Anna C Robotham

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The structure of pili from the archaeon Methanococcus maripaludis is unlike that of any bacterial pili. However, genetic analysis of the genes involved in the formation of these pili has been lacking until this study. Pili were isolated from a nonflagellated (ΔflaK) mutant and shown by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis to consist(More)
The emergence of multidrug-resistant cancers and the lack of targeted therapies for many cancers underscore an unmet need for new therapeutics with novel modes of action towards cancer cells. Host-defense peptides often exhibit selective cytotoxicity towards cancer cells and show potential as anti-cancer therapeutics. Here, we screen 26 naturally occurring(More)
N-linked glycosylation of protein is a posttranslational modification found in all three domains of life. The flagellin proteins of the archaeon Methanococcus maripaludis are known to be modified with an N-linked tetrasaccharide consisting of N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc), a diacetylated glucuronic acid (GlcNAc3NAc), an acetylated and acetamidino-modified(More)
N-glycosylation is a protein posttranslational modification found in all three domains of life. Many surface proteins in Archaea, including S-layer proteins, pilins, and archaellins (archaeal flagellins) are known to contain N-linked glycans. In Methanococcus maripaludis, the archaellins are modified at multiple sites with an N-linked tetrasaccharide with(More)
UNLABELLED Methanococcus maripaludis has two surface appendages, archaella and type IV pili, which are composed of glycoprotein subunits. Archaellins are modified with an N-linked tetrasaccharide with the structure Sug-1,4-β-ManNAc3NAmA6Thr-1,4-β-GlcNAc3NAcA-1,3-β-GalNAc, where Sug is(More)
The presence of α2,6-sialic acids on the Fc N-glycan provides anti-inflammatory properties to the IgGs through a mechanism that remains unclear. Fc-sialylated IgGs are rare in humans as well as in industrial host cell lines such as Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. Facilitated access to well-characterized α2,6-sialylated IgGs would help elucidate the(More)
The accumulation of metabolic by-products remains a critical challenge in the development of mammalian cells culture processes as it impacts cellular growth, productivity and product quality. Although the overexpression of the PYC2 gene was shown to significantly improve the nutrient metabolism efficiency of mammalian cells, its impact on recombinant(More)
Blood vessels in tumors frequently show abnormal characteristics, such as tortuous morphology or leakiness, but very little is known about protein expression in tumor vessels. In this study, we have used laser capture microdissection (LCM) to isolate microvessels from clinical samples of invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), the most common form of malignant(More)
A series of N-(2-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)-2-phenylethyl)arylamides were prepared, using an efficient three- to five-step synthesis, and evaluated for their inhibitory activity against human cytochrome P450C24A1 (CYP24A1) hydroxylase. Inhibition ranged from IC50 0.3-72 microM compared with the standard ketoconazole IC50 0.52 microM, with the styryl derivative(More)
Thermoplasma acidophilum is a thermoacidophilic archaeon that grows optimally at pH 2 and 59°C. This extremophile is remarkable by the absence of a cell wall or an S-layer. Treating the cells with Triton X-100 at pH 3 allowed the extraction of all of the cell surface glycoproteins while keeping cells intact. The extracted glycoproteins were partially(More)