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Maintenance Of The Ph Gradient In The Gastric Mucus Layer., Owen Lewis 2016 The University Of Utah

Maintenance Of The Ph Gradient In The Gastric Mucus Layer., Owen Lewis

Annual Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research

No abstract provided.


Structural Determinants Allowing Transferase Activity In Sensitive To Freezing 2, Classified As A Family I Glycosyl Hydrolase, Rebecca Roston, Kun Wang, Leslie A. Kuhn, Christoph Benning 2016 University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Structural Determinants Allowing Transferase Activity In Sensitive To Freezing 2, Classified As A Family I Glycosyl Hydrolase, Rebecca Roston, Kun Wang, Leslie A. Kuhn, Christoph Benning

Biochemistry -- Faculty Publications

Background: SENSITIVE TO FREEZING 2 (SFR2) is classified as a glycosyl hydrolase, and by using glycosyltransferase activity, it modifies membrane lipids to promote freeze tolerance.

Results: Although the active site of SFR2 is identical to hydrolases, adjacent loop regions contribute to its transferase activity.

Conclusion: Transferase activity evolved by modifications external to the core catalytic site.

Significance: Defined structure-function relationships will inform engineering of transferases and freeze tolerance.


In Vitro Monitoring Of Time And Dose Dependent Cytotoxicity Of Aminated Nanoparticles Using Raman Spectroscopy, Esen Efeoglu, Alan Casey, Hugh Byrne 2016 Dublin Institute of Technology

In Vitro Monitoring Of Time And Dose Dependent Cytotoxicity Of Aminated Nanoparticles Using Raman Spectroscopy, Esen Efeoglu, Alan Casey, Hugh Byrne

Articles

No abstract provided.


Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering Studies Of The Oligomeric State And Quaternary Structure Of The Trifunctional Proline Utilization A (Puta) Flavoprotein From Escherichia Coli, Ranjan K. Singh, John D. Larson, Weidong Zhu, Robert P. Rambo, Greg L. Hura, Donald F. Becker, John J. Tanner 2016 University of Missouri-Columbia

Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering Studies Of The Oligomeric State And Quaternary Structure Of The Trifunctional Proline Utilization A (Puta) Flavoprotein From Escherichia Coli, Ranjan K. Singh, John D. Larson, Weidong Zhu, Robert P. Rambo, Greg L. Hura, Donald F. Becker, John J. Tanner

Biochemistry -- Faculty Publications

Background: Trifunctional proline utilization A (PutA) proteins are multifunctional flavoproteins that catalyze two reactions and repress transcription of the put regulon.

Results: PutA from Escherichia coli is a V-shaped dimer, with the DNA-binding domain mediating dimerization.

Conclusion: Oligomeric state and quaternary structures are not conserved by PutAs.

Significance: The first three-dimensional structural information for any trifunctional PutA is reported.


Computational Investigations Into The Molecular Underpinnings Of Eyesight Signaling Pathways, Shaan Kamal 2016 University of Connecticut

Computational Investigations Into The Molecular Underpinnings Of Eyesight Signaling Pathways, Shaan Kamal

University Scholar Projects

Phosphodiesterase 6 (PDE6) is a critical enzyme in the eyesight-signaling pathway. When activated, PDE6 hydrolyzes cGMP to GMP, which deactivates cGMP- gated ion channels, causing hyperpolarization of the cell and activating the sensory neurons responsible for vision. Within the PDE family, PDE6 is the only enzyme known to have an inhibitory subunit (PDE6-γ), which allows for the regulation of cGMP levels. When PDE6-γ is bound to PDE6, the enzyme is turned “off” and cannot catalyze cGMP. The α subunit of the G-protein transducin removes PDE6-γ and activates PDE6. PDE6 has proven problematic to isolate, making it difficult to study experimentally ...


Complex Non-Equilibrium Structural Dynamics In Globular Proteins, Xiaohu Hu 2016 University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Complex Non-Equilibrium Structural Dynamics In Globular Proteins, Xiaohu Hu

Doctoral Dissertations

Internal structural motions in proteins are essential to their functions. In this present dissertation, we present the results from an extensive set of molecular dynamics simulations of three very different globular proteins and demonstrate that the structural fluctuations observed are highly complex, manifesting in non-ergodic and self-similar subdiffusive dynamics with non-exponential relaxation behavior. The characteristic time of the motion observed at a given timescale is dependent on the length of the observation time, indicating an aging effect. By comparing the simulation results to the existing single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopic data on other globular proteins, we found the characteristic relaxation time for ...


Assessment Of Calcein Dye Method To Observe Cell Volume Regulation, Danielle M. Precourt 2016 Buffalo State College

Assessment Of Calcein Dye Method To Observe Cell Volume Regulation, Danielle M. Precourt

Forensic Science Theses

Cell volume regulation (CVR) is a crucial mechanism for the maintenance of homeostasis of cells under significant osmotic challenges. When cells are swollen or shrunken in a non-isotonic medium they initiate a regulatory mechanism to restore to their initial volume. Swollen cells in a hypotonic solution show decreases in cell volume by releasing osmolytes and water, through a regulatory volume decrease (RVD) mechanism. On the contrary, shrunken cells in a hypertonic solution exhibit a regulatory volume increase (RVI) by up-taking osmolytes and water. The whole process of CVR is complicated and involves diverse cell sensory mechanisms of a volume change ...


Engineering A Mutation In The Heparin Binding Pocket Of The Human Fibroblast Growth Factor, Roshni Patel 2016 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Engineering A Mutation In The Heparin Binding Pocket Of The Human Fibroblast Growth Factor, Roshni Patel

Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Honors Theses

Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) are family of proteins that belong to a group of growth factors that are found in mammals and play an important role in angiogenesis, differentiation, organogenesis, and tissue repair. In summary, their main functionality is involved in cell division and proliferation. Because FGFs plays such a vital role in cell proliferation, they are mainly involved in the process of wound healing and injuries. FGF binds to its ligand, heparin—a heavily sulfated glycosaminoglycan. The binding of heparin to FGF occurs through electrostatic interactions, specifically between the negatively charged sulfate groups on heparin and positively charged residues ...


Modulation Of Cell Death Signaling And Cell Proliferation By The Interaction Of Homoserine Lactones And Paraoxonase 2., Aaron Mackallan Neely 2016 University of Louisville

Modulation Of Cell Death Signaling And Cell Proliferation By The Interaction Of Homoserine Lactones And Paraoxonase 2., Aaron Mackallan Neely

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces N-(3-oxododecanoyl)-homoserine lactone (C12) as a quorum-sensing molecule that functions to facilitate bacteria-bacteria communication. C12 has also been reported to affect many aspects of human host cell physiology, including evoking cell death in various types of cells. However, the signaling pathway(s) leading to C12-triggerred cell death remains unclear. To clarify cell death signaling induced by C12, we examined mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) deficient in one or more caspases. Our data indicate that, unlike most apoptotic inducers, C12 evokes a novel form of apoptosis in cells, probably through the direct induction of mitochondrial membrane permeabilization. Previous ...


Effects Of Creatine, Leucine, And Ethanol On Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor In C2c12 Skeletal Muscle Cells, Daniel Waters 2016 Western Michigan University

Effects Of Creatine, Leucine, And Ethanol On Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor In C2c12 Skeletal Muscle Cells, Daniel Waters

Honors Theses

Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) is a protein expressed throughout the mammalian nervous system that serves several protective functions. Originally discovered in the brain, where it supports the survival of dopaminergic neurons, GDNF has since been shown to be expressed in skeletal muscle and is vital for the maintenance of motor neurons. The relationship between muscle hypertrophy, and GDNF is not well understood. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between hypertrophy and GDNF by inducing hypertrophy in C2C12 skeletal muscle cells using leucine and creatine, inhibiting hypertrophy using ethanol and measuring GDNF content. As measured ...


The Hmut Protein In The Heme Uptake Pathway Of Corynebacterium Diphtheriae, Cyrianne Sonia Keutcha 2016 Georgia State University

The Hmut Protein In The Heme Uptake Pathway Of Corynebacterium Diphtheriae, Cyrianne Sonia Keutcha

Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


Methods For Detecting Microbial Methane Production And Consumption By Gas Chromatography, Jared T. Aldridge, Jennie L. Catlett, Megan L. Smith, Nicole R. Buan 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Methods For Detecting Microbial Methane Production And Consumption By Gas Chromatography, Jared T. Aldridge, Jennie L. Catlett, Megan L. Smith, Nicole R. Buan

Biochemistry -- Faculty Publications

Methane is an energy-dense fuel but is also a greenhouse gas 25 times more detrimental to the environment than CO2. Methane can be produced abiotically by serpentinization, chemically by Sabatier or Fisher-Tropsh chemistry, or biotically by microbes (Berndt et al., 1996; Horita and Berndt, 1999; Dry, 2002; Wolfe, 1982; Thauer, 1998; Metcalf et al., 2002). Methanogens are anaerobic archaea that grow by producing methane gas as a metabolic byproduct (Wolfe, 1982; Thauer, 1998). Our lab has developed and optimized three different gas chromatograph-utilizing assays to characterize methanogen metabolism (Catlett et al., 2015). Here we describe the end point and kinetic ...


Stabilin-1 And Stabilin-2 Are Specific Receptors For The Cellular Internalization Of Phosphorothioate-Modified Antisense Oligonucleotides (Asos) In The Liver, Colton M. Miller, Aaron J. Donnerr, Emma E. Blank, Andrew W. Egger, Brianna M. Kellar, Michael E. Østergaard, Punit P. Seth, Edward N. Harris 2016 University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Stabilin-1 And Stabilin-2 Are Specific Receptors For The Cellular Internalization Of Phosphorothioate-Modified Antisense Oligonucleotides (Asos) In The Liver, Colton M. Miller, Aaron J. Donnerr, Emma E. Blank, Andrew W. Egger, Brianna M. Kellar, Michael E. Østergaard, Punit P. Seth, Edward N. Harris

Biochemistry -- Faculty Publications

Phosphorothioate (PS)-modified antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) have been extensively investigated over the past three decades as pharmacological and therapeutic agents. One second generation ASO, KynamroTM, was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia and over 35 second generation PS ASOs are at various stages of clinical development. In this report, we show that the Stabilin class of scavenger receptors, which were not previously thought to bind DNA, do bind and internalize PS ASOs. With the use of primary cells from mouse and rat livers and recombinant cell lines each expressing Stabilin-1 and each isoform ...


Loss Of Exogenous Androgen Dependence By Prostate Tumor Cells Is Associated With Elevated Glucuronidation Potential, Brenna M. Zimmer, Michelle E. Howell, Qin Wei, Linlin Ma, Trevor Romsdahl, Eileen G. Loughman, Jonathan E. Markham, Javier Seravalli, Joseph J. Barycki, Melanie A. Simpson 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Loss Of Exogenous Androgen Dependence By Prostate Tumor Cells Is Associated With Elevated Glucuronidation Potential, Brenna M. Zimmer, Michelle E. Howell, Qin Wei, Linlin Ma, Trevor Romsdahl, Eileen G. Loughman, Jonathan E. Markham, Javier Seravalli, Joseph J. Barycki, Melanie A. Simpson

Biochemistry -- Faculty Publications

Prostate epithelial cells control the potency and availability of androgen hormones in part by inactivation and elimination. UDP-glucose dehydrogenase (UGDH) catalyzes the NAD+-dependent oxidation of UDP-glucose to UDP-glucuronate, an essential precursor for androgen inactivation by the prostate glucuronidation enzymes UGT2B15 and UGT2B17. UGDH expression is androgen stimulated, which increases the production of UDP-glucuronate, and fuels UGT-catalyzed glucuronidation. In this study, we compared the glucuronidation potential and its impact on androgen-mediated gene expression in an isogenic LNCaP model for androgen dependent versus castration resistant prostate cancer. Despite significantly lower androgen-glucuronide output, LNCaP 81 castration resistant tumor cells expressed higher levels ...


Synthesis And Transfer Of Galactolipids In The Chloroplast Envelope Membranes Of Arabidopsis Thaliana, Amélie Kelly, Barbara Kalisch, Georg Hölzl, Sandra Schulze, Juliane Thiele, Michael Melzer, Rebecca L. Roston, Christoph Benning, Peter Dörmann 2016 Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

Synthesis And Transfer Of Galactolipids In The Chloroplast Envelope Membranes Of Arabidopsis Thaliana, Amélie Kelly, Barbara Kalisch, Georg Hölzl, Sandra Schulze, Juliane Thiele, Michael Melzer, Rebecca L. Roston, Christoph Benning, Peter Dörmann

Biochemistry -- Faculty Publications

Galactolipids [monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG) and digalactosyldiacylglycerol

(DGDG)] are the hallmark lipids of photosynthetic

membranes. The galactolipid synthases MGD1 and DGD1

catalyze consecutive galactosyltransfer reactions but localize to the

inner and outer chloroplast envelopes, respectively, necessitating

intermembrane lipid transfer. Here we show that the N-terminal

sequence of DGD1 (NDGD1) is required for galactolipid transfer

between the envelopes. Different diglycosyllipid synthases (DGD1,

DGD2, and Chloroflexus glucosyltransferase) were introduced into

the dgd1-1 mutant of Arabidopsis in fusion with N-terminal extensions

(NDGD1 and NDGD2) targeting to the outer envelope. Reconstruction

of DGDG synthesis in the outer envelope membrane was

observed only with diglycosyllipid synthase fusion ...


Atomic Resolution Experimental Phase Information Reveals Extensive Disorder And Bound 2-Methyl-2,4-Pentanediol In Ca2+-Calmodulin, Jiusheng Lin, Henry van den Bedem, Axel T. Brunger, Mark A. Wilson 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Atomic Resolution Experimental Phase Information Reveals Extensive Disorder And Bound 2-Methyl-2,4-Pentanediol In Ca2+-Calmodulin, Jiusheng Lin, Henry Van Den Bedem, Axel T. Brunger, Mark A. Wilson

Biochemistry -- Faculty Publications

Calmodulin (CaM) is the primary calcium signaling protein in eukaryotes and has been extensively studied using various biophysical techniques. Prior crystal structures have noted the presence of ambiguous electron density in both hydrophobic binding pockets of Ca2+-CaM, but no assignment of these features has been made. In addition, Ca2+-CaM samples many conformational substates in the crystal and accurately modeling the full range of this functionally important disorder is challenging. In order to characterize these features in a minimally biased manner, a 1.0 A resolution single-wavelength anomalous diffraction data set was measured for selenomethionine-substituted Ca2 ...


Oma1 Links Mitochondrial Protein Quality Control And Tor Signaling To Modulate Physiological Plasticity And Cellular Stress Responses, Iryna Bohovych, Stavroula Kastora, Sara Christianson, Danelle Topil, Heejeong Kim, Teresa Fangman, You J. Zhou, Antoni Barrientos, Jaekwon Lee, Alistair J.P. Brown, Oleh Khalimonchuk 2016 University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Oma1 Links Mitochondrial Protein Quality Control And Tor Signaling To Modulate Physiological Plasticity And Cellular Stress Responses, Iryna Bohovych, Stavroula Kastora, Sara Christianson, Danelle Topil, Heejeong Kim, Teresa Fangman, You J. Zhou, Antoni Barrientos, Jaekwon Lee, Alistair J.P. Brown, Oleh Khalimonchuk

Biochemistry -- Faculty Publications

A network of conserved proteases known as the intramitochondrial quality control (IMQC) system is central to mitochondrial protein homeostasis and cellular health. IMQC proteases also appear to participate in establishment of signaling cues for mitochondrion- to-nucleus communication. However, little is known about this process. Here, we show that in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, inactivation of the membrane-bound IMQC protease Oma1 interferes with oxidative-stress responses through enhanced production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) during logarithmic growth and reduced stress signaling via the TORC1-Rim15- Msn2/Msn4 axis. Pharmacological or genetic prevention of ROS accumulation in Oma1-deficient cells restores this defective TOR signaling. Additionally, inactivation ...


Caloric Restriction Of Db/Db Mice Reverts Hepatic Steatosis And Body Weight With Divergent Hepatic Metabolism, Kyung Eun Kim, Youngae Jung, Soonki Min, Miso Nam, Rok Won Heo, Byeong Tak Jeon, Dae Hyun Song, Chin-ok Yi, Eun Ae Jeong, Hwajin Kim, Jeonghyun Kim, Seon-Yong Jeong, Woori Kwak, Do Hyun Ryu, Tamas L. Horvath, Gu Seob Roh, Geum-Sook Hwang 2016 Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine

Caloric Restriction Of Db/Db Mice Reverts Hepatic Steatosis And Body Weight With Divergent Hepatic Metabolism, Kyung Eun Kim, Youngae Jung, Soonki Min, Miso Nam, Rok Won Heo, Byeong Tak Jeon, Dae Hyun Song, Chin-Ok Yi, Eun Ae Jeong, Hwajin Kim, Jeonghyun Kim, Seon-Yong Jeong, Woori Kwak, Do Hyun Ryu, Tamas L. Horvath, Gu Seob Roh, Geum-Sook Hwang

Biochemistry -- Faculty Publications

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most frequent causes of liver disease and its prevalence is a serious and growing clinical problem. Caloric restriction (CR) is commonly recommended for improvement of obesity-related diseases such as NAFLD. However, the effects of CR on hepatic metabolism remain unknown. We investigated the effects of CR on metabolic dysfunction in the liver of obese diabetic db/db mice. We found that CR of db/db mice reverted insulin resistance, hepatic steatosis, body weight and adiposity to those of db/m mice. H-NMR- and UPLC-QTOF-MS-based metabolite profiling data showed significant metabolic alterations ...


Important Interactions Promoting Recognition Of Peptide Ligands At The Binding Pocket Of The Pdz Signaling Domain Of Af6, Quy (Rita) L. Tat 2016 University of Colorado Boulder

Important Interactions Promoting Recognition Of Peptide Ligands At The Binding Pocket Of The Pdz Signaling Domain Of Af6, Quy (Rita) L. Tat

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Afadin (AF6) is a scaffolding protein involved in the formation of protein complexes at tight and adherens junctions. AF6 plays vital roles in many cellular processes, such as structural development, cellular organization, directional cell movement, and polarity. The PDZ domain participates in multiple signaling networks to initiate and maintain cellular polarity, to facilitate protein trafficking, and allow neuronal communications; thus, misregulated PDZ domain-dependent pathways can induce cells to become cancerous. AF6 interacts with many other proteins via its PDZ signaling domain and exhibits multimodal specificity.

The PDZ signaling domain of AF6 (AF6_PDZ) binds predominantly hydrophobic peptide ligands. A biological array ...


Contributions Of Sequence And Structure To Ligand Selectivity In Class Ii Cobalamin Riboswitches, Samantha M. Webster 2016 Student

Contributions Of Sequence And Structure To Ligand Selectivity In Class Ii Cobalamin Riboswitches, Samantha M. Webster

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Riboswitches are gene regulatory elements found in the 5’-untranslated region of many bacterial genes. The direct binding of small molecule ligands induces conformational changes in the RNA that influence downstream expression machinery and determine the transcription or translation of an attached gene. Cobalamin riboswitches, which bind coenzyme-B12 and other cobalamin variants, are divided into two distinct classes. Cbl-I riboswitches contain a large peripheral element that limits riboswitch binding to only coenzyme-B12 (adenosylcobalamin, or AdoCbl). Cbl-II riboswitches do not contain the same peripheral element, and were originally thought to only bind smaller species of cobalamin (including methylcobalamin, or ...


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