Daniel A. Pomeranz Krummel

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Medulloblastomas are the most common malignant brain tumours in children. Identifying and understanding the genetic events that drive these tumours is critical for the development of more effective diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic strategies. Recently, our group and others described distinct molecular subtypes of medulloblastoma on the basis of(More)
Human spliceosomal U1 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particles (snRNPs), which consist of U1 small nuclear RNA and ten proteins, recognize the 5' splice site within precursor messenger RNAs and initiate the assembly of the spliceosome for intron excision. An electron density map of the functional core of U1 snRNP at 5.5 A resolution has enabled us to build(More)
The construction of physical three-dimensional (3D) models of biomolecules can uniquely contribute to the study of the structure-function relationship. 3D structures are most often perceived using the two-dimensional and exclusively visual medium of the computer screen. Converting digital 3D molecular data into real objects enables information to be(More)
There is significant demand for experimental approaches to aid protein localization in electron microscopy micrographs and ultimately in three-dimensional reconstructions of macromolecular assemblies. We report preparation and use of a reagent consisting of tris-nitrilotriacetic acid (tris-NTA) conjugated with a monofunctional gold nanoparticle(More)
M1 RNA, the catalytic subunit of Escherichia coli RNase P, forms a secondary structure that includes five sequence variants of the tetraloop motif. Site-directed mutagenesis of the five tetraloops of M1 RNA, and subsequent steady-state kinetic analysis in vitro, with different substrates in the presence and absence of the protein cofactor, reveal that (i)(More)
The spliceosomal U1C protein is critical to the initiation and regulation of precursor messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing, as part of the U1 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particle (snRNP). We have produced full-length and 61 residue constructs of human U1C in soluble form in Escherichia coli. Atomic absorption spectroscopy and mass spectrometry show that(More)
Recent advances in cancer genomics have revolutionized the characterization and classification of medulloblastomas. According to the current WHO guidelines, medulloblastomas are now classified into the following molecularly defined groups: Wnt signaling pathway (WNT)-activated, sonic hedgehog signaling pathway (SHH)-activated and tumor suppressor protein(More)
To gain an understanding of structural changes induced in substrates by Escherichia coli ribonuclease P (RNase P), we have incorporated an interstrand disulfide crosslink proximal to the cleavage site in a model substrate. RNase P is able to process the reduced, non-crosslinked form of this substrate as well as a substrate in which the free thiol molecules(More)
M1 RNA that contained 4'-thiouridine was photochemically cross-linked to different substrates and to a product of the reaction it governs. The locations of the cross-links in these photochemically induced complexes were identified. The cross-links indicated that different substrates share some contacts but have distinct binding modes to M1 RNA. The binding(More)
The non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse spontaneously develops a range of autoreactive responses including an autoantibody response to nuclear antigens. As elevated dietary iodine has been shown to increase thyroid autoimmune pathology in NOD mice, the effect of sodium iodide (NaI) on the development of anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) was assessed. Interestingly,(More)