termed duplex-specific nuclease (DSN) normalization] that may be effectively used for samples enriched with full-length cDNA sequences. DSN normalization involves the denaturation-reassociation of cDNA, degradation of the double-stranded (ds) fraction formed by abundant transcripts and PCR amplification(More)
We have characterized a novel nuclease from the Kamchatka crab, designated duplex-specific nuclease (DSN). DSN displays a strong preference for cleaving double-stranded DNA and DNA in DNA-RNA hybrid duplexes, compared to single-stranded DNA. Moreover, the cleavage rate of short, perfectly matched DNA duplexes by this enzyme is essentially higher than that(More)
Kamchatka crab duplex-specific nuclease (Par_DSN) has been classified as a member of the family of DNA/RNA non-specific beta-beta-alpha metal finger (bba-Me-finger) nucleases, the archetype of which is the nuclease from Serratia marcescens. Although the enzyme under investigation seems to belong to the family of S. marcescens nucleases, Par_DSN exhibits a(More)
A gene encoding of glutamyl-specific endopeptidase precursor from Bacillus licheniformis has been cloned in Escherichia coli cells. The recombinant protein was expressed and accumulated as cytoplasmic insoluble inclusion bodies. Washed inclusion bodies were solubilized in 6 M guanidine-HCL in the presence of reducing agent. The following precursor(More)
Nucleases, which are key components of biologically diverse processes such as DNA replication, repair and recombination, antiviral defense, apoptosis and digestion, have revolutionized the field of molecular biology. Indeed many standard molecular strategies, including molecular cloning, studies of DNA-protein interactions, and analysis of nucleic acid(More)
Using random mutagenesis of the gene encoding duplex-specific nuclease from the king crab we found a new mutant that retained all properties of the wild-type protein, but exhibited a much lower thermal stability. This enzyme, denoted thermolabile duplex-specific nuclease (DSN-TL), exhibits high processivity and selective cleavage of dsDNA. The inactivation(More)
Glu,Asp-specific endopeptidases represent a new subfamily of chymotrypsin-like proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes prefer Glu or Asp residues in the P1 position of the substrates. p-Nitroanilides of N-acylated di-, tri- and tetrapeptides with C-terminal glutamic or aspartic acid residues have been obtained. Acyl peptide p-nitroanilides were synthesized via(More)
The pLF1311 natural plasmid from Lactobacillus fermentum 1311 was used to construct a single-replicon vector suitable for rapid cloning in a wide range of gram-positive hosts and Escherichia coli. The new vector is capable of conjugative mobilization from E. coli to various hosts by conjugal transfer. The final vector (3.4 kb) showed a high segregational(More)
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