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Partitioning The Fitness Components Of Rna Populations Evolving In Vitro, Carolina Diaz Arenas, Niles Lehman Dec 2013

Partitioning The Fitness Components Of Rna Populations Evolving In Vitro, Carolina Diaz Arenas, Niles Lehman

Chemistry Faculty Publications and Presentations

All individuals in an evolving population compete for resources, and their performance is measured by a fitness metric. The performance of the individuals is relative to their abilities and to the biotic surroundings – the conditions under which they are competing – and involves many components. Molecules evolving in a test tube can also face complex environments and dynamics, and their fitnessmeasurements should reflect the complexity of various contributing factors as well. Here, the fitnesses of a set of ligase ribozymes evolved by the continuous in vitroevolution system were measured. During these evolution cycles there are three different catalytic steps, ligation ...


Structure Based Identification And Characterization Of Flavonoids That Disrupt Human Papillomavirus-16 E6 Function, Jonathan J. Cherry, Anne Rietz, Anna Malinkevich, Yuqi Liu, Meng Xie, Matthew Bartolowits, V. Jo Davisson, James D. Baleja, Elliot J. Androphy Dec 2013

Structure Based Identification And Characterization Of Flavonoids That Disrupt Human Papillomavirus-16 E6 Function, Jonathan J. Cherry, Anne Rietz, Anna Malinkevich, Yuqi Liu, Meng Xie, Matthew Bartolowits, V. Jo Davisson, James D. Baleja, Elliot J. Androphy

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Expression and function of the human papillomavirus (HPV) early protein 6 (E6) is necessary for viral replication and oncogenesis in cervical cancers. HPV E6 targets the tumor suppressor protein p53 for degradation. To achieve this, "high-risk" HPV E6 proteins bind to and modify the target specificity of the ubiquitin ligase E6AP (E6 associated protein). This E6-dependent loss of p53 enables the virus to bypass host cell defenses and facilitates virally induced activation of the cell cycle progression during viral replication. Disruption of the interaction between E6 and E6AP and stabilization of p53 should decrease viability and proliferation of HPV positive ...


Stellaris Fish Workshop Gadph And Dapi Z-Series, George Mcnamara Dec 2013

Stellaris Fish Workshop Gadph And Dapi Z-Series, George Mcnamara

George McNamara

Stellaris FISH workshop GADPH and DAPI Z-series at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.

The zip file contains raw and GPU deconvolved image data from a workshop Biosearch Technologies conducted for MDACC researchers in December 2013. Image data was acquired on a Leica DMI6000 microscope with Lumencor SOLA light engine, DAPI and Cy5 filter cubes, Hamamatsu ORCA FLASH4.0 sCMOS camera (500 ms exposure time per plane for Quasar 670).

Pixel size 100 nm XY.

Z-step size 200 nm.

32 planes (power of 2 is optimal for GPU deconvolution). With 500 ms exposure time, the Quasar 670 GADPH FISH probes ...


Prmt7 Is Dispensable In Tissue Culture Models For Adipogenic Differentiation, Yu-Jie Hu, Said Sif, Anthony N. Imbalzano Dec 2013

Prmt7 Is Dispensable In Tissue Culture Models For Adipogenic Differentiation, Yu-Jie Hu, Said Sif, Anthony N. Imbalzano

Imbalzano Lab Publications

Protein arginine methylation is a common posttranslational modification that has been implicated in numerous biological processes including gene expression. The mammalian genome encodes nine protein arginine methyltransferases (Prmts) that catalyze monomethylation, asymmetric dimethylation, and symmetric dimethylation on arginine residues. Protein arginine methyltransferase 7 (Prmt7) is categorized as a type II and type III enzyme that produces symmetric dimethylated arginine and monomethylated arginine, respectively. However, the biological role of Prmt7 is not well characterized. We previously showed that Prmt5, a type II Prmt that associates with Brg1-based SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, is required for adipocyte differentiation. Since Prmt7 also associates ...


Higher-Order Unfolding Of Satellite Heterochromatin Is A Consistent And Early Event In Cell Senescence, Eric C. Swanson, Benjamin J. Manning, Hong Zhang, Jeanne B. Lawrence Dec 2013

Higher-Order Unfolding Of Satellite Heterochromatin Is A Consistent And Early Event In Cell Senescence, Eric C. Swanson, Benjamin J. Manning, Hong Zhang, Jeanne B. Lawrence

Lawrence Lab Publications

Epigenetic changes to chromatin are thought to be essential to cell senescence, which is key to tumorigenesis and aging. Although many studies focus on heterochromatin gain, this work demonstrates large-scale unraveling of peri/centromeric satellites, which occurs in all models of human and mouse senescence examined. This was not seen in cancer cells, except in a benign senescent tumor in vivo. Senescence-associated distension of satellites (SADS) occurs earlier and more consistently than heterochromatin foci formation, and SADS is not exclusive to either the p16 or p21 pathways. Because Hutchinson Guilford progeria syndrome patient cells do not form excess heterochromatin, the ...


Immortalized Myogenic Cells From Congenital Muscular Dystrophy Type1a Patients Recapitulate Aberrant Caspase Activation In Pathogenesis: A New Tool For Mdc1a Research, Soonsang Yoon, Guido Stadler, Mary Lou Beermann, Eric V. Schmidt, James A. Windelborn, Peter Schneiderat, Woodring E. Wright, Jeffrey Boone Miller Dec 2013

Immortalized Myogenic Cells From Congenital Muscular Dystrophy Type1a Patients Recapitulate Aberrant Caspase Activation In Pathogenesis: A New Tool For Mdc1a Research, Soonsang Yoon, Guido Stadler, Mary Lou Beermann, Eric V. Schmidt, James A. Windelborn, Peter Schneiderat, Woodring E. Wright, Jeffrey Boone Miller

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

BACKGROUND: Congenital muscular dystrophy Type 1A (MDC1A) is a severe, recessive disease of childhood onset that is caused by mutations in the LAMA2 gene encoding laminin-alpha2. Studies with both mouse models and primary cultures of human MDC1A myogenic cells suggest that aberrant activation of cell death is a significant contributor to pathogenesis in laminin-alpha2-deficiency.

METHODS: To overcome the limited population doublings of primary cultures, we generated immortalized, clonal lines of human MDC1A myogenic cells via overexpression of both CDK4 and the telomerase catalytic component (human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT)).

RESULTS: The immortalized MDC1A myogenic cells proliferated indefinitely when cultured at ...


Transformation Of Stimulus Correlations By The Retina, Kristina D. Simmons, Jason Prentice, Gašper Tkačik, Jan Homann, Heather K. Yee, Stephanie E. Palmer, Philip C. Nelson, Vijay Balasubramanian Dec 2013

Transformation Of Stimulus Correlations By The Retina, Kristina D. Simmons, Jason Prentice, Gašper Tkačik, Jan Homann, Heather K. Yee, Stephanie E. Palmer, Philip C. Nelson, Vijay Balasubramanian

Publications and Research

Redundancies and correlations in the responses of sensory neurons may seem to waste neural resources, but they can also carry cues about structured stimuli and may help the brain to correct for response errors. To investigate the effect of stimulus structure on redundancy in retina, we measured simultaneous responses from populations of retinal ganglion cells presented with natural and artificial stimuli that varied greatly in correlation structure; these stimuli and recordings are publicly available online. Responding to spatio-temporally structured stimuli such as natural movies, pairs of ganglion cells were modestly more correlated than in response to white noise checkerboards, but ...


Developmental And Molecular Functions Of Plakophilin-3, William A. Munoz Dec 2013

Developmental And Molecular Functions Of Plakophilin-3, William A. Munoz

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Plakophilin-3, the less studied member of the plakophilin-catenin subfamily, and the larger catenin family, binds directly to desmosomal cadherin cytoplasmic domains and enhances desmosome formation and stability. In mammals, plakophilin-3 is expressed at the highest levels in desmosome-enriched tissues such as epithelia, with the knock-out in mice producing corresponding reductions in ectodermal integrity. In tissue, cellular and intracellular contexts where plakophilin-3 is not at the desmosomal plaque, little is known about its functions in the cytoplasm or nucleus, where it also localizes.

My work employed embryos of the amphibian, Xenopus laevis, to examine plakophilin-3’s developmental roles. I first evaluated ...


Development Of Novel Subunit Vaccine Against H5n1 Influenza, Lu Zhang Dec 2013

Development Of Novel Subunit Vaccine Against H5n1 Influenza, Lu Zhang

Theses and Dissertations

Influenza is a common infectious disease resulting from a frequently mutated RNA virus. Vaccination is currently the most effective method to prevent people from seasonal or pandemic influenza. The production of traditional egg-based influenza vaccine is time-consuming and provides limited effect against new strains. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a rapid method to produce influenza vaccines. We proposed a novel influenza vaccine based on the E.coli expression system. Hemagglutinin (HA) is the major target surface protein of influenza virus for vaccine development. In this study, we sub-cloned the HAs encoding gene into an E. coli expression vector; the ...


New Insights Into The Roles Of Human Dna Damage Checkpoint Protein Atr In The Regulation Of Nucleotide Excision Repair And Dna Damage-Induced Cell Death, Zhengke Li Dec 2013

New Insights Into The Roles Of Human Dna Damage Checkpoint Protein Atr In The Regulation Of Nucleotide Excision Repair And Dna Damage-Induced Cell Death, Zhengke Li

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Integrity of the human genome is frequently threatened by endogenous and exogenous DNA damaging reagents that may lead to genome instability and cancer. Cells have evolved multiple mechanisms to repair DNA damage or to eliminate the damaged cells beyond repair and to prevent diverse diseases. Among these are ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related (ATR)-mediated DNA damage checkpoint and nucleotide excision repair (NER) that are the major pathways by which cells handle ultraviolet C (UV-C)- or other exogenous genotoxin-induced bulky DNA damage. However, it is unclear how these 2 pathways may be coordinated. In this study we show that ATR physically ...


Supervillin Binding To Myosin Ii And Synergism With Anillin Are Required For Cytokinesis, Tara C. Smith, Peter C. Fridy, Yinyin Li, Shruti Basil, Sneha Arjun, Ryan M. Friesen, John D. Leszyk, Brian T. Chait, Michael P. Rout, Elizabeth J. Luna Dec 2013

Supervillin Binding To Myosin Ii And Synergism With Anillin Are Required For Cytokinesis, Tara C. Smith, Peter C. Fridy, Yinyin Li, Shruti Basil, Sneha Arjun, Ryan M. Friesen, John D. Leszyk, Brian T. Chait, Michael P. Rout, Elizabeth J. Luna

Luna Lab Publications

Cytokinesis, the process in which cytoplasm is apportioned between dividing daughter cells, requires coordination of myosin II function, membrane trafficking and central spindle organization. Most known regulators act during late cytokinesis; a few, including the myosin II-binding proteins anillin and supervillin, act earlier. Anillin's role in scaffolding the membrane cortex with the central spindle is well established, but the mechanism of supervillin action is relatively uncharacterized. We show here that two regions within supervillin affect cell division: residues 831-1281, which bind central spindle proteins, and residues 1-170, which bind the myosin II heavy chain (MHC) and the long form ...


A Novel Role For Prolyl-Hydroxylase 3 Gene Silencing In Epithelial-To-Mesenchymal-Like Transition, Trenton Lane Place Dec 2013

A Novel Role For Prolyl-Hydroxylase 3 Gene Silencing In Epithelial-To-Mesenchymal-Like Transition, Trenton Lane Place

Theses and Dissertations

The ability of cells to sense oxygen is a highly evolved process that facilitates adaptations to the local oxygen environment and is critical to energy homeostasis. In vertebrates, this process is largely controlled by three intracellular prolyl-4-hydroxylases (PHD 1-3). These related enzymes share the ability to hydroxylate the hypoxia-inducible transcription factor (HIF), and therefore control the transcription of genes involved in metabolism and vascular recruitment. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that proline-4-hydroxylation controls much more than HIF signaling, with PHD3 emerging as the most unique and functionally diverse of the PHD isoforms. In fact, PHD3-mediated hydroxylation has recently been ...


A Forward Genetics Approach To Identify Molecular Drivers Of Liver Cancer Using Sleeping Beauty Mouse Models, Jesse Daniel Riordan Dec 2013

A Forward Genetics Approach To Identify Molecular Drivers Of Liver Cancer Using Sleeping Beauty Mouse Models, Jesse Daniel Riordan

Theses and Dissertations

Each year liver cancer kills more than half a million people, making it the third

leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Annual incidence continues to rise steadily, both domestically and globally, increasing the burden of this disease. Advancements in the ability to obtain detailed molecular profiles of tumors have led to the successful development of targeted therapies for a number of different cancers. Unfortunately, however, the molecular pathogenesis of liver cancer is poorly understood relative to many other types of malignancies. Thus, the identification of factors contributing to the development and progression of liver tumors is a major goal of ...


Endothelial Agonists Stimulate Vwf Release In Vitro And Trigger Ttp In Vivo, Gilbert Van Schaeffer Dec 2013

Endothelial Agonists Stimulate Vwf Release In Vitro And Trigger Ttp In Vivo, Gilbert Van Schaeffer

Theses and Dissertations

Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a plasma glycoprotein that can bind collagen at a wound site as well as circulating platelets. VWF forms high molecular weight multimers (>20,000 kDa). VWF can also form VWF strings that appear to be attached to the endothelial surface and are capable of binding platelets. These strings are only observed in vitro and in vivo in the absence of the VWF-cleaving protease ADAMTS13. Deficiency in ADAMTS13 results in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a clotting disorder characterized by thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, renal dysfunction, neurological dysfunction and fever. Patients suffering from TTP demonstrate VWF-and platelet-rich ...


The Molecular Mechanisms Of Pitx2 In Tooth Development And Enamel Defects In Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome, Xiao Li Dec 2013

The Molecular Mechanisms Of Pitx2 In Tooth Development And Enamel Defects In Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome, Xiao Li

Theses and Dissertations

Patients with Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome (ARS) present various dental abnormalities. ARS is genetically associated with mutations in the PITX2 gene, which encodes one of the earliest transcription factors to initiate tooth development. Thus, Pitx2 has long been considered as an upstream regulator of the transcriptional hierarchy in tooth development. However, it is unclear how its mutant forms cause ARS dental anomalies. In this report, we outline the transcriptional mechanism that is defective in ARS. We demonstrate that during normal tooth development Pitx2 activates Amelogenin (Amel) expression, whose product is required for enamel formation, and that this regulation is perturbed by missense ...


Characterization Of Cis-Acting Partners Within The Cytomegalovirus Major Immediate-Early Enhancer That Strengthen Mie Gene Expression And Viral Fitness, Courtney Searcey Galle Dec 2013

Characterization Of Cis-Acting Partners Within The Cytomegalovirus Major Immediate-Early Enhancer That Strengthen Mie Gene Expression And Viral Fitness, Courtney Searcey Galle

Theses and Dissertations

Human cytomegalovirus infects approximately 50% of adults in the United States and in most cases is asymptomatic. However, in the case of immune compromised persons such as AIDS patients, transplant patients, and newborn babies, life threatening CMV disease can occur. The HCMV major immediate-early enhancer functions as a master regulatory switch, whose activation is essential for the expression of the major IE transactivating proteins, IE1 p72 and IE2 p86. While critical to the viral lifecycle, regulation of MIE enhancer activation is very complex and not yet fully understood. I characterized the role of cis-acting partners within the MIE enhancer that ...


Cell Biological Defects In Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, Mark Schultz Dec 2013

Cell Biological Defects In Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, Mark Schultz

Theses and Dissertations

Mutations in the CLN3 gene cause Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (JNCL), a form of Batten disease that is grouped within the broad class of lysosomal storage diseases. JNCL displays a primary central nervous system phenotype characterized by rapid onset blindness, wide spread brain atrophy and reversal of learned abilities with death occurring 10-20 years after symptom onset. The mechanisms underlying these phenotypes are not known. CLN3 encodes CLN3, a protein with no known molecular function. CLN3 is expressed at very low levels natively in most cells, and is highly hydrophobic.

Similar to other lysosomal storage diseases, it is difficult to ...


Protective Effects Of Sphingomyelin Against Uv Photodamage In Human Keratinocytes, Kathleen De Guzman Dec 2013

Protective Effects Of Sphingomyelin Against Uv Photodamage In Human Keratinocytes, Kathleen De Guzman

Master's Theses and Project Reports

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation has been demonstrated in numerous studies to be a major risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancer development. Despite the emergence of current UV-preventative strategies, such as sunscreens and skin-protective clothing, the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer has continued to rise. This has encouraged investigations on alternative methods for UV prevention. In particular, bovine milk sphingomyelin has been studied for its potential in protecting human skin against UV photodamage. While the previous studies have suggested that sphingomyelin exhibits UV-protective properties in a human skin equivalent model, the exact mechanisms behind sphingomyelin’s photoprotective effects are yet unknown.

This ...


Functional Overlap Among Distinct G1/S Inhibitory Pathways Allows Robust G1 Arrest By Yeast Mating Pheromones, Patricia A. Pope, Peter M. Pryciak Dec 2013

Functional Overlap Among Distinct G1/S Inhibitory Pathways Allows Robust G1 Arrest By Yeast Mating Pheromones, Patricia A. Pope, Peter M. Pryciak

GSBS Student Publications

In budding yeast, mating pheromones arrest the cell cycle in G1 phase via a pheromone-activated Cdk-inhibitor (CKI) protein, Far1. Alternate pathways must also exist, however, because deleting the cyclin CLN2 restores pheromone arrest to far1 cells. Here we probe whether these alternate pathways require the G1/S transcriptional repressors Whi5 and Stb1 or the CKI protein Sic1, whose metazoan analogues (Rb or p27) antagonize cell cycle entry. Removing Whi5 and Stb1 allows partial escape from G1 arrest in far1 cln2 cells, along with partial derepression of G1/S genes, which implies a repressor-independent route for inhibiting G1/S transcription. This ...


The Development Of An In Vivo Microdialysis Collection Method Of Cytokines From Brain Tissue, Anthony W. Herbaugh Dec 2013

The Development Of An In Vivo Microdialysis Collection Method Of Cytokines From Brain Tissue, Anthony W. Herbaugh

Theses and Dissertations

In this thesis, different methods to improve the microdialysis collection procedure for cytokines from brain tissue are presented. The first method was based on stopped flow and results indicating that no significant difference in relative recovery between stopped flow and continuous flow are shown. The second method is an antibody bead-based enhancement method. With the antibody bead-based method, a 3.5 fold increase in the collected concentrations of Chemokine (C-C motif) Ligand 2 (CCL2) were observed. However, there was no significant increase in the in vivo collection efficiency of Interleukin-6 (IL-6) using the antibody enhancement. Finally the development of an ...


Flagellar Central Pair Assembly In Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii, Karl-Ferdinand Lechtreck, Travis J. Gould, George B. Witman Nov 2013

Flagellar Central Pair Assembly In Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii, Karl-Ferdinand Lechtreck, Travis J. Gould, George B. Witman

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

BACKGROUND: Most motile cilia and flagella have nine outer doublet and two central pair (CP) microtubules. Outer doublet microtubules are continuous with the triplet microtubules of the basal body, are templated by the basal body microtubules, and grow by addition of new subunits to their distal ("plus") ends. In contrast, CP microtubules are not continuous with basal body microtubules, raising the question of how these microtubules are assembled and how their polarity is established.

METHODS: CP assembly in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii was analyzed by electron microscopy and wide-field and super-resolution immunofluorescence microscopy. To analyze CP assembly independently from flagellar assembly, the ...


Stellaris Fishing 20131125mon Part 2 Of 2, George Mcnamara Nov 2013

Stellaris Fishing 20131125mon Part 2 Of 2, George Mcnamara

George McNamara

Stellaris FISH dataset using three FISH probe sets.

Slides courtesy of Biosearch Technologies,

https://www.biosearchtech.com/store/product.aspx?catid=224,318,324

see http://stellarisfish.smugmug.com/ for online gallery by Biosearch.

This experiment was to evaluate the crosstalk between the Biosearch fluorophores:

Quasar 570

CAL Fluor Red 610 (CFR 610)

Quasar 670

DAPI (DNA counterstain)

Autofluorescence (green, but sometimes showing up in other channels).

and our lab's Leica DMI6000 fluorescence microscope with Leica filter sets:

DAPI

GFP (L5)

Cy3 (N3)

Texas Red (TxRed2)

Cy5 (Y5)

I also acquired green channel and red channel with exciter filters ...


Transforming Growth Factor-Beta Receptor Signalling Is Modulated By Integrin-Linked Kinase, Stellar H. Boo Nov 2013

Transforming Growth Factor-Beta Receptor Signalling Is Modulated By Integrin-Linked Kinase, Stellar H. Boo

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) modulates regeneration after injury through induction of fibroblast proliferation, migration, and differentiation into myofibroblasts. Induction of myofibroblast differentiation by TGF-β1 requires expression of integrin-linked kinase (ILK). I now show that ILK interacts with TGF-β receptor type II (TβRII) in primary dermal fibroblasts. Further, colocalization of ILK and TβRII can be observed at the cell membrane and in intracellular vesicles. The association of TβRII and ILK does not require TGF-β1 stimulation, kinase activity of TGF-β1 receptor type I or TβRII, and it does not involve interactions between ILK and focal adhesion-associated proteins. When this interaction is ...


Aspects Of The Innate Immune System In The Caribbean Octocoral Swiftia Exserta, Lorenzo P. Menzel Nov 2013

Aspects Of The Innate Immune System In The Caribbean Octocoral Swiftia Exserta, Lorenzo P. Menzel

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The immune systems of cnidaria are important to study for two reasons: to gain a better understanding of the evolution of immune responses, and to provide a basis to partially redress the precipitous world-wide die-offs of reef corals, some of which have been attributed to diseases and stress. Many immune responses share ancient evolutionary origins and are common across many taxa.

Using Swiftia exserta, an azooxanthellate ahermatypic local octocoral, as a proxy model organism to study aspects of innate immunity in corals and cnidaria allows us to address both of the reasons listed above while not using endangered species. Utilizing ...


Cell Biology In Neuroscience: Architects In Neural Circuit Design: Glia Control Neuron Numbers And Connectivity, Megan M. Corty, Marc R. Freeman Nov 2013

Cell Biology In Neuroscience: Architects In Neural Circuit Design: Glia Control Neuron Numbers And Connectivity, Megan M. Corty, Marc R. Freeman

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Glia serve many important functions in the mature nervous system. In addition, these diverse cells have emerged as essential participants in nearly all aspects of neural development. Improved techniques to study neurons in the absence of glia, and to visualize and manipulate glia in vivo, have greatly expanded our knowledge of glial biology and neuron-glia interactions during development. Exciting studies in the last decade have begun to identify the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which glia exert control over neuronal circuit formation. Recent findings illustrate the importance of glial cells in shaping the nervous system by controlling the number and ...


Microtubule Severing At Crossover Sites By Katanin Generates Ordered Cortical Microtubule Arrays In Arabidopsis, Quan Zhang, Erica Fishel, Tyler Bertroche, Ram Dixit Nov 2013

Microtubule Severing At Crossover Sites By Katanin Generates Ordered Cortical Microtubule Arrays In Arabidopsis, Quan Zhang, Erica Fishel, Tyler Bertroche, Ram Dixit

Biology Faculty Publications & Presentations

Highlights

  • Severing primarily depolymerizes the overlying CMT at crossover sites
  • Severing probability increases nonlinearly with crossover time
  • Katanin localizes to crossover sites and is required for severing
  • Loss of katanin activity prevents the formation of coaligned CMT arrays

Summary
The noncentrosomal cortical microtubules (CMTs) of land plants form highly ordered parallel arrays that mediate cell morphogenesis by orienting cellulose deposition [1, 2 and 3]. Since new CMTs initiate from dispersed cortical sites at random orientations [4], parallel array organization is hypothesized to require selective pruning of CMTs that are not in the dominant orientation. Severing of CMTs at crossover sites ...


Leica Microscope Gpu Deconvolution Stellaris Fish Dataset #1, George Mcnamara Nov 2013

Leica Microscope Gpu Deconvolution Stellaris Fish Dataset #1, George Mcnamara

George McNamara

McNamara 20131101Fri Leica widefield microscope CUDA Deconvolution Stellaris FISH probe cultured cells dataset #1.zip

A text file in the zip archive has experiment details. I am posting this online so that researchers - whether academic or commercial - can evaluate the acquired data, the Bruce and Butte 2013 Optics Express ( http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/fulltext.cfm?uri=oe-21-4-4766 ) deconvolution result (note: I may not have used optimal settings), and to compare these deconvolution results to other methods. If anyone generates alternative spatial deconvolution output, such as from: * SVI Huygens * Media Cy AutoQuant * Agard's ER-Decon (Arigovindan 2013 PNAS) * Vicidomini SGP ...


Identification And Rna Binding Characterization Of Plant Virus Rna Silencing Suppressor Proteins, Jeff Vargason, Carissa J. Burch, Jesse W. Wilson Nov 2013

Identification And Rna Binding Characterization Of Plant Virus Rna Silencing Suppressor Proteins, Jeff Vargason, Carissa J. Burch, Jesse W. Wilson

Faculty Publications - Department of Biology and Chemistry

Suppression is a common mechanism employed by viruses to evade the antiviral effects of the host’s RNA silencing pathway. The activity of suppression has commonly been localized to gene products in the virus, but the variety of mechanisms used in suppression by these viral proteins spans nearly the complete biochemical pathway of RNA silencing in the host. This review describes the agrofiltration assay and a slightly modified version of the agro-infiltration assay called co-infiltration, which are common methods used to observe RNA silencing and identify viral silencing suppressor proteins in plants, respectively. In addition, this review will provide an ...


Novel Neuroprotective Function Of Apical-Basal Polarity Genecrumbs In Amyloid Beta 42 (Aβ42) Mediated Neurodegeneration, Andrew Steffensmeier, Meghana Tare, Oorvashi Roy Puli, Rohan Modi, Jaison Nainaparampil, Madhuri Kango-Singh, Amit Singh Nov 2013

Novel Neuroprotective Function Of Apical-Basal Polarity Genecrumbs In Amyloid Beta 42 (Aβ42) Mediated Neurodegeneration, Andrew Steffensmeier, Meghana Tare, Oorvashi Roy Puli, Rohan Modi, Jaison Nainaparampil, Madhuri Kango-Singh, Amit Singh

Biology Faculty Publications

Alzheimer's disease (AD, OMIM: 104300), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder with no cure to date, is caused by the generation of amyloid-beta-42 (Aβ42) aggregates that trigger neuronal cell death by unknown mechanism(s). We have developed a transgenic Drosophilaeye model where misexpression of human Aβ42 results in AD-like neuropathology in the neural retina. We have identified an apical-basal polarity gene crumbs (crb) as a genetic modifier of Aβ42-mediated-neuropathology. Misexpression of Aβ42 caused upregulation of Crb expression, whereas downregulation of Crb either by RNAi or null allele approach rescued the Aβ42-mediated-neurodegeneration. Co-expression of full length Crb with Aβ42 increased severity ...


The Dna Damage And The Dna Replication Checkpoints Converge At The Mbf Transcription Factor, Tsvetomira Ivanova, Isabel Alves-Rodrigues, Blanca Gomez-Escoda, Chaitali Dutta, James A. Decaprio, Nicholas R. Rhind, Elena Hidalgo, Jose Ayte Nov 2013

The Dna Damage And The Dna Replication Checkpoints Converge At The Mbf Transcription Factor, Tsvetomira Ivanova, Isabel Alves-Rodrigues, Blanca Gomez-Escoda, Chaitali Dutta, James A. Decaprio, Nicholas R. Rhind, Elena Hidalgo, Jose Ayte

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

In fission yeast cells, Cds1 is the effector kinase of the DNA replication checkpoint. We previously showed that when the DNA replication checkpoint is activated, the repressor Yox1 is phosphorylated and inactivated by Cds1, resulting in activation of MluI-binding factor (MBF)-dependent transcription. This is essential to reinitiate DNA synthesis and for correct G1-to-S transition. Here we show that Cdc10, which is an essential part of the MBF core, is the target of the DNA damage checkpoint. When fission yeast cells are treated with DNA-damaging agents, Chk1 is activated and phosphorylates Cdc10 at its carboxy-terminal domain. This modification is responsible ...