Recent Publications and Grants

Biology faculty and students at TWU's annual Celebration of Science event.
Biology faculty and students at TWU's annual Celebration of Science event.

Research

Tu CC, O’Connor CM, Spencer JV. Identification of a novel signaling complex containing host chemokine receptor CXCR4, Interleukin-10 receptor, and human cytomegalovirus US27. Virology. 2020 Sept; 548:49-58. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2020.06.006

Khosla A, Morfy N, Li Q, Faure L, Chang SH, Yao J, Zheng J, Cai ML, Stanga J, Flematti GR, Waters MT, Nelson DC. Structure-Function Analysis of SMAX1 Reveals Domains That Mediate Its Karrikin-Induced Proteolysis and Interaction with the Receptor KAI2. Plant Cell. 2020 Aug. doi: 10.1105/tpc.19.00752

Hornung R, Benton W, Tongkhuya S, Uphouse L, Kramer P, Averitt DL. Progesterone and allopregnanolone rapidly attenuate estrogen-associated mechanical allodynia in rats with persistent temporomandibular joint inflammation. Front Int Neurosci. 2020 May 8; 14:26. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2020.00026.

Spencer JV, Editor. Lokau J, Kleinegger F, Garbers Y, Waetzig GH, Grötzinger J, Rose-John S, Haybaeck J, Garbers C. Tocilizumab does not block interleukin-6 (IL-6) signaling in murine cells. PLoS ONE. 2020 May 4; 15(5): e0232612. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0232612

Madaan U, Faure L, Chowdhury A, Ahmed S, Ciccarelli EJ, Gumienny TL, Savage-Dunn C. Feedback regulation of BMP signaling by C. elegans cuticle collagens. Mol Biol Cell. 2020 Apr 1; 12:mbcE19070390. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E19-07-0390

Reddy J, Raut NGR, Seifert JL, Hynds DL. Regulation of Small GTPase Prenylation in the Nervous System. Mol Neurobiol. 2020; 57:2220-2231.  doi: 10.1007/s12035-020-01870-0

Spencer JV, Religa P, Lehmann MH. Editorial: Cytokine-Mediated Organ Dysfunction and Tissue Damage Induced by Viruses. Front Immunol. 2020 Jan 22; 11:2. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.00002

Roy S, Liu W, Nandety RS, Crook A, Mysore KS, Pislariu CI, Frugoli J, Dickstein R, Udvardi MK. Celebrating 20 Years of Genetic Discoveries in Legume Nodulation and Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation.  Plant Cell. 2020 Jan; 32(1):15-41. doi: 10.1105/tpc.19.00279

Madaan U, Faure L, Chowdhury A, Ahmed S, Ciccarelli EJ, Gumienny TL, Savage-Dunn C.  Feedback regulation of BMP signaling by C. elegans cuticle collagens.  Mol Biol Cell. 2020 Feb 12:mbcE19070390. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E19-07-0390

Reddy JM, Raut NGR, Seifert JL, Hynds DL.  Regulation of Small GTPase Prenylation in the Nervous System.  Mol Neurobiol. 2020 Jan 27. doi: 10.1007/s12035-020-01870-0

Spencer JV, Religa P, Lehmann MH.  Editorial: Cytokine-Mediated Organ Dysfunction and Tissue Damage Induced by Viruses.  Front Immunol. 2020 Jan 22;11:2. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.00002.

Roy S, Liu W, Nandety RS, Crook A, Mysore KS, Pislariu CI, Frugoli J, Dickstein R, Udvardi MK.  Celebrating 20 Years of Genetic Discoveries in Legume Nodulation and Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation.  Plant Cell. 2020 Jan;32(1):15-41. doi: 10.1105/tpc.19.00279

Lakdawala MF, Madhu B, Faure L, Vora M, Padgett RW, Gumienny TL.  Genetic interactions between the DBL-1/BMP-like pathway and dpy body size-associated genes in Caenorhabditis elegansMol Biol Cell. 2019 Dec 15;30(26):3151-3160. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E19-09-0500

Basu P, Meza E, Bergel M, and  Maier C. Estrogenic, antiestrogenic and antiproliferative activities of Euphorbia bicolor (Euphorbiaceae) latex extracts and its phytochemicals. Nutrients. 2019 December; 12(1). pii: E59. doi: 10.3390/nu12010059.

Basu P, Hornung RS, Averitt DL, and Maier C. Euphorbia bicolor (Euphorbiaceae) latex extract reduces inflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress in a rat model of orofacial pain. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2019 Sep; 8594375. https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/8594375

Kechko OI, Petrushanko IY, Brower CS, Adzhubei AA, Moskalev AA, Piatkov KI, Mitkevich VA, Makarov AA.  Beta-amyloid induces apoptosis of neuronal cells by inhibition of the Arg/N-end rule pathway proteolytic activity.  Aging (Albany NY). 2019 Aug 24;11(16):6134-6152. doi: 10.18632/aging.102177.

Pislariu CI, Sinharoy S, Torres-Jerez I, Nakashima J, Blancaflor EB, Udvardi MK.  The Nodule-Specific PLAT Domain Protein NPD1 Is Required for Nitrogen-Fixing Symbiosis.  Plant Physiol. 2019 Jul;180(3):1480-1497. doi: 10.1104/pp.18.01613

Averitt DL, Eidson LN, Doyle HH, Murphy AZ. Neuronal and glial factors contributing to sex differences in opioid modulation of pain. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2019 Jan;44(1):155-165

King SD, Gray CF, Song L, Nechushtai R, Gumienny TL, Mittler R, Padilla PA. The cisd gene family regulates physiological germline apoptosis through ced-13 and the canonical cell death pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans. Cell Death Differ. 2019 Jan;26(1):162-178

Science Education

Rosen, L. and Ahmed, S. (2020). Fostering Future Faculty: How Chairs Can Support Graduate Teaching Assistants. The Department Chair, 30(3): 24-25.

Ahmed, S. and Rosen, L. (2018). Graduate students: Present instructors and future faculty. Faculty Focus. https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/graduate-students-present-instructors-and-future-faculty/

Hammett, A.J.M., and Spencer JV (2019).  Who let the dogs out? A plea for official guidelines on service animals in the teaching laboratory. J Microbiol Biol Educ 20(3). doi:10.1128/jmbe.v20i3.1861

Bhatt, K., Davis, A.M., Ahmed, S. 2019. Heating Up Enzyme Kinetics: A Safe, Inexpensive & Quantitative Inquiry Activity. American Biology Teacher 81(3):187-192 http://abt.ucpress.edu/content/81/3/187.article-info

Ahmed, S., Rosen, L. 2019. Growth Mindset: Essential for Student and Faculty Success. Faculty Focus. https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/a-growth-mindset-essential-for-student-and-faculty-success/

Tennakoon, D.K., Raut, N.G.R., Ahmed, S. 2019. Engaging the Entire Learning Cycle to Ignite Enthusiasm and Learning. Faculty Focus. https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/engaging-the-entire-learning-cycle-to-ignite-enthusiasm-and-learning/

Extramural Grants

National Institutes of Health R15  DE025970  $385,514   2018  PI:  AVERITT, D.L. 
SEX DIFFERENCES IN SEROTONERGIC MODULATION OF TRIGEMINAL PAIN

National Institutes of Health R03  AG060202  2018  $65,527  PI:  GUMIENNY, T. & BERGEL, M. 
CHROMATIN CONDENSATION AS A DNA PROTECTIVE RESPONSE TO UV RADIATION IN HUMAN MELANOCYTES AND AGING C. ELEGANS

Environmental Protection Agency  SV839357  $75,000  2018  PI:  MAIER, C.
DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE POLLINATOR GARDENS FOR HABITAT, WATER CONSERVATION, AND EDUCATION

National Science Foundation   #1733470  $300,000  2018  Co-PI:  PILSARIU, C.
FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS OF BENEFICIAL LEGUME-MICROBE INTERACTIONS

US Department of Agriculture.  $100,000  2018  PI:  GUMIENNY, T.
INVESTIGATION OF THE BIOCHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF ROUNDWORM EPICUTICLE FORMATION TO IDENTIFY NOVEL TARGET PROTEINS FOR ANTHELMINTIC DRUG DEVELOPMENT 

National Institutes of Health  R15  NS095317 $372,857  2016   PI:  BROWER, C. S. 
UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF TDP43 IN NEURODEGENERATION AND ITS DEGRADATION BY THE N-END RULE PATHWAY          

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