Mark D. Robida

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Burkholderia are highly evolved Gram-negative bacteria that primarily infect solipeds but are transmitted to humans by ingestion and cutaneous or aerosol exposures. Heightened concern over human infections of Burkholderia mallei and the very closely related species B. pseudomallei is due to the pathogens' proven effectiveness as bioweapons, and to the(More)
To meet the growing demand for synthetic genes more robust, scalable and inexpensive gene assembly technologies must be developed. Here, we present a protocol for high-quality gene assembly directly from low-cost marginal-quality microarray-synthesized oligonucleotides. Significantly, we eliminated the time- and money-consuming oligonucleotide purification(More)
Control of gene expression in chloroplasts is critically dependent upon post-transcriptional mechanisms, most of which require formation of RNA-protein complexes. The 5' untranslated regions (5'UTRs) of chloroplast mRNAs have been shown to affect stability and/or translation of the message. These effects are mediated by the binding of specific protein(s) to(More)
Gene expression in chloroplasts is strongly regulated at the post-transcriptional level. Most post-transcriptional mechanisms require RNA-protein complexes. Here we report an analysis of RNA-protein complexes that form in the 5' untranslated regions (5'UTRs) of spinach chloroplast mRNAs. Previous studies from our laboratory showed that four ATP synthase(More)
BACKGROUND Programmed Death Ligand 1 (PD-L1) is an immune modulating protein expressed on the surface of various inflammatory cells, including T Cells, B Cells, dendritic cells, and macrophages. PD-L1 represents an important diagnostic target; expression of PD-L1 on the surface of tumor cells, or within tumor-associated immune cells, is an important(More)
A new method for biolistic delivery of nucleic acids using a combination of cationic micro- and nanoparticles is reported. The new method is simpler to perform than the conventional calcium/spermidine-based formulations and shows 11-fold improved nucleic acid binding capacity and dose-dependent performance both for in vitro and in vivo applications relative(More)
The capA gene (FTT0807) from Francisella tularensis subsp. tularensis SCHU S4 encodes a 44.4 kDa integral membrane protein composed of 403 amino acid residues that is part of an apparent operon that encodes at least two other membrane proteins, CapB, and CapC, which together play a critical role in the virulence and pathogenesis of this bacterium. The capA(More)
Antibodies are essential for structural determinations and functional studies of membrane proteins, but antibody generation is limited by the availability of properly-folded and purified antigen. We describe the first application of genetic immunization to a structurally diverse set of membrane proteins to show that immunization of mice with DNA alone(More)
The PIK3CA gene at chromosome 3q26.32 was found to be amplified in up to 45% of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. The strong correlation between PIK3CA amplification and increased phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway activities suggested that PIK3CA gene copy number is a potential predictive biomarker for PI3K inhibitors. Currently,(More)
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