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Bayesian Recombination Detection Modeling And Application, Fang Fang Jan 2006

Bayesian Recombination Detection Modeling And Application, Fang Fang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

As a key evolutionary process, recombination shapes the genetic structure of virus populations. The increased availability of virus sequences provides a chance to study virus recombination through molecular data. Many statistical methods have been developed, and a lot of the methods are phylogenetic-based. My research focuses on recombination modeling and data analysis;I first apply an existing phylogenetic-base method, Bayesian dual change-point model (DMCP), to investigate the role of representative data types for recombination study. We conclude that consensus sequences are an all-around robust representative of virus genotypes. Using consensus data we study recombination of all full-length hepatitis B virus ...


A Modular Data Analysis Pipeline For The Discovery Of Novel Rna Motifs , Justin Schonfeld Jan 2006

A Modular Data Analysis Pipeline For The Discovery Of Novel Rna Motifs , Justin Schonfeld

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation presents a modular software pipeline that searches collections of RNA sequences for novel RNA motifs. In this case the motifs incorporate elements of primary and secondary structure. The motif search pipeline breaks up sets of RNA sequences into shortened segments of RNA primary sequence. The shortened segments are then folded to obtain low energy secondary structures. The distance estimation module of the pipeline then calculates distances between the folded bricks, and then analyzes the resulting distance matrices for patterns;An initial implementation of the pipeline is applied to synthetic and biological data sets. This implementation introduces a new ...


Plant Genome Informatics: Evaluation And Analysis Of Genomic Dna Features Involved In The Transcriptional Processing Of Protein Coding Genes , Shannon Dwayne Schlueter Jan 2006

Plant Genome Informatics: Evaluation And Analysis Of Genomic Dna Features Involved In The Transcriptional Processing Of Protein Coding Genes , Shannon Dwayne Schlueter

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

As biological data collection methods have become more cost effective and less time consuming, the necessity for computational tools to store, manage, and analyze this data has led to the creation of a broad field of research. Bioinformatics, while firmly rooted in the technology of information management, is now a mainstream component in the majority of scientific investigations. With the vast majority of effort in bioinformatics being applied to research on vertebrate species, researchers in the plant sciences have often been left with less than satisfactory tools. The research presented in this dissertation was done in an effort to advance ...


Distance-Based Nmr Structure Determination And Refinement, Feng Cui Jan 2005

Distance-Based Nmr Structure Determination And Refinement, Feng Cui

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Protein structures play a pivotal role in understanding protein functions. X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) are two main experimental approaches for protein structure determination. The structures determined by NMR are not as accurate as those by X-ray crystallography in general, due to limited distance data (e.g. NOEs) that can be generated from NMR experiments. The NMR modeling algorithms are not well developed either, to produce high-quality structures with desired accuracy and efficiency. To address the NMR modeling issues, a so-called geometric build-up approach for NMR modeling has been developed, which remarkably reduces computing time in determining ...


Identification Of Interface Residues Involved In Protein-Protein And Protein-Dna Interactions From Sequence Using Machine Learning Approaches , Changhui Yan Jan 2005

Identification Of Interface Residues Involved In Protein-Protein And Protein-Dna Interactions From Sequence Using Machine Learning Approaches , Changhui Yan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Identification of interface residues involved in protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions is critical for understanding the functions of biological systems. Because identifying interface residues using experimental methods cannot catch up with the pace at which protein sequences are determined, computational methods that can identify interface residues are urgently needed. In this study, we apply machine-learning methods to identify interface residues with the focus on the methods using amino acid sequence information alone. We have developed classifiers for identification of the residues involved in protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions using a window of primary sequence as input. The classifiers were evaluated using both ...


Protein-Carbohydrate And Protein-Protein Interactions: Using Models To Better Understand And Predict Specific Molecular Recognition, Alain Teboho Laederach Jan 2003

Protein-Carbohydrate And Protein-Protein Interactions: Using Models To Better Understand And Predict Specific Molecular Recognition, Alain Teboho Laederach

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Any molecular recognition event results in a change in the free energy of the system. The extent of this change is related to the association constant, such that the more negative the free energy change is, the tighter the interaction between receptor and ligand. Protein-carbohydrate interactions play a critical role in signal transduction, innate immunity, and metabolism. Modeling these interactions is somewhat complicated by the inherent flexibility of carbohydrates as well as their relatively large number of functional groups. An empirical scoring function for docking carbohydrates to proteins, specifically tailored to predict both the correct binding orientation and free energy ...


Functional Divergence And Genome Evolution Of Vertebrate Protein Kinases (Kinome), Jianying Gu Jan 2003

Functional Divergence And Genome Evolution Of Vertebrate Protein Kinases (Kinome), Jianying Gu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The emerging complete and nearly complete genome sequences have provided a significant amount of materials for large-scale comparative genomic analysis. Novel methods have been developed to elucidate the function of gene products and functional interacting networks. Many of these post-genomic attempts have focused on unveiling the evolutionary forces that have shaped the network organization. Among various evolutionary forces, duplication of functional domain, individual gene, chromosomal segment, or entire genome has long been thought as primary resource for the function novelties in a vast number of gene families. It is therefore intriguing to quantitatively trace the changes of evolutionary constraints after ...


Identification And Functional Analysis Of Thylakoid Membrane Proteome , Yingchun Wang Jan 2003

Identification And Functional Analysis Of Thylakoid Membrane Proteome , Yingchun Wang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Membrane proteins play crucial roles in many biological functions. Identities and functions of most membrane proteins remain to be revealed. New technological breakthroughs in proteomics together with the availability of genomic sequence information make it possible to study functions of membrane proteins on a genome-wide scale. We used a multidisciplinary approach combining biochemistry, genetics, proteomics and bioinformatics to study the functions of the thylakoid proteome of Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. The thylakoid membrane proteins were separated into peripheral and integral fractions and resolved into 2-D gels with different pH ranges. The protein spots in the 2-D gels were subjected to peptide ...


Studying The Replication Mechanism Of The Yeast Retrotransposon Ty5 By Molecular And Computational Approaches, Xiang Gao Jan 2001

Studying The Replication Mechanism Of The Yeast Retrotransposon Ty5 By Molecular And Computational Approaches, Xiang Gao

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The yeast retrotransposon Ty5 is a Ty1/copia element. It is in the Hemivirus genus of the Pseudoviridae family. The ability to genetically manipulate retrotransposons and the yeast host cell was taken advantage of to explore replication mechanisms unique to Ty5 and common to most retrotransposons. Because of the abundance and diversity of retroelement sequences, along with the fact that many retroelement enzymes have evolved unique functional specificities, computational approaches were also developed to study functional divergence in replication. By screening a randomly mutagenized Ty5 library, two mutations (Y68C, D252N) causing higher transposition frequencies were identified. Both mutations increased Ty5 ...