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  • Selection of DNA aptamers against Human Cardiac Troponin I for colorimetric sensor based dot blot application. (2015) Troponin T and I are ideal markers which are highly sensitive and specific for myocardial injury and have shown better efficacy than earlier markers. Since aptamers are ssDNA or RNA that bind to a wid...e variety of target molecules, the purpose of this research was to select an aptamer from a 79bp single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) random library that was used to bind the Human Cardiac Troponin I from a synthetic nucleic acids library by systematic evolution of ligands exponential enrichment (Selex) based on several selection and amplification steps. Human Cardiac Troponin I protein was coated onto the surface of streptavidin magnetic beads to extract specific aptamer from a large and diverse random ssDNA initial oligonucleotide library. As a result, several aptamers were selected and further examined for binding affinity and specificity. Finally TnIApt 23 showed beast affinity in nanomolar range (2.69nM) toward the target protein. A simple and rapid colorimetric detection assay for Human Cardiac Troponin I using the novel and specific aptamer-AuNPs conjugates based on dot blot assay was developed. The detection limit for this protein using aptamer-AuNPs-based assay was found to be 5ng/ml.Show more Dorraj GS,Rassaee MJ,Latifi AM,Pishgoo B,Tavallaei M Journal of biotechnology
  • Influence of different combinations of antibodies and penicillinase-labeled testosterone derivatives on sensitivity and specificity of immunoassays. (1992) Three antisera raised against bovine serum albumin (BSA) conjugates of testosterone-3-(O-carboxy-methyl)-oxime (T-3-CMO), 11 beta-hydroxytestosterone-11-carboxymethyl ether (T-11 beta-O-CME) and 19-hy...droxytestosterone-19-carboxymethyl-ether (T-19-O-CME) were evaluated in enzyme immunoassays (EIAs) in combinations with penicillinase-labeled T-3-CMO, T-11 beta-O-CME, T-19-O-CME, and testosterone-17 beta-hemisuccinate (T-17 beta-HS) for their influence on the sensitivity and specificity of EIAs. Of the various combinations, anti-T-3-CMO antiserum along with T-11 beta-O-CME-penicillinase showed no cross-reaction with any of the closely related steroids, although the same antibody had 21.6% binding to 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone (5 alpha-DHT) in radioimmunoassay. All the homologous combinations appeared to be less sensitive due to their low affinity for testosterone. It was also apparent that of all the heterologous systems tested, only two combinations, (a) anti-T-19-O-CME antiserum and T-3-CMO-penicillinase and (b) anti-T-3-CMO antiserum and T-11 beta-O-CME-penicillinase, were found to be more sensitive. The former was less specific; it showed 70% cross-reaction with 5 alpha-DHT. The ability of testosterone to displace the hapten-enzyme conjugate and the specificity of the assay appear to depend on the position of the enzyme label on the steroid molecule as well as on the availability of antigenic sites in particular combinations of antibody and hapten-enzyme conjugates.Show more Rassaie MJ,Kumari GL,Rao PN,Shrivastav TG,Pandey HP Steroids
  • A highly specific heterologous enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for measuring testosterone in plasma using antibody-coated immunoassay plates or polypropylene tubes. (1992) A highly specific and sensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, using a heterologous combination of antiserum raised against testosterone-3-(O-carboxymethyl) oxime-bovine serum albumin and penicill...inase-labeled testosterone-11 beta-carboxymethyl ether, was developed for measuring testosterone in human plasma. Immunoassay plates (96 wells) provided a sensitivity of 2.5 pg/well. This was achieved by maintaining the molar ratios of steroid to enzyme between 10 and 20. The assay was very specific for testosterone and did not show any cross-reaction with the related C19 steroids tested. Replacement of immunoassay plates with the locally available polypropylene tubes raised the detection limits to 25 pg/tube, but improved the range of doses of testosterone that could be measured up to 10,000 pg. The antiserum to testosterone derivative was linked to both immunoassay plates and polypropylene tubes through immunochemical bridges. Comparison of testosterone values of 52 plasma specimens obtained by both solid phase methods with those of radioimmunoassay showed good correlation.Show more Rassaie MJ,Kumari LG,Pandey PK,Gupta N,Kochupillai N,Grover PK Steroids
  • Targeted delivery of doxorubicin into tumor cells by nanostructured lipid carriers conjugated to anti-EGFRvIII monoclonal antibody. (2017) Epidermal growth factor receptor variant III (EGFRvIII) is the most common variant of the EGF receptor in many human tumors. This variant is tumor specific and highly immunogenic, thus, it can be used... as a target for targeted drug delivery toward tumor cells. The major aim of this study was to develop an EGFRvIII-mediated drug delivery system by anti-EGFRvIII monoclonal antibody (MAb) conjugated to doxorubicin (Dox)-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) to enhance the targeting specificity and cytotoxic effect of Dox on EGFRvIII-overexpressing cell line. In our study, Dox was chosen as a hydrophobic cytotoxic drug and drug-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers (Dox-NLC) was prepared by solvent emulsification/evaporation method. In order to conjugate anti-EGFRvIII MAb to Dox-NLC, DSPE-PEG2000-NHS (1,2-distearoylphosphatidylethanolamine-polyethylene glycol 2000-NHS) was used as a linker. Physicochemical characteristics of antibody conjugated Dox-NLC (MAb-Dox-NLC), including particle size, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency and in vitro Dox release were investigated. Cytotoxicity of MAb-Dox-NLC against NIH-3T3 and HC2 20d2/c (EGFRvIII-transfected NIH-3T3) cell lines was evaluated. The MAb-Dox-NLC appeared to enhance the cytotoxic activity of targeted NLC against HC2 20d2/c cells. The cellular uptake percentage of targeted NLC by HC2 20d2/c cells was higher than that of NIH-3T3 cells, indicating that EGFRvIII can specifically target HC2 20d2/c cells. In conclusion, anti-EGFRvIII MAb-targeted NLC may be considered as an effective nanocarrier for targeted drug delivery.Show more Abdolahpour S,Toliyat T,Omidfar K,Modjtahedi H,Wong AJ,Rasaee MJ,Kashanian S,Paknejad M Artificial cells, nanomedicine, and biotechnology
  • Essential strategies to optimize asymmetric PCR conditions as a reliable method to generate large amount of ssDNA aptamers. (2016) Asymmetric PCR, a simple method to generate single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) aptamers in systematic evaluation of ligand by exponential enrichments rounds, is coupled with limitations. We investigated the ...essential strategies for optimization of conditions to perform a high-quality asymmetric PCR. Final concentrations of primers and template, the number of PCR cycles, and annealing temperature were selected as optimizing variables. The qualities of visualized PCR products were analyzed by ImageJ software. The highest proportion of interested DNA than unwanted products was considered as optimum conditions. Results revealed that the best values for primers ratio, final template concentration, annealing temperature, and PCR cycles were, respectively, 30:1, 1 ng/μL, 55 °C, and 20 cycles for the first and 50:1, 2 ng/μL, 59 °C, and 20 cycles for other rounds. No significant difference was found between optimized asymmetric PCR results in the rounds of two to eight (P > 0.05). The ssDNA quality in round 10 was significantly better than other rounds (P < 0.05). Generally, the ssDNA product with less dimers, double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), and smear are preferable. The dsDNA contamination is the worst, because it can act as antidote and inhibits aptameric performance. Therefore, to choose the best conditions, the lower amount of dsDNA is more important than other unwanted products.Show more Heiat M,Ranjbar R,Latifi AM,Rasaee MJ,Farnoosh G Biotechnology and applied biochemistry
  • [3D structure of DKK1 indicates its involvement in both canonical and non-canonical Wnt pathways]. Dikkoppf-1 (DKK1) is an antagonist of the canonical Wnt signaling pathway. The importance of DKK1 as a diagnostic and therapeutic agent in a wide range of diseases along with its significance in a var...iety of biological processes accentuate the necessity to decipher its 3D structure that would pave the way towards the development of relevant selective inhibitors. A DKK1 structure model predicted by the Robetta server with structural refinements including a 10 ns molecular dynamics run was subjected to functional and docking analyses. We hypothesize that the N-terminal region of the DKK1 molecule could be functionally important for both canonical and noncanonical Wnt pathways. Moreover, it seems that DKK1 could be involved in interactions with the Frizzled receptors, leading to the activation of the Planar Cell Polarity (PCP) pathway (activation of Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) Pathway) and Wnt/Ca^(2+) pathway (activation of CamKII).Show more Khalili S,Rasaee MJ,Bamdad T Molekuliarnaia biologiia
  • Structure prediction, expression, and antigenicity of c-terminal of GRP78. (2017) Glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) is a typical endoplasmic reticulum luminal chaperone having a main role in the activation of the unfolded protein response. Because of hypoxia and nutrient depriva...tion in the tumor microenvironment, expression of GRP78 in these cells becomes higher than the native cells, which makes it a suitable candidate for cancer targeting. Suppression of survival signals by antibody production against C-terminal domain of GR78 (CGRP) can induce apoptosis of cancer cells. The aim of this study was in silico analysis, recombinant production, and characterization of CGRP in Escherichia coli. Structural prediction of CGRP by bioinformatics tools was done and the construct containing optimized sequence was transferred to E. coli T7 shuffle. Expression was induced by isopropyl-β-d-thiogalactoside, and recombinant protein was purified by Ni-NTA agarose resin. The content of secondary structures was obtained by circular dichroism (CD) spectrum. CGRP immunogenicity was evaluated from the immunized mouse sera. SDS-PAGE analysis showed CGRP expression in E. coli. CD spectrum also confirmed prediction of structures by bioinformatics tools. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay using sera from immunized mice revealed CGRP as a good immunogen. The results obtained in this study showed that the structure of truncated CGRP is very similar to its structure in the whole protein context. This protein can be used in cancer researches.Show more Aghamollaei H,Mousavi Gargari SL,Ghanei M,Rasaee MJ,Amani J,Bakherad H,Farnoosh G Biotechnology and applied biochemistry
  • Eliciting an antibody response against a recombinant TSH containing fusion protein. (2016) Designing novel antigens to rise specific antibodies for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) detection is of great significance. A novel fusion protein consisting of the C termini sequence of TSH beta s...ubunit and a fusion sequence was designed and produced for rabbit immunization. Thereafter, the produced antibodies were purified and characterized for TSH detection. Our results indicate that the produced antibody is capable of sensitive and specific detection of TSH with low cross reactivity. This study underscores the applicability of designed fusion protein for specific and sensitive polyclonal antibody production and the importance of selecting an amenable region of the TSH for immunization.Show more Mard-Soltani M,Rasaee MJ,Sheikhi A,Hedayati M Journal of immunoassay & immunochemistry
  • Characterization of pharmacological properties of isolated single-stranded DNA aptamers against angiotensin II. (2016) Nucleic acid aptamers can be served as drugs, carriers and diagnostic probes in living systems. Before recruiting aptamers, their pharmacological characteristics should be determined. Here we intended... to investigate four important properties of isolated ssDNA anti-angiotensin II aptamers (FLC112 and FLC125) including hemolytic activity, cytotoxicity, immunogenicity and serum stability through in vitro and in vivo models. The hemolytic effect and cytotoxicity potential of aptamers were measured through hemolysis test and MTT assay respectively. In the following test, the humoral immune responses to aptamers in BALB/c mice were assessed. The human serum stability of aptamers was also determined using real-time PCR (qPCR). The results of this study revealed that the FLC112 aptamer with its unique structure had slightly higher cytotoxicity and hemolysis effect (9.14% and 0.1 ± 0.037% respectively) relative to FLC125 (8.07% and 0.08 ± 0.045% respectively) at the highest concentration (5 μM). FLC112 showed ignorable immune response in mice and barely higher than FLC125. Serum stability test confirmed that FLC112 with 12 h had more nuclease stability than FLC125 with 8 h. Aptamer molecule analysis revealed that the structure, sequense composition and motifs are the determinative parameters in aptamer pharmacological properties.Show more Heiat M,Ranjbar R,Fasihi-Ramandi M,Latifi AM,Rasaee MJ Molecular and cellular probes
  • Selection of a high-affinity and in vivo bioactive ssDNA aptamer against angiotensin II peptide. (2016) Unique features of aptamers have attracted interests for a broad range of applications. Aptamers are able to specifically bind to targets and inhibit their functions. This study, aimed to isolate the ...high affinity ssDNA aptamers against bio-regulator peptide angiotensin II (Ang II) and investigate their bioactivity in cellular and animal models. To isolate ssDNA aptamers, 12 rounds of affinity chromatography SELEX (Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXponential enrichment) procedure were carried out. The SPR (surface plasmon resonance) and ELONA (enzyme linked oligonucleotide assay) analysis were used to determine the affinity and specificity of aptamers. The ability of selected aptamers to inhibit the proliferative effect of Ang II on human aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (HA-VSMCs) and their performance on Wistar rat urinary system and serum electrolyte levels were investigated. Two full-length aptamers (FLC112 and FLC125) with high affinity of respectively 7.52±2.44E-10 and 5.87±1.3E-9M were isolated against Ang II. The core regions of these aptamers (CRC112 and CRC125) also showed affinity of 5.33±1.15E-9 and 4.11±1.09E-9M. In vitro analysis revealed that FLC112 and FLC125 can inhibit the proliferative effect of Ang II on HA-VSMCs (P<0.05). They also significantly reduced the serum sodium level and increased the urine volume (P<0.05). The core regions of aptamers did not show high inhibitory potential against Ang II. It can be a spotlight that ssDNA aptamers have high potential for blocking Ang II. In conclusion, it appears that the researches focusing on high affinity and bioactive aptamers may lead to excellent results in blocking Ang II activity.Show more Heiat M,Ranjbar R,Latifi AM,Rasaee MJ Peptides
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