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The conventional wisdom is that certain classes of bioactive peptides have specific structural features that endow their particular functions. Accordingly, predictions of bioactivity have focused on particular subgroups, such as antimicrobial peptides. We hypothesized that bioactive peptides may share more general features, and assessed this by contrasting(More)
Blood lipids are important cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors with both genetic and environmental determinants. The Whitehall II study (n=5592) was genotyped with the gene-centric HumanCVD BeadChip (Illumina). We identified 195 SNPs in 16 genes/regions associated with 3 major lipid fractions and 2 apolipoprotein components at p<10(-5), with the(More)
Resistance to potato virus X (PVX) is determined by the product of a host resistance gene and a viral determinant specifying either virulence (resistance-breaking ability) or avirulence (resistance sensitivity). The viral coat protein is the determinant of resistance mediated by the host Nx gene while the 25 kDa movement protein is the determinant of(More)
The algorithms that drive the ldb location database are described. The program captures data on genetic and physical maps and combines information from different sources into a summary map. To assure portability it was developed in Fortran on a SUN SPARCStation under Unix. The algorithms, which combine rule-based seriation with a minimum deviance bootstrap,(More)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly heritable disorder of complex and heterogeneous aetiology. It is primarily characterized by altered cognitive ability including impaired language and communication skills and fundamental deficits in social reciprocity. Despite some notable successes in neuropsychiatric genetics, overall, the high heritability of(More)
Calpain, a calcium-activated neutral proteinase, has been implicated in myelin and cytoskeletal protein degradation following spinal cord injury. In the present study, we examined the activity and transcriptional expression of calpain in spinal cord injury lesions via Western blotting analysis and RT-PCR, respectively. No increases in transcriptional(More)
It has been proposed that proteins which are involved in host defence and susceptibility undergo accelerated evolution. Chemokine receptors have roles as pro-inflammatory agents acting in response to infection, and in addition are receptors for entry of viruses and other pathogens into cells. Consistent with this, their rate of evolution is higher than that(More)
Typing error is a major problem in constructing human linkage maps, leading to incorrect orders and inflating map lengths. An error filter is incorporated into multiple pairwise analysis that corrects for inflation of map lengths and improves recovery of the correct order. Multipoint mapping is more sensitive to error, but when its output is adjusted for(More)
The inaugural Pepducin Science Symposium convened in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 8-9, 2009 provided the opportunity for an international group of distinguished scientists to present and discuss research regarding G protein-coupled receptor-related research. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are, arguably, one of the most important molecular targets(More)
Platelets, while anucleate, contain RNA, some of which is translated into protein upon activation. Hypothesising that the platelet proteome is reflected in the transcriptome, we identified 82 proteins secreted from activated platelets and compared these, as well as published proteomic data, to the transcriptional profile. We also compared the transcriptome(More)