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Shea and FUTURE program featured in Biophysical Society Newsletter

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Madeline Shea was featured in the Biophysical Society October 2013 Newsletter. As the “Biophysicist in Profile,” Shea discussed her passion for biophysics from her undergraduate studies at CalTech to the present. In addition, the article discusses how Dr. Shea founded the University of Iowa’s Fostering Undergraduate Talent—Uniting Research and Education in Biomedicine program. The group sponsors faculty members from primarily undergraduate institutions to bring a student and work in a lab at the Carver College of Medicine over the summer. Adrian Elcock was quoted, “She has also been an outstanding leader in developing ties with other educational institutions in Iowa. In doing so, she has positively impacted the scientific careers of students and faculty well beyond the boundaries of our university.” Mazel tov, Madeline!

2012 Publications

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The Department’s 2012 publications are now in print and mostly available online.

Heather L. Bartlett

Malloy LE, Wen KK, Pierick AR, Wedemeyer EW, Bergeron SE, Vanderpool ND, McKane M, Rubenstein PA, Bartlett HL. (2012) Thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAAD)-causing mutation in actin affects formin regulation of polymerization. J Biol Chem. 287(34):28398-408. PMID:22753406

Pietra BA, Kantor PF, Bartlett HL, Chin C, Canter CE, Larsen RL, Edens RE, Colan SD, Towbin JA, Lipshultz SE, Kirklin JK, Naftel DC, Hsu DT. (2012) Early predictors of survival to and after heart transplantation in children with dilated cardiomyopathy. Circulation. 126(9):1079-86. PMID: 22800850

Charles M. Brenner

J. Boylston, C. Brenner. (2012) FHIT. Encyclopedia of Signaling Molecules, S. Choi, ed. 68(7):613-616. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-0461-4_68

Brenner C. (2012) Changes in chemistry and biochemistry education: Creative responses to medical college admissions test revisions in the age of the genome. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. PMID:23281187

Brenner C, Ringe D. (2012) Response to the New MCAT: ASBMB Premedical Curriculum. ASBMB Today. 12-14.

Midtkandal RR, Redpath P, Trammell SA, Macdonald SJ, Brenner C, Migaud ME. (2012) Novel synthetic route to the C-nucleoside, 2-deoxy benzamide riboside. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 22(16):5204-7. PMID:22795628

John M. Dagle

Bream EN, Leppellere CR, Cooper ME, Dagle JM, Merrill DC, Christensen K, Simhan HN, Fong CT, Hallman M, Muglia LJ, Marazita ML, Murray JC. (2012) Candidate gene linkage approach to Identify DNA variants that predispose to preterm birth. Pediatr Res. PMID:23168575

Dagle JM, Murray JC. (2012) Applying deep DNA sequencing to common, complex pediatric traits. Pediatrics. 130(6):e1677-8. PMID: 23166345

Mann PC, Cooper ME, Ryckman KK, Comas B, Gili J, Crumley S, Bream EN, Byers HM, Piester T, Schaefer A, Christine PJ, Lawrence A, Schaa KL, Kelsey KJ, Berends SK, Momany AM, Gadow E, Cosentino V, Castilla EE, López Camelo J, Saleme C, Day LJ, England SK, Marazita ML, Dagle JM, Murray JC. (2012) Polymorphisms in the fetal progesterone receptor and a calcium-activated potassium channel isoform are associated with preterm birth in an Argentinian population. J Perinatol.  PMID: 23018797

Ryckman KK, Cook DE, Berberich SL, Shchelochkov OA, Berends SK, Busch T, Dagle JM, Murray JC. (2012) Replication of clinical associations with 17-hydroxyprogesterone in preterm newborns. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 25(3-4):301-5. PMID: 22768660

Kyser KL, Morriss FH Jr, Bell EF, Klein JM, Dagle JM. (2012)  Improving survival of extremely preterm infants born between 22 and 25 weeks of gestation. Obstet Gynecol. 119(4):795-800. PMID: 22433343

Hajj H, Dagle JM. (2012) Genetics of patent ductus arteriosus susceptibility and treatment. Semin Perinatol. 36(2):98-104. PMID: 22414880

Byers HM, Dagle JM, Klein JM, Ryckman KK, McDonald EL, Murray JC, Borowski KS. (2012) Variations in CRHR1 are associated with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. Pediatr Res. 71(2):162-7. PMID: 22258127

Ryckman KK, Dagle JM, Kelsey K, Momany AM, Murray JC. (2012) Genetic associations of surfactant protein D and angiotensin-converting enzyme with lung disease in preterm neonates. J Perinatol. 32(5):349-55. PMID: 21960125

Ryckman KK, Feenstra B, Shaffer JR, Bream EN, Geller F, Feingold E, Weeks DE, Gadow E, Cosentino V, Saleme C, Simhan HN, Merrill D, Fong CT, Busch T, Berends SK, Comas B, Camelo JL, Boyd H, Laurie CC, Crosslin D, Zhang Q, Doheny KF, Pugh E, Melbye M, Marazita ML, Dagle JM, Murray JC. (2012) Replication of a genome-wide association study of birth weight in preterm neonates. J Pediatr. 160(1):19-24.  PMID: 21885063

Brandon Davies

Davies BS, Goulbourne CN, Barnes RH 2nd, Turlo KA, Gin P, Vaughan S, Vaux DJ, Bensadoun A, Beigneux AP, Fong LG, Young SG. (2012) Assessing mechanisms of GPIHBP1 and lipoprotein lipase movement across endothelial cells. J Lipid Res. 53(12):2690-7.  PMID:23008484

Gin P, Goulbourne CN, Adeyo O, Beigneux AP, Davies BS, Tat S, Voss CV, Bensadoun A, Fong LG, Young SG. (2012) Chylomicronemia mutations yield new insights into interactions between lipoprotein lipase and GPIHBP1. Hum Mol Genet. 21(13):2961-72. PMID: 22493000

Jung HJ, Coffinier C, Choe Y, Beigneux AP, Davies BS, Yang SH, Barnes RH 2nd, Hong J, Sun T, Pleasure SJ, Young SG, Fong LG. (2012) Regulation of prelamin A but not lamin C by miR-9, a brain-specific microRNA. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 109(7):E423-31. PMID: 22308344

Weinstein MM, Goulbourne CN, Davies BS, Tu Y, Barnes RH 2nd, Watkins SM, Davis R, Reue K, Tontonoz P, Beigneux AP, Fong LG, Young SG. (2012) Reciprocal metabolic perturbations in the adipose tissue and liver of GPIHBP1-deficient mice. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 32(2):230-5. PMID: 22173228

Davies BS, Beigneux AP, Fong LG, Young SG. (2012)  New wrinkles in lipoprotein lipase biology. Curr Opin Lipidol. 23(1):35-42. PMID: 22123668

Kris A. DeMali

Peng X, Maiers JL, Choudhury D, Craig SW, DeMali KA. (2012) α-Catenin uses a novel mechanism to activate vinculin. J Biol Chem. 287(10):7728-37. PMID: 22235119

Sloan CM, Quinn CV, Peters JP, Farley J, Goetzinger C, Wernli M, DeMali KA, Ellerbroek SM. (2012) Divergence of Rho residue 43 impacts GEF activity. Small GTPases. 3(1):15-22. PMID:22673745

DeMali KA, Adams J.  (2012) Cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. Mol Biol Cell, 23:965. DOI:10.1091/mbc.E11-12-0967

Webb DJ, Brown CM, DeMali KA. (2012) Signals Regulating Adhesion DynamicsJournal of Signal Transduction, 2012:785196. DOI: 10.1155/2012/785196

John E. Donelson

Reiling L, Richards JS, Fowkes FJ, Wilson DW, Chokejindachai W, Barry AE, Tham WH, Stubbs J, Langer C, Donelson J, Michon P, Tavul L, Crabb BS, Siba PM, Cowman AF, Mueller I, Beeson JG. (2012) The Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte invasion ligand Pfrh4 as a target of functional and protective human antibodies against malaria. PLoS One. 7(9):e45253. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0045253. PMID: 23028883

Weirather JL, Wilson ME, Donelson JE. (2012) Mapping of VSG similarities in Trypanosoma brucei. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 181(2):141-52. PMID: 22079099

Adrian H. Elcock

Reinert ZE, Musselman ED, Elcock AH, Horne WS. (2012) A PEG-based oligomer as a backbone replacement for surface-exposed loops in a protein tertiary structure. Chembiochem. 13(8):1107-11. PMID: 22539233

Lokesh Gakhar

Kohlgraf KG, Ackermann AR, Burnell KK, Srikantha RN, Joly SA, Bartlett JA, Gakhar L, Johnson GK, McCray PB Jr, Guthmiller JM, Brogden KA. (2012) Quantitation of SPLUNC1 in saliva with an xMAP particle-based antibody capture and detection immunoassay. Arch Oral Biol. 57(2):197-204. DOI: 10.1016/j.archoralbio.2011.08.013. PMID: 21925642

Mohanty SK, Yu CL, Das S, Louie TM, Gakhar L, Subramanian M. (2012) Delineation of the caffeine C-8 oxidation pathway in Pseudomonas sp. strain CBB1 via characterization of a new trimethyluric acid monooxygenase and genes involved in trimethyluric acid metabolism. J Bacteriol. 194(15):3872-82. PMID: 22609920

Summers RM, Louie TM, Yu CL, Gakhar L, Louie KC, Subramanian M. (2012) Novel, highly specific N-demethylases enable bacteria to live on caffeine and related purine alkaloids. J Bacteriol. 194(8):2041-9. PMID: 22328667

Pamela K. Geyer

Hohl AM, Thompson M, Soshnev AA, Wu J, Morris J, Hsieh TS, Wu CT, Geyer PK. (2012) Restoration of topoisomerase 2 function by complementation of defective monomers in Drosophila. Genetics. 192(3):843-56. PMID: 22923380

Soshnev AA, He B, Baxley RM, Jiang N, Hart CM, Tan K, Geyer PK. (2012) Genome-wide studies of the multi-zinc finger Drosophila Suppressor of Hairy-wing protein in the ovary. Nucleic Acids Res. 40(12):5415-31. PMID: 22406832

Theresa L. Gioannini

Rallabhandi P, Phillips RL, Boukhvalova MS, Pletneva LM, Shirey KA, Gioannini TL, Weiss JP, Chow JC, Hawkins LD, Vogel SN, Blanco JC. (2012) Respiratory syncytial virus fusion protein-induced toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signaling is inhibited by the TLR4 antagonists Rhodobacter sphaeroides lipopolysaccharide and eritoran (E5564) and requires direct interaction with MD-2. MBio. 3(4). PMID: 22872782

Wendlandt EB, Graff JW, Gioannini TL, McCaffrey AP, Wilson ME. (2012) The role of microRNAs miR-200b and miR-200c in TLR4 signaling and NF-κB activation. Innate Immun. 18(6):846-55. PMID: 22522429

Yu L, Phillips RL, Zhang D, Teghanemt A, Weiss JP, Gioannini TL. (2012) NMR studies of hexaacylated endotoxin bound to wild-type and F126A mutant MD-2 and MD-2·TLR4 ectodomain complexes. J Biol Chem. 287(20):16346-55.  PMID: 22433852

Esparza GA, Teghanemt A, Zhang D, Gioannini TL, Weiss JP. (2012) Endotoxin{middle dot}albumin complexes transfer endotoxin monomers to MD-2 resulting in activation of TLR4. Innate Immun. 18(3):478-91. PMID: 21994253

Piazza, M, Calabrese, V, Damore, G, Cighetti, R, Gioannini, T, Weiss, J, Peri, F. (2012) A synthetic Lipid A mimetic modulates human TLR4 activity.  ChemMedChem. 7: 213-217. PMID:22140087

Yang, D, Postnikov, YV, Li, Y, Tewary, P, de la Rosa, G, Wei, F, Klinman, D, Gioannini, T,Weiss, JP, Furusawa, T, Bustin, M, Oppenheim, JJ.  (2012) High-mobility group nucleosome-binding protein 1 acts as an alarmin and is critical for lipopolysaccharide-induced immune responses.  J. Exp. Med. 209: 157-171. PMID:22184635

Andrew Norris

Olivier AK, Yi Y, Sun X, Sui H, Liang B, Hu S, Xie W, Fisher JT, Keiser NW, Lei D, Zhou W, Yan Z, Li G, Evans TI, Meyerholz DK, Wang K, Stewart ZA, Norris AW, Engelhardt JF. (2012) Abnormal endocrine pancreas function at birth in cystic fibrosis ferrets. J Clin Invest. 122(10):3755-68. PMID: 22996690

Katkhuda R, Peterson ES, Roghair RD, Norris AW, Scholz TD, Segar JL. (2012) Sex-specific programming of hypertension in offspring of late-gestation diabetic rats. Pediatr Res. 72(4):352-61. PMID: 22805998

Hu S, Yao J, Howe AA, Menke BM, Sivitz WI, Spector AA, Norris AW. (2012) Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ decouples fatty acid uptake from lipid inhibition of insulin signaling in skeletal muscle. Mol Endocrinol. 26(6):977-88. PMID: 22474127

Norris AW, Sigmund CD. (2012) A second chance for a PPARγ targeted therapy? Circ Res. 110(1):8-11. PMID: 22223206

Bryce V. Plapp

Plapp BV, Ramaswamy S. (2012) Atomic-resolution structures of horse liver alcohol dehydrogenase with NAD(+) and fluoroalcohols define strained Michaelis complexes. Biochemistry. 51(19):4035-48. PMID: 22531044

David H. Price

Van Duyne R, Guendel I, Jaworski E, Sampey G, Klase Z, Chen H, Zeng C, Kovalskyy D, El Kouni MH, Lepene B, Patanarut A, Nekhai S, Price DH, Kashanchi F. (2012) Effect of Mimetic CDK9 Inhibitors on HIV-1-Activated Transcription. J Mol Biol. PMID: 23247501

Kulak MV, Cyr AR, Woodfield GW, Bogachek M, Spanheimer PM, Li T, Price DH, Domann FE, Weigel RJ. (2012) Transcriptional regulation of the GPX1 gene by TFAP2C and aberrant CpG methylation in human breast cancer. Oncogene. PMID: 22964634

Fujinaga K, Barboric M, Li Q, Luo Z, Price DH, Peterlin BM. (2012) PKC phosphorylates HEXIM1 and regulates P-TEFb activity. Nucleic Acids Res. 40(18):9160-70. PMID: 22821562

Zhou Q, Li T, Price DH. (2012) RNA polymerase II elongation control. Annu Rev Biochem. 81:119-43. PMID: 22404626

Nguyen D, Krueger BJ, Sedore SC, Brogie JE, Rogers JT, Rajendra TK, Saunders A, Matera AG, Lis JT, Uguen P, Price DH. (2012) The Drosophila 7SK snRNP and the essential role of dHEXIM in development. Nucleic Acids Res. 40(12):5283-97. PMID: 22379134

Cheng B, Li T, Rahl PB, Adamson TE, Loudas NB, Guo J, Varzavand K, Cooper JJ, Hu X, Gnatt A, Young RA, Price DH. (2012) Functional association of Gdown1 with RNA polymerase II poised on human genes. Mol Cell. 45(1):38-50. PMID: 22244331

Peterlin BM, Brogie JE, Price DH. (2012) 7SK snRNA: a noncoding RNA that plays a major role in regulating eukaryotic transcription. Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA. 3(1):92-103. PMID: 21853533

Li T and Price DH. (2012) Gdown1 – making a link between Mediator and RNA polymerase II elongation control. Transcription, 3(4):177-180. PMID:22771989

Miles Pufall

Serafimova IM, Pufall MA, Krishnan S, Duda K, Cohen MS, Maglathlin RL, McFarland JM, Miller RM, Frödin M, Taunton J. (2012)  Reversible targeting of noncatalytic cysteines with chemically tuned electrophiles. Nat Chem Biol. 8(5):471-6. DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.925. PMID: 22466421

Peter A. Rubenstein

Rubenstein PA, Mayer EA. (2012) Familial visceral myopathies: from symptom-based syndromes to actin-related diseases. Gastroenterology. 143(6):1420-3. PMID:23085350

Malloy LE, Wen KK, Pierick AR, Wedemeyer EW, Bergeron SE, Vanderpool ND, McKane M, Rubenstein PA, Bartlett HL. (2012) Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (TAAD)-causing Mutation in Actin Affects Formin Regulation of Polymerization. J Biol Chem. (34):28398-408. PMID: 22753406

Glenn NO, McKane M, Kohli V, Wen KK, Rubenstein PA, Bartman T, Sumanas S. (2012) The W-loop of alpha-cardiac actin is critical for heart function and endocardial cushion morphogenesis in zebrafish. Mol Cell Biol. 32(17):3527-40. PMID: 22751927

Kruth KA, Rubenstein PA. (2012) Two deafness-causing (DFNA20/26) actin mutations affect Arp2/3-dependent actin regulation. J Biol Chem. 287(32):27217-26. PMID: 22718764

Michael Schnieders

Ren P, Chun J, Thomas DG, Schnieders MJ, Marucho M, Zhang J, Baker NA. (2012) Biomolecular electrostatics and solvation: a computational perspective. Q Rev Biophys. 45(4):427-91. PMID: 23217364

Schnieders MJ, Baltrusaitis J, Shi Y, Chattree G, Zheng L, Yang W, Ren P. (2012) The Structure, Thermodynamics and Solubility of Organic Crystals from Simulation with a Polarizable Force Field. J Chem Theory Comput. 8(5):1721-1736. PMID: 22582032

Schnieders MJ, Kaoud TS, Yan C, Dalby KN, Ren P. (2012) Computational insights for the discovery of non-ATP competitive inhibitors of MAP kinases. Curr Pharm Des. 18(9):1173-85. PMID: 22316156

Debra A. Schwinn

Schwinn DA, Mackensen GB, Brown EN. (2012) Understanding the TXA seizure connection. J Clin Invest. 122(12):4339-41. PMID: 23187134

Arthur Spector

Hu S, Yao J, Howe AA, Menke BM, Sivitz WI, Spector AA, Norris AW. (2012) Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ decouples fatty acid uptake from lipid inhibition of insulin signaling in skeletal muscle. Mol Endocrinol. 26(6):977-88. PMID: 22474127

Maria Spies

Spies M. (2012) There and back again: new single-molecule insights in the motion of DNA repair proteins. Curr Opin Struct Biol. PMID: 23260129

Pugh RA, Wu CG, Spies M. (2012) Regulation of translocation polarity by helicase domain 1 in SF2B helicases. The EMBO Journal. 31, 503 – 514. DOI:10.1038/emboj.2011.412. PMCID: PMC3261565

Eric Taylor

Bricker DK, Taylor EB, Schell JC, Orsak T, Boutron A, Chen YC, Cox JE, Cardon CM, Van Vranken JG, Dephoure N, Redin C, Boudina S, Gygi SP, Brivet M, Thummel CS, Rutter J. (2012) A mitochondrial pyruvate carrier required for pyruvate uptake in yeast, Drosophila, and humans.Science. 337(6090):96-100. PMID: 22628558

Chen YC, Taylor EB, Dephoure N, Heo JM, Tonhato A, Papandreou I, Nath N, Denko NC, Gygi SP, Rutter J.(2012) Identification of a protein mediating respiratory supercomplex stability. Cell Metab. 15(3):348-60. DOI:10.1016/j.cmet.2012.02.006. PMID: 22405070; PMCID: PMC3302151.

Lori L. Wallrath

Wallrath LL, Elgin SC. (2012) Enforcing silencing: dynamic HP1 complexes in Neurospora. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 19(5):465-7. PMID: 22551706

Dialynas G, Flannery KM, Zirbel LN, Nagy PL, Mathews KD, Moore SA, Wallrath LL. (2012) LMNA variants cause cytoplasmic distribution of nuclear pore proteins in Drosophila and human muscle. Hum Mol Genet. 21(7):1544-56. PMID: 22186027

M. Todd Washington

Dieckman LM, Freudenthal BD, Washington MT. (2012) PCNA Structure and Function: Insights from Structures of PCNA Complexes and Post-translationally Modified PCNA. Subcell Biochem. 62:281-99. PMID: 22918591

Dan L. Weeks

Li YE, Allen BG, Weeks DL. (2012) Using ΦC31 integrase to mediate insertion of DNA in Xenopus embryos. Methods Mol Biol. 2012;917:219-30. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-61779-992-1_13.  PMID: 22956091

Ronald J. Weigel

O’Malley Y, Lal G, Howe JR, Weigel RJ, Komorowski RA, Shilyansky J, Sugg SL. (2012) Invasion in follicular thyroid cancer cell lines is mediated by EphA2 and pAkt. Surgery. 152(6):1218-24. PMID: 23158188

Kulak MV, Cyr AR, Woodfield GW, Bogachek M, Spanheimer PM, Li T, Price DH, Domann FE, Weigel RJ. (2012) Transcriptional regulation of the GPX1 gene by TFAP2C and aberrant CpG methylation in human breast cancer. Oncogene.  PMID: 22964634

Spanheimer PM, Woodfield GW, Cyr AR, Kulak MV, White-Baer LS, Bair TB, Weigel RJ. (2012) Expression of the RET Proto-oncogene Is Regulated by TFAP2C in Breast Cancer Independent of the Estrogen Receptor. Ann Surg Oncol. PMID:22878616

Larrieux G, Cupp JA, Liao J, Scott-Conner CE, Weigel RJ. (2012) Effect of introducing hematoma ultrasound-guided lumpectomy in a surgical practice. J Am Coll Surg. 215(2):237-43. PMID: 22632911

Spanheimer PM, Weigel RJ. (2012) Management of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism and concurrent thyroid disease: an evolving field. Ann Surg Oncol. 19(5):1428-9. PMID: 22395994

Lal G, Groff M, Howe JR, Weigel RJ, Sugg SL, Lynch CF. (2012) Risk of subsequent primary thyroid cancer after another malignancy: latency trends in a population-based study. Ann Surg Oncol. 19(6):1887-96. PMID: 22227921

Marc S. Wold

Sparks JL, Kumar R, Singh M, Wold MS, Pandita TK, Burgers PM. (2012) Human exonuclease 5 is a novel sliding exonuclease required for genome stability. J Biol Chem. 287(51):42773-83. PMID: 23095756

Hass CS, Chen R, Wold MS. (2012) Detection of posttranslational modifications of replication protein A. Methods Mol Biol. 922:193-204. PMID: 22976188

Lindsey-Boltz LA, Reardon JT, Wold MS, Sancar A. (2012) In vitro analysis of the role of replication protein A (RPA) and RPA phosphorylation in ATR-mediated checkpoint signaling. J Biol Chem. 287(43):36123-31. PMID: 22948311

Hass CS, Lam K, Wold MS. (2012) Repair-specific functions of replication protein A. J Biol Chem. 287(6):3908-18. PMID: 22179778

Meng Wu

Huang F, Zhang H, Wu M, Yang H, Kudo M, Peters CJ, Woodruff PG, Solberg OD, Donne ML, Huang X, Sheppard D, Fahy JV, Wolters PJ, Hogan BL, Finkbeiner WE, Li M, Jan YN, Jan LY, Rock JR. (2012) Calcium-activated chloride channel TMEM16A modulates mucin secretion and airway smooth muscle contraction. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 109(40):16354-9. PMID: 22988107

Mattmann ME, Yu H, Lin Z, Xu K, Huang X, Long S, Wu M, McManus OB, Engers DW, Le UM, Li M, Lindsley CW, Hopkins CR. (2012) Identification of (R)-N-(4-(4-methoxyphenyl)thiazol-2-yl)-1-tosylpiperidine-2-carboxamide, ML277, as a novel, potent and selective K(v)7.1 (KCNQ1) potassium channel activator. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 22(18):5936-41. PMID: 22910039

Cheung YY, Yu H, Xu K, Zou B, Wu M, McManus OB, Li M, Lindsley CW, Hopkins CR. (2012) Discovery of a series of 2-phenyl-N-(2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)phenyl)acetamides as novel molecular switches that modulate modes of K(v)7.2 (KCNQ2) channel pharmacology: identification of (S)-2-phenyl-N-(2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)phenyl)butanamide (ML252) as a potent, brain penetrant K(v)7.2 channel inhibitor. J Med Chem. 55(15):6975-9. PMID: 22793372

Liping Yu

Yu L, Phillips RL, Zhang D, Teghanemt A, Weiss JP, Gioannini TL. (2012) NMR studies of hexaacylated endotoxin bound to wild-type and F126A mutant MD-2 and MD-2·TLR4 ectodomain complexes. J Biol Chem. 287(20):16346-55. PMID: 22433852

Kei-ichiro, I, Yoshida-Moriguchi, T., Hara Y., Anderson, M. E., Yu, L., Campbell K. P. (2012) Dystroglycan function requires xylosyl- and glucuronyltransferase activities of LARGE.  Science. 335: 93-96. PMID: 22223806

Post DM, Yu L, Krasity BC, Choudhury B, Mandel MJ, Brennan CA, Ruby EG, McFall-Ngai MJ, Gibson BW, Apicella MA. (2012) O-antigen and core carbohydrate of Vibrio fischeri lipopolysaccharide: composition and analysis of their role in Euprymna scolopes light organ colonization. J Biol Chem. 287(11):8515-30. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M111.324012. PMID: 22247546


Ninth Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Honors Symposium

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

A record 13 students presented at this year’s Undergraduate Honors Program. This year marks the ninth year for the Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Professor Marc Wold, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Honors Advisor, in congratulating these 2013 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done:

  • James Bullard
    Mentor: Pam Geyer
    Diversity in function: understanding how a polydactyl zinc-finger protein confers multiple functional outputs
  • Alexander Crider
    Mentor: Atish Dey (Chemistry)
    A novel DMSP lyase
  • Atish Dey
    Mentor: David Soll (Biology)
    Identification of genes involved in candida albicans biofilm synthesis under the control of BCR1
  • Johnathan Fagg
    Mentor: Peter Rubenstein
    Molecular effects of two Baraitser Winter causing mutations
  • Bhavatharini Kasinathan
    Mentor: Sarit Smolikove (Biology)
    The relationship between proteolysis and the akirin pathway in synaptonemal complex disassembly during C. elegans meiosis
  • Irtaza Khalid
    Mentor: David Price
    Deregulation of P-TEFb through microsatellite instability-induced mutations in LARP7 as a potential cause of cancer
  • Ryan Marling
    Mentor: Dan Weeks
    The role of cardiac NK2 genes in early heart development of Xenopus laevis
  • Allyson Mayer
    Mentor: Charles Brenner
    Computational and experimental determination of protein acetylation as a function of nutrition
  • Clayton Oakley
    Mentor: Beverly Davidson (Internal Medicine)
    The validation of several candidate genes predicted to have gained microRNA binding sites through transposable elements
  • Stephen Siemonsma
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Course-grained BD simulations of type III secretion system needle in salmonella
  • David Simoens
    Mentor: Lori Wallrath
    A drosophila model for lamin-associated heart disease
  • Kyle Strouse
    Mentor: Dan Weeks
    Expression of the MiR183 cluster: is there a differential expression of these micro-RNAs in early development?
  • Johanna Uribe
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    Vinculin phosphorylation regulates epithelial phenotypes

The symposium also included the presentation of two new undergraduate awards, made possible by a gift from Alap Subramanian. The H.G. Wittmann Scholar Award was presented to Stephen Siemonsma (Elcock lab) and the H.G. Khorana Scholar Award was presented to Allyson Mayer (Brenner lab), recognizing their exceptional understanding of biochemistry and its value to society.

Congratulations to everyone named above and all of our 2013 graduates!

Highlights of the third annual Biochemistry Retreat

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The 2012 Biochemistry Retreat, organized by Lori Wallrath, Todd Washington, John Brogie and Julie Lueth, was held on Saturday, August 24 at the Coralville Public Library. Short talks were given in the morning by Ernesto Fuentes, Karina Kruth (Rubenstein lab), Shyamal Subramanyam (M. Spies lab), Michael Schnieders, Brandon Davies, Charles Brenner, Jessica Maiers (DeMali lab) and Adrian Elcock. After lunch, talks were given by Maria Spies, David Price and Eric Taylor.

The poster session featured 29 posters. Eight total awards were given in three categories: in the undergraduate division, James Bullard (Geyer lab), Melinda Martin (Geyer lab) and Alexander Greiner (Rubenstein lab) won first, second and third, respectively; in the Postdoc/Research Assistant/Associate category, William Jones (M. Spies lab), Jiannan Guo (Price lab) and Christy Mei (Brenner lab) won first, second and third, respectively.

Two Lois Bigger Gehring Awards were given to support graduate student travel to research conferences. Xiaowen Sun (DeMali lab) and Yuan Pan (Baker lab) each won this award for best poster in the graduate student category.

Thanks to everyone for participating.

Next year the retreat will be centered around the Department’s 65th Birthday. Be sure to save the dates: August 23-25, 2013.

Miles Pufall receives Carver Young Investigator Award

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Miles Pufall has been awarded a Carver Young Investigator Award from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for his project, “Understanding glucocorticoid resistance in B cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia.”

This is a three year, $345,000 award to investigate the molecular basis for steroid resistance in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Dr. Pufall was selected as the sole applicant from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. He joins Drs. Lori Wallrath, Adrian Elcock, Todd Washington and Ernesto Fuentes as an early-career recipient of a Carver Trust award.

Biochemistry Honors students present at Lata Symposium

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Seven Biochemistry Honors students presented their research yesterday afternoon at the 8th Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. Please join Undergraduate and Honors Advisor, Professor Marc Wold, in congratulating these 2011 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.

  • Ashley Angell
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    Tyrosine Phosphorylation of Vinculin Regulates Cell-Matrix Adhesion
  • Chelsea Khaw
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    The Role of the Β3 Integrin in Melanoma Resistance to Chemotherapy
  • James Min
    Mentor: Joseph Zabner (Pulmonary)
    Organ-specific Expression of a Transgenic Human Lactonase in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Emma Nash
    Mentor: Martha Monick (Internal Medicine)
    Smoking Alters Dicer Expression in Human Alveoler Macrophages
  • Luke Prest
    Mentor: Dan Weeks
    Separating Functional Domains of Cardiac Transcription Factors by Construction of Chimeric Proteins
  • Hyun Soo Ryu
    Mentor: Shahram Khademi
    Mechanisms of Urea Conduction in Urea Channel
  • Austin Stark
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Molecular Simulations of Weak Protein-protein Interactions

Adrian Elcock recieves new R01

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Dr. Adrian Elcock was recently awarded a new NIGMS/NIH R01 entitled “Molecular Simulations of Cotranslational Folding.” Dr. Elcock has been awarded ~$250,000/year for four years to study how the synthesis and folding of proteins are coupled to each other.

Biochemistry faculty present summer and fall talks

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Biochemistry Faculty have been traveling the world this summer and into the fall for research talks in many locales. Adrian Elcock presented at the EMBO Conference in Austria in May. Charles Brenner presented at the FASEB Summer Research Conference on NAD Metabolism and Signaling in Italy in September, at the 1st International Chemical Biology Conference in Kansas City and the Environmental Mutagen Society Conference in Montreal in October. David Price chaired a session and presented a talk at the Summer Research Conference on Transcriptional Elongation in Health and Disease, also in Lucca, Italy in September. He also gave an extended talk at the Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Mechanisms of Eukaryotic Transcription. Dr. Price will be giving a seminar for the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University later this month.

Dr. Shun Zhu

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Congratulations are due to our newest PhD, Shun Zhu. A student of Adrian Elcock, Dr. Zhu successfully defended his thesis on “Computational and experimental studies of protein kinase-inhibitor interactions.”  

After graduation from the University of Iowa, he plans to conduct postdoctoral research in the U.S. to further broaden his scientific vision. Ultimately, he plans to apply his knowledge in computational structural biology to the development of drugs against human diseases and cancer. Watch this space for an announcement of post-doctoral plans.

Biochem Honors students present at Lata Symposium

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Five Biochemistry Honors students presented their research this afternoon at the 7th Annual Gene F. Lata Undergraduate Research Symposium. The Symposium was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Lata and his first two graduate students, Drs. John Franz and Arthur Fishkin, who passed away in the last year.

Please join Undergraduate and Honors Advisor, Professor Marc Wold, in congratulating these 2011 graduates and their research mentors for a job well done.

  • Drew Jones
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the DnaK Chaperone
  • Aditi Khanna
    Mentor: Bryce Plapp
    Characterization of an Alcohol Dehydrogenase from a “Fitter” Yeast
  • Peter Kim
    Mentor: Adrian Elcock
    Molecular Modeling of the Yeast Mitochondrial Matrix
  • Melissa Palma
    Mentor: Kris DeMali
    Examining the Effects of Vinculin Activating Peptide
  • Michael Zhang
    Mentor: Martha Monick (Internal Medicine)
    Influenza A Induces the ER Stress Response

Additional thanks go to Dr. Caitrin W. McDonough, who came back to give a talk at the Lata Symposium on The Genetics of Type 2 Diabetic End-Stage Renal Disease in Africans. Caitrin, a former student of Lori Wallrath, graduated with Honors in  Biochemistry in 2005. Having finished her PhD in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science, she is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Florida.