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  1. Content type: Methodology article

    Genetically modified crops (GM crops) have been developed to improve the agricultural traits of modern crop cultivars. Safety assessments of GM crops are of paramount importance in research at developmental st...

    Authors: Doori Park, Su-Hyun Park, Yong Wook Ban, Youn Shic Kim, Kyoung-Cheul Park, Nam-Soo Kim, Ju-Kon Kim and Ik-Young Choi

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:67

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Umbilical cord blood provides a source of hematopoietic stem cells for transplantation with immunological and availability advantages over conventional bone marrow sources. Limited cell numbers and slower engr...

    Authors: Rebecca L. L. Moore, Matthew J. Worrallo, Peter D. Mitchell, Jon Harriman, Katie E. Glen and Robert J. Thomas

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:65

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Development of chimeric Cry toxins by protein engineering of known and validated proteins is imperative for enhancing the efficacy and broadening the insecticidal spectrum of these genes. Expression of novel C...

    Authors: Maniraj Rathinam, Shweta Singh, Debasis Pattanayak and Rohini Sreevathsa

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:64

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Acetic acid is a predominant by-product of lignocellulosic biofuel process, which inhibits microbial biocatalysts. Development of bacterial strains that are tolerant to acetic acid is challenging due to poor u...

    Authors: Yu-Fan Liu, Chia-Wen Hsieh, Yao-Sheng Chang and Being-Sun Wung

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:63

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  5. Content type: Methodology article

    Direct manipulation of the genome is a widespread technique for genetic studies and synthetic biology applications. The tyrosine and serine site-specific recombination systems of bacteriophages HK022 and ΦC31 ...

    Authors: Michael J. Bland, Magaly Ducos-Galand, Marie-Eve Val and Didier Mazel

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:62

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  6. Content type: Methodology article

    The T-cell receptor (TCR), located on the surface of T cells, is responsible for the recognition of the antigen-major histocompatibility complex, leading to the initiation of an inflammatory response. Analysin...

    Authors: Elisa Rosati, C Marie Dowds, Evaggelia Liaskou, Eva Kristine Klemsdal Henriksen, Tom H Karlsen and Andre Franke

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:61

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Dissolved oxygen tension (DOT) is hardly constant and homogenously distributed in a bioreactor, which can have a negative impact in the metabolism and product synthesis. However, the effects of DOT on plasmid ...

    Authors: Karim E. Jaén, Juan-Carlos Sigala, Roberto Olivares-Hernández, Karsten Niehaus and Alvaro R. Lara

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:60

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The environmental gliding bacteria Lysobacter are emerging as a new group of biocontrol agents due to their prolific production of lytic enzymes and potent antibiotic natural products. These bacteria are intrinsi...

    Authors: Wei Zhang, Justin Huffman, Shengying Li, Yuemao Shen and Liangcheng Du

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:59

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) is an endocrine-acting hormone that has the potential to treat diabetic nephropathy. However, development of FGF21 into a therapeutic has been hindered due to its low intrin...

    Authors: Longwei Zhao, Huiyan Wang, Junjun Xie, Zilu Chen, Xiaokun Li and Jianlou Niu

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:58

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Fas ligand plays a key role in the human immune system as a major cell death inducing protein. The extracellular domain of human Fas ligand (hFasLECD) triggers apoptosis of malignant cells, and therefore is ex...

    Authors: Michiro Muraki and Kiyonori Hirota

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:56

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Effective and simple methods that lead to higher enzymatic efficiencies are highly sough. Here we proposed a foldon-triggered trimerization of the target enzymes with significantly improved catalytic performan...

    Authors: Xinzhe Wang, Huihua Ge, Dandan Zhang, Shuyu Wu and Guangya Zhang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:57

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  12. Content type: Research Article

    Xylanase degrades xylan into monomers of various sizes by catalyzing the endohydrolysis of the 1,4-β-D-xylosidic linkage randomly, possessing potential in wide industrial applications. Most of xylanases are su...

    Authors: Tingting Shang, Dayong Si, Dongyan Zhang, Xuhui Liu, Longmei Zhao, Cong Hu, Yu Fu and Rijun Zhang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:55

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  13. Content type: Methodology article

    Three-dimensional (3D) spheroids are frequently used in toxicological study because their morphology and function closely resemble those of tissue. As these properties are maintained over a long term, repeated...

    Authors: Mayu Yasunaga, Yasuko Fujita, Rumiko Saito, Mitsuo Oshimura and Yoshihiro Nakajima

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:54

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Alpha amylase hydrolyzes α-bonds of polysaccharides such as starch and produces malto-oligosaccharides. Its starch saccharification applications make it an essential enzyme in the textile, food and brewing ind...

    Authors: Hong Zhu, L. Bruce Reynolds and Rima Menassa

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:53

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Cotton fiber, a natural fiber widely used in the textile industry, is differentiated from single cell of ovule epidermis. A large number of genes are believed to be involved in fiber formation, but so far only...

    Authors: Yan-Jun Li, Shou-Hong Zhu, Xin-Yu Zhang, Yong-Chang Liu, Fei Xue, Lan-Jie Zhao and Jie Sun

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:50

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The discharge of poorly treated effluents into the environment has far reaching, consequential impacts on human and aquatic life forms. Thus, we evaluated the flocculating efficiency of our test bioflocculant ...

    Authors: Mayowa Oladele Agunbiade, Esta Van Heerden, Carolina H. Pohl and Anofi Tom Ashafa

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:51

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The Gaussia princeps luciferase is used as a stand-alone reporter of transgene expression for in vitro and in vivo expression systems due to the rapid and easy monitoring of luciferase activity. We sought to simu...

    Authors: Michael Puckette, Thomas Burrage, John G. Neilan and Max Rasmussen

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:52

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Somatic cell selection in plants allows the recovery of spontaneous mutants from cell cultures. When coupled with the regeneration of plants it allows an effective approach for the recovery of novel traits in ...

    Authors: Philippa J. Barrell, Julie M. Latimer, Samantha J. Baldwin, Michelle L. Thompson, Jeanne M.E. Jacobs and Anthony J. Conner

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:49

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Whey permeate is a lactose-rich effluent remaining after protein extraction from milk-resulting cheese whey, an abundant dairy waste. The lactose to ethanol fermentation can complete whey valorization chain by...

    Authors: Lorenzo Pasotti, Susanna Zucca, Michela Casanova, Giuseppina Micoli, Maria Gabriella Cusella De Angelis and Paolo Magni

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:48

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Endo-xylanases are essential in degrading hemicellulose of various lignocellulosic substrates. Hemicellulose degradation by Geobacillus spp. is facilitated by the hemicellulose utilization (HUS) locus that is pre...

    Authors: Martinus J.A. Daas, Patricia Murciano Martínez, Antonius H.P. van de Weijer, John van der Oost, Willem M. de Vos, Mirjam A. Kabel and Richard van Kranenburg

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:44

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  21. Content type: Methodology article

    Targeted delivery of gene therapy vectors to the mouse respiratory tract is often performed via intranasal or intratracheal administration; however, there can be a great deal of variability between these metho...

    Authors: Lisa A. Santry, Joelle C. Ingrao, Darrick L. Yu, Jondavid G. de Jong, Laura P. van Lieshout, Geoffrey A. Wood and Sarah K. Wootton

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:43

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Polysialic acid (polySia) is a carbohydrate modification of the neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM), which is implicated in neural differentiation and plays an important role in tumor development and metastas...

    Authors: Stefan Somplatzki, Martina Mühlenhoff, Andrea Kröger, Rita Gerardy-Schahn and Thomas Böldicke

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:42

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  23. Content type: Research Article

    At first glance, there appears to be a high degree of similarity between the metabolism of yeast (the Crabtree effect) and human cancer cells (the Warburg effect). At the root of both effects is accelerated me...

    Authors: Darjan Andrejc, Alenka Možir and Matic Legiša

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:41

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Switchgrass is C4 perennial grass species that is being developed as a cellulosic bioenergy feedstock. It is wind-pollinated and considered to be an obligate outcrosser. Genetic engineering has been used to alter...

    Authors: Reginald Millwood, Madhugiri Nageswara-Rao, Rongjian Ye, Ellie Terry-Emert, Chelsea R. Johnson, Micaha Hanson, Jason N. Burris, Charles Kwit and C. Neal Stewart Jr

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:40

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Propionate is widely used as an important preservative and important chemical intermediate for synthesis of cellulose fibers, herbicides, perfumes and pharmaceuticals. Biosynthetic propionate has mainly been p...

    Authors: Jing Li, Xinna Zhu, Jing Chen, Dongdong Zhao, Xueli Zhang and Changhao Bi

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:38

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  26. Content type: Research article

    N-Butanol has favorable characteristics for use as either an alternative fuel or platform chemical. Bio-based n-butanol production using microbes is an emerging technology that requires further development. Al...

    Authors: Wei-Chih Chin, Kuo-Hsing Lin, Chun-Chi Liu, Kenji Tsuge and Chieh-Chen Huang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:36

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Enzymatic degradation of chitin has attracted substantial attention because chitin is an abundant renewable natural resource, second only to lignocellulose, and because of the promising applications of N-acety...

    Authors: Junpei Zhou, Zhifeng Song, Rui Zhang, Rui Liu, Qian Wu, Junjun Li, Xianghua Tang, Bo Xu, Junmei Ding, Nanyu Han and Zunxi Huang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:37

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Recombinant factor VIII (FVIII), used for haemophilia A therapy, is one of the most challenging among the therapeutic proteins produced in heterologous expression systems. Deletion variant of FVIII, in which t...

    Authors: Nadezhda A. Orlova, Sergey V. Kovnir, Alexandre G. Gabibov and Ivan I. Vorobiev

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:33

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  29. Content type: Methodology article

    Restriction-free (RF) cloning, a PCR-based method for the creation of custom DNA plasmids, allows for the insertion of any sequence into any plasmid vector at any desired position, independent of restriction s...

    Authors: Fanli Zeng, Zhimin Hao, Pan Li, Yanan Meng, Jingao Dong and Yibin Lin

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:32

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Aldehyde-deformylating oxygenase (ADO) is a key enzyme involved in the biosynthetic pathway of fatty alk(a/e)nes in cyanobacteria. However, cADO (cyanobacterial ADO) showed extreme low activity with the k ...

    Authors: Qing Wang, Luyao Bao, Chenjun Jia, Mei Li, Jian-Jun Li and Xuefeng Lu

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:31

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  31. Content type: Methodology article

    Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is a major crop extensively cultivated in the tropics as both an important source of calories and a promising source for biofuel production. Although stable gene expression have...

    Authors: Jun-Zheng Wu, Qin Liu, Xiao-Shan Geng, Kai-Mian Li, Li-Juan Luo and Jin-Ping Liu

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:29

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The tissue culture banana (TCB) is a biotechnological agricultural innovation that has been adopted widely in commercial banana production. In 2003, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AH) initiat...

    Authors: Sunita V. S. Bandewar, Florence Wambugu, Emma Richardson and James V. Lavery

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:28

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Oleaginous organisms are a promising, renewable source of single cell oil. Lipid accumulation is mainly induced by limitation of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus or sulfur. The oleaginous yeast Trichosporon...

    Authors: Felix Bracharz, Veronika Redai, Kathrin Bach, Farah Qoura and Thomas Brück

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:27

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Xylanase inhibitors have been confirmed to be involved in plant defence. OsXIP is a XIP-type rice xylanase inhibitor, yet its transcriptional regulation remains unknown.

    Authors: Yihua Zhan, Xiangyu Sun, Guozeng Rong, Chunxiao Hou, Yingying Huang, Dean Jiang and Xiaoyan Weng

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:26

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Recent researches have been focusing on mucosal immune adjuvants, which play the key roles in mucosal immunization and have become the limitation for non-injected vaccine development. Escherichia coli heat-labile...

    Authors: Nan Sun, Rongguang Zhang, Guangcai Duan, Xiaoyan Peng, Chen Wang, Qingtang Fan, Shuaiyin Chen and Yuanlin Xi

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:25

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Microbial transglutaminase (mTG) is a robust enzyme catalyzing the formation of an isopeptide bond between glutamine and lysine residues. It has found use in food applications, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and b...

    Authors: Gabe Javitt, Zohar Ben-Barak-Zelas, Moran Jerabek-Willemsen and Ayelet Fishman

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:23

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  37. Content type: Research article

    α-Amylase plays a pivotal role in a broad range of industrial processes. To meet increasing demands of biocatalytic tasks, considerable efforts have been made to isolate enzymes produced by extremophiles. Howe...

    Authors: Lei He, Youzhi Mao, Lujia Zhang, Hualei Wang, Siti Aisyah Alias, Bei Gao and Dongzhi Wei

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:22

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  38. Content type: Methodology article

    Short hairpin RNA (shRNA) is an established and effective tool for stable knock down of gene expression. Lentiviral vectors can be used to deliver shRNAs, thereby providing the ability to infect most mammalian...

    Authors: Sander B. Frank, Veronique V. Schulz and Cindy K. Miranti

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:24

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Thermally stable α-L-rhamnosidase with cleaving terminal α-L-rhamnose activity has great potential in industrial application. Therefore, it is necessary to find a proper method to improve the thermal stability...

    Authors: Lin Ge, Anna Chen, Jianjun Pei, Linguo Zhao, Xianying Fang, Gang Ding, Zhenzhong Wang, Wei Xiao and Feng Tang

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:21

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  40. Content type: Research article

    poly(L-malic acid) (PMA) is a water-soluble polyester with many attractive properties in medicine and food industries, but the high cost of PMA fermentation has restricted its further application for large-sca...

    Authors: Jun Xia, Jiaxing Xu, Xiaoyan Liu, Jiming Xu, Xingfeng Wang and Xiangqian Li

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:20

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Manganese peroxidase (MnP) of white rot basidiomycetes, an extracellular heme enzyme, is part of a peroxidase superfamily that is capable of degrading the different phenolic compounds. Ganoderma, a white rot basi...

    Authors: Hui Xu, Meng-Yuan Guo, Yan-Hua Gao, Xiao-Hui Bai and Xuan-Wei Zhou

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:19

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  42. Content type: Research article

    As the demand for monoclonal antibodies (mAb) increases, more efficient expression methods are required for their manufacturing process. Transcriptional gene silencing is a common phenomenon in recombinant cel...

    Authors: Fatemeh Nematpour, Fereidoun Mahboudi, Behrouz Vaziri, Vahid Khalaj, Samira Ahmadi, Maryam Ahmadi, Saedeh Ebadat and Fatemeh Davami

    Citation: BMC Biotechnology 2017 17:18

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