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Engineering Geobacillus thermoglucosidasius for direct utilization of holocellulose from wheat straw (2019)
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Bashir, Z., Sheng, L., Anil, A., Lali, A., Minton, N. P., & Zhang, Y. (2019). Engineering Geobacillus thermoglucosidasius for direct utilization of holocellulose from wheat straw. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 12, doi:10.1186/s13068-019-1540-6

Background: A consolidated bioprocessing (CBP), where lignocellulose is converted into the desired product(s) in a single fermentative step without the addition of expensive degradative enzymes, represents the ideal solution of renewable routes to ch... Read More

Kinesin-8B controls basal body function and flagellum formation and is key to malaria transmission (2019)
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Zeeshan, M., Ferguson, D. J., Abel, S., Burrrell, A., Rea, E., Brady, D., …Tewari, R. (2019). Kinesin-8B controls basal body function and flagellum formation and is key to malaria transmission. Life Science Alliance, 2(4), 1-13. doi:10.26508/lsa.201900488

Eukaryotic flagella are conserved microtubule-based organelles that drive cell motility. Plasmodium, the causative agent of malaria, has a single flagellate stage: the male gamete in the mosquito. Three rounds of endomitotic division in male gametocy... Read More

Glycaemic, Gastrointestinal , Hormonal and Appetitive Responses to Pearl Millet or Oats Porridge Breakfasts: a Randomized, Crossover Trial in Healthy Humans (2019)
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Alyami, J., Whitehouse, E., Yakubov, G. E., Pritchard, S. E., Hoad, C. L., Blackshaw, E., …Marciani, L. (2019). Glycaemic, Gastrointestinal , Hormonal and Appetitive Responses to Pearl Millet or Oats Porridge Breakfasts: a Randomized, Crossover Trial in Healthy Humans. British Journal of Nutrition, doi:10.1017/S0007114519001880

Whole grain cereal breakfast consumption has been associated with beneficial effects on glucose and insulin metabolism as well as satiety. Pearl millet is a popular ancient grain variety that can be grown in hot, dry regions. However, little is known... Read More

A statistical and biological response to an informatics appraisal of healthy aging gene signatures (2019)
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Timmons, J. A., Gallagher, I. J., Sood, S., Phillips, B., Crossland, H., Howard, R., …Atherton, P. J. (2019). A statistical and biological response to an informatics appraisal of healthy aging gene signatures. Genome Biology, 20(1), 1-4. doi:10.1186/s13059-019-1734-z

Jacob and Speed did not identify even a single example of a ‘150-gene-set’ that was statistically significant at classifying Alzheimer’s disease (AD) samples, or age in independent studies. We attempt to clarify the various misunderstandings, below. Read More

Timing is everything – impact of naturally occurring Staphylococcus aureus AgrC cytoplasmic domain adaptive mutations on auto-induction (2019)
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Sloan, T. J., Murray, E., Yokoyama, M., Massey, R. C., Chan, W. C., Bonev, B., & Williams, P. (2019). Timing is everything – impact of naturally occurring Staphylococcus aureus AgrC cytoplasmic domain adaptive mutations on auto-induction. Journal of Bacteriology, doi:10.1128/jb.00409-19

Mutations in the polymorphic Staphylococcus aureus agr locus responsible for quorum sensing (QS) dependent virulence gene regulation occur frequently during host adaptation. In two genomically closely related S. aureus clinical isolates exhibiting ma... Read More

Dual Bioresponsive Antibiotic and Quorum Sensing Inhibitor Combination Nanoparticles for Treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms In Vitro and Ex Vivo (2019)
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Singh, N., Romero, M., Travanut, A., Monteiro, P., Jordana-Lluch, E., Hardie, K. R., …Alexander, C. (2019). Dual Bioresponsive Antibiotic and Quorum Sensing Inhibitor Combination Nanoparticles for Treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms In Vitro and Ex Vivo. Biomaterials Science, doi:10.1039/C9BM00773C

Many debilitating infections result from persistent microbial biofilms that do not respond to conventional antibiotic regimens. A potential method to treat such chronic infections is to combine agents which interfere with bacterial biofilm developmen... Read More

Towards a surrogate system to express human lipid binding TCRs (2019)
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Wang, R., Pscheid, R., Ghumra, A., Kan, L. Y. L., Cochrane, S., Fairclough, L., & Alcocer, M. J. C. (2019). Towards a surrogate system to express human lipid binding TCRs. Biotechnology Letters, doi:10.1007/s10529-019-02713-2

Background Previously we reported that natural nut lipids were necessary for sensitization and that natural killer T cells (NKTs) must play a critical role in the development of food allergic responses. A major bottleneck in further understanding... Read More

Molecular determinants of the intrinsic efficacy of the antipsychotic aripiprazole (2019)
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Klein Herenbrink, C., Verma, R., Lim, H. D., Kopinathan, A., Keen, A., Shonberg, J., …Lane, J. R. (2019). Molecular determinants of the intrinsic efficacy of the antipsychotic aripiprazole. ACS Chemical Biology, doi:10.1021/acschembio.9b00342

Partial agonists of the dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) have been developed to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia without causing the side effects elicited by antagonists. The receptor-ligand interactions that determine the intrinsic efficacy of such dru... Read More

Systematic analysis of Plasmodium myosins reveals differential expression, localisation, and function in invasive and proliferative parasite stages (2019)
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Wall, R. J., Zeeshan, M., Katris, N. J., Limenitakis, R., Rea, E., Stock, J., …Tewari, R. (2019). Systematic analysis of Plasmodium myosins reveals differential expression, localisation, and function in invasive and proliferative parasite stages. Cellular Microbiology, doi:10.1111/cmi.13082

The myosin superfamily comprises of actin‐dependent eukaryotic molecular motors important in a variety of cellular functions. Although well studied in many systems, knowledge of their functions in Plasmodium, the causative agent of malaria, is restri... Read More

Differential Stimulation of Post-Exercise Myofibrillar Protein Synthesis in Humans Following Isonitrogenous, Isocaloric Pre-Exercise Feeding (2019)
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Davies, R. W., Bass, J. J., Carson, B. P., Norton, C., Kozior, M., Amigo-Benavent, M., …Jakeman, P. M. (2019). Differential Stimulation of Post-Exercise Myofibrillar Protein Synthesis in Humans Following Isonitrogenous, Isocaloric Pre-Exercise Feeding. Nutrients, 11(7), doi:10.3390/nu11071657

The aim of this study was to test the effects of two disparate isonitrogenous, isocaloric pre-exercise feeds on deuterium-oxide (D2O) derived measures of myofibrillar protein synthesis (myoPS) in humans. Methods: In a double-blind parallel group desi... Read More

Simulations of the effect of diffusion on asymmetric spin echo based quantitative BOLD: An investigation of the origin of deoxygenated blood volume overestimation (2019)
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Stone, A. J., Holland, N. C., Berman, A. J., & Blockley, N. P. (2019). Simulations of the effect of diffusion on asymmetric spin echo based quantitative BOLD: An investigation of the origin of deoxygenated blood volume overestimation. NeuroImage, 201, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116035

Quantitative BOLD (qBOLD) is a technique for mapping oxygen extraction fraction (OEF) and deoxygenated blood volume (DBV) in the human brain. Recent measurements using an asymmetric spin echo (ASE) based qBOLD approach produced estimates of DBV which... Read More

Prevalence and predictors of polypharmacy prescription among type 2 diabetes patients at a tertiary care department in Ningbo, China: a retrospective database study (2019)
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Li, J., Chattopadhyay, K., Xu, M., Chen, Y., Hu, F., Wang, X., & Li, L. (2019). Prevalence and predictors of polypharmacy prescription among type 2 diabetes patients at a tertiary care department in Ningbo, China: a retrospective database study. PLoS ONE, 14(7), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0220047

Objectives To determine the prevalence of polypharmacy prescription among type 2 diabetes (T2DM) patients at a tertiary care department in Ningbo, China, and to determine factors that independently predict this polypharmacy prescription. Methods... Read More

Phosphorylation and functionality of CdtR in Clostridium difficile (2019)
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Bilverstone, T., Minton, N., & Kuehne, S. (2019). Phosphorylation and functionality of CdtR in Clostridium difficile. Anaerobe, 58, 103-109. doi:10.1016/j.anaerobe.2019.102074

The production of TcdA, TcdB and CDT in Clostridium difficile PCR ribotype 027, is regulated by the two-component system response regulator CdtR. Despite this, little is known about the signal transduction pathway leading to the activation of CdtR. I... Read More

Genome Analysis Reveals Genetic Admixture and Signature of Selection for Productivity and Environmental Traits in Iraqi Cattle (2019)
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Alshawi, A., Essa, A., Al-Bayatti, S., & Hanotte, O. (2019). Genome Analysis Reveals Genetic Admixture and Signature of Selection for Productivity and Environmental Traits in Iraqi Cattle. Frontiers in Genetics, 10, doi:10.3389/fgene.2019.00609

The Near East cattle are adapted to different agro-ecological zones including desert areas, mountains habitats, and humid regions along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers system. The region was one of the earliest and most significant areas of cattle hu... Read More

Fecal microbiota transplants: emerging social representations in the English-language print media (2019)
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McLeod, C., Nerlich, B., & Jaspal, R. (2019). Fecal microbiota transplants: emerging social representations in the English-language print media. New Genetics and Society, doi:10.1080/14636778.2019.1637721

This study investigates how English-language news sources have represented fecal microbiota transplants (FMT). FMT involves transferring stool from a healthy donor to a recipient with a dysfunctional intestinal flora in order to repopulate their gut... Read More