Taylor Fuselier

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Predictions from Mie theory regarding the wavelength dependence of scattering in tissue from the near UV to the near IR are discussed and compared with experiments on tissue phantoms. For large fiber separations it is shown that rapid, simultaneous measurements of the elastic scatter signal for several fiber separations can yield the absorption coefficient(More)
Root hairs are fast-growing tubular protrusions on root epidermal cells that play important roles in water and nutrient uptake in plants. The tip-focused polarized growth of root hairs is accomplished by the secretion of newly synthesized materials to the tip via the polarized membrane trafficking mechanism. Here, we report the function of two different(More)
Membrane associated proteins SNAREs (soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion protein attachment protein receptors) provide the minimal fusion machinery necessary for cellular vesicles to fuse to target organelle membranes in eukaryotic cells. Despite the conserved nature of the fusion machinery in all eukaryotes, it still remains challenging to identify(More)
Direct cellular entry of potentially useful polar compounds into cells is prevented by the hydrophobic barrier of the membrane. Toward circumventing this barrier, we used high throughput screening to identify a family of peptides that carry membrane-impermeant cargos across synthetic membranes. Here we characterize the plasma membrane translocation of these(More)
Peptides that self-assemble, at low concentration, into bilayer-spanning pores which allow the passage of macromolecules would be beneficial in multiple areas of biotechnology. However, there are few, if any, natural or designed peptides that have this property. Here we show that the 26-residue peptide "MelP5", a synthetically evolved gain-of-function(More)
The permeability barrier imposed by cellular membranes limits the access of exogenous compounds to the interior of cells. Researchers and patients alike would benefit from efficient methods for intracellular delivery of a wide range of membrane-impermeant molecules, including biochemically active small molecules, imaging agents, peptides, peptide nucleic(More)
To better understand the sequence-structure-function relationships that control the activity and selectivity of membrane-permeabilizing peptides, we screened a peptide library, based on the archetypal pore-former melittin, for loss-of-function variants. This was accomplished by assaying library members for failure to cause leakage of entrapped contents from(More)
The Ebola virus (EBOV) genome encodes for a partly conserved, 40-residue, nonstructural polypeptide, called the delta peptide, which is produced in abundance during Ebola virus disease. The function of the delta peptide is unknown, but sequence analysis has suggested that delta peptide could be a viroporin, belonging to a diverse family of(More)
We previously used an orthogonal high-throughput screen to select peptides that spontaneously cross synthetic lipid bilayers without bilayer disruption. Many of the 12-residue spontaneous membrane translocating peptides (SMTPs) selected from the library contained a 5-residue consensus motif, LRLLR in positions 5-9. We hypothesized that the conserved motif(More)
OBJECTIVE Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 is considered a key factor in fibrogenesis, and blocking TGF-β1 signaling pathways diminishes fibrogenesis in animal models. The objective of this study was to determine whether nelfinavir mesylate (NFV), a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating HIV infection can be repurposed to(More)
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