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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • From L-Dopa to Dihydroxyphenylacetaldehyde: A Toxic Biochemical Pathway Plays a Vital Physiological Function in Insects 

    Vavricka, Christopher; Han, Qian; Huang, Yongping; Erickson, Sara M.; Harich, Kim; Christensen, Bruce M.; Li, Jianyong (PLOS, 2011-01-24)
    One protein in Aedes aegypti, classified into the aromatic amino acid decarboxylase (AAAD) family based on extremely high sequence homology (∼70%) with dopa decarboxylase (Ddc), was biochemically investigated. Our data ...
  • Eimeria Species and Genetic Background Influence the Serum Protein Profile of Broilers with Coccidiosis 

    Gilbert, Elizabeth R.; Cox, Chasity M.; Williams, Patricia M.; McElroy, Audrey P.; Dalloul, Rami A.; Ray, W. Keith; Barri, Adriana; Emmerson, Derek A.; Wong, Eric A.; Webb, Kenneth E., Jr. (PLOS, 2011-01-31)
    Background Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease caused by protozoal parasites of the genus Eimeria. Despite the advent of anti-coccidial drugs and vaccines, the disease continues to result in substantial annual economic ...
  • A New Role for an Old Antimicrobial: Lysozyme c-1 Can Function to Protect Malaria Parasites in Anopheles Mosquitoes 

    Kajla, Mayur K.; Shi, Lei; Li, Bin; Luckhart, Shirley; Li, Jianyong; Paskewitz, Susan M. (PLOS, 2011-05-06)
    Background Plasmodium requires an obligatory life stage in its mosquito host. The parasites encounter a number of insults while journeying through this host and have developed mechanisms to avoid host defenses. Lysozymes ...
  • Motor Deficits and Decreased Striatal Dopamine Receptor 2 Binding Activity in the Striatum-Specific Dyt1 Conditional Knockout Mice 

    Yokoi, Fumiaki; Dang, Mai Tu; Li, Jianyong; Standaert, David G.; Li, Yuqing (PLOS, 2011-09-12)
    DYT1 early-onset generalized dystonia is a hyperkinetic movement disorder caused by mutations in DYT1 (TOR1A), which codes for torsinA. Recently, significant progress has been made in studying pathophysiology of DYT1 ...
  • Prediction of Disease and Phenotype Associations from Genome-Wide Association Studies 

    Lewis, Stephanie N.; Nsoesie, Elaine; Weeks, Charles; Qiao, Dan; Zhang, Liqing (PLOS, 2011-11-04)
    Background Genome wide association studies (GWAS) have proven useful as a method for identifying genetic variations associated with diseases. In this study, we analyzed GWAS data for 61 diseases and phenotypes to elucidate ...
  • Plasmodium falciparum Parasites Are Killed by a Transition State Analogue of Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase in a Primate Animal Model 

    Cassera, Maria B.; Hazleton, Keith Z.; Merino, Emilio F.; Obaldia, Nicanor, III; Ho, Meng-Chiao; Murkin, Andrew S.; DePinto, Richard; Gutierrez, Jemy A.; Almo, Steven C.; Evans, Gary B.; Babu, Yarlagadda S.; Schramm, Vern L. (PLOS, 2011-11-11)
    Plasmodium falciparum causes most of the one million annual deaths from malaria. Drug resistance is widespread and novel agents against new targets are needed to support combination-therapy approaches promoted by the World ...
  • Odor-Specific Daily Rhythms in the Olfactory Sensitivity and Behavior of Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes 

    Eilerts, Diane F.; VanderGiessen, Morgen; Bose, Elizabeth A.; Broxton, Kyera; Vinauger, Clément (MDPI, 2018-10-23)
    Many biological processes and behaviors in mosquitoes display rhythmic patterns, allowing for fine tuning to cyclic environmental conditions. In mosquitoes, vector-host interactions are primarily mediated by olfactory ...
  • Connecting the Dots between PubMed Abstracts 

    Hossain, M. Shahriar; Gresock, Joseph; Edmonds, Yvette; Helm, Richard; Potts, Malcolm; Ramakrishnan, Naren (PLOS, 2012-01-03)
    Background There are now a multitude of articles published in a diversity of journals providing information about genes, proteins, pathways, and diseases. Each article investigates subsets of a biological process, but ...
  • Chemical Mechanism of UDP-Galactopyranose Mutase from Trypanosoma cruzi: A Potential Drug Target against Chagas' Disease 

    Oppenheimer, Michelle; Lisa Valenciano, Ana; Kizjakina, Karina; Qi, Jun; Sobrado, Pablo (PLOS, 2012-03-20)
    UDP-galactopyranose mutase (UGM) is a flavoenzyme that catalyzes the conversion of UDP-galactopyranose to UDP-galactofuranose, the precursor of galactofuranose (Galf). Galf is found in several pathogenic organisms, including ...
  • Identification of Early Zygotic Genes in the Yellow Fever Mosquito Aedes aegypti and Discovery of a Motif Involved in Early Zygotic Genome Activation 

    Biedler, James K.; Hu, Wanqi; Tae, Hongseok; Tu, Zhijian (PLOS, 2012-03-23)
    During early embryogenesis the zygotic genome is transcriptionally silent and all mRNAs present are of maternal origin. The maternal-zygotic transition marks the time over which embryogenesis changes its dependence from ...
  • Select Small Core Structure Carbamates Exhibit High Contact Toxicity to "Carbamate-Resistant" Strain Malaria Mosquitoes, Anopheles gambiae (Akron) 

    Wong, Dawn M.; Li, Jianyong; Chen, Qiao-Hong; Han, Qian; Mutunga, James M.; Wysinski, Ania; Anderson, Troy D.; Ding, Haizhen; Carpenetti, Tiffany L.; Verma, Astha; Islam, Rafique; Paulson, Sally L.; Lam, Polo Chun Hung; Totrov, Maxim; Bloomquist, Jeffrey R.; Carlier, Paul R. (PLOS, 2012-10-01)
    Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is a proven target for control of the malaria mosquito (Anopheles gambiae). Unfortunately, a single amino acid mutation (G119S) in An. gambiae AChE-1 (AgAChE) confers resistance to the AChE ...
  • Evidence for a Golgi-to-Endosome Protein Sorting Pathway in Plasmodium falciparum 

    Krai, Priscilla M.; Dalal, Seema; Klemba, Michael (PLOS, 2014-02-25)
    During the asexual intraerythrocytic stage, the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum must traffic newly-synthesized proteins to a broad array of destinations within and beyond the parasite's plasma membrane. In this ...

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