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  • Comparison of Common Analytical Methods for the Quantification of Total Polyphenols and Flavanols in Fruit Juices and Ciders 

    Ma, Sihui; Kim, Cathlean; Neilson, Andrew P.; Griffin, Laura E.; Peck, Gregory M.; O'Keefe, Sean F.; Stewart, Amanda C. (2019-07-17)
    Multiple analytical methods are used for quantification of total polyphenols and total flavanols in fruit juices and beverages. Four methods were evaluated in this study: Folin-Ciocalteu (F-C), Lowenthal permanganate (L-P), ...
  • Internalization of Erythrocyte Acylpeptide Hydrolase Is Required for Asexual Replication of Plasmodium falciparum 

    Elahi, Rubayet; Dapper, Christie; Klemba, Michael (American Society for Microbiology, 2019-05-08)
    The human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum causes disease as it replicates within the host's erythrocytes. We have found that an erythrocyte serine hydrolase, acylpeptide hydrolase (APEH), accumulates within developing ...
  • Expression analysis and knockdown of two antennal odorant-binding protein genes in Aedes aegypti 

    Sengul, Meryem S.; Tu, Zhijian (Entomological Society of America, 2010-10-05)
    The presence and expression of odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) in the olfactory organs suggest that they play an important role in mosquito olfaction. However, no direct evidence has been found for their involvement in the ...
  • Odorant receptor c-terminal motifs in divergent insect species 

    Miller, Raymond; Tu, Zhijian (Entomological Society of America, 2008-09-22)
    Insect odorant receptors are a large family of seven transmembrane proteins believed to be G-protein coupled receptors. The peptide sequences of two odorant receptors within a given species may share as little as 17% ...
  • Mechanism-based tuning of insect 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetaldehyde synthase for synthetic bioproduction of benzylisoquinoline alkaloids 

    Vavricka, Christopher J.; Yoshida, Takanobu; Kuriya, Yuki; Takahashi, Shunsuke; Ogawa, Teppei; Ono, Fumie; Agari, Kazuko; Kiyota, Hiromasa; Li, Jianyong; Ishii, Jun; Tsuge, Kenji; Minami, Hiromichi; Araki, Michihiro; Hasunuma, Tomohisa; Kondo, Akihiko (Springer Nature, 2019-05-01)
    Previous studies have utilized monoamine oxidase (MAO) and L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine decarboxylase (DDC) for microbe-based production of tetrahydropapaveroline (THP), a benzylisoquinoline alkaloid (BIA) precursor to ...
  • Complete Genome Sequence of Fusobacterium necrophorum subsp. necrophorum ATCC 25286 

    Umaña, Ariana; Lemkul, Justin A.; Slade, Daniel J. (American Society for Microbiology, 2019-02-21)
    Fusobacterium necrophorum is a pathogenic Gram-negative, anaerobic bacterium. In this study, we present the first complete genome sequence of Fusobacterium necrophorum subsp. necrophorum ATCC 25286. These data provide a ...
  • Borrelia burgdorferi peptidoglycan is a persistent antigen in patients with Lyme arthritis 

    Jutras, Brandon L.; Lochhead, Robert B.; Kloos, Zachary A.; Biboy, Jacob; Strle, Klemen; Booth, Carmen J.; Govers, Sander K.; Gray, Joe; Schumann, Peter; Vollmer, Waldemar; Bockenstedt, Linda K.; Steere, Allen C.; Jacobs-Wagner, Christine (National Academy of Sciences, 2019-06-17)
    Lyme disease is a multisystem disorder caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. A common late-stage complication of this disease is oligoarticular arthritis, often involving the knee. In ∼10% of cases, arthritis ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Identification of MOS9 as an interaction partner for chalcone synthase in the nucleus 

    Watkinson, Jonathan I.; Bowerman, Peter A.; Crosby, Kevin C.; Hildreth, Sherry B.; Helm, Richard F.; Winkel, Brenda S.J. (PeerJ, 2018-09-19)
    Plant flavonoid metabolism has served as a platform for understanding a range of fundamental biological phenomena, including providing some of the early insights into the subcellular organization of metabolism. Evidence ...
  • 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 L.; 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)

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