Eugene D. Sverdlov

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A new and highly effective method, termed suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH), has been developed for the generation of subtracted cDNA libraries. It is based primarily on a recently described technique called suppression PCR and combines normalization and subtraction in a single procedure. The normalization step equalizes the abundance of cDNAs(More)
The major drawback of subtractive cDNA libraries is that the original disproportion in concentrations of different types of transcripts is preserved. This usually makes the isolation of specific rare transcripts extremely difficult. To overcome this difficulty, we propose a strategy that introduces the equalization of concentrations (normalization) of(More)
Genes that are characteristic of only certain strains of a bacterial species can be of great biologic interest. Here we describe a PCR-based subtractive hybridization method for efficiently detecting such DNAs and apply it to the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori. Eighteen DNAs specific to a monkey-colonizing strain (J166) were obtained by subtractive(More)
Reporter gene analysis of HERV-K solitary long terminal repeats (LTRs) showed that they retain detectable activity in human teratocarcinoma cells, and can direct the transcription in both orientations relative to the reporter gene. Deletion analysis demonstrated the possible existence of alternative promoters within the LTR as well as a silencer-like(More)
Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs), probably representing footprints of ancient germ-cell retroviral infections, occupy about 1% of the human genome. HERVs can influence genome regulation through expression of retroviral genes, either via genomic rearrangements following HERV integrations or through the involvement of HERV LTRs in the regulation of gene(More)
L1 retrotransposons play an important role in mammalian genome shaping. In particular, they can transduce their 3'-flanking regions to new genomic loci or produce pseudogenes or retrotranscripts through reverse transcription of different kinds of cellular RNAs. Recently, we found in the human genome an unusual family of chimeric retrotranscripts composed of(More)
The classification of the long terminal repeats (LTRs) of the human endogenous retrovirus HERV-K (HML-2) family was refined according to diagnostic differences between the LTR sequences. The mutation rate was estimated to be approximately equal for LTRs belonging to different families and branches of human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs). An average(More)
Long interspersed nuclear elements (LINE-1, L1) constitute a large family of mammalian retrotransposons that have been replicating and evolving in mammals for more than 100 million years and now compose 17% of the human genome. They have an important creative role in human genomic evolution through mechanisms such as new integrations, generation of(More)
The approaches now united under the term "gene therapy" can be divided into two broad strategies: (1) strategy using the ideology of molecular targeted therapy, but with genes in the role of agents targeted at certain molecular component(s) or pathways presumably crucial for cancer maintenance; (ii) strategy aimed at the destruction of tumors as a whole(More)
Intrinsic lysozyme-like activity was demonstrated for destabilase from the medicinal leech supported by (1) high specific lysozyme activity of the highly purified destabilase, (2) specific inhibition of the lysozyme-like activity by anti-destabilase antibodies, and (3) appreciable lysozyme-like activity in insect cells infected with recombinant(More)