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Two Distinct Domains Contribute To The Substrate Acyl Chain Length Selectivity Of Plant Acyl-Acp Thioesterase, Fuyuan Jing, Le Zhao, Marna D. Yandeau-Nelson, Basil J. Nikolau Feb 2018

Two Distinct Domains Contribute To The Substrate Acyl Chain Length Selectivity Of Plant Acyl-Acp Thioesterase, Fuyuan Jing, Le Zhao, Marna D. Yandeau-Nelson, Basil J. Nikolau

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

The substrate specificity of acyl-ACP thioesterase (TE) plays an essential role in controlling the fatty acid profile produced by type II fatty acid synthases. Here we identify two groups of residues that synergistically determine different substrate specificities of two acyl-ACP TEs from Cuphea viscosissima (CvFatB1 and CvFatB2). One group (V194, V217, N223, R226, R227, and I268 in CvFatB2) is critical in determining the structure and depth of a hydrophobic cavity in the N-terminal hotdog domain that binds the substrate’s acyl moiety. The other group (255-RKLSKI-260 and 285-RKLPKL-289 in CvFatB2) defines positively charged surface patches that may facilitate binding of ...


Bioinformatics Support Of Genome Sequencing Projects, Xiaoqiu Huang Jan 2002

Bioinformatics Support Of Genome Sequencing Projects, Xiaoqiu Huang

Computer Science Publications

The genome of an organism is the "book of life". It encodes the complete set of genetic instructions for the development of the organism. The structure of a genome is a linear sequence of nucleotides. Determination of the sequence of a genome lays the foundation for understanding biology at the molecular level. With the current biotechnology, it is a challenging task to determine the sequence of a genome. A sequencing machine can read the sequence of a piece of DNA for up to 1000 bp (base pairs). However, genomes are very huge. For example, the genome of the bacterium E ...