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The lack of efficient high-throughput methods for enrichment of specific sequences from genomic DNA represents a key bottleneck in exploiting the enormous potential of next-generation sequencers. Such methods would allow for a systematic and targeted analysis of relevant genomic regions. Recent studies reported sequence enrichment using a hybridization step(More)
There are several protocols and kits for the extraction of circulating RNAs from plasma with a following quantification of specific genes via RT-qPCR. Due to the marginal amount of cell-free RNA in plasma samples, the total RNA yield is insufficient to perform Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), the state-of-the-art technology in massive parallel sequencing(More)
Fibronectin-binding protein I (SfbI) from Streptococcus pyogenes plays a key role in bacterial adhesion to, and invasion of, eukaryotic cells. In addition, SfbI exhibits a considerable potential as mucosal adjuvant and can trigger polyclonal activation of B cells. Here, we report that SfbI is also capable of binding human IgG in a nonimmune fashion. SfbI(More)
Balanced chromosome abnormalities (BCAs) occur at a high frequency in healthy and diseased individuals, but cost-efficient strategies to identify BCAs and evaluate whether they contribute to a phenotype have not yet become widespread. Here we apply genome-wide mate-pair library sequencing to characterize structural variation in a patient with unclear(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that regulate mRNA expression mainly by silencing target transcripts via binding to miRNA recognition elements (MREs) in the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR). The identification of bona fide targets is challenging for researchers working on the functional aspect of miRNAs. Recently, we developed a method (miR-CATCH)(More)
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