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The glycolytic enzyme triosephosphate isomerase (TPI; EC 18.104.22.168) of Staphylococcus aureus is a candidate adhesion molecule for the interaction between the bacterium and the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. TPI may recognize the mannan backbone of glucuronoxylomannan (GXM) of C. neoformans. We purified TPI from extracts of S. aureus surface proteins… (More)
Controlling the type of indium salt and hydrosilane enables a highly selective reduction of aromatic nitro compounds into three coupling compounds, azoxybenzenes, azobenzenes and diphenylhydrazines, and one reductive compound, anilines.
Microbial pathogens are known to express molecules that interact with host proteins, leading to invasion and colonization. For example, some pathogenic microorganisms express proteins that bind to and enhance the activity of plasminogen. In this way, pathogens utilize the host fibrinolytic system to promote invasion. We found that triosephosphate isomerase… (More)
We have demonstrated that a cooperative catalytic system comprised of CuCl and Cu(OTf)(2) could be used to effectively catalyse the three-, five- and seven-component coupling reactions of aliphatic or aromatic amines, formaldehyde, and trimethylsilyl cyanide (TMSCN), and selectively produce in good yields the corresponding cyanomethylamines,… (More)
Immunomagnetic separation (IMS) was utilized for the selective isolation of Cryptococcus neoformans from environmental sources, such as soils and pigeon droppings. Magnetic beads coated with anti-cryptococcal IgG (serotypes A and B) were used to isolate the fungus. In a modeled spiking experiment using C. neoformans serotype A strain and anti-serotype A… (More)
We investigated the actual factor determining the softening effect of a fabric softener. The adsorption area of the softener on model cotton cloths and yarns was identified using bromophenol blue. There was almost no softener at the cross-points of the yarns in the cloth samples or in the inner part of the yarns. The softening performance was better when… (More)