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Swimming Mechanisms Of Temperate Forest Ants, Noah D. Gripshover, Evan M. Gora, Stephen P. Yanoviak 2016 University of Louisville

Swimming Mechanisms Of Temperate Forest Ants, Noah D. Gripshover, Evan M. Gora, Stephen P. Yanoviak

Posters-at-the-Capitol

Swimming Mechanisms of Temperate Forest Ants (Camponotus pennsylvanicus and Formica subsericea)

Noah D. Gripshover, Evan M. Gora, and Stephen P. Yanoviak

University of Louisville

Abstract

Environmental challenges shape the evolution of animal behavior and morphology. For wingless terrestrial invertebrates like ants, pools of water on the forest floor are particularly dangerous. Here we show that ants can overcome this obstacle using a modified gait to transverse the water surface. We compared the locomotor morphology and swimming performance of two arboreal ant species that are common in Kentucky (Camponotus pennsylvanicus and Formica subsericea). We defined performance as speed and efficiency (deviation ...


Analyzing The Γδ T Cell Receptor Sequences Of Patients With Celiac Disease, Alanna P. Gary 2016 University of Chicago

Analyzing The Γδ T Cell Receptor Sequences Of Patients With Celiac Disease, Alanna P. Gary

Annual Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research

No abstract provided.


Frozen Brain Atlas, Natalie Andrea Builes, Dominick Joseph Casciato, Samantha Taylor Bergoine, Robert Speth 2016 Nova Southeastern University

Frozen Brain Atlas, Natalie Andrea Builes, Dominick Joseph Casciato, Samantha Taylor Bergoine, Robert Speth

Frozen Brain Atlas

The Frozen Brain Atlas provides students, educators, and scientists with a tool to further explore the architecture of the brain. Current brain atlases allow users to navigate sectioned brain tissue using histological staining; however, they fail to capture naturally visible structures post sectioning. Through immediate post sectioning image collection, the natural contrast of the brain reveals unique structural details that are rarely seen by traditional staining procedures. By utilizing indexing and interactive labeling, the Nova Southeastern University Frozen Brain Atlas will allow identification of brain regions when used as a correlative tool for modalities including receptor autoradiography, immunofluorescence, and other ...


Modeling And Analysis Of Germ Layer Formations Using Finite Dynamical Systems, Alexander Garza, Megan Eberle, Eric A. Eager 2016 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Modeling And Analysis Of Germ Layer Formations Using Finite Dynamical Systems, Alexander Garza, Megan Eberle, Eric A. Eager

Spora: A Journal of Biomathematics

The development of an embryo from a fertilised egg to a multicellular organism proceeds through numerous steps, with the formation of the three germ layers (endoderm, mesoderm, ectoderm) being one of the first. In this paper we study the mesendoderm (the tissue that collectively gives rise to both mesoderm and endoderm) gene regulatory network for two species, \textit{Xenopus laevis} and the axolotl (\textit{Ambystoma mexicanum}) using Boolean networks. We find that previously-established bistability found in these networks can be reproduced using this Boolean framework, provided that some assumptions used in previously-published differential equations models are relaxed. We conclude by ...


Pinpointing The Molecular Basis For Metal Ion Effects On Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (Pai-1), Joel Cullen Bucci 2016 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Pinpointing The Molecular Basis For Metal Ion Effects On Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (Pai-1), Joel Cullen Bucci

Doctoral Dissertations

Plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 (PAI-1) specifically inhibits the proteases tissue type plasminogen activator and urokinase plasminogen activator to control the activation of fibrinolysis. Vitronectin interacts with PAI-1 primarily through the somatomedin B (SMB) domain to stabilize and localize PAI-1 to sites of injury. Our laboratory observed that transition metals such as copper2+ have VN dependent, reciprocal effects on how long PAI-1 remains active. We aim to determine the molecular basis for effects of copper2+ on PAI-1 activity. We employed a computational algorithm (MUG) to predict metal binding clusters, and introduced mutations hypothesized to create metal binding deficiency. We ...


Protein Crystallization Tray Protocol Development, Brooke Connell 2016 STAR

Protein Crystallization Tray Protocol Development, Brooke Connell

STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) Presentations

In the field of protein crystallography the transfer of the protein crystals from the crystallization plate/tray, where the crystals are initially grown, to the site of analysis is a difficult and lengthy process. A new crystallization tray has been designed and 3D printed to eliminate this intermediate step which is called crystal fishing. The crystallization tray allows crystals to be grown directly on grids that are attached to the pins that are used for analysis of the crystal. The efficacy of protein crystallization using the aforementioned tray was tested in order for a protocol to be developed for potential ...


Habitat Temperature And Precipitation Of Arabidopsis Thaliana Ecotypes Determine The Response Of Foliar Vasculature, Photosynthesis, And Transpiration To Growth Temperature, William W. Adams III, Jared J. Stewart, Christopher M. Cohu, Onno Muller, Barbara Demmig-Adams 2016 University of Colorado Boulder

Habitat Temperature And Precipitation Of Arabidopsis Thaliana Ecotypes Determine The Response Of Foliar Vasculature, Photosynthesis, And Transpiration To Growth Temperature, William W. Adams Iii, Jared J. Stewart, Christopher M. Cohu, Onno Muller, Barbara Demmig-Adams

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Faculty Contributions

Acclimatory adjustments of foliar vascular architecture, photosynthetic capacity, and transpiration rate in Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes (Italian, Polish [Col-0], Swedish) were characterized in the context of habitat of origin. Temperatures of the habitat of origin decreased linearly with increasing habitat latitude, but habitat precipitation was greatest in Italy, lowest in Poland, and intermediate in Sweden. Plants of the three ecotypes raised under three different growth temperature regimes (low, moderate, and high) exhibited highest photosynthetic capacities, greatest leaf thickness, highest chlorophyll a/b ratio and levels of β-carotene, and greatest levels of wall ingrowths in phloem transfer cells, and, in the Col-0 ...


Ribosome*Rela Structures Reveal The Mechanism Of Stringent Response Activation, Anna B. Loveland, Eugene Bah, Rohini Madireddy, Ying Zhang, Axel F. Brilot, Nikolaus Grigorieff, Andrei A. Korostelev 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Ribosome*Rela Structures Reveal The Mechanism Of Stringent Response Activation, Anna B. Loveland, Eugene Bah, Rohini Madireddy, Ying Zhang, Axel F. Brilot, Nikolaus Grigorieff, Andrei A. Korostelev

Open Access Articles

Stringent response is a conserved bacterial stress response underlying virulence and antibiotic resistance. RelA/SpoT-homolog proteins synthesize transcriptional modulators (p)ppGpp, allowing bacteria to adapt to stress. RelA is activated during amino-acid starvation, when cognate deacyl-tRNA binds to the ribosomal A (aminoacyl-tRNA) site. We report four cryo-EM structures of E. coli RelA bound to the 70S ribosome, in the absence and presence of deacyl-tRNA accommodating in the 30S A site. The boomerang-shaped RelA with a wingspan of more than 100 A wraps around the A/R (30S A-site/RelA-bound) tRNA. The CCA end of the A/R tRNA pins the ...


Closing The Net On Retroviruses, Jeremy Luban 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Closing The Net On Retroviruses, Jeremy Luban

Open Access Articles

Structural studies reveal how an antiviral factor forms a molecular net to restrict retroviruses including HIV-1.


Structure And Function Relationships Between Atpase Family, Aaa Domain Containing Protein 5, Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen, And Usp1-Associated Factor 1, Tam T. Bui 2016 The University of Western Ontario

Structure And Function Relationships Between Atpase Family, Aaa Domain Containing Protein 5, Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen, And Usp1-Associated Factor 1, Tam T. Bui

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

The genome is constantly damaged by intracellular and extracellular factors. At sites of DNA damage, replication forks are stalled, leading monoubiquitination of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). Monoubiquitination of PCNA promote the switch from regular high-fidelity polymerases to Y-family polymerases for bypassing damaged DNA. Prolonged replication by these polymerases may lead to increased mutagenesis, so tight regulation of this process is required. ATAD5 recruits a deubiquitinase complex consisting of ubiquitin-specific protease 1 (USP1) and USP1-associated factor 1 (UAF1) to control PCNA monoubiquitination. The mechanism by which ATAD5 and PCNA interact has been previously unexplored. We show through biochemical and structural ...


Interaction Of Spliceosomal U2 Snrnp Protein P14 With Its Branch Site Rna Target, William Perea Vargas 2016 Graduate Center, City University of New York

Interaction Of Spliceosomal U2 Snrnp Protein P14 With Its Branch Site Rna Target, William Perea Vargas

All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Newly transcribed precursor messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) molecules contain coding sequences (exons) interspersed with non-coding intervening sequences (introns). These introns must be removed in order to generate a continuous coding sequence prior to translation of the message into protein. The mechanism through which these introns are removed is known as pre-mRNA splicing, a two-step reaction catalyzed be a large macromolecular machine, the spliceosome, located in the nucleus of eukaryotic cells. The spliceosome is a protein-directed ribozyme composed of small nuclear RNAs (snRNA) and hundreds of proteins that assemble in a very dynamic process. One of these snRNAs, the U2 snRNA, is ...


Bitter Taste Receptor Genotype/Phenotype Lab: A Modular Project Sequence For Lecture Or Lab, Raymond A. Enke 2016 enkera@jmu.edu

Bitter Taste Receptor Genotype/Phenotype Lab: A Modular Project Sequence For Lecture Or Lab, Raymond A. Enke

Ray Enke Ph.D.


Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in DNA can result in phenotypes where the biochemical basis may not be clear due to the lack of protein structures. With the growing number of modeling and simulation software available on the internet, students can now participate in determining how small changes in genetic information impact cellular protein structure and function. We have developed a modular series of activities to engage lab or lecture students in examining the basis for common phenotypes.  The activities range from basic phenotype testing/observation to DNA sequencing and simulation of protein structure and dynamics. We provide as an example ...


Purification, Optimization, And Growth Of New Delhi Metallo-Β-Lactamase-1 Protein Crystals Mixed With Nz218 Inhibitor, Brandon M. Wills 2016 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Purification, Optimization, And Growth Of New Delhi Metallo-Β-Lactamase-1 Protein Crystals Mixed With Nz218 Inhibitor, Brandon M. Wills

Celebration of Learning

New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1 is a problematic gene found in certain strains of bacteria that cause them to become antibiotic resistant to nearly all known antibiotics. While some antibiotics are available to treat patients with a bacterial infection, most are toxic or do not have 100% success rates. With that being said, it is imperative that we search for a molecule that is successfully able to inhibit the effects of this gene every time. Such a discovery would help tremendously with new antibiotic drug development and also prevent further damage by these dangerous bacteria. In this presentation, I will describe the ...


Single Molecule Analysis Reveals Reversible And Irreversible Steps During Spliceosome Activation, Aaron A. Hoskins, Margaret L. Rodgers, Larry J. Friedman, Jeff Gelles, Melissa J. Moore 2016 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Single Molecule Analysis Reveals Reversible And Irreversible Steps During Spliceosome Activation, Aaron A. Hoskins, Margaret L. Rodgers, Larry J. Friedman, Jeff Gelles, Melissa J. Moore

Open Access Articles

The spliceosome is a complex machine composed of small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) and accessory proteins that excises introns from pre-mRNAs. After assembly the spliceosome is activated for catalysis by rearrangement of subunits to form an active site. How this rearrangement is coordinated is not well-understood. During activation, U4 must be released to allow U6 conformational change, while Prp19 complex (NTC) recruitment is essential for stabilizing the active site. We used multi-wavelength colocalization single molecule spectroscopy to directly observe the key events in Saccharomyces cerevisiae spliceosome activation. Following binding of the U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP, the spliceosome either reverses assembly by ...


Systematic Experimental Determination Of Functional Constraints On Proteins And Adaptive Potential Of Mutations: A Dissertation, Li Jiang 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Systematic Experimental Determination Of Functional Constraints On Proteins And Adaptive Potential Of Mutations: A Dissertation, Li Jiang

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Sequence-function relationship is a fundamental question for many branches of modern biomedical research. It connects the primary sequence of proteins to the function of proteins and fitness of organisms, holding answers for critical questions such as functional consequences of mutations identified in whole genome sequencing and adaptive potential of fast evolving pathogenic viruses and microbes. Many different approaches have been developed to delineate the genotype-phenotype map for different proteins, but are generally limited by their throughput or precision. To systematically quantify the fitness of large numbers of mutations, I modified a novel high throughput mutational scanning approach (EMPIRIC) to investigate ...


Rational Design Of An Epitope-Based Hepatitis C Virus Vaccine, Brian G. Pierce, Elisabeth N. Boucher, Ejemel Monir, William D. Thomas, Zhiping Weng, Yan Wang 2016 University of Maryland

Rational Design Of An Epitope-Based Hepatitis C Virus Vaccine, Brian G. Pierce, Elisabeth N. Boucher, Ejemel Monir, William D. Thomas, Zhiping Weng, Yan Wang

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Despite improving treatment methods and therapeutic options, hepatitis C virus (HCV) remains a major global disease burden, and a vaccine would help greatly in reducing its incidence. Due to its extremely high sequence variability, HCV can readily escape the immune response, thus a vaccine must elicit an immune response toward conserved, functionally important epitopes.

Using structural data of the broadly neutralizing antibody HCV1 in complex with a conserved linear epitope from the HCV E2 protein (aa 412-423, referred to as epitope I or domain E), we performed structure-based design to generate vaccine immunogens to induce antibody responses to this epitope ...


Structural And Molecular Analysis Of A Protective Epitope Of Lyme Disease Antigen Ospa And Antibody Interactions, Shivender Shandilya, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Ejemel Monir, Andrew Sadowski, William D. Thomas, Mark S. Klempner, Celia A. Schiffer, Yan Wang 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Structural And Molecular Analysis Of A Protective Epitope Of Lyme Disease Antigen Ospa And Antibody Interactions, Shivender Shandilya, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Ejemel Monir, Andrew Sadowski, William D. Thomas, Mark S. Klempner, Celia A. Schiffer, Yan Wang

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

The murine monoclonal antibody LA-2 recognizes a clinically protective epitope on outer surface protein (OspA) of Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease in North America. Human antibody equivalence to LA-2 is the best serologic correlate of protective antibody responses following OspA vaccination. Understanding the structural and functional basis of the LA-2 protective epitope is important for developing OspA-based vaccines and discovering prophylactic antibodies against Lyme disease.

Here, we present a detailed structure-based analysis of the LA-2/OspA interaction interface and identification of residues mediating antibody recognition. Mutations were introduced into both OspA and LA-2 based on computational predictions ...


Characterization Of Glycine Rich Proteins From The Salivary Glands Of The Lone Star Tick Amblyomma Americanum, Rebekah Lynn Bullard 2016 University of Southern Mississippi

Characterization Of Glycine Rich Proteins From The Salivary Glands Of The Lone Star Tick Amblyomma Americanum, Rebekah Lynn Bullard

Dissertations

Ticks are blood sucking arthropods that feed on living hosts for up to three weeks. The ticks secrete a multitude of pharmacologically active proteins into the host during feeding which allow the tick to avoid the host immune response, establish a blood pool, and form a firm attachment. The firm attachment is facilitated by the formation of a cement cone which surrounds the tick mouthparts and intertwine between the host skin layers. In this study, gene expression of 44 A. americanum genes was measured throughout the bloodmeal to reveal the differential expression of these genes. Each of the genes tested ...


Ensemble Cryo-Em Uncovers Inchworm-Like Translocation Of A Viral Ires Through The Ribosome, Priyanka D. Abeyrathne, Cha San Koh, Timothy Grant, Nikolaus Grigorieff, Andrei A. Korostelev 2016 Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Ensemble Cryo-Em Uncovers Inchworm-Like Translocation Of A Viral Ires Through The Ribosome, Priyanka D. Abeyrathne, Cha San Koh, Timothy Grant, Nikolaus Grigorieff, Andrei A. Korostelev

Open Access Articles

Internal ribosome entry sites (IRESs) mediate cap-independent translation of viral mRNAs. Using electron cryo-microscopy of a single specimen, we present five ribosome structures formed with the Taura syndrome virus IRES and translocase eEF2*GTP bound with sordarin. The structures suggest a trajectory of IRES translocation, required for translation initiation, and provide an unprecedented view of eEF2 dynamics. The IRES rearranges from extended to bent to extended conformations. This inchworm-like movement is coupled with ribosomal inter-subunit rotation and 40S head swivel. eEF2, attached to the 60S subunit, slides along the rotating 40S subunit to enter the A site. Its diphthamide-bearing tip ...


Stability Of Norwalk Virus Capsid Protein Interfaces Evaluated By In Silico Nanoindentation, Prakhar Bansal 2016 University of Connecticut

Stability Of Norwalk Virus Capsid Protein Interfaces Evaluated By In Silico Nanoindentation, Prakhar Bansal

University Scholar Projects

Studying the mechanical properties of viral capsids can give several insights into not only the lifecycle of the virus, but also into potential drug targets to thwart the progression of viral infection. Nanoindentation using an atomic force microscope is a useful technique for determining structural properties of small molecules and particles, and is commonly used to study viral capsids. This technique utilizes the probe of the microscope to push down on the capsid and record the forces along the indentation path. We ran this experiment in silico where we simulated the nanoindentation of Norwalk virus capsids using molecular dynamics. Running ...


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