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12th Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 28th, 2016 by Judy Means

Seven students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the twelfth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2016 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.

Group Picture

(left to right): Jiadi An, Hannah Miller, Mohammed Ismail, Alexander Wolff, Hang Yin, Devon Moose, Jianlan Ren
  • Jiadi An
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Osmotic Pressure Simulations Facilitate Protein Force Field Parameterization: GROMOS 54A7
  • Mohammed A. Ismail
    Mentor: Maria Spies
    Phosphorylation by C-Abl Kinase on RAD51
  • Hannah K. Miller
    Mentor: Todd Washington
    Polymerase Interactions with PCNA
  • Devon L. Moose
    Mentor: Bridget Lear
    Developmental vs. Adult Requirements of the Narrow Abdomen Ion Channel Expression in Drosophila
  • Jianlan Ren
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Osmotic Pressure Simulations Facilitate Protein Force Field Parameterization: CHARMM36
  • Alexander J. Wolff
    Mentor: Daniel Weeks
    Designing and Building a Probe to Examine Endogenous Amyloids in Early Xenopus Development
  • Hang Yin
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Improvement of Sugar-Sugar Interactions in Molecular Dynamics Simulations Using Osmotic Pressure Measurements

The symposium also included the presentation of two undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Alexander J. Wolff (Weeks lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Hannah K. Miller (Washington lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.

Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2016 graduates!

Michael Hayes (MCB, MSTP) Wins Most Outstanding Entry at Health Sciences Research Week Poster Competition

April 15th, 2016 by Briana Horwath

Hayes, Mike (MCB, MSTP)Michael Hayes (MCB, MSTP), a graduate student in Dr. Daniel Weeks’ lab was selected as having the most outstanding entry for the Carver College of Medicine Health Sciences Research poster competition. Mike’s poster, “Do amyloid-like complexes control development? An examination of amyloids in Xenopus ooctyes and early embryos”, details that Xenopus oocytes and early embryos form similar aggregates of proteins as part of particles that carry out transcription, processing, and transport of RNA. Collaborative studies with Sydney Skuodas, a graduate student with Dr. Jan Fassler (U of Iowa Biology), employed yeast and Xenopus to understand the enzymes that may assemble and disassemble the protein aggregates.

Congratulations Mike!

Weeks receives 2015-16 Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

April 7th, 2016 by Maren Rogers

_D3A3649_weeksCongratulations to Professor Dan Weeks, who has been selected as the recipient of the 2015-16 Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award: Biological and Life Sciences.

In his nomination letter, Dr. Charles Brenner wrote “For the past 28 years Professor Weeks, an internationally known nucleic acid biochemist and developmental biologist, has demonstrated exemplary mentoring of doctoral students. His mentorship has influenced thousands of undergraduates, graduates, and medical students who have gone on to enjoy productive careers in academia, industry and policy.” He continued, “Professor Weeks has served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Biochemistry for over a decade. His devotion to each and every student collectively makes our graduate program a huge success.”

Professor Weeks will be recognized at the Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award Recognition and Reception on May 4, 2016.

Rubenstein receives the 2016 Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Medallion

April 4th, 2016 by Maren Rogers

Rubenstein 100x150Congratulations to Dr. Peter Rubenstein, Professor of Biochemistry and Internal Medicine, for receiving the 2016 Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Medallion. Dr. Rubenstein will be presented his medallion at the 99th Anniversary Finkbine Dinner on April 12, 2016. Medallions are given in recognition of outstanding leadership, learning, and loyalty within the University of Iowa community. The medallions are named after 1880 law graduate and Des Moines businessman William O. Finkbine and Virgil M. Hancher, who served as president of the UI from 1940 to 1964. The tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine medallions began in 1964.

Schnieders Laboratory Undergraduate Student Awards – NSF Graduate Fellowship & Goldwater Scholar

April 4th, 2016 by Maren Rogers

Congratulations to Ian Nessler, a senior in Chemical Engineering working in Dr. Dr. Michael Schnieders‘ laboratory, was selected for an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Ian is one of five current UI students to receive this fellowship in 2016. Ian plans to pursue his PhD at Michigan starting in the Fall.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education.  The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education.

Congratulations to Rae Corrigan, a Biomedical Engineering student in Dr. Michael Schnieders’ laboratory, has been named a 2016 Goldwater Scholar.  Rae plans to pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering, conduct research in computational biochemistry with emphasis on molecular oncology and pharmacogenetics, and teach at the university level.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Four-year institutions in the United States are eligible to submit up to four nominations. This year, the Goldwater Committee received 1150 nominations. 252 Scholars and 256 Honorable Mentions were awarded. A full list of the 2016 Goldwater Scholars can be found here: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/sch-2016.php

Nicholas McCarty – 2016 Goldwater Scholar

April 1st, 2016 by Judy Means

Congratulations to Nicholas McCarty, a third-year Biochemistry student, who has been named a 2016 Goldwater Scholar. Nicholas has worked in the Abel laboratory for the last three years, primarily studying the role of insulin signaling in regulating the cardiovascular system. Nicholas plans to pursue an MD/PhD in Biochemistry and continue his studies on the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Four-year institutions in the United States are eligible to submit up to four nominations. This year, the Goldwater Committee received 1150 nominations. 252 Scholars and 256 Honorable Mentions were awarded.

A full list of the 2016 Goldwater Scholars can be found here: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/sch-2016.php

2015 Publications

March 16th, 2016 by Maren Rogers

The Department’s 2015 publications are now in print and mostly available online.

E. Dale Abel

Jaishy B, Zhang Q, Chung HS, Riehle C, Soto J, Jenkins S, Abel P, Cowart LA, Van Eyk JE, Abel ED. (2015) Lipid-induced NOX2 activation inhibits autophagic flux by impairing lysosomal enzyme activity. J Lipid Res. 56(3):546-61. DOI: 10.1194/jlr.M055152. PMID: 25529920

Winkler EA, Nishida Y, Sagare AP, Rege SV, Bell RD, Perlmutter D, Sengillo JD, Hillman S, Kong P, Nelson AR, Sullivan JS, Zhao Z, Meiselman HJ, Wenby RB, Soto J, Abel ED, Makshanoff J, Zuniga E, De Vivo DC, Zlokovic BV. (2015) GLUT1 reductions exacerbate Alzheimer’s disease vasculo-neuronal dysfunction and degeneration. Nat Neurosci. 18(4):521-30. DOI: 10.1038/nn.3966. PMID: 25730668

Koentges C, König A, Pfeil K, Hölscher ME, Schnick T, Wende AR, Schrepper A, Cimolai MC, Kersting S, Hoffmann MM, Asal J, Osterholt M, Odening KE, Doenst T, Hein L, Abel ED, Bode C, Bugger H. (2015) Myocardial mitochondrial dysfunction in mice lacking adiponectin receptor 1. Basic Res Cardiol. 110(4):37. DOI: 10.1007/s00395-015-0495-4. PMID: 25982881

Ilkun O, Wilde N, Tuinei J, Pires KM, Zhu Y, Bugger H, Soto J, Wayment B, Olsen C, Litwin SE, Abel ED. (2015) Antioxidant treatment normalizes mitochondrial energetics and myocardial insulin sensitivity independently of changes in systemic metabolic homeostasis in a mouse model of the metabolic syndrome. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 85:104-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2015.05.012. PMID: 26004364

Rasmussen TP, Wu Y, Joiner ML, Koval OM, Wilson NR, Luczak ED, Wang Q, Chen B, Gao Z, Zhu Z, Wagner BA, Soto J, McCormick ML, Kutschke W, Weiss RM, Yu L, Boudreau RL, Abel ED, Zhan F, Spitz DR, Buettner GR, Song LS, Zingman LV, Anderson ME. (2015) Inhibition of MCU forces extramitochondrial adaptations governing physiological and pathological stress responses in heart. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 112(29):9129-34. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1504705112. PMID: 26153425

Liao X, Zhang R, Lu Y, Prosdocimo DA, Sangwung P, Zhang L, Zhou G, Anand P, Lai L, Leone TC, Fujioka H, Ye F, Rosca MG, Hoppel CL, Schulze PC, Abel ED, Stamler JS, Kelly DP, Jain MK. (2015) Kruppel-like factor 4 is critical for transcriptional control of cardiac mitochondrial homeostasis. J Clin Invest. 125(9):3461-76. DOI: 10.1172/JCI79964. PMID: 26241060

Bharath LP, Ruan T, Li Y, Ravindran A, Wan X, Nhan JK, Walker ML, Deeter L, Goodrich R, Johnson E, Munday D, Mueller R, Kunz D, Jones D, Reese V, Summers SA, Babu PV, Holland WL, Zhang QJ, Abel ED, Symons JD. (2015) Ceramide-Initiated Protein Phosphatase 2A Activation Contributes to Arterial Dysfunction In Vivo. Diabetes. 64(11):3914-26. DOI: 10.2337/db15-0244. PMID: 26253611

Ho PC, Bihuniak JD, Macintyre AN, Staron M, Liu X, Amezquita R, Tsui YC, Cui G, Micevic G, Perales JC, Kleinstein SH, Abel ED, Insogna KL, Feske S, Locasale JW, Bosenberg MW, Rathmell JC, Kaech SM. (2015) Phosphoenolpyruvate Is a Metabolic Checkpoint of Anti-tumor T Cell Responses. Cell. 162(6):1217-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.08.012. PMID: 26321681

Ock S, Lee WS, Ahn J, Kim HM, Kang H, Kim HS, Jo D, Abel ED, Lee TJ, Kim J. (2015) Deletion of IGF-1 Receptors in Cardiomyocytes Attenuates Cardiac Aging in Male Mice. Endocrinology. 157(1):336-45. DOI: 10.1210/en.2015-1709. PMID: 26469138

Ni R, Zheng D, Xiong S, Hill DJ, Sun T, Gardiner RB, Fan GC, Lu Y, Abel ED, Greer PA, Peng T. (2015) Mitochondrial Calpain-1 Disrupts ATP Synthase and Induces Superoxide Generation in Type 1 Diabetic Hearts: A Novel Mechanism Contributing to Diabetic Cardiomyopathy. Diabetes. 65(1):255-68. DOI: 10.2337/db15-0963. PMID: 26470784

Noh J, Wende AR, Olsen CD, Kim B, Bevins J, Zhu Y, Zhang QJ, Riehle C, Abel ED.( 2015) Phosphoinositide dependent protein kinase 1 is required for exercise-induced cardiac hypertrophy but not the associated mitochondrial adaptations. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 89(Pt B):297-305. DOI: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2015.10.015. PMID: 26476238

Sheila A. Baker

Pan Y, Laird JG, Yamaguchi DM, Baker SA. (2015) An N-Terminal ER Export Signal Facilitates the Plasma Membrane Targeting of HCN1 Channels in Photoreceptors. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 56(6):3514-21. DOI: 10.1167/iovs.15-16902. PMID: 26030105

Laird JG, Pan Y, Modestou M, Yamaguchi DM, Song H, Sokolov M, Baker SA. (2015) Identification of a VxP Targeting Signal in the Flagellar Na(+) /K(+) -ATPase. Traffic. 16(12):1239-53. DOI: 10.1111/tra.12332. PMID: 26373354

Cao Y, Sarria I, Fehlhaber KE, Kamasawa N, Orlandi C, James KN, Hazen J, Gardner MR, Farzan M, Lee A, Baker SA, Baldwin K, Sampath AP, Martemyanov KA. (2015) Mechanism for selective synaptic wiring of rod photoreceptors into the retinal circuitry and its role in vision. Neuron. 87(6):1248-60. PMID: 26402607

Charles M. Brenner

Trammell SA, Brenner C. (2015) NNMT: A Bad Actor in Fat Makes Good in Liver. Cell Metab. 22(2):200-1. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2015.07.017. PMID: 26244929

Mei SC, Brenner C. (2015) Calorie restriction-mediated replicative lifespan extension in yeast is non-cell autonomous. PLoS Biol. 13(1):e1002048. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002048. PMID: 25633578

John M. Dagle

Waleh N, Barrette AM, Dagle JM, Momany A, Jin C, Hills NK, Shelton EL, Reese J, Clyman RI. (2015) Effects of Advancing Gestation and Non-Caucasian Race on Ductus Arteriosus Gene Expression. J Pediatr. 167(5):1033-1041.e2. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.07.011. PMID: 26265282

Sampath V, Helbling D, Menden H, Dimmock D, Mulrooney NP, Murray JC, Dagle JM, Garland JS. (2015) Necrotizing Enterocolitis is Not Associated with Sequence Variants in Anti-Oxidant Response Genes in Premature Infants.J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. PMID: 26426434

Ryckman KK, Berberich SL, Dagle JM. (2015) Predicting gestational age by the use of neonatal metabolic markers. Am J Obstet Gynecol. pii: S0002-9378(15)02401-1. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.11.028. PMID: 26645954

Kaluarachchi DC, Momany AM, Busch TD, Gimenez LG, Saleme C, Cosentino V, Christensen K, Dagle JM, Ryckman KK, Murray JC. (2015) Polymorphisms in NR5A2, gene encoding liver receptor homolog-1 are associated with preterm birth. Pediatr Res. DOI: 10.1038/pr.2016.7. PMID: 26761123

Brandon S. Davies

Beigneux AP, Fong LG, Bensadoun A, Davies BS, Oberer M, Gårdsvoll H, Ploug M, Young SG. (2015) GPIHBP1 missense mutations often cause multimerization of GPIHBP1 and thereby prevent lipoprotein lipase binding. Circ Res. 116(4):624-32. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.116.305085. PMID: 25387803

Chi X, Shetty SK, Shows HW, Hjelmaas AJ, Malcolm EK, Davies BS. (2015) Angiopoietin-like 4 Modifies the Interactions between Lipoprotein Lipase and Its Endothelial Cell Transporter GPIHBP1.J Biol Chem. 290(19):11865-77. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M114.623769. PMID: 25809481

Kris A. DeMali

Jannie K, Ellerbroek SM, Zhou DW, Chen S, Crompton DJ, Garcia AJ, DeMali KA (2015) Vinculin-dependent actin bundling regulates cell migration and traction forces. Biochem. J. 465 (3) 383-393. DOI: 10.1042/BJ20140872. PMID: 25358683

Adrian H. Elcock

Li S, Elcock AH. (2015) Residue-Specific Force Field (RSFF2) Improves the Modeling of Conformational Behavior of Peptides and Proteins. J Phys Chem Lett. 6(11):2127-33. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b00654. PMID: 26266514

Cressiot B, Braselmann E, Oukhaled A, Elcock AH, Pelta J, Clark PL. (2015) Dynamics and Energy Contributions for Transport of Unfolded Pertactin through a Protein Nanopore. ACS Nano. 9(9):9050-61. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b03053. PMID: 26302243

Brown RF, Andrews CT, Elcock AH. (2015) Stacking Free Energies of All DNA and RNA Nucleoside Pairs and Dinucleoside-Monophosphates Computed Using Recently Revised AMBER Parameters and Compared with Experiment. J Chem Theory Comput. 11(5):2315-28. DOI: 10.1021/ct501170h.PMID:26574427

Frembgen-Kesner T, Andrews CT, Li S, Ngo NA, Shubert SA, Jain A, Olayiwola OJ, Weishaar MR, Elcock AH. (2015) Parametrization of Backbone Flexibility in a Coarse-Grained Force Field for Proteins (COFFDROP) Derived from All-Atom Explicit-Solvent Molecular Dynamics Simulations of All Possible Two-Residue Peptides. J Chem Theory Comput. 11(5):2341-54. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.5b00038. PMID: 26574429

Li S, Andrews CT, Frembgen-Kesner T, Miller MS, Siemonsma SL, Collingsworth TD, Rockafellow IT, Ngo NA, Campbell BA, Brown RF, Guo C, Schrodt M, Liu YT, Elcock AH. (2015) Molecular Dynamics Simulations of 441 Two-Residue Peptides in Aqueous Solution: Conformational Preferences and Neighboring Residue Effects with the Amber ff99SB-ildn-NMR Force Field. J Chem Theory Comput. 11(3):1315-29. DOI: 10.1021/ct5010966. PMID: 26579777

Schrodt MV, Andrews CT, Elcock AH. (2015) Large-Scale Analysis of 48 DNA and 48 RNA Tetranucleotides Studied by 1 μs Explicit-Solvent Molecular Dynamics Simulations. J Chem Theory Comput. 11(12):5906-17. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.5b00899. PMID: 26580891

Lokesh Gakhar

Yadav RP, Majumder A, Gakhar L, Artemyev NO. (2015) Extended conformation of the proline-rich domain of human aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein-like 1: implications for retina disease. J Neurochem. 135(1):165-75. DOI: 10.1111/jnc.13223. PMID: 26139345

Wert KJ, Bassuk AG, Wu WH, Gakhar L, Coglan D, Mahajan M, Wu S, Yang J, Lin CS, Tsang SH, Mahajan VB. (2015) CAPN5 mutation in hereditary uveitis: the R243L mutation increases calpain catalytic activity and triggers intraocular inflammation in a mouse model. Hum Mol Genet. 24(16):4584-98. DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddv189. PMID: 25994508

Bassuk AG, Yeh S, Wu S, Martin DF, Tsang SH, Gakhar L, Mahajan VB. (2015) Structural modeling of a novel CAPN5 mutation that causes uveitis and neovascular retinal detachment. PLoS One. 10(4):e0122352. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122352. PMID: 25856303

Feldkamp MD, Gakhar L, Pandey N, Shea MA. (2015) Opposing orientations of the anti-psychotic drug trifluoperazine selected by alternate conformations of M144 in calmodulin. Proteins. 83(5):989-96. DOI: 10.1002/prot.24781. PMID: 25694384

Cho C, Chande A, Gakhar L, Bakaletz LO, Jurcisek JA, Ketterer M, Shao J, Gotoh K, Foster E, Hunt J, O’Brien E, Apicella MA. (2015) Role of the nuclease of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae in dispersal of organisms from biofilms. Infect Immun. 83(3):950-7. DOI: 10.1128/IAI.02601-14. PMID: 25547799

Doron D, Stojković V, Gakhar L, Vardi-Kilshtain A, Kohen A, Major DT. (2015) Free energy simulations of active-site mutants of dihydrofolate reductase. J Phys Chem B. 119(3):906-16. doi: 10.1021/jp5059963. PMID: 25382260

Pamela K. Geyer

Barton LJ, Soshnev AA, Geyer PK. (2015) Networking in the nucleus: a spotlight on LEM-domain proteins. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 34:1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.ceb.2015.03.005.PMID: 25863918

Catherine A. Musselman

Tong Q, Cui G, Botuyan MV, Rothbart SB, Hayashi R, Musselman CA, Singh N, Appella E, Strahl BD, Mer G, Kutateladze TG. (2015) Structural plasticity of methyllysine recognition by the tandem tudor domain of 53BP1. Structure. 23(2):312-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.str.2014.11.013. PMID: 25579814

Andrew W. Norris

Uc A, Olivier AK, Griffin MA, Meyerholz DK, Yao J, Abu-El-Haija M, Buchanan KM, Vanegas Calderón OG, Abu-El-Haija M, Pezzulo AA, Reznikov LR, Hoegger MJ, Rector MV, Ostedgaard LS, Taft PJ, Gansemer ND, Ludwig PS, Hornick EE, Stoltz DA, Ode KL, Welsh MJ, Engelhardt JF, Norris AW. (2015) Glycaemic regulation and insulin secretion are abnormal in cystic fibrosis pigs despite sparing of islet cell mass. Clin Sci (Lond). 128(2):131-42. DOI: 10.1042/CS20140059. PMID: 25142104

Morgan DA, McDaniel LN, Yin T, Khan M, Jiang J, Acevedo MR, Walsh SA, Ponto LL, Norris AW, Lutter M, Rahmouni K, Cui H. (2015) Regulation of glucose tolerance and sympathetic activity by MC4R signaling in the lateral hypothalamus. Diabetes. 64(6):1976-87. DOI: 10.2337/db14-1257. PMID: 25605803

Gordon EE, Reinking BE, Hu S, Yao J, Kua KL, Younes AK, Wang C, Segar JL, Norris AW. (2015) Maternal Hyperglycemia Directly and Rapidly Induces Cardiac Septal Overgrowth in Fetal Rats. J Diabetes Res. 2015:479565. DOI: 10.1155/2015/479565. PMID: 26064981

Gray LR, Sultana MR, Rauckhorst AJ, Oonthonpan L, Tompkins SC, Sharma A, Fu X, Miao R, Pewa AD, Brown KS, Lane EE, Dohlman A, Zepeda-Orozco D, Xie J, Rutter J, Norris AW, Cox JE, Burgess SC, Potthoff MJ, Taylor EB. (2015) Hepatic Mitochondrial Pyruvate Carrier 1 Is Required for Efficient Regulation of Gluconeogenesis and Whole-Body Glucose Homeostasis. Cell Metab. 22(4):669-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2015.07.027. PMID: 26344103

Sawatzke AB, Norris AW, Spyropoulos F, Walsh SA, Acevedo MR, Hu S, Yao J, Wang C, Sunderland JJ, Boles Ponto LL. (2015) PET/CT imaging reveals unrivaled placental avidity for glucose compared to other tissues. Placenta. 36(2):115-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.placenta.2014.12.009. PMID: 25555498

Bryce V. Plapp

Plapp BV, Leidal KG, Murch BP, Green DW. (2015) Contribution of liver alcohol dehydrogenase to metabolism of alcohols in rats. Chem Biol Interact. 234:85-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbi.2014.12.040. PMID: 25641189

David H. Price

Nilson KA, Guo J, Turek ME, Brogie JE, Delaney E, Luse DS, Price DH. (2015) THZ1 Reveals Roles for Cdk7 in Co-transcriptional Capping and Pausing. Mol Cell. 59(4):576-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2015.06.032. PMID: 26257281

Miles A. Pufall

Fontana MF, Baccarella A, Pancholi N, Pufall MA, Herbert DR, Kim CC. (2015) JUNB is a key transcriptional modulator of macrophage activation. J Immunol. 194(1):177-86.DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1401595. PMID: 25472994

Sasse SK, Zuo Z, Kadiyala V, Zhang L, Pufall MA, Jain MK, Phang TL, Stormo GD, Gerber AN. (2015) Response Element Composition Governs Correlations between Binding Site Affinity and Transcription in Glucocorticoid Receptor Feed-forward Loops. J Biol Chem. 290(32):19756-69. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M115.668558. PMID: 26088140

Pufall MA. (2015) Glucocorticoids and Cancer. Adv Exp Med Biol. 872:315-33. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2895-8_14. PMID: 26216001

Peter A. Rubenstein

Rubenstein PA, Wen KK. (2015) Mutant vascular actin is a TAAD misbehaving. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 112(31):9500-1. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1512086112. PMID: 26204915

Michael J. Schnieders

Bu F, Borsa NG, Jones MB, Takanami E, Nishimura C, Hauer JJ, Azaiez H, Black-Ziegelbein EA, Meyer NC, Kolbe DL, Li Y, Frees K, Schnieders MJ, Thomas C, Nester C, Smith RJ. 92015) High-Throughput Genetic Testing for Thrombotic Microangiopathies and C3 Glomerulopathies. J Am Soc Nephrol. pii: ASN.2015040385. PMID:26283675

LuCore SD, Litman JM, Powers KT, Gao S, Lynn AM, Tollefson WT, Fenn TD, Washington MT, Schnieders MJ. (2015) Dead-End Elimination with a Polarizable Force Field Repacks PCNA Structures. Biophys J. 109(4):816-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.bpj.2015.06.062. PMID: 26287633

Booth KT, Azaiez H, Kahrizi K, Simpson AC, Tollefson WT, Sloan CM, Meyer NC, Babanejad M, Ardalani F, Arzhangi S, Schnieders MJ, Najmabadi H, Smith RJ. (2015) PDZD7 and hearing loss: More than just a modifier. Am J Med Genet A. 167(12):2957-65. DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.a.37274. PMID: 26416264

DeLuca AP, Whitmore SS, Barnes J, Sharma TP, Westfall TA, Scott CA, Weed MC, Wiley JS, Wiley LA, Johnston RM, Schnieders MJ, Lentz SR, Tucker BA, Mullins RF, Scheetz TE, Stone EM, Slusarski DC. (2015) Hypomorphic mutations in TRNT1 cause retinitis pigmentosa with erythrocytic microcytosis. Hum Mol Genet. 25(1):44-56. DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddv446. PMID: 26494905

Lagardère L, Lipparini F, Stamm B, Schnieders MJ, Cances E, Ren P, Maday Y, Piquemal J. (2015) Scalable Evaluation of Polarization Energy and Associated Forces in Polarizable Molecular Dynamics: II. Towards Massively Parallel Computations Using Smooth Particle Mesh Ewald. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. 11(6):2589–2599.

Debra A. Schwinn

Levine AS, Alpern RJ, Andrews NC, Antman K, Balser JR, Berg JM, Davis PB, Fitz JG, Golden RN, Goldman L, Jameson JL, Lee VS, Polonsky KS, Rappley MD, Reece EA, Rothman PB, Schwinn DA, Shapiro LJ, Spiegel AM. (2015) Research in academic medical centers: two threats to sustainable support. Sci Transl Med. 7(289):289fs22. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aac5200. PMID: 26019216

Morris DP, Lei B, Longo LD, Bomsztyk K, Schwinn DA, Michelotti GA. (2015) Temporal Dissection of Rate Limiting Transcriptional Events Using Pol II ChIP and RNA Analysis of Adrenergic Stress Gene Activation. PLoS One. 10(8):e0134442. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134442. PMID: 26244980

Gradinaru I, Babaeva E, Schwinn DA, Oganesian A. (2015) Alpha1a-Adrenoceptor Genetic Variant Triggers Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Hyperproliferation and Agonist Induced Hypertrophy via EGFR Transactivation Pathway. PLoS One. 10(11):e0142787. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142787. PMID: 26571308

Madeline A. Shea

Feldkamp MD, Gakhar L, Pandey N, Shea MA. (2015) Opposing orientations of the anti-psychotic drug trifluoperazine selected by alternate conformations of M144 in calmodulin. Proteins. 83(5):989-96. DOI: 10.1002/prot.24781. PMID: 25694384

M. Ashley Spies

Dean SF, Whalen KL, Spies MA. (2015) Biosynthesis of a Novel Glutamate Racemase Containing a Site-Specific 7-Hydroxycoumarin Amino Acid: Enzyme-Ligand Promiscuity Revealed at the Atomistic Level. ACS Cent Sci. 1(7):364-373. PMID: 26539562

Marsden AE, King JM, Spies MA, Kim OK, Yahr TL. (2015) Inhibition of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ExsA DNA-Binding Activity by N-Hydroxybenzimidazoles. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 60(2):766-76. DOI: 10.1128/AAC.02242-15. PMID: 26574012

Maria Spies

Spies M, Fishel R. (2015) Mismatch repair during homologous and homeologous recombination. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 7(3):a022657. DOI: 10.1101/cshperspect.a022657. PMID: 25731766

Earle Stellwagen

Stellwagen E, Dong Q, Stellwagen NC. (2015) Flanking A·T basepairs destabilize the B(∗) conformation of DNA A-tracts. Biophys J. 108(9):2291-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.bpj.2015.01.044. PMID: 25954886

Stellwagen E, Stellwagen NC. (2015) Electrostatic coupling between DNA and its counterions modulates the observed translational diffusion coefficients. Anal Chem. 87(17):9042-6. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02230. PMID: 26218420

Nancy C. Stellwagen

Stellwagen E, Dong Q, Stellwagen NC. (2015) Flanking A·T basepairs destabilize the B(∗) conformation of DNA A-tracts. Biophys J. 108(9):2291-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.bpj.2015.01.044. PMID: 25954886

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Eric B. Taylor

Gray LR, Sultana MR, Rauckhorst AJ, Oonthonpan L, Tompkins SC, Sharma A, Fu X, Miao R, Pewa AD, Brown KS, Lane EE, Dohlman A, Zepeda-Orozco D, Xie J, Rutter J, Norris AW, Cox JE, Burgess SC, Potthoff MJ, Taylor EB. (2015) Hepatic Mitochondrial Pyruvate Carrier 1 Is Required for Efficient Regulation of Gluconeogenesis and Whole-Body Glucose Homeostasis. Cell Metab. 22(4):669-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2015.07.027. PMID: 26344103

Lori L. Wallrath

Bohnekamp J, Cryderman DE, Paululat A, Baccam GC, Wallrath LL, Magin TM. (2015) A Drosophila Model of Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex. J Invest Dermatol. 135(8):2031-9. DOI: 10.1038/jid.2015.129. PMID: 25830653

Dialynas G, Shrestha OK, Ponce JM, Zwerger M, Thiemann DA, Young GH, Moore SA, Yu L, Lammerding J, Wallrath LL. (2015) Myopathic lamin mutations cause reductive stress and activate the nrf2/keap-1 pathway. PLoS Genet. 11(5):e1005231. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005231. PMID: 25996830

Bohnekamp J, Cryderman DE, Thiemann DA, Magin TM, Wallrath LL. (2015) Using Drosophila for Studies of Intermediate Filaments. Methods Enzymol. 568:707-26. DOI: 10.1016/bs.mie.2015.08.028. PMID: 26795490

M. Todd Washington

Tsutakawa SE, Yan C, Xu X, Weinacht CP, Freudenthal BD, Yang K, Zhuang Z, Washington MT, Tainer JA, Ivanov I. (2015) Structurally distinct ubiquitin- and sumo-modified PCNA: implications for their distinct roles in the DNA damage response. Structure. 23(4):724-33. DOI: 10.1016/j.str.2015.02.008. PMID: 25773143

LuCore SD, Litman JM, Powers KT, Gao S, Lynn AM, Tollefson WT, Fenn TD, Washington MT, Schnieders MJ. (2015) Dead-End Elimination with a Polarizable Force Field Repacks PCNA Structures. Biophys J. 109(4):816-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.bpj.2015.06.062. PMID: 26287633

Ronald J. Weigel

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Lizarraga I, Schroeder MC, Weigel RJ, Thomas A. (2015) Surgical Management of Breast Cancer in 2010-2011 SEER Registries by Hormone and HER2 Receptor Status. Ann Surg Oncol. 22 Suppl 3:566-72. DOI: 10.1245/s10434-015-4591-3. PMID: 25956579

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Meng Wu

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Liping Yu

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Biochemistry Students Invited to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

March 2nd, 2016 by Judy Means

Congratulations to the following Biochemistry students who were invited to accept membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society!

Aaron Aspinall, Gabrielle Bui, Kaitlyn Daugherty, Titus Hou,  Michael Kegel, Nicholas McCarty, Thuy Tien Nguyen, Ryan Shaw, Sarah Van Dorin, Alex Wolff, Kasra Zarei, Angela Zhang

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization in the United States.

Samuel Trammell successfully defends PhD thesis

February 23rd, 2016 by Maren Rogers

Oonthonpan and TrammellSamuel Trammell, a genetics PhD Student mentored by Dr. Charles Brenner, successfully defended his thesis on February 22, 2016, entitled “Novel NAD+ metabolomic technologies and their applications to nicotinamide riboside interventions.” Sam has accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen with Dr. Matthew Gillium working on lipid metabolism in diabetes.

Congratulations, Dr. Trammell!

Biochemistry Undergraduate featured in article on the Iowa Biosciences Academy

February 15th, 2016 by Maren Rogers
Photo by Tim Schoon.

Photo by Tim Schoon.

Maria Núñez Hernandez, an junior undergraduate Biochemistry major studying in the Shea Laboratory, was recently featured in an IowaNow article on the Iowa Biosciences Academy encouraging underrepresented students to attend graduate school.

Last spring, Maria was awarded a 2015 Rex Montgomery Scholarship in the Department of Biochemistry for her outstanding academic record and commitment to research. Maria also presented her research in a poster at the 29th Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics and at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Seattle this past fall.