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Cancer Res. 70, 9641–9. An illegitimate microRNA target site within the 3' UTR of MDM4 affects ovarian cancer progression and chemosensitivity. 2010

Wynendaele, J., Böhnke, A., Leucci, E., Nielsen, S.J., Lambertz, I., Hammer, S., Sbrzesny, N., Kubitza, D., Wolf, A., Gradhand, E., Balschun, K., Braicu, I., Sehouli, J., Darb-Esfahani, S., Denkert, C., Thomssen, C., Hauptmann, S., Lund, A., Marine, J.C. and Bartel, F.

Notes: The authors identified a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the 3´ untranslated region (3´ UTR) of MDM4, which promotes tumorigenesis by decreasing p53 tumor suppressor function, in ovarian cancer cells. This A to C transversion creates a putative target site for the hsa-miR-191 microRNA in the MDM4-C allele, but not the wildtype MDM4-A allele. To determine if this SNP affects MDM4 translation efficiency or mRNA stability, the authors cloned a 224-bp fragment of the MDM4 3´UTRs into the psiCHECK™-2 Vector and transfected the ovarian cancer cell line A2780 with the 224A or 224C variants of the MDM4 3´ UTR. The authors used the luciferase-based psiCHECK™-2 Vector and Dual-Glo® Luciferase Assay System to show that the C variant dramatically reduces translation efficiency and/or mRNA stability. They also assessed MDM4 expression levels in A/A, A/C and C/C ovarian cancer cells and tissues using RT-qPCR. qPCR primers for MDM4 were designed using the Plexor® Primer Design Software, and assays were performed using the Plexor® qPCR System. (4157)

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J. Clin. Microbiol. 48, 3517–24. Highly sensitive and quantitative detection of the H274Y oseltamivir resistance mutation in seasonal A/H1N1 influenza virus. 2010

Operario, D.J., Moser, M.J. and St George, K.

Notes: The authors developed a RT-qPCR assay to detect the H274Y variant of the neuramidase gene from seasonal influenza A/H1N1. This variation confers resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Thus, this multiplex RT-qPCR assay can differentiate drug-resistant and wildtype A/H1N1 strains, as well as distinguish between A/H1N1 and A/H3N2, influenza B and 2009 pandemic A/H1N1 strains. Their RT-qPCR assay was based on the Plexor® One-Step qRT-PCR System. (4158)

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RNA 16, 239–50. Poly(A)-binding protein modulates mRNA susceptibility to cap-dependent miRNA-mediated repression. 2010

Walters, R.W., Bradrick, S.S. and Gromeier, M.

Notes: The authors investigated the mechanism of microRNA (miRNA)-mediated regulation of both endogenous mRNAs and artifical reporter constructs. To determine whether an m7G cap and poly(A) tail are required for repression, the authors created plasmids containing eight synthetic, tandem miR-30 recognition sequences in the 3´ untranslated region (UTR) of a Renilla luciferase gene under the control of a 5´UTR that confers either cap-dependent or cap-independent translation. They used these plasmids as a template for in vitro transcription, then transfected in vitro transcripts with and without an m7G cap and poly(A) tail into 293T cells, along with miR-30 miRNA (and miR-21 as a negative control). Similar experiments were performed by transfecting 293T cell with the Renilla luciferase constructs and miR-30 and miR-21 expression vectors. Finally, the authors exchanged the artificial 3´ UTR of the Renilla luciferase construct with the 3´ UTR of BACH1, a transcription factor that is regulated by miR-155, and cotransfected 293T cells with the BACH1 3´ UTR construct and an miR-115 expression vector to examine regulation via an endogenous 3´ UTR. The Promega Primer Extension System was used to compare miR-21, miR-30 and miR-155 RNA levels in transfected and untransfected 293T cells to determine endogenous levels of these miRNAs. Renilla luciferase activity was determined using the Renilla Luciferase Assay System. The authors used Northern blot analysis and quantitative RT-PCR to determine Renilla luciferase RNA levels (and GAPDH levels for normalization purposes). The Plexor® One-Step qRT-PCR System was used for qRT-PCR. (4048)

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Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107, 3293–8. Supramolecular design of self-assembling nanofibers for cartilage regeneration. 2010

Shah, R.N., Shah, N.A., Del Rosario Lim, M.M., Hsieh, C., Nuber, G. and Stupp, S.I.

Notes: The authors developed a novel matrix for use in articular cartilage regeneration and investigated the ability of this matrix to maintain mesenchymal stem cell viability and support chondrogenic differentiation. Expression of the cartilage markers aggrecan and type II collagen were used to assess chondrogenic differentiation. Expression levels were determined using the Plexor® qPCR System and BioRad iQ5™ Real-Time PCR System. (4159)

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Nucl. Acids Res. 37, 78–95. Regulation of human dUTPase gene expression and p53-mediated transcriptional repression in response to oxaliplatin-induced DNA damage. 2009

Wilson, P.M., Fazzone, W., LaBonte, M.J., Lenz, H.J. and Ladner, R.D.

Notes: The authors examined the role of p53 in modulating dUTPase promoter activity. Base substitution mutations of Sp1- and E2F-binding sites in the dUTPase promoter were performed using the GeneEditor™ in vitro Site-Directed Mutagenesis System. Each mutant was confirmed by DNA sequencing. To determine growth inhibition, HCT116 human colon cancer cells were seeded in 96-well plates at 3 × 103 cells/well and treated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), fluorodeoxyuridine (FUdR), oxaliplatin or in combination. After 72 hours, the CellTiter® 96 AQueous One Solution was dispensed into each well and absorbance measured. RNA was isolated from HCT116 p53+/+ and HCT116 p53-/- cells. cDNA was reverse transcribed from 200ng total RNA followed by multiplex qPCR using the Plexor™ qPCR System to amplify dUTPase, thymidylate synthase and GAPDH, a housekeeping gene. The 1.2 kb region of the dUTPase promoter upstream of the transcriptional start site was amplified by PCR and the fragment cloned into the pGL3-Basic Vector. Truncated promoters were also generated by PCR and cloned into the same vector. Drosophila SL-2 cells and HCT116 cell lines were seeded in a 24-well plate and transfected with dUTPase pGL3 promoter constructs or with pCI-Neo:p53WT, pCI-Neo:p53MUT and the empty pCI-neo Mammalian Expression Vector; all transfections included the pRL-TK Vector at a ratio of 1:10. After six hours, the cells were incubated in either fresh medium or medium containing a cytotoxic agent at the appropriate concentration. Thirty hours later, the cells were lysed, quantitated by Western blotting and 20µl of lysate analyzed with the Dual-Luciferase® Reporter Assay System. Electrophoretic mobility shift analyses (EMSA) were performed using –64 to –91 of the dUTPase-nuclear isoform transcriptional start site in the Gel Shift Assay System. (4031)

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Genetics 179, 177-192. The small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) and SUMO-conjugating system of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. 2008

Wang, Y., Ladunga, I., Miller, A.R., Horken, K.M., Plucinak, T., Weeks, D.P. and Bailey, C.P.

Notes: These authors used computational biology to screen the genome of the alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii for SUMO (small ubiquitin-like modifier) homologs. They identified several SUMO and SUMO-like sequences. One of these proteins, crSUMO96, which was recognized by the A. thaliana anti-SUMO antibody, was studied in detail. During their studies, the authors used the PureYield™ RNA Midiprep System to isolate total RNA from C. reinhardtii cells. This RNA was used in real-time RT-RCR assays to detect mRNA transcripts for the various SUMO-like proteins. The Plexor® Two-Step qRT-PCR System was used for the real-time assays. For expression studies, cDNA encoding the various proteins was amplified and subcloned into the pGEM®-T Easy Vector before transfer into an expression vector. (3875)

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Phytopathology 97, 865-872. Multiplex real-time quantitative PCR to detect and quantify Verticillium dahliae colonization in potato lines that differ in response to Verticillium wilt. 2007

Atallah, Z.K., Bae, J., Jansky, S.H., Rouse, D.I., and Stevenson, W.R.

Notes: These authors developed a quantitative, real-time PCR method for the detection of Verticillium dahliae in potato cultivars. V. dahiae is the causative agent of Verticillium wilt, also known as potato early dying (PED). The standard detection method is a plating assay that takes 2 weeks to complete. The authors of this study performed qPCR assays using the V. dahliae beta tubulin-2 gene as a target. Initially, they amplified, subcloned and sequenced seven different genes in order to identify targets that were polymorphic among the genus Verticillium, but monoprphic in V. dahliae. After selection of beta-tubulin 2 as a suitable target, monoplex and duplex qPCR assays were performed using a Bio-Rad iCycler thermal cycler and 1ng DNA from various cultivars. For the duplex assays, the Plexor® qPCR System was used to amplify both beta-tubulin 2 and beta-actin genes simultaneously. One beta-tubulin primer was labeled with FAM, and one actin primer was labeled with Redmond Red phopsphoramidite. Amplifications were performed in 25µl reactions with 200nM each primer, 1ng DNA, and the Plexor® Master Mix. Cycling conditions were as follows: 2 minutes at 95°C; 40 cycles of 5s at 95°C, 35s at 61°C. Melt curve analysis was performed to confirm the specificity of the amplification products. The qPCR assays were shown to be faster and more sensitive than the standard plating technique, and were one order of magnitude more sensitive than other PCR-based assays. (3673)

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Hum. Mutat. 0, 1-6. Novel Plexor SNP genotyping technology: comparisons with TaqMan and homogenous MassEXTEND MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. 2007

Tindall, E.A., Speight, G., Petersen, D.C., Padilla, E.J., and Hayes, V.M.

Notes: This study compared the performance of the Plexor® qPCR System with the TaqMan® and MassEXTEND™ methods for genotyping analysis of 11 SNPs in >2000 DNA samples. All three methods were shown to be equivalent in call rate and accuracy. The Plexor® System is described as a cost-effective, efficient alternative to the TaqMan® technology for medium-throughput SNP analysis. Plexor® qPCR System reactions contained 5ng template DNA, 0.2µl 5µM allele-specific primers, 0.2µl 10µM anchor primer, and 2.5µl 2X Plexor™ Master Mix in a total volume of 5µl. PCR was performed on an ABI PRISM® 7900HT Sequence Detection System using the following cycling conditions: 95°C for 2 minutes; 50°C for 35s; and 40 cycles of 95°C for 5s, 60°C for 35s. Primers were designed using the Plexor® Primer Design Software. (3674)

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