Spencer Wallace

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As pathogens continue to evade therapeutical drugs, a better understanding of the mode of action of antibiotics continues to have high importance. A growing body of evidence points to RNA as a crucial target for antibacterial and antiviral drugs. For example, the aminocyclitol antibiotic streptomycin interacts with the 16S ribosomal RNA and, in addition,(More)
BACKGROUND The peptide antibiotic viomycin inhibits ribosomal protein synthesis, group I intron self-splicing and self-cleavage of the human hepatitis delta virus ribozyme. To understand the molecular basis of RNA binding and recognition by viomycin, we isolated a variety of novel viomycin-binding RNA molecules using in vitro selection. RESULTS More than(More)
Nuclease resistance and RNA affinity are key criteria in the search for optimal antisense nucleic acid modifications, but the origins of the various levels of resistance to nuclease degradation conferred by chemical modification of DNA and RNA are currently not understood. The 2'-O-aminopropyl (AP)-RNA modification displays the highest nuclease resistance(More)
The RNA strand in an RNA/DNA duplex with unpaired ribonucleotides can undergo self-cleavage at bulge sites in the presence of a variety of divalent metal ions (Hüsken et al., Biochemistry, 1996, 35:16591-16600). Transesterification proceeds via an in-line mechanism, with the 2'-OH of the bulged nucleotide attacking the 3'-adjacent phosphate group. The(More)
In this demonstration, we present AscotDB, a new tool for the analysis of telescope image data. AscotDB results from the integration of ASCOT, a Web-based tool for the collaborative analysis of telescope images and their metadata, and SciDB, a parallel array processing engine. We demonstrate the novel data exploration supported by this integrated tool on a(More)
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