Robert Powers

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An expert system for determining resonance assignments from NMR spectra of proteins is described. Given the amino acid sequence, a two-dimensional 15N-1H heteronuclear correlation spectrum and seven to eight three-dimensional triple-resonance NMR spectra for seven proteins, AUTOASSIGN obtained an average of 98% of sequence-specific spin-system assignments(More)
In utero or early-life vitamin D deficiency is associated with skeletal problems, type 1 diabetes, and schizophrenia, but the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in U.S. pregnant women is unexplored. We sought to assess vitamin D status of pregnant women and their neonates residing in Pittsburgh by race and season. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) was(More)
This article formulates the multidimensional nuclear Overhauser effect spectroscopy (NOESY) interpretation problem using graph theory and presents a novel, bottom-up, topology-constrained distance network analysis algorithm for NOESY cross peak interpretation using assigned resonances. AutoStructure is a software suite that implements this(More)
CONTEXT Vitamin D has direct influence on molecular pathways proposed to be important in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia, yet the vitamin D-preeclampsia relation has not been studied. OBJECTIVES We aimed to assess the effect of maternal 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentration on the risk of preeclampsia and to assess the vitamin D status of newborns(More)
Metabolomics aims to provide a global snapshot of all small-molecule metabolites in cells and biological fluids, free of observational biases inherent to more focused studies of metabolism. However, the staggeringly high information content of such global analyses introduces a challenge of its own; efficiently forming biologically relevant conclusions from(More)
One of the most important challenges in modern protein NMR is the development of fast and sensitive structure quality assessment measures that can be used to evaluate the "goodness-of-fit" of the 3D structure with NOESY data, to indicate the correctness of the fold and accuracy of the resulting structure. Quality assessment is especially critical for(More)
The direct interaction of hyaluronic acid (HA) and proteins of the inter-alpha-inhibitor family plays a critical role in organization and stabilization of the expanding cumulus extracellular matrix (cECM) following an ovulatory stimulus. Despite similarities in the morphology of cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs) expanding in vivo and in vitro, we find that(More)
Gestational hypertension is differentiated into higher and lower risk by the presence or absence of proteinuria. We asked if hyperuricemia, a common finding in pregnancy hypertension, might also be an indicator of increased risk. We examined fetal outcome data from 972 pregnancies collected from 1997 to 2002 in a nested case-control study. Participants were(More)
The high-resolution NMR solution structure of the catalytic fragment of human collagenase-3 (MMP13) was used as a starting point for structure-based design of selective inhibitors for MMP-13. The major structural difference observed between the MMP structures is the relative size and shape of the S1′ pocket where this pocket is significantly longer for(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated changes in serum uric acid across pregnancy in women with gestational hyperuricemia at delivery, with and without preeclampsia, compared with normal pregnant and women with preeclampsia without gestational hyperuricemia. STUDY DESIGN This was a nested case-control study of 116 controls, 27 women with preeclampsia with predelivery(More)