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Targeting Inflammatory Cytokines Using Adenoviruses: gene delivery of biological therapies in ovarian cancer
Michael A. Salako, Hagen Kulbe, Iain A. McNeish, Frances R. Balkwill

Constitutive TNF-alpha expression is characteristic of the malignant ovarian surface epithelium. Adenoviral mutants hold great promise as gene therapy vectors but their efficacy is hindered by an inflammatory cascade orchestrated by TNF-alpha. We found that delivering TNF-alpha shRNA to ovarian cancer cells using oncolytic adenoviruses could reduce the inflammatory cascade generated by adenoviruses and also had direct anti-tumour activity on the cancer cells.

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Evolution of the Contact Phase of Vertebrate Blood Coagulation
M. B. Ponczek, D. Gailani and R. F. Doolittle

Three proteases involved in the contact phase of vertebrate blood coagulation were searched in genomes of amphibians, birds and mammals. Several data sources were used during this bioinformatics analysis. Our survey confirmed that the vertebrate contact phase has occurred by way of a series of gene duplications during the course of several hundred million years of evolution, beginning with the appearance of fXII and a PK-fXI predecessor in amphibians.

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Bayesian Parameter Estimation for Systems Biological Models of Dynamic Cellular Networks
Jarad Niemi, Lingchong You and Mike West

Dynamic cellular networks determine production of proteins in the cells in our body. The Rb-E2F network is a key example: it controls cell cycle, proliferation and degradation - a key network in almost all cancers. We develop statistical models of such single-cell processes - fine-time scale dynamic network models. Model estimation requires informative priors and custom Metropolis proposals.

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Hyperbaric Bioreactors use with Yarrowia Lipolytica Cultures: Cellular Adaptation to Hyperbaric Conditions
Marlene Lopes, Nelma Gomes, Manuel Mota, Isabel Belo

In this work, a pressurized bioreactor was used for Y. lipolytica batch cultivation under increased air pressure from 1 bar to 6 bar. Cell growth was strongly enhanced by the pressure rise. The increase of oxygen availability caused the induction of the antioxidant enzyme SOD. The pre-growth of Y. lipolytica under increased pressure conditions did not affect the lipase production ability of the cells.

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Treatment of Highland Frogs from the Two Legged Stage with Homeopathically Prepared Thyroxin (10-11 – 10-21)
Gerhard Lingg1, P. Christian Endler1,*, Michael Frass1, and Harald Lothaller2

For the experiment presented here, we used the same setup as for the initial multilaboratory study[1,2,3,4], but a special preparation process of the homeopathic drug involving dilution steps of 1: 50,000 and leading to thyroxin 10–11 – 10–21 was used.

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A high-throughput protein array-based approach
Rachel Van Dyk, Claudia Kirisits, Paul Potter, Fook Tim Chew, Reinhard Hiller

Here we present a novel discovery-oriented high-throughput approach to the screening of allergen reactivates in crude biological extracts is presented using seafood allergens as an example. The CPGR workflow permits the effective screening of hundreds of putative allergens in parallel using minute amounts of patient serum and constitutes a cost-efficient allergen-specific antibody screening method for a routine diagnostic setting.

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A Novel Fluorimetric Assay for the Detection of TACE (a-Secretase)
Vera Rakhmanova, Xudong Zhu, Fengying Li, Xiaofen Zhong, Anita Hong and Xiaohe Tong

To facilitate high throughput screening of TACE inhibitors, AnaSpec synthesized a novel peptide substrate for TACE using QXL™ 520/5-FAM FRET pair. Using this FRET substrate, AnaSpec developed a new kit – the SensoLyte™ 520 TACE Activity Assay. This kit can be used to detect the activity of the enzyme and for screening of TACE inhibitors. It is highly sensitive and can detect subnanogram amounts of enzyme.

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Specific Ligand-Based Depletion of Human Albumin and IgG in the Presence of Denaturants
Todd Sanderson, Hongshan Li, Brian Miller, Laura Alionte, and Lisa Bradbury

Poster data highlights the advantages of a ligand-based depletion method that functions in the presence of urea and is highly specific, disposable, cost effective, and flexible.

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A New Disposable, Specific Ligand-Based Method for Depletion of Albumin and IgG From Serum and Plasma
Laura Alionte, Allison Miller, Cal Messing, Tao Hu, and Lisa Bradbury

Poster shows the advantages of a ligand-based depletion method that is highly specific, disposable, cost effective, and flexible. Pall’s Enchant Multi-Protein Affinity Separation Kit is a strong addition to the product choices for scientists engaged in biomarker discovery and proteomics research.

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Scientific News
UK Government Must Do More to Reduce Risk of vCJD Infection
Report recommends that UK Government commission a full assessment of the risks currently faced by the UK blood supply.
Capturing Cancer: A Powerful New Technique for Early Diagnosis
Researchers describe an innovative technique for early disease detection, which they call immunosignaturing.
Significant Step Towards Blood Test for Alzheimer's
Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease.
Researchers Identify Urgent Need for Alzheimer's Disease Drug Development
Analysis of clinical trials published in the journal Alzheimer's Research & Therapy shows that the pipeline for potential treatments of AD is small and rate of success is limited.
New Tool to Study Critical Protein Interaction in Cancer Research
A*STAR scientists used fluorescent molecular rotors to study protein-protein interactions involving p53 and MDM2 in cells.
Researchers Discover ‘Trojan Horse’ Method
Scientists found a way to deliver proteins into live human cells without harm.
Missing Protein Explains Link Between Obesity and Diabetes
A*STAR scientists pioneered a molecular connection between the two health conditions.
Potential Alzheimer’s Drug Prevents Abnormal Blood Clots in the Brain
Researchers have identified a compound that might halt the progression of Alzheimer’s by interfering with the role of plaque forming amyloid-ß.
CRI Finds Key to Identifying, Enriching Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Biomarker enables researchers to accurately characterize the properties and function of MSCs in the body.
Biologists Find ‘Missing Link’ in the Production of Protein Factories in Cells
Biologists at UC San Diego have found the “missing link” in the chemical system that enables animal cells to produce ribosomes.
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