Jenny L Draper

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This article presents an overview of the SAM-T02 method for protein fold recognition and the UNDERTAKER program for ab initio predictions. The SAM-T02 server is an automatic method that uses two-track hidden Markov models (HMMS) to find and align template proteins from PDB to the target protein. The two-track HMMs use an amino acid alphabet and one of(More)
The SAM-T04 method for predicting protein structures uses a single protocol across the entire range of targets, from comparative modeling to new folds. This protocol is similar to the SAM-T02 protocol used in CASP5, but has improvements in the iterative search for similar sequences in finding and aligning templates, in creating fragment libraries, in(More)
In previous casp experiments, our team has concentrated on fold-recognition using hidden Markov models (hmms) with fairly good results [1, 2, 3]. We have also had some success using standard neural-net methods to predict secondary structure [4], as measured by the EVA project [5]. In 2000, we started incorporating secondary structure prediction in our(More)
The ability to generate tailor-made, functionalized polyester (polyhydroxyalkanoate, PHA) beads in bacteria by harnessing their natural carbon-storage granule production system is an exciting recent development. Proteins that naturally attach to the polyester granule core were rationally engineered to enable in vivo production of PHA beads which are(More)
We report the identification and characterization of a previously unidentified protein domain found in bacterial chemoreceptors and other bacterial signal transduction proteins. This domain contains a motif of three noncontiguous histidines and one cysteine, arranged as Hxx[WFYL]x(21-28)Cx[LFMVI]Gx[WFLVI]x(18-27)HxxxH(boldface type indicates residues that(More)
Powered by recent advances in next-generation sequencing technologies, metagenomics has already unveiled vast microbial biodiversity in a range of environments, and is increasingly being applied in clinics for difficult-to-diagnose cases. It can be tempting to suggest that metagenomics could be used as a "universal test" for all pathogens without the need(More)
Many bacterial genomes are highly variable but nonetheless are typically published as a single assembled genome. Experiments tracking bacterial genome evolution have not looked at the variation present at a given point in time. Here, we analyzed the mouse-passaged Helicobacter pylori strain SS1 and its parent PMSS1 to assess intra- and intergenomic(More)
UNLABELLED Cytoplasmic chemoreceptors are widespread among prokaryotes but are far less understood than transmembrane chemoreceptors, despite being implicated in many processes. One such cytoplasmic chemoreceptor is Helicobacter pylori TlpD, which is required for stomach colonization and drives a chemotaxis response to cellular energy levels. Neither the(More)
Brucella suis infection was diagnosed in a man from Tonga, Polynesia, who had butchered swine in Oregon, USA. Although the US commercial swine herd is designated brucellosis-free, exposure history suggested infection from commercial pigs. We used whole-genome sequencing to determine that the man was infected in Tonga, averting a field investigation.
Two years ago, Ryan Weber developed a simple support vector machine for protein secondary structure prediction to investigate the complexity of kernel and algorithm necessary to perform adequate classification [1]. For my project, I have resurrected Ryan‘s project, tested his conclusions, and extended the support vector machine to use the spectrum string(More)