Haifeng Geng

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The symbiotic association between the roseobacter Silicibacter sp. strain TM1040 and the dinoflagellate Pfiesteria piscicida involves bacterial chemotaxis to dinoflagellate-produced dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP), DMSP demethylation, and ultimately a biofilm on the surface of the host. Biofilm formation is coincident with the production of an antibiotic(More)
The interactions between marine prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms are crucial to many biological and biogeochemical processes in the oceans. Often the interactions are mutualistic, as in the symbiosis between phytoplankton, e.g., the dinoflagellate Pfiesteria piscicida and Silicibacter sp. TM1040, a member of the Roseobacter taxonomic lineage. It is(More)
Members of the Roseobacter clade of alpha-proteobacteria are among the most abundant and ecologically relevant marine bacteria. Bacterial isolates and gene sequences derived from this taxonomic lineage have been retrieved from marine environments ranging from sea ice to open ocean mixed layer to tropical coral reefs, and in ecological niches ranging from(More)
Conventional real-time PCR to quantify the allele ratio in pooled DNA mainly depends on PCR amplification efficiency determination and Ct value, which is defined as the PCR cycle number at which the fluorescence emission exceeds the fixed threshold. Because of the nature of exponential calculation, slight errors are multiplied and the variations of the(More)
Small molecules have been identified as potential therapeutic agents for lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs), inherited metabolic disorders caused by defects in proteins that result in lysosome dysfunctional. Some small molecules function assisting the folding of mutant misfolded lysosomal enzymes that are otherwise degraded in ER-associated degradation. The(More)
Fluorescent pseudomonas M18, one of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria which can inhibit growth of several phytopathogenes, produces several secondary metabolites including antibiotics phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA) and pyoluteorin (Plt). The rpoD gene encoding the housekeeping sigma factor sigma70 was cloned and sequenced from M18. Through sequencing(More)
Open microalgae cultures host a myriad of bacteria, creating a complex system of interacting species that influence algal growth and health. Many algal microbiota studies have been conducted to determine the relative importance of bacterial taxa to algal culture health and physiological states, but these studies have not characterized the interspecies(More)
Large-scale open microalgae cultivation has tremendous potential to make a significant contribution to replacing petroleum-based fuels with biofuels. Open algal cultures are unavoidably inhabited with a diversity of microbes that live on, influence, and shape the fate of these ecosystems. However, there is little understanding of the resilience and(More)
A rapid and accurate minor groove binder (MGB) real-time PCR is described for detection lamivudine resistance mutations in hepatitis B virus. The real-time PCR was compared with direct Sanger sequencing in 53 clinical patients samples, the results of the real-time PCR correlate with the nucleotide sequence and the assay has the advantage of detecting a(More)
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