Amber D. Stancik

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Broad-host-range catabolic plasmids play an important role in bacterial degradation of man-made compounds. To gain insight into the role of these plasmids in chloroaniline degradation, we determined the first complete nucleotide sequences of an IncP-1 chloroaniline degradation plasmid, pWDL7::rfp and its close relative pNB8c, as well as the expression(More)
Gene regulation plays a central role in the adaptation of organisms to their environments. There are many molecular components to gene regulation, and it is often difficult to determine both the genetic basis of adaptation and the evolutionary forces that influence regulation. In multiple evolution experiments with the bacteriophage ϕX174, adaptive(More)
Internuclear distances derived from paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) data were used to restrain molecular dynamics simulations of the intrinsically unstructured transactivation domain of the tumor suppressor protein, p53. About 1000 structures were simulated using ensemble averaging of replicate molecules to compensate for the inherent bias in the(More)
Previously, we showed that adaptive substitutions in one of the three promoters of the bacteriophage ϕX174 improved fitness at high-temperature by decreasing transcript levels three- to four-fold. To understand how such an extreme change in gene expression might lead to an almost two-fold increase in fitness at the adaptive temperature, we focused on stages(More)
To investigate how high temperature affects viral transcription, the absolute amounts of mRNA for six bacteriophage φX174 genes were compared at 37 °C and 42 °C using Q-PCR. At 37 °C, mRNA levels for all genes were consistent with previous studies, but at 42 °C mRNA levels for four genes were significantly different from levels at 37 °C. Transcript levels(More)
Paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) was used to identify a compact dynamic structure for the intrinsically unstructured transactivation domain of the tumor suppressor protein, p53. Our results show that p53 residues essential for binding to the ubiquitin ligase, MDM2, and the 70 kDa subunit of replication protein A, RPA70, are separated by an average(More)
Developing a comprehensive description of the equilibrium structural ensembles for intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) is essential to understanding their function. The p53 transactivation domain (p53TAD) is an IDP that interacts with multiple protein partners and contains numerous phosphorylation sites. Multiple techniques were used to investigate the(More)
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