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Identification Of Novel Cyclic Lipopeptides From A Positional Scanning Combinatorial Library With Enhanced Antibacterial And Antibiofilm Activities, Nina Bionda, Renee M. Fleeman, César De La Fuente-Núñez, Maria C. Rodriguez, Fany Reffuveille, Lindsey N. Shaw, Irena Pastar, Stephen C Davis, Robert E W Hancock, Predrag Cudic Jan 2016

Identification Of Novel Cyclic Lipopeptides From A Positional Scanning Combinatorial Library With Enhanced Antibacterial And Antibiofilm Activities, Nina Bionda, Renee M. Fleeman, César De La Fuente-Núñez, Maria C. Rodriguez, Fany Reffuveille, Lindsey N. Shaw, Irena Pastar, Stephen C Davis, Robert E W Hancock, Predrag Cudic

Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology Faculty Publications

Treating bacterial infections can be difficult due to innate or acquired resistance mechanisms, and the formation of biofilms. Cyclic lipopeptides derived from fusaricidin/LI-F natural products represent particularly attractive candidates for the development of new antibacterial and antibiofilm agents, with the potential to meet the challenge of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. A positional-scanning combinatorial approach was used to identify the amino acid residues responsible for driving antibacterial activity, and increase the potency of these cyclic lipopeptides. Screening against the antibiotic resistant ESKAPE pathogens revealed the importance of hydrophobic as well as positively charged amino acid residues for activity of this ...


Id2 Complexes With The Snag Domain Of Snai1 Inhibiting Snai1-Mediated Repression Of Integrin Beta4, Cheng Chang, Xiaofang Yang, Bryan Pursell, Arthur M. Mercurio Nov 2014

Id2 Complexes With The Snag Domain Of Snai1 Inhibiting Snai1-Mediated Repression Of Integrin Beta4, Cheng Chang, Xiaofang Yang, Bryan Pursell, Arthur M. Mercurio

Arthur M. Mercurio

The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a fundamental process that underlies development and cancer. Although the EMT involves alterations in the expression of specific integrins that mediate stable adhesion to the basement membrane, such as alpha6beta4, the mechanisms involved are poorly understood. Here, we report that Snai1 inhibits beta4 transcription by increasing repressive histone modification (trimethylation of histone H3 at K27 [H3K27Me3]). Surprisingly, Snai1 is expressed and localized in the nucleus in epithelial cells, but it does not repress beta4. We resolved this paradox by discovering that Id2 complexes with the SNAG domain of Snai1 on the beta4 promoter and constrains ...


Use Of Photobiomodulation In Osteoclast Formation: Possible Intervention For The Treatment Of Osteoporosis, Lisa Lauren Anderson-Antle Aug 2014

Use Of Photobiomodulation In Osteoclast Formation: Possible Intervention For The Treatment Of Osteoporosis, Lisa Lauren Anderson-Antle

Theses and Dissertations

After critically examining the literature to gain a robust understanding for the pathogenesis of bone loss, specifically osteoporosis, the development of a possible new intervention to prevent or treat osteoporosis was explored. The purpose of this dissertation was to pilot test a new protocol designed to answer the broad research question: Does Near-Infrared Light Emitting Diode (NIR-LED) treatment affect Receptor Activator of Nuclear Factor Kappa-B Ligand (RANKL) induced osteoclastogenesis in a cell culture model?

Osteoporosis is defined as a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to ...


N-Linked Glycosylation Of The Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptor Type 2 (Bmpr2) Enhances Ligand Binding, Jonathan W. Lowery Ph.D., Jose M Amich, Alex Andonian, Vicki Rosen Aug 2014

N-Linked Glycosylation Of The Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptor Type 2 (Bmpr2) Enhances Ligand Binding, Jonathan W. Lowery Ph.D., Jose M Amich, Alex Andonian, Vicki Rosen

Faculty Publications and Research

The bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling pathway is essential for normal development and tissue homeostasis. BMP signal transduction occurs when ligands interact with a complex of type 1 and type 2 receptors to activate downstream transcription factors. It is well established that a single BMP receptor may bind multiple BMP ligands with varying affinity, and this has been largely attributed to conformation at the amino acid level. However, all three type 2 BMP receptors (BMPR2, ACVR2A/B) contain consensus N-glycosylation sites in their extracellular domains (ECDs), which could play a role in modulating interaction with ligand. Here, we show a ...


Role Of Map4k4 In Skeletal Muscle Differentiation: A Dissertation, Mengxi Wang May 2013

Role Of Map4k4 In Skeletal Muscle Differentiation: A Dissertation, Mengxi Wang

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Skeletal muscle is a complicated and heterogeneous striated muscle tissue that serves critical mechanical and metabolic functions in the organism. The process of generating skeletal muscle, myogenesis, is elaborately coordinated by members of the protein kinase family, which transmit diverse signals initiated by extracellular stimuli to myogenic transcriptional hierarchy in muscle cells. Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) including p38 MAPK, c-Jun N terminal kinase (JNK) and extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase (ERK) are components of serine/threonine protein kinase cascades that play important roles in skeletal muscle differentiation. The exploration of MAPK upstream kinases identified mitogen activated protein kinase kinase kinase kinase ...


Domain Analysis Of Supervillin, An F-Actin Bundling Plasma Membrane Protein With Functional Nuclear Localization Signals, J. D. Wulfkuhle, I. E. Donina, N. H. Stark, Robert K. Pope, Kersi N. Pestonjamasp, M. L. Niswonger, Elizabeth J. Luna Mar 2008

Domain Analysis Of Supervillin, An F-Actin Bundling Plasma Membrane Protein With Functional Nuclear Localization Signals, J. D. Wulfkuhle, I. E. Donina, N. H. Stark, Robert K. Pope, Kersi N. Pestonjamasp, M. L. Niswonger, Elizabeth J. Luna

Elizabeth J. Luna

A growing number of actin-associated membrane proteins have been implicated in motile processes, adhesive interactions, and signal transduction to the cell nucleus. We report here that supervillin, an F-actin binding protein originally isolated from bovine neutrophil plasma membranes, contains functional nuclear targeting signals and localizes at or near vinculin-containing focal adhesion plaques in COS7-2 and CV1 cells. Overexpression of full-length supervillin in these cells disrupts the integrity of focal adhesion plaques and results in increased levels of F-actin and vinculin. Localization studies of chimeric proteins containing supervillin sequences fused with the enhanced green fluorescent protein indicate that: (1) the amino ...