Project description:A mangrove soil metagenomic library was constructed and a ?-agarase gene designated as AgaML was isolated by functional screening. The gene encoded for a 659-amino-acids polypeptide with an estimated molecular mass of 71.6 kDa. The deduced polypeptide sequences of AgaML showed the highest identity of 73% with the glycoside hydrolase family 16 ?-agarase from Microbulbifer agarilyticus in the GenBank database. AgaML was cloned and highly expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3). The purified recombinant protein, AgaML, showed optimal activity at 50 °C and pH 7.0. The kinetic parameters of Km and Vmax values toward agarose were 4.6 mg·mL(-1) and 967.5 ?M·min(-1)·mg(-1), respectively. AgaML hydrolyzed the ?-1,4-glycosidic linkages of agar to generate neoagarotetraose (NA4) and neoagarohexaose (NA6) as the main products. These characteristics suggest that AgaML has potential application in cosmetic, pharmaceuticals and food industries.
Project description:Peripheral blood from thirty-four monozygotic twin subjects from the general population (n = 17 twin pairs) was collected for epigenomic analysis via Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 Beadchip. All subjects were screened for DSM-IV based criteria for both current and lifetime psychiatric disorders. Out of 17 twin pairs, there were: 7 healthy twin pairs where none of the twins of a pair met criteria for any DSM-IV disorder; 6 discordant twin pairs where only one of the twins of each pair met diagnostic criteria; and 4 concordant twin pairs where both twins of a pair met clinical DSM-IV based criteria. Overall design: Bisulphite converted DNA from the 34 samples (17 twin pairs) were hybridised to the Illumina Infinium Human Methylation450 Beadchip