Devin Strickland

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An understanding of how allostery, the conformational coupling of distant functional sites, arises in highly evolvable systems is of considerable interest in areas ranging from cell biology to protein design and signaling networks. We reasoned that the rigidity and defined geometry of an alpha-helical domain linker would make it effective as a conduit for(More)
The urokinase receptor (uPAR) is linked to plasma membranes through a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor. It has been posited that the GPI anchor facilitates clearance of uPAR-bound complexes between two chain urokinase (tcuPA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) by the alpha 2-macroglobulin receptor (alpha 2MR) which permits(More)
Naturally photoswitchable proteins offer a means of directly manipulating the formation of protein complexes that drive a diversity of cellular processes. We developed tunable light-inducible dimerization tags (TULIPs) based on a synthetic interaction between the LOV2 domain of Avena sativa phototropin 1 (AsLOV2) and an engineered PDZ domain (ePDZ). TULIPs(More)
Prominent, specific tubulin structures were identified in human leukemic cells undergoing apoptosis following treatment with cytotoxic drugs. In order to determine whether tubulin reorganization was dependent upon the stage of the cell cycle at which apoptosis was induced, the human leukemic T-cell line CCRF-CEM was treated with cytotoxic doses of drugs(More)
Genetically encoded protein photosensors are promising tools for engineering optical control of cellular behavior; we are only beginning to understand how to couple these light detectors to effectors of choice. Here we report a method that increases the dynamic range of an artificial photoswitch based on the LOV2 domain of Avena sativa phototropin 1(More)
Optical dimerizers are a powerful new class of optogenetic tools that allow light-inducible control of protein-protein interactions. Such tools have been useful for regulating cellular pathways and processes with high spatiotemporal resolution in live cells, and a growing number of dimerizer systems are available. As these systems have been characterized by(More)
The mechanical properties of cells change as they proceed through the cell cycle, primarily owing to regulation of actin and myosin II. Most models for cell mechanics focus on actomyosin in the cortex and ignore possible roles in bulk cytoplasm. We explored cell cycle regulation of bulk cytoplasmic actomyosin in Xenopus egg extracts, which is almost(More)
The blue-light-responsive LOV2 domain of Avena sativa phototropin1 (AsLOV2) has been used to regulate activity and binding of diverse protein targets with light. Here, we used AsLOV2 to photocage a peroxisomal targeting sequence, allowing light regulation of peroxisomal protein import. We generated a protein tag, LOV-PTS1, that can be appended to proteins(More)
An immunoaffinity process based on monoclonal antibody (MAb) to factor IX (FIX) has been developed. Initially, vitamin-K-dependent proteins from cryoprecipitate-poor plasma are isolated on DEAE-Sephadex. The eluate is applied to an immunoaffinity column that utilizes a divalent metal-ion-dependent MAb directed against FIX. After washing the column with high(More)
Although Phe is an essential amino acid in mammalian cells, its immediate precursor, beta-phenylpyruvic acid (BPP), when present in Phe-deficient medium at 10(-4) and 10(-3) M is converted at a sufficient rate to Phe to sustain growth at 60 and 100% of non-deficient control HeLa S-3 cells, respectively. In contrast, Tyr-deficient cells were unable to(More)