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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
1711 Claflin Rd.
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-7278 fax

Biotechnology Core Facility
206 Burt Hall
785-532-6297 fax

Biomolecular NMR Facility
37 Chalmers Hall

Neal Dittmer, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor

Complete Publications List

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Tabunoki, H., Gorman, M.J., Dittmer, N.T., and Kanost, M.R. (2016) Superoxide dismutase 2 knockdown leads to defects in locomotor activity, sensitivity to paraquat, and increased cuticle pigmentation in Tribolium castaneum. Scientific Reports 6:29583. DOI: 10.1038/srep29583

Dittmer NT, Tetreau G, Cao X, Jiang H, Wang P, Kanost MR. (2015) Annotation and expression analysis of cuticular proteins from the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 62, 100-13.

Peng, Z., Dittmer, N.T., Lang, M., Brummett, L.M., Braun, C.L., Davis, L.C., Kanost, M.R., and Gorman, M.J. (2015) "Multicopper oxidase-1 orthologs from diverse insect species have ascorbate oxidase activity" Feb 17;59C:58-71. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2015.02.005. 

Tetreau, G., Dittmer, N.T., Cao, X., Agrawal, S., Chen, Y., Muthukrishnan, S., Haobo, J., Blissard, G.W., Kanost, M.R., and Wang, P. (2014) "Analysis of Chitin-binding proteins from Manduca sexta provides new insights into evolution of peritrophin A-type chitin-binding domains in insects." Insect Biochem Mol Biol. Dec 15 pii:S0965-1748(14)00195-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bmb.2014.12.002.

Mun S, Young Noh M, Dittmer NT, Muthukrishnan S, Kramer KJ, Kanost MR, Arakane Y. (2015) Cuticular protein with a low complexity sequence becomes cross-linked during insect cuticle sclerotization and is required for the adult molt. Sci Rep. 5, 10484. doi: 10.1038/srep10484.

Gorman, M.J., Sullivan, L.I., Nguyen, T.D.T., Dai, H., Dittmer, N.T., Syed, L.U., Li, J., Hua, D.H., and Kanost, M.R. (2012) Kinetic properties of alternatively spliced isoforms of laccase-2 from Tribolium castaneum and Anopheles gambiae. Insect Biochem. and Mol. Biol. 42,193-202.

Dittmer, N.T., Hiromasa, Y., Tomich, J.M., Lu, N., Beeman, R.W., Kramer, K.J. and Kanost, M.R. (2012) Proteomic and transcriptomic analyses of rigid and membranous cuticles from the elytra and hindwings of the red flour beetle,Tribolium castaneum. Journal of Proteome Research. 11, 269-278.

Carolan JC, Caragea D, Reardon KT, Mutti NS, Dittmer N, Pappan K, Cui F, Castaneto M, Poulain J, Dossat C, Tagu D, Reese JC, Reeck GR, Wilkinson TL, and Edwards OR (2011) Predicted effector molecules in the salivary secretome of the pea aphid (Acrythosiphon pisum): a dual transcriptomic/proteomic approach. J. Proteome Res. 10, 1505-1518.

Dittmer NT, and Kanost MR (2010) Insect multicopper oxidases: diversity, properties, and physiological roles.Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 40, 179-188.

Suderman RJ, Dittmer NT, Kramer KJ, and Kanost MR (2010) Model reactions for insect cuticle sclerotization: participation of amino groups in the cross-linking of Manduca sexta cuticle protein MsCP36. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 40, 252-258.

Arakane Y, Dittmer NT, Tomoyasu Y, Kramer KJ, Muthukrishnan S, Beeman RW, and Kanost MR (2010) Identification, mRNA expression and functional analysis of several yellow family genes in Tribolium castaneum. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 40, 259-266.

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Dittmer NT, Gorman MJ, and Kanost MR (2009) Characterization of endogenous and recombinant forms of laccase-2, a multicopper oxidase from the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 39, 596-606.

Gorman MJ, Dittmer NT, Marshall JL, and Kanost MR (2008) Characterization of the multicopper oxidase gene family in Anopheles gambiae. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 38, 817-824.

Mutti NS, Louis J, Pappan LK, Pappan K, Begum K, Chen M-S, Park Y, Dittmer N, Marshall J, Reese JC, and Reeck GR (2008) A protein from the salivary glands of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum, is essential in feeding on a host plant. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105, 9965-9969.

Suderman RJ, Dittmer NT, Kanost MR, and Kramer KJ (2006) Model reactions for insect cuticle sclerotization: Cross-linking of recombinant cuticular proteins upon their laccase-catalyzed oxidative conjugation with catechols. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 36, 353-365. Erratum 36, 610-611.

Dittmer NT, Suderman RJ, Jiang H, Zhu Y-C, Gorman MJ, Kramer KJ, and Kanost MR (2004) Characterization of cDNAs encoding putative laccase-like multicopper oxidases and developmental expression in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, and the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 34, 29-41.

Dittmer NT, Sun G, Wang S-F, and Raikhel AS (2003) CREB isoform represses yolk protein gene expression in the mosquito fat body. Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. 210, 39-49.

Zhu Y-C, Specht CA, Dittmer NT, Muthukrishnan S, Kanost MR, and Kramer KJ (2002) Sequence of a cDNA and expression of the gene encoding a putative epidermal chitin synthase of Manduca sexta. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 32, 1497-1506.

Miura K, Zhu J, Dittmer NT, Chen L, Raikhel AS (2002) A COUP-TF/Svp homolog is highly expressed during vitellogenesis in the mosquitoAedes aegypti. J. Mol. Endocrinol. 29, 223-238.

Raihkel AS, Kokoza VA, Zhu J, Martin D, Wang S-F, Li C, Sun G, Ahmed A, Dittmer N, and Attardo G (2002) Molecular biology of mosquito vitellogenesis: from basic studies to genetic engineering of antipathogen immunity. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 32, 1275-1286.

Sun J, Hiraoka T, Dittmer NT, Cho K-H, and Raikhel AS (2000) Lipophorin as a yolk protein precursor in the mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 30, 1161-1171.

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Kapitskaya MZ*, Dittmer NT*, Deitsch KW, Cho W-L, Taylor DG, Leff T, and Raikhel AS (1998) Three isoforms of a hepatocyte nuclear factor-4 transcription factor with tissue- and stage-specific expression in the adult mosquito. J. Biol. Chem. 273, 29801-29810. (*Co-first authors)

Venta P, Cao Y, Dittmer N, Scott-Emuakpor J (1998) A PCR-RSP Csp6I site in the canine ornithine aminotransferase (OAT) gene. Anim. Genet. 29, 322-323.

Dittmer NT, and Raikhel AS (1997) Analysis of the mosquito lysosomal aspartic protease gene: an insect housekeeping gene with fat body-enhanced expression.Insect Biochem. Molec. Biol. 27, 323-335.

Deitsch KW, Dittmer NT, Kapitskaya MZ, Chen J-S, Cho W-L, and Raikhel AS (1995) Regulation of gene expression by 20-hydroxyecdysone in the fat body of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae). Eur J. Entomol. 92, 237-244.

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