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Activities And Classroom Demonstrations In Biological Physics: A Resource Document, Philip C. Nelson, William Berner Jul 2018

Activities And Classroom Demonstrations In Biological Physics: A Resource Document, Philip C. Nelson, William Berner

Department of Physics Papers

We give detailed recipes for a number of classroom demonstrations relevant to biological physics instruction. We developed them mainly for use in 2nd-3rd year undergraduate Physics courses. But you can (and we do) use them for primary school, through high school, up to PhD candidates. You adapt the words for each audience, but a phenomenon is a phenomenon.

We also outline a 1-hour introduction to Python for undergraduate scientific computing.

Finally we document some outcomes from courses taught at U Pennsylvania using these resources and others cited here. This material was presented at a workshop at the AAPT meeting in ...


Structure And Mechanism Of Mycobacterial Topoisomerase I, Nan Cao May 2018

Structure And Mechanism Of Mycobacterial Topoisomerase I, Nan Cao

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The enzyme DNA topoisomerase I is an essential enzyme that plays an important role in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cellular processes such as DNA replication, transcription, recombination and repair. Mycobacterium tuberculosistopoisomerase I (MtTOP1) is a validated drug target for antituberculosis treatment. Mycobacterial topoisomerase I regulates the topological constraints in chromosomes and helps in maintaining the growth of mycobacteria. The N- terminal domain (NTD) of mycobacterial topoisomerase I contains conserved catalytic domains that along with the active site Tyrosine are involved in cleaving and rejoining a single strand of DNA. Magnesium is required in DNA cleavage activity of type IA topoisomerases ...


The Complex Role Of Sequence And Structure In The Stability And Function Of The Tim Barrel Proteins, Yvonne H. Chan Nov 2017

The Complex Role Of Sequence And Structure In The Stability And Function Of The Tim Barrel Proteins, Yvonne H. Chan

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Sequence divergence of orthologous proteins enables adaptation to a plethora of environmental stresses and promotes evolution of novel functions. As one of the most common motifs in biology capable of diverse enzymatic functions, the TIM barrel represents an ideal model system for mapping the phenotypic manifestations of protein sequence. Limits on evolution imposed by constraints on sequence and structure were investigated using a model TIM barrel protein, indole-3-glycerol phosphate synthase (IGPS). Exploration of fitness landscapes of phylogenetically distant orthologs provides a strategy for elucidating the complex interrelationship in the context of a protein fold.

Fitness effects of point mutations in ...


Fluorescence Polarization Control For On-Off Switching Of Single Molecules At Cryogenic Temperatures, Christiaan Hulleman, Maximiliaan Huisman, Robert Moerland, David Grünwald, Sjoerd Stallinga, Bernd Rieger Oct 2017

Fluorescence Polarization Control For On-Off Switching Of Single Molecules At Cryogenic Temperatures, Christiaan Hulleman, Maximiliaan Huisman, Robert Moerland, David Grünwald, Sjoerd Stallinga, Bernd Rieger

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Light microscopy allowing sub-diffraction limited resolution has been among the fastest developing techniques at the interface of biology, chemistry and physics. Intriguingly no theoretical limit exists on how far the underlying measurement uncertainty can be lowered. In particular data fusion of large amounts of images can reduce the measurement error to match the resolution of structural methods like cryo-electron microscopy. Fluorescence, although reliant on a reporter molecule and therefore not the first choice to obtain ultra resolution structures, brings highly specific labeling of molecules in a large assemble to the table and inherently allows the detection of multiple colors, which ...


Fret-Based Investigations Of The Structure-Function Relationships In The Nmda Receptor, Drew M. Dolino May 2017

Fret-Based Investigations Of The Structure-Function Relationships In The Nmda Receptor, Drew M. Dolino

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

The N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor is one member of a class of proteins known as the ionotropic glutamate receptors. Ionotropic glutamate receptors mediate the majority of excitatory neurotransmission in the central nervous system, with the NMDA receptor standing out among these receptors for its requirement of a co-agonist, its magnesium-block-based coincidence detection, its slow kinetics, its calcium permeability, its allosteric modulation, and its especially important functional roles in synaptic plasticity, excitotoxicity, and more. In recent years, a wealth of structural information has come about describing endpoint structures to high resolution, but such structures are unable to fully resolve the movements ...


A 4d View On Mrna, Carlas Smith, Li-Chun Tu, David Grünwald Dec 2015

A 4d View On Mrna, Carlas Smith, Li-Chun Tu, David Grünwald

David Grünwald

Imaging single molecules in live cells in 4+ D (space, time and colors) is crucial for studying various biological processes, especially for observing the behavior of RNA molecules within the nuclear landscape [1]. RNA molecules are known to serve a multitude of tasks such as being templates for protein translation or to act as enzymes for regulating countless reactions in the nucleus [1]. Studying RNA kinetics in living cells can provide new information on RNA function or even human diseases, for instance caused by viruses such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) [2]. A challenge to imaging nuclear RNA function ...


A 4d View On Mrna, Carlas Smith, Li-Chun Tu, David Grünwald Oct 2015

A 4d View On Mrna, Carlas Smith, Li-Chun Tu, David Grünwald

Open Access Articles

Imaging single molecules in live cells in 4+ D (space, time and colors) is crucial for studying various biological processes, especially for observing the behavior of RNA molecules within the nuclear landscape [1]. RNA molecules are known to serve a multitude of tasks such as being templates for protein translation or to act as enzymes for regulating countless reactions in the nucleus [1]. Studying RNA kinetics in living cells can provide new information on RNA function or even human diseases, for instance caused by viruses such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) [2]. A challenge to imaging nuclear RNA function ...


Investigating The Flexibility Of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins In Folding And Binding, Amanda Leilah Debuhr May 2012

Investigating The Flexibility Of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins In Folding And Binding, Amanda Leilah Debuhr

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

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Relatedness Of Haemophilus Parasuis Strains And Their Proteins' Possible Roles As Virulence Factors, Emilie Susanna Noel Zehr Jan 2008

Relatedness Of Haemophilus Parasuis Strains And Their Proteins' Possible Roles As Virulence Factors, Emilie Susanna Noel Zehr

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Haemophilus parasuis, the causative agent of Glasser's disease, is considered to be a remerging pathogen of swine in high-health status herds. Several molecular typing methods have been suggested as alternatives to serotyping, which failed to identify up to 30% of field isolates. This study compared random amplification of polymorphic DNA (RAPD) profiles and protein profiles of H. parasuis reference strains and field isolates as methods for identifying and grouping virulent and avirulent isolates. DNA and protein profiles of 15 reference strains and 31 field isolates of H. parasuis, analyzed with two computer-based similarity analyses, revealed unique and reproducible DNA ...


Molecular Interactions Of The Mammalian Intermediate Filament Protein Synemin With Cytoskeletal Proteins Present In Adhesion Sites, Ning Sun Jan 2008

Molecular Interactions Of The Mammalian Intermediate Filament Protein Synemin With Cytoskeletal Proteins Present In Adhesion Sites, Ning Sun

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The type VI intermediate filament (IF) protein synemin is a very large, unique member of the IF protein superfamily. Synemin associates with the major type III IF protein desmin and/or vimentin forming heteropolymeric intermediate filaments (IFs) within mammalian muscle cells. Previous studies in our lab showed that avian synemin interacts with vinculin and alpha-actinin, both of which are cytoskeletal proteins present in adhesion sites such as the focal adhesions within cells. Thus, synemin may link the heteropolymeric IFs to adhesion sites within mammalian muscle cells or within some non-muscle cells that express synemin. At least two isoforms of synemin ...


Functional Analysis Of The C-Terminal Domain In The Drosophila Jil-1 Histone H3 Kinase, Xiaomin Bao Jan 2008

Functional Analysis Of The C-Terminal Domain In The Drosophila Jil-1 Histone H3 Kinase, Xiaomin Bao

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Epigenetic regulation is an important process utilized by biological systems to control gene expression and organize development, with histone modification enzymes among the most important components in this regulatory network. The predominant interphase H3 Serine10 kinase in Drosophila is JIL-1, which plays an important role in regulating chromosome structure and modulating gene expression. The full-length JIL-1 protein is composed of four domains including a N-terminal domain (NTD), two kinase domains (KDI and KDII), and a unique C-terminal domain (CTD). In order to study the biological importance of these individual domains, a domain analysis research approach was taken and different functions ...


Dissection Of The Mitotic And Nuclear Functions Of Chromator, A Nuclear-Derived Spindle Matrix Component In Drosophila, Yun Ding Jan 2008

Dissection Of The Mitotic And Nuclear Functions Of Chromator, A Nuclear-Derived Spindle Matrix Component In Drosophila, Yun Ding

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A spindle matrix has long been proposed to serve as a stationary or elastic molecular matrix substrate for the organization and activities of microtubules and motors, based on the consideration of a mechanical and functional support for the stabilization of microtubule spindle during force generation from mitotic motors. Recently, the identification of four Drosophila proteins, Skeletor, Megator, EAST and Chromator has provided molecular evidence for the existence of this macromolecular matrix structure during mitosis. All of these four proteins have been shown to interact with each other within a protein complex and redistribute from the nucleus at interphase to form ...


Biochemical And Genetic Analyses Of Physical Associations Among Zea Mays Starch Biosynthetic Enzymes, Tracie Ann Hennen-Bierwagen Jan 2008

Biochemical And Genetic Analyses Of Physical Associations Among Zea Mays Starch Biosynthetic Enzymes, Tracie Ann Hennen-Bierwagen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Mutations affecting specific starch biosynthetic enzymes commonly have pleiotropic effects on other enzymes in the same metabolic pathway. Such genetic evidence indicates functional relationships between components of the starch biosynthetic system including starch synthases (SS), starch branching enzymes (BE), and starch debranching enzymes (DBE), however, the molecular explanation for these functional interactions is not known. One possibility is that specific SSs, BEs, and/or DBEs associate physically with each other in multisubunit complexes. To test this hypothesis, this study sought to identify stable associations between SSI, SSIIa, SSIII, SBEI, SBEIIa, and SBEIIb from maize amyloplasts. Three separate detection methods, yeast ...


Functional Analysis Of Paralogous Genes In Acetyl Coenzyme A Metabolism, Joel D. Schmidt Jan 2008

Functional Analysis Of Paralogous Genes In Acetyl Coenzyme A Metabolism, Joel D. Schmidt

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Roles Of Lcn2 In The Inflammatory Lung And Liver, Yinghua Liu Jan 2007

The Roles Of Lcn2 In The Inflammatory Lung And Liver, Yinghua Liu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Uterocalin (Lcn2; also called 24p3, SIP24, or siderocalin and abbreviated as Utc) is an acute phase protein, for which the physiological function remains to be determined. Basal Utc expression is highest in the uterus, mammary gland and lung, which are three tissues with direct exposure to the diverse bacterial flora of the external environment. The demonstrated ability to bind siderophores is one means by which Utc can provide protection against pathogenic bacteria. However, its specificity for siderophores limits the ability of Utc to ward off pathogens. Epithelial tissues that interact with the external environment are exposed to many different nonpathogenic ...


Characterization Of Rns2, An S-Like Rnase In Arabidopsis Thaliana Suggests Role In Phosphate Recycling, Saralyn Ohanian Jan 2007

Characterization Of Rns2, An S-Like Rnase In Arabidopsis Thaliana Suggests Role In Phosphate Recycling, Saralyn Ohanian

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Ribonucleases play important biological roles within all organisms but many have not been well characterized. The family of T2 RNases is well-conserved throughout the kingdoms of life and yet their properties and functions are not well understood. RNS2 is one of five such RNases found in Arabidopsis, and preliminary evidence shows that it may be involved in phosphate recycling and localized to an intracellular compartment. Using rns2 knock-out mutant plants, I showed that RNS2 has an effect on flowering time during times of phosphate starvation. I also showed that RNS2 is localized to the ER, more specifically, to ER-bodies. To ...


Production Of 3-Hydroxypropionate From Biomass, Netra Rajguru Agarkar Jan 2007

Production Of 3-Hydroxypropionate From Biomass, Netra Rajguru Agarkar

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Biorenewable technology is a developing field of science that researches alternative sources for petroleum products like fuels, plastics, paints, etc. The DoE biomass program has identified the 12 top chemicals that can be produced from biomass and further processed to replace many petroleum products; 3-hydroxypropionate (3HP) is a top 12 chemical that can be used to produce plastics, paints, tires, and other consumer products. This thesis describes the attempts to produce 3HP from glucose in E. coli and from syngas in R. rubrum. Malonyl CoA reductase from C. aurantiacus and R. castenholzii was cloned and expressed in E. coli and ...


Characterization Of Three Spindle Matrix Proteins, Megator, East And Asator, In Drosophila, Hongying Qi Jan 2007

Characterization Of Three Spindle Matrix Proteins, Megator, East And Asator, In Drosophila, Hongying Qi

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Two previously identified proteins Skeletor and Chromator provide the molecular evidence for the existence of a spindle matrix complex in Drosophila. The spindle matrix has been proposed to be a macromolecular complex, which plays a role in organization and stabilization of the mitotic spindle as well as in providing structural support for counterbalancing force production.;In this dissertation, I present the identification and characterization of three more putative spindle matrix candidate proteins, Megator, EAST and Asator. Megator, an ortholog of the mammalian TPR protein, contains a large coiled-coil domain at its NH2-terminus and an acidic, non-structural COOH-terminus. Immunohistochemistry studies show ...


Characterization Of The Starch Branching Enzymes In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Qinglei Gan Jan 2007

Characterization Of The Starch Branching Enzymes In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Qinglei Gan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The roles of three starch branching enzyme isoforms, BE1, BE2 and BE3, in Arabidopsis leaf starch metabolism were investigated by AtBE mutant analysis. We also determined the expression patterns of BEs in Arabidopsis by GUS staining and microarray experiments. The possible correlation of BE gene expression with other genes in the Arabidopsis genome was analyzed to identify putative genes that are functionally correlated with BEs. Motifs in the promoters of the Arabidopsis BE genes were identified to better understand their expression differences. BE2 and BE3 expression levels during a diurnal cycle were evaluated with isoform specific antibodies. Meantime, the in ...


Biotechnological Improvements Of Bio-Based Fuels And Lubricants: Characterization Of Genes For Branched Chain Fatty Acids And Mono-Acyl Esters, Yuqin Jin Jan 2007

Biotechnological Improvements Of Bio-Based Fuels And Lubricants: Characterization Of Genes For Branched Chain Fatty Acids And Mono-Acyl Esters, Yuqin Jin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The goals of the research in this dissertation are to generate the fundamental technologies that can be used to improve the production and quality of vegetable-oil based biodiesel and biolubricants. Specifically, we sought to test the hypothesis that branched chain fatty acids (BCFAs) can substitute for unsaturated fatty acids in maintaining fluidityin an organism. Toward this goal, we examined the utility of two Bacillus keto-acyl synthase III (KASIII) coding genes (yhfB and yjaX) in producing BCFAs. In conducting this research it was necessary to examine if the E. coli KASIII gene (fabH) was essential for initiating fatty acid biosynthesis and ...


An Examination Of Hexacoordinate Hemoglobins Using The Techniques Of Biochemistry, Biophysics And Molecular Biology , James Thomas Trent Iii Jan 2006

An Examination Of Hexacoordinate Hemoglobins Using The Techniques Of Biochemistry, Biophysics And Molecular Biology , James Thomas Trent Iii

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Hexacoordinate hemoglobins are found in a truly diverse array of organisms, ranging from cyanobacteria to humans. The prevalence of these proteins in nature coupled with very high sequence identity between species homologues suggests they have a role vital to life. The high sequence identity also implies that hxHb structural features, including the hexacoordination phenomenon, are critical aspects of the physiological function. A detailed understanding of the ligand binding behavior of these proteins will not only facilitate efforts towards discovering their physiological role(s), but will also help explain how hxHbs perform their function. This dissertation consists of four published papers ...


Genetic And Molecular Analysis Of Starch Synthases Functions In Maize And Arabidopsis , Xiaoli Zhang Jan 2006

Genetic And Molecular Analysis Of Starch Synthases Functions In Maize And Arabidopsis , Xiaoli Zhang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Understanding the specific functions played by individual starch synthase isoforms in maize and Arabidopsis will provide important evidence for how highly organized starch structure is made. Starch synthases (SS) catalyze the transfer of the glucosyl moiety from ADP-Glc to the terminus of a growing alpha-(1, 4)-linked glucan linear chain. At least five classes of SSs are identified in higher species, referred to as GBSS, SSI, SSII, SSIII, and SSIVN. They have high similarity in the catalytic and starch-binding domains of the C-termini but differ at their N-termini. All of these enzymes are highly conserved in plant kingdom, which ...


Molecular And Chemical Characterization Of Genes Involved In Maize Cuticular Wax Biosynthesis , M. Ann D. N. Perera Jan 2005

Molecular And Chemical Characterization Of Genes Involved In Maize Cuticular Wax Biosynthesis , M. Ann D. N. Perera

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary surfaces of the arial parts of plants, and the surfaces of reproductive organs are covered by an extra cellular layer called the cuticle. The cuticle provides the foremost protection to the plant in order to adapt to the terrestrial environment. The cuticle composed of a biopolymer (cutin), which is embedded in a coating of cuticular waxes. Understanding the biochemical, genetic and physiological mechanisms for the biosynthesis of these cuticular waxes is relatively poor. This body of work has established methods for the chemical analysis of the cuticular waxes of maize plants. I have used these methods to chemically ...


Analysis Of A Nuclear Complex Of Proteins That Form A Spindle Matrix During Mitosis In Drosophila , Uttama Rath Jan 2005

Analysis Of A Nuclear Complex Of Proteins That Form A Spindle Matrix During Mitosis In Drosophila , Uttama Rath

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A spindle matrix is a macromolecular structure hypothesized to provide a stationary support or strut for the anchorage of motor proteins during force generation, microtubule sliding, and chromosome segregation in mitosis. Previous work in Drosophila has shown Skeletor, as the first putative molecular candidate of spindle matrix structure since it possesses many features consistent with the proposed spindle matrix structure.;We have identified two more putative spindle matrix candidate proteins, Chromator and Megator, using yeast two-hybrid interaction assay, cross-immunoprecipitation and immunocytochemistry. Chromator is a novel and essential chromodomain containing protein that interacts directly with Skeletor and extensively colocalizes with it ...


Escherichia Coli 30s Ribosomal Subunit Assembly: A Novel Role For The Dnak Chaperone System , Jennifer Anne Maki Jan 2004

Escherichia Coli 30s Ribosomal Subunit Assembly: A Novel Role For The Dnak Chaperone System , Jennifer Anne Maki

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The prokaryotic ribosome is a 2.5 MDa particle comprised of two asymmetric subunits, the large (50S) and small (30S) subunits. The large subunit contains two RNAs (5S and 23S) in addition to thirty-four proteins. The small subunit consists of one RNA (16S rRNA) and twenty-one proteins. Although the crystal structure has been solved, much remains to be revealed concerning the assembly of this macromolecular structure. Our laboratory is focused on the assembly of the small subunit. In vitro assembly of this structure was achieved in the late 1960's and early 1970's. At low temperature when 16S rRNA ...


Structural And Molecular Analysis Of Leech Neuronal Proteins, Calsensin And Filamin , Deepa V. Venkitaramani Jan 2004

Structural And Molecular Analysis Of Leech Neuronal Proteins, Calsensin And Filamin , Deepa V. Venkitaramani

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This thesis describes the structural and molecular analysis of two leech neuronal proteins, Calsensin and Filamin. Calsensin is an EF-hand calcium-binding protein expressed by a subset of peripheral sensory neurons which fasciculate into a single tract in the leech central nervous system. Calsensin is a 9 kD protein with two EF-hand calcium-binding motifs. Calsensin can multimerize via disulfide bridge formation involving the two cysteine residues in vitro. Furthermore, Calsensin shows differential gel migration depending on the presence or absence of calcium suggesting a conformational change upon calcium binding. Using multidimensional NMR spectroscopy we have determined the solution structure and backbone ...


Molecular And Functional Analysis Of Drosophila Hillarin And Its Leech Homolog , Yun Ji Jan 2004

Molecular And Functional Analysis Of Drosophila Hillarin And Its Leech Homolog , Yun Ji

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This thesis describes the molecular and functional analysis of the leech Hillarin and its Drosophila homolog D-hil. Leech Hillarin was identified by screening a leech expression library with the mAb Lan3-15, which specifically labels the axon hillock region of leech neurons. Database searches revealed that leech Hillarin has a number of potential homologs in a variety of organisms such as yeast, cyanobacterium, fly, nematode, mouse and human and that these proteins share two novel protein domains, the W180 domain and the H domain. The W180 domain is enriched with tryptophans whereas the H domain shares high number of invariant residues ...


Functional Interactions Among Starch Biosynthetic Enzymes , Seungtaek Kim Jan 2004

Functional Interactions Among Starch Biosynthetic Enzymes , Seungtaek Kim

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Understanding the starch biosynthetic mechanism is often hampered by the existence of many isoforms of the involved enzymes as well as numerous pleiotropic effects of mutations affecting these enzymes. This dissertation investigated interactions among starch biosynthetic enzymes, focusing on both physical association of the proteins and functional interactions in a transgenic in vivo system. Specific protein-protein interactions among the starch biosynthetic enzymes that were indicated by yeast two-hybrid experiments were confirmed directly by affinity chromatography. The functional significance of such interactions, specifically between starch synthase and starch branching enzyme, was studied using heterologous expression in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A ...


Assembly Of The 30s Ribosomal Subunit: S15 As The Probe , Indumathi Jagannathan Jan 2004

Assembly Of The 30s Ribosomal Subunit: S15 As The Probe , Indumathi Jagannathan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The aim of this study is to dissect molecular events that occur during the assembly of 30S subunit of the E. coli ribosome. The 30S ribosomal subunit is made up of 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) and 21 proteins (S1--S21). Crystal structure of the 30S subunit has answered longstanding questions on the three-dimensional organization of its constituents. However, this view does not expose the nature of interesting cooperative movements and conformational changes that occur during the formation of this macromolecular complex. Hence, biochemical and genetic efforts are required to understand these rearrangements.;In this study, we have employed directed hydroxyl radical ...


The Essential Jil-1 Kinase Regulates Histone H3 Phosphorylation And Maintains Chromatin Structure In Drosophila , Weiguo Zhang Jan 2004

The Essential Jil-1 Kinase Regulates Histone H3 Phosphorylation And Maintains Chromatin Structure In Drosophila , Weiguo Zhang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

JIL-1 encodes a chromatin-associated tandem serine/threonine kinase in Drosophila melanogaster. JIL-1 predominantly associates with interbands on polytene chromosomes. It appears at higher levels on the X chromosome than on autosomes in males, and distributes about equally on all chromosomes in females. In addition, in males JIL-1 overlaps with the MSL (for male specific lethal) complex that specifically associates with the male X chromosome on which expression of most genes are upregulated.;We isolated JIL-1 mutants by inducing imprecise excision of an EP element inserted in JIL-1. We found that JIL-1 is required for viability of both females and males ...