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Publications (2)3.63 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The availability of data on the pig genome sequence prompted us to characterize the porcine IFN-alpha (PoIFN-alpha) multigene family. Fourteen functional PoIFN-alpha genes and two PoIFN-alpha pseudogenes were detected in the porcine genome. Multiple sequence alignment revealed a C-terminal deletion of eight residues in six subtypes. A phylogenetic tree of the porcine IFN-alpha gene family defined the evolutionary relationship of the various subtypes. In addition, analysis of the evolutionary rate and the effect of positive selection suggested that the C-terminal deletion is a strategy for preservation in the genome. Eight PoIFN-alpha subtypes were isolated from the porcine liver genome and expressed in BHK-21 cells line. We detected the level of transcription by real-time quantitative RT-PCR analysis. The antiviral activities of the products were determined by WISH cells/Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) and PK 15 cells/Pseudorabies Virus (PRV) respectively. We found the antiviral activities of intact PoIFN-alpha genes are approximately 2-50 times higher than those of the subtypes with C-terminal deletions in WISH cells and 15-55 times higher in PK 15 cells. There was no obvious difference between the subtypes with and without C-terminal deletion on acid susceptibility.
    Gene 12/2006; 382:28-38. · 2.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Rv3487c (lipF), a member of the lipase family of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is related to virulence of this pathogen. Real-time RT-PCR analysis indicated that Rv3487c was induced at low pH in M. tuberculosis cultured in vitro. The gene of Rv3487c was cloned and expressed as fusion protein in Escherichia coli. After removal of the N-terminal domain of the fusion partner by enterokinase treatment, the effect of pH, temperature, and detergents on the purified enzyme activity and stability was characterized. Rv3487c could efficiently hydrolyze short chain esters. The catalytic triad of Rv3487c consists of residues Ser90, Glu189, and His219 as demonstrated by amino acid sequence alignment, three-dimensional modeling, and site-directed mutagenesis.
    Protein Expression and Purification 08/2005; 42(1):59-66. · 1.43 Impact Factor