Tracy Nixon

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Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Research Summary

Research interests include functional bases of signal transduction and gene regulation by AAA+ATPases in bacteria, degradation of lignocellulose by cellulases, and synthesis of cellulose.

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Recent Publications

Synthesis and self-assembly of cellulose microfibrils from reconstituted cellulose synthase

Cho, S. H., Purushotham, P., Fang, C., Maranas, C., Díaz-Moreno, S. M., Bulone, V., Zimmer, J., Kumar, M. & Nixon, B. T., Sep 2017, In: Plant physiology. 175, 1, p. 146-156 11 p.

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The enzymatic conversion of major algal and cyanobacterial carbohydrates to bioethanol

Al Abdallah, Q., Nixon, B. T. & Fortwendel, J. R., 2016, In: Frontiers in Energy Research. 4, NOV, 36.

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Structure of the cellulose synthase complex of Gluconacetobacter hansenii at 23.4 Å resolution

Du, J., Vepachedu, V., Cho, S. H., Kumar, M. & Nixon, B. T., May 1 2016, In: PloS one. 11, 5, e0155886.

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Comparative Structural and Computational Analysis Supports Eighteen Cellulose Synthases in the Plant Cellulose Synthesis Complex

Nixon, B. T., Mansouri, K., Singh, A., Du, J., Davis, J. K., Lee, J. G., Slabaugh, E., Vandavasi, V. G., O'Neill, H., Roberts, E. M., Roberts, A. W., Yingling, Y. G. & Haigler, C. H., Jun 27 2016, In: Scientific reports. 6, 28696.

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A single heterologously expressed plant cellulose synthase isoform is sufficient for cellulose microfibril formation in vitro

Purushotham, P., Cho, S. H., Díaz-Moreno, S. M., Kumar, M., Nixon, B. T., Bulone, V. & Zimmer, J., Oct 4 2016, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 113, 40, p. 11360-11365 6 p.

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A structural study of CESA1 catalytic domain of arabidopsis cellulose synthesis complex: Evidence for CESA trimers

Vandavasi, V. G., Putnam, D. K., Zhang, Q., Petridis, L., Heller, W. T., Tracy Nixon, B., Haigler, C. H., Kalluri, U., Coates, L., Langan, P., Smith, J. C., Meiler, J. & O’Neill, H., Jan 2016, In: Plant physiology. 170, 1, p. 123-135 13 p.

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In vitro synthesis of cellulose microfibrils by a membrane protein from protoplasts of the non-vascular plant Physcomitrella patens

Cho, S. H., Du, J., Sines, I., Poosarla, V. G., Vepachedu, V., Kafle, K., Park, Y. B., Kim, S. H., Kumar, M. & Nixon, B. T., Sep 1 2015, In: Biochemical Journal. 470, 2, p. 195-205 11 p.

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Advancing Rhodobacter sphaeroides as a platform for expression of functional membrane proteins

Erbakan, M., Curtis, B. S., Nixon, B. T., Kumar, M. & Curtis, W. R., Nov 1 2015, In: Protein Expression and Purification. 115, p. 109-117 9 p.

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Breaking symmetry in multimeric ATPase motors

Sysoeva, T. A., Chowdhury, S. & Nixon, B. T., May 15 2014, In: Cell Cycle. 13, 10, p. 1509-1510 2 p.

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Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the ATPase domain of the σ54-dependent transcription activator NtrC1 from aquifex aeolicus bound to the ATP analog ADP-BeFx

Sysoeva, T. A., Yennawar, N., Allaire, M. & Nixon, B. T., Dec 2013, In: Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications. 69, 12, p. 1384-1388 5 p.

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