Wilfred Ndifon

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SUMMARY High-throughput sequencing provides an opportunity to analyse the repertoire of antigen-specific receptors with an unprecedented breadth and depth. However, the quantity of raw data produced by this technology requires efficient ways to categorize and store the output for subsequent analysis. To this end, we have defined a simple five-item(More)
  • Peter L. Nara, Gregory J. Tobin, A. Ray Chaudhuri, Jessie D. Trujillo, George Lin, Michael W. Cho +3 others
  • 2010
A large fraction of the world's most widespread and problematic pathogens, such as the influenza virus, seem to persist in nature by evading host immune responses by inducing immunity to genetically and phenotypically plastic epitopes (aka antigenic variation). The more recent re-emergence of pandemic influenza A/ H1N1 and avian H5N1 viruses has called(More)
The mechanisms by which adaptive phenotypes spread within an evolving population after their emergence are understood fairly well. Much less is known about the factors that influence the evolutionary accessibility of such phenotypes, a pre-requisite for their emergence in a population. Here, we investigate the influence of environmental quality on the(More)
Evidence is presented suggesting, for the first time, that the protein foldability metric sigma = (T(theta)-T(f))/T(theta), where T(theta) and T(f) are, respectively, the collapse and folding transition temperatures, could be used also to measure the foldability of RNA sequences. These results provide further evidence of similarities between the folding(More)
BACKGROUND Home management of uncomplicated malaria (HMM) is now integrated into the community case management of childhood illness (CCM), an approach that requires parasitological diagnosis before treatment. The success of CCM in resource-constrained settings without access to parasitological testing significantly depends on the caregiver's ability to(More)
Reduction in T cell receptor (TCR) diversity in old age is considered as a major cause for immune complications in the elderly population. Here, we explored the consequences of aging on the TCR repertoire in mice using high-throughput sequencing (TCR-seq). We mapped the TCRβ repertoire of CD4+ T cells isolated from bone marrow (BM) and spleen of young and(More)
BACKGROUND Two important challenges to the use of serological assays for influenza surveillance include the substantial amount of experimental effort involved and the inherent noisiness of serological data. RESULTS I show that log-transformed serological data exist in an effectively one-dimensional space. I use this result, together with new mechanistic(More)
Metrics for indirectly predicting the folding rates of RNA sequences are of interest. In this letter, we introduce a simple metric of RNA structural complexity, which accounts for differences in the energetic contributions of RNA base contacts toward RNA structure formation. We apply the metric to RNA sequences whose folding rates were previously determined(More)
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