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Robert J. Keenan

TitleProfessor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentBiochem/Mol Bio
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    We study the molecular mechanisms underlying membrane protein biogenesis and quality control using biochemical, structural and cell biology approaches.


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    Bates College, Lewiston, MEBS06/1990Biology and Chemistry
    UCSF, San Francisco, CAPHD05/1998Biochemistry and Biophysics
    UCSF, San Francisco, CAPostdoc09/1999Biochemistry and Biophysics

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    1. Mateja A, Keenan RJ. A structural perspective on tail-anchored protein biogenesis by the GET pathway. Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2018 08; 51:195-202. PMID: 30173121.
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    2. Anghel SA, McGilvray PT, Hegde RS, Keenan RJ. Identification of Oxa1 Homologs Operating in the Eukaryotic Endoplasmic Reticulum. Cell Rep. 2017 12 26; 21(13):3708-3716. PMID: 29281821.
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    3. Zalisko BE, Chan C, Denic V, Rock RS, Keenan RJ. Tail-Anchored Protein Insertion by a Single Get1/2 Heterodimer. Cell Rep. 2017 Sep 05; 20(10):2287-2293. PMID: 28877464.
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    4. Wohlever ML, Mateja A, McGilvray PT, Day KJ, Keenan RJ. Msp1 Is a Membrane Protein Dislocase for Tail-Anchored Proteins. Mol Cell. 2017 Jul 20; 67(2):194-202.e6. PMID: 28712723.
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    5. Srivastava R, Zalisko BE, Keenan RJ, Howell SH. The GET System Inserts the Tail-Anchored Protein, SYP72, into Endoplasmic Reticulum Membranes. Plant Physiol. 2017 02; 173(2):1137-1145. PMID: 27923985.
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    6. Itakura E, Zavodszky E, Shao S, Wohlever ML, Keenan RJ, Hegde RS. Ubiquilins Chaperone and Triage Mitochondrial Membrane Proteins for Degradation. Mol Cell. 2016 07 07; 63(1):21-33. PMID: 27345149.
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    7. Meyer PA, Socias S, Key J, Ransey E, Tjon EC, Buschiazzo A, Lei M, Botka C, Withrow J, Neau D, Rajashankar K, Anderson KS, Baxter RH, Blacklow SC, Boggon TJ, Bonvin AM, Borek D, Brett TJ, Caflisch A, Chang CI, Chazin WJ, Corbett KD, Cosgrove MS, Crosson S, Dhe-Paganon S, Di Cera E, Drennan CL, Eck MJ, Eichman BF, Fan QR, Ferré-D'Amaré AR, Fromme JC, Garcia KC, Gaudet R, Gong P, Harrison SC, Heldwein EE, Jia Z, Keenan RJ, Kruse AC, Kvansakul M, McLellan JS, Modis Y, Nam Y, Otwinowski Z, Pai EF, Pereira PJ, Petosa C, Raman CS, Rapoport TA, Roll-Mecak A, Rosen MK, Rudenko G, Schlessinger J, Schwartz TU, Shamoo Y, Sondermann H, Tao YJ, Tolia NH, Tsodikov OV, Westover KD, Wu H, Foster I, Fraser JS, Maia FR, Gonen T, Kirchhausen T, Diederichs K, Crosas M, Sliz P. Data publication with the structural biology data grid supports live analysis. Nat Commun. 2016 Mar 07; 7:10882. PMID: 26947396.
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    8. Gomes AC, Kordala AJ, Strack R, Wang X, Geslain R, Delaney K, Clark WC, Keenan R, Pan T. A dual fluorescent reporter for the investigation of methionine mistranslation in live cells. RNA. 2016 Mar; 22(3):467-76. PMID: 26729921.
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    9. Dominik PK, Borowska MT, Dalmas O, Kim SS, Perozo E, Keenan RJ, Kossiakoff AA. Conformational Chaperones for Structural Studies of Membrane Proteins Using Antibody Phage Display with Nanodiscs. Structure. 2016 Feb 02; 24(2):300-9. PMID: 26749445.
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    10. Borowska MT, Dominik PK, Anghel SA, Kossiakoff AA, Keenan RJ. A YidC-like Protein in the Archaeal Plasma Membrane. Structure. 2015 Sep 01; 23(9):1715-1724. PMID: 26256539.
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    11. Mateja A, Paduch M, Chang HY, Szydlowska A, Kossiakoff AA, Hegde RS, Keenan RJ. Protein targeting. Structure of the Get3 targeting factor in complex with its membrane protein cargo. Science. 2015 Mar 06; 347(6226):1152-5. PMID: 25745174.
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    12. Bestul AJ, Christensen JR, Grzegorzewska AP, Burke TA, Sees JA, Carroll RT, Sirotkin V, Keenan RJ, Kovar DR. Fission yeast profilin is tailored to facilitate actin assembly by the cytokinesis formin Cdc12. Mol Biol Cell. 2015 Jan 15; 26(2):283-93. PMID: 25392301.
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    13. Hegde RS, Keenan RJ. Tail-anchored membrane protein insertion into the endoplasmic reticulum. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2011 Nov 16; 12(12):787-98. PMID: 22086371.
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    14. Mariappan M, Mateja A, Dobosz M, Bove E, Hegde RS, Keenan RJ. The mechanism of membrane-associated steps in tail-anchored protein insertion. Nature. 2011 Aug 24; 477(7362):61-6. PMID: 21866104.
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    15. Sherrill J, Mariappan M, Dominik P, Hegde RS, Keenan RJ. A conserved archaeal pathway for tail-anchored membrane protein insertion. Traffic. 2011 Sep; 12(9):1119-23. PMID: 21658170.
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    16. Strack RL, Keenan RJ, Glick BS. Noncytotoxic DsRed derivatives for whole-cell labeling. Methods Mol Biol. 2011; 699:355-70. PMID: 21116992.
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    17. Mariappan M, Li X, Stefanovic S, Sharma A, Mateja A, Keenan RJ, Hegde RS. A ribosome-associating factor chaperones tail-anchored membrane proteins. Nature. 2010 Aug 26; 466(7310):1120-4. PMID: 20676083.
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    18. Strack RL, Strongin DE, Mets L, Glick BS, Keenan RJ. Chromophore formation in DsRed occurs by a branched pathway. J Am Chem Soc. 2010 Jun 23; 132(24):8496-505. PMID: 20509651.
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    19. Strack RL, Hein B, Bhattacharyya D, Hell SW, Keenan RJ, Glick BS. A rapidly maturing far-red derivative of DsRed-Express2 for whole-cell labeling. Biochemistry. 2009 Sep 08; 48(35):8279-81. PMID: 19658435.
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    20. Mateja A, Szlachcic A, Downing ME, Dobosz M, Mariappan M, Hegde RS, Keenan RJ. The structural basis of tail-anchored membrane protein recognition by Get3. Nature. 2009 Sep 17; 461(7262):361-6. PMID: 19675567.
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    21. Strack RL, Bhattacharyya D, Glick BS, Keenan RJ. Noncytotoxic orange and red/green derivatives of DsRed-Express2 for whole-cell labeling. BMC Biotechnol. 2009 Apr 03; 9:32. PMID: 19344508.
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    22. Strack RL, Strongin DE, Bhattacharyya D, Tao W, Berman A, Broxmeyer HE, Keenan RJ, Glick BS. A noncytotoxic DsRed variant for whole-cell labeling. Nat Methods. 2008 Nov; 5(11):955-7. PMID: 18953349.
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    23. Schnitzler CE, Keenan RJ, McCord R, Matysik A, Christianson LM, Haddock SH. Spectral diversity of fluorescent proteins from the anthozoan Corynactis californica. Mar Biotechnol (NY). 2008 May-Jun; 10(3):328-42. PMID: 18330643.
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    24. Strongin DE, Bevis B, Khuong N, Downing ME, Strack RL, Sundaram K, Glick BS, Keenan RJ. Structural rearrangements near the chromophore influence the maturation speed and brightness of DsRed variants. Protein Eng Des Sel. 2007 Nov; 20(11):525-34. PMID: 17962222.
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    25. Siehl DL, Castle LA, Gorton R, Keenan RJ. The molecular basis of glyphosate resistance by an optimized microbial acetyltransferase. J Biol Chem. 2007 Apr 13; 282(15):11446-55. PMID: 17272278.
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    26. Yuan L, Kurek I, English J, Keenan R. Laboratory-directed protein evolution. Microbiol Mol Biol Rev. 2005 Sep; 69(3):373-92. PMID: 16148303.
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    27. Keenan RJ, Siehl DL, Gorton R, Castle LA. DNA shuffling as a tool for protein crystallization. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Jun 21; 102(25):8887-92. PMID: 15951425.
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    28. Siehl DL, Castle LA, Gorton R, Chen YH, Bertain S, Cho HJ, Keenan R, Liu D, Lassner MW. Evolution of a microbial acetyltransferase for modification of glyphosate: a novel tolerance strategy. Pest Manag Sci. 2005 Mar; 61(3):235-40. PMID: 15668959.
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    29. Keenan RJ, Stemmer WP. Nontransgenic crops from transgenic plants. Nat Biotechnol. 2002 Mar; 20(3):215-6. PMID: 11875408.
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    30. Keenan RJ, Freymann DM, Stroud RM, Walter P. The signal recognition particle. Annu Rev Biochem. 2001; 70:755-75. PMID: 11395422.
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    31. Walter P, Keenan R, Schmitz U. Perspectives: structural biology. SRP--where the RNA and membrane worlds meet. Science. 2000 Feb 18; 287(5456):1212-3. PMID: 10712156.
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    32. Schmitz U, Behrens S, Freymann DM, Keenan RJ, Lukavsky P, Walter P, James TL. Structure of the phylogenetically most conserved domain of SRP RNA. RNA. 1999 Nov; 5(11):1419-29. PMID: 10580470.
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    33. Freymann DM, Keenan RJ, Stroud RM, Walter P. Functional changes in the structure of the SRP GTPase on binding GDP and Mg2+GDP. Nat Struct Biol. 1999 Aug; 6(8):793-801. PMID: 10426959.
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    34. Keenan RJ, Freymann DM, Walter P, Stroud RM. Crystal structure of the signal sequence binding subunit of the signal recognition particle. Cell. 1998 Jul 24; 94(2):181-91. PMID: 9695947.
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    35. Freymann DM, Keenan RJ, Stroud RM, Walter P. Structure of the conserved GTPase domain of the signal recognition particle. Nature. 1997 Jan 23; 385(6614):361-4. PMID: 9002524.
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    36. Schmitz U, Freymann DM, James TL, Keenan RJ, Vinayak R, Walter P. NMR studies of the most conserved RNA domain of the mammalian signal recognition particle (SRP). RNA. 1996 Dec; 2(12):1213-27. PMID: 8972771.
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    37. Rutenber E, Fauman EB, Keenan RJ, Fong S, Furth PS, Ortiz de Montellano PR, Meng E, Kuntz ID, DeCamp DL, Salto R, et al. Structure of a non-peptide inhibitor complexed with HIV-1 protease. Developing a cycle of structure-based drug design. J Biol Chem. 1993 Jul 25; 268(21):15343-6. PMID: 8340363.
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