Arvind Ramanathan

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We have constructed NheI and XhoI optical maps of Escherichia coli O157:H7 solely from genomic DNA molecules to provide a uniquely valuable scaffold for contig closure and sequence validation. E. coli O157:H7 is a common pathogen found in contaminated food and water. Our approach obviated the need for the analysis of clones, PCR products, and(More)
Functioning proteins do not remain fixed in a unique structure, but instead they sample a range of conformations facilitated by motions within the protein. Even in the native state, a protein exists as a collection of interconverting conformations driven by thermodynamic fluctuations. Motions on the fast time scale allow a protein to sample conformations in(More)
In contrast to most other sensory modalities, the basic perceptual dimensions of olfaction remain unclear. Here, we use non-negative matrix factorization (NMF)--a dimensionality reduction technique--to uncover structure in a panel of odor profiles, with each odor defined as a point in multi-dimensional descriptor space. The properties of NMF are favorable(More)
Protein-protein interactions are governed by the change in free energy upon binding, ΔG = ΔH - TΔS. These interactions are often marginally stable, so one must examine the balance between the change in enthalpy, ΔH, and the change in entropy, ΔS, when investigating known complexes, characterizing the effects of mutations, or designing optimized variants. To(More)
Conformational flexibility of proteins has been linked to their designated functions. Slow conformational fluctuations occurring at the microsecond to millisecond time scale, in particular, have recently attracted considerable interest in connection to the mechanism of enzyme catalysis. Computational methods are providing valuable insights into the(More)
We recently introduced a new method for discovering, characterizing, and monitoring spatiotemporal patterns in the conformational fluctuations in molecular dynamics simulation data ( J. Comput. Biol. 2010 , 17 ( 3 ), 309 - 324 ). Significantly, our method, called Dynamic Tensor Analysis (DTA), can be performed as the simulation is progressing. It is(More)
Proteins are intrinsically flexible molecules. The role of internal motions in a protein's designated function is widely debated. The role of protein structure in enzyme catalysis is well established, and conservation of structural features provides vital clues to their role in function. Recently, it has been proposed that the protein function may involve(More)
Disordered proteins are highly prevalent in biological systems, they control myriad signaling and regulatory processes, and their levels and/or cellular localization are often altered in human disease. In contrast to folded proteins, disordered proteins, due to conformational heterogeneity and dynamics, are not considered viable drug targets. We challenged(More)
We introduce an algorithm for learning sparse, time-varying undirected probabilistic graphical models of Molecular Dynamics (MD) data. Our method computes a maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimate of the topology and parameters of the model (i.e., structure learning) using L1regularization of the negative log-likelihood (aka ‘Graphical Lasso’) to ensure(More)
Collective behavior involving distally separate regions in a protein is known to widely affect its function. In this article, we present an online approach to study and characterize collective behavior in proteins as molecular dynamics (MD) simulations progress. Our representation of MD simulations as a stream of continuously evolving data allows us to(More)