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The 14-3-3 protein is a key player in signal transduction processes in various species. We have previously cloned and expressed the 14-3-3 of Schistosoma mansoni. Using the purified protein we have now raised antibodies against it. A highly specific, affinity-purified antibody preparation was employed for the localization of the 14-3-3 protein in the(More)
An emergency response was triggered by recovery of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) of the South Asia (SOAS) lineage from sewage in southern Israel in April 2013 during routine environmental surveillance. Public health risk assessment necessitated intensification of environmental surveillance in order to facilitate countrywide monitoring of WPV1-SOAS(More)
It was previously shown that an antigen preparation termed 9B obtained from Schistosoma mansoni cercarial extracts partially (34%) protects mice from challenge infection with cercariae (R. Tarrab-Hazdai et al., J. Immunol. 135, 2772, 1985). To characterize some of the proteins which comprise this preparation, rabbit antibodies to the 9B antigen preparation(More)
BACKGROUND In Israel, <0.06% of the general population is infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), with a much higher prevalence among specific groups. These groups are distinguished demographically by risk behavior category and by virus subtype. We investigated transmission of drug resistance within groups to assess the impact of these factors. (More)
We present a new Material Point Method (MPM) for simulating viscoelastic fluids, foams and sponges. We design our discretization from the upper convected derivative terms in the evolution of the left Cauchy-Green elastic strain tensor. We combine this with an Oldroyd-B model for plastic flow in a complex viscoelastic fluid. While the Oldroyd-B model is(More)
The activation of the cellular oncogene c-mos in mouse plasmacytoma XRPC24 was found to result from the insertion of a 4.7-kilobase-pair cellular DNA element, within the c-mos coding region. The element terminates on both sides with a direct repeat of around 335 nucleotides. The repeat as well as internal sequences of the element show strong homology to(More)
The sequences of four embryonic mouse immunoglobulin VH genes have been compared. All genes end at codon 98 and code for a hydrophobic signal peptide of 19 residues interrupted at codon -4 by an intron of 83 base pairs. Substitutions occur in all gene segments but at a significantly higher frequency in the hypervariable regions. The data suggest an(More)
We isolated and determined the sequences of two human germ-line heavy chain variable region (VH) genes and compared them with mouse VH genes. The results show that the human VHI subgroup is evolutionarily related to the mouse VHII subgroup. Evolutionary preservation of homologies in VH genes of the same subgroup includes not only the coding region but also(More)
In February 2013, wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reintroduced into southern Israel and resulted in continuous silent circulation in the highly immune population. As a part of the public health emergency response, a novel real time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) assay was developed, to allow for the sensitive and(More)
The organization and evolution of immunoglobulin variable region genes was studied by comparing human and mouse heavy chain variable region (VH) genes. We show that a VH gene subgroup constitutes a physically linked multigene family separated from another VH subgroup. We mapped the VHIII gene subgroup to be 3' to the VHII gene subgroup based on deletion of(More)