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Studies Of Integrins' Lateral Dynamics At A Single Particle Level, Dipak Mainali Jan 2014

Studies Of Integrins' Lateral Dynamics At A Single Particle Level, Dipak Mainali

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

One of the important factors in controlling the dynamics, structure, and functioning of the cell membrane is the lateral diffusion of membrane proteins and lipids. Integrins are one of the ubiquitous transmembrane proteins that are vital for numerous cellular functions. Integrins' lateral mobility and rearrangement is essential for integrins primary function of cell-extracellular matrix adhesion, cell-cell adhesion, and signaling. Lateral movement allows integrins to associate with extracellular ligand and other cytoplasmic and membrane proteins to incite biological activity such as signaling and downstream effects. This thesis describes the role of both downstream and upstream effectors, such as extracellular ligand, selected ...


Bayesian Recombination Detection Modeling And Application, Fang Fang Jan 2006

Bayesian Recombination Detection Modeling And Application, Fang Fang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

As a key evolutionary process, recombination shapes the genetic structure of virus populations. The increased availability of virus sequences provides a chance to study virus recombination through molecular data. Many statistical methods have been developed, and a lot of the methods are phylogenetic-based. My research focuses on recombination modeling and data analysis;I first apply an existing phylogenetic-base method, Bayesian dual change-point model (DMCP), to investigate the role of representative data types for recombination study. We conclude that consensus sequences are an all-around robust representative of virus genotypes. Using consensus data we study recombination of all full-length hepatitis B virus ...


A Penalty Function Method For Constrained Molecular Dynamics , Ajith Gunaratne Jan 2006

A Penalty Function Method For Constrained Molecular Dynamics , Ajith Gunaratne

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

We propose a penalty-function method for constrained molecular dynamic simulation by defining a quadratic penalty function for the constraints. The simulation with such a method can be done by using a conventional, unconstrained solver only with the penalty parameter increased in an appropriate manner as the simulation proceeds. More specifically, we scale the constraints with their force constants when forming the penalty terms. The resulting force function can then be viewed as a smooth continuation of the original force field as the penalty parameter increases. The penalty function method is easy to implement and costs less than a Lagrange multiplier ...


A Modular Data Analysis Pipeline For The Discovery Of Novel Rna Motifs , Justin Schonfeld Jan 2006

A Modular Data Analysis Pipeline For The Discovery Of Novel Rna Motifs , Justin Schonfeld

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation presents a modular software pipeline that searches collections of RNA sequences for novel RNA motifs. In this case the motifs incorporate elements of primary and secondary structure. The motif search pipeline breaks up sets of RNA sequences into shortened segments of RNA primary sequence. The shortened segments are then folded to obtain low energy secondary structures. The distance estimation module of the pipeline then calculates distances between the folded bricks, and then analyzes the resulting distance matrices for patterns;An initial implementation of the pipeline is applied to synthetic and biological data sets. This implementation introduces a new ...


Identification Of Interface Residues Involved In Protein-Protein And Protein-Dna Interactions From Sequence Using Machine Learning Approaches , Changhui Yan Jan 2005

Identification Of Interface Residues Involved In Protein-Protein And Protein-Dna Interactions From Sequence Using Machine Learning Approaches , Changhui Yan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Identification of interface residues involved in protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions is critical for understanding the functions of biological systems. Because identifying interface residues using experimental methods cannot catch up with the pace at which protein sequences are determined, computational methods that can identify interface residues are urgently needed. In this study, we apply machine-learning methods to identify interface residues with the focus on the methods using amino acid sequence information alone. We have developed classifiers for identification of the residues involved in protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions using a window of primary sequence as input. The classifiers were evaluated using both ...


Cell Envelope Constituents Of Pseudomonas Putida Contributing To Growth And Survival In Low-Water-Content Habitats , Martinus Franciscus Maria Van De Mortel Jan 2005

Cell Envelope Constituents Of Pseudomonas Putida Contributing To Growth And Survival In Low-Water-Content Habitats , Martinus Franciscus Maria Van De Mortel

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The ability of bacteria to respond to the ever changing environmental conditions they encounter requires the utilization of a broad range of colonization and survival strategies. One of the most important and probably least understood factors determining bacterial activity in terrestrial habitats is water availability. The goal of this dissertation research was to identify traits that contribute to maintaining a functional cell envelope when cells are dehydrated, which will help us to assess the scope of physiological changes necessary for growth in low-water-content habitats. The primary objective was to identify genes that are specifically regulated by dehydration (matric stress), and ...


Exploring Statistical Methods For Analysis Of Microarray Data , Tanzy Mae Tallapoosa Paz Love Jan 2005

Exploring Statistical Methods For Analysis Of Microarray Data , Tanzy Mae Tallapoosa Paz Love

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The expansion of molecular biology in recent years has created an increasing amount of data and interest in specific tools to analyze them. Much of these data come from a class of high-throughput technology that measures hundreds or thousands of variables at the same time. One such high-throughput technology currently in use is microarray technology. The three major objectives in expression analysis are data preprocessing, identifying differential expression, and grouping genes by common behavior. Extracting the useful information on gene expression from the available output is not trivial. The data collection process is quite noisy in that non-biological bias may ...


Molecular And Chemical Characterization Of Genes Involved In Maize Cuticular Wax Biosynthesis , M. Ann D. N. Perera Jan 2005

Molecular And Chemical Characterization Of Genes Involved In Maize Cuticular Wax Biosynthesis , M. Ann D. N. Perera

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary surfaces of the arial parts of plants, and the surfaces of reproductive organs are covered by an extra cellular layer called the cuticle. The cuticle provides the foremost protection to the plant in order to adapt to the terrestrial environment. The cuticle composed of a biopolymer (cutin), which is embedded in a coating of cuticular waxes. Understanding the biochemical, genetic and physiological mechanisms for the biosynthesis of these cuticular waxes is relatively poor. This body of work has established methods for the chemical analysis of the cuticular waxes of maize plants. I have used these methods to chemically ...


A Threading Approach To Protein Structure Prediction: Studies On Tnf-Like Molecules, Rev Proteins, And Protein Kinases , Yungok Ihm Jan 2004

A Threading Approach To Protein Structure Prediction: Studies On Tnf-Like Molecules, Rev Proteins, And Protein Kinases , Yungok Ihm

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The main focus of this dissertation is the application of the threading approach to specific biological problems. The threading scheme developed in our group targets incorporating important structural features necessary for detecting structural similarity between the target sequence and the template structure. This enables us to use our threading method to solve problems for which sequence-based methods are not very much useful. We applied our threading method to predict the three-dimensional structures of lentivirus (EIAV, HIV-1, FIV, SIV) Rev proteins. Predicted structures of Rev proteins suggest that they share a structural similarity among themselves (four-helix bundle). Also, the threading approach ...


Molecular Marker Analysis Of Population Genetic Structure And Progress From Reciprocal Recurrent Selection In Two Iowa Maize (Zea Mays L) Populations , Lori Lynn Hinze Jan 2003

Molecular Marker Analysis Of Population Genetic Structure And Progress From Reciprocal Recurrent Selection In Two Iowa Maize (Zea Mays L) Populations , Lori Lynn Hinze

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Studies of the genetic structure of the Iowa Corn Borer Synthetic #1 (CB) and Iowa Stiff Stalk Synthetic (SS) maize populations are of particular significance because they serve as the model on which development of modern commercial hybrids are based. These populations are part of a reciprocal recurrent selection breeding strategy. With this strategy, plants from one population are crossed to plants from the opposite population (i.e. forming hybrids). These hybrids are tested, and the best ones are chosen. The plants crossed to form the chosen hybrids are identified and used to form the next generation in each population ...


Genetic Variation And Evolution Of Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Rev Quasispecies During Long Term Persistent Infection , Prasith Baccam Jan 2000

Genetic Variation And Evolution Of Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Rev Quasispecies During Long Term Persistent Infection , Prasith Baccam

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Genetic variation has been observed in many viruses. Viruses that carry their genetic information in the form of RNA exhibit high mutation rates because the viral polymerase lacks proof-reading mechanisms commonly found in DNA polymerase complexes. The combination of high mutation rates, small genome size, and high replication rates results in a population of closely related viral genotypes, which are commonly referred to as a quasispecies. A consequence of the genetic variation in viruses is possible variation in viral phenotype of the quasispecies population. Furthermore, changes in viral phenotype may be a biologically important factor in progression of disease. Here ...


Two Dimensional Models Of Tumor Angiogenesis , Serdal Pamuk Jan 2000

Two Dimensional Models Of Tumor Angiogenesis , Serdal Pamuk

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Angiogenesis, the formation of new capillaries from pre-existing vessels, is essential for tumor progression. It is critical for the growth of primary cancers. In this thesis we present a new approach to angiogenesis, based on the theory of reinforced random walks, coupled with a Michaelis-Menten type mechanism. This views the endothelial cell receptors as the catalyst for transforming angiogenic factor into proteolytic enzyme in order to model the first stage. In our model we use a curvature-induced proliferation term for the endothelial cell equation. Our numerical results indicate that the proliferation of endothelial cells is high at the tip. Also ...


Primary Photoprocesses Of Light-Activated Antiviral And Antitumor Agents, Hypericin And Hypocrellin , Alexandre V. Smirnov Jan 1999

Primary Photoprocesses Of Light-Activated Antiviral And Antitumor Agents, Hypericin And Hypocrellin , Alexandre V. Smirnov

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The dissertation focuses on the ultrafast primary photoprocesses of the title anti-viral and anti-cancer agents, whose activity depends on light which is also accompanied by photoacidification in vesicles and living cells;By complementing the techniques of time-resolved absorption spectroscopy with those of fluorescence upconversion and applying them to hypericin, hypocrellin A and B, and their methylated analogs that are unable to execute proton transfer, it was demonstrated that intramolecular excited-state hydrogen atom transfer is a dominant primary nonradiative process;For hypocrellin A in viscous solvents such as octanol and ethylene glycol, an absorption transient of ∼10-ps duration, similar to the ...


Theoretical Simulations And Ultrafast Pump-Probe Spectroscopy Experiments In Pigment-Protein Photosynthetic Complexes , Daniel Richard Buck Jan 1998

Theoretical Simulations And Ultrafast Pump-Probe Spectroscopy Experiments In Pigment-Protein Photosynthetic Complexes , Daniel Richard Buck

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Theoretical simulations and ultrafast pump-probe laser spectroscopy experiments were used to study photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes and antennae found in green sulfur bacteria such as Prosthecochloris aestuarii, Chloroflexus aurantiacus, and Chlorobium tepidum. The work focused on understanding structure-function relationships in energy transfer processes in these complexes through experiments and trying to model that data as we tested our theoretical assumptions with calculations;Theoretical exciton calculations on tubular pigment aggregates yield electronic absorption spectra that are superimpositions of linear J-aggregate spectra. The electronic spectroscopy of BChl c/d/e antennae in light harvesting chlorosomes from Chloroflexus aurantiacus differs considerably from J-aggregate spectra ...


The Poplar-Leaf Rust Pathosystem: Inheritance Of Resistance And Pathogenic Variability , Girma Melesse Tabor Jan 1998

The Poplar-Leaf Rust Pathosystem: Inheritance Of Resistance And Pathogenic Variability , Girma Melesse Tabor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Among diseases that cause serious yield reduction on Populus deltoides is leaf rust caused by Melampsora medusae. The objectives of this project were to study the pathogenic variability of M. medusae, the genetic basis of inheritance of M. medusae resistance in a family of P. deltoides; and to identify molecular markers linked to a leaf-rust resistant locus. Three pathotypes of M. medusae were identified on the basis of their differential reaction to three Populus clones. Pathotypes D-93, F-93, and IL-48 were compatible with clone 1-488 (P. X euramericana). F-93 and IL48 were also compatible with clone 57-276 (P. deltoides X ...


An Integrated Multiple Capillary Array Electrophoresis System For High-Throughput Dna Sequencing , Xiandan Lu Jan 1998

An Integrated Multiple Capillary Array Electrophoresis System For High-Throughput Dna Sequencing , Xiandan Lu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Capillary array electrophoresis system was chosen to perform DNA sequencing because of several advantages such as rapid heat dissipation, multiplexing capabilities, gel matrix filling simplicity, and the mature nature of the associated manufacturing technologies;There are two major concerns for the multiple capillary systems. One concern is inter-capillary cross-talk and the other concern is excitation and detection efficiency. Cross-talk is eliminated through proper optical coupling, good focusing and immersing capillary array into index matching fluid. A side-entry excitation scheme with orthogonal detection was established for large capillary array. Two 100 capillary array formats were used for DNA sequencing. One format ...


Monitoring Protein Refolding Using Diverse Separation And Spectroscopy Techniques , Pamela Kay Jensen Jan 1997

Monitoring Protein Refolding Using Diverse Separation And Spectroscopy Techniques , Pamela Kay Jensen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Rapid growth in the biotechnology industry has led to a dramatic increase in attention to the protein folding problem. Understanding of protein folding is essential to the production of biopharmaceuticals since commercial production of recombinant proteins often requires a protein refolding process to recover high yields;Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) equipped with laser induced fluorescence detection (LIFD) is developed as a tool for monitoring the refolding of a model protein, phage P22 tailspike endorhamnosidase. Intermediates on the folding pathway are separated in CZE and monitored by their intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence. Monitoring refolding of tailspike by traditional methods, sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide ...


Line Narrowing Spectroscopic Studies Of Dna-Carcinogen Adducts And Dna-Dye Complexes , Myungkoo Suh Jan 1995

Line Narrowing Spectroscopic Studies Of Dna-Carcinogen Adducts And Dna-Dye Complexes , Myungkoo Suh

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Laser-induced fluorescence line narrowing (FLN) and non-line narrowing (NLN) spectroscopic methods were applied to conformational studies of stable DNA adducts of the 7[beta],8[alpha]-dihydoxy-9[alpha],10[alpha]-epoxy-7,8,9, 10-tetrahydrobenzo (a) pyrene (anti-BPDE). Stereochemically distinct (+)-trans-, (-)-trans-, (+)-cis- and (-)-cis adducts of anti-BPDE bound to exocyclic amino group of the central guanine in the oligonucleotide, 5'-d(CCATCGCTACC) · (GGTAGCGATGG), exist in a mixture of conformations in frozen aqueous buffer matrices. The (+)-trans adduct adopts primarily an external conformation with a smaller fraction (~25%) exists in a partially base-stacked conformation. Both cis adducts were found to be ...


Optimization Of Separation And Detection Schemes For Dna With Pulsed Field Slab Gel And Capillary Electrophoresis , David Arthur Mcgregor Jan 1993

Optimization Of Separation And Detection Schemes For Dna With Pulsed Field Slab Gel And Capillary Electrophoresis , David Arthur Mcgregor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the Human Genome Project is outlined followed by a discussion of electrophoresis in both slab gels and capillaries and its application to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Techniques used to modify electroosmotic flow in capillaries are also addressed. Several separation and detection schemes for DNA via gel and capillary electrophoresis are described. Emphasis is placed on the elucidation of DNA fragment size in real time as well as shortening separation times to approximate real time monitoring;First, the migration of DNA fragment bands through a slab gel can be monitored by UV absorption at 254 nm and imaged by ...


Fluorescence Detection For Gel And Capillary Electrophoresis , Barry L. Hogan Jan 1992

Fluorescence Detection For Gel And Capillary Electrophoresis , Barry L. Hogan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Several separation and detection schemes for gel and capillary electrophoresis are described. Emphasis is placed upon direct and indirect fluorescence detection systems as utilized for the determination of proteins, peptides, and intracellular analytes;First, an indirect fluorescence detection system for the separation of proteins via gel electrophoresis is described. Quantities as low as 50 nanograms of bovine serum albumin and soybean trypsin inhibitor are separated and detected visually without the need for staining of the analytes. This is very similar to levels of protein commonly separated with gel electrophoresis;A separation and detection system utilizing indirect fluorescence detection with capillary ...


Novel Detection Schemes And Automated Image Analysis Algorithms For Planar Chromatography And Gel Electrophoresis , Lance Bryant Koutny Jan 1992

Novel Detection Schemes And Automated Image Analysis Algorithms For Planar Chromatography And Gel Electrophoresis , Lance Bryant Koutny

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

After a detailed introduction to Charge Coupled Devices (CCDs) and a discussion of personal computer capabilities, examples of their applications involving novel analytical techniques are presented;A new laser-based indirect fluorometric detection method for thin-layer chromatography is demonstrated with digitally controlled two-dimensional scanning and computer-aided image acquisition and vision. Utilizing this mode, universal detection is possible without derivatization, with a detection limit of 6 pg; 100 times lower than with human vision;A detection scheme for DNA in agarose slab gel electrophoresis based on ultraviolet absorption allows for convenient in situ monitoring of conventional gels via a CCD camera system ...


Study Of Secondary Structure Of Protein Sequences By Linear Algebra , Wei-Hua Hsieh Jan 1991

Study Of Secondary Structure Of Protein Sequences By Linear Algebra , Wei-Hua Hsieh

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Using encoding schemes, we study the relation between amino acids and protein structure in linear spaces;Local protein-structure prediction schemes use the amino acid sequences in a short subchain of a protein to predict the protein secondary structure of the middle residue of the chain;Two relatively reliable, objective and quantitative local prediction schemes are Robson et al.'s information theory method and and Qian & Sejnowski's neural network models. The latter achieved 64% accuracy for three-state predictions in 1989, the best prediction performance yet recorded;We assign to the 20 amino acids, through a one-to-one correspondence, the 20 columns (unit vectors) of the 20 x 20 identity matrix. Then any chain of k amino acids may be represented as a ...