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    Keywords: CANCER ; GROWTH ; INHIBITOR ; proliferation ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; CELL-PROLIFERATION ; Germany ; KINASE ; INFORMATION ; TOOL ; DISEASE ; GENE ; GENES ; GENOME ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; transcription ; TUMORS ; RESOLUTION ; ACTIVATION ; DNA ; BIOLOGY ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; CYCLE ; ASSOCIATION ; MOUSE ; IDENTIFICATION ; PROGRESSION ; ASSAY ; microarrays ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; STRATEGIES ; DNA-REPLICATION ; REPLICATION ; signaling ; RE ; TUMORIGENICITY ; genomics ; TRANSITION ; DNA replication ; C-ELEGANS ; cell proliferation ; PROTEIN-ANALYSIS ; development ; ASSAYS ; DIFFERENTIALLY EXPRESSED GENES ; high throughput ; HIGH-THROUGHPUT ; LONG ; PRIME ; PRINCIPLES ; REPRESSOR ; ROLES
    Abstract: Cancer transcription microarray studies commonly deliver long lists of "candidate" genes that are putatively associated with the respective disease. For many of these genes, no functional information, even less their relevance in pathologic conditions, is established as they were identified in large-scale genomics approaches. Strategies and tools are thus needed to distinguish genes and proteins with mere tumor association from those causally related to cancer. Here, we describe a functional profiling approach, where we analyzed 103 previously uncharacterized genes in cancer relevant assays that probed their effects on DNA replication (cell proliferation). The genes had previously been identified as differentially expressed in genome-wide microarray studies of tumors. Using an automated high-throughput assay with single-cell resolution, we discovered seven activators and nine repressors of DNA replication. These were further characterized for effects on extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) signaling (G(1)-S transition) and anchorage-independent growth (tumorigenicity). One activator and one inhibitor protein of ERK1/2 activation and three repressors of anchorage-independent growth were identified. Data from tumor and functional profiling make these proteins novel prime candidates for further in-depth study of their roles in cancer development and progression. We have established a novel functional profiling strategy that links genomics to cell biology and showed its potential for discerning cancer relevant modulators of the cell cycle in the candidate lists from microarray studies
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16140941
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    Keywords: COMBINATION ; Germany ; GENERATION ; GENOME ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; MONOCLONAL-ANTIBODY ; BIOLOGY ; MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY ; antibodies ; antibody ; microarrays ; ARRAYS ; NUMBER ; REPRODUCIBILITY ; FUSION ; FUSION PROTEINS ; SURFACE ; MONOCLONAL-ANTIBODIES ; IMMOBILIZATION ; PROTEOMICS ; protein microarray ; PROTEIN MICROARRAYS ; FUSION PROTEIN ; SERUM ; molecular biology ; molecular ; RECOMBINANT ; ARRAY ; RESOURCE ; ANTIBODY MICROARRAYS ; CHIP ; 3D ; monoclonal antibodies ; monoclonal antibody ; ALLERGEN-SPECIFIC IGE ; DYES ; FLUORESCENT DYES
    Abstract: To process large numbers of samples in parallel is one potential of protein microarrays for research and diagnostics. However, the application of protein arrays is currently hampered by the lack of comprehensive technological knowledge about the suitability of 2-D and 3-D slide surface coatings. We have performed a systematic study to analyze how both surface types perform in combination with different fluorescent dyes to generate significant and reproducible data. In total, we analyzed more than 100 slides containing 1152 spots each. Slides were probed against different monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and recombinant fusion proteins. We found two surface coatings to be most suitable for protein and antibody (Ab) immobilization. These were further subjected to quantitative analyses by evaluating intraslide and slide-to-slide reproducibilities, and the linear range of target detection. in summary, we demonstrate that only suitable combinations of surface and fluorescent dyes allow the generation of highly reproducible data
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16267812
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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; Germany ; human ; IN-VIVO ; VITRO ; VIVO ; SYSTEM ; SYSTEMS ; GENES ; GENOME ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; BIOLOGY ; OPEN READING FRAME ; SEQUENCE ; FIELD ; TARGET ; NO ; ESCHERICHIA-COLI ; PRODUCT ; systems biology ; TARGETS ; protein expression ; PROTEOMICS ; RECOMBINANT ; SUBSET ; RE ; analysis ; HIGH-THROUGHPUT ; in vivo ; PLASMID ; E ; microbiology ; compartment ; biotechnology ; FULL-LENGTH ; EXPRESSION SYSTEM ; Escherichia coli ; IN-VITRO EXPRESSION ; READING FRAMES ; TRANSLATIONAL EFFICIENCY
    Abstract: Background: The growing field of proteomics and systems biology is resulting in an ever increasing demand for purified recombinant proteins for structural and functional studies. Here, we show a systematic approach to successfully express a full-length protein of interest by using cell-free and cell-based expression systems. Results: In a pre-screen, we evaluated the expression of 960 human full-length open reading frames in Escherichia coli ( in vivo and in vitro). After analysing the protein expression rate and solubility, we chose a subset of 87 plasmids yielding no protein product in E. coli in vivo. These targets were subjected to a more detailed analysis comparing a prokaryotic cell-free E. coli system with an eukaryotic wheat germ system. In addition, we determined the expression rate, yield and solubility of those proteins. After sequence optimisation for the E. coli in vitro system and generating linear templates for wheat germ expression, the success rate of cell-free protein expression reached 93%. Conclusion: We have demonstrated that protein expression in cell-free systems is an appropriate technology for the successful expression of soluble full-length proteins. In our study, wheat germ expression using a two compartment system is the method of choice as it shows high solubility and high protein yield
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17915018
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