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Lead Optimization Computational Protocol at PDB Scale to Rationally Optimize Attachments to a Given Kinase Inhibitor Scaffold
Moriaud F., Henry T., Adcock S.A., Vorotynsev A.M., Martin L., Doppelt O.

We’ve used MED-SuMo to query and mine the Protein’s Surface Chemical Functions surrounding fragments of PDB ligands, seeking similarities with the kinase of interest (Vegfr DFGout, pdb code 2oh4, ligand code GIG) and collecting a library of 1129 unique fragments positioned in the vegfr’s active site and annotated with the counts of contacts and h-bonds. With them we optimize a substructure of the GIG ligand to find others DFGout ligands.

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Tackling the Problem of Hit Rate Enrichment by Virtual Screening: Quality-Driven Bioactive Conformations and Pharmacophore-Biased Creative Search
Nasonov, Anatoliy F., Pletnev Igor V.

Novel ChemoSoft(TM) software tools addressing the problem of generation of bioactive conformations and virtual screening hit rate enrichment have been created.

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Caveolin-1 Expression as a Possible Biomarker in Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
C. Tanase, E. Raducan, L. Albulescu, E. Codorean, M.I. Nicolescu, D.I. Popescu, M.L. Cruceru and A.C. Popa

Caveolin1 (Cav-1) function either as a tumor supressor or as a promoter of metastasis. Overexpresion of cav-1 was correlated with: tumoral grading, proliferration markers (Ki67, p53), serum tumor markers (CEA, CA19.9) and angiogenic markers (VEGF, bFGF).

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Changes in the Gene Expression of mRNA Transcripts for Insulin like Growth Factor, their receptor and Facilitative Glucose Transporter in IVM Oocytes
S.C. Gupta, Neelam Gupta and Alok Pandey

The cDNA libraries from single oocytes and pre-implantation buffalo embryos from 2 cell stage to blastocyst were established. Relative expression studied with RT-PCR of IGF-I showed an increase at 12h and decline at 24h of IVM oocytes. IGF-IR was expressed at cleavage stages to blastocyts. Glut-I was expressed in IVM oocytes and SCNT embryos at all stages. Gene expression of IGF-I, IGF-IR and Glut-I plays an important role in SCNT embryo production.

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Development of a Lab-on-a-Chip for the Characterization of Human Cells
Richter, L., Stepper, C., Mak, A., Brückl, H. and Ertl, P.

Cell chips are developed to continuously monitor mammalian cell population dynamics in a non-invasive manner. In the presented work we describe the design, fabrication and characterization of a lab-on-a-chip for quantitative cell analysis.

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Label-free Identification of Microorganisms using a Contact-less Dielectric Microsensor
Ertl, P., Richter, L., Reinthaler, A., Stepper, C., Mak, A., Kast, M., Heer, R. and Brückl, H.

Microfabricated biochips are developed to continuously monitor cell population dynamics in a non-invasive manner. In the presented work we describe the novel combination of contact-less dielectric microsensors and microfluidics to promote biofilm formation for quantitative cell analysis.

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Pharmacophore Mapping of Flavone Derivatives for Aromatase Inhibiton
Shuchi Nagar, Md Ataul Islam, Arup Mukherjee and Achintya Saha

The study explores the structural requirements of flavones for inhibition of aromatase activity. The QSAR analysis generates the model that shows the importance of flavone ring and with molecular lipophilicity. Presence of additional aromatic ring and m-hydroxy substitution on that ring increases inhibitory activity. Space modeling study further adjudged the presence of hydrogen bond acceptor, hydrophobic and aromatic ring and critical distance among features for the inhibitory activity.

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Real-Time Multiplex Rt-PCR on Circulating Tumor Cells
Anieta M. Sieuwerts, Stefan Sleijfer, Jaco Kraan, Joan Bolt-de Vries, Jan-Willem Gratama, John WM Martens and John A. Foekens

Using the CTC kit (CellSearch™), cells that attached to anti-EpCAM Moab were immunomagnetically separated and used for analysis of a selected pilot set of 32 genes by real time RT-PCR. This study shows the feasibility of multiple gene expression analysis on RNA isolated from only one tumor cell. Most importantly, expression analysis of several tumor-specific genes in blood samples containing only 2 tumor cells is already possible.

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Scientific News
Ultra-enriched Silicon Paves the Road to Quantum Computing
Using a relatively straightforward technique, a team of NIST researchers has created what may be the most highly enriched silicon currently being produced.
BioClinica and Rutgers University Announce Research Project Results
Scientific Partnership Aims to Expand Automation of Clinical Trial Image Data Analysis
Leading Japanese CRO Standardizes on Thermo Scientific Watson LIMS
JCL Bioassay uses Thermo Scientific Watson LIMS to optimize communication, data management and quality control during U.S. expansion.
How it Works: Advanced Data Analysis Using Visualisation
Visualisation is a powerful tool for those working in molecular biology, here Qlucore offers a five-step method to ensure repeatable and significant results.
Molecular Modelling to Help Create Better, Safer Drugs
How our bodies break down the common drugs ibuprofen, diclofenac and warfarin is the subject of a new study from the University of Bristol.
ATARiS Informatics Platform Hits the Jackpot
ATARiS is one of several tools developed at the Broad Institute to precisely tune in to the signals within noisy datasets.
New Software Spots, Isolates Cyber-attacks to Protect Networked Control Systems
Software algorithm detects and isolates cyber-attacks on networked control systems that are becoming increasingly important to national infrastructure
Genedata Enables Research to Improve Personalized Treatment of Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Genedata collaborates with leading European institutions on the development of blood tests for early detection of major female cancers based on epigenetic markers
Unanticipated Consequences of DNA Hypomethylation; Loss and Gain of Polycomb Mediated Transcription Repression in Somatic Cells
By genome-wide mapping of the Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2)-signature histone mark, H3K27me3, in DNA methylation-deficient mouse somatic cells, the Meehan lab shows that loss of DNA methylation is coincident with widespread H3K27me3 redistribution.
Tissue of Origin Determines Cancer-associated CpG Island Promoter Hypermethylation Patterns
Meehan, Sproul and co-workers conclude that general aberrant promoter hypermethylation in cancer does not promote tumorigenesis, but instead reinforces transcription repression inherited from pre-cancerous tissue.
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