John M Tomich

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The deduced amino acid sequence of the cardiac sarcolemmal Na(+)-Ca2+ exchanger has a region which could represent a calmodulin binding site. As calmodulin binding regions of proteins often have an autoinhibitory role, a synthetic peptide with this sequence was tested for functional effects on Na(+)-Ca2+ exchange activity. The peptide inhibits the(More)
Extracellular DNA (eDNA), a by-product of cell lysis, was recently established as a critical structural component of the Enterococcus faecalis biofilm matrix. Here, we describe fratricide as the governing principle behind gelatinase (GelE)-mediated cell death and eDNA release. GFP reporter assays confirmed that GBAP (gelatinase biosynthesis-activating(More)
We have shown earlier that a mitochondrial presequence peptide can form an amphiphilic helix. However, the importance of amphiphilicity for mitochondrial presequence function became doubtful when an artificial presequence, designed to be non-amphiphilic, proved to be active as a mitochondrial import signal. We now show experimentally that this(More)
Tribolium castaneum is an important agricultural pest and an advanced genetic model for coleopteran insects. We have taken advantage of the recently acquired T. castaneum genome to identify T. castaneum genes and proteins in one of the more critical environmental interfaces of the insect, the larval alimentary tract. Genetic transcripts isolated from the T.(More)
Solid-state NMR spectroscopy was used to determine the orientations of two amphipathic helical peptides associated with lipid bilayers. A single spectral parameter provides sufficient orientational information for these peptides, which are known, from other methods, to be helical. The orientations of the peptides were determined using the 15N chemical shift(More)
The RET proto-oncogene encodes a member of the receptor tyrosine kinase family. Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B (MEN 2B) is caused by the mutation of a conserved methionine to a threonine in the catalytic domain of the RET kinase. When the MEN 2B point mutation was introduced into the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (M857T EGFR), the intrinsic(More)
Ehrlichia chaffeensis, a tick-transmitted rickettsial, is the causative agent of human monocytic ehrlichiosis. To examine protein expression patterns, we analyzed total, membrane, and immunogenic proteomes of E. chaffeensis originating from macrophage and tick cell cultures. Total proteins resolved by one-dimensional gel electrophoresis and subjected to(More)
Analysis of the functional domain of tissue inhibitor of metallo-proteinases-2 (TIMP-2) was performed using limited proteolytic degradation with trypsin. This treatment generated a 13.5 kDa fragment which was purified and shown to consist of an uncleaved N-terminal region extending from residue 1 to residue 132. The fragment retains the ability to inhibit(More)
The apparent active site of human leukocyte glycoasparaginase (N4-(beta-acetylglucosaminyl)-L-asparaginase EC 3.5.1.26) has been studied by labeling with an asparagine analogue, 5-diazo-4-oxo-L-norvaline. Glycoasparaginase was purified 4,600-fold from human leukocytes with an overall recovery of 12%. The purified enzyme has a Km of 110 microM, a Vmax of 34(More)
Activity of lysosomal glucosylceramidase is stimulated by two small glycoproteins, saposin A and C, which are, together with two other similar glycoproteins, derived from a single precursor protein. This enzyme is also stimulated by naturally occurring acidic lipids, such as phosphatidylserine and gangliosides. Using highly purified glucosylceramidase,(More)