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MOTIVATION A large and rapidly growing number of bacterial organisms have been sequenced by the newest sequencing technologies. Cheaper and faster sequencing technologies make it easy to generate very high coverage of bacterial genomes, but these advances mean that DNA preparation costs can exceed the cost of sequencing for small genomes. The need to(More)
Castor bean is an important oil-producing plant in the Euphorbiaceae family. Its high-quality oil contains up to 90% of the unusual fatty acid ricinoleate, which has many industrial and medical applications. Castor bean seeds also contain ricin, a highly toxic Type 2 ribosome-inactivating protein, which has gained relevance in recent years due to biosafety(More)
Resveratrol has been proposed to act as a chemopreventive agent in numerous epidemiologic studies and has been shown to inhibit proliferation of various tumor cells in vitro. In the present study, we investigated the antitumor effects of resveratrol on multiple myeloma (MM) cells and the mechanisms involved. Our findings indicated that resveratrol inhibited(More)
Automatic license plate localization in real-time environment is a complex task, due to the variety of sizes and colors as well as to the complexity of the background. In this paper we address this problem by proposing a novel localization scheme. The proposed approach is designed to work in a wide range of acquisition conditions, including unrestricted(More)
Genome sequences of human rhinoviruses (HRV) have primarily been from stocks collected in the 1960s, with genomes and phylogeny of modern HRVs remaining undefined. Here, two modern isolates (hrv-A101 and hrv-A101-v1) collected ~8 years apart were sequenced in their entirety. Incorporation into our full-genome HRV alignment with subsequent phylogenetic(More)
BACKGROUND Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common malignancy in children, though the etiology of the leukemia is poorly understood, both genetic and environmental factors appear to be involved. Previous studies investigating the association between MDR1 C3435T polymorphisms and risk of children with ALL reported controversial results. (More)
Neurotrophin-dependent activation of the tyrosine kinase receptor trkB.FL modulates neuromuscular synapse maintenance and function; however, it is unclear what role the alternative splice variant, truncated trkB (trkB.T1), may have in the peripheral neuromuscular axis. We examined this question in trkB.T1 null mice and demonstrate that in vivo neuromuscular(More)
The microsporidia parasite Nosema contributes to the steep global decline of honey bees that are critical pollinators of food crops. There are two species of Nosema that have been found to infect honey bees, Nosema apis and N. ceranae. Genome sequencing of N. apis and comparative genome analysis with N. ceranae, a fully sequenced microsporidia species,(More)