Reba Howard

Rebecca J Howard, PhD



Functional and structural insights into activation of TRPV2 by weak acids

EMBO Journal 43: 2264–2290, 2024

Haug FM*, Pumroy RA*, Sridhar A, Pantke S, Dimek F, Fricke TC, Hage A, Herzog C, Echtermeyer FG, de la Roche J, Koh A, Kotecha A, Howard RJ, Lindahl E, Moiseenkova-Bell V, Leffler A

Discovery of lipid binding sites in a ligand-gated ion channel by integrating simulations and cryo-EM

eLife 12: RP86016, 2024

Bergh C, Rovšnik U, Howard RJ, Lindahl E

Interactive computational and experimental approaches improve the sensitivity of periplasmic binding protein-based nicotine biosensors for measurements in biofluids

Protein Engineering, Design and Selection 37: gzae003, 2024

Haloi N*, Huang S*, Nichols AN, Fine EJ, Marotta CB, Dougherty DA, Lindahl E, Howard RJ, Mayo SL, Lester HA

tRNA shape is an identity element for an archaeal pyrrolysyl-tRNA synthetase from the human gut

Nucleic Acids Research 52(2): 513–524, 2024

Krahn N*, Zhang J*, Melnikov SV, Tharp JM, Villa A, Patel A, Howard RJ, Gabir H, Patel TR, Stetefeld J, Puglisi J, Söll D

Structure and dynamics of differential ligand binding in the human ρ-type GABA(A) receptor

Neuron 111(21): P3450–3464.E5, 2023

Cowgill J*, Fan C*, Haloi N, Tobiasson V, Zhuang Y, Howard RJ°, Lindahl E°

Structural insights into opposing actions of neurosteroids on GABA(A) receptors

Nature Communications 14: 5091, 2023

Legesse DH, Fan C, Teng J, Zhuang Y, Howard RJ, Noviello CM, Lindahl E°, Hibbs RE°

Structural elucidation of ivermectin binding to α7nAChR and the induced channel desensitization

ACS Chemical Neuroscience 14(6): 1156–1165, 2023

Bondarenko V, Chen Q, Singewald K, Haloi N, Tillman TS, Howard RJ, Lindahl E, Xu Y, Tang P

Structural and dynamic mechanisms of GABA(A) receptor modulators with opposing activities

Nature Communications 13: 4582 , 2022

Zhu S, Sridhar A, Teng J, Howard RJ, Lindahl E, Hibbs RE

An open state of a voltage-gated sodium channel involving a π-helix and conserved pore-facing asparagine

Biophysical Journal 121(1): P11–22, 2022

Choudhury K, Kasimova M, McComas S, Howard RJ, Delemotte L

A missense mutation converts the Na+,K+-ATPase into an ion channel and causes therapy-resistant epilepsy

Journal of Biological Chemistry 297(6): 101355, 2021

Ygberg S*, Akkuratov EE*, Howard RJ, Taylan F, Jans DC, Mahato DR, Katz A, Kinoshita PF, Portal B, Nennesmo I, Lindskog M, Karlish SJD, Andersson M, Lindstrand A°, Brismar H°, Aperia A°

Markov state models of proton- and pore-dependent activation in a pentameric ligand-gated ion channel

eLife 10: e68369, 2021

Bergh C, Heusser SA, Howard RJ, Lindahl E

Dynamic closed states of a ligand-gated ion channel captured by cryo-EM and simulations

Life Science Alliance 4(8): e202101011, 2021

Rovšnik U, Zhuang Y, Forsberg BO, Carroni M, Yvonnesdotter L, Howard RJ, Lindahl E

Regulation of a pentameric ligand-gated ion channel by a semi-conserved cationic-lipid binding site

Journal of Biological Chemistry 297(2): 100899, 2021

Sridhar A*, Lummis SCR*, Pasini D, Mehregan A, Brams M, Kambara K, Bertrand D, Lindahl E, Howard RJ°, Ulens C°

Direct detection of SARS-CoV-2 using non-commercial RT-LAMP reagents on heat-inactivated samples

Scientific Reports 11: 1820, 2021

Alekseenko A*, Barrett D*, Pareja-Sanchez Y*, Howard RJ, Strandback E, Ampah-Korsah H, Rovšnik U, Zuniga-Veliz S, Klenov A, Malloo J, Ye S, Liu X, Reinius B, Elsässer S, Nyman T, Sandh G, Yin X, Pelechano V

Arrangement and symmetry of the fungal E3BP-containing core of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex

Nature Communications 11: 4667, 2020

Forsberg BO, Aibara S, Howard RJ, Mortezaei N, Lindahl E

Shared structural mechanisms of general anaesthetics and benzodiazepines

Nature 585: 303 – 308, 2020

Kim JJ, Gharpure A, Teng J, Zhuang Y, Howard RJ, Zhu S, Noviello CM, Walsh RM, Lindahl E, Hibbs RE

Agonist selectivity and ion permeation in the α3β4 ganglionic nicotinic receptor

Neuron 104(3): 501 – 511.E6, 2019

Gharpure A, Teng J, Zhuang Y, Noviello CM, Walsh RM, Cabuco R, Howard RJ, Zaveri NT, Lindahl E, Hibbs RE

Sharing data from molecular simulations

Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling 59(10): 4093 – 4099, 2019

Abraham M, Apostolov R, Barnoud J, Bauer P, Blau C, Bonvin AMJJ, Chavent M, Chodera J, Čondić-Jurkić K, Delemotte L, Grubmüller H, Howard RJ, Jordan EJ, Lindahl E, Ollila OHS, Selent J, Smith DGA, Stansfeld PJ, Tiemann JKS, Trellet M, Woods C, Zhmurov A

Structural basis for a bimodal allosteric mechanism of general anesthetic modulation in pentameric ligand-gated ion channels

Cell Reports 23(4): 993 - 1004, 2018

Fourati Z*, Howard RJ*, Heusser SA, Hu H, Ruza RR, Sauguet L, Lindahl E, Delarue M

Functional characterization of neurotransmitter activation and modulation in a nematode model ligand-gated ion channel

Journal of Neurochemistry 138(2): 243 – 253, 2016

Heusser SA, Yoluk Ö, Klement G, Riederer EA, Lindahl E, Howard RJ

Functional validation of virtual screening for novel agents with general anesthetic action at ligand-gated ion channels

Molecular Pharmacology 84(5): 670 – 678, 2013

Heusser SA, Howard RJ, Borghese CM, Cullins MA, Brömstrup T, Lee US, Lindahl E, Carlsson J, Harris RA

Inhibition versus potentiation of ligand-gated ion channels can be altered by a single mutation that moves ligands between intra- and intersubunit sites

Structure 21(8): 1307 - 1316, 2013

Brömstrup T, Howard RJ, Trudell JR, Harris RA, Lindahl E

Structural basis for potentiation by alcohols and anaesthetics in a ligand-gated ion channel

Nature Communications 4: 1697, 2013

Sauguet L*, Howard RJ*, Malherbe L, Lee US, Corringer P-J, Harris RA, Delarue M

Multisite binding of a general anesthetic to the prokaryotic pentameric Erwinia crysanthemi ligand-gated ion channel (ELIC)

Journal of Biological Chemistry 288(12): 8355 – 8364, 2013

Spurny R, Billen B, Howard RJ, Brams M, Debaveye S, Price K, Weston D, Strelkov S, Tytgat J, Bertrand S, Bertrand D, Lummis S, Ulens C

Structural insight into KCNQ (Kv7) channel assembly and channelopathy

Neuron 53(5): 663 – 675, 2007

Howard RJ, Clark KA, Holton JM, Minor DL

The structure of the APPBP1-UBA3-NEDD8-ATP complex reveals the basis for selective ubiquitin-like protein activation by an E1

Molecular Cell 12(6): 1427 – 1437, 2003

Walden H, Podgorski MS, Huang DT, Miller DW, Howard RJ, Minor DL, Holton JM, Schulman BA

Ring-closing metathesis of olefinic peptides: design, synthesis, and structural characterization of macrocyclic helical peptides

Journal of Organic Chemistry 66(16): 5291 – 5302, 2001

Blackwell HE, Sadowsky JD, Howard RJ, Sampson JN, Chao JA, Steinmetz WE, O’Leary DJ, Grubbs RH

*Equal contributions; °Co-corresponding authors


Adaptive sampling-based structural prediction reveals opening of a GABA(A) receptor through the αβ interface

bioRxiv 2024.05.03.592340, 2024 (preprint)

Haloi N, Howard RJ, Lindahl E

Vestibular modulation by stimulant derivatives in a pentameric ligand-gated ion channel

bioRxiv 2024.05.02.592243, 2024 (preprint)

Karlsson E, Andén O, Fan C, Fourati Z, Haouz A, Zhuang Y, Howard RJ°, Delarue M°, Lindahl E°

Divergent mechanisms of steroid inhibition in the human ρ1 GABA(A) receptor

bioRxiv 2024.01.23.576874, 2024 (preprint)

Fan C*, Cowgill J*, Howard RJ°, Lindahl E°

Symmetry-adapted Markov state models of closing, opening, and desensitizing in α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors

bioRxiv 2023.12.04.569956, 2023 (preprint)

Zhuang Y, Howard RJ, Lindahl E

Constant-pH molecular dynamics simulations of closed and open states of a proton-gated ion channel

bioRxiv 2023.11.30.569372, 2023 (preprint)

Jansen A, Bauer P, Howard RJ, Hess B, Lindahl E

Discovering cryptic pocket opening and binding of a stimulant derivative in a vestibular site of the 5-HT(3A) receptor

bioRxiv 2023.11.13.566806, 2023 (preprint)

Haloi N, Karlsson E, Delarue M, Howard RJ, Lindahl E

MDverse: shedding light on the dark matter of molecular dynamics simulations

eLife 12: RP90061, 2023 (reviewed preprint)

Tiemann JKS°, Szczuka M, Bouarroudj L, Oussaren M, Garcia S, Howard RJ, Delemotte L, Lindahl E, Baaden M, Lindorff-Larsen K, Chavent M°, Poulain P°

Selected Talks

Structure and dynamics of differential ligand binding in the human ρ-type GABA(A) receptor

Philadelphia, PA 2024

Biophysical Society

An open state of a voltage-gated sodium channel involving a π-helix and conserved pore-facing asparagine

San Diego, CA 2023

Biophysical Society

Differential interactions of closed, open, and desensitized states of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor with lipidic modulators

San Francisco, CA 2022

Biophysical Society

Open state of bacterial sodium channel: insights from molecular dynamics simulations

San Francisco, CA 2022

Biophysical Society

Transmembrane mechanisms of allosteric modulation in pentameric ion channels: from bacteria to brain

Austin, TX 2020 (remote)

UT-Austin Ion Channel Biophysics

Allosteric modulation via an intersubunit transmembrane site in Cys-loop receptors

Kyoto, Japan 2018

International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism

Structural details of an allosteric mechanism for bimodal anesthetic modulation of pentameric ligand-gated ion channels

San Francisco, CA 2018

Biophysical Society

Alcohol at the interface: Functional and computational insights from prokaryotic Cys-loop receptors

New Orleans, LA 2016

Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcohol binding to ligand-gated ion channels revealed in a prokaryotic model system

Portland, ME 2013

University of New England

Alcohol modulation of ligand-gated ion channels: Insights and opportunities from new structures

Stockholm, Sweden 2013

Science for Life Laboratory

Simple structural models for alcohol modulation of ligand-gated ion channels

Albany, NY 2012

Albany Medical College

A combined functional-computational approach to characterizing structural sites of anesthetic modulation

San Diego, CA 2012

American Chemical Society

Structural basis for alcohol modulation of pentameric ligand-gated ion channels

San Francisco, CA 2012

Biophysical Society

Structural basis for alcohol modulation of a pentameric ligand-gated ion channel

Stockholm, Sweden 2011

Stockholm University