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The frequency of mutants resistant to the antibiotic rifampicin has been shown to increase in aging (starved), compared to young colonies of Escherichia coli. These increases in resistance frequency occur in the absence of any antibiotic exposure, and similar increases have also been observed in response to additional growth limiting conditions.(More)
Adaptation to environmental stress is a key process that allows the unicellular parasite Entamoeba histolytica to survive in its human host. We previously characterized EhMLBP as an essential protein for the growth and the virulence of the parasite. EhMLBP binds to methylated repetitive DNA, and is one of the core proteins of the parasite's epigenetic(More)
Many bacteria, including the model bacterium Escherichia coli can survive for years within spent media, following resource exhaustion. We carried out evolutionary experiments, followed by whole genome sequencing of hundreds of evolved clones to study the dynamics by which E. coli adapts during the first 4 months of survival under resource exhaustion. Our(More)
The Entamoeba histolytica-methylated LINE-binding protein (EhMLBP) binds to methylated repetitive DNA and is a positive regulator of a reverse transcriptase of a long interspersed nucleotide element (LINE). This protein protects trophozoites against heat shock by reducing protein aggregation. The presence of EhMLBP and polyubiquitinated proteins in heat(More)
A major objective in identifying the mechanisms underlying neurobehavioral teratogenicity in an animal model is the possibility of designing therapies that reverse or offset teratogen-induced neural damage. In our previous studies, we identified deficits in hippocampal muscarinic cholinergic receptor-induced translocation of protein kinase C (PKC) gamma as(More)
Understanding the mechanism of neurobehavioral teratogenicity is the primary prerequisite for reversal of the defect. Progress in such studies can be best achieved if the investigation focuses on behaviors related to a specific brain region and innervation. Our model focused on teratogen-induced deficits in hippocampus-related eight-arm and Morris maze(More)
Viral gene therapy against malignant tumors holds great promise for tumors that are susceptible to the oncolytic activity of viruses. One advantage of oncolytic viral therapy is that it can potentially be combined with other therapies, such as radiotherapy, to obtain an enhanced tumor response. In the case of prostate cancer, herpes simplex virus-mediated(More)
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