Brandt D. Erickson

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The DNA region encoding biphenyl dioxygenase, the first enzyme in the biphenyl-polychlorinated biphenyl degradation pathway of Pseudomonas species strain LB400, was sequenced. Six open reading frames were identified, four of which are homologous to the components of toluene dioxygenase from Pseudomonas putida F1 and have been named bphA, bphE, bphF, and(More)
Biphenyl dioxygenase catalyzes the first step in the aerobic degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The nucleotide and amino acid sequences of the biphenyl dioxygenases from two PCB-degrading strains (Pseudomonas sp. strain LB400 and Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes KF707) were compared. The sequences were found to be nearly identical, yet these(More)
The polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congener specificities and partial BphA sequences of biphenyl dioxygenase were determined for a set of PCB-degrading bacteria. The strains examined were categorized into two groups based on their ability to degrade 17 PCB congeners. Strains that degraded a broad range of PCBs but had relatively weak activity against(More)
In Escherichia coli the genes encoding ribosomal protein S21 (rpsU), DNA primase (dnaG), and the 70-kDal sigma subunit of RNA polymerase (rpoD) are contained in a single operon. These gene products are involved in the initiation of translation, DNA replication, and transcription, respectively. We have examined the homologous region in the closely related(More)
Southern blot analysis of 15 proU transposon insertions in Salmonella typhimurium indicated that this operon is at least 3 kilobase pairs in length. The nucleotide sequence of 1.5-kilobase-pair fragment that contains the transcriptional control region of the proU operon and the coding sequences specifying 290 amino acids of the first structural gene of the(More)
We present a new tactile display for rendering rotational friction at the fingertips. To inform the design and control of this device, we have conducted an initial set of perceptual experiments to investigate perceptual thresholds for rates of rotational slipping at the fingertips. It was found that humans can discriminate a change in rotational sliding(More)
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