Wendy Thomas Laboratory

Department of Bioengineering

Biomolecular Structure and Design

Molecular & Cellular Biology

Center for Nanotechnology


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  1. 1. Liu, Y., Esser, L., Interlandi, G., Kisiela, D. I., Tchesnokova, V., Thomas, W. E., Sokurenko, E., Xia, D., Savarino, S. J., “Tight Conformational Coupling between the Domains of the Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli Fimbrial Adhesin CfaE Regulates Binding State Transition,” J Biol Chem, 288, p. 9993-10001 (Feb 2013)
  2. Interlandi, G, M. Ling, A.Y. Tu, D. W. Chung, and W. E. Thomas, “Structural basis of type 2A von Willebrand disease investigated by molecular dynamics simulations and experiments”PLoS One, 7, p. e45207 (Oct 2012)
  3. Tchesnokova V., P. Aprikian, D. Kisiela, S. Gowey, N. Korotkova, W. Thomas, E. Sokurenko, “Type 1 fimbrial adhesin FimH elicits immune response which enhances cell adhesion of Escherichia coli” Infection and Immunity, 79, p. 3895-3904 (Oct 2011)
  4. Aprikian, P, G. Interlandi, B. Kidd, I. Le Trong, V. Tchesnokova, O. Yakovenko, M. Whitfield, E. Bullitt, R. Stenkamp, W.E. Thomas, E.V. Sokurenko, “The Bacterial Fimbrial Tip Acts as a Mechanical Force Sensor” PLoS Biology, (May 2011) 9, p. e1000617
  5. Whitfield, M, W.E. Thomas*, “A nanoadhesive composed of receptor-ligand bonds”, Journal of Adhesion, in press
  6. W.E. Thomas*, D.E. Discher*, Prasad Shastri*, “Mechanical regulation of cells by materials and tissues”, MRS Bulletin, 35 p. 578-583 (2010).
  7. Whitfield MJ, Ghose T, Thomas WE, "The shear-stabilized rolling behavior of E. coli examined with simulations." Biophysical Journal, 99, p. 2470-78 (2010)
  8. Le Trong I, Aprikian P, Kidd BA, Thomas WE, Sokurenko EV, Stenkamp RE, "Donor strand exchange and conformational changes during E. coli fimbrial formation." Journal of Structural Biology, 172, p. 380-88 (2010)
  9. Interlandi G, Thomas WE, "The catch bond mechanism between von Willebrand Factor and platelet surface receptors investigated by molecular dynamics simulations" Proteins 78 p. 2506-22 (Aug 2010)
  10. Bao, G, Kamm RD, Thomas W, Hwang W, Fletcher DA, Grodzinsky AJ, Zhu C, Mofrad MRK "Molecular Biomechanics: The Molecular Basis of How Forces Regulate Cellular Function." Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering 3 p 91-105 (June 2010)
  11. Le Trong I, Aprikian P, Kidd BA, Forero-Shelton M, Tchesnokova V, Rajagopal P, Rodriguez V, Interlandi G, Klevit R, Vogel V, Stenkamp RE, Sokurenko EV, Thomas WE, "Structural basis for mechanical force regulation of the adhesin FimH via finger trap-like beta sheet twisting" Cell 141 p 645-55 (May 2010) (NIHMS version free text)
  12. Tchesnokova V, McVeigh AL, Kidd B, Yakovenko O, Thomas WE, Sokurenko EV, Savarino SJ, "Shear-enhanced binding of intestinal colonization factor antigen I of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli" Molecular Microbiology 76 p 489-502 (April 2010)
  13. Kidd BA, Baker D*, and Thomas WE* “Computation of Conformational Coupling in Allosteric ProteinsPLoS computational Biology 5 p e1000484 (Aug 2009)
  14. Thomas, WE*. Mechanochemistry of receptor-ligand bonds. Current Opinion in Structural Biology (2009)
  15. Sokurenko EV*, Vogel V, Thomas WE. Catch-Bond Mechanism of Force-Enhanced Adhesion: Counterintuitive, Elusive, but … Widespread? Cell Host and Microbe 4 p 314-323 (2008)
  16. Nilsson, L. M., Thomas, W. E., Sokurenko, E. V., Vogel*, V. Beyond induced-fit receptor-ligand interactions: structural changes that can significantly extend bond lifetimes. Structure 16 p. 1047-58 (2008)
  17. Ronald LS, Yakovenko O, Yazvenko N, Chattopadhyay S, Aprikian P, Thomas WE, Sokurenko EV*. Adaptive mutations in the signal peptide of the type 1 fimbrial adhesin of uropathogenic Escherichia coli PNAS 105 p. 10937-42 (2008)
  18. Thomas WE. Catch Bonds in Adhesion. Ann Rev. Biomed Eng 10: p 39-57 (2008)
  19. Thomas WE. Vogel, V. and Sokurenko, E. Biophysics of Catch Bonds. Annual Review of Biophysics 37: p 399-416 (2008)
  20. Yakovenko O, Sharma S, Forero M, Tchesnokova V, Aprikian P, Kidd B, Mach A, Vogel V, Thomas WE. FimH forms catch bonds that are enhanced by mechanical force due to allosteric regulation. J Biol Chem 283(17) p 11596-605 (2008)
  21. Tchesnokova V, Aprikian P, Yakovenko O, LaRock, C, Kidd B, Vogel V, Thomas W, and Sokurenko E. Integrin-like allosteric properties of the catch-bond forming FimH adhesin of E. coli. J Biol Chem 283(12) p 7823-33 (2008)
  22. Korotkova N, Yang Y, Le Trong I, Cota E, Demeler B, Marchant J, Thomasn WE, Stenkamp RE, Moseley SL and Matthews S, Binding of Dr adhesins of Escherichia coli to carcinoembryonic antigen triggers receptor dissociation. Molecular Microbiology 67(2) p 420-434 (2008)
  23. Aprikian P, Tchesnokova V, Kidd B, Yakovenko O, Yarov-Yarovoy V, et al. 2007. Interdomain Interaction in the FimH Adhesin of Escherichia coli Regulates the Affinity to Mannose. J Biol Chem 282: 23437-46
  24. Anderson, B., A. Ding, L. Nilsson, K. Kusuma, V. Tchesnokova, V. Vogel, E. Sokurenko, and W.E. Thomas, " Weak Rolling Adhesion Enhances Bacterial Surface Colonization ". J. Bac. 189(5): 1794-802.(2007)
  25. Thomas, W.E. , "Understanding the Counterintuitive Phenomenon of Catch Bonds". Current Nanotechnology. (in press)
  26. Thomas, W.E. , "For catch bonds, it all hinges on the interdomain region". J Cell Biol. 2006 174(7): 911-3.
  27. Forero, M., O. Yakovenko, E.V. Sokurenko, W.E. Thomas, and V. Vogel, "Uncoiling Mechanics of Escherichia coli Type I Fimbriae Are Optimized for Catch Bonds". PLoS Biol 2006. 4(9): 1509-1516.
  28. Nilsson, L.M., W.E. Thomas, E.V. Sokurenko, and V. Vogel, Elevated Shear Stress Protects Escherichia coli Cells Adhering to Surfaces via Catch Bonds from Detachment by Soluble Inhibitors. Appl Environ Microbiol, 2006. 72(4): p. 3005-10.
  29. Nilsson, L., W.E. Thomas, E. Trintchina, V. Vogel, and E.V. Sokurenko “Catch bond-mediated adhesion without a shear threshold: trimannose versus monomannose interactions with the FimH adhesin of Escherichia coli.” . J Biol Chem 2006. 84(24) 16656-63.
  30. Thomas, W.E ., M. Forero, O. Yakovenko, L. Nilsson, P. Vicini, E.V. Sokurenko, and V. Vogel, Catch Bond Model Derived from Allostery Explains Force-Activated Bacterial Adhesion. Biophys J, 2006. 90(3): p. 753-64.
  31. Pereverzev, Y.V., O.V. Prezhdo, W.E. Thomas, and E.V. Sokurenko, Distinctive features of the biological catch bond in the jump-ramp force regime predicted by the two-pathway model. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys, 2005. 72(1 Pt 1): p. 010903.
  32. Pereverzev, Y., O.V. Prezhdo, M. Forero, E. Sokurenko, and W.E. Thomas, The Two-Pathway Model for the Catch-Slip Transition in Biological Adhesion. Biophys J, 2005. 89(3): p. 1446-1454.
  33. Thomas, W.E ., L. Nilsson, M. Forero, E.V. Sokurenko, and V. Vogel, “'Stick-and-roll' bacterial adhesion mediated by catch-bondsMolecular Microbiology, 2004. 53: p. 1545
  34. M. Forero , W. E. Thomas, C. Bland, L. Nilsson, E.V. Sokurenko, and V. Vogel, “A Catch-Bond Based Smart Nano-Adhesive Sensitive to Shear StressNano Letters 2004 , 4(9); p. 1593-1597
  35. Thomas, W.E ., E. Trintchina, M. Forero, V. Vogel, and E.V. Sokurenko, “Bacterial adhesion to target cells enhanced by shear forceCell, 2002. 109(7): p. 913-23
  36. Krammer, A., D. Craig, W.E. Thomas, K. Schulten, and V. Vogel, “A structural model for force regulated integrin binding to fibronectin's RGD-synergy siteMatrix Biol, 2002. 21(2): p. 139-147
  37. Vogel, V., W.E. Thomas, D.W. Craig, A. Krammer, and G. Baneyx, “Structural insights into the mechanical regulation of molecular recognition sitesTrends Biotechnol, 2001. 19(10): p. 416-23
  38. Thomas, W.E . and J.A. Glomset, “Affinity purification and catalytic properties of a soluble, Ca2+-independent, diacylglycerol kinaseBiochemistry, 1999. 38(11): p. 3320-6
  39. Thomas, W.E . and J.A. Glomset, “Multiple factors influence the binding of a soluble, Ca2+-independent, diacylglycerol kinase to unilamellar phosphoglyceride vesiclesBiochemistry, 1999. 38(11): p. 3310-9


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