Recommended Readings: Ruslan Medzhitov, Ph.D. Friday January 12th, 2018

Friday Lectures

Friday, January 12, 2018  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Ruslan Medzhitov, Ph.D.

Sterling Professor

Department of Immunobiology

Yale University

Evolutionary Perspectives on Health and Disease


Recommended Readings:

Science News

Ziba Kashef. May 8, 2017. Study pinpoints key pathway in inflammation and aging. YaleNews

Empirical Articles

Ip, W. K. Eddie; Hoshi, Namiko; Shouval, Dror S.; et al. (2017). Anti-inflammatory effect of IL-10 mediated by metabolic reprogramming of macrophages. SCIENCE. 356 (6337): 513-519

Kotas, Maya E.; Medzhitov, Ruslan (2015). Homeostasis, Inflammation, and Disease Susceptibility. CELL. (5): 816-827

Iwasaki, Akiko; Medzhitov, Ruslan (2015). Control of adaptive immunity by the innate immune system. NATURE IMMUNOLOGY. 16 (4): 343-353

Palm, Noah W.; Rosenstein, Rachel K.; Medzhitov, Ruslan (2012). Allergic host defences. NATURE. 484 (7395): 465-472

Review Papers

Medzhitov, Ruslan; Schneider, David S.; Soares, Miguel P. (2012). Disease Tolerance as a Defense Strategy. SCIENCE. 335 (6071): 936-941

Okin, Daniel; Medzhitov, Ruslan (2012). Evolution of Inflammatory Diseases. CURRENT BIOLOGY. 22 (17): R733-R740

Iwasaki, Akiko; Medzhitov, Ruslan (2010). Regulation of Adaptive Immunity by the Innate Immune System. SCIENCE. 327 (5963): 291-295

Recommended Readings: Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D. Friday January 5th, 2018

Friday Lectures

Friday, January 5, 2018  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D.

Sterling Professor

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Yale University

RNA Triple Helices in Cellular and Viral Biology


Recommended Readings:

Science News

Michael White. Oct 17, 2017. The Women Who Should Win the Nobel Prize—but Haven’t. PacificStandard

Empirical Articles

Brown, Jessica A.; Kinzig, Charles G.; DeGregorio, Suzanne J.; et al. (2016). Methyltransferase-like protein 16 binds the 3 ‘-terminal triple helix of MALAT1 long noncoding RNA. PNAS. 113 (49): 14013-14018

Brown, Jessica A.; Kinzig, Charles G.; Degregorio, Suzanne J.; et al. (2016). Hoogsteen-position pyrimidines promote the stability and function of the MALAT1 RNA triple helix. RNA. 22 (5): 743-749

Brown, Jessica A.; Bulkley, David; Wang, Jimin; et al. (2014). Structural insights into the stabilization of MALAT1 noncoding RNA by a bipartite triple helix. NATURE STRUCTURAL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. 21 (7): 633-640

Guo, Yang Eric; Riley, Kasandra J.; Iwasaki, Akiko; et al. (2014). Alternative Capture of Noncoding RNAs or Protein-Coding Genes by Herpesviruses to Alter Host T Cell Function. MOLECULAR CELL. 54 (1): 67-79

Brown, Jessica A.; Valenstein, Max L.; Yario, Therese A.; et al. (2012). Formation of triple-helical structures by the 3 ‘-end sequences of MALAT1 and MEN beta noncoding RNAs. PNAS. 109 (47): 19202-19207

Borah, Sumit; Darricarrere, Nicole; Darnell, Alicia; et al. (2011). A Viral Nuclear Noncoding RNA Binds Re-localized Poly(A) Binding Protein and Is Required for Late KSHV Gene Expression. PLOS PATHOGENS. 7 (10)

Mitton-Fry, Rachel M.; DeGregorio, Suzanne J.; Wang, Jimin; et al. (2010). Poly(A) Tail Recognition by a Viral RNA Element Through Assembly of a Triple Helix. SCIENCE. 330 (6008): 1244-1247

Review Papers

Tycowski, Kazimierz T.; Guo, Yang Eric; Lee, Nara; et al. (2015). Viral noncoding RNAs: more surprises. GENES & DEVELOPMENT. 29 (6): 567-584

Cech, Thomas R.; Steitz, Joan A. (2014). The Noncoding RNA Revolution-Trashing Old Rules to Forge New Ones. CELL. 157 (1): 77-94

Recommended Readings: Rachel Wilson, Ph.D. Friday December 15th, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, December 15, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Rachel Wilson, Ph.D.

Martin Family Professor

Department of Neurobiology

Harvard Medical School

Neural Correlates of Orienting Behaviors and Latent Action Biases


Recommended Readings:

Empirical Articles

Azevedo, Anthony W.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2017). Active Mechanisms of Vibration Encoding and Frequency Filtering in Central Mechanosensory Neurons. NEURON. 96 (2): 446-+

Tobin, William F.; Wilson, Rachel I.; Lee, Wei-Chung Allen (2017). Wiring variations that enable and constrain neural computation in a sensory microcircuit. ELIFE. 6: e24838

Tuthill, John C.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2016). Parallel Transformation of Tactile Signals in Central Circuits of Drosophila. CELL. 164 (5): 1046-1059

Chang, Allison E. B.; Vaughan, Alex G.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2016). A Mechanosensory Circuit that Mixes Opponent Channels to Produce Selectivity for Complex Stimulus Features. NEURON. 92 (4): 888-901  

Jeanne, James M.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2015). Convergence, Divergence, and Reconvergence in a Feedforward Network Improves Neural Speed and Accuracy. NEURON. 88 (5)

Olsen, Shawn R.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2008). Lateral presynaptic inhibition mediates gain control in an olfactory circuit. NATURE. 452 (7190): 956-U3

Review Papers

Tuthill, John C.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2016). Mechanosensation and Adaptive Motor Control in Insects. CURRENT BIOLOGY. 26 (20): R1022-R1038

Olsen, Shawn R.; Wilson, Rachel I. (2008). Cracking neural circuits in a tiny brain: new approaches for understanding the neural circuitry of Drosophila. TRENDS IN NEUROSCIENCES. 31(10): 512-520

Book Chapter

Wilson, Rachel I. (2013). Early Olfactory Processing in Drosophila: Mechanisms and Principles. ANNUAL REVIEW OF NEUROSCIENCE. Book Series: Annual Review of Neuroscience. 36: 217-241





Recommended Readings: Thomas Walz, Ph.D. Monday December 11th, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, December 11, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Thomas Walz, Ph.D.

Professor and Head

Laboratory of Molecular Electron Microscopy

The Rockefeller University

An Experimental Look at Hydrophobic Mismatch

Recommended Readings:

Empirical Articles

Mi, Wei; Li, Yanyan; Yoon, Sung Hwan; et al. (2017). Structural basis of MsbA-mediated lipopolysaccharide transport. NATURE. Volume: 549 (7671): 233-+

Saboe, Patrick O.; Rapisarda, Chiara; Kaptan, Shreyas; et al. (2017). Role of Pore-Lining Residues in Defining the Rate of Water Conduction by Aquaporin-0. BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL. 112 (5): 953-965

Hite, Richard K.; Yuan, Peng; Li, Zongli; et al. (2015). Cryo-electron microscopy structure of the Slo2.2 Na+-activated K+ channel.  NATURE. 527 (7577): 198-+

Shen, Yue-xiao; Si, Wen; Erbakan, Mustafa; et al. (2015). Highly permeable artificial water channels that can self-assemble into two-dimensional arrays. PNAS. 112 (32):9810-9815

Gonen, T; Cheng, YF; Sliz, P; et al. (2005). Lipid-protein interactions in double-layered two-dimensional AQPO crystals. NATURE. 438 (7068): 633-638

Gonen, T; Sliz, P; Kistler, J; et al. (2004).  Aquaporin-0 membrane junctions reveal the structure of a closed water pore. NATURE. 429 (6988): 193-197


Review Paper

Hite, Richard K.; Raunser, Stefan; Walz, Thomas (2007). Revival of electron crystallography. CURRENT OPINION IN STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY. 17 (4): 389-395

Gonen, Tamir; Walz, Thomas (2006). The structure of acquaporins. QUARTERLY REVIEWS OF BIOPHYSICS. 39 (4): 361-396

Book Chapter

Schenk, Andreas D.; Hite, Richard K.; Engel, Andreas; et al. (2010). ELECTRON CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND AQUAPORINS. METHODS IN ENZYMOLOGY. Book Series: Methods in Enzymology. 483: 91-119

Raunser, Stefan; Walz, Thomas (2009). Electron Crystallography as a Technique to Study the Structure on Membrane Proteins in a Lipidic Environment. ANNUAL REVIEW OF BIOPHYSICS. Book Series: Annual Review of Biophysics. 38: 89-105



Recommended Readings: Ivan E de Araujo, DPhil, Ph.D., Wednesday December 13th, 2017

Special Seminar Series

Wednesday, December 13, 2017  4:00 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Ivan E de Araujo, DPhil, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, The John B. Pierce Laboratory and Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Yale University School of Medicine

The Gut-Brain Axis and Reward

Recommended Readings:

Science News

Radboud University. (2017, Sept 25). Do intestinal bacteria affect ADHD? Medical Xpress

Empirical Articles

Hankir, Mohammed K.; Seyfried, Florian; Hintschich, Constantin A.; et al. (2017). Gastric Bypass Surgery Recruits a Gut PPAR-alpha-Striatal D1R Pathway to Reduce Fat Appetite in Obese Rats. CELL METABOLISM. 25 (2): 335-344

Han, Wenfei; Tellez, Luis A.; Rangel, Miguel J., Jr.; et al. (2017). Integrated Control of Predatory Hunting by the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala. CELL. 168 (1-2): 311-+

Han, Wenfei; Tellez, Luis A.; Niu, Jingjing; et al. (2016). Striatal Dopamine Links Gastrointestinal Rerouting to Altered Sweet Appetite. CELL METABOLISM. 23 (1): 103-112

Sun, Xue; Kroemer, Nils B.; Veldhuizen, Maria G.; et al. (2015). Basolateral Amygdala Response to Food Cues in the Absence of Hunger Is Associated with Weight Gain Susceptibility. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE. 35 (20): 7964-7976

Tellez, Luis A.; Medina, Sara; Han, Wenfei; et al. (2013). A Gut Lipid Messenger Links Excess Dietary Fat to Dopamine Deficiency. SCIENCE. 341 (6147): 800-802

de Araujo, Ivan E.; Ferreira, Jozelia G.; Tellez, Luis A.; et al. (2012). The gut-brain dopamine axis: A regulatory system for caloric intake. PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR. 106 (3): 394-399

Book Chapter

de Araujo, Ivan E.; Ren, Xueying; Ferreira, Jozelia G. (2010). Metabolic Sensing in Brain Dopamine Systems. SENSORY AND METABOLIC CONTROL OF ENERGY BALANCE. Book Series: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation. 52: 69-86


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