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Development Of An Rna Aptamer To Pd173955n Through Selex, Samir Mehanovic Jan 2008

Development Of An Rna Aptamer To Pd173955n Through Selex, Samir Mehanovic

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With all the technology available to us, the causes of cancers are still puzzling researchers all over the world. Everyday different approaches are being tested to help cure various cancers. With the development of molecular biology, we are able to understand cancer more at molecular level, which helps us look at different methods to treat cancer patients.;The molecular basis for leukemia cancers are understood to a level where we are able to design treatments that specifically target proteins responsible for the disease. One of those proteins is the Bcr-Abl tyrosine kinase which is mostly responsible for chronic myelogenous leukemia ...


The Structure And Mechanism Of Saicar Synthetase, Nathaniel Daum Ginder Jan 2008

The Structure And Mechanism Of Saicar Synthetase, Nathaniel Daum Ginder

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SAICAR synthetase catalyzes the eighth step in bacterial de novo purine nucleotide biosynthesis: ATP + L-aspartate + CAIR → ADP + Pi + SAICAR Enzymes involved in nucleotide synthesis are common targets for chemotherapeutic and antimicrobial drugs. They work by reducing the rate of growth of rapidly proliferating cells, thus preventing tumor growth and microbial fecundity. L-Alanosine, an L-aspartate analogue that acts as a substrate for SAICAR synthetase, is a natural product with antiviral and antitumor activities. The product of the reaction is a potent inhibitor of adenylosuccinate synthetase and adenylosuccinate lyase and is responsible for L-alanosine toxicity. L-Alanosine may be effective as a chemotherapeutic ...


Studies Of Intermediates And Regulation In Snare-Mediated Membrane Fusion, Xiaobing Lu Jan 2008

Studies Of Intermediates And Regulation In Snare-Mediated Membrane Fusion, Xiaobing Lu

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At the synapse, neurotransmitters are released via Ca2+-triggered exocytotic fusion of synaptic vesicles with the presynaptic plasma membrane. The whole process is controlled by various proteins. SNAREs have been recognized as the key components that drive membrane fusion. In addition, many other proteins, such as Munc18/nSec1, Mun13, synaptotagmin, complexin, etc. are characterized to regulate synaptic transmission temporally and spatially.;The in vitro bulk fluorescence assay was applied to examine the kinetics of membrane fusion of liposomes mediated by recombinant neuronal SNAREs and led to the demonstration of hemifusion as an intermediate in the pathway. In order to monitor ...


Use Of Fourier Transform Infrared (Ftir) Spectroscopy To Determine The Health-Promoting Index (Hpi) Of Cow's Milk, Wendy Leanne Thomas Jan 2008

Use Of Fourier Transform Infrared (Ftir) Spectroscopy To Determine The Health-Promoting Index (Hpi) Of Cow's Milk, Wendy Leanne Thomas

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Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy steadily has been gaining popularity for the analysis of milk components including total fat, protein, lactose, and ketones. To date, there have been few descriptions of the use of FTIR spectroscopy for the determination of milk fatty acid composition.;The first objective of this thesis was to develop a method utilizing FTIR spectroscopy for prediction of the health-promoting index (HPI) of milk. The HPI is known to affect the relative softness of butter (Bobe et al., 2003); so, this model could be used to predict which cows' milk could be designated for generation of niche ...


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

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The Locations And Signaling Of H-Ras On Endosomes And Plasma Membrane, Xing Wang Jan 2008

The Locations And Signaling Of H-Ras On Endosomes And Plasma Membrane, Xing Wang

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Allosteric Regulation Of Mammalian And Bacterial Fructose-1,6-Bisphosphatases, Justin Keith Hines Jan 2007

Allosteric Regulation Of Mammalian And Bacterial Fructose-1,6-Bisphosphatases, Justin Keith Hines

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Fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase (FBPase) is a critical regulatory enzyme in gluconeogenesis. In mammals, the enzyme is subject to metabolic regulation; the hormones insulin and glucagon reciprocally regulate the enzyme in the liver through the controlled production and degradation of the inhibitor fructose-2,6-bisphosphate (Fru-2,6-P2) and hence control hepatic glucose production. FBPase is nearly ubiquitous in living organisms and in the bacterium Escherichia coli , the homologous enzyme is imperative for growth on gluconeogenic substrates. How does this organism regulate FBPase without the use of exogenous hormones or Fru-2,6-P2? Investigations reported herein describe high resolution crystal structures of the enzyme from ...


Investigation Of Allosteric Regulation Of Porcine Fructose-1,6-Bisphosphatase, Jian Lu Jan 2007

Investigation Of Allosteric Regulation Of Porcine Fructose-1,6-Bisphosphatase, Jian Lu

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Porcine Fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase is a homotetramer with four identical subunits. It plays a central role in gluconeogenesis and is tightly regulated by metabolites fructose 2,6-bisphosphate (F26P2) and AMP. Loop 52-72, loop 182-194 and residues 7-11 of the N-terminal segment play important role in the mechanism of catalysis and allosteric inhibition by AMP by retaining a structural hydrophobic region. Disruption of the hydrophobic region will evidently affect the catalysis and regulation of FBPase. Mutation of Thr53 reduced the catalysis activity of FBPase, mutation of Thr194 eliminated inhibition of AMP due to its low affinity to the enzyme, while double mutation ...


Structural Study Of Yeast Snare Proteins On Membrane By Epr, Yinghui Zhang Jan 2007

Structural Study Of Yeast Snare Proteins On Membrane By Epr, Yinghui Zhang

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Membrane fusion is a basic biophysical process involved in cell's physiological activities. The value of studying the exocytosis of mammalian cells and yeast cells lies in that a highly conserved SNARE (Soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor) protein super family mediates this process and is proposed to be the core protein machinery for the membrane. The SNARE proteins located on plasma membrane and vesicle membrane are assembled together to form a trans-SNARE bridging two separate membranes and initiating membrane.;My research centers on how SNARE assembly involved in yeast cells' exocytosis promotes membrane fusion between yeast vesicle and plasma ...


Kinetic Studies Of Escherichia Coli And Human Saicar Synthetase, Daniel Joseph Binkowski Jan 2007

Kinetic Studies Of Escherichia Coli And Human Saicar Synthetase, Daniel Joseph Binkowski

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Phosphoribosyl-aminoimidazole-succinocarboxamide synthetase (SAICAR synthetase) catalyzes the eighth step of de novo IMP biosynthesis in bacteria, and the seventh step in humans. The SAICAR synthetase reaction is analogous to that of adenylosuccinate synthetase (first committed step of AMP biosynthesis), using ATP to ligate 5-amino-imidazole-4-carboxy ribonucleotide and L-aspartate to produce 5-aminoimidazole-4(N-succinylcarboxamide) ribonucleotide (SAICAR). SAICAR synthetase and other enzymes of purine nucleotide biosynthesis are targets of natural products that impair cell growth. Prior to these studies, the kinetic mechanism of any SAICAR synthetase was unknown. Herein are reported the kinetic mechanisms of bacterial and human SAICAR synthetase activities, the structure of the ...


Crystallographic Analysis Of Parasponia Andersonii Hemoglobin, Andrea Savage Jan 2007

Crystallographic Analysis Of Parasponia Andersonii Hemoglobin, Andrea Savage

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The x-ray crystal structure of ferric Parasponia andersonii hemoglobin has been determined to 2.3 A resolution by molecular replacement with Rice hemoglobin 1 (rHb1). By means of absorbance spectroscopy, electrochemistry and x-ray crystallography, it has been revealed that depending on the oxidation state, the heme iron can exsist in either the pentacoordinate or hexacoordinate form. Pentacoordination of the heme iron is found primarily in the deoxy ferrous (2+) form, whereas the ferric (3+) form is exhibited predominantly in bis-histidine coordination. This is unique among known forms of hemoglobins. Furthermore, the crystallographic data has provided evidence which supports previous works ...


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

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

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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 ...


Role Of Leu[Superscript B 10] In Cytoglobin And Comparison Of Direct And Indirect Measurements Of Hexacoordinate Hemoglobin Ligand Affinity, Jordan Richard Witmer Jan 2007

Role Of Leu[Superscript B 10] In Cytoglobin And Comparison Of Direct And Indirect Measurements Of Hexacoordinate Hemoglobin Ligand Affinity, Jordan Richard Witmer

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Hexacoordinate hemoglobins (HxHbs) have recently been discovered and have been found in nearly all living organisms. In humans, hxHbs are represented by neuroglobin (Ngb) and cytoglobin (Cgb). While Ngb is principally found in the brain, Cgb is ubiquitously expressed in all tissues. Ligand binding in hexacoordinate hemoglobins is complex due to the reversible coordination of the heme iron by the distal histidine. Hexacoordination regulates ligand binding and is regulated by specific residues in the heme pocket including the B10 position. Therefore, we investigated the influence of LeuB10 on hexacoordination and ligand binding in Cgb. Ligand binding was analyzed for recombinant ...


Biochemical Studies Of Mms6--A Biomineralization Protein, Lijun Wang Jan 2007

Biochemical Studies Of Mms6--A Biomineralization Protein, Lijun Wang

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Magnetotactic bacteria are aquatic prokaryotes that can move under the direction of a local geomagnetic field. The magnetosomes found in magnetotactic bacteria are arranged in a single chain or chains, which is the physics basis of magnetotaxis trait. It is believed that with the trait of magnetotaxis, magnetotactic bacteria can simplify their search for the optimal oxygen environments.;Mms6 is a magnetosome membrane-associated protein in Magnetospirillum magneticum strain AMB-1. It has 59 amino acids with a hydrophobic N-terminal and a hydrophilic C-terminal region. Magnetite nanoparticles with similar size and shape to bacterial magnetite can be synthesized in vitro in the ...


Biophysical And Biochemical Characterization Of Hexacoordinate Hemoglobins, Benoit Joel Smagghe Jan 2007

Biophysical And Biochemical Characterization Of Hexacoordinate Hemoglobins, Benoit Joel Smagghe

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Within the hemoglobin (Hb) superfamily, an unusual group called hexacoordinate hemoglobin (hxHbs) whose members are found in all living organisms is the subject of exciting studies since their discovery. They are named "hexacoordinate" because of reversible coordination of the sixth coordination site of the heme iron by a histidine side chain located in the heme distal pocket. Interestingly, hxHbs share high degree of similarity in their primary sequence and a common globin fold indicating that they might share a common role and that endogenous coordination might be an important part of their not yet characterized physiological function. The characterization of ...


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

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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 ...


Investigating Reactions Catalyzed By Terpene Synthases In A Novel Model System, Paul Ross Wilderman Jan 2007

Investigating Reactions Catalyzed By Terpene Synthases In A Novel Model System, Paul Ross Wilderman

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Terpene synthases are a set of enzymes that initiate the biosynthetic production of the largest class of known natural products. However, not much is known about how these enzymes carry out their complex cyclization reactions to form polycyclic olefins from linear hydrocarbon diphosphates such as geranylgeranyl diphosphate.;Since rice is known to produce many diterpenoid natural products and the rice genome was recently published, sequence information for many putative diterpene synthases was available. This provided the basis for functional characterization of the diterpene synthases from rice (Oryza sativa ssp. Indica). An enzyme producing syn-pimaradiene was identified, followed by those producing ...