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p68 RNA helicase is a protypical member of DEAD box family RNA helicase. The protein plays an important role in the cell developmental program and organ maturation. We demonstrated previously that, in response to growth factor platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB stimulation, p68 is phosphorylated at Tyr(593), and the phosphorylation of p68 promotes(More)
We describe the rational design of a novel class of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents with engineered proteins (CAi.CD2, i = 1, 2,..., 9) chelated with gadolinium. The design of protein-based contrast agents involves creating high-coordination Gd(3+) binding sites in a stable host protein using amino acid residues and water molecules as metal(More)
The interest of forensic researchers in single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) has been attracted because of its potential advantages, such as low mutation rates, amenable to high-throughput automated platform and the improved application in the analysis of degraded samples. In this article, 29 highly informative insertion/deletion (InDel) polymorphism(More)
In this study, a total of 484 unrelated healthy individuals and 359 two-generation families in the Han population in Shanghai, China were successfully analyzed with the Investigator HDplex Kit (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany). Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium tests demonstrated no significant deviation from expected values (p > 0.05) for the 12 autosomal STRs included(More)
Insertion-deletion polymorphisms (INDELs) are short length diallelic polymorphisms caused by the insertion or deletion of several bases. INDEL markers can serve as useful supplementary or stand-alone assays for human identification. The Qiagen Investigator(®) DIPplex kit multiplexes 30 autosomal INDELs plus amelogenin for forensic use. The objective of this(More)
Monozygotic twins (MZs) share an identical genomic sequence, which makes it impossible to discriminate one another with conventional genetic markers like STRs. On the other hand, phenotypic discordance between MZs implies the existence of different epigenetic characteristics. DNA methylation, an essential epigenetic modification, however, might be a(More)
In this study, 26plex Y-STRs typing system, including 17 Y-STRs (DYS19, DYS389I, DYS389II, DYS390, DYS391, DYS392, DYS393, DYS385ab, DYS437, DYS438, DYS439, DYS448, DYS456, DYS458, DYS635 and GATA H4) recommended as YHRD standard loci and nine new highly discriminating Y-STRs (DYS549, DYS643, DYS388, DYS570, DYS533, DYS576, DYS460, DYS481 and DYS449), was(More)
X-chromosomal short tandem repeats (X-STR) loci are used for forensic practice in recent years in some complex kinship cases. The commercially available kit of Investigator Argus X-12 (Qiagen, Hilden, Germany) makes it possible to examine the markers of DXS10148–DXS10135–DXS8378, DXS7132–DXS10079–DXS10074, DXS10103–HPRTB–DXS10101 and(More)
This paper reports a maternity testing case to assess the biological relationship between a woman and the boy she was adopting. For all 46 tested autosomal STR loci, the adopting woman and the boy shared at least one allele at each locus, which supported that the woman could be the biological mother of the boy. The pairwise kinship indices (KIs) were(More)