Recommended Readings: Philip Cole, M.D., Ph.D. Friday December 8th, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, December 8, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Philip Cole, M.D., Ph.D.


Department of Medicine, Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Harvard Medical School

Targeting Reversible Lysine Acetylation with Designed Small Molecules


Recommended Readings:

Empirical Articles

Boija, Ann; Mahat, Dig Bijay; Zare, Aman; et al. (2017). CBP Regulates Recruitment and Release of PromoterProximal RNA Polymerase II.  MOLECULAR CELL. 68 (3): 491-+

Lasko, Loren M.; Jakob, Clarissa G.; Edalji, Rohinton P.; et al. (2017). Discovery of a selective catalytic p300/CBP inhibitor that targets lineage-specific tumours. NATURE. 550 (7674): 128-+

Maksimoska, Jasna; Segura-Pena, Dario; Cole, Philip A.; et al. (2014). Structure of the p300 Histone Acetyltransferase Bound to Acetyl-Coenzyme A and Its Analogues. BIOCHEMISTRY. 53 (21): 3415-3422

Bowers, Erin M.; Yan, Gai; Mukherjee, Chandrani; et al. (2010). Virtual Ligand Screening of the p300/CBP Histone Acetyltransferase: Identification of a Selective Small Molecule Inhibitor.  CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY. 17 (5): 471-482

Dancy, Beverley M.; Crump, Nicholas T.; Peterson, Daniel J.; et al. (2012). Live-Cell Studies of p300/CBP Histone Acetyltransferase Activity and Inhibition. CHEMBIOCHEM. 13 (14): 2113-2121

Liu, Xin; Wang, Ling; Zhao, Kehao; et al. (2008). The structural basis of protein acetylation by the p300/CBP transcriptional coactivator. NATURE. 451 (7180): 846-850

Review Papers

Dancy, Beverley M.; Cole, Philip A. (2013). Protein Lysine Acetylation by p300/CBP. CHEMICAL REVIEWS. 115 (6): 2419-2452

Cole, Philip A. (2008). Chemical probes for histone-modifying enzymes.  NATURE CHEMICAL BIOLOGY. 4 (10): 590-597

Recommended Readings: Gregory M. Alushin, Ph.D. Monday November 13th, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, November 13, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Gregory M. Alushin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Head

Laboratory of Structural Biophysics and Mechanobiology

The Rockefeller University

Cytoskeletal Structural Plasticity in Force Generation and Mechanosensation

Recommended Readings:

Empirical Articles

Omabegho T, Gurel PS, Cheng CY, Kim LY, Ruijgrok PV, Das R, Alushin GM, Bryant Z. (2017). Controllable molecular motors engineered from myosin and RNA. NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY. PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY.

Swaminathan V, Alushin GM, Waterman CM. (2017). Mechanosensation: A Catch Bond That Only Hooks One Way. CURRENT BIOLOGY. 27 (21):R1158–R1160

Kim, Laura Y.; Thompson, Peter M.; Lee, Hyunna T.; et al. (2016). The Structural Basis of Actin Organization by Vinculin and Metavinculin. JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY.  428 (1): 10-25

Skau, Colleen T.; Fischer, Robert S.; Gurel, Pinar; et al. (2016). FMN2 Makes Perinuclear Actin to Protect Nuclei during Confined Migration and Promote Metastasis. CELL. 167 (6):1571-+

Review Papers

Thomas DG, Robinson DN. (2017). The fifth sense: Mechanosensory regulation of alpha-actinin-4 and its relevance for cancer metastasis. SEMINARS IN CELL AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY.

Mishra, Mithilesh; Huang, Junqi; Balasubramanian, Mohan K. (2014). The yeast actin cytoskeleton. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS. 38 (2): 213-227

Book Chapter

Luo, Tianzhi; Robinson, Douglas N. (2011). The Role of the Actin Cytoskeleton in Mechanosensation. MECHANOSENSITIVITY AND MECHANOTRANSDUCTION. Mechanosensitivity in Cells and Tissues. 4: 25-65


Recommended Readings: Seth Darst, Ph.D. Monday November 6th, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, November 6, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Seth Darst, Ph.D.

Jack Fishman Professor and Head

Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics

The Rockefeller University

Promoter Melting by Bacterial RNA Polymerase – One Step at a Time

Recommended Readings:

Feklistov, Andrey; Bae, Brian; Hauver, Jesse; et al. (2017). RNA polymerase motions during promoter melting. SCIENCE. 356 (6340): 863-866

Hubin, Elizabeth A.; Fay, Allison; Xu, Catherine; et al. (2017). Structure and function of the mycobacterial transcription initiation complex with the essential regulator RbpA. ELIFE. 6

Chen, James; Wassarman, Karen M.; Feng, Shili; et al. (2017). 6S RNA Mimics B-Form DNA to Regulate Escherichia coli RNA Polymerase. MOLECULAR CELL. 68 (2): 388-+

Bae, Brian; Feklistov, Andrey; Lass-Napiorkowska, Agnieszka; et al. (2015). Structure of a bacterial RNA polymerase holoenzyme open promoter complex. ELIFE. 4

Davis, Elizabeth; Chen, James; Leon, Katherine; et al. (2015). Mycobacterial RNA polymerase forms unstable open promoter complexes that are stabilized by CarD.  NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH. 43 (1): 433-445

Chen, Jie; Darst, Seth A.; Thirumalai, D. (2010). Promoter melting triggered by bacterial RNA polymerase occurs in three steps. PNAS. 107 (28): 12523-12528


Recommended Readings: Thomas P. Sakmar, M.D., Monday May 22th, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, May 22, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Thomas P. Sakmar, M.D.

Richard M. and Isabel P. Furlaud Professor and Head,

Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Signal Transduction

The Rockefeller University

Uveal Melanoma: Case History of a Mutant GPCR

Recommended Readings:

Chua V, Lapadula D, Randolph C, Benovic JL, Wedegaertner PB, Aplin AE. (2017). Dysregulated GPCR Signaling and Therapeutic Options in Uveal Melanoma. MOLECULAR CANCER RESEARCH. 15(5):501-506

Moore, Amanda R.; Ceraudo, Emilie; Sher, Jessica J.; et al. (2016). Recurrent activating mutations of G-protein-coupled receptor CYSLTR2 in uveal melanoma. NATURE GENETICS. 48(6): 675-+

Shoushtari, Alexander N.; Carvajal, Richard D. (2014). GNAQ and GNA11 mutations in uveal melanoma. MELANOMA RESEARCH. 24(6): 525-534. PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY.

Harbour, J. William (2012). The genetics of uveal melanoma: an emerging framework for targeted therapy. PIGMENT CELL & MELANOMA RESEARCH. 25(2)

Periole, Xavier; Knepp, Adam M.; Sakmar, Thomas P.; et al. (2012). Structural Determinants of the Supramolecular Organization of G Protein-Coupled Receptors in Bilayers. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 134(26): 10959-10965



Recommended Readings: Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D., Friday April 24, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, April 28, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D.

Professor of Genetics, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Harvard University

Distinguished Investigator

Department of Molecular Biology and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology

Massachusetts General Hospital

The Surprising Chemistry of Nonenzymatic RNA Replication

Recommended Readings:

Li, Li; Prywes, Noam; Tam, Chun Pong; et al. (2017). Enhanced Nonenzymatic RNA Copying with 2-Aminoimidazole Activated Nucleotides. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 139(5): 1810-1813

Prywes, Noam; Blain, J. Craig; Del Frate, Francesca; et al. (2016). Nonenzymatic copying of RNA templates containing all four letters is catalyzed by activated oligonucleotides. ELIFE.  Article Number: e17756


Adamala, Katarzyna; Szostak, Jack W. (2013). Nonenzymatic Template-Directed RNA Synthesis Inside Model Protocells. SCIENCE. 342(6162): 1098-1100

Jack W Szostak. (2012). The eightfold path to non-enzymatic RNA replication. Journal of systems chemistry. 3(2) DOI: 10.1186/1759-2208-3-2

Wochner, Aniela; Attwater, James; Coulson, Alan; et al. (2011). Ribozyme-Catalyzed Transcription of an Active Ribozyme. SCIENCE. 332(6026): 209-212