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With the emergence of next-generation sequencing, the availability of prokaryotic genome sequences is expanding rapidly. A total of 5,276 genomes have been released since 2008, yet only 1,692 genomes were complete. The final phase of microbial genome sequencing, particularly gap closing, is frequently the rate-limiting step either because of complex genomic(More)
The aberrant expression of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta1 in the tumor microenvironment and fibrotic lesions plays a critical role in tumor progression and tissue fibrosis by inducing epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). EMT promotes tumor cell motility and invasiveness. How EMT affects motility and invasion is not well understood. Here we(More)
Response surface methodology was employed to optimize the composition of medium for the production of avermectin B1a by Streptomyces avermitilis 14-12A in shaker flask cultivation. Corn starch and yeast extract were found to have significant effects on avermectin B1a production by the Plackett-Burman design. The steepest ascent method was used to access the(More)
The objective of this study is to investigate the energy consumption of pre-treating excess sewage sludge with microwave irradiation using several parameters, including temperature rise, degree of cell destruction, SCOD/TCOD ratio (solids solubilization), and biogas production to evaluate the energy efficiency. It was found that water content was the most(More)
PDGF isoforms are a family of polypeptides that bind to cell surface receptors and induce fibroblast proliferation and chemotaxis. PDGF-A and -B chain isoforms have previously been shown to be involved in murine lung development. A new PDGF polypeptide, PDGF-C, was recently recognized and differs from the PDGF-A and -B isoforms in that it requires(More)
A sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor based on redox probe tags identification technology for ultrasensitive simultaneous detection of four antigens was proposed. In this project, well-distributed graphene/gold (GR-Au) hybrid film was acquired through one-step codeposition in an electrode surface and served as the base substrate for immobilizing(More)
Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (iPAH) is associated with human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8) infection and demonstrates pathological angiogenesis similar to that observed with another HHV8-linked disease, namely Kaposi Sarcoma (KS). Importantly, the HHV8 encoded viral G-protein-coupled receptor (vGPCR) induces KS lesions in a murine model. Investigating(More)
Large intergenic non-coding RNAs (lincRNA) regulate development and disease via interactions with their protein partners. Expression of the lincRNA HOX transcript antisense RNA (HOTAIR) is elevated in a variety of malignancies and linked to metastasis and poor prognosis. HOTAIR promotes proliferation, invasion, and metastasis in the preclinical studies of(More)
The neurofilament light polypeptide (NEFL) gene located on chromosome 8q21 is associated with the cancer of several organs and is regarded as a potential tumor suppressor gene. However, the role of the NEFL protein has not yet been studied in cancer cells. Although evidence suggests that there is a correlation between NEFL expression and cancer, studies(More)
A novel immunoassay protocol for simultaneous electrochemical determination of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), carcinoembryonic (CEA) and streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2) was designed. As standard sandwich-type immunoassay format, three primary antibodies (Ab1), anti-CEA and anti-AFP and anti-SS2, were immobilized via protein A (PA) adsorbed by Nafion modified(More)