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FOEDRC Retreat Poster Winners: Po Hien Ear and Adam Rauckhorst

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellows Po Hien Ear (Brenner Lab) and Adam Rauckhorst (Taylor Lab) who were two of the three poster winners at the 2016 FOE Diabetes Research Center Retreat held on December 10, 2016, for their posters entitled “Nicotinamide riboside promotes maternal and neonatal health benefits” and “Novel mechanisms regulating mitochondrial glutamine metabolism,” respectively.

L to R: Adam Rauckhorst, Po Hien Ear, Yanhui Zhang, E. Dale Abel

2016 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Friday, November 4th, 2016

2016_newslettercoverimageThe 2016 Biochemistry @ Iowa newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail this week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your contact information to biochem@uiowa.edu. While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

Four Biochemistry Undergraduates featured at the LSEI Project Engage Showcase

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The Latham Science Engagement Initiative (LSEI) 1st Annual Project Engage Showcase held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Iowa Memorial Union, featured four Biochemistry undergraduate majors (out of 12 total Latham Fellows): Sarah Gardner (Baker Laboratory), Cara Larson (Wallrath Laboratory), Nicholas McCarty (Abel Laboratory), and Maria Nunez Hernandez (Shea Laboratory). The students presented their Scientific Outreach Projects.

The LSEI and Fellowship Program was established through the generous donation of Robert J. and Sue B. Latham, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The program enhances the research opportunities for selected undergraduate students. For more information about LSEI and to apply to the fellowship program, visit: latham.uiowa.edu

Nicholas McCarty – 2016 Goldwater Scholar

Friday, April 1st, 2016

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

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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

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

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

Borcherding N, Kusner D, Kolb R, Xie Q, Li W, Yuan F, Velez G, Askeland R, Weigel RJ, Zhang W. (2015) Paracrine WNT5A Signaling Inhibits Expansion of Tumor-Initiating Cells. Cancer Res. 75(10):1972-82. DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-14-2761. PMID: 25769722

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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Nicholas McCarty selected for 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Society internship

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Nicholas McCartyBiochemistry undergraduate major,  Nicholas McCarty has been selected for a 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Society writing internship. McCarty, from Geneva, Illinois, was recommended for the position by the society’s UI chapter and will spend five months in Washington, D.C., writing for The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa’s news and alumni-relations publication.

The oldest academic honor society in the United States, the Phi Beta Kappa Society was founded on Dec. 5, 1776 to “champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression,” according to a press release. Its writing internships are intended for juniors and seniors in liberal arts or science tracks.

McCarty is already a fellow in the Latham Science Engagement Initiative, a program promoting communication between researchers and the public. He has worked with Professor E. Dale Abel for three years studying heart disease and diabetes; is completing minors in clinical and translational science, chemistry, and entrepreneurial management; and intends to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. after earning his bachelor’s degree.

2015 Biochemistry Newsletter now available

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Cover_2015_newsletterThe 2015 Biochemistry @ Iowa newsletter is hot off the presses and available for download. Alumni and friends should receive a hard copy in the mail this week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send your contact information to biochem@uiowa.edu. While you are at it, feel free to send us your news and updates! Previous newsletters are also available online.

Nicholas McCarty featured on ICRU Undergraduate Research Spotlight

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Nicholas McCarty, an undergraduate major in the Abel laboratory, was recently featured on the ICRU Undergraduate Research Spotlight highlighting his experience as an undergraduate working in the laboratory, more specifically his work on studies examining the role of insulin signaling in regulating the cardiovascular system, and his goals for professional development. Read the full feature here.

7th Annual FUTURE in Biomedicine Program

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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The FUTURE in Biomedicine program, founded in 2009 by Madeline Shea, is developing a statewide network of scientist-educators and a pipeline of prospective students for our graduate and clinical program. The 7th annual program brought 25 faculty Fellows and students from primarily undergraduate institutions in Iowa to conduct research and pursue collaborations with UI faculty through summer laboratory work and weekly professional development activities. The Fellows also received support to use our state-of-the-art research core facilities such as those in genomics, crystallography and NMR.

Honts_Drake_SheaLab_2015Of the 13 Faculty Fellows, four worked with host professors in Biochemistry. Dr. Gary Coombs from Waldorf College worked on the role of lamins in regulating muscle function and metabolism with Professor Lori Wallrath. Dr. Heriberto Hernandez from Grinnell College worked on the role of thermodynamics in the formulation of pharmaceuticals with Assistant Professor Mike Schnieders. Dr. Hernandez was supported by the Ruth Ann Henriksen Fellowship that honors Dr. Henriksen, a Ph.D. graduate of our department who pursued her academic career at East Carolina University. Two Fellows from Drake University – Adina Kilpatrick in Physics and Jerry Honts in Biology – pursued a joint collaboration on Tetrahymena calcium-binding proteins with Professor Madeline Shea.

Hernandez_Grinnell_Schnieders_2015Two additional Faculty Fellows are Biochemistry Alumni – Dr. Ugur Akgun, now on the Physics faculty at Coe College had been a postdoctoral fellow with Shahram Khademi, and Dr. Heidi Sleister in Biology at Drake University was a former BSURF student.

Coombs_Waldorf_Wallrath_2015In addition, Ms. Dulce Chavez from St. Mary-of-the-Woods was the first recipient of the Gioannini Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship honoring our former colleague Dr. Theresa L. Gioannini, who held a joint appointment in Biochemistry. Mr. Adam Page, of Kirkwood Community College, conducted research with Professor E. Dale Abel, a joint appointee in Biochemistry, and Adam’s participation in the activities of the FUTURE in Biomedicine program were arranged by Ms. Juanita Limas, the faculty Director of the LSAMP program at Kirkwood who earned her B.S. in Biochemistry doing research with Professor Lori Wallrath.

2015_0720_3DPrinting_Pufall_Honts_008Members of the Department of Biochemistry featured prominently in the weekly activities of the FUTURE in Biomedicine program. These included a session when Professor Dan Weeks described preparation for our Ph.D. programs, a workshop on “3-D Printing in Research and Education” presented jointly by UI Biochemistry Assistant Professor Miles Pufall and Jerry Honts of Drake University, and a Career Panel on making the transition from postdoctoral fellow to teaching faculty, including two Biochemistry postdocs – Dr. Lynne Dieckman formerly in the Musselman laboratory and Dr. Casey Andrews in the Elcock laboratory. In the prior academic year, Dr. Andrews had a mentored semester-long teaching experience at Loras College with 2014 FUTURE Fellow Adam Moser.

Kilpatrick_Drake_Shea_2015The research being conducted in partnerships developed through the FUTURE in Biomedicine program is being published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at national conferences. This reciprocal network is encouraging excellent candidates to apply to our training opportunities and openings for research assistants and postbac internships. The FUTURE program is committed to advancing closer ties with our alumni in the years ahead.

Three undergraduates receive 2015 Rex Montgomery Scholarship Awards

Friday, May 1st, 2015

The 2015 Rex Montgomery Scholarships were award to:

  • Maria Nunez Hernandez, Madeline Shea’s laboratory;
  • Mohammed Ismail, Maria Spies’ laboratory; and
  • Nicholas McCarty, Dale Abel’s laboratory.

Rex Montgomery Scholarships recognize undergraduate students for their outstanding academic record and commitment to research. This scholarship was established by Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and is admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery is an internationally recognized carbohydrate biochemist and textbook author. While on the faculty, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine, the Vice President of Research for the University and was the founding director of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Montgomery retired in 2005 after more than 50 years on the faculty.

Congratulations – Maria, Mohammed, and Nicholas!