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Genetic Profiling Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae , Melissa L. Madsen Jan 2005

Genetic Profiling Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae , Melissa L. Madsen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A microarray was constructed and applied to transcriptional profiling and genetic variation studies of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae. The genome sequence enabled the construction of the microarray to allow a global approach to understanding fundamental processes in M. hyopneumoniae . These studies focused on whether M. hyopneumoniae regulates its genes under different environmental conditions and if genetic changes can be correlated with virulence. The microarray consisted of 632 open reading frames represented by polymerase chain reaction products and were used in a two-color experimental design. Data were analyzed using a mixed linear statistical model. Unique features implemented in these studies included the printing ...


Genetic And Phenotypic Variation Of The Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Surface Unit Envelope Glycoprotein During Disease Progression , Brett Alan Sponseller Jan 2003

Genetic And Phenotypic Variation Of The Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Surface Unit Envelope Glycoprotein During Disease Progression , Brett Alan Sponseller

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Lentiviruses are single-stranded RNA viruses generally associated with chronic diseases of the immune and central nervous systems. In contrast to the insidious, progressive nature of most lentiviral diseases, equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV) infection results in rapid onset of a variable disease course in equids. Acute disease is accompanied with high-titered viremia, thrombocytopenia, fever, depression, and inappetance. The chronic stage is usually characterized by recurrent episodes of disease. Equids that survive recurrent disease episodes progress to the inapparent stage of disease where no clinical signs are evident; however, there is persistent, ongoing virus replication. Lentiviruses exist within the host as ...


Genetic Mobility And Instability Of Retroviral Vector In Vector Producer Cells For Gene Therapy, Won-Bin Young Jan 1999

Genetic Mobility And Instability Of Retroviral Vector In Vector Producer Cells For Gene Therapy, Won-Bin Young

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A primary biosafety issue of retroviral vector-mediated gene therapy is the genetic instability of retroviral vectors. Reverse transcription of vector RNA genome is initiated by viral reverse transcriptase (RT) in a virion particle after infection of a target cell. During reverse transcription, abnormal template switches between vector and occasionally co-packaged helper virus in a virion particle can therefore enable helper virus to regain replication elements from the vector and revert to replication-competent retrovirus (RCR). This research was undertaken to study the origins of RT enzyme activities and test the hypothesis that RT enzyme activities are contributed by both exogenous RT ...


Evaluation Of Mycobacterial Esat-6 As A Type-I Immune Enhancing Adjuvant , Sreekumar Ambalakkat Menon Jan 1999

Evaluation Of Mycobacterial Esat-6 As A Type-I Immune Enhancing Adjuvant , Sreekumar Ambalakkat Menon

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The need for improved adjuvants has continued in spite of new vaccination strategies using recombinant proteins and genetic (DNA vectored) vaccines. The Mycobacterium tuberculosis protein ESAT-6 has been shown in mice to be involved in the recall of long-lived immunity and protection in mice against tuberculosis. Thus, this protein could potentially act as a molecular adjuvant enhancing antigen-specific Type I immune responses. This study examined the hypothesis that Es could enhance Type I responses against a second antigen in mice when presented as a fusion with that antigen. This was tested using ESAT-6 fusions with two Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae surface antigens ...


Genetic And Molecular Characterization Of The Rev Protein Of Equine Infectious Anemia Virus , Michael Andrew Belshan Jan 1999

Genetic And Molecular Characterization Of The Rev Protein Of Equine Infectious Anemia Virus , Michael Andrew Belshan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Members of the lentivirus subfamily of retroviruses are characterized as causing slow, chronic disease. Atypical of other lentiviruses, such as human immunodeficiency virus type 1, equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV) may produce a rapid, variable disease course in horses. Infected horses may undergo an, acute episode of disease involving viremia, fever, and thrombocytopenia. Following this acute period, horses may resolve to an inapparent infection or suffer a chronic period of additional cycles of viremia, fever, and thrombocytopenia. Horses which survive clinical episodes usually become inapparent carriers of the virus for life. Numerous virus and host factors contribute to the phenotypic ...


Replication Of Barley Yellow Dwarf Luteovirus-Pav Rna , Mohan Bangalore Jan 1997

Replication Of Barley Yellow Dwarf Luteovirus-Pav Rna , Mohan Bangalore

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Barley yellow dwarf luteovirus (BYDV)-PAV serotype, an economically important virus of small grain cereals, has a positive-sense RNA genome encoding at least six open reading frames (ORFs). The goal of the research was to determine the genes and sequences involved in the viral replication and to design efficient antiviral strategies to BYDV-PAV. Genetically engineered resistance is essential for BYDV as the natural resistance is inadequate. Antiviral constructs such as sense RNA, antisense RNA and viral polymerase gene were tested for their ability to reduce virus titre in oat protoplasts as monitored by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. All antiviral constructs yielded ...


Characterization Of Membrane-Associated Nuclease Activity In Mycoplasma Pulmonis , Karalee Jean Jarvill-Taylor Jan 1996

Characterization Of Membrane-Associated Nuclease Activity In Mycoplasma Pulmonis , Karalee Jean Jarvill-Taylor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Mycoplasmas are deficient in numerous biosynthetic pathways. Consequently, growth is dependent upon the acquisition of structural and macromolecular precursors from the environment. These precursors include phospholipids, fatty acids and nucleotide bases. DNases and RNases are postulated to be involved in the acquisition of nucleotides. The goals of this study were to determine if nuclease activities are universally associated with mycoplasmas, characterize the nucleases by subcellular distribution and apparent molecular weight, and to identify and analyze the nuclease gene(s) in Mycoplasma pulmonis;Nuclease activity was present in all mycoplasma species tested. The level of activity did not correlate with virulence ...


Integration Specificity Of The Retrovirus-Like Transposable Element Ty5 Of Saccharomyces , Sige Zou Jan 1996

Integration Specificity Of The Retrovirus-Like Transposable Element Ty5 Of Saccharomyces , Sige Zou

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The retrotransposons and retroviruses display a strong preference in selecting integration sites. The molecular mechanisms underlying this process, however, are largely unknown. I have characterized a new retrotransposon, called Ty5, in diverse strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and related species. A functional element, Ty5-6p, was identified from S. paradoxus. To investigate Ty5 target preference, the locations of 13 native insertions were determined in S. cerevisiae and S. paradoxus. Twelve were found near the telomeres and the mating locus HMR. To determine if this distribution is a consequence of targeted integration, a Ty5 transposition assay was developed in S. cerevisiae using Ty5-6p ...


Study Of The Structural Requirements Of E Coli Valine Transfer Rna In Aminoacylation And Protein Synthesis , Mingsong Liu Jan 1995

Study Of The Structural Requirements Of E Coli Valine Transfer Rna In Aminoacylation And Protein Synthesis , Mingsong Liu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The structural requirements for the function of the 3[superscript]' CCA end of E. coli valine transfer RNA in aminoacylation and protein synthesis have been investigated, by studying the activities of 3[superscript]' end tRNA[superscript] Val variants in these processes. These studies show that 3[superscript]' end tRNA[superscript] Val variants can be obtained which are functional in both aminoacylation and later steps of protein synthesis. Replacement of the 3[superscript]' terminal adenosine with either cytosine or uracil yields tRNAs that retain almost full aminoacylation activity (40-50% that of wild type tRNA[superscript] Val). The tRNA[superscript] Val variant ...


Characterization And Application Of A Novel Cholesterol-Reducing Anaerobe, Eubacterium Coprostanoligenes Atcc 51222 , Ling Li Jan 1995

Characterization And Application Of A Novel Cholesterol-Reducing Anaerobe, Eubacterium Coprostanoligenes Atcc 51222 , Ling Li

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A novel cholesterol-reducing bacterium, Eubacterium coprostanoligenes ATCC 51222, was characterized and tested for its hypocholesterolemic effects in animal models. The bacterium did not require cholesterol for growth and synthesized cholesterol reductase constitutively. Lecithin was required for growth but excess lecithin in media did not improve bacterial growth and coprostanol production. Addition of pyruvate, lactose, and most reducing agents in media increased bacterial growth and coprostanol production. The bacterium was sensitive to most antibiotics but had strong resistance to tetracycline. A resting cell assay was established to evaluate the cholesterol reductase activity. E. coprostanoligenes reduced cholesterol through an indirect pathway. Intermediates ...


Purification, Characterization And Cloning Of A Periplasmic Catalase From B Abortus And The Role It Plays In The Pathogenesis Of Brucella , Zheng Yu Sha Jan 1994

Purification, Characterization And Cloning Of A Periplasmic Catalase From B Abortus And The Role It Plays In The Pathogenesis Of Brucella , Zheng Yu Sha

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A periplasmic catalase has been identified and purified from Brucella abortus using a procedure which fractionates periplasmic B. abortus proteins from other cellular components while retaining biological activity. The biochemical characteristics of the purified enzyme were studied and the gene encoding the enzyme cloned and sequenced. SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the purified enzyme revealed only a single subunit with a molecular weight of 59,000. Gel filtration indicates the native protein is a tetramer. The native protein has a visible absorption spectrum with maxima at 407, 501, and 628 nm which is typical of mammalian, but not some bacterial ...


Characterization And Immunogenicity Of The Heat Shock Protein, Hsp60 Of Brucella Abortus , Dennis Gor Jan 1994

Characterization And Immunogenicity Of The Heat Shock Protein, Hsp60 Of Brucella Abortus , Dennis Gor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Brucella abortus is the causative agent of bovine brucellosis, a disease that causes spontaneous abortion in cows. The most effective form of protection against this pathogen is immunization; however, Brucella abortus strain 19 (the standard vaccine against Brucella abortus) is not completely protective. The vaccination of laboratory mice with the heat shock protein, hsp60 derived from Brucella abortus, using live attenuated recombinant Salmonella typhimurium expressing this protein (hsp60) as a delivery system, and the characterization of the immune response to Brucella abortus hsp60 over a 12 week time course following vaccination is described;Infection of BALB/c strain of laboratory ...


Safety And Potency Testing Of Veterinary Vaccines , Louise Mary Henderson Jan 1993

Safety And Potency Testing Of Veterinary Vaccines , Louise Mary Henderson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Prior to licensing of veterinary vaccines, it is essential to demonstrate that the use of the product is safe (e.g., use of the product will not have unexpected or undesirable effects on animals exposed to the agent or on the environment) and potent (e.g., produces the desired result). The projects described in this dissertation demonstrate research directed toward the development and improvement of safety and potency testing of veterinary vaccines from a regulatory perspective;In the first study, recombination between vaccine strains of pseudorabies virus (PRV) resulting in the creation of strains with undesirable virulence and antigenic combinations ...


Analysis Of Three Plasmids From Filamentous, Nitrogen-Fixing Cyanobacteria , Douglas Kevin Walton Jan 1991

Analysis Of Three Plasmids From Filamentous, Nitrogen-Fixing Cyanobacteria , Douglas Kevin Walton

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The cyanobacteria are an ancient and diverse group of prokaryotes capable of oxygenic photosynthesis. They display both unicellular and filamentous cell types and some have the ability to fix atmospheric dinitrogen, and the ability to differentiate specialized cells. In addition, many of the cyanobacteria possess plasmids. To date, only one plasmid, from a unicellular non-nitrogen-fixer, has been characterized in detail. The current lack of information concerning cyanobacterial plasmids, and their subsequent use as vectors, has hindered genetic analysis, particularly in the filamentous species;In this study, the properties of two plasmids and one plasmid origin of replication from filamentous, nitrogen-fixing ...


Isolation Of A Chicken Cardiac Muscle Titin Cdna Probe , Greg Robert Sater Jan 1990

Isolation Of A Chicken Cardiac Muscle Titin Cdna Probe , Greg Robert Sater

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The objective of this project was to construct and identify a cDNA probe for the striated muscle protein titin. RNA was isolated from skeletal and cardiac muscle of 16 day chicken embryos using a guanidinium isothiocyanate procedure. The RNA thus isolated was both intact (as shown by agarose gel electrophoresis) and transcribable in vitro; additionally, it was possible to obtain very large RNA molecules in this manner. cDNA was then constructed utilizing random oligodeoxynucleotides for priming of the first strand synthesis reaction, instead of the more common oligo-dT priming. Random priming was also utilized for second strand synthesis. As with ...