Donna Mahony

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Retromer is a heteromeric protein complex with important roles in endosomal membrane trafficking, most notably in the retrograde transport of lysosomal hydrolase receptors from endosomes to the Golgi. The core of retromer is composed of three subunits vacuolar protein sorting (Vps)35, Vps26 and Vps29, and in mammals, there are two paralogues of the medium(More)
Our work focuses on the application of mesoporous silica nanoparticles as a combined delivery vehicle and adjuvant for vaccine applications. Here we present results using the viral protein, E2, from bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV). BVDV infection occurs in the target species of cattle and sheep herds worldwide and is therefore of economic importance. E2(More)
Filaggrin is a keratin filament associated protein that is expressed in granular layer keratinocytes and derived by sequential proteolysis from a polyprotein precursor termed profilaggrin. Depending on the species, each profilaggrin molecule contains between 10 and 20 filaggrin subunits organized as tandem repeats with a calcium-binding domain at the N-(More)
Peroxisomes are small subcellular compartments responsible for a range of essential metabolic processes. Efforts in predicting peroxisomal protein import are challenged by species variation and sparse sequence data sets with experimentally confirmed localization. We present a predictor of peroxisomal import based on the presence of the dominant peroxisomal(More)
The expression of laminin subunits M, A, B1 and B2 was studied immunocytochemically in 25 cases of classical congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD), 11 hypotonic infants, 20 cases of a variety of inherited and acquired neuromuscular disorders, and 11 controls. Merosin, as indicated by labelling for the M chain, was deficient in 12 (48%) of the cases of(More)
Conventional kinesin is a microtubule-based molecular motor involved in the transport of membranous and non-membranous cargoes. The kinesin holoenzyme exists as a heterotetramer, consisting of two heavy chain and two light chain subunits. It is thought that one function of the light chains is to interact with the cargo. Alternative splicing of kinesin light(More)
Vaccines have been at the forefront of improving human health for over two centuries. The challenges faced in developing effective vaccines flow from complexities associated with the immune system and requirement of an efficient and safe adjuvant to induce a strong adaptive immune response. Development of an efficient vaccine formulation requires careful(More)
Immunization to the model protein antigen ovalbumin (OVA) is investigated using MCM-41 mesoporous silica nanoparticles as a novel vaccine delivery vehicle and adjuvant system in mice. The effects of amino surface functionalization and adsorption time on OVA adsorption to nanoparticles are assessed. Amino-functionalized MCM-41 (AM-41) shows an effect on the(More)
BACKGROUND Protein expression in Escherichia coli may result in the recombinant protein being expressed as insoluble inclusion bodies. In addition, proteins purified from E. coli contain endotoxins which need to be removed for in vivo applications. The structural protein, E2, from Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV) is a major immunogenic determinant, and(More)