Jordan M Newell

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Using a least-squares fitting procedure, polypeptide backbones of one parallel and seven antiparallel beta-barrels were approximated with various curved surfaces. Although the hyperboloid gave better approximations to all the beta-barrel backbones than the ellipsoid, elliptical cylinder or catenoid, the best approximations were obtained with a novel(More)
The binding region of immunoglobulins, which includes the portion of the molecule having the most variability in its amino acid sequence, is shown to have a surprisingly constant structure that can be characterized in terms of a simple, well-defined model. The binding region is composed of the antigen combining site plus its immediate vicinity and arises by(More)
E. coli GMP synthetase (GMPS) catalyzes the conversion of XMP to GMP. Ammonia, generated in the amino-terminal glutamine amidotransferase (GAT) domain, is transferred by an unknown mechanism to the ATP-pyrophosphatase (ATPP) domain, where it attacks a highly reactive adenyl-XMP intermediate, leading to GMP formation. To study the structural requirements for(More)
Synonymous variations, which are defined as codon substitutions that do not change the encoded amino acid, were previously thought to have no effect on the properties of the synthesized protein(s). However, mounting evidence shows that these "silent" variations can have a significant impact on protein expression and function and should no longer be(More)
The protease ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease with thrombospondin type 1 repeat) cleaves multimers of von Willebrand factor, thus regulating platelet aggregation. ADAMTS13 deficiency leads to the fatal disorder thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). It has been observed that cyclosporin A (CsA) treatment, particularly in transplant patients,(More)
Although ADAMTS13, the von Willebrand factor (VWF)-cleaving protease, is expressed in a range of tissues, the physiological significance of tissue-specific ADAMTS13 alternative splicing isoforms have yet to be clarified. Screening a panel of human tissues and cell lines revealed a spliced ADAMTS13 transcript in hepatic stellate cells and a hepatoma cell(More)
Postmolar malignant conditions are rare after evacuation of a complete molar pregnancy. Both medical and surgical management have a role in the treatment of persistent gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. Treatment decisions must account for the natural history of the disease, previous therapies, site of disease, and the patient's desire for uterine(More)
The amino terminal (positions 0 to 20) amino acid sequences of 22 rabbit antibody light chains are reported and compared with 44 amino terminal sequences previously described in the literature. Rabbit k light chains demonstrate three different amino terminal chain lengths and considerable variability at the amino terminal end. In relating amino terminal(More)