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  • Characterization of the adult Aedes aegypti early midgut peritrophic matrix proteome using LC-MS 

    Whiten, Shavonn R.; Ray, W. Keith; Helm, Richard F.; Adelman, Zach N. (PLOS, 2018-03-23)
    The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the principal vector of arboviruses such as dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika virus. These arboviruses are transmitted during adult female mosquito bloodfeeding. While these viruses ...
  • Identification of aaNAT5b as a spermine N-acetyltransferase in the mosquito, Aedes aegypti 

    Guan, Huai; Wang, Maoying; Liao, Chenghong; Liang, Jing; Mehere, Prajwalini; Tian, Meiling; Liu, Hairong; Robinson, Howard; Li, Jianyong; Han, Qian (PLOS, 2018-03-19)
    Mosquitoes transmit a number of diseases in animals and humans, including Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika viruses that affect millions of people each year. Controlling the disease-transmitting mosquitoes has proven to be a ...
  • A Pterin-Dependent Signaling Pathway Regulates a Dual-Function Diguanylate Cyclase-Phosphodiesterase Controlling Surface Attachment in Agrobacterium tumefaciens 

    Feirer, Nathan; Xu, Jing; Allen, Kylie D.; Koestler, Benjamin J.; Bruger, Eric L.; Waters, Christopher M.; White, Robert H.; Fuqua, Clay (American Society for Microbiology, 2015-07)
    The motile-to-sessile transition is an important lifestyle switch in diverse bacteria and is often regulated by the intracellular second messenger cyclic diguanylate monophosphate (c-di-GMP). In general, high c-di-GMP ...
  • Diversity and Functional Analysis of the FeMo-Cofactor Maturase NifB 

    Arragain, Simon; Jimenez-Vicente, Emilio; Scandurra, Alessandro A.; Buren, Stefan; Rubio, Luis M.; Echavarri-Erasun, Carlos (2017-11-14)
    One of the main hurdles to engineer nitrogenase in a non-diazotrophic host is achieving NifB activity. NifB is an extremely unstable and oxygen sensitive protein that catalyzes a low-potential SAM-radical dependent reaction. ...
  • Comparative Genomics and Proteomic Analysis of Assimilatory Sulfate Reduction Pathways in Anaerobic Methanotrophic Archaea 

    Yu, Hang; Susanti, Dwi; McGlynn, Shawn E.; Skennerton, Connor T.; Chourey, Karuna; Iyer, Ramsunder; Scheller, Silvan; Tavormina, Patricia L.; Hettich, Robert L.; Mukhopadhyay, Biswarup; Orphan, Victoria J. (Frontiers, 2018-12-03)
    Sulfate is the predominant electron acceptor for anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) in marine sediments. This process is carried out by a syntrophic consortium of anaerobic methanotrophic archaea (ANME) and sulfate ...
  • Eubacterial SpoVG Homologs Constitute a New Family of Site-Specific DNA-Binding Proteins 

    Jutras, Brandon L.; Chenail, Alicia M.; Rowland, Christi L.; Carroll, Dustin; Miller, M. Clarke; Bykowski, Tomasz; Stevenson, Brian (PLOS, 2013-06-20)
    A site-specific DNA-binding protein was purified from Borrelia burgdorferi cytoplasmic extracts, and determined to be a member of the highly conserved SpoVG family. This is the first time a function has been attributed to ...
  • BpaB, a novel protein encoded by the Lyme disease spirochete’s cp32 prophages, binds to erp Operator 2 DNA 

    Burns, Logan H.; Adams, Claire A.; Riley, Sean P.; Jutras, Brandon L.; Bowman, Amy; Chenail, Alicia M.; Cooley, Anne E.; Haselhorst, Laura A.; Moore, Alisha M.; Babb, Kelly; Fried, Michael G.; Stevenson, Brian (Oxford University Press, 2010)
    Borrelia burgdorferi produces Erp outer surface proteins throughout mammalian infection, but represses their synthesis during colonization of vector ticks. A DNA region 50 of the start of erp transcription, Operator 2, was ...
  • Genomic insights into the Ixodes scapularis tick vector of Lyme disease 

    Gulia-Nuss, Monika; Nuss, Andrew B.; Meyer, Jason M.; Sonenshine, Daniel E.; Roe, R. Michael; Waterhouse, Robert M.; Sattelle, David B.; de la Fuente, Jose; Ribeiro, Jose M.; Megy, Karine; Thimmapuram, Jyothi; Miller, Jason R.; Walenz, Brian P.; Koren, Sergey; Hostetler, Jessica B.; Thiagarajan, Mathangi; Joardar, Vinita S.; Hannick, Linda I.; Bidwell, Shelby; Hammond, Martin P.; Young, Sarah; Zeng, Qiandong; Abrudan, Jenica L.; Almeida, Francisca C.; Ayllon, Nieves; Bhide, Ketaki; Bissinger, Brooke W.; Bonzon-Kulichenko, Elena; Buckingham, Steven D.; Caffrey, Daniel R.; Caimano, Melissa J.; Croset, Vincent; Driscoll, Timothy; Gilbert, Don; Gillespie, Joseph J.; Giraldo-Calderon, Gloria I.; Grabowski, Jeffrey M.; Jiang, David; Khalil, Sayed M. S.; Kim, Donghun; Kocan, Katherine M.; Koci, Juraj; Kuhn, Richard J.; Kurtti, Timothy J.; Lees, Kristin; Lang, Emma G.; Kennedy, Ryan C.; Kwon, Hyeogsun; Perera, Rushika; Qi, Yumin; Radolf, Justin D.; Sakamoto, Joyce M.; Sanchez-Gracia, Alejandro; Severo, Maiara S.; Silverman, Neal; Simo, Ladislav; Tojo, Marta; Tornador, Cristian; Van Zee, Janice P.; Vazquez, Jesus; Vieira, Filipe G.; Villar, Margarita; Wespiser, Adam R.; Yang, Yunlong; Zhu, Jiwei; Arensburger, Peter; Pietrantonio, Patricia V.; Barker, Stephen C.; Shao, Renfu; Zdobnov, Evgeny M.; Hauser, Frank; Grimmelikhuijzen, Cornelis J. P.; Park, Yoonseong; Rozas, Julio; Benton, Richard; Pedra, Joao H. F.; Nelson, David R.; Unger, Maria F.; Tubio, Jose M. C.; Tu, Zhijian; Robertson, Hugh M.; Shumway, Martin; Sutton, Granger; Wortman, Jennifer R.; Lawson, Daniel; Wikel, Stephen K.; Nene, Vishvanath M.; Fraser, Claire M.; Collins, Frank H.; Birren, Bruce; Nelson, Karen E.; Caler, Elisabet; Hill, Catherine A. (Springer Nature, 2016-02)
    Ticks transmit more pathogens to humans and animals than any other arthropod. We describe the 2.1 Gbp nuclear genome of the tick, Ixodes scapularis (Say), which vectors pathogens that cause Lyme disease, human granulocytic ...
  • Early preclinical detection of prions in the skin of prion-infected animals 

    Wang, Zerui; Manca, Matteo; Foutz, Aaron; Camacho, Manuel V.; Raymond, Gregory J.; Race, Brent; Orru, Christina D.; Yuan, Jue; Shen, Pingping; Li, Baiya; Lang, Yue; Dang, Johnny; Adornato, Alise; Williams, Katie; Maurer, Nicholas R.; Gambetti, Pierluigi; Xu, Bin; Surewicz, Witold; Petersen, Robert B.; Dong, Xiaoping; Appleby, Brian S.; Caughey, Byron; Cui, Li; Kong, Qingzhong; Zou, Wen-Quan (2019-01-16)
    A definitive pre-mortem diagnosis of prion disease depends on brain biopsy for prion detection currently and no validated alternative preclinical diagnostic tests have been reported to date. To determine the feasibility ...
  • The Lyme disease spirochete’s BpuR DNA- / RNA-binding protein is differentially expressed during the mammal-tick infectious cycle, and affects translation of the SodA superoxide dismutase 

    Jutras, Brandon; Arnold, William; Savage, Christina; Tilly, Kit; Beastor, Aaron; Rosa, Patti; Brisette, Catherin; Stevenson, Brian
  • Borrelia burgdorferi SpoVG DNA- and RNA-Binding Protein Modulates the Physiology of the Lyme Disease Spirochete 

    Savage, Christina R.; Jutras, Brandon L.; Bestor, Aaron; Tilly, Kit; Rosa, Patricia A.; Tourand, Yvonne; Stewart, Philip E.; Brissette, Catherine A.; Stevenson, Brian (AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY, 2018-06-01)
  • Juvenile hormone-regulated alternative splicing of the taiman gene primes the ecdysteroid response in adult mosquitoes 

    Liu, Pengcheng; Fu, Xiaonan; Zhu, Jinsong (NATL ACAD SCIENCES, 2018-08-14)
    Juvenile hormone (JH) regulates many aspects of insect development and reproduction. In some processes, JH plays a critical role in defining the action of the steroid hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E). In Aedes aegypti ...
  • Functional analysis of the promoter of an early zygotic gene KLC2 in Aedes aegypti 

    Hu, Wanqi; Tu, Zhijian J (2018-12-24)
    Abstract Background Aedes aegypti is an important mosquito vector that transmits arboviruses that cause devastating diseases including Zika, dengue fever, yellow fever and ...
  • Pure early zygotic genes in the Asian malaria mosquito Anopheles stephensi 

    Wu, Yang; Hu, Wanqi; Biedler, James K; Chen, Xiao-Guang; Tu, Zhijian J (2018-12-24)
    Abstract Background The Asian malaria mosquito, Anopheles stephensi, is a major urban malaria vector in the Middle East and on the Indian subcontinent. Early zygotic transcription, ...
  • Evidence for Regulation of Hemoglobin Metabolism and Intracellular Ionic Flux by the Plasmodium falciparum Chloroquine Resistance Transporter 

    Lee, Andrew H.; Dhingra, Satish K.; Lewis, Ian A.; Singh, Maneesh K.; Siriwardana, Amila; Dalal, Seema; Rubiano, Kelly; Klein, Matthias S.; Baska, Katelynn S.; Krishna, Sanjeev; Klemba, Michael; Roepe, Paul D.; Llinas, Manuel; Garcia, Celia R. S.; Fidock, David A. (Springer Nature, 2018-09-11)
    Plasmodium falciparum multidrug resistance constitutes a major obstacle to the global malaria elimination campaign. Specific mutations in the Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance transporter (PfCRT) mediate resistance ...
  • Open Source Drug Discovery with the Malaria Box Compound Collection for Neglected Diseases and Beyond 

    Van Voorhis, Wesley C.; Adams, John H.; Adelfio, Roberto; Ahyong, Vida; Akabas, Myles H.; Alano, Pietro; Alday, Aintzane; Resto, Yesmalie Aleman; Alsibaee, Aishah; Alzualde, Ainhoa; Andrews, Katherine T.; Avery, Simon V.; Avery, Vicky M.; Ayong, Lawrence; Baker, Mark; Baker, Stephen; Ben Mamoun, Choukri; Bhatia, Sangeeta; Bickle, Quentin; Bounaadja, Lotfi; Bowling, Tana; Bosch, Juergen; Boucher, Lauren E.; Boyom, Fabrice F.; Brea, Jose; Brennan, Marian; Burton, Audrey; Caffrey, Conor R.; Camarda, Grazia; Carrasquilla, Manuela; Carter, Dee; Cassera, Maria Belen; Cheng, Ken Chih-Chien; Chindaudomsate, Worathad; Chubb, Anthony; Colon, Beatrice L.; Colon-Lopez, Daisy D.; Corbett, Yolanda; Crowther, Gregory J.; Cowan, Noemi; D'Alessandro, Sarah; Le Dang, Na; Delves, Michael; DeRisi, Joseph L.; Du, Alan Y.; Duffy, Sandra; El-Sayed, Shimaa Abd El-Salam; Ferdig, Michael T.; Robledo, Jose A. Fernandez; Fidock, David A.; Florent, Isabelle; Fokou, Patrick V. T.; Galstian, Ani; Javier Gamo, Francisco; Gokool, Suzanne; Gold, Ben; Golub, Todd; Goldgof, Gregory M.; Guha, Rajarshi; Guiguemde, W. Armand; Gural, Nil; Guy, R. Kiplin; Hansen, Michael A. E.; Hanson, Kirsten K.; Hemphill, Andrew; van Huijsduijnen, Rob Hooft; Horii, Takaaki; Horrocks, Paul; Hughes, Tyler B.; Huston, Christopher; Igarashi, Ikuo; Ingram-Sieber, Katrin; Itoe, Maurice A.; Jadhav, Ajit; Jensen, Amornrat Naranuntarat; Jensen, Laran T.; Jiang, Rays H. Y.; Kaiser, Annette; Keiser, Jennifer; Ketas, Thomas; Kicka, Sebastien; Kim, Sunyoung; Kirk, Kiaran; Kumar, Vidya P.; Kyle, Dennis E.; Jose Lafuente, Maria; Landfear, Scott; Lee, Nathan; Lee, Sukjun; Lehane, Adele M.; Li, Fengwu; Little, David; Liu, Liqiong; Llinas, Manuel; Loza, Maria I.; Lubar, Aristea; Lucantoni, Leonardo; Lucet, Isabelle; Maes, Louis; Mancama, Dalu; Mansour, Nuha R.; March, Sandra; McGowan, Sheena; Vera, Iset Medina; Meister, Stephan; Mercer, Luke; Mestres, Jordi; Mfopa, Alvine N.; Misra, Raj N.; Moon, Seunghyun; Moore, John P.; Rodrigues da Costa, Francielly Morais; Mueller, Joachim; Muriana, Arantza; Hewitt, Stephen Nakazawa; Nare, Bakela; Nathan, Carl; Narraidoo, Nathalie; Nawaratna, Sujeevi; Ojo, Kayode K.; Ortiz, Diana; Panic, Gordana; Papadatos, George; Parapini, Silvia; Patra, Kailash; Ngoc Pham; Prats, Sarah; Plouffe, David M.; Poulsen, Sally-Ann; Pradhan, Anupam; Quevedo, Celia; Quinn, Ronald J.; Rice, Christopher A.; Rizk, Mohamed Abdo; Ruecker, Andrea; St Onge, Robert; Ferreira, Rafaela Salgado; Samra, Jasmeet; Robinett, Natalie G.; Schlecht, Ulrich; Schmitt, Marjorie; Villela, Filipe Silva; Silvestrini, Francesco; Sinden, Robert; Smith, Dennis A.; Soldati, Thierry; Spitzmueller, Andreas; Stamm, Serge Maximilian; Sullivan, David J.; Sullivan, William; Suresh, Sundari; Suzuki, Brian M.; Suzuki, Yo; Swamidass, S. Joshua; Taramelli, Donatella; Tchokouaha, Lauve R. Y.; Theron, Anjo; Thomas, David; Tonissen, Kathryn F.; Townson, Simon; Tripathi, Abhai K.; Trofimov, Valentin; Udenze, Kenneth O.; Ullah, Imran; Vallieres, Cindy; Vigil, Edgar; Vinetz, Joseph M.; Phat Voong Vinh; Hoan Vu; Watanabe, Nao-aki; Weatherby, Kate; White, Pamela M.; Wilks, Andrew F.; Winzeler, Elizabeth A.; Wojcik, Edward; Wree, Melanie; Wu, Wesley; Yokoyama, Naoaki; Zollo, Paul H. A.; Abla, Nada; Blasco, Benjamin; Burrows, Jeremy; Laleu, Benoit; Leroy, Didier; Spangenberg, Thomas; Wells, Timothy; Willis, Paul A. (PLOS, 2016-07-28)
    A major cause of the paucity of new starting points for drug discovery is the lack of interaction between academia and industry. Much of the global resource in biology is present in universities, whereas the focus of ...
  • Crystal Structure and Substrate Specificity of Drosophila 3,4-Dihydroxyphenylalanine Decarboxylase 

    Han, Qian; Ding, Haizhen; Robinson, Howard; Christensen, Bruce M.; Li, Jianyong (PLOS, 2010-01-21)
    Background 3,4-Dihydroxyphenylalanine decarboxylase (DDC), also known as aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase, catalyzes the decarboxylation of a number of aromatic L-amino acids. Physiologically, DDC is responsible for ...
  • Use of Activity-Based Probes to Develop High Throughput Screening Assays That Can Be Performed in Complex Cell Extracts 

    Deu, Edgar; Yang, Zhimou; Wang, Flora; Klemba, Michael; Bogyo, Matthew (PLOS, 2010-08-05)
    Background High throughput screening (HTS) is one of the primary tools used to identify novel enzyme inhibitors. However, its applicability is generally restricted to targets that can either be expressed recombinantly ...

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