Jonathan A. Stefely

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Mitochondria are essential for numerous cellular processes, yet hundreds of their proteins lack robust functional annotation. To reveal functions for these proteins (termed MXPs), we assessed condition-specific protein-protein interactions for 50 select MXPs using affinity enrichment mass spectrometry. Our data connect MXPs to diverse mitochondrial(More)
Coenzyme Q (CoQ) is an isoprenylated quinone that is essential for cellular respiration and is synthesized in mitochondria by the combined action of at least nine proteins (COQ1-9). Although most COQ proteins are known to catalyze modifications to CoQ precursors, the biochemical role of COQ9 remains unclear. Here, we report that a disease-related COQ9(More)
This paper describes an efficient synthesis of 1 ,2-bis[ t2-(lipoyloxy)dodecanoyl]-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (1) and its use in the construction of highly stable polymerized liposomes under extremely mild conditions. Esterification of glycerophosphorylcholine with 12-(tetrahydropyranyloxy)dodecanoic acid affords the corresponding phosphatidylcholine;(More)
The ancient UbiB protein kinase-like family is involved in isoprenoid lipid biosynthesis and is implicated in human diseases, but demonstration of UbiB kinase activity has remained elusive for unknown reasons. Here, we quantitatively define UbiB-specific sequence motifs and reveal their positions within the crystal structure of a UbiB protein, ADCK3. We(More)
We describe a novel amine-reactive chemical label that exploits differential neutron-binding energy between (13)C and (15)N isotopes. These neutron-encoded (NeuCode) chemical labels enable up to 12-plex MS1-based protein quantification. Each structurally identical, but isotopically unique, tag is encoded with a 12.6-mDa mass difference-relative to its(More)
Interactions between α-helices within the hydrophobic environment of lipid bilayers are integral to the folding and function of transmembrane proteins; however, the major forces that mediate these interactions remain debated, and our ability to predict these interactions is still largely untested. We recently demonstrated that the frequent transmembrane(More)
A series of N-((1-benzyl-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)methyl)arylamides was synthesized by copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) and afforded inhibitors of cancer cell growth. For example, compound 13e had an IC(50) of 46 nM against MCF-7 human breast tumor cells. Structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies demonstrated that (i) meta-phenoxy(More)
The UbiB protein kinase-like (PKL) family is widespread, comprising one-quarter of microbial PKLs and five human homologs, yet its biochemical activities remain obscure. COQ8A (ADCK3) is a mammalian UbiB protein associated with ubiquinone (CoQ) biosynthesis and an ataxia (ARCA2) through unclear means. We show that mice lacking COQ8A develop a slowly(More)
Mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with many human diseases, including cancer and neurodegeneration, that are often linked to proteins and pathways that are not well-characterized. To begin defining the functions of such poorly characterized proteins, we used mass spectrometry to map the proteomes, lipidomes, and metabolomes of 174 yeast strains, each(More)
Dispersal of dioctadecyldimethylammonium methacrylate (DODAM) in water via ultrasonic irradiation yielded small-diameter vesicles having a phase transition at ca. 42-46 "C. Photopolymerization (254 nm) at 30 and 60 "C resulted in the formation of polymer-encased vesicles which retained phase-transition behavior. Combination of dynamic light scattering,(More)