BBMB Undergraduate Publications


Undergraduate Researchers in Bold


Brown CS, Lee MS, Leung DW, Wang T, Xu W, Luthra P, Anantpadma M, Shabman RS, Melito LM, Macmillan KS, Borek DM, Otwinowski Z, Ramanan P, Stubbs AJPeterson DS, Binning JM, Tonelli M, Olson MA, Davey RA, Ready JM, Basler CF, Amarasinghe GK. In Silico Derived Small Molecules Bind the Filovirus VP35 Protein and Inhibit Its Polymerase Cofactor Activity. J Mol Biol. 2014 Feb 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Miller ME, Parrott EE, Singh R, Nelson SW. A High-Throughput Assay to Identify Inhibitors of the Apicoplast DNA Polymerase from Plasmodium falciparum. J Biomol Screen. 2014 Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print]

McNamara, DE, Cascio, D, Jorda, J, Bustos, C., Wang, TC, Rasche, M. E., Yeates, T. O. and Bobik, TA (2014). Structure of Dihydromethanopterin Reductase: A Cubic Protein Cage for Redox Transfer. J Biol Chem. [Epub ahead of print]

Gao, W., Sun, H-X, Xiao, H, Cui, G., Hillwig, ML, Jackson, A., Wang, X., Shen, Y., Zhao, N., Zhang, L., Wang, X.-J, Peters, RJ, Huang, L. (2014) “Combining metabolomics and transcriptomics to characterize tanshinone biosynthesis in Salvia miltiorrhiza”, BMC Genomics, 15:73.

Hershey, DM, Lu, X, Zi, J, Peters, RJ (2014) “Functional conservation of the capacity for ent-kaurene biosynthesis and an associated operon in certain rhizobia”, J. Bact., 196(1):100-106.


Wingert BM, Parrott EE, Nelson SW. Fidelity, mismatch extension, and proofreading activity of the Plasmodium falciparum apicoplast DNA polymerase. Biochemistry. 2013 Nov 5;52(44):7723-30.

McIntyre AP, Mukerjea R, Robyt JF. Reducing values: dinitrosalicylate gives over-oxidation and invalid results whereas copper bicinchoninate gives no over-oxidation and valid results. Carbohydr Res. 2013 Oct 18;380:118-23.

Mukerjea R, Gray AN, Robyt JF. Significant increases in potato Starch-Synthase and Starch-Branching-Enzyme activities by dilution with buffer containing dithiothreitol and polyvinyl alcohol 50 K. Carbohydr Res. 2013 Feb 15;367:25-8.


Zhou, K., Xu, M., Tiernan, MS., Xie, Q., Toyomasu, T., Sugawara, C., Oku, M., Usui, M., Mitsuhashi, W., Chono, M., Chandler, PM, Peters, RJ (2012) “Functional characterization of wheat ent-kaurene(-like) synthases indicates continuing evolution of labdane-related diterpenoid metabolism in the cereals”, Phytochemistry, 84:47-55.

Mann, FM, Xu, M., Davenport, EK, Peters, RJ (2012) “Functional characterization and evolution of the isotuberculosinol operon in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and related mycobacteria”, Front. Microbiol., 3:368. Xu, M., Galhano, R., Weimann, P., Bueno, E., Tiernan, M., Wu, W., Gershenzon, J., Tudzynski, B., Sesma, A., Peters, R.J. (2012) “Genetic evidence for natural product mediated plant-plant allelopathy in rice”, New Phytol., 193(3):570-575.

Bandow N, Gilles VS, Freesmeier B, Semrau JD, Krentz B, Gallagher W, McEllistrem MT, Hartsel SC, Choi DW, Hargrove MS, Heard TM, Chesner LN, Braunreiter KM, Cao BV, Gavitt MM, Hoopes JZ, Johnson JM, Polster EM, Schoenick BD, Umlauf AM, DiSpirito AA. Spectral and copper binding properties of methanobactin from the facultative methanotroph Methylocystis strain SB2. J Inorg Biochem. 2012 May;110:72-82.

Vorobev A, Jagadevan S, Baral BS, Dispirito AA, Freemeier BC, Bergman BH, Bandow NL, Semrau JD. Detoxification of mercury by methanobactin from Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013 Oct;79(19):5918-26.

Mukerjea R, McIntyre AP, Robyt JF. Potent inhibition of starch-synthase by Tris-type buffers is responsible for the perpetuation of the primer myth for starch biosynthesis. Carbohydr Res. 2012 Jul 1;355:28-34.


Hillwig MS, Contento AL, Meyer A, Ebany D, Bassham DC, Macintosh GC (2011) RNS2, a conserved member of the RNase T2 family, is necessary for ribosomal RNA decay in plants. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108: 1093-1098.

Ramanan P, Shabman RS, Brown CS, Amarasinghe GK, Basler CF, Leung DW. (2011) Filoviral immune evasion mechanisms. Viruses. 2011 Sep;3(9):1634-49.

Falconer DJ, Mukerjea R, Robyt JF. Biosynthesis of dextrans with different molecular weights by selecting the concentration of Leuconostoc mesenteroides B-512FMC dextransucrase, the sucrose concentration, and the temperature. Carbohydr Res. 2011 Feb 1;346(2):280-4.

Jing F, Cantu DC, Tvaruzkova J, Chipman JP, Nikolau BJ, Yandeau-Nelson MD, Reilly PJ.  2011.  Phylogenetic and experimental characterization of an acyl-ACP thioesterase family reveals significant diversity in enzymatic specificity and activity. BMC Biochemistry. 12:44.

Johnston DA, Mukerjea R, Robyt JF. Preparation and characterization of new and improved soluble-starches, -amylose, and -amylopectin by reaction with benzaldehyde/zinc chloride. Carbohydr Res. 2011 Dec 13;346(17):2777-84.

De la Rosa MB, Nelson SW. An interaction between the Walker A and D-loop motifs is critical to ATP hydrolysis and cooperativity in bacteriophage T4 Rad50. J Biol Chem. 2011 Jul 22; 286(29):26258-66.

Zischka, H,  J. Lichtmannegger, S Schulz, S Schmitt, N. Jägemann, D. Hamöller, L. Jennen, C. Rust, N. Larochette, L. Galluzzi, V. Chajes, N. Bandow, VS Gilles, AA DiSpirito, I. Esposito, M Goettlicher, KH Summer and G Kroemer. 2011. Mitochondria membrane crosslinking and fragmentation in Wilson disease. J. Clin. Investigation. 121: 1508 – 1518.

 Pogorelko G, Fursova O, Lin M, Pyle E, Jass J, Zabotina OA*. (2011) Post-synthetic modification of plant cell walls by expression of microbial hydrolases in the apoplast. Plant Mol. Biol. 77:433-445.

Bandow NL, Gallagher WH, Behling L, Choi DW, Semrau JD, Hartsel SC, Gilles VS, Dispirito AA. Isolation of methanobactin from the spent media of methane-oxidizing bacteria. Methods Enzymol. 2011;495:259-69.

Hillwig, ML, Xu, M, Toyomasu, T, Tiernan, MS, Gao, W., Cui, G., Huang, L., Peters, R.J. (2011) “Domain loss has independently occurred multiple times in plant terpene synthase evolution”, Plant J., 68(6):1051-1060.

Morrone, D, Hillwig, ML, Mead, MELowry, L, Fulton, DB, Peters, RJ (2011) “Evident and latent plasticity across the rice diterpene synthase family with potential implications for the evolution of diterpenoid metabolism in the cereals”, Biochem. J., 435(3):589-595.