Octavian Popescu

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In this paper we propose and investigate Ontology Population from Textual Mentions (OPTM), a sub-task of Ontology Population from text where we assume that mentions for several kinds of entities (e.g. PERSON, O R G A N I Z A T I O N , LO C A T I O N , GEOPOLITICAL_ ENTITY) are already extracted from a document collection. On the one hand, OPTM simplifies(More)
Protein ubiquitylation is a dynamic process that affects the function and stability of proteins and controls essential cellular processes ranging from cell proliferation to cell death. This process is regulated through the balanced action of E3 ubiquitin ligases and deubiquitylating enzymes (DUB) which conjugate ubiquitins to, and remove them from target(More)
The changes in water diffusion across human erythrocyte membranes following exposure to various inhibitors and proteolytic enzymes have been studied on isolated erythrocytes suspended in isotonic buffered solutions. An important issue was to investigate whether the sulfhydryl reacting reagents that have been applied in osmotic experiments showed similar(More)
SVA (SINE-R-VNTR-Alu) elements constitute the youngest family of composite non-LTR retrotransposons in hominoid primates. The sequence of their assembly, however, remains unclear. Recently, a second family of VNTR-containing composites, LAVA (L1-Alu-VNTR-Alu), has been identified in gibbons. We now report the existence of two additional VNTR composite(More)
VNTR (Variable Number of Tandem Repeats) composite retrotransposons - SVA (SINE-R-VNTR-Alu), LAVA (LINE-1-Alu-VNTR-Alu), PVA (PTGR2-VNTR-Alu) and FVA (FRAM-VNTR-Alu) - are specific to hominoid primates. Their assembly, the evolution of their 5’ and 3’ domains, and the functional significance of the shared 5’ Alu-like region are well understood. The central(More)
This paper reports the description and performance of our system, FBK-HLT, participating in the SemEval 2015, Task #2 “Semantic Textual Similarity”, English subtask. We submitted three runs with different hypothesis in combining typical features (lexical similarity, string similarity, word n-grams, etc) with syntactic structure features, resulting in(More)
Glyconectins (GNs) represent a new class of proteoglycan-like cell adhesion and recognition molecules found in several Porifera species. Physico-chemical properties of GN carbohydrate moieties, such as size, composition, and resistance to most glycosaminoglycan-degrading enzymes, distinguish them from any other type of known glycoproteins. The molecular(More)
The appearance of multicellular forms of life has been tightly coupled to the ability of an organism to retain its own anatomical integrity and to distinguish self from non-self. Large glycoconjugates, which make up the outermost cell surface layer of all Metazoans, are the primary candidates for the primordial adhesion and recognition functions in(More)
The water permeability of human red blood cell (RBC) membrane has been monitored by a doping nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique on intact cells and resealed ghosts following exposure to various sulfydryl-reacting (SH) reagents and proteolytic enzymes. The main conclusions are the following: (i) When appropriate conditions for exposure of(More)