Alastair R. Hawkins

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BACKGROUND Glucose regulated protein 78 (GRP78) functions as a sensor of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that molecules that bind to GRP78 induce the unfolded protein response (UPR) and enhance cell death in combination with ER stress inducers. METHODS Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), measurement(More)
Dehydroquinate synthase (DHQS) has long been regarded as a catalytic marvel because of its ability to perform several consecutive chemical reactions in one active site. There has been considerable debate as to whether DHQS is actively involved in all these steps, or whether several steps occur spontaneously, making DHQS a spectator in its own mechanism.(More)
The structure of the human gut microbiota is controlled primarily through the degradation of complex dietary carbohydrates, but the extent to which carbohydrate breakdown products are shared between members of the microbiota is unclear. We show here, using xylan as a model, that sharing the breakdown products of complex carbohydrates by key members of the(More)
A vital element in integrated optofluidics is dynamic tuning and precise control of photonic devices, especially when employing electronic techniques which are challenging to utilize in an aqueous environment. We overcome this challenge by introducing a new platform in which the photonic device is controlled using electro-optical phase tuning. The phase(More)
A novel on-chip spectrometer device using combined functionalities of a micro-ring resonator and a planar diffraction grating is proposed. We investigate the performance of this architecture by implementing it in a silicon-on-insulator platform. We experimentally demonstrate such a device with 100 channels, 0.1 nm channel spacing and a channel crosstalk(More)
We experimentally demonstrate efficient extinction spectroscopy of single plasmonic gold nanorods with exquisite fidelity (SNR > 20dB) and high efficiency light coupling (e. g., 9.7%) to individual plasmonic nanoparticles in an integrated platform. We demonstrate chip-scale integration of lithographically defined plasmonic nanoparticles on silicon nitride(More)
The crystal structure of Staphylococcus aureus cytidine monophosphate kinase (CMK) in complex with cytidine 5'-monophosphate (CMP) has been determined at 2.3 angstroms resolution. The active site reveals novel features when compared with two orthologues of known structure. Compared with the Streptococcus pneumoniae CMK solution structure of the enzyme(More)
The spectral properties of light confined to low-index media by binary layered structures is discussed. A novel phase-based model with a simple analytical form is derived for the approximation of the center of arbitrary bandgaps of binary layered structures operating at arbitrary effective indices. An analytical approximation to the sensitivity of the(More)
QUTA is a positively acting regulatory protein that regulates the expression of the eight genes comprising the quinic acid utilization gene (qut) gene cluster in Aspergillus nidulans. It has been proposed that the QUTA protein is composed of two domains that are related to the N-terminal two domains-dehydroquinate (DHQ) synthase and 5-enolpyruvyl(More)
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