Susan C Desensi

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The cytoplasmic domain of the anion exchange protein (cdb3) serves as a critical organizing center for protein-protein interactions that stabilize the erythrocyte membrane. The structure of the central core of cdb3, determined by X-ray crystallography from crystals grown at pH 4.8, revealed a compact dimer for residues 55-356 and unresolved N- and C-termini(More)
A tether-in-a-cone model is developed for the simulation of electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of dipolar coupled nitroxide spin labels attached to tethers statically disordered within cones of variable halfwidth. In this model, the nitroxides adopt a range of interprobe distances and orientations. The aim is to develop tools for determining both the(More)
A simulated continuous wave electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum of a nitroxide spin label can be obtained from the Fourier transform of a free induction decay. It has been previously shown that the free induction decay can be calculated by solving the time-dependent stochastic Liouville equation for a set of Brownian trajectories defining the(More)
Sensory adaptation in bacterial chemotaxis is mediated by methylation and demethylation of specific glutamyl residues in the cytoplasmic domain of chemoreceptors. Methylation is catalyzed by methyltransferase CheR. In E. coli and related organisms, methylation sufficiently rapid to be physiologically effective requires a carboxyl terminal pentapeptide(More)
Characterization of the molecular interactions that stabilize the folded state of proteins including hydrogen bond formation, solvation, molecular crowding, and interaction with membrane environments is a fundamental goal of theoretical biophysics. Inspired by recent experimental studies by Gai and co-workers, we have used molecular dynamics simulations to(More)
Previous studies have shown that a single P327R point mutation in the cytoplasmic domain of band 3 (cdb3) protein, known as band 3 Tuscaloosa, leads to a reduction in protein 4.2 content of the erythrocyte membrane and hemolytic anemia. Recent studies have shown that this point mutation does not dissociate the cdb3 dimer, nor does it lead to large-scale(More)
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