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The chemical and gel characteristics of carrageenans isolated from the most abundant algal species growing on the Russian Pacific coast – Chondrus pinnulatus, C. armatus and Iridaea cornucopiae belonging to the Gigartinaceae and Tichocarpus crinitus from the Tichocarpaceae were investigated. The polysaccharides were identified by FTIR and NMR spectroscopy(More)
Lipase B from Candida antarctica (CalB) is a versatile biocatalyst for various bioconversions. In this study, the thermostability of CalB was improved through the introduction of a new disulfide bridge. Analysis of the B-factors of residue pairs in CalB wild type (CalB-WT) followed by simple flexibility analysis of residues in CalB-WT and its designated(More)
Calcineurin B-like protein-interacting protein kinases (CIPKs) are a group of typical Ser/Thr protein kinases that mediate calcium signals. Extensive studies using Arabidopsis plants have demonstrated that many calcium signatures that activate CIPKs originate from abiotic stresses. However, there are few reports on the functional demonstration of CIPKs in(More)
Spontaneous bilateral rupture of the quadriceps tendons without a significant history of trauma is an uncommon disease. It is generally associated with chronic metabolic disorders such as chronic renal failure and secondary hyperparathyroidism. Here, we report a case of spontaneous bilateral tendon rupture in a patient on chronic hemodialysis for the past 5(More)
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) refers to a vascular anomaly where arteries and veins are directly connected through a complex, tangled web of abnormal AV fistulae without a normal capillary network. Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) types 1 and 2 arise from heterozygous mutations in endoglin (ENG) and activin receptor-like kinase 1 (ALK1),(More)
Purpose. To investigate the specific role of Pinin (Pnn) in the development of anterior eye segment in mice. Methods. Conditional inactivation of Pnn in the developing surface eye ectoderm and lens was achieved by creating mice carrying a Pnn null and a floxed Pnn allele as well as a Pax6-Cre-GFP (Le-Cre) transgene. The resultant Pnn conditional knockout(More)
There is an increasing demand for microbial production of lactic acid (LA) as a monomer of biodegradable poly lactic acid (PLA). Both optical isomers, D-LA and L-LA, are required to produce stereocomplex PLA with improved properties. In this study, we developed Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains for efficient production of D-LA. D-LA production was achieved(More)
BACKGROUND Glyphosate-surfactant herbicide is promoted by the manufacturer as having no risks to human health. Glyphosate surfactant has recently been used with increasing frequency in suicide attempts, so clinical toxicologists occasionally encounter cases of severe systemic toxicity. The purpose of this study was to identify the early predictive factors(More)
Expressed proteins and antigens from Neospora caninum tachyzoites were studied by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and immunoblot analysis combined with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry. Thirty-one spots corresponding to 20 different proteins were identified from N. caninum tachyzoites by peptide mass(More)
An increasing number of suicide attempts involve the ingestion of glyphosate surfactant; hence, clinical toxicologists may encounter severe cases of glyphosate surfactant intoxication. In several other clinical conditions, serum lactate is used to predict outcome. We investigated the relationship between lactate levels and 30-day mortality from glyphosate(More)