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Investigating The Roles Of Fucosylation And Calcium Signaling In Melanoma Invasion, Tyler S. Keeley Nov 2018

Investigating The Roles Of Fucosylation And Calcium Signaling In Melanoma Invasion, Tyler S. Keeley

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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Prognosis for early stage melanoma patients is excellent, and surgery is often curative for these patients. However, once patients have presented with invasive disease, the average 5-year survival rate drops significantly from over 90% to between 10 and 15%. Several therapies have been developed to target a commonly mutated oncogene BRAF, or its downstream effectors. Unfortunately, while these treatments show robust initial response, most patients relapse within a year. Moreover, therapy-resistant tumors are often more invasive and metastatic. Therefore, it is important to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying melanoma invasion and metastasis ...


Investigating The Role Of The Rna Binding Protein Lin28 In The Human Placenta: Implications For Preeclampsia, John Canfield Nov 2018

Investigating The Role Of The Rna Binding Protein Lin28 In The Human Placenta: Implications For Preeclampsia, John Canfield

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An essential event during early pregnancy is the invasion of trophoblasts into the maternal decidua, which is necessary for proper implantation and establishment of maternal-fetal interface and ultimately allows for proper nutrient exchange and immunological tolerance of the growing fetus. For this invasion to occur, cells originating from the trophectoderm undergo an epithelial to mesenchymal transition to become invasive extravillous trophoblasts and begin invading the uterine decidual tissue. Through the secretion of matrix metalloproteinases and through interactions with many cytokines and cell-adhesion molecules, this well-orchestrated process of trophoblast invasion results in extensive remodeling of the maternal spiral vasculature by the ...


The Role Of Phosphohistidine Phosphatase 1 In Ethanol-Induced Liver Injury, Daniel Richard Martin Apr 2018

The Role Of Phosphohistidine Phosphatase 1 In Ethanol-Induced Liver Injury, Daniel Richard Martin

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Chronic liver diseases, which includes alcoholic liver disease (ALD), are consistently among the top 15 leading causes of death in the United States. ALD is characterized by progression from a normal liver to fatty liver disease (hepatic steatosis), which can lead to cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, and liver failure. We have identified a novel role of phosphohistidine signaling, mediated through phosphohistidine phosphatase 1 (PHPT1), in the onset of hepatic steatosis. We have identified PHPT1 as a target of selective oxidation following acute ethanol exposure as well as being downregulated following chronic ethanol exposure. We mapped the oxidative modification site and developed ...


Investigation Of Alcohol-Induced Changes In Hepatic Histone Modifications Using Mass Spectrometry Based Proteomics, Crystina Leah Kriss Apr 2018

Investigation Of Alcohol-Induced Changes In Hepatic Histone Modifications Using Mass Spectrometry Based Proteomics, Crystina Leah Kriss

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Alcohol liver disease (ALD) is a major health concern throughout the world. Currently, in the United States, 17 million people suffer from alcoholism, of which 1.4 million people are receiving treatment [1, 2]. The link between ethanol metabolism, reactive oxygen species (ROS) and liver injury in ALD has been well characterized over the last couple decades [3-10]. Ethanol metabolism relies on the availability of the cofactor NAD+ for the oxidation of ethanol into acetate, consequently causing alterations in redox potential. Redox dysfunction within the mitochondria can affect multiple pathways important in maintaining cellular homeostasis. Chapter 1 provides an introduction ...


Elastin-Like Polypeptide Fusion Tag As A Protein-Dependent Solubility Enhancer Of Cysteine-Knot Growth Factors, Tamina L. Johnson Apr 2018

Elastin-Like Polypeptide Fusion Tag As A Protein-Dependent Solubility Enhancer Of Cysteine-Knot Growth Factors, Tamina L. Johnson

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Elastin-like peptide (ELP) fusions promote therapeutic delivery and efficacy. Recombinant proteins, like neurotrophins, lack bioavailability, have short in vivo half-lives, and require high manufacturing costs. Fusing recombinant proteins with genetically encodable ELPs will increase bioavailability, enhance in vivo solubilization, as well as provide a cost-effective method for purification without the need for chromatography. During expression of neurotrophin-ELP (N-ELP) fusions, dense water-insoluble aggregates known as inclusion bodies (IBs) are formed. Inclusion bodies are partially and misfolded proteins that usually require denaturants like Urea for solubilization. Strong denaturants arrest ELPs stimuli-responsive property and increase unwanted aggregation, making purification difficult, yet possible. The ...


Characterization Of A Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I And Galnac Transferase Deficiency Double Knockout Mouse, Karan Gera Jan 2018

Characterization Of A Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I And Galnac Transferase Deficiency Double Knockout Mouse, Karan Gera

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The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs) are a group of lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) which are characterized by the aberrant primary storage of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in lysosomes of multiple organ and tissue systems. The most commonly diagnosed is MPS Type I (MPS I), caused by mutations in the gene which codes for α-L-iduronidase (IDUA). Biochemically, MPS I is characterized by the aberrant primary lysosomal storage of incompletely degraded dermatan and heparan sulfates, along with a secondary accumulation of gangliosides and other compounds in lysosomes. Its clinical manifestation in severe form leads to early death, characterized by progressive central nervous system disease (with behavioral ...


Comparison And Evaluation Of Two Rapid Diagnostic Assays For The Identification Of Mycoplasma Species, Aric James Mcdaniel Jan 2018

Comparison And Evaluation Of Two Rapid Diagnostic Assays For The Identification Of Mycoplasma Species, Aric James Mcdaniel

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Members of the class Mollicutes are unique among bacteria in that they are unable to synthesize a cell wall. These organisms are also difficult to culture and very slow-growing with some species requiring up to 40 days to culture. Many of these bacteria are also significant pathogens in humans and animals, so rapid identification of isolates is a necessary diagnostic step. Many different tests are used for identification of pathogenic Mollicutes (primarily Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma species), however most tests are not cost or time efficient. Two relatively recent diagnostic tools are matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry and ...


Investigating The Interplay Of Physiological And Molecular Mechanisms Underpinning Programmable Aspects Of Heat Stress In Pigs, Jacob Seibert Jan 2018

Investigating The Interplay Of Physiological And Molecular Mechanisms Underpinning Programmable Aspects Of Heat Stress In Pigs, Jacob Seibert

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Heat stress (HS) undermines production efficiency in all animal agriculture, culminating in major economic losses annually. The effects of HS in pigs is realized through depressed growth, altered body composition, and impaired reproductive performance. Pigs, unlike other mammals, do not possess functional sweat glands, making them rely on other mechanisms to thermoregulate during a heat challenge. Continual investigation of hyperthermia in pigs is crucial for developing new strategies and/or technologies that mitigate the effects of HS imposed on the pork industry. The studies conducted in this dissertation investigate the complex interplay of whole-animal physiology as well as cellular and ...


Molecular Mechanisms Governing Plant Parasitic Nematode Signaling And Host Parasitism, Stacey Nicola Barnes Jan 2018

Molecular Mechanisms Governing Plant Parasitic Nematode Signaling And Host Parasitism, Stacey Nicola Barnes

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Pathogen infection of crops causes large-scale annual yield losses for farmers worldwide and hinders global efforts to provide adequate amounts of nutrition for the ever-growing human population. Plant-parasitic nematodes (PPN) are among some of the most devastating pathogens due to their ability to parasitize an expansive variety of agriculturally important crops. In order to identify ways to attenuate PPN infection and limit yield losses it is vital that we increase our understanding of host-PPN interactions. Here we investigate the molecular mechanisms that are occurring both within PPN and at the interface between PPN and their host plants.

Research into PPN-derived ...


Impact Of Acute Heat Treatment On Autophagy And Insulin Signaling In C2c12 Myotubes, Corey Michael Summers Jan 2018

Impact Of Acute Heat Treatment On Autophagy And Insulin Signaling In C2c12 Myotubes, Corey Michael Summers

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A major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes is reduced skeletal muscle insulin sensitivity. It is known that exercise and caloric restriction can improve skeletal muscle insulin resistance, but the mechanism by which this occurs is not completely elucidated. The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), is thought to be a major contributor to the metabolic benefits observed after exercise training and caloric restriction. Activation of AMPK in skeletal muscle can have a wide range of effects, one of which is the initiation of macroautophagy (herein referred to as autophagy). Autophagy is the bulk degradation system of the cell ...


Using Genomic And Gene Expression Methods To Understand The Phenotypic Response Of Soybean To Sudden Death Syndrome Caused By Fusarium Virguliforme, Alexander Stephen Luckew Jan 2018

Using Genomic And Gene Expression Methods To Understand The Phenotypic Response Of Soybean To Sudden Death Syndrome Caused By Fusarium Virguliforme, Alexander Stephen Luckew

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Soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS) is one of the most important soybean diseases in the Midwestern United States, leading to average losses of $396 million per year from 1996 to 2015. The causal agent of SDS, soilborne fungus Fusarium virguliforme (Fv), causes root rot symptoms and releases phytotoxins taken up by the plant to produce chlorosis and necrosis in the leaves. The main management practice used to reduce the impact of SDS is planting resistant soybean cultivars. Resistance to SDS is known to be quantitative with 88 known quantitative trait loci (QTL) based on Soybase.org. Many of these QTL ...


Role Of Heat Shock Transcription Factor 1 In Ovarian Cancer Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition And Drug Sensitivity, Chase David Powell Nov 2017

Role Of Heat Shock Transcription Factor 1 In Ovarian Cancer Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition And Drug Sensitivity, Chase David Powell

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The heat shock response (HSR) is a robust cellular reaction to mitigate protein damage from heat and other challenges to the proteome. This protective molecular program in humans is controlled by heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1). Activation of HSF1 leads to the induction of an array of cytoprotective genes, many of which code for chaperones. These chaperones, known as heat shock proteins (HSPs), are responsible for maintaining the functional integrity of the proteome. HSPs achieve this by promoting proper folding and assembly of nascent proteins, refolding denatured proteins, and processing for degradation proteins and aggregates which cannot be returned ...


The Role Of Sgs1 And Exo1 In The Maintenance Of Genome Stability., Lillian Campos-Doerfler Nov 2017

The Role Of Sgs1 And Exo1 In The Maintenance Of Genome Stability., Lillian Campos-Doerfler

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Genome instability is a hallmark of human cancers. Patients with Bloom’s syndrome, a rare chromosome breakage syndrome caused by inactivation of the RecQ helicase BLM, result in phenotypes associated with accelerated aging and develop cancer at a very young age. Patients with Bloom’s syndrome exhibit hyper-recombination, but the role of BLM and increased genomic instability is not fully characterized. Sgs1, the only member of the RecQ family of DNA helicases in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is known to act both in early and late stages of homology-dependent repair of DNA damage. Exo1, a 5′–3′ exonuclease, first discovered to play ...


Mechanism Elucidation And Inhibitor Discovery Against Serine And Metallo-Beta-Lactamases Involved In Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance, Orville A. Pemberton Nov 2017

Mechanism Elucidation And Inhibitor Discovery Against Serine And Metallo-Beta-Lactamases Involved In Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance, Orville A. Pemberton

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The emergence and proliferation of Gram-negative bacteria expressing β-lactamases is a significant threat to human health. β-Lactamases are enzymes that degrade the β-lactam antibiotics (e.g., penicillins, cephalosporins, monobactams, and carbapenems) that we use to treat a diverse range of bacterial infections. Specifically, β-lactamases catalyze a hydrolysis reaction where the β-lactam ring common to all β-lactam antibiotics and responsible for their antibacterial activity, is opened, leaving an inactive drug. There are two groups of β-lactamases: serine enzymes that use an active site serine residue for β-lactam hydrolysis and metalloenzymes that use either one or two zinc ions for catalysis. Serine ...


Cell Division Regulation In Staphylococcus Aureus, Catherine M. Spanoudis Oct 2017

Cell Division Regulation In Staphylococcus Aureus, Catherine M. Spanoudis

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Cell division is a fundamental biological process that occurs in all kingdoms of life. Our understanding of cell division in bacteria stems from studies in the rod-shaped model organisms: Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis. The molecular underpinnings of cell division regulation in non-rod-shaped bacteria remain to be studied in detail. Rod-shaped bacteria possess many positive and negative regulatory proteins that are essential to the proper placement of the division septa and ultimately the production of two identical daughter cells, many of which are absent in cocci. Given that essential cell division proteins are attractive antibacterial drug targets, it ...


Microfluidic Biopsy Trapping Device For The Real-Time Monitoring Of The Tumor Microenvironment, Angela Holton Oct 2017

Microfluidic Biopsy Trapping Device For The Real-Time Monitoring Of The Tumor Microenvironment, Angela Holton

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The tumor microenvironment is composed of cellular and stromal components such as tumor cells, mesenchymal cells, immune cells, cancer associated fibroblasts and the supporting extracellular matrix. The tumor microenvironment provides crucial support for growth and progression of tumor cells and affects tumor response to therapeutic interventions. To better understand tumor biology and to develop effective cancer therapeutic agents it is important to develop preclinical platforms that can faithfully recapitulate the tumor microenvironment and the complex interaction between the tumor and its surrounding stromal elements. Drug studies performed in vitro with conventional two-dimensional cancer cell line models do not optimally represent ...


Modeling Of Dynamic Allostery In Proteins Enabled By Machine Learning, Mohsen Botlani-Esfahani Jul 2017

Modeling Of Dynamic Allostery In Proteins Enabled By Machine Learning, Mohsen Botlani-Esfahani

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Regulation of protein activity is essential for normal cell functionality. Many proteins are regulated allosterically, that is, with spatial gaps between stimulation and active sites. Biological stimuli that regulate proteins allosterically include, for example, ions and small molecules, post-translational modifications, and intensive state-variables like temperature and pH. These effectors can not only switch activities on-and-off, but also fine-tune activities. Understanding the underpinnings of allostery, that is, how signals are propagated between distant sites, and how transmitted signals manifest themselves into regulation of protein activity, has been one of the central foci of biology for over 50 years. Today, the importance ...


Discovering Antibacterial And Anti-Resistance Agents Targeting Multi-Drug Resistant Eskape Pathogens, Renee Fleeman Jul 2017

Discovering Antibacterial And Anti-Resistance Agents Targeting Multi-Drug Resistant Eskape Pathogens, Renee Fleeman

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Antibiotic resistance has been a developing problem for mankind in recent decades and multi-drug resistant bacteria are now encountered that are resistant to all treatment options available. In 2014, the World Health Organization announced that this problem is driving us towards a “post-antibiotic era” that will change the face of modern medicine as we know it. If lack of novel antibiotic development and FDA approval continues, by the year 2050, 10 million people will die each year to an antimicrobial resistant bacterial infection. With lack of pharmaceutical industry involvement in developing novel antibiotics, the responsibility now lies within the academic ...


Functional Roles Of Matrix Metalloproteinases In Bone Metastatic Prostate Cancer, Jeremy S. Frieling May 2017

Functional Roles Of Matrix Metalloproteinases In Bone Metastatic Prostate Cancer, Jeremy S. Frieling

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Skeletal metastasis is a lethal component of many advanced cancers including prostate, the second most common cancer among men. Patients whose prostate cancer is localized and detected early benefit from multiple treatment options ranging from active surveillance to radiation and surgery, resulting in a 5-year survival rate of nearly 100%. Unfortunately, the prognosis and survival for patients with advanced metastatic disease is much worse due to the highly aggressive nature of the disease and a paucity of treatment options. Understanding the mechanisms and interactions that occur between metastatic cancer cells and the bone will enable the future treatment landscape for ...


Therapeutic Modulation Of Cancer Metabolism With Dichloroacetate And Metformin, Nathan Patrick Ward Apr 2017

Therapeutic Modulation Of Cancer Metabolism With Dichloroacetate And Metformin, Nathan Patrick Ward

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The robust glycolytic metabolism of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) has proven them susceptible to increases in oxidative metabolism induced by the pyruvate mimetic dichloroacetate (DCA). Recent reports demonstrate that the anti-diabetic drug metformin enhances the damaging oxidative stress associated with DCA treatment in cancer cells. We sought to elucidate the role of metformin’s reported activity as a mitochondrial complex I inhibitor in the enhancement of DCA cytotoxicity in the VM-M3 model of GBM. We demonstrated that metformin potentiated DCA-induced superoxide production and that this was required for enhanced cytotoxicity towards VM-M3 cells with the combination. Similarly, rotenone enhanced oxidative stress ...


Uncovering Transcriptional Activators And Targets Of Hsf-1 In Caenorhabditis Elegans, Jessica Brunquell Apr 2017

Uncovering Transcriptional Activators And Targets Of Hsf-1 In Caenorhabditis Elegans, Jessica Brunquell

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In order to survive, cells must be able to cope with a variety of environmental stressors. The heat shock response (HSR) is a pro-survival mechanism employed by cells in response to protein denaturing stress, such as heat. Since its discovery in 1960, the heat shock response has been found to be regulated by the transcription factor heat shock factor 1 (HSF1). During periods of increased stress, HSF1 undergoes a multi-step process of activation that involves homotrimerization, DNA-binding, and post-translational regulatory modifications, all of which ultimately function to control the transcription of chaperone genes. These chaperone genes encode molecular chaperone proteins ...


Mass-Spectrometry Based Proteomics Of Age-Related Changes In Murine Microglia, Antwoine Flowers Mar 2017

Mass-Spectrometry Based Proteomics Of Age-Related Changes In Murine Microglia, Antwoine Flowers

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The last century has seen a steady increase in the extension of the average lifespan. This has concomitantly produced higher incidences of age-related chronic degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Age is the single greatest risk factor for the development of not just these degenerative conditions but cancer as well. The aged niche undergoes a number of maladaptive changes that allow underlying conditions to present and progress. Exactly which changes, contribute to the progression of which disease is currently an area of intense study. However, these answers often present therapeutic targets for disease prevention. Age is characterized ...


Development Of Tools For Stable Transfection In The Human Filarial Parasite Brugia Malayi Via The Piggybac Transposon System, Johan Chabanon Mar 2017

Development Of Tools For Stable Transfection In The Human Filarial Parasite Brugia Malayi Via The Piggybac Transposon System, Johan Chabanon

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Brugia malayi is one of three species of nematode known to cause lymphatic filariasis (LF) in humans. LF infects over 120 million people, causing debilitating disease. Various global programs have been launched in the past 20 years to eliminate LF. These programs have greatly scaled up the resources and efforts allocated to halting the transmission and reducing disease burden. Only a few drugs are used to treat LF, and resistance is thus a devastating possibility. Research aimed at identifying new drug targets could therefore prove essential in elimination of LF.

Genetic manipulation of B. malayi has been limited to transient ...


A Novel Abi-Domain Protein Controls Virulence Determinant Production In Staphylococcus Aureus, Stephanie Michelle Marroquin Mar 2017

A Novel Abi-Domain Protein Controls Virulence Determinant Production In Staphylococcus Aureus, Stephanie Michelle Marroquin

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A major factor in the success of Staphylococcus aureus as a pathogen is its vast arsenal of virulence determinants and, more importantly, the tight and precisely- timed regulation of these factors. Here we investigate the product of the S. aureus gene, SAUSA300_1984, encoding a putative transmembrane protein. This as yet uncharacterized protein belongs to the Abi (abortive infection) family, which are commonly annotated as CAAX-proteases, and are significantly understudied in prokaryotes. In S. aureus the disruption of SAUSA300_1984 results in a drastic reduction of proteolytic and hemolytic activity, as well as diminished pigmentation. This phenotype appears to be mediated through ...


Changing The Pathobiological Paradigm In Myelodysplastic Syndromes: The Nlrp3 Inflammasome Drives The Mds Phenotype, Ashley Basiorka Jan 2017

Changing The Pathobiological Paradigm In Myelodysplastic Syndromes: The Nlrp3 Inflammasome Drives The Mds Phenotype, Ashley Basiorka

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Note: Portions of this abstract have been previously published in the journal Blood, Basiorka et al. Blood. 2016 Oct 13, and has been reproduced in this manuscript with permission from the publisher.

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are genetically diverse hematopoietic stem cell malignancies that share a common phenotype of cytological dysplasia, ineffective hematopoiesis and aberrant myeloid lineage maturation. Apoptotic cell death potentiated by inflammatory cytokines has been considered a fundamental feature of MDS for over two decades. However, this non-inflammatory form of cell death cannot account for the inflammatory nature of these disorders. We report that a hallmark of lower-risk (LR ...


Rational Design And Validation Of Dna Fragments For Gene Assembly Based On Thermodynamics, Bhagyashree Shreekant Birla Jan 2017

Rational Design And Validation Of Dna Fragments For Gene Assembly Based On Thermodynamics, Bhagyashree Shreekant Birla

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Synthetic biology is a research field that involves the design and synthesis of genes and genomes. It has a wide range of applications in building gene circuits, activating biochemical pathways and metabolic engineering. Over the last decade, there has been rapid progress in developing efficient DNA synthesis technologies that improve the overall quality of the constructed DNA. Currently, there are several different methods available for successful DNA assembly of long genes. However, these methods have certain drawbacks such as presence of restriction sites (scars) within the assembled sequences or multi-step reaction process to assemble a high-number of fragments. Thus, new ...


Insights Into Retinal Cell Fate Determination In Vertebrates Using Transcriptomic Profiling And Genome Editing, Rebecca Chowdhury Jan 2017

Insights Into Retinal Cell Fate Determination In Vertebrates Using Transcriptomic Profiling And Genome Editing, Rebecca Chowdhury

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Deciphering the mechanisms of development of retinal neurons is not only of immense interest to developmental biologists, but is also vital for regenerative therapeutic applications. To attain this goal, it is critical to understand how specific intrinsic factors control cell fate decisions and neuronal maturation processes. In the retina, Atoh7 is a highly conserved transcription factor that is essential for retinal ganglion cell development in the developing mouse and zebrafish. Atoh7 labels a subset of cells in the developing retina that are progressing from a progenitor to a differentiated state. To capture cells during the window when the cell fate ...


An Enzymology And Structural Biology Approach Towards Elucidation Of E. Coli Fatty Acid Biosynthesis And Its Application To The Production Of Bio-Renewables, Aaron Michael Marcella Jan 2017

An Enzymology And Structural Biology Approach Towards Elucidation Of E. Coli Fatty Acid Biosynthesis And Its Application To The Production Of Bio-Renewables, Aaron Michael Marcella

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Prokaryotic fatty acid biosynthesis is an important process to study due to its necessity for cell survival and production of highly reduced carbon chains. A characterization of several proteins involved in E. coli fatty acid biosynthesis is presented. This work provides a method for generating large amounts of pure malonyl acyl-carrier-protein using both the wild type malonyl-CoA:holo-ACP transacylase (FabD) and a variant studied further in our lab. This preparation overcomes the phenomena of a 50:50 mixture of malonyl and acetyl-ACP in the reaction and is crucial for the efficacy of future assays involving malonyl-ACP. A new assay has ...


Evaluation Of Methods For Generating Senecavirus A Virus-Like Particles Utilizing The Baculovirus Expression Vector System, Jennifer Lynn English Jan 2017

Evaluation Of Methods For Generating Senecavirus A Virus-Like Particles Utilizing The Baculovirus Expression Vector System, Jennifer Lynn English

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A recombinant subunit vaccine against Seneca Valley virus (SVV) would be valuable to the swine industry. Recent SVV outbreaks have raised concerns with national biosecurity. This is due to the potential of foreign vesicular animal diseases entering the United States undetected because of confounding clinical signs of SVV. Research with the baculovirus expression vector system (BEVS) has produced virus-like particles (VLP) that elicited neutralizing antibodies and protected against challenge for many Picornaviridae viruses. Building on this previous research, attempts of SVV VLP assembly for a vaccine candidate were performed using the BEVS.

All baculovirus constructs were designed to encode the ...


Studies On The Molecular Underpinnings Of Sex Determination Mechanism Evolution And Molecular Sexing Tools In Turtles, Robert Alan Literman Jan 2017

Studies On The Molecular Underpinnings Of Sex Determination Mechanism Evolution And Molecular Sexing Tools In Turtles, Robert Alan Literman

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Sex determination mechanisms (SDMs) direct the development of individuals towards a male or female fate, and in vertebrates they are typically controlled by an individual’s genotypic content (genotypic sex determination, GSD) or through an environmental cue experienced during development, mainly temperature (temperature-dependent sex determination, TSD). Among vertebrates, SDMs are surprisingly labile, transitioning between different forms of TSD and GSD in some lineages more than others. Turtles represent a model clade to study SDM evolution, as multiple independent transitions between TSD and GSD have occurred throughout their evolution and a growing number of genomic datasets have become available.

This dissertation ...