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1. Types Of Alignment: Presentations & Demos Assignment, Sarah O'Leary-Driscoll 2016 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

1. Types Of Alignment: Presentations & Demos Assignment, Sarah O'Leary-Driscoll

Sequence Alignments

Pairwise Alignment: DNA

Pairwise Alignment: Protein

Multiple Sequence Alignment: DNA

Multiple Sequence Alignment: Protein


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 ...


Using Electronic Health Record Data To Identify Prostate Cancer Patients That May Qualify For Active Surveillance, Andrew J. Knighton, Tom Belnap, Kim Brunisholz, Kelly Huynh, Jay T. Bishoff 2016 Intermountain Healthcare

Using Electronic Health Record Data To Identify Prostate Cancer Patients That May Qualify For Active Surveillance, Andrew J. Knighton, Tom Belnap, Kim Brunisholz, Kelly Huynh, Jay T. Bishoff

eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes)

Introduction: The introduction of the protein-specific antigen (PSA) test in care means that prostate cancer (PCa) is being detected earlier and more frequently. The result of increased screening using PSA, digital rectal examination and awareness of prostate was an increase in the number of men with low risk cancers. Active surveillance has become a viable alternative to immediate treatment with surgery, radiation and other forms of localized treatment. Evidence suggests that there is no significant difference in mortality rates between AS and surgery. In addition, patients may potentially delay other complications associated with surgery, radiation or deprivation therapy.

Methods: This ...


Use Of Clustering Techniques For Protein Domain Analysis, Eric Rodene 2016 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Use Of Clustering Techniques For Protein Domain Analysis, Eric Rodene

Computer Science and Engineering: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

Next-generation sequencing has allowed many new protein sequences to be identified. However, this expansion of sequence data limits the ability to determine the structure and function of most of these newly-identified proteins. Inferring the function and relationships between proteins is possible with traditional alignment-based phylogeny. However, this requires at least one shared subsequence. Without such a subsequence, no meaningful alignments between the protein sequences are possible. The entire protein set (or proteome) of an organism contains many unrelated proteins. At this level, the necessary similarity does not occur. Therefore, an alternative method of understanding relationships within diverse sets of proteins ...


The Histone H3k9 Demethylase Kdm3a Promotes Anoikis By Transcriptionally Activating Pro-Apoptotic Genes Bnip3 And Bnip3l, Victoria E. Pedanou, Stephane Gobeil, Sebastien Tabaries, Tessa M. Simone, Lihua Julie Zhu, Peter M. Siegel, Michael R. Green 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Histone H3k9 Demethylase Kdm3a Promotes Anoikis By Transcriptionally Activating Pro-Apoptotic Genes Bnip3 And Bnip3l, Victoria E. Pedanou, Stephane Gobeil, Sebastien Tabaries, Tessa M. Simone, Lihua Julie Zhu, Peter M. Siegel, Michael R. Green

Open Access Articles

Epithelial cells that lose attachment to the extracellular matrix undergo a specialized form of apoptosis called anoikis. Here, using large-scale RNA interference (RNAi) screening, we find that KDM3A, a histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9) mono- and di-demethylase, plays a pivotal role in anoikis induction. In attached breast epithelial cells, KDM3A expression is maintained at low levels by integrin signaling. Following detachment, integrin signaling is decreased resulting in increased KDM3A expression. RNAi-mediated knockdown of KDM3A substantially reduces apoptosis following detachment and, conversely, ectopic expression of KDM3A induces cell death in attached cells. We find that KDM3A promotes anoikis through transcriptional activation ...


End Sequence Analysis Toolkit (Esat) Expands The Extractable From Single Cell Rna-Seq Experiments, Alan G. Derr, Chaoxing Yang, Rapolas Zilionis, Alexey Sergushichev, David Blodgett, Sambra D. Redick, Rita Bortell, Jeremy Luban, David Harlan, Sebastian Kadener, Dale L. Greiner, Allon Klein, Maxim Artyomov, Manuel Garber 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

End Sequence Analysis Toolkit (Esat) Expands The Extractable From Single Cell Rna-Seq Experiments, Alan G. Derr, Chaoxing Yang, Rapolas Zilionis, Alexey Sergushichev, David Blodgett, Sambra D. Redick, Rita Bortell, Jeremy Luban, David Harlan, Sebastian Kadener, Dale L. Greiner, Allon Klein, Maxim Artyomov, Manuel Garber

Open Access Articles

RNA-seq protocols that focus on transcript termini are well-suited for applications in which template quantity is limiting. Here we show that, when applied to end-sequencing data, analytical methods designed for global RNA-seq produce computational artifacts. To remedy this we created the End Sequence Analysis Toolkit (ESAT). As a test, we first compared end-sequencing and bulk RNA-seq using RNA from dendritic cells stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). As predicted by the telescripting model for transcriptional bursts, ESAT detected an LPS-stimulated shift to shorter 3'-isoforms that was not evident by conventional computational methods. Then, droplet-based microfluidics was used to generate 1,000 ...


Mutation Selection On The Metabolic Pathway And The Effects On Protein Co-Evolution And The Rate Limiting Steps On The Tree Of Life, Katherine S. Porter 2016 Ursinus College

Mutation Selection On The Metabolic Pathway And The Effects On Protein Co-Evolution And The Rate Limiting Steps On The Tree Of Life, Katherine S. Porter

Mathematics Summer Fellows

Metabolic pathways are made of a series of reactions by enzymes at different speeds. These pathways include the rate limiting step, which is the slowest step that determines the rate of the overall reaction. To date, one study has examined the pathway of glycolysis and found no evidence of evolutionary stability of its rate limiting step. In addition, phylogenetic evidence has shown evolution in the pathway over time including gene duplication and positive selection within the pathway. This evidence suggests that there is coevolutionary selection on glycolysis. The evidence from this previous study is simulation-based. The Michaelis-Menten kinetics that describe ...


Ciliate Codon Translator Program Manual, Quentin D. Altemose 2016 Ursinus College

Ciliate Codon Translator Program Manual, Quentin D. Altemose

Mathematics Summer Fellows

Understanding the evolutionary history of organisms allows us to better comprehend selective pressures and their effects on larger populations. In our study, we focused on analyzing the DNA of ciliate groups, which are single celled protozoans characterized by the presence of cilia on their outer membrane. We utilized the DNA of the organisms to analyze the changes in population genotype over time. We tested existing evolutionary models (designed to represent natural genetic variation over time in populations) against our data to identify the model with the best fit and likelihood. From the DNA and the evolutionary model with the highest ...


Bringing Toxicology Into The 21st Century: A Global Call To Action, Troy Seidle, Martin Stephens 2016 Humane Society International

Bringing Toxicology Into The 21st Century: A Global Call To Action, Troy Seidle, Martin Stephens

Martin Stephens, Ph.D.

Conventional toxicological testing methods are often decades old, costly and low-throughput, with questionable relevance to the human condition. Several of these factors have contributed to a backlog of chemicals that have been inadequately assessed for toxicity. Some authorities have responded to this challenge by implementing large-scale testing programmes. Others have concluded that a paradigm shift in toxicology is warranted. One such call came in 2007 from the United States National Research Council (NRC), which articulated a vision of ‘‘21st century toxicology” based predominantly on non-animal techniques. Potential advantages of such an approach include the capacity to examine a far greater ...


A Mechanical Study Of Cancer Drug-Receptor Interactions, Specifically In G-Quadruplex Dna And Topoisomerase I Enzymes, Kelly Ann Mulholland 2016 Rowan University

A Mechanical Study Of Cancer Drug-Receptor Interactions, Specifically In G-Quadruplex Dna And Topoisomerase I Enzymes, Kelly Ann Mulholland

Theses and Dissertations

Computational methods are becoming essential in drug discovery as they provide information that traditional drug development methods lack. Using these methods to understand drug-receptor interactions in detail, researchers are able to efficiently design promising drug candidates. In this study, extra precision Glide docking, molecular dynamics simulations and MMGBSA binding energy calculations provided information about the binding behavior of small molecules to two specific targets for current cancer therapeutics: G-quadruplex DNA and Topoisomerase I enzyme. The first study focuses on the compound Telomestatin, which induces apoptosis of various cancer cells with a relatively low effect on somatic cells due to its ...


Sequencing And Comparative Analysis Of De Novo Genome Assemblies Of Streptomyces Aureofaciens Atcc 10762, Julien S. Gradnigo 2016 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Sequencing And Comparative Analysis Of De Novo Genome Assemblies Of Streptomyces Aureofaciens Atcc 10762, Julien S. Gradnigo

Dissertations and Theses in Biological Sciences

Streptomyces aureofaciens is a Gram-positive Actinomycete used for commercial antibiotic production. Although it has been the subject of many biochemical studies, no public genome resource was available prior to this project. To address this need, the genome of S. aureofaciens ATCC 10762 was sequenced using a combination of sequencing platforms (Illumina and 454-shotgun). Multiple de novo assembly methods (SGA, IDBA, Trinity, SOAPdenovo2, MIRA, Velvet and SPAdes) as well as combinations of these methods were assessed to determine which provided the most robust assembly. Combination strategies led to a consistent overestimation of the total genome size. Empirical data from targeted PCR ...


Metabolomics As A Hypothesis-Generating Functional Genomics Tool For The Annotation Of Arabidopsis Thaliana Genes Of “Unknown Function”, Stephanie M. Quanbeck, Libuse Brachova, Alexis A. Campbell, Xin Guan, Ann Perera, Kun He, Seung Y. Rhee, Preeti Bais, Julie A. Dickerson, Philip M. Dixon, Gert Wohlgemuth, Oliver Fiehn, Lenore Barkan, Iris Lange, B. Markus Lange, Insuk Lee, Diego Cortes, Carolina Salazar, Joel Shuman, Vladimir Shulaev, David V. Huhman, Lloyd W. Sumner, Mary R. Roth, Ruth Welti, Hilal Ilarslan, Eve S. Wurtele, Basil J. Nikolau 2016 Iowa State University

Metabolomics As A Hypothesis-Generating Functional Genomics Tool For The Annotation Of Arabidopsis Thaliana Genes Of “Unknown Function”, Stephanie M. Quanbeck, Libuse Brachova, Alexis A. Campbell, Xin Guan, Ann Perera, Kun He, Seung Y. Rhee, Preeti Bais, Julie A. Dickerson, Philip M. Dixon, Gert Wohlgemuth, Oliver Fiehn, Lenore Barkan, Iris Lange, B. Markus Lange, Insuk Lee, Diego Cortes, Carolina Salazar, Joel Shuman, Vladimir Shulaev, David V. Huhman, Lloyd W. Sumner, Mary R. Roth, Ruth Welti, Hilal Ilarslan, Eve S. Wurtele, Basil J. Nikolau

Basil Nikolau

Metabolomics is the methodology that identifies and measures global pools of small molecules (of less than about 1,000 Da) of a biological sample, which are collectively called the metabolome. Metabolomics can therefore reveal the metabolic outcome of a genetic or environmental perturbation of a metabolic regulatory network, and thus provide insights into the structure and regulation of that network. Because of the chemical complexity of the metabolome and limitations associated with individual analytical platforms for determining the metabolome, it is currently difficult to capture the complete metabolome of an organism or tissue, which is in contrast to genomics and ...


Plantmetabolomics.Org: Mass Spectrometry-Based Arabidopsis Metabolomics—Database And Tools Update, Preeti Bais, Stephanie M. Moon-Quanbeck, Basil J. Nikolau, Julie A. Dickerson 2016 Iowa State University

Plantmetabolomics.Org: Mass Spectrometry-Based Arabidopsis Metabolomics—Database And Tools Update, Preeti Bais, Stephanie M. Moon-Quanbeck, Basil J. Nikolau, Julie A. Dickerson

Basil Nikolau

The PlantMetabolomics (PM) database (http://www.plantmetabolomics.org) contains comprehensive targeted and untargeted mass spectrum metabolomics data for Arabidopsis mutants across a variety of metabolomics platforms. The database allows users to generate hypotheses about the changes in metabolism for mutants with genes of unknown function. Version 2.0 of PlantMetabolomics.org currently contains data for 140 mutant lines along with the morphological data. A web-based data analysis wizard allows researchers to select preprocessing and data-mining procedures to discover differences between mutants. This community resource enables researchers to formulate models of the metabolic network of Arabidopsis and enhances the research community ...


Channa Striatus Tnfr-1: Molecular Cloning, Characterization And Gene Expression, Rajesh Palanisamy 2016 SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Channa Striatus Tnfr-1: Molecular Cloning, Characterization And Gene Expression, Rajesh Palanisamy

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


A Comparative Statement On Molecular Approach Of Large Hsps From Macrobrachium Rosenbergii, Mukesh Kumar Chaurasia 2016 SRM UNIVERSITY

A Comparative Statement On Molecular Approach Of Large Hsps From Macrobrachium Rosenbergii, Mukesh Kumar Chaurasia

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


Rasp-Qs: Efficient And Confidential Query Services In The Cloud, Zohreh S. Alavi, Lu Zhou, James L. Powers, Keke Chen 2016 Wright State University - Main Campus

Rasp-Qs: Efficient And Confidential Query Services In The Cloud, Zohreh S. Alavi, Lu Zhou, James L. Powers, Keke Chen

Keke Chen

Hosting data query services in public clouds is an attractive solution for its great scalability and significant cost savings. However, data owners also have concerns on data privacy due to the lost control of the infrastructure. This demonstration shows a prototype for efficient and confidential range/kNN query services built on top of the random space perturbation (RASP) method. The RASP approach provides a privacy guarantee practical to the setting of cloudbased computing, while enabling much faster query processing compared to the encryption-based approach. This demonstration will allow users to more intuitively understand the technical merits of the RASP approach ...


Intrinsic Disorder Where You Least Expect It: The Incidence And Functional Relevance Of Intrinsic Disorder In Enzymes And The Protein Data Bank, Shelly Deforte 2016 University of South Florida

Intrinsic Disorder Where You Least Expect It: The Incidence And Functional Relevance Of Intrinsic Disorder In Enzymes And The Protein Data Bank, Shelly Deforte

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) and intrinsically disordered protein regions (IDPRs) exist as interconverting conformational ensembles, without a single fixed three-dimensional structure in vivo. The focus in the literature up to this point has been primarily on IDPs that are mostly or entirely disordered. Therefore, we have an incomplete understanding of the incidence and functional relevance of IDPRs in proteins that have regions of both order and disorder. This work explores these populations, by examining IDPRs in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) and in enzymes. By applying disorder prediction methods combined with an analysis of missing regions in crystal structure data ...


Exploration Of Chemical And Biological Management Strategies For Diaphorina Citri The Primary Vector Of Candidatus Liberibacter Asiaticus, Gretta Marie Sharp 2016 University of Texas at Tyler

Exploration Of Chemical And Biological Management Strategies For Diaphorina Citri The Primary Vector Of Candidatus Liberibacter Asiaticus, Gretta Marie Sharp

Biology Theses

Diaphorina citri (Hemipteran: Psyllidae), the Asian citrus psyllid, is a phloem-feeding, invasive species endemic to southern Asia that was first identified in the United States in Florida in 1998. Since introduction, D. citri has spread across the major citrus growing regions of the United States. This is of great concern to the citrus industry because D. citri is the primary vector of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus the causal agent of Haunglongbing (HLB). Haunglongbing is the most economically devastating disease of citrus causing an estimated 8.92 billion dollars lost in revenue and 4.62 billion dollars lost in gross domestic product ...


Measuring The Human Gut Microbiome: New Tools And Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Ruth G. Wong 2016 The University of Western Ontario

Measuring The Human Gut Microbiome: New Tools And Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Ruth G. Wong

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

With the advent of next generation DNA and RNA sequencing, scientists can obtain a more comprehensive snapshot of the bacterial communities on the human body (known as the `human microbiome'), leading to information about the bacterial composition, what genes are present, and what proteins are produced. The scientific community is in a phase of developing the experiments and accompanying statistical techniques to investigate the mechanisms by which the human microbiome affects health and disease. In this thesis, I explore alternatives to the standard weighted and unweighted UniFrac distance metric that measure the difference between microbiome samples. These alternative weightings allow ...


Effects Of Mutating The Mrub_1345 Gene Found In Meiothermus Ruber, Brandon M. Wills, Lori R. Scott 2016 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Effects Of Mutating The Mrub_1345 Gene Found In Meiothermus Ruber, Brandon M. Wills, Lori R. Scott

Celebration of Learning

Meiothermus ruber is a unique, red-pigmented, thermophilic bacterium that preferentially grows in high-temperature environments ranging from 35-70°C. Due to the lack of studies performed on this organism, there is quite a bit of information missing in regard to the genes found within this organism’s genome and their function. This study focuses in on the Mrub_1345 gene in M. ruber, which has been suggested to be orthologous to the proC gene found of E. coli proline biosynthesis pathway. To test if these genes are orthologs, we performed the complementation assay on wild-type proC. Next, we performed site-directed mutagenesis on ...


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