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Karolina L Tkaczuk

Karolina L Tkaczuk
Sano - Centre for Computational Medicine · sano.science

PhD Eng
Sano Centre for Computational Medicine

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October 2010 - February 2014
University of Virginia
Position
  • Research Associate (post doctoral)
May 2009 - September 2010
University of Virginia
Position
  • Research Assistant (graduate)
June 2004 - June 2009
International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
Position
  • Research Assistant (graduate)

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Publications (48)
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Background: With the Coronavirus becoming a new reality of our world, global efforts continue to seek answers to many questions regarding the spread, variants, vaccinations, and medications. Particularly, with the emergence of several strains (e.g., Delta, Omicron), vaccines will need further development to offer complete protection against the ne...
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Though several vaccines are available, there is no guarantee that everyone will choose to be vaccinated. Also, with the virus constantly mutating and the world having to deal with both the Delta and Omicron variants, there is no clear evidence yet on how the available vaccines, in their current state, would prevent the spread. A need for comprehens...
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This study describes the structure of the putative ABC-type 2 transporter TM0543 from Thermotoga maritima MSB8 determined at a resolution of 2.3 Å. In comparative sequence-clustering analysis, TM0543 displays similarity to NatAB-like proteins, which are components of the ABC-type Na+ efflux pump permease. However, the overall structure fold of the...
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We report a 2.0 Å structure of the CAE31940 protein, a proteobacterial NMT1/THI5-like domain-containing protein. We also discuss the primary and tertiary structure similarity with its homologs. The highly conserved FGGXMP motif was identified in CAE31940, which corresponds to the GCCCX motif located in the vicinity of the active center characterist...
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The isochorismate synthase DhbC from Bacillus anthracis is essential for the biosynthesis of the siderophore bacillibactin by this pathogenic bacterium. The structure of the selenomethionine-substituted protein was determined to 2.4 Å resolution using single-wavelength anomalous diffraction. B. anthracis DhbC bears the strongest resemblance to the...
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We present the crystal structures of two universal stress proteins (USP) from Archaeoglobus fulgidus and Nitrosomonas europaea in both apo- and ligand-bound forms. This work is the first complete synthesis of the structural properties of 26 USP available in the Protein Data Bank, over 75% of which were determined by structure genomics centers with...
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The explosion of the size of the universe of known protein sequences has stimulated two complementary approaches to structural mapping of these sequences: theoretical structure prediction and experimental determination by structural genomics (SG). In this work, we assess the accuracy of structure prediction by two automated template-based structure...
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Phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) is indispensable during glycolysis for anaerobic glucose degradation and energy generation. Here we present comprehensive structure analysis of two putative PGKs from Bacillus anthracis str. Sterne and Campylobacter jejuni in the context of their structural homologs. They are the first PGKs from pathogenic bacteria rep...
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Isochorismatase-like hydrolases (IHL) constitute a large family of enzymes divided into five structural families (by SCOP). IHLs are crucial for siderophore-mediated ferric iron acquisition by cells. Knowledge of the structural characteristics of these molecules will enhance the understanding of the molecular basis of iron transport, and perhaps re...
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Bifidobacterium longum KN29.1 exhibits greater β-fructofuranosidase activity than two Bifidobacterium animalis strains with highest activity observed when B. longum KN29.1 was grown on fructose. Properties of the native β-fructofuranosidase from B. longum KN29.1 and recombinant β-fructofuranosidase were identical. The molecular mass of the purified...
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Two archaeal tRNA methyltransferases belonging to the SPOUT superfamily and displaying unexpected activities are identified. These enzymes are orthologous to the yeast Trm10p methyltransferase, which catalyses the formation of 1-methylguanosine at position 9 of tRNA. In contrast, the Trm10p orthologue from the crenarchaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius...
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Polyamines are essential in all branches of life. Biosynthesis of spermidine, one of the most ubiquitous polyamines, is catalyzed by spermidine synthase (SpeE). Although the function of this enzyme from Escherichia coli has been thoroughly characterised, its structural details remain unknown. Here, we report the crystal structure of E. coli SpeE an...
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Sgm (Sisomicin-gentamicin methyltransferase) from antibiotic-producing bacterium Micromonospora zionensis is an enzyme that confers resistance to aminoglycosides like gentamicin and sisomicin by specifically methylating G1405 in bacterial 16S rRNA. Sgm belongs to the aminoglycoside resistance methyltransferase (Arm) family of enzymes that have been...
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2'-O-ribose methylation is one of the most common posttranscriptional modifications in RNA. Methylations at different positions are introduced by enzymes from at least two unrelated superfamilies. Recently, a new family of eukaryotic RNA methyltransferases (MTases) has been identified, and its representative from yeast (Yol125w, renamed as Trm13p)...
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An Antarctic strain of bacteria was isolated from the digestive tract of the crustacean Thysanoessa macrura and classified as Pseudoalteromonas sp. 22b based on 16SrRNA gene sequence and physiological as well as biochemical properties. This bacterium turned out to be a good producer of a cold-adapted β-galactosidase. The enzyme displays high cataly...
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We cloned and sequenced the cspA-like gene from a psychrotrophic Antarctic soil-dwelling bacterial strain Psychrobacter sp. B6. The gene is 213 bp long and shows 99% and 98% sequence identity with the Psychrobacter cryohalolentis K5 gene encoding a cold-shock DNA-binding domain protein and the Psychrobacter arcticus transcriptional regulator-CspA g...
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In this work, we present the construction of a metagenomic library in Escherichia coli using pUC19 vector and environmental DNA directly isolated from Antarctic topsoil and screened for lipolytic enzymes. Screening on agar supplemented with olive oil and rhodamine B revealed one clone with lipolytic activity (Lip1) out of 1000 E. coli clones. This...
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IntroductionSteps of Comparative ModelingAccuracy of Comparative ModelsProtein Structure Modeling and Function PredictionAcknowledgementsReferences
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Methylation is the most common RNA modification in the three domains of life. Transfer of the methyl group from S-adenosyl-l-methionine (AdoMet) to specific atoms of RNA nucleotides is catalyzed by methyltransferase (MTase) enzymes. The rRNA MTase RlmI (rRNA large subunit methyltransferase gene I; previously known as YccW) specifically modifies Esc...
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N(1)-methylation of adenosine to m(1)A occurs in several different positions in tRNAs from various organisms. A methyl group at position N(1) prevents Watson-Crick-type base pairing by adenosine and is therefore important for regulation of structure and stability of tRNA molecules. Thus far, only one family of genes encoding enzymes responsible for...
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Methyltransferases that carry out posttranscriptional N7-methylation of G1405 in 16S rRNA confer bacterial resistance to aminoglycoside antibiotics, including kanamycin and gentamicin. Genes encoding enzymes from this family (hereafter referred to as Arm, for aminoglycoside resistance methyltransferases) have been recently found to spread by horizo...
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A psychrotrophic bacterium producing a cold-adapted esterase upon growth at low temperatures was isolated from the alimentary tract of Antarctic krill Euphasia superba Dana, and classified as Pseudoalteromonas sp. strain 643A. A genomic DNA library of strain 643A was introduced into Escherichia coli TOP10F', and screening on tributyrin-containing a...
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RNA methyltransferases (MTases) are important players in the biogenesis and regulation of the ribosome, the cellular machine for protein synthesis. RsmC is a MTase that catalyzes the transfer of a methyl group from S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) to G1207 of 16S rRNA. Mutations of G1207 have dominant lethal phenotypes in Escherichia coli, underscorin...
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SPOUT methyltransferases (MTases) are a large class of S-adenosyl-L-methionine-dependent enzymes that exhibit an unusual alpha/beta fold with a very deep topological knot. In 2001, when no crystal structures were available for any of these proteins, Anantharaman, Koonin, and Aravind identified homology between SpoU and TrmD MTases and defined the S...
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Naturally occurring tRNAs contain numerous modified nucleosides. They are formed by enzymatic modification of the primary transcripts during the complex RNA maturation process. In model organisms Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae most enzymes involved in this process have been identified. Interestingly, it was found that tRNA methylatio...
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Recently, HEN1 protein from Arabidopsis thaliana was discovered as an essential enzyme in plant microRNA (miRNA) biogenesis. HEN1 transfers a methyl group from S-adenosylmethionine to the 2'-OH or 3'-OH group of the last nucleotide of miRNA/miRNA* duplexes produced by the nuclease Dicer. Previously it was found that HEN1 possesses a Rossmann-fold m...
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1st model of the HEN1 CTD (aa 694–911) in the Protein Data Bank format. A representative of the largest cluster of decoys obtained after re-folding the insertion (aa 829–859) using ROSETTA.
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2nd model of the HEN1 CTD (aa 694–911) in the Protein Data Bank format. A representative of the 2nd cluster of decoys obtained after re-folding the insertion (aa 829–859) using ROSETTA.
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5th model of the HEN1 CTD (aa 694–911) in the Protein Data Bank format. A representative of the 5th cluster of decoys obtained after re-folding the insertion (aa 829–859) using ROSETTA.
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3rd model of the HEN1 CTD (aa 694–911) in the Protein Data Bank format. A representative of the 3rd cluster of decoys obtained after re-folding the insertion (aa 829–859) using ROSETTA.
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4th model of the HEN1 CTD (aa 694–911) in the Protein Data Bank format. A representative of the 4th cluster of decoys obtained after re-folding the insertion (aa 829–859) using ROSETTA.
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In the course of CASP6, we generated models for all targets using a new version of the "FRankenstein's monster approach." Previously (in CASP5) we were able to build many very accurate full-atom models by selection and recombination of well-folded fragments obtained from crude fold recognition (FR) results, followed by optimization of the sequence-...

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