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Potential Use of RNAi on Human Skin
Christine Collin-Djangoné, Florent Sahuc, Béatrice Bertino, Anne de Brugerolle, Jean-Eric Baudouin, Peggy Sextius, Séverine Teluob, Rachid Boulgana, Dmitry Samarsky, Peggy Tailor, Peter Welch and Yann Mahé

We designed highly efficient StealthTM RNAi targeting human tyrosinase with optimum IC50 in the 10-100 pM range. By silencing tyrosinase in melanocytes, we achieved the reconstruction of an artificial epidermis showing a long term lasting (>30 days) inhibition of melanogenesis. Since skin pigmentation can phenotypically be monitored, the use of StealthTM RNAi against tyrosinase on reconstructed pigmented epidermis is a precious tool for the evaluation of delivery vehicles.

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A Novel Multiplexed Digital Gene Expression Technology
Gary K. Geiss1,#, Roger Bumgarner2, Brian Birditt1, Timothy Dahl1, Naeem Dowidar1, Dwayne L. Dunaway1, H. Perry Fell1, Sean Ferree1, Renee D. George1, Tammy Grogan1, Jeffrey J. James1, Malini Maysuria1, Jeffrey D. Mitton1, Paola Oliveri4, Jennifer L. Osborn3, Tao Peng2, Amber L. Ratcliffe1, Philippa J. Webster1, Eric H. Davidson4, and Leroy Hood5

We describe a novel platform, the nCounter Analysis System, for sensitive, highly multiplexed, digital gene expression analysis based on NanoString’s novel molecular barcoding technology. Detection of individual mRNA molecules using an assigned sequence of six different fluorescent spots per probe are detected, and then the number of times that code sequence appears in a sample are counted.

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Biosynthesis of Very Long Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Chicory
Hattem Mekky1, Michael R. Davey1, J. Brian Power1 , Maged E. Mohamed2 and Colin M. Lazarus2

Very long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (VLCPUFAs) are declining in reserves, since they are produced by oily fish. VLCPUFAs are important in human nutrition because they are responsible for the production of inflammatory mediators such as prostaglandins, the regulation of cholesterol synthesis and its transport, and the maintenance of cellular membranes. This research aims to produce VLCPUFAs in edible plants.

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Oligonucleotides with LNA and targeting of biologically important RNAs
Peter Guterstam and Ülo Langel

Activity of RNA-targeting antisense oligonucleotides increases when introducing LNA monomers, implying that an 18 nucleotides long LNA/2OMe mixmer splice-switching oligonucleotide can be shortened to 12mer and have similar activity and specificity as an 18mer 2OMe oligonucleoyide. Positioning of LNA monomers has to be carefully considered when utilizing the potent LNA monomers in RNA-targeting antisense oligonucleotides.

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miRNAs in Treating Cardiomyopathy
Veenu Aishwarya

The study aims to design antigomirs against miRNAs involved in Cardiomyopathy. Potential miRNAs involved in the down regulation of certain important genes during this disorder have been identified. All reported miRNAs were scanned using an algorithm against these genes. At three step protocol was followed to take care of false positives and false negatives. Further, HL-1 cells (cardiomyocytes) are been transfected by anti-miRNAs for confirmation.

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Comparison of two different real time PCR assays and chemistry for detection of norovirus genogroup II. Method of choice?
Toplak Nataša, Zimšek Mijovski Janet, Kovac Minka, Poljšak-Prijatelj Mateja

Noroviruses (Caliciviridae) are one of the main cause of acute non-bacterial gastroenteritis in humans. Noroviruses can not be propagated in cell cultures. Thus Real Time PCR molecular methods for caliciviral detection have been recently introduced. The aim of the study was to compare two different Real Time PCR assays for detection of norovirus strains (genogroup II) and the comparison between different RT-PCR reagents and Real Time PCR instruments was made.

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Comparison of two different real time PCR assays and chemistry for detection of norovirus genogroup II. Method of choice?
Toplak Nataša, Zimšek Mijovski Janet, Kovac Minka, Poljšak-Prijatelj Mateja

Noroviruses (Caliciviridae) are one of the main cause of acute non-bacterial gastroenteritis in humans. Noroviruses can not be propagated in cell cultures. Thus Real Time PCR molecular methods for caliciviral detection have been recently introduced. The aim of the study was to compare two different Real Time PCR assays for detection of norovirus strains (genogroup II) and the comparison between different RT-PCR reagents and Real Time PCR instruments was made.

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qPCRas a primary screen in drug discovery
GauravJaggi, Frank Boeckler, Andreas Joerger and Alan Fersht

We report the use of qPCR technique to follow the thermal unfolding of proteins by the binding of the dye SYPRO Orange, and exploit its potential as a robust and high-throughput primary screen for small molecule drug discovery.

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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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Rare DNA Will Have Nowhere To Hide
Two National Institutes of Health grants back Rice University effort to develop new diagnostics.
Seeing Cell to Cell Differences
Seeing differences between individual cells for first time explains symptoms of rare genetic disorders, finds penn study.
Circular RNAs Implicated in Cancer
Circular RNAs – like their protein counterparts – are also affected by genomic rearrangements in cancer, resulting in abnormal fusions.
Know Thy Helicobacter pylori
Non-invasive method for genotyping H.pylori developed.
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