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Molecular Biology

2009

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Publications

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Self-Assembly And Disassembly Of The Snare Complex: Examined Using Circular Dichroism And Atomic Force Microscopy, Jeremy D. Cook, Won Jin Cho, Timothy L. Stemmler, Bhanu P. Jena Sep 2009

Self-Assembly And Disassembly Of The Snare Complex: Examined Using Circular Dichroism And Atomic Force Microscopy, Jeremy D. Cook, Won Jin Cho, Timothy L. Stemmler, Bhanu P. Jena

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Publications

In this study, we report for the first time that both t-SNAREs and v-SNARE and their complexes in buffered suspension, exhibit defined peaks at CD signals of 208 and 222 nm wavelengths, consistent with a higher degree of helical secondary structure. Surprisingly, when incorporated in lipid membrane, both SNAREs and their complexes exhibit reduced folding. In presence of NSF-ATP, the SNARE complex disassembles, as reflected from the CD signals demonstrating elimination of α-helices within the structure.


Alterations In Gene Expression And Sensitivity To Genotoxic Stress Following Hdmx Or Hdm2 Knockdown In Human Tumor Cells Harboring Wild-Type P53, Katherine Heminger, Michael P. Markey, Meldrick Mpagi, Steven J. Berberich Jan 2009

Alterations In Gene Expression And Sensitivity To Genotoxic Stress Following Hdmx Or Hdm2 Knockdown In Human Tumor Cells Harboring Wild-Type P53, Katherine Heminger, Michael P. Markey, Meldrick Mpagi, Steven J. Berberich

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty Publications

While half of all human tumors possess p53 mutations, inactivation of wild-type p53 can also occur through a variety of mechanisms that do not involve p53 gene mutation or deletion. Our laboratory has been interested in tumor cells possessing wild-type p53 protein and elevated levels of HdmX and/or Hdm2, two critical negative regulators of p53 function. In this study we utilized RNAi to knockdown HdmX or Hdm2 in MCF7 human breast cancer cells, which harbor wild-type p53 and elevated levels of HdmX and Hdm2 then examined gene expression changes and effects on cell growth. Cell cycle and growth assays ...