Ryan C Hunter

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) contribute to the regulation of early kidney development, but their role during later stages of renal tubule maturation is not well understood. Here, we found that ablation of the miRNA-processing enzyme Dicer from maturing renal tubules produces tubular and glomerular cysts in mice. Inactivation of Dicer is associated with downregulation(More)
Sedimentary hopanes are pentacyclic triterpenoids that serve as biomarker proxies for bacteria and certain bacterial metabolisms, such as oxygenic photosynthesis and aerobic methanotrophy. Their parent molecules, the bacteriohopanepolyols (BHPs), have been hypothesized to be the bacterial equivalent of sterols. However, the actual function of BHPs in(More)
Although much is known about how virulence factors affect pathogens and host tissues in vitro, far less is understood about their dynamics in vivo. As a step toward characterizing the chemistry of infected environments, we measured phenazine abundance in the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Phenazines are redox-active small molecules produced by(More)
Rhodopseudomonas palustris TIE-1 is a gram-negative bacterium that produces structurally diverse hopanoid lipids that are similar to eukaryotic steroids. Its genome encodes several homologues to proteins involved in eukaryotic steroid trafficking. In this study, we explored the possibility that two of these proteins are involved in intracellular hopanoid(More)
UNLABELLED ABSTRACT Chronic, biofilm-like infections by the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa are a major cause of mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. While much is known about P. aeruginosa from laboratory studies, far less is understood about what it experiences in vivo. Iron is an important environmental parameter thought to play a(More)
An important feature of microbial biofilms is the development of four-dimensional physical and chemical gradients in space and time. There is need for novel approaches to probe these so-called microenvironments to determine their effect on biofilm-specific processes. In this study, we describe the use of seminaphthorhodafluor-4F 5-(and-6) carboxylic acid(More)
Many microbial species form multicellular structures comprising elaborate wrinkles and concentric rings, yet the rules governing their architecture are poorly understood. The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa produces phenazines, small molecules that act as alternate electron acceptors to oxygen and nitrate to oxidize the intracellular redox(More)
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), the most common genetic cause of chronic kidney failure, is characterized by the presence of numerous, progressively enlarging fluid-filled cysts in the renal parenchyma. The cysts arise from renal tubules and are lined by abnormally functioning and hyperproliferative epithelial cells. Despite recent progress, no Food and(More)
We present an experimental setup for automatic deployment of a quadrotor in an environment with known topology and nondeterministically changing properties. The missions are specified as rich, temporal logic statements about the satisfaction of the properties. The main objective is to be able to synthesize, test, and evaluate control policies for complex(More)
Environmental growth conditions and cell physiology have the potential to influence bacterial surface-metal interactions in both planktonic and biofilm systems. Here, Pseudomonas aeruginosa was studied to determine the influence of these factors (pH, redox potential, and active respiration) on surface electrostatics and metal immobilization. Acid-base(More)