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Preliminary Structural Studies Of The Transcriptional Regulator Cmer From Campylobacter Jejuni, Chih-chia Su, Feng Shi, Ruoyu Gu, Ming Li, Gerry McDermott, Edward Yu, Qijing Zhang 2017 Iowa State University

Preliminary Structural Studies Of The Transcriptional Regulator Cmer From Campylobacter Jejuni, Chih-Chia Su, Feng Shi, Ruoyu Gu, Ming Li, Gerry Mcdermott, Edward Yu, Qijing Zhang

Qijing Zhang

In Campylobacter jejuni, a Gram-negative bacterial pathogen causing gastroenteritis in humans, the CmeR regulatory protein controls transcription of the multidrug transporter gene operon cmeABC. CmeR belongs to the TetR family of transcriptional regulators. The 210-residue CmeR consists of two functional motifs: an N-terminal DNA-binding domain and a C-terminal ligand-binding domain. It is predicted that the DNA-binding domain interacts directly with target promoters, while the C-terminal motif interacts with inducing ligands (such as bile salts). As an initial step towards confirming this structural model, recombinant CmeR protein containing a 6×His tag at the N-terminus was crystallized. Crystals of ligand-free CmeR ...


Synthesis And Identification Of An Investigational Essential Precursor Compound For The Purpose Of The Development Of A Vaccine Treatment Against The Peanut Allergy, Thomas F. Anguella 2017 Rowan University

Synthesis And Identification Of An Investigational Essential Precursor Compound For The Purpose Of The Development Of A Vaccine Treatment Against The Peanut Allergy, Thomas F. Anguella

Theses and Dissertations

Presented in this master's thesis are several studies carried out to determine the viability of several allergoid candidates utilizing the major peanut allergen Ara h 2. The Ara h 2 allergen protein appears naturally as a doublet when observed by gel electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE. Optimization of allergen purification methods successfully led to Ara h 2 purity, and the ability to standardize procedures to yield consistently pure samples. The purified allergen was chemically crosslinked with diketone derivatives selected for their abilities to react with specific amino acids accessible on the Ara h 2 protein. Chemically modified allergen samples were also evaluated ...


Development Of Novel Therapeutic Approaches: (I) Targeting Allergic Responses To Peanuts And (Ii) Inhibition Of Dpp-Iv Enzyme Involved In Diabetes, Savan V. Patel 2017 Rowan University

Development Of Novel Therapeutic Approaches: (I) Targeting Allergic Responses To Peanuts And (Ii) Inhibition Of Dpp-Iv Enzyme Involved In Diabetes, Savan V. Patel

Theses and Dissertations

There is an increase in prevalence of peanut allergy, especially in the western world. The only current treatment for peanut allergy is avoidance of peanut from diet and contact. Additionally, there is currently no specific vaccine that can be taken to decrease peanut allergies. The method of desensitizing a person allergic to peanut allergy is deemed unsafe as the smallest amount of peanut can trigger an anaphylaxis reaction. Thus, various allergoids were created by modifying major peanut protein allergen Ara h2 using various cross-linkers and modification agents in order to disrupt the binding surface epitopes of the antigen to antibody ...


Diverse Stimuli Engage Different Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Pathways, Elaine F. Kenny, Alf Herzig, Renate Krüger, Aaron Muth, Santanu Mondal, Paul R. Thompson, Volker Brinkmann, Horst Von Bernuth, Arturo Zychlinsky 2017 Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

Diverse Stimuli Engage Different Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Pathways, Elaine F. Kenny, Alf Herzig, Renate Krüger, Aaron Muth, Santanu Mondal, Paul R. Thompson, Volker Brinkmann, Horst Von Bernuth, Arturo Zychlinsky

Thompson Lab Publications

Neutrophils release neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) which ensnare pathogens and have pathogenic functions in diverse diseases. We examined the NETosis pathways induced by five stimuli; PMA, the calcium ionophore A23187, nigericin, Candida albicans and Group B Streptococcus. We studied NET production in neutrophils from healthy donors with inhibitors of molecules crucial to PMA induced NETs including protein kinase C, calcium, reactive oxygen species, the enzymes myeloperoxidase (MPO) and neutrophil elastase. Additionally, neutrophils from chronic granulomatous disease patients, carrying mutations in the NADPH oxidase complex or a MPO-deficient patient were examined. We show that PMA, C. albicans and GBS use a ...


Role Of Peptidylarginine Deiminase 2 (Pad2) In Mammary Carcinoma Cell Migration, Sachi Horibata, Katherine E. Rogers, David Sadegh, Lynne J. Anguish, John L. McElwee, Pragya Shah, Paul R. Thompson, Scott A. Coonrod 2017 Cornell University

Role Of Peptidylarginine Deiminase 2 (Pad2) In Mammary Carcinoma Cell Migration, Sachi Horibata, Katherine E. Rogers, David Sadegh, Lynne J. Anguish, John L. Mcelwee, Pragya Shah, Paul R. Thompson, Scott A. Coonrod

Thompson Lab Publications

BACKGROUND: Penetration of the mammary gland basement membrane by cancer cells is a crucial first step in tumor invasion. Using a mouse model of ductal carcinoma in situ, we previously found that inhibition of peptidylarginine deiminase 2 (PAD2, aka PADI2) activity appears to maintain basement membrane integrity in xenograft tumors. The goal of this investigation was to gain insight into the mechanisms by which PAD2 mediates this process.

METHODS: For our study, we modulated PAD2 activity in mammary ductal carcinoma cells by lentiviral shRNA-mediated depletion, lentiviral-mediated PAD2 overexpression, or PAD inhibition and explored the effects of these treatments on changes ...


Studies Directed Towards The Iridium Catalyzed Synthesis Of New Carbon-Nitrogen Bonds., Maria Lindsay 2017 University of New Orleans

Studies Directed Towards The Iridium Catalyzed Synthesis Of New Carbon-Nitrogen Bonds., Maria Lindsay

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

Amines are ubiquitous in nature and serve a variety of functions in living organisms. Because of this fact amines are of great biological and pharmaceutical interest. The iridium catalyst (pentamethylcyclopentadienyl) iridium dichloride dimer ([Cp*IrCl2]2) has been used in a number of ways to synthesize new carbon-nitrogen bonds. These studies were directed toward the development of a method for the iridium catalyzed N-alkylation of alpha-amino acid esters as well as the development of a strategy for synthesis of the natural product 275A.

We have optimized a method for the N-alkylation for alpha-amino acid esters. Using this method, we ...


Understanding The Dynamic Process Of Dissolution Using In-Situ Ft-Ir Spectroscopy, Vrushali M. Bhawtankar 2017 Seton Hall University

Understanding The Dynamic Process Of Dissolution Using In-Situ Ft-Ir Spectroscopy, Vrushali M. Bhawtankar

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

Dissolution studies provide valuable and critical drug release information (in vitro) that are important for quality control drug development. Using in-situ FT-IR spectroscopy methods has been developed for analyzing and monitoring dissolutions of pharmaceutical APIs. The accuracy of this technique was found to be ± 3% relative to HPLC and UV/Vis Spectroscopy. A dynamic analysis of the dissolution and subsequent hydrolysis of aspirin has been determined by in-situ FT-IR. This technique allows real-time analysis of the behavior of aspirin under simulated physiological conditions (pH 1.2, 4.5, 6.8) as aspirin (1205 cm-1) and salicylic acid (1388 cm ...


Interdependence Of Inhibitor Recognition In Hiv-1 Protease, Janet L. Paulsen, Florian Leidner, Debra A. Ragland, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A. Schiffer 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Interdependence Of Inhibitor Recognition In Hiv-1 Protease, Janet L. Paulsen, Florian Leidner, Debra A. Ragland, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A. Schiffer

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Molecular recognition is a highly interdependent process. Subsite couplings within the active site of proteases are most often revealed through conditional amino acid preferences in substrate recognition. However, the potential effect of these couplings on inhibition and thus inhibitor design is largely unexplored. The present study examines the interdependency of subsites in HIV-1 protease using a focused library of protease inhibitors, to aid in future inhibitor design. Previously a series of darunavir (DRV) analogs was designed to systematically probe the S1' and S2' subsites. Co-crystal structures of these analogs with HIV-1 protease provide the ideal opportunity to probe subsite interdependency ...


Synthesis And In-Vitro Cell Viability/Cytotoxicity Studies Of Novel Pyrrolobenzodiazepine Derivatives, John M. Jarrett 2017 East Tennessee State University

Synthesis And In-Vitro Cell Viability/Cytotoxicity Studies Of Novel Pyrrolobenzodiazepine Derivatives, John M. Jarrett

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Pyrrolobenzodiazepines (PBDs) are a group of naturally occurring compounds that were discovered in the cultures of Streptomyces in the 1960s. Some natural PBDs discovered in these cultures, such as anthramycin and sibiromycin, were shown to possess a broad spectrum of anti-tumor activity. Since cancer is still a leading cause of death globally, the development of novel anti-proliferative derivatives of PBDs is essential for human welfare worldwide. Further synthesis and structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of the parent natural products and their tetracyclic analogs will lead to the discovery of drug candidates. In this work, thirteen PBD analogues were synthesized using no ...


Echinacea In Infection1–4, Diane F. Birt, Mark P. Widrlechner, Carlie A. LaLone, Lankun Wu, Jaehoon Bae, Avery K S Solco, George A. Kraus, Patricia A. Murphy, Eve S. Wurtele, Qiang Leng, Steven C. Hebert, Wendy J. Maury, Jason P. Price 2017 Iowa State University

Echinacea In Infection1–4, Diane F. Birt, Mark P. Widrlechner, Carlie A. Lalone, Lankun Wu, Jaehoon Bae, Avery K S Solco, George A. Kraus, Patricia A. Murphy, Eve S. Wurtele, Qiang Leng, Steven C. Hebert, Wendy J. Maury, Jason P. Price

Mark P. Widrlechner

Ongoing studies have developed strategies for identifying key bioactive compounds and chemical profiles in Echinacea with the goal of improving its human health benefits. Antiviral and antiinflammatory–antipain assays have targeted various classes of chemicals responsible for these activities. Analysis of polar fractions of E. purpurea extracts showed the presence of antiviral activity, with evidence suggesting that polyphenolic compounds other than the known HIV inhibitor, cichoric acid, may be involved. Antiinflammatory activity differed by species, with E. sanguinea having the greatest activity and E. angustifolia, E. pallida, and E. simulata having somewhat less. Fractionation and studies with pure compounds indicate ...


Discovery Of Thienoquinolone Derivatives As Selective And Atp Non-Competitive Cdk5/P25 Inhibitors By Structure-Based Virtual Screening, Arindam Chatterjee, Stephen J. Cutler, Robert J. Doerksen, Ikhlas A. Khan, John S. Williamson 2017 University of Mississippi

Discovery Of Thienoquinolone Derivatives As Selective And Atp Non-Competitive Cdk5/P25 Inhibitors By Structure-Based Virtual Screening, Arindam Chatterjee, Stephen J. Cutler, Robert J. Doerksen, Ikhlas A. Khan, John S. Williamson

John S. Williamson

Calpain mediated cleavage of CDK5 natural precursor p35 causes a stable complex formation of CDK5/p25, which leads to hyperphosphorylation of tau. Thus inhibition of this complex is a viable target for numerous acute and chronic neurodegenerative diseases involving tau protein, including Alzheimer’s disease. Since CDK5 has the highest sequence homology with its mitotic counterpart CDK2, our primary goal was to design selective CDK5/p25 inhibitors targeting neurodegeneration. A novel structure-based virtual screening protocol comprised of e-pharmacophore models and virtual screening workflow was used to identify nine compounds from a commercial database containing 2.84 million compounds. An ATP ...


Cytotoxic And Antimicrobial Effects Of Silver-Containing Surfaces, Sarah Goderecci 2017 Rowan University

Cytotoxic And Antimicrobial Effects Of Silver-Containing Surfaces, Sarah Goderecci

Theses and Dissertations

This study examines applications of sputtered silver coatings as alternatives to traditional antibiotic treatments. Given the increase in reports of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, new treatments and coatings for in-dwelling medical devices such as catheters and orthopedic implants are necessary. Silver oxide films were deposited onto Ti surfaces to examine the efficacy of such coatings against a variety of bacterial species both in vitro and in vivo. Bacterial growth studies showed that coatings exhibited antimicrobial activity against a range of bacterial species acting either in a bacteriostatic or bactericidal mechanism, depending on the target. Limited toxicity to in vitro mammalian cells was ...


Docking Studies Of Isoform-Selectivity Of Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase (Pi3k) Inhibitors, Kaitlin Goettsch 2017 University of Nebraska at Omaha

Docking Studies Of Isoform-Selectivity Of Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase (Pi3k) Inhibitors, Kaitlin Goettsch

Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinases (PI3Ks) and their related pathways are reputed targets for drug-based anticancer therapies. Mutations in PI3K genes, expression, and pathways are frequent among multiple cancer types. Four isoforms of PI3Ks exist: α, β, γ, & δ and studies have identified several ligands for each isoform which are capable of serving as inhibitory therapeutic compounds. However, the biochemical efficacy of these molecules varies and the isoform selectivity is not well understood. In this study, we applied in silico docking methods and free energy calculation methods to estimate the binding of reported PI3K ligands against 5 PI3K structures: PI3Kα (PBD ID: 2RD0 ...


Hypericum In Infection: Identification Of Anti-Viral And Anti-Inflammatory Constituents, Diane F. Birt, Mark P. Widrlechner, Kimberly D. P. Hammer, Matthew L. Hillwig, Jingqiang Wei, George A. Kraus, Patricia A. Murphy, Joe-Ann McCoy, Eve S. Wurtele, Jeffrey D. Neighbors, David F. Wiemer, Wendy J. Maury, Jason P. Price 2017 Iowa State University

Hypericum In Infection: Identification Of Anti-Viral And Anti-Inflammatory Constituents, Diane F. Birt, Mark P. Widrlechner, Kimberly D. P. Hammer, Matthew L. Hillwig, Jingqiang Wei, George A. Kraus, Patricia A. Murphy, Joe-Ann Mccoy, Eve S. Wurtele, Jeffrey D. Neighbors, David F. Wiemer, Wendy J. Maury, Jason P. Price

Diane F. Birt

The Iowa Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements seeks to optimize Echinacea, Hypericum, and Prunella botanical supplements for human-health benefit, emphasizing anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-pain activities. This mini-review reports on ongoing studies on Hypericum. The Center uses the genetically diverse, well-documented Hypericum populations collected and maintained at the USDA-ARS North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station (NCRPIS), and the strength of research in synthetic chemistry at Iowa State University to tap natural diversity, to help discover key constituents and interactions among constituents that impact bioactivity and toxicity. The NCRPIS has acquired more than 180 distinct populations of Hypericum, with a ...


Echinacea In Infection1–4, Diane F. Birt, Mark P. Widrlechner, Carlie A. LaLone, Lankun Wu, Jaehoon Bae, Avery K S Solco, George A. Kraus, Patricia A. Murphy, Eve S. Wurtele, Qiang Leng, Steven C. Hebert, Wendy J. Maury, Jason P. Price 2017 Iowa State University

Echinacea In Infection1–4, Diane F. Birt, Mark P. Widrlechner, Carlie A. Lalone, Lankun Wu, Jaehoon Bae, Avery K S Solco, George A. Kraus, Patricia A. Murphy, Eve S. Wurtele, Qiang Leng, Steven C. Hebert, Wendy J. Maury, Jason P. Price

Eve Wurtele

Ongoing studies have developed strategies for identifying key bioactive compounds and chemical profiles in Echinacea with the goal of improving its human health benefits. Antiviral and antiinflammatory–antipain assays have targeted various classes of chemicals responsible for these activities. Analysis of polar fractions of E. purpurea extracts showed the presence of antiviral activity, with evidence suggesting that polyphenolic compounds other than the known HIV inhibitor, cichoric acid, may be involved. Antiinflammatory activity differed by species, with E. sanguinea having the greatest activity and E. angustifolia, E. pallida, and E. simulata having somewhat less. Fractionation and studies with pure compounds indicate ...


Hypericum In Infection: Identification Of Anti-Viral And Anti-Inflammatory Constituents, Diane F. Birt, Mark P. Widrlechner, Kimberly D.P. Hammer, Matthew L. Hillwig, Jingqiang Wei, George A. Kraus, Patricia A. Murphy, Joe-Ann McCoy, Eve S. Wurtele, Jeffrey D. Neighbors, David F. Wiemer, Wendy J. Maury, Jason P. Price 2017 Iowa State University

Hypericum In Infection: Identification Of Anti-Viral And Anti-Inflammatory Constituents, Diane F. Birt, Mark P. Widrlechner, Kimberly D.P. Hammer, Matthew L. Hillwig, Jingqiang Wei, George A. Kraus, Patricia A. Murphy, Joe-Ann Mccoy, Eve S. Wurtele, Jeffrey D. Neighbors, David F. Wiemer, Wendy J. Maury, Jason P. Price

Eve Wurtele

The Iowa Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements seeks to optimize Echinacea, Hypericum, and Prunella botanical supplements for human-health benefit, emphasizing anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-pain activities. This mini-review reports on ongoing studies on Hypericum. The Center uses the genetically diverse, well-documented Hypericum populations collected and maintained at the USDA-ARS North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station (NCRPIS), and the strength of research in synthetic chemistry at Iowa State University to tap natural diversity, to help discover key constituents and interactions among constituents that impact bioactivity and toxicity. The NCRPIS has acquired more than 180 distinct populations of Hypericum, with a ...


Improving Binding Affinity Through Cyclization, Kaylee M. Newcomb, Nicolas Abrigo 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University

Improving Binding Affinity Through Cyclization, Kaylee M. Newcomb, Nicolas Abrigo

Undergraduate Research Posters

Cancer chemotherapy results in systematic damage as the drugs used are also toxic to benign tissue. Sensitizing a cancer cell to therapy by interfering with the DNA repair mechanisms would decrease overall toxicity, as the necessary dosage of chemotherapy drugs would be lowered. The Hartman lab developed a peptide (8.6) that binds with a KD of 1 μM to the C-terminal domain of breast cancer associated protein (BRCA1), blocking homologous recombination. The crystal structure of the peptide shows the tyrosine and threonine residues are close together, suggesting that by cyclizing these positions, the peptide may already be constrained into ...


A Potential Improved Anti-Hiv Drug: Using A Bivalent Design To Increase Specificity And Potency, Theo Koelsch 2017 University of Colorado Boulder

A Potential Improved Anti-Hiv Drug: Using A Bivalent Design To Increase Specificity And Potency, Theo Koelsch

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this thesis, the synthesis of a potentially improved HIV entry inhibitor is presented. HIV has infected millions of people, and yet there is no fully effective treatment for the infection and the subsequent, high mortality disease AIDS. This is due in large part to the virus’s rapid development of resistance to any drug used to treat the infection. The best way to combat this is to use multiple drugs with different inhibition targets and so prevent the virus from developing resistance. In order to contribute to the effective treatment of HIV infection, it is therefore important to develop ...


Amino Acid Catabolism In Staphylococcus Aureus And The Function Of Carbon Catabolite Repression, Cortney R. Halsey, Shulei Lei, Jacqueline K. Wax, Mckenzie K. Lehman, Austin S. Nuxoll, Laurey Steinke, Marat Sadykov, Robert Powers, Paul D. Fey 2017 University of Nebraska Medical Center

Amino Acid Catabolism In Staphylococcus Aureus And The Function Of Carbon Catabolite Repression, Cortney R. Halsey, Shulei Lei, Jacqueline K. Wax, Mckenzie K. Lehman, Austin S. Nuxoll, Laurey Steinke, Marat Sadykov, Robert Powers, Paul D. Fey

Faculty Publications -- Chemistry Department

Staphylococcus aureus must rapidly adapt to a variety of carbon and nitrogen sources during invasion of a host. Within a staphylococcal abscess, preferred carbon sources such as glucose are limiting, suggesting that S. aureus survives through the catabolism of secondary carbon sources. S. aureus encodes pathways to catabolize multiple amino acids, including those that generate pyruvate, 2-oxoglutarate, and oxaloacetate. To assess amino acid catabolism, S. aureus JE2 and mutants were grown in complete defined medium containing 18 amino acids but lacking glucose (CDM). A mutation in the gudB gene, coding for glutamate dehydrogenase, which generates 2-oxoglutarate from glutamate, significantly reduced ...


Phage Display To Identify Functional Resistance Mutations To Rigosertib, Nedim Filipovic 2017 Claremont McKenna College

Phage Display To Identify Functional Resistance Mutations To Rigosertib, Nedim Filipovic

CMC Senior Theses

In vitro protein selection has had major impacts in the field of protein engineering. Traditional screens assay individual proteins for specific function. Selection, however, analyzes a pool of mutants and yields the best variants. Phage display, a successful selection technique, also provides a reliable link between variant phenotype and genotype. It can also be coupled with high throughput sequencing to map protein mutations; potentially highlighting vital mutations in variants. We propose to apply this technique to cancer therapy. RAF, a serine/threonine kinase, is critical for cell regulation in mammals. RAF can be activated by oncogenic RAS, found in over ...


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