Stephanie Jimenez Irausquin

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The poxviruses (family Poxviridae) are a family of double-stranded viruses including several species that infect humans and their domestic animals, most notably Variola virus (VARV), the causative agent of smallpox. The evolutionary biology of these viruses poses numerous questions, for which we have only partial answers at present. Here we review evidence(More)
Analysis of complete polyprotein-encoding sequences of hepatitis C virus genotype 1b (HCV-1b) showed evidence not only of past purifying selection but also of abundant slightly deleterious non-synonymous variants subject to ongoing purifying selection. The NS3 protein (with protease and NTPase/helicase activity) revealed less evidence of purifying selection(More)
Residual Dipolar Couplings (RDCs) are a source of NMR data that can provide a powerful set of constraints on the orientation of inter-nuclear vectors, and are quickly becoming a larger part of the experimental toolset for molecular biologists. However, few reliable protocols exist for the determination of protein backbone structures from small sets of RDCs.(More)
Computational approaches to modeling protein structures have made significant advances over the past decade. However, the current limitation in modeling protein structures is to produce protein structures consistently below the limit of 6 Å compared to their native structure. Therefore, improvement of protein structures consistently below the 6 Å limit(More)
Proteins and lipids are integral components of cell membranes, and play important roles in cell signalling. Alterations of normal protein-lipid recognition may cause various diseases. However, molecular mechanisms underlying protein-lipid recognition are still poorly understood. In this study, we have developed a support vector machine-based approach for(More)
Analysis of population-level polymorphism in eight coding genes of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) subtype B revealed evidence not only of past purifying selection, but also of abundant slightly deleterious nonsynonymous variants subject to ongoing purifying selection. Both CD4 and CTL epitopes showed an excess of nonsynonymous variants that(More)
Analysis of complete polyprotein-encoding sequences of the two most prevalent genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV-1a and HCV-1b) revealed evidence of abundant, slightly deleterious nonsynonymous variants subject to ongoing purifying selection. In the case of both HCV-1a and HCV-1b, the NS3 protein demonstrated a high incidence of forward-and-backward or(More)
Residual Dipolar Couplings (RDCs) have emerged in the past two decades as an informative source of experimental restraints for the study of structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules and complexes. The REDCAT software package was previously introduced for the analysis of molecular structures using RDC data. Here we report additional features that(More)
Within the past two decades, there has been an increase in the acquisition of residual dipolar couplings (RDC) for investigations of biomolecular structures. Their use however is still not as widely adopted as the traditional methods of structure determination by NMR, despite their potential for extending the limits in studies that examine both the(More)