Emmanuel Tannenbaum

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We develop novel methods for recognizing and cataloging conformational states of RNA, and for discovering statistical rules governing those states. We focus on the conformation of the large ribosomal subunit from Haloarcula marismortui. The two approaches described here involve torsion matching and binning. Torsion matching is a pattern-recognition code(More)
In this paper, we study the equilibrium behavior of Eigen's quasispecies equations for an arbitrary gene network. We consider a genome consisting of N genes, so that the full genome sequence sigma may be written as sigma= sigma1sigma2...sigmaN, where sigma(i) are sequences of individual genes. We assume a single fitness peak model for each gene, so that(More)
This paper extends Eigen's quasispecies equations to account for the semiconservative nature of DNA replication. We solve the equations in the limit of infinite sequence length for the simplest case of a static, sharply peaked fitness landscape. We show that the error catastrophe occurs when micro, the product of sequence length and per base pair mismatch(More)
This paper develops a two-gene, single fitness peak model for determining the equilibrium distribution of genotypes in a unicellular population which is capable of genetic damage repair. The first gene, denoted by sigma(via), yields a viable organism with first-order growth rate constant k>1 if it is equal to some target "master" sequence sigma(via,0). The(More)
It has been recently suggested that there are likely generic features characterizing the emergence of systems constructed from the self-organization of self-replicating agents acting under one or more selection pressures. Therefore, structures and behaviors at one length scale may be used to infer analogous structures and behaviors at other length scales.(More)
This Letter develops an analytically tractable model for determining the equilibrium distribution of mismatch repair deficient strains in unicellular populations. The approach is based on the single fitness peak model, which has been used in Eigen's quasispecies equations in order to understand various aspects of evolutionary dynamics. As with the(More)
Some of the magnesium ions in the ribosome are coordinated by multiple rRNA phosphate groups. These magnesium ions link distal sequences of rRNA, primarily by incorporating phosphate groups into the first coordination shell. Less frequently, magnesium interacts with ribosomal proteins. Ribosomal protein L2 appears to be unique by forming specific(More)
Emerging evidence suggests that the introns and intergenic sequences of the genomes of higher eukaryotes (the "junk" DNA) codes for a vast, RNA-based, genetic regulatory network. It is believed that this network is responsible for the variety and complexity of terrestrial life. We conjecture that this regulatory network is more properly viewed as an RNA(More)
The quasispecies model describes processes related to the origin of life and viral evolutionary dynamics. We discuss how the error catastrophe that reflects the transition from localized to delocalized quasispecies population is affected by catalytic replication of different reaction orders. Specifically, we find that second order mechanisms lead to a(More)