Robert Renthal, PhD, Adjoint Professor
1) Insect sensory reception: How is information stored and transferred by social insects? Ant colonies are considered to be prime examples of "self-organizing" systems. We are testing this idea by examining the mechanisms of pheromone signalling by ants, using methods ranging from proteomic analysis and electron microscopy of ant brains to studies of whole colony behavior.
2) Cell membrane assembly: How are integral membrane proteins assembled in lipid bilayers? Using biophysical and genetic methods, we are studying the steps involved in association and folding of model transmembrane peptides and integral membrane proteins.
- "Helix insertion into bilayers and the evolution of membrane proteins."
Cell. Mol. Life Sci.: 2010-01-01; (67); 1077-1088
- "The major antennal chemosensory protein of red imported fire ant workers."
Gonzalez, D., Zhao, Q., McMahan, C., Velasquez, D., Haskins, W.E., Sponsel, V., Cassill, J.A. & Renthal, R.
Insect Molecular Biology: 2009-01-01; (18); 395-404
- "Buried water molecules in helical transmembrane proteins."
Protein Science: 2008-01-01; (17); 293-298
- "Occurence of antennal glands in ants."
Renthal, R., Velasquez, D., Olmos, D. & Vinson, S.B.
Microscopy Research and Technique: 2008-01-01; (71); 787-791
- "Transmembrane helix-helix association: relative stabilities at low pH."
Valluru, N., Silva, F., Dhage, M., Rodriguez, G., Alloor, S.R. & Renthal, R
Biochemistry: 2006-01-01; (45); 4371-4377
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